Friday, September 28, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

Coding is an important skill to learn because the world is increasingly becoming more digital and automated. Technological advancements are being made every day. In challenge #1 we are tasked with programming the Altino car to drive through the track without collisions in a figure 8 motion. Our logic statement is to go(-1000, -1000) backwards for the first circle, and then (1000,1000) forwards for the second circle. The Go command causes the car to move. The steering command directs the movements of the car by turning the wheels. The delay command alters how long, in milliseconds, the car goes for. The process of trial and error was quite frustrating for my partner and I. It was a constant process of altering the code, plugging the Altino car in, testing it out, and repeating.

The While Loop allows for a section of code to be executed multiple times in a row. An Array allows you to group multiple variables under one name. A Display Line displays a single character on the dot matrix of the car based on the character input, this command controls the flashing lights on the Altino car. And Finally, Sound plays inputted notes. I would trust an autonomous vehicle to give me a ride. The way I see it, autonomous vehicles are safer than if a person was behind the wheel. People are easily distracted, and sometimes unaware of everything that's happening on the road. An autonomous vehicle diverts all of its attention to the road; it reads every sign, it has GPS systems installed into it, it never speeds, and it always follow road rules. I definitely think autonomous vehicles will be used to carry out complex tasks like an ambulance responding to accidents in the future. We're still a long way from that point, but I believe one day it will be achieved.

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

The elements of art that were used in my digital still life painting are line, shape, value, contrast, texture, and space. The drawing is made up of lines; some thicker than others to create the illusion of contrast. The texture brush was set to 10 pixels the entire time, but I could still make lines thicker and thinner than others because of the pressure sensitivity on the Wacom pen tablet. My favorite part of the drawing process was adding the miniscule details that accentuate the image. For example, the little grooves in the side of the pen. My least favorite part was the beginning. Tracing the edge of the cup and pens was monotonous and somewhat challenging. The hardest part, however, was definitely drawing the bridge and tower. It was very time-consuming but it was fun.

My landscape image was taken at my friend Ahnahi's new house in Wailua homesteads. This image has light contrast, white space, a few lines, value, shape, form, and lots of texture of the trees and bushes.  The difference between the landscape image and the still life is that the still life was drawn by hand over the original image while the landscape was edited to create the illusion of it being a graphite pencil sketch. I tried refining the image with the more complex tutorial that came after the first one that used more advanced filter techniques. I feel that the outcome of the image did not change much if at all.

The portrait drawing is of my friend Tawni. It was taken in her art class. I decided to use an image of Tawni because it was last minute and I was unprepared that morning. Also, she's my OG high school friend, so why not? Anyways, this final image uses all the elements of art because it is made up of different shapes formed by lines drawn on the tablet, it has some low-opacity color, form, texture, value created by shading, and space. It encompasses all of the elements of art. As for my critique results, my best score was on the mixed photo, in which most people gave me a three, and 5 people gave me a 4. Meanwhile my lowest score is the landscape. I agree with the results. The still life was rather rushed and incomplete, and the landscape wasn't really a landscape. I put a lot of time and effort into the mix and added ample texture.

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 can be used to create different emotions through speech or represent different characters. The interest of the audience can be maintained by replicating diverse voices. My role in this assignment was script writer and voice provider. As a group we came up with the ideas, and I put those ideas into words that could be used in the final product.  Before recording the entire script in one take, we had to rehearse. The rehearsal process was extremely important. It helped us loosen our vocal chords and experiment with the character voices to test which voices sounded better for the different parts of the script.

I think our team did well considering all things. We met the project goal of communicating the message of explaining the seven principles of design to the audience. Our level of completion is the highest, as we met all of the requirements and our audio file is under 5 minutes and over 3 minutes. Our lowest score was the clarity of speakers voices; we should have spoken louder and clearer, since we have music playing throughout the script. As for audience impact, all 4 categories were consistent, right at 2. An obstacle we faced was the fact that one of our team members was absent for a few days as we worked on the script. It worked out, however, because she was the voice provider and was back in time for recording. If I had to do this project again I would improve the music we used to make it more interesting and I would speak with slightly more enthusiasm.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

The FCC is a government agency stationed in the U.S. that regulates interstate and international communications. It stands for the Federal Communications Commission. Copyright infringement is when work protected by copyright laws are used without permission from the owner or when it's used without fair use. You can get permission to use copyright material by requesting a written permission agreement from the rightful owner of the content. "Fair Use" is "any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and 'transformative' purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work", according to the article What is Fair Use? from Stanford University Libraries. An example of using copyrighted material without permission that is legal is making a parody of a music video for comedic purposes, or when you comment upon or critique material; for example, a book review.

Confidentiality is keeping information private and undisclosed to the public. Home addresses should always be kept confidential. In addition, home phone numbers, social security numbers, and passwords. It is easy to be exposed on social media; accidentally leaking a photo of your house address or having your personal information posted somewhere can be detrimental to someone's livelihood. It leaves you vulnerable to scams, thefts, or people who use your pass codes to assume your identity online. I believe our censorship laws in America are appropriate and that they don't go against our 1st Amendment rights. People are allowed to do or say whatever they please within the security of their own homes. However, Some things that have publicity should definitely be censored to protect those who might find certain content disturbing, triggering, or extremely offensive.

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.

Monday, August 13, 2018

ACO 2.0 - Market shifts

A market is a typically a place where various products and services are sold and bought. Marketing is when a product is promoted via advertising or campaigning. Markets shift overtime as a result of new and improved marketing techniques. For example, a more traditional method of advertising in markets is displaying products on giant billboards over buildings; a more modern marketing technique is for a company to pay a website domain to put their advertisements up on their site. Markets also shift depending on the types of products being sold and purchased by consumers. Back in the mid 1900's most photographs were done in black and white, or minimal color schemes, but now we can take photos filled with any color visible to the human eye.

I would like to improve upon my computation skills. Also my drawing skills, coding skills, and photography skills. These are all skills I that are necessary in the arts and communications industry. The skill I think would be most useful in my life right now is coding and marketing. However, since I am most interested in graphic design, I want to become better at drawing digitally. I need artistic skills to be able to satisfy the needs of companies that may hire me in the future for design purposes. I also need to be tech-savvy to be a graphic designer.

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


I select the way I communicate by considering how different audiences process different information; for example I use simple and easy to understand words when communicating with children, and I used more advanced words when communicating with adults. I feel the most comfortable and understood when talking openly and honestly to my friends, because I don't have to hold back. I can be my true self. I feel least comfortable communicating in front of my mother, because I feel like she doesn't understand anything that I try to tell her. I can improve upon this by explaining things to her in different ways or using a wide variety of descriptive vocabulary to get my points across to her, rather than giving up( which I do most of the time).

I would like to learn more about graphic design technology. I have never used photoshop before but I would like to. That is the main reason I am taking this class; so I can move up to graphic design. I love digital art. As for career pathways; I am undecided, but I have a few ideas of which one to pursue. First, I want to be a graphic designer, second, I want to be an English/Japanese translator, third, I want to be a software developer and coder. For all of these careers I would need to have good communication skills.

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.