Blog Post #3

Alfredo Jaar is a conceptual artist who was born in Chile and studied there, but now resides in New York City. I like his work because a lot of his installations is not just art but also has photography. It combines those two to create a visual interesting piece. According to  Some of his works also contain truisms. I am a huge quote fanatic so I am all about having quotes and sayings that are simple yet effective. One of his widely known works (shown in the first couple of images below, curtesy of is called Sound of Silence which was exhibited in the Netherlands Photo Museum. He showed Kevin Journalisms experience when he saw the Sudan Famine back in 1993. A lot of Jaar’s work is political based, he shows the post war struggles and how it can leave and everlasting effect on us, and something that we should not ignore. The following images curtesy of is a part of his collection “This Is Not America (A Logo for America)” which was shown in Times Square, New York. What he said about this collection is “There’s this huge gap between reality and its possible representations. And that gap is impossible to close” and “So as artists, we must try different strategies for representation”. The pictures after that are truisms that he has created over the years.

This Is Not America and Neon Installation images from

Blog Post #6


For each class ask yourself the following:

  1. My greatest strengths in MATH for Liberal Arts include: Taking notes, not being distracting.
  2. For greater success in this course, I need to: Go to office hours. Study for tests.
  • My greatest strengths in Arts & Entertainment Writing include: Getting assignments in on time, contributing to class discussions.
  • For greater success in this course, I need to: Start reading the assigned readings, submitting pitches to Hilltop Views to hopefully get published.
  • My greatest strengths in Graphic Design I include: Showing up to class, asking questions.
  • For greater success in this course, I need to: Spend more time on the projects, have them in on time for critique.
  • My greatest strengths in Image Methodology include: paying attentions, doing the assignments and getting them in on time.
  • For greater success in this course, I need to: Spend more time on the projects so they are better thought out.
  • My greatest strengths in VISU I include: Showing up to class and paying attention.
  • For greater success in this course, I need to: Have the Blog Posts in on time.

Computer skills:

  1. My computer skills include: Having good knowledge in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Having a base knowledge for using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign.
  2. I still need to learn: Ram, Computer Hard Drive, technical stuff in general.

Research & writing skills:

  1. My greatest strengths as a researcher/writer include: Writing what I am thinking and using metaphors to describe it, so people can understand better.
  2. I need to work on these aspects of research and writing: Grammar, Punctuation.
  3. I learn best & accomplish most when: I am in a quiet setting, and not tired or sleepy. It is helpful to get a good amount of sleep the prior to me writing. Also when I have time to actually do it, and not on a deadline crunch.


Class I am struggling with: Math For Liberal Arts

10 Ways I Can Improve:

  1. Getting a good night sleep the day before so I am not tired and sleepy in class.
  2. Asking questions when I don’t understand something.
  3. Going home/library and looking over the notes while it is still fresh in my memory.
  4. Going to office hours
  5. Using myMathLab (online homework) to do practice problems and study.
  6. Doing the homework before hand and getting that in on time.
  7. Studying with plenty of time before tests.
  8. Maybe having a study group before tests.
  9. Understanding the homework material, not just doing it to get it done.
  10. Taking separate notes where i dissect everything on the “professors notes” to a way that helps me understand better.

Blog Post #5


  1. I enjoyed looking at Clara’s work. I also have an interest in photography, specifically landscape, so it was nice to see a photographer also focus on nature and fine art type of photos, rather than people.  It was interesting to see why she liked film rather than shooting digital. I’ve never shot with film, digital is the only way I know how to shoot, but she said that with film you have to actually think about the picture because you can’t take as many, since it costs money. I liked her work, and I liked how she travels a lot to different places so she has many photos of different angles and different scenery.
  2. I am a graphic design major so I was looking forward to seeing what kind of work Hanna had. It was nice to see stuff she had done freshman and sophomore year since I have/am taking some of the same classes and doing the same type of work. I also saw her instagram page for her senior project and she’s using some watercolor, and warm colors. I get a sort of natural and organic feel from that. It gave me a little bit of insight because her work is different from me and my class’ It’s funny how we can have the same assignments and be studying the same things but our output can be different.
  3. Michelle’s work was definitely different. I’ve never seen work like hers before, i’ve only seen graphic design and photography. It was comic book, graphic novel type of work. I feel like she could be an animator and create children’s book because she has great talent in drawing characters and bringing them to life. I’m not really sure how that can lead to a future career though, I’m pretty sure that there is one that dedicates to just creating characters but because I’ve never been exposed to one, I’m not sure that it exists.
  4. Alexis’ work brought me back to when I was a kid. I remember watching Pokemon and playing lots of video games like Mario Kart and all things Mario. It’s also very graphic and the fact that she can create her own video game is pretty amazing. She also has the ability to bring these drawings to life and give them character. I like how her work is more, I don’t know how to describe it, but like a very child based. It takes me back to childhood and something my little sister would be playing.


I LOVE this! I like to look at well designed websites just for fun, even though they rarely change, I just love to see how nice something is designed.

The Identite Collevtive

Okay so this company started their branding business last year, I remember when their website was live it was a white themed (wix sites) and very sleek. Then they changed it to an orange yellow color pallet, which I wasn’t as a fan of but it still looked good. RECENTLY they upgraded, because they have more people working for them now, their new website is more sleek, professional and has a lot more interactive images. I like the different elements that it has like huge quotes, different textures in backgrounds, and the graphic flowers that help tie everything together. It still has the white sleek background which make sit look elegant.

Third Story Apartment

This is a graphic design website created by one of my designer role models Lindsey Eryn. She creates websites, branding and other graphic design related things for clients. Third Story Apartment is the name of her business and she’s the only worker, and that’s her full time job. I like this website because it has hints of neon colors like green, which makes it stand out, and simple photo generic things like stars in the back. She does use a lot of photo elements which makes the website seem almost like a magazine or scrapbook.

Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star is a digital marketer. She focuses mainly on how social media can grow your business. Her website has a lot of squares, and to me it gives me a geometric type of feel. It is very well organized, with even spacing all around. On the home page, as you keep scrolling it gives you all the information that you need to know, but gives it an in entertaining type of way to where it doesn’t feel like you’re just scrolling and scrolling, but like you’re walking through a slide show, keeps your eye moving.

Brighten Made

Brighten Made is a graphic design studio. I like their website because it is very pink, not because i like the color pink but because right when you see it you get a sort of pink feel all around which helps bring the website together. I also like the photography that the website has, it is very professional and fits well with the theme.

Blog Post #1

  1. For “Are Artists Entrepreneurs” Amit Gupta points out similarities between artists and entrepreneurs. How instead of them relying on other people, they could definitely learn a lot from each other based on how similar they are. For “What entrepreneurs can learn from artists” Tim Leberecht points out specifically what artists do, and how innovators can learn from that, and can use some of those techniques to help expand their business, or benefit from them. At the end of the day, even though artists and entrepreneurs are different, one can very well turn into the other, and they can have similar mind sets.
  2. Artists can learn to choose the right people to join them as they try make their goals come true. Having empowering friends, co workers, that motivate them to do their best.
  3. Yes, I do agree that artists are entrepreneurs. As artists even though we love to create, we also would love to make a living out of that. And we do that by putting our work out there, selling our work, or booking clients, and that is in a sense entrepreneurship. I am a graphic designer and I would love to eventually start my own business, have clients, a website, studio. That is entrepreneurship.
  4. I agree with number 9, that we are great storytellers. As artists most of the time our work spans from what we are feeling inside, or something that we want other people to see. I know that with my work, especially when it comes to hand lettering I hand letter nice sayings or quotes that I feel apply to me and I can relate to, and to someone else who sees it that can reveal something about me that they didn’t know.
  5. I would add that “artists are understanders” I don’t know if that is a word but, essentially that artists understand. I feel like artists have a different mindset, that they think on a deeper level then most people. To where life is not always just about money or higher up there but about being happy and doing these sort of creative things. So when it comes to being a good listener, we are good at that, and give essential advice because of the way we view life.
  6. Addition to what I said previously I would eventually want to start my own business. Which is why I feel that i should take a couple of entrepreneurship classes before I graduate so I can have a little bit of knowledge about that field. A lot of what I read in the articles are useful and put some things into perspective for me.


  1. Grit is something I need to work on. When I first started college, I had a lot of grit, but since then a lot of things have happened and now my grit is slowly decreasing which is something that i’ve started to work on this week, and hopefully will improve.
  2. One thing that I actually did this past weekend was delete all of my social media accounts. I feel like it was consuming me, and I would always find myself just scrolling and thinking about what I was going to post next. So i decided to cut all ties with it, and since then my mind feels more clear and able to focus more. I also feel like I should go to sleep earlier. I tend to go to sleep late, and then the next day I am tired and not having the motivation to do anything, so going to sleep earlier can make me feel super awake and refreshed the next day.

mid term assessment vFA17 – Diana Garcia!

I would say that my use of practice time was uneven. There were days when I could’ve been working on projects from this class, but I didn’t either because I was tired from my other classes, or because I lacked that motivation. I would “plan” on doing work the next day but would never follow up on that plan, either because I got caught up doing other things or because I forgot. Which is ironic because I write everything on my planner but forget to check it. Though time management was an issue, I would find the time to work on it either late at night or when i had brakes in between my classes or at work.

The sophistication of my work was MEDIUM. I was very aware of what the requirements was, and I had a vision in my head of what to do. Especially when i chose the theme organic, or macrobiotic, the symbol for the vegan restaurant that I work at. I knew that I wanted it to be loose, that safe wavy type of feel. On a deeper level, I feel that I connected to not just this project but this symbol because i feel that my life in a way is organic and loose. I have things “planned” out of how they are supposed to go but 9 times out of 10 i just end up winging things and go with the flow. Like whatever life throws at me, i’ll take it. What helped for me when doing this project, was the sketching stage. In the previous classes that i’ve taken we don’t start out by sketching our ideas (granted i did in my first basic graphic design class but i didn’t really grasp the idea of how sketching helped) so doing it with this project I felt helped a lot. I just let my ideas flow and sketched whatever my hand felt like, and where my mind flowed. Though i had a good start, I think that there was still room for improvement, and I could have definitely pushed my designs further. I could have experimented more and made it a little more challenging for myself. Again that was because of time management, I am now starting to grasp how I can manage my time better and what parts of the day work for me and which do not.

Feedback was very USEFUL to me. Everyone saw something that I didn’t see, or maybe did but didn’t realize it was important enough. I appreciated getting feedback from my classmates, especially the critique where we wrote on each others work, because that gave everyone an opportunity to write specifically what could be improved, and that helped me look at little details on my work. I have to say though, as a comment to you (Tuan) i appreciated when you told us that it was up to us to choose our final designs, that we could take into consideration other people’s feedback but at the end of the day it was our work, our designs and we were the ones that had to choose which were going to be the final ones. Through out past critiques, I feel that they are made to where we should make changes on our designs based on what everyone else has to say, which is okay but i don’t think we should do everything that they say if we as the creators of it, don’t think it is necessary or don’t like it.

The level of challenge i gave myself was MEDIUM. I was satisfied with my work and felt that it reached the goal of organic. BUT as i mentioned before i could have challenged myself more, pushed my limits, and see where it could have taken me. I think that if there would have been more time, even though the amount of time that we had to work on it was good, I could have still maybe done more adjustments to my symbols.

I did just the class assignments. Apart from gdes 1 i also had image methodology which i worked on, a good amount of time as well. I did attend the Riso lab lecture with Lindsay Staar, i got a good insight on what her design life is like and what type of design work she does. I also looked at the snake postcards which were pretty great, It’s amazing what type of work is out there that if I don’t see, I won’t know is there.

I am very MATURE in my social development. When we are in class, especially the people I sit next to we were always working on our designs and on top of it. Even outside of class I feel that I concentrate on it when I am working on the designs. I have also learned so much about Illustrator, like how important the pathfinder tool is, the X ray mode view which gives me the guts of the design, and how strokes need to be converted to actual objects. I feel like I only knew the basic of Illustrator coming in, but now halfway through the semester I’ve already gained knowledge that i will be bale to take with me going forward.

I felt that I was WARM in the contribution to the climate. I am definitely more comfortable giving positive feedback than actual critiques. I think most people are. That is something i need to work on, is how to actually give feedback on where rooms of improvements are.

Blog Post #4


For the first one that reads “There is a big” it is a project I am currently working on in image methodology, where we are supposed to pick a truism and design chromatic type from it. I am not done with it yet but when I finish, it is going to read “There is a bigger purpose”.

At first I didn’t really know how to design the chromatic type, since I am not finished with it yet I may add some design on to the front of the type, but for the swirls in the second layer, I just started by experimenting what kind of lines I liked, I tried horizontal and vertical and ended up going with swirls because they seem more crazy, Jimmy described it as psychedelic.

The 2 second photos, they are of matchbooks that we were asked to design based on a movie that we had to choose. My movie was La La Land and I based my matchbook off of the Jazz club that the main characters frequently go to.

I wanted to keep the design simple, and low in color. I think that the type that is inside the matchbook goes well and gives off a sort of jazzy vibe which was what I was going for. I also wanted to keep the color really low in saturation which is why I went with black and maroon.


  1. The strongest aspect of my work from “There is a big” that I have thus far is the color. I feel that fushia (don’t know how to spell it but the light pink that is in the riso lab) and green work really well together, especially in the gradient of the second layer. To me they give off a kind of crazy vibe.
  2. The weakest aspect right now is probably how they don’t look consistent. Some letters have a thicker layer (the gradient part) like the H and the T, while others are thinner. Plus I am not really sure which gradient I want to go with, the one that is crazy looking and bursting with gradients all over the place like the E or gradients like the other letters.
  3. It can be strengthened conceptually by thinking about the spacing of the letters, and again how they can look like they are all one family. I could also add another element to make them pop out more, like a drop shadow.
  4. It can be strengthened technically by fixing the second layer, and making it more parallel to the first one. For example the G, looks like it is out of place and like it is too far out.
  5. I am excited to see where this project goes because after we are done with the chromatic type then we have to design the background, and I want to see how that helps bring the word “psychedelic” into it.

Current and Projected Expert hours

Currently I am a full time student. I am taking 2 improv classes at night on Monday and Tuesday. I work as a graphic designer at the campus ministry. I also work as a host and prep cook at Casa de Luz, a local vegan restaurant during the weekends. Oh and I manage their social media’s, I enjoy doing that very much, classic millennials am i right?

Even though i am very busy i plan on using the free time that i have during the day like Wednesday, and Fridays to work on graphic design. Wednesdays and Thursday I get out of work at 5 and have time after that, which i could also use to work on graphic design.

I am the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite on my laptop, so that gives me the freedom to work on graphic design stuff whenever I want. I don’t have to be at school on the Trustee or Arts 121 computers to work on it.

I plan on spending at least 4-6 hours outside of class to work on just graphic design work for this class. We will see how it goes. Even if I have to wake up early, or stay up lat eon some days.