4 Icons and a Movie tutorial

I decided to make this into a tutorial for fellow ds106 classmates because I was unsure how to make up icons for any movies and thought it would be helpful to show students how to do that. I decided to use screencast and record my screen which seemed like the easiest way to show what was going on. This inspiration comes from a college class I have had where my professor put the directions up on a movie to show us how to complete the assignment using screencast. I just had to add the extension to my browser and it worked flawlessly.

The original assignment comes from 4 icons and a movie and I completed this assignment a few weeks back but it was a long assignment with a lot of work involved. I thought it would be good to show others a quicker way of doing it after I came up with the idea. After completing the assignment it did not seem as difficult as I once thought it was going to be. I made this tutorial as detailed as I thought necessary to complete it and have it make sense. I enjoyed this tutorial and making it was fun I didn’t mind hearing my voice because I was focused on the screen not how I look. Please watch the video because it really helps in the process.

Cool Letters

This assignment I decided to use my own name because I have seen it written so many ways and thought it could be a fun place to start for 3 stars. When I found this font I knew it was perfect for me. It reminds me so much of what I was like in middle school and this is how I started to write my name when the hearts for the “i” dots were cool. I enjoyed getting to find this font and it brought back some really good memories.

This inspiration is really just the memories it brought back of late elementary school and middle school when it was fun trying to write your name in all these ways. I used cool letters. net to come up with the list of fonts and picked the one that spoke to me the most first. I think it came out great and hit home for me and how similar it was to me, and the way it made me feel was why I picked this childish one.

4 Icons and a Movie

This assignment was a lot of fun to try and come up with. The prompt was to pick a movie and come up with basic elements then reduce them down to 4 single icons to tell the movie so others can guess it for 3 stars. I decided to stray from the 80’s theme that most of my projects and movies have used because I figured my classmates could guess the movie because I repeat my favorite 80’s movies in any assignment I can. These icons are for a 2018 movie categorized as mystery/crime. That is the only hint I am going to give for these icons.

The top left picture is a cop, next to it is an egg, the bottom left picture is evidence, and finally a board game. I think these are pretty simple icons to guess the movie the only issue is if you haven’t seen the movie I don’t know how easy it will be to guess.

I think I did good on this assignment I was creative picking important features in the movie while still trying not to give it away to my viewer. The inspiration for the movie came from the recent movies I have seen that are newer on DVD. The inspiration for my assignment comes from the weekly page and a classmate, Megs and Bacon‘s creation of 4 icons allowing me to see how easy and fun this assignment can be. I am impressed how these icons came together to tell the story and it makes sense in my head, but I am the one that came up with these. I look forward to seeing what people think these icons are!

Princess Bride

This assignment was fun to complete. I decided to take a movie from the 80’s and add a quote to it from the movie showing how space and design play a role where they eye looks initially. This assignment was to take a picture from the movie and add a quote to it over the image for 2.5 stars. I decided on the Princess Bride because I really like the entire movie and there are some good quotes in it that are true or just funny. I started by looking for pictures from the movie that I liked, then thought of quotes that I like online and added them together just using word and their formatting tools. I had a tough choice between which quotes I wanted to use that would make the least sense with the photo. My goal was to mismatch the picture and the quotes. I decided to find a quote that made some sense with the picture but still funny.

I think I did a good job at using the space I had. I made the background of the text white so it would stick out more on the black shirt and the space I used is still rule of thirds. I enjoyed working with it and figuring out the spatial part of this week and design of the entire picture. The mini version of the buy in black in the corner I think is a cool artistic side, feels like he’s showing how the bigger version is feeling, like a mini me version. I just am a fan of the movie, I think the 80’s produced some really good movies, and scenes with quotes that will last forever.

Just extra because I still like the quote 🙂

This was going to be the other quote I was going to do with a different picture because it is so iconic and from the 80’s revenge feeling.


I have always wanted a tattoo as long as I can remember, the older I get the more picky I become but the rose idea hasn’t changed for a while. The rose has some deep personal meaning to me and it is also a family name. For this assignment I had to create a tattoo that included 2 examples of rules we are learning for 3.5 stars. I decided to google and use the tattoo generator to come up with this design, now I may shade it in but I don’t think so.

This is the tattoo I want to have, not to sure where but i like the way it is placed. This is a good example of topography because of the different fonts used as well as size of different fonts. The size of the top font signify importance but the bottom is showing how intricate love is and how intertwined it is with the rest of the words. There is no period after love because love never ends, while living and laughing eventually end. This is also a good example of minimalism because there are clean lines and not a lot of details just simple lines to create an elegant picture. There is the outline of the rose and the words are written a little more bold which draws attention to the words but the rose is important being there showing the little bit of design can make a big difference.

I was inspired by the rose because that is my middle name and its the name of many of my family members. The words beneath it are words I want to live by because I think they make for a good and happy life. I was able to use google and word to put these different things together then to safe it as a JPEG to upload to my blog. I enjoyed being able to think and really figure out why I like this tattoo and the spent time figuring out what font I wanted my words in as well as size because they do make so much of a difference. I think I did a good job with this and it represents what I want very well as well as satisfies the assignment. I used what I learned to come up with this picture with words. I enjoyed having it work well and able to tell what I like about the minimalist design as well as the topography. I picked those two characteristics because they are the ones I spent the most time figuring out and editing to see how I want it to look in the end. I am happy with how this assignment turned out even though it took a lot of time it was very much worth it.

Dirty Dancing

To start this week off I decided to do a minimalist movie poster for the movie Dirty Dancing from the 80’s for 3.5 stars. I am really excited for this week because I do enjoy design and designing different things and being creative that way. I enjoyed this project and it was relatively quick because I knew what I wanted to do with it.

I am lucky enough to have a computer that accepts me writing on my screen withe a pen I have. I used a word document and wrote with my pen describing the movie in a poster form. The minimalist part was the hardest part for me because I enjoy things and details that go into pictures and designs. I thought of making music notes and the black lines represent smell. The dress is supposed to be like Baby’s dress from the movie with a little more color. I took a very literal meaning to the story title, dirty is the smell, and dancing is the dress and music notes. Below is my movie poster for the movie Dirty Dancing.

I think I did a good job with the poster, the only issue could be that I added to much and it was not minimalist enough to be correct. I was trying to make it there but also give it enough detail to be able to tell what movie I was talking about. I definitely understand it is important that we put things in certain places to make a certain picture and feeling.

I was trying to think of ideas that were not exact to the movie but meant the same thing. I was trying to be creative while also placing the object in certain locations to make more of a meaning and feeling than placing somewhere else.