Design Assignmnet – Most Wanted Poster (3)


I chose to create a wanted poster for my character using I didn’t know what to do for her photo, considering Rose Oakley (at least to my knowledge!) isn’t a real individual, and therefore doesn’t have a photo I can use. I ended up finding a photo of an outlaw woman and using that as my image for Rose. I liked a photo of her from a distance, making it more difficult to see her face.

Writing Assignment – Your Character’s Past

Rose Oakley

Rose was an orphan. She never knew her family or their fate. She never cared to learn of them. She figured if they couldn’t be there for her then, they couldn’t be available to her any other part of her life. The orphanage was tough. It made her realize she couldn’t trust many people. She didn’t have very many friends.

The one friend she made was Maureen, a young western gal who owned her own Saloon. Maureen was a good influence upon Rose, working and helping her out at her Saloon was the only “honest” work Rose had ever completed. The first time Rose ever stole something was from another one of the orphans at their home. She stole her shoes purely for the reason that she wanted them. Rose mainly makes a living off of traveling the rails and performing petty theft. She is always looking for that next big opportunity, but so far it has never presented itself.

Due to her illegal activities she’s been pursued by marshals and sheriffs from each town she visits. She doesn’t quite know how to lay low, and is always doing something to get her into more trouble.

Currently she is traveling from town to town, looking for the gig that will grant her the big bucks.

Writing Assignment – Your Hopes, Dreams, And Fears

In 10 years, I’ll either be in a ditch or living the high life. Ain’t no way I’m letting the law get ahold of me. Either the years of running from the marshal’s will catch up or I’ll have made it big time.

I’m fearful of the law. I’m fearful that things won’t turn out for me. It’s hard being on the road, no specific place to call home. That’s where hitting it big time comes in. Hopefully by then I’ll have hit a big bank (or even a couple little ones) and I’ll be able to buy myself a new identity and a permanent home. Hopefully I won’t have to run no more. Here’s to the future.

-Rose Oakley

Audio Assignment – Spooky Sounds

You’re tired and you see a house ahead. You don’t think it’s following you anymore. Until you hear it. The unsettling sounds that it never left. You quickly get inside the house and find somewhere to hide. But you still hear it. It seems to be going from room to room. What is that noise that is scraping against the ground? What does it have? It’s getting closer…

I really like the audio assignments that require me to build a story with sound. I love working with sound effects and attempting to make them blend together. For this assignment I used over 12 sound clips I downloaded from


It was a bit harder than the last story assignment, only because this one had a minimum length of 1 min. I didn’t really plan out what I wanted, but instead I just began by searching on the freesound website sounds that I felt would be creepy/odd but still work together. I utilized the fade in effect quite a bit to blend the sounds together. All in all the total project took about an hour to complete. I’m really happy with the final project.

I hope it gives you guys goosebumps! If it doesn’t, what do you think would be something I could improve on it? Let me know!


Design Assignment – Movie Trading Cards

The gang trading card

While it might not be from a movie, I thought it would be fun to create a trading card for the current TV show I’m binge watching on Netflix: Sons of Anarchy. As the week has progressed, I’ve become better at layering images on top of one another using the tools at I first started with a background image slightly larger than the screenshot that I got of the characters. Then I added in the screenshot as the second layer. The 3rd layer consisted of a cartoonish action bubble to contain the words “The Gang”. The words were then my fourth and fifth layers. I initially thought that this assignment would be more time consuming than it was. I’m glad it didn’t take too long and that I enjoyed working with the tools in the process. It makes me want to download a real photo shopping application.

Design Assignment – One Story / Four Icons


This assignment was really neat, mainly because I enjoyed looking at the image representations for each word that can be found at The Noun Project. These simplistic icons are just fun to look at. I finally decided on representing a modern western movie and it’s story. I picked out the icons that not only portrayed what I wanted to get across, but looked visually appealing together. I put them together using the freephototool website. Guess which movie I tried to represent with these four icons and you win brownie points!

Design Assignment – Minimalist TV/Movie Poster

I love minimalist movie poster designs. The simplicity in it makes it all the more enjoyable to view. For this assignment I chose to do a minimalist movie poster on the movie The Martian.


The movie already had a basic poster. Simply the actor, Matt Damon, looking into the camera with a quote from the book/movie. I found an image online of a simple, almost cartoonish version of mars:


This image was created as a space tourism poster. Since my photoshop skills aren’t great, I was happy that all that was required of me was to remove the existing text and replace it with the background colors. I then simply inserted the text that I wanted into their own existing layers. All editing was done using I hope you guys enjoy!

minimal movie poster

Design Assignment – Most Wanted Outlaws ds106 Style (2)


I chose to do this assignment again because I really enjoy learning about the oulaws of the past. Once again I used the website to generate a poster after settling on an outlaw.

Jim Burrow (18??-1888) – Jim Burrow, originally from Alabama, grew up to rob trains with his brother Reuben “Rube” Burrow in 1886. Robbing their first train on December 1, 1886 in Bellevue, Texas, they only netted a few hundred dollars. Adding members to their gang, they robbed so many trains by early 1888 that they had become the most most infamous train robbers since Jesse James, and were pursued by hundreds of lawmen throughout the south and southwest. But for Jim, his life as an outlaw was to be short-lived. In 1888, the brothers were recognized by a conductor on a train pulling into Nashville, Tennessee. Notifying authorities, lawmen trapped Rube and Jim in a passenger car. Rube shot his way to freedom but Jim was taken into custody and jailed in Texarkana. Later that year, he died in prison of consumption on October 5, 1888.”

Legends of America

Audio Assignment – Create A Ds106 Radio Bumper

My radio bumper involved three recordings laid on top of each other from ; 1)a man shouting “yeehaww”, 2) my voice, and 3) banjo music. I tried putting some twang in my voice (not sure if I succeeded) and worked on fading out the banjo music on audacity so it didn’t end so abruptly. This was done by selecting the track and adding the sound effect “fade out” to it. Enjoy this western themed radio bumper!

Audio Assignment – Rhythms with Things

I struggled with this assignment mainly because I don’t have rhythm. My solution? Play with racquetballs. I took two of my racquetballs, began recording and simply played around with them. I even accidentally knocked over their container (which can be clearly heard in the video). By the end of it, I had a clip of me just bouncing balls with a loud clang in the middle. I kind of really liked how it sounded! So that’s what you are listening to, me messing around with some sports equipment and most likely annoying my downstairs neighbors.