Weekly Recap

Design has turned out to be pretty tricky, there a major learning curve with using photoshop. One of my room mates who is in the art school was able to help me a bit though

1. Looking through the albums without sound was really interesting. Putting them together reminded me of the way you put together a stripper name– The name of your first pet and the street that you grew up on. Mine is Ella Franklin

2. So I made my own album cover, but I don’t think I would be into the music of Xianjie Subdistrict

3. There were so many examples of minimalism of things that I like, it was so hard to choose. Do I stay current and do the sigils from Game of Thrones or do I do something a bit older like Jaws. I the end though I chose to do Arrested Developmet–> a crowd pleaser.

4. For the movie poster I was a bit more up to date using a movie that came out only two weekends ago. Spring Breakers has been getting a lot of press regarding the cast, so I just labeled them as they are.

5. Ted Talk– I tried to think of a lot of different movie characters and what their ultimate Ted Talk would be. I chose Shosh from girls, she talks a lot. In the season finale she has a brief monologue going over everything her (ex) boyfriend ray hates.

6. Color Splash– this was definitely my most creative (meaning artistic) creation thus far, I’m really happy with how it turned out


Design Create #4- Ted Talk


For my fantasy Ted Talk, I chose Shosh from Girls giving a talk on ” The Correlation Between Men’s Willingness to Pursue Employment and Number of Things Hated”. At the end of this season, Shosh broke up with her boyfriend because he lacked any sort of motivation and hated everything but her. She could not longer tolerate his negativity in her life as she grows into a full formed human.

So first I found a picture of the actress that plays shosh standing up, it was strangely hard to find full body pictures of people standing up. I cut her out of that photo and put her into the template. Then I made a graph of all the things Shosh lists that Ray hates in their break up scene.I estimated how much he hates each item.

Bringing back common sense

I have a huge tech crush on Lawrence Lessig and have for a while. I have had to read his opinions in many of my classes and always look forward to hearing his point of view. I classify him as an adult who “gets it”

In his ted talk about creativity and the law whole heartedly agree with him that making the majority of the youth population aware that they are breaking the law and making them feel ok with it is “corrosive to society”. It is shocking how ok we have all been with being labeled as law breakers and the extent of who exactly is breaking the law.

The spreading of the ability to manipulate video and images as Lessig says has democratized the ability to create. Just as Guttenberg‘s ( not this one) allowed for the mass availability of books which then spawned social change like no other, this diffusion is also spreading change. The type of change is highly illegal though in the eyes of the law. Like Lessig, I think the law makers today need to get a heavy dose of common sense and wake up from the notion that a digital manipulation is not a violation of copyright. Especially in the wake of Aaron Swartz‘s suicide, the penalties inflicted for trying something new online should be reconsidered.

When I am home, I am known to my parents and my parents friends as their own personal IT girl. I am called over to houses to help set up wireless, download tv shows, and give advice as to what  are the best ways to circumvent the law to watch the latest season of Homeland. When I tell that the way that I’m going to show them isn’t exactly legal, they show no qualms. Breaking the law is ok when it comes to getting media content, and I love to show them how to do it. Why? I truly believe that the airwaves belong to the people, and if you pay for content than you should be able to watch it on any device at any time. Does that make me a pirate? Maybe so.

I would rock a pirate hat CC flickr user: slaup