Friday, October 5, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

Coding is an important skill to learn even if you're not interested in becoming a programmer or engineer for several reasons. For one, it looks great on resumes. Coding is incredibly prevalent in modern technology, and can make it easier to access and navigate the technological world. In this class assignment, we used Altino cars and programmed them with Arduino software. For Challenge #1 I partnered up with Tehinnah, and we made our car do a figure 8. Our logic statement was to do the turn as effectively as possible. There were three main commands that we used for this project: Go, Steering, and Delay. We had to do a lot of trial and error because the default code that Mr. Sanderl gave us was incorrect, and we had to edit it slowly by creating wider turns.

For Challenge #2, we were instructed to make an "ambulance" (our Altino car with flashing lights) go in a straight line, "pick up patients" (by stopping for 5 seconds) and then turn back and land on the finishing line. We used four new commands, While Loop, Array, Display Line, and Sound. However, most of these were for the sound and flashing light system, and we didn't get to go there due to limited time. We only got to make the car go, stop, and come back. I might trust an autonomous car in the future to take me around, but there's this website called the Moral Machine that shows the different moral dilemnas autonomous cars may provide in the future. Playing around on that website made me feel a lot more cautious to let myself go

ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Monday, September 24, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

Line, shape & texture are the primary elements of art that I used in my Still Life painting above. I used lines to create the appearance of shapes and texture. Texture was created using hatching and cross hatching. I also created the appearance of form with contour lines being placed in the flower. There's definitely a relationship between the size of your texture brush and controlling the value scale of your image. The bigger the brush, the darker and more pronounced the area will appear. However, you will also have less detail in your image. With a smaller brush, you can create finer, more detailed lines. To me, I enjoyed the painting process greatly but resented the fact that we had a brush size limit of 10 pixels as I like having big defined lines around objects. I wish we had more freedom to explore our own art styles in this class but I get that it's a beginner class and we gotta listen to the rules.

Above is my landscape photo, which was taken when I went to Alaska. In fact, it's the famous Mount Denali. It took twelve hours of driving (six there, six back) on a tour bus to get this close to it. For this image, we created a pencil drawing effect in PhotoShop, instead of drawing it ourselves. To me, the finished landscape image was less focused on line, but more focused on shapes and forms. Also, there's less texture in the image because there was none added with the crosshatching. There was texture added in at the end as a paper effect. I mainly stayed with the tutorial steps as I wasn't here the day we created it in class.

Finally, is my portrait photo. It's a picture of me, taken by my aunt, in the kitchen. It's actually not that recent of an image, but it works. It's pretty close up on my face, with no background. It was originally a vertically taken photo, so I had to crop it to be horizontal because vertical photos weren't allowed. I like the intimate close up view, I think you can see a lot of detail in it so I'm proud of it. This image includes all of the elements of art - line, shape, color, texture, and form. After we completed our images, we had a class critique on our three images. My critique is below. I'm overall satisfied with my scores, but I'm disappointed with my score for my Mix because I don't think I deserve the 2's a couple of people gave me there.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection are great tools that can be used to enhance the auditory experience for an audience. If you create a sound piece without varying your vocal tone at all, you will bore anyone that listens to you. Intonation is when you vary your voice, with highs and lows. Inflection is when you emphasize certain words. Both of these tools were important when we recorded our project. In my team, I was primarily the leader and audio technician. I also edited a bit of the script, and voiced our character in the script. As the leader, I was the primary communicator of my team, and talked to Mr. Sanderl for assistance. I also had the GarageBand document on my computer, so I was in charge of the music and sound effects. When it came to recording, we had to rehearse a couple times to make sure we could take it all in one take.

The results from the critique were very disappointing to me as we put a lot of effort into this project. Our audio was around 10 minutes in length, which was longer than anyone else's, and I think it may have detracted from the engagement because people got distracted. My teammate Lauren put a long time into writing a beautifully crafted script full of detail, and I didn't want to cut it down into 1/4th of the length it was because it felt like it would be like ruining someone else's artwork. I feel like due to the attention span of our audience, and also how we explored ideas that were outside the basic assignment, we didn't meet the goal perfectly. If I did this project again with the same people, I think I'd insist on writing a shorter script so that we could've gotten a better score.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

The FCC, short for the Federal Communications Commissions, is an agency associated with the United States government. The FCC are in charge of regulating forms of media and communication, such as television, internet, radio, homeland security, public safety, and more. They are also in charge of monitoring cases of copyright infringement. Copyright infringement can be defined as the action of stealing a copyright owner's work and violating their exclusive rights. Copyright law gives owners several exclusive rights, including the right authorize others to reproduce them. However, not all copyrighted material requires permission. To determine if a particular use requires permission from a copyright owner, you need to evaluate whether or not your use falls under the category of "Fair Use". Fair Use is a term used to describe any use of copyrighted material for a transformative purpose. There are two main categories of what qualifies as fair use - Commentary & Criticism, and Parody. Uses classified as commentary & criticism may include a movie review that uses a couple second clip of a scene to critique the plot of the movie, quoting a quote from a recent magazine, and video and sound clips in a documentary. Uses classified as parody include creating a satirical version of a famous song or uses of television shows such as South Park.

Sometimes people want to keep certain information confidential, or secret. Confidentiality is important for several different types of information. This includes social security numbers, credit card numbers, your home address, and in some circumstances, even things like your full name and phone number. Social media has had a big impact on the state of confidential information, with more and more people giving away private details of their life. I've seen posts on Twitter where people will post, "Look at my new credit card! It looks so dope!" and the comments are all asking, "Can we see the back?" and the people straight up show them the back. That's a bit of an extreme example, but people giving out personal information about their lives is all over social media and I see it all the time. Sometimes censorship can be important, in the cases of speech being used to dox people or harm others in any other way, such as shouting "Fire!" in a public place when there is no fire. Other than those circumstances, I'm a great proponent of free speech and I don't think people should be censored for stating their beliefs.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ACO 2.0 - Market Shifts

A market is a demographic of consumers involved in the exchange of a product or type of product. Markets can shift over time with the influx of new technology. For example, there used to be a huge market for buying physical movies. First there were tapes, which soon got replaced with the use of DVD's. Now, most people I know use online video-on-demand services such as Netflix or Hulu instead, and providers of DVD's such as Blockbuster are bankrupt. Another example is internet use. According to The Washington Post, in the year 2000, 50% of U.S. households had no internet, and 50% had slow internet, such as dial up. Now, in 2018, most people have home broadband.

I really want to develop my filmmaking, drawing, and music production skills. The arts are super important to me, and I especially find film and music to be essential ways of expression to my needs. I said in my previous post that I wasn't completely sure what I want to do with my life yet, but I know I need it to be creative. So, I think all of these skills will be important to develop my own creative skills. As the market continues to shift, new mediums of creative expression will pop up, so I definitely want to keep up with these skills.

ACO 2.1 Analyze how shifts in market affect changes to media and design.
ACO 2.2 Evaluate how changing communication needs of a market are addressed by media and design.
ACO 2.3 Propose media and design solutions that address the changing needs in global markets.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ACO 4.0 - Communication Strategies

Someone's way of communication can vary greatly depending on their audience. A person will tend to talk to their friends, parents, children, boss, teachers, etc all differently. I definitely know that this applies to me. For me, I feel most comfortable talking around my best friends because those are the people that I have most in common with. I also feel more comfortable discussing my feelings and struggles because they are going through a similar stage in their life. I wish I was more comfortable communicating about those things to my family as well, but I almost want to uphold an image of me to them of someone that is doing well in all aspects of my life. My mom is the one exception to that rule.

I'm really interested in learning more about music-related careers. I'm really passionate about music, so I want to know what it takes to become an artist and get signed. A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I traveled to the mainland and went to a music studio to produce a project. It was a really amazing experience to see how a track can come all together, bit by bit. I'm also interested in film-related careers. I have a lot of experience making various media projects and I especially love making creative shorts. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do professionally yet, but I know it has to be something creative. I feel like if I choose a path where I'm not using my creative abilities, I will regret it for the rest of my life. The problem is, is choosing a creative pathway that is also profitable. Everyone has heard of the "starving artist", and I know I don't want to turn out like that. So I know I will need to find the balance. I will continue to search for what that could be.

ACO 4.1: Devise communication strategies to promote individual accountability and team success.
ACO 4.2: Use effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to facilitate positive interactions.
ACO 4.3: Apply appropriate interpersonal skills to establish positive and sustained relationships with clients.