Reina Gonzales

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Color and Light

In the music videos “Soon” by My Bloody Valentine,“Lorelie” by Cocteau Twins and, “De Luxe” by Lush, there seems to be many similarities within each bands music sound and music video production and direction style. All three videos had songs that were had a flowy dream like quality with soft vocals. The videos himself seem to experiment with lighting and exposure and create a very surreal environment for the viewer.

Overall I thought these three video were very interesting. They are not the type of music video that I usually watch but I thought that were very creative in the way they were produced because they give off such a unique and abstract vibe. The visuals and music seem to blend together to create a very distinct feeling for each video that is different   

Based on what I have learned about the assignment for my foundations of art and design class called conceptual photos, I believe these videos cen strongly relate to the project. In the Conceptual Photo Project our goal is to create interesting shapes and shadows with all white paper. By experiment with shadow, color temperature and shades of white as well as texture we are assigned to create an interesting photo out of seemingly monotone and interesting materials. These music videos could strongly relate to this idea because of the effects that have been created to give these video a monotone appearance while still creating interest and tension. For example. in the music video “Soon,” almost the whole video is so overexposed that everything appears a shade of white. There is minimal color that appears and even that could be considered  a tint at times. In the second video, “Lorelie,” the video also has a similar monotone quality which allows the video to abstract the images and create interesting shapes. Finally the last video, “De Luxe,” also uses the interesting technique of monotone footage and using light itself to create shapes such as smiley faces. I think that all three videos are great examples of what can be accomplished with light and monotone colors schemes.

GDES 2 – Mid Term Assessment

1 Where are you in your hours that you declared earlier in the semester? Looking at your work now, are your current accumulated hours enough?

At the beginning of the semester I said that 7-10 hours outside of class was my expert hour goal. By the middle of the semester I should have accumulated about 49 – 70 hours. Though I have been doing sufficient work for this class and for the most part turning assignments in on time I believe that I have not reached my mid semester goal of 49 hours. Though I do think I am close because I feel that I completed about 6 hours a week. I think a reason that I did reach the goal is because I was often frustrated with after effects. I am very excited for his upcoming brand project because I think I will be more motivated to work on this project. Because of this motivation I believe I will be able to reach my goal of 98 -140 hours.        

2 Has your definition of “sophisticated” work changed from last semester? If so, how so? What is sophisticated in your weather report?

I think I have always had a similar idea of what sophisticated work looks like but during my time at St. Edward’s I do think my understanding of how of achieve sophisticated work, and the effort that goes into has definitely shifted. As each semester passes in my graphic design class I begin to realise the time and attention to detail that makes a design better than the rest. This semester I have come to realise that researching and refining are the most important parts to create anything that is sophisticated.      

3 Describe how the new things you’ve learned so far connect to what you already had coming into the semester.

The new things I have learned this semester have connected the knowledge I have acquired in my previous semester classes. For instance I would not have been able to complete the LATCH Weather Report if I had not taken Image Methodology and created an app mockup, before. Learning the more advanced aspects After Effects would have been impossible if I had not first understood the basics. Similarly the ideas of symbols and using maps to organize information which I had learned about in Graphic Design 1, definitely applied to my weather report video, in terms of the way in which I communicated to the audience what the data the video represented.  

4 What are somethings you are still unsure about in this project that you would like to know more about?

I would have liked to learn more about how you code repeating movements in after effects. I think that it would be a useful skill to have. By showing how to do it in class, even just once, would make it easier to understand when we research how to do more complex tasks on our own. I also would have liked to know how to align footage with camera motion. I think this would have made my final product look a lot more sophisticated.  

5 Assign a level of value to this project. Identify two other projects in your creative life and place this weather report relative to them. How close or far are they from one another? What qualities did each project have that the other’s didn’t that would rate them higher/lower?

I think that two project that the Weather Report would rank between would be my Cognitive Decision Map ranking highest and my Style Project for Image Methodology being lowest. The Weather Report ranks higher than the Style Project because though the individual pictures in the set worked well, they were not a cohesive set. I think the weather report ranks higher because I believe that each latch movement flows cohesively to the nest. The motion and order makes sense within the video. The Cognitive Decisions Map ranks heights because it was detailed and more refined than most of my other project. I also think the most important part of why I liked this project was because I was able to successfully express my style and creativity. The Weather Report ranks lower than the Map because it was very difficult to make sure every detail neat and flowed well. I also think that in terms of creativity in design it was definitely not as successful as the map.        

6 Break down the percentages of what entities are responsible for creating growth within the creative you. Am I part of it? Part of it is on you, right? Do you consider your classmates/friends as influencers on the course of your trajectory for success? At the end of the semester you will be evaluating me, but right now within your own pie piece, how much have you brought to the game? How did it end up that you brought that much?

I think that professors make up about 30% of the contributing force in shaping the creative me. I believe that I personally make up 30% of shaping myself. My friends and family, the people I surround myself with make up 20%. And pop culture and social media makes up the last 20%. I believe everyone on around me is at least a small influencer in who I am and what ideas I believe. I feel that my relationship with creativity and contributing to my own creativity has been on a decline. I need to make a more considered effort to allow myself the time to practice design and to research designers or influencers on my own. Right now I do not do the best job at that, because I feel a bit overwhelmed with other classes, assignments, and life outside school. By the end of the semester I hope to spend more time designing outside of class assignments and exploring my creative side.    

7 Ask me or express something, you feel like you can’t in class or even my office: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

My Expert Hour Goal

End of Semester Assessment




Map 1

Map 2

Map 3


1.How many hours of practice time per week would you consider excessive? How many hours would not be enough to create sophisticated work? Where are you situated?

I believe the more practice one can get the better, because one’s skill will develop very quickly. However I do think that if one is practicing to avoid other important work than that can become a problem. I also think if one practice to much and start to hallucinate then one should probably stop for a least an hour to clear their mind so you don’t go to crazy. In order to create sophisticated work you should probably be spending at least 1-2  hour per day practicing so at least 7 hours a week. I think that lately I have been devoting at least 7 hours a week of practice to graphic design.  

  1. What does the “next level” look like? What would the next level in the designs of your maps look like?

Next level is going beyond what is asked from an assignment, paying attention to detail and using creativity to make an aesthetically pleasing product. I also think that revising editing is an important aspect when it comes to creating a next level product. I think that my maps are on there way to being next level. I think that to make them even more next level, I would need to continue to revise them. This year I have learned that it is important to trust my gut. If you I feel like something may be slightly off or look slightly weird there is probably a reason that I feel that way. My brain is trying to tell me that there is something not quite right that should be revisited and reworked. I tried to do this with my pieces but I know that there is still some detail that I could revise to be even better.  Also I have learned the importance of craft and attention to detail. I need to make several drafts or iterations to get the best finished product without spelling errors or sloppy work.

3.What was some meaningful feedback you received about the maps and what did you do with that feedback?

All feedback is meaningful feedback. Throughout this course I received a lot of meaningful feedback from my peers and professor. For the most part I took all feedback into consideration and tried to incorporate it into my work. The most meaningful feedback from my peers and professor their honesty and suggestions about legibility of my maps, especially in terms of my third map. Legibility was extremely important in the map projects so having an outside perspective help to make sure my maps were readable was what I felt improved my maps the most.

In order to allow others to understand the location of my maps it was suggested that I add paths and markers that would help identify which buildings represented what. It was also suggested that I change the perspective of my map to increase readability which benefited the map tremendously.

  1. Describe what level of challenge you encountered in the creation of your maps. What was the hardest part / what was the easiest part? What was the most enjoyable part of the process?

There were many challenges that I encountered in the creation of the maps. The most difficult part for the maps was creating the concepts that I wanted to use to illustrate and convey my information. The easiest and most enjoyable part of the map process  occurred  after I figured out my idea, when I was able to create all the graphic design elements.  For example it took me a very long time to decide the best way to represent the second map but one I realized that a journal would be a visually interesting I was able to finally finish the map.  

Small details and the process of creating the images were the most enjoyable aspects. I like making things look aesthetically pleasing.

  1. Did you do anything else outside of class, extracurricular, related to art, design, or creativity?

I very much enjoy doing creative things outside of class, such as embroidery, drawing, painting, and photography, however I find it hard to find the time to do these things. I very excited to go on break because I will have a whole month to create. I also really enjoy taking my graphic design courses because they give me the opportunity to be creative.

  1. Whether positively, negatively or neutrally, how has your life outside of school impacted your school work?

I would say my life outside school has affected my work negatively, and positively this semester. For example the drama of the Pavilions, the drama of society, people’s craziness, and meanspirtedness has been especially draining this semester. I think my work has suffered because of the stress of the outside world, not having a permanent place to live, and the fact that everybody wants to kill everybody else. I am very disappointed in the way the world is acting right now, and this has caused my work to suffer. I think that though there is so much negativity, I have learned a lot from my professors, from my mistakes. I believe the negativity of the outside world will helping me to grow as a person and cause my work to become more sophisticated as well.   

  1. What does the most ideal classroom environment look/feel like to you? What does it mean to be part of a class? This semester, what was your part / role / contribution to this ideal vision? Looking back in the semester describe the physical location you think you were at your most optimum and flourished the most.

An ideal classroom environment is very similar to what we experience in our class now. Full participation, kindheartedness and respect from the classmates and professors which creates an environment where everyone is able to feel comfortable to learn and grow. To be part of a class like this means that a student is always eager to learn something new, always contributes what is asked, and is always supportive towards fellow classmates. This semester I tried to be engaged and present during class. I most definitely think I succeeded at the respect portion of the ideal class. Respect and kindness re extremely important to me and I would never do anything to make to feel like they were not valid. The physical location I think I was the most successful at were at the end of each project. This was when I felt I was the most engaged and involved in the class.  


Blog Post #11

Part 1: Based on the notes you took during class, write a brief description and response to each of the Faculty presentations.

For the faculty presentation this week we had Bob, Alex, and Jo present about their work and life. For Bob’s presentation, he talked about how his passion for gaming and how it became his career. I thought that it was clever how he related pinball throughout his presentation. For Alex’s presentation she discussed how her children have influenced her work. I thought that the fact that she was able to overcome some of the challenges that come with having children, grow from the experience, refine her work, and her method was very interesting to hear about. Jo presented from his photography series of family portraits. I thought that they were all very compelling and I thought that the setting of the portraits of made them very interesting.

Part 2: Reflection on this semester and course.

Overall I really like this course. Getting the opportunity to listen to artist, faculty, former students, and current students was a very inspiring and educational experience. There is nothing that I would really criticize because I felt like all the classes were well spent.

Blog Post #10

Part 1: Research Blog Post

Unfortunately I missed this passed class because I was attending an artist workshop in the Risograph Lab by Kelcey Towell, so I decided to write my research blog post over her work. Kelcey is from Little Rock Arkansa. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University, and her Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Maryland institute College of Arts.

Kelecy Towell’s lecture and workshop this past Thursday and Friday was over a stencil she created called Lettermaker. The stencil contains common shapes that are used to make up letters.  Her hope was to create this stencil so creatives and non creatives alike can make their own unique founts. This project, which began as her thesis at MICA, focused on the way that letters were made and put together. In order to create the project she had to do a lot of research over artists, stencil makers, and typographers  and create several renditions of the product itself. Towell Realized that this could be a very successful product to sell so she began to further edit the stencil. The stencil went from being a very complex piece of plastic to the very simple as it is now.

In the Workshop I was very lucky to have the opportunity to get to create some imagery and type with the stencil. Overall, I very much enjoyed using the stencil, not only did it give you parameters that allowed you to be more create but It was also a very relaxing tool to use, I would have even  purchased one if I had the money.


Part 2: Next class we will have some faculty presenters. This is your chance to ask them anything, no matter how absurd. Post at least one question on your blog. You can post more if you like. I will collate and choose some of the common questions that come up.


  1. Do you like your job? If so why?
  2. Did you have an aha moment when you realized you were supposed to be a professor?
  3. Are you supposed to be a professor?

Blog Post #9

Part 1: Based on the notes you took during class, write a brief description and response to the Alumni presentations.

Alejandro was the first guest speaker to present during our seminar. He talked about his work with SXSW and Gaming. I thought it was interesting that he was a Graphic Design Major yet still ended up in the field of gaming which seemed to be his real passion. I though his tips about Passion, Iteration and  Emersion were very helpful. Next Anthony Zubia, he was freelance graphic designer and art director. His story about how he became involved with his previous job was very interesting and inspiring and it illustrated that opportunities can come at anytime. I thought that the way he incorporates humor into his work was very important to. He did not lose his voice even though he was designing for a client. Finally, Edith Valle, a very recent graduate of St. Ed’s was the last to present. Though she did not have a full time job yet, I was most inspired by her work. I really like her style and the meaning behind her work.    

Part 2: Many of our successful alumni say that their internship was one of the most valuable experiences they had. By searching the web, find at least 3 potential internships that you are interested in, and post the links on your blog. Many art galleries & non-profits, design firm’s, photo studios, and game companies have internship information on their websites.

These are some internship I plan to look into so that I can complete them over the summer or winter break in San Antonio. These are all graphic design internships and I have some connections with all these business so hopefully that will make it easier for me to get the opportunities.

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(The blog post for #8 had the same directions as this one at the time I completed it so both blogpost 8 and 9 have the same Part 2.)

Blog Post #8

Part 1: Based on the notes you took during class, write a brief description and response to the Faculty* presentations.

The first faculty presenter was Jimmy Lu. In Jimmy’s presentation he described his idea’s and interest in public space and the act of publication. He talked about the risograph lab and his lecture series efforts. I hope that I can find the time this semester to attend at least one of these presentations, because they all seem like very interesting and important learning opportunities.  Taun was the second presenter. His slides mainly consisted of his work with the university and his had flyers that he created. I think that the way he uses his doodles within his posters and designs is very interesting concept that adds meaningful layers to his work. Next was Bill Kennedy and his photographic distortions. I liked how he took underappreciated objects and made them into works that could be appreciate. And Finally was Kim Garza who Talked about Curiosity, Passion ,and Wonder help her to find meaning and drive in her work and life. I really liked her advice about the importance of these three things and how they can create interest in work and assignment you might normally find boring. Overall I thought that the presentations were extremely interesting because I really liked getting to see the professional work of my professors.

Part 2: Many of our successful Faculty* say that their internship was one of the most valuable experiences they had. By searching the web, find at least 3 potential internships that you are interested in, and post the links on your blog. Many art galleries & non-profits, design firms, photo studios, and game companies have internship information on their websites.

These are some internship I plan to look into so that I can complete them over the summer or winter break in San Antonio. These are all graphic design internships and I have some connections with all these business so hopefully that will make it easier for me to get the opportunities.

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Faculty* – I believe that these blog post instructions were posted in the wrong order, as the prompt ask us to talk about alumni presentation which we have yet to have had. Therefore, I have changed the instructions to reflect the current presentation we have just seen by replacing Alumni with Faculty.

Blog Post #7

  1. Create a four-year degree plan. How will this major help you prepare a career in the future? Do you have a backup plan if this major doesn’t work out?

My graphic design major will most definitely help me prepare for a job in the graphic design field because the graphic design course at St. Edward’s gives students a lot of important knowledge about how to successfully use and understand the tools of Graphic design. The Global Studies major will help me if I decide to pursue a job in that field. I think that both however they may seem very different can connected in some ways. For instance if I was to become a graphic designer for the UN or an embassy I would probably need to know a least a little about both subjects. I think the most practical major is my graphic design major because I am actually building a portfolio here at St. Edward’s, and therefore it is sort of like my “back up plan.”

My Four Year Degree Plan – Global Studies and Graphic Design Majors

Spring 2018 (Sophomore Year)

Arts 1311, Span 2312, Pol 2341, Gdes 3304, Glst 2331  


Fall 2018 (Junior Year)

Span 330, Gdes 3300, Gdes 3315, Religious Studies, Glst class, Glst class     


Spring 2019 (Junior Year)

Span 3341, Gdes 3343, Gdes 3335, Gdes 3049,  Glst class, Glst class


Fall 2019 (Senior Year)

Gdes 4333, Gdes 4350, Glst class,  Glst class, Glst class


Spring 2020 (Senior Year)  

Gdes 4316, Gdes 4344, Gdes 4049, Glst class, Glst class, Glst class


  1. Do you have a minor or have you considered a second major?
  • If so what is it and why do you think this will be a beneficial choice?
  • If not, identify at least one minor or major degree option that you are interested in. Explain why you chose this option.


I am a double majoring in Graphic Design and Global Studies. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to go to St. Edward’s tuition free, therefore I want to try and get the most out of this opportunity that I can. I have a passion for both subjects and I like to think about how they can connect. I think being globally aware and continuing with my global studies major will help to add sophistication and meaning to graphic design work. Similarly, I think the same can be said for my global studies work that graphic design can help to better convey meaning in my work. I decided to double major the second semester of my freshman year. I could not chose between majoring in one and minoring in the other because I love learning about them both.       

Blog Post #6


For each class ask yourself the following:

  1. My greatest strengths in International Relations include: Understanding in class material.
  2. For greater success in this course, I need to: Spend more time reading the “suggested” readings.
  3. My greatest strengths in Spanish III  include: Understanding the concepts on paper.
  4. For greater success in this course, I need to: Practice outside of class, actually make the effort to speak even when I feel scared.
  5. My greatest strengths in Visual Studies include: Using my artistic abilities for class project, for example, integrating interesting skills into my projects.   
  6. For greater success in this course, I need to: I need to take more notes on the more technical lectures.
  7. My greatest strengths in Image Methodology  include: My interests and passion for everything we have learned so far.    
  8. For greater success in this course, I need to: Dedicate more practice time to homework assignments.  
  9. My greatest strengths in Graphic Design 1 include: My participation within the group discussions and engagement in class projects.  
  10. For greater success in this course, I need to: Dedicate more practice time to homework assignments.  
  11. My greatest strengths in Visual Studies Seminar include: Being engaged with lectures, compelling blog posts.   
  12. For greater success in this course, I need to: Take more notes during the lectures.


Computer skills:

  1. My computer skills include: Indesign, Illustrator, photoshop, lightroom, google slides.    
  2. I still need to learn: coding & everything else.


Research & writing skills:

  1. My greatest strengths as a researcher/writer include: Creative ideas, creative writing experience that helps to spice up my papers.
  2. I need to work on these aspects of research and writing: Understanding research tools like google scholar so I can use them to their full potential.
  3. I learn best & accomplish most when: I am engaged/interested with what I am learning, when I am working on a project.  


Choose one class that you are struggling with or are not doing as well as you could.Now make a list of 10 ways you could improve your performance in this class.

International Relations: 10 Steps to be More Successful  

  1. Spend 30 minutes reading and annotating  textbook.
  2. Review syllabus and add all due dates to my calendar.
  3. Create a continuous study guide where you can add key terms from book and from class.
  4. Before the Print out study guide and refill info.  
  5. Download audio book for textbook.
  6. Take better notes in class.
  7. Try not to zone out in class.
  8. Take color coded notes.
  9. Go to office hours.
  10. Start work as soon as it is assigned.  
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