Don’t Just Look… Study!


This photo was taken in Outer Banks, North Carolina. I took this photo multiple times until I was able to get just the right picture. I wanted to make sure I was able to capture the lighting of the moon as it reflected on the water. The ocean was an important piece as well, so I waited until the water residing. I did not need to change the color effectives or add any filters. As I learned in the reading, How to use Color to advance your design, color meaning is very important. As a society, we have associated certain meanings to each color. Each one of us see colors differently and has different meaning as well.

The white, gray, and black color scheme worked so well together, and I did not need to change the picture to black/white. I made it a point to go on the beach at night to snap a picture. While reading, I learned that white is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, virginity. It usually has positive connotations and is seen as clean and safe. Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. It denotes strength and authority, is seen as formal and elegant, and brings forth feelings of fear and the unknown. Gray is the color of sorrow, detachment, and isolation. It connotes responsibility and conservative practicality. It’s a neutral color and creates a non-invasive feeling. It’s associated with security, maturity, and dependability. It can be used to reduce the intense energy of another color and to emphasize a willingness to comply. Some people who prefer gray many be seen as the lone wolf type or narrow-minded.

This is by far one of my favorite pictures, and I put so much thought and time into it. I think I can even say it is one of the best pictures I have taken. It makes me very proud actually. I have many pictures of the beach during the day, but this one is very different and can be viewed in many ways. The color explanations above really outline what it can mean for everyone. For me this picture means light, goodness, and innocence. It also represents power and isolation. I could wrap a variety of meanings to this photo.


We all know how important symbols are, they are around us EVERYWHERE. For example, Susan Kare, was the woman behind Apple’s first icons, and her icons have been around for over thirty years! The design resources had more material on metaphors rather than symbols, however, this concept is as important.

The reading stated we use or encounter metaphors, when we take what we know about something that is familiar and apply that body of knowledge to something else. I understand the concept, however, it is a bit difficult for me to apply it to a certain design/picture. I rather dive into the symbol of something, like the Sharps Container. It is a disposal bin for needles, syringes, and scalpels. It can be seen from afar and people immediately know what it means. Charles L. Baldwin in 1966 knew it was the best symbol to represent the objects within as hazards.


Typography is the visual an individual sees first which is a form of art. I pay more attention to how big the text is rather than paying attention to the type of front that is being used. Obviously, before reading the material I did not know how fonts have many different aspects to it.

For example, it has anatomy, classification, and using type. Who would have thought something that looked so simple had several different meanings. I also did not know but after being informed makes sense that some fonts should not be used. This information is helpful and now I will be paying more attention to the fonts being used.

This sign was hanging on the back of the door at my sons doctors office. I really like the font that was being used, and it caught my eye. I tried to identify the font, but I kept getting an error message. It is a very elegant font it to be used on a sign such as this.

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Proportion is the comparison of dimensions or distribution of forms. Differing proportions within a composition can relate to different kinds of balance or symmetry, and can help establish visual weight and depth. I took this picture of my dog because I wanted to focus on her face and eyes. It helped establish the visual depth of her features.

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