Media Fair

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The medium is the message”? This past week in English class, we participated in a media fair which explored the meaning behind this phrase. Everyone in our class chose different topics to focus on, and then explored how different types of media portrayed the topic that we chose. During the media fair, we presented posters that we created about our topic, and spoke with other students about the different types of media that we focused on. We were also able to spend time looking at other people’s posters, and asking them questions about the topics that they chose. The main purpose for this event was to learn about different types of media, and learn a bit more about some new topics.

my poster
My Poster

The topic that I created my blog post on was Tumblr. I researched five different sources which included a mix of both positive and negative opinions on Tumblr. I found it very interesting to see all these different perspectives, because I always see Tumblr in a positive way, but there are also some negative aspects to the website.

During the media fair, I visited a few different people and was able to learn more about their topics.

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Adam’s Poster

The first person that I visited was Adam, who was focusing on the brand Versace, and the way that it is conveyed through different types of media. The different types of media that he explored were, a magazine cover, a music video, Instagram posts, a news article, and a TV advertisement. In the magazine cover, Adam found that the photo that was used was an indirect way to advertise the brand, as the person on the cover was made to look like Medusa, who is the main part of the Versace logo. Next, in the music video, Adam explained that the video shows the viewer that Versace is equated with wealth, and this music video helps promote the brand. The next sources that Adam focused on were two Instagram posts. (post one | post two) He showed how the post could be a source of promotion for the brand, because many people look up to the star who posted the photo, and may become interested in the brand through her post. Next, Adam explained how a news article that he found, shed negative light on to the brand by focusing on how the brand had not paid their taxes. Finally, Adam focused on a TV advertisement which showed a collaboration between H&M and Versace, hm versace 左_0which he explained, was used to promote both brands, and widen the customer base of Versace. I thought that Adam’s poster was very interesting for me, because I usually don’t think about the different ways that brands can be promoted, without the brand putting up advertisements. When I spoke to Adam, we both agreed that the Instagram posts that he analyzed were the most interesting sources, because they are not a typical form of advertisement, but still benefit the brand greatly.

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Daniel’s Poster

Next I visited Daniel who focused on the band iamamiwhoami. The different types of media that he found were, an interview, streamed content (a concert), a Facebook group, an article, and a blog post. Daniel explained that the interview was published to a popular channel and was generally positive or neutral towards the subject. Next, he explained that the streamed content or “concert” was very positive towards the band, as it was published the the band itself and focused on the singer’s relationship with the fans. Next, he explained that the blog post was generally very negative towards the band, and was used to express annoyance at the band. After that, Daniel explained that the article was neutral towards the subject, and seemed to be more reliable than the previous blog post. Finally, he explained that the Facebook group was used for fans of the band, and was generally positive towards the band, as it only included the perspective of those who enjoy listening to the band’s music. Overall, I thought that Daniel’s topic was very interesting, and was something that not many people would know about. I also thought that it was very interesting that he analyzed a Facebook group, because it is a very non-traditional medium. Daniel and I discussed a bit about the band, and how they have a good relationship with their fans.

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Kate’s Poster

Finally, I met with Kate, who focused on the movie, The Interview. First, Kate explained that the content of the movie was very controversial, there were a variety of different opinions about the release of the movie. The different types of media that she explored were, a poster, a movie trailer, an opinion column, a magazine article, and a news article from BBC. For the poster, Kateinterview_xxlg explained that the overall purpose was to promote the movie, so in general, the poster was very positive towards the movie. Next, she showed me that the trailer was also positive towards the movie, as it’s sole purpose was to encourage people to go and watch the movie. The next source, the opinion column, was a negative source because it told readers that they should not watch the movie. The following two sources were both positive towards the movie. The first source convincing readers that they movie was not actually that bad, and the second source saying that readers should support the release of the movie, because the film-makers were just using their freedom of speech. I thought Kate’s poster was very interesting, as she focused on a very controversial topic at the moment. I was actually very surprised that there were a lot more positive sources, because I expected that there would be a balance between those condemning the movie, and those promoting the movie. Kate and I discussed the controversy behind the movie, and both came to the conclusion that it was a very confusing issue, and we would probably have to see the entire movie to get a better understanding of the controversy.

For me, this media was a great way to learn a bit more about different topics, and get an understanding of different types of media and how they can be used to convey different ideas and opinions. I think that I was able to learn a lot about three topics which I didn’t know much about before, and learn a lot about different perspectives and opinions that people may have on different topics.

12 Books in 2014

Last year I decided to pursue a new goal. My goal was to read 12 books through the course of the upcoming year. The reason I chose this goal was because I noticed that in the past year I had not read many novels. I really enjoy reading in my spare time, and I thought that the new year was a great time to bring back my reading habit. I chose to read 12 novels because I thought that I would have enough time in each month to read one novel.

 

During the course of the year, I managed to keep up a pattern of one book every month, until about June. Around June, the school year ended, so there wasn’t really a routine that I followed. When school ended I began travelling and doing a variety of different activities. Over the summer I strayed from my original pattern, as I forgot to read 3 different books. When this school year started I was able to return back to the previous pattern, but I had to read a few more books each month. During the year I tried to read a variety of books that I normally wouldn’t have considered reading.

 

Here is a list of the different books that I read this year:

  1. Deception Point – This fiction novel is written by Dan Brown, and is focused on the story of researchers who travel to the Milne Ice Shelf to study an object that was found by a NASA satellite. While researching, they come to a surprising conclusion about the object they are studying.
  2. The Book Thief – This novel tells the story of a young German girl living in Nazi Germany. She becomes very interested in reading, and as she endures many hardships, her love for books grows. It is written by Markus Zusak.
  3. The Innocent – This book by David Baldacci is focused on a government hit man named Will Robie, who goes on an unusual mission and makes an unusual ally.
  4. Paper Towns – Paper Towns is written by John Green and tells the story of two teenagers, Quentin and Margo go on an adventure of revenge together, but the next day, Quentin and his friends are unable to find Margo. They then begin to search for Margo and the clues she has left behind.
  5. Angels and Demons – Angels and Demons is another novel written by Dan Brown. It focuses on Robert Langdon, a well known symbologist. Langdon works to stop an ever-powerful group from destroying the Vatican City with a bomb developed by a deceased physicist. His efforts seem to be in vain, until he discovers the truth.
  6. The Hit – The Hit is the sequel to David Baldacci’s The Innocent. Will Robie goes on another mission, but when he learns his target, he begins to question the veracity behind the mission.
  7. I Am Malala – This book was written by Malala Yousfzai and Christina Lamb, and is an autobiographical account of Malala’s life in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. The book focuses on the lack of safe and quality education that is available to many girls in Pakistan.
  8. Eleanor & Park – This novel tells the story of two students who meet on the bus. Slowly, their friendship grows, and soon a romance begins. Although Eleanor is very unfortunate, she finds solace in being with Park.
  9. Killing Kennedy – This factual novel by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard tells the story of John F. Kennedy and his time as President of the United States. The story includes details of Kennedy’s life that have never been told before regarding lesser known part of his life.
  10. Johnny Got His Gun – This novel written by Dalton Trumbo tells the story of an American soldier who was injured during the first World War. His injuries cause him to lose all of his senses, and the story follows his trials and tribulations in a completely uncharted world.
  11. Samurai William – Samurai William was written by Giles Milton, and is a factual account of foreigners in Japan. The majority of the story focuses on William Adams, who was one of the earliest foreigners to come to Japan. The book tells of his experience, and the complete differences between the culture he knows, and the culture of this mystical land.
  12. Killing Patton – Killing Patton was also written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, and outlines the life and death of George S. Patton. It explored Patton’s military genius and the mystery behind his sudden death.

 

During this experience I was able to learn many things. First, I was able to learn a lot about my ability to work towards my own goals. I realised that I am not very good at managing my time. Although I planned to read 1 book each month, the official goal was to read 12 books throughout the course of 2014, so I read a majority of my books towards the end of the year. This made the activity a bit challenging at the end of the year, because I was busy with school work, and did not have much time to work on finishing my books. Despite the fact that it was very difficult to read many books in a short amount of time, I was able to improve my reading skills by learning how to read faster. This skill will be very useful in the future in situations where I have to read very quickly.

 

I was also able to gain a lot of knowledge from reading the books such as different vocabulary and historic information. A few of the books that I read were non-fiction books which taught me about a few different current and historical events. For example, when reading Killing Kennedy and Killing Patton, I was able to learn about certain topics regarding the early 1900’s from and American perspective. When reading the book I am Malala, I learned about the conflict in Pakistan, and the effects of this situation upon the people of Pakistan. Finally, reading the book Samurai William, I was able to learn about certain aspects of Japanese history, and the introduction of foreigners in Japan. I was also able to learn many new words that I could use in a variety of situations.

 

The things that I learned from this experience will be useful in many of my classes. The different historical and current information that I learned could be very useful in I&S class, as it will give me a broader understanding of historical events. This will help increase my understanding of certain topics in our I&S class. The different vocabulary that I learned would be very useful in many of my classes, because it will help me improve my writing skills. Specifically, improving my writing skills would be very useful in English class, because it will help me write more fluently.

 

Although I was successful in reaching my goal, there are some improvements that I would make if I were to do this again. First, I would not leave all the ‘work’ to the end, and I would evenly space out the time that I had to read each book. I would also read an even larger variety of books, because many of the books that I read were by the same author, or very similar in genre. If I were to do this again I would also increase the amount of books, because I was not very challenged, when I only read one book a month. Regarding my goal making process, I would have followed the guidelines that I set for myself more strictly.

 

Finally, I think that this was a good experience, but there are some things that could have been improved. This experience will definitely help me in the future, and I plan on repeating this goal in 2015 while challenging myself even more.

Chapitre 6 – Mise en train

Where did Céline and her friends go for the day?

They went to see the Chenonceau Castle.

How did they get there?

They first took the bus, and then they took bikes.

How did they find out about the history of the château?

Céline had a guidebook.

What did they do at the château?

They looked around.

What happens at the end of the story?

Hector disappears.

Qui…

  1. n’est pas allé au château? Bruno
  2. a visité le château? Virginie, Hector & Céline
  3. a trouvé Chenonceau magnifique? Céline
  4. a lu le guide du château? Céline
  5. a dit qu’il y a des gens qui disparaissent? Hector
  6. a disparu? Hector
  7. a cherché Hector partout? Virgine & Céline

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  1. visiter
  2. magnifique
  3. achete
  4. est parti
  5. est arrives
  6. des velos
  7. remarque
  8. a cherche

 

 

 

  1. ask for an opinion? C’était comment? Ça t’a plu?
  2. express enthusiasm? Oui! C’était magnifique! Quelle aventure, je te dis!
  3. express disbelief? Il a disparu!

A ton avis, qu’est-ce qui est arrivé à Hector? Qu’est-ce que tu ferais à la place de Céline et de Virginie? 

Je pense que Hector égaré. J’aurais cherché Hector.

Design Criteria Summary

This year in design class, we have 4 different criteria that we must follow. The first criterion is Inquiring and Analysing. This criteria is basically about finding information that will be useful for your project. During this part of the process, it is important to justify why you are creating a solution to the problem and create a plan for how and what you will research. Another element of this section is looking at similar projects and analysing them. You must also create a design brief that shows how you analysed the data you collected.

 

The next criterion is Developing Ideas. During this phase of the project you have to come up with design criteria that will help you determine if your final project is successful.  You will also create a variety of different designs, and then choose the best one for your final design. You will need to justify why you chose this design and then you will have to create detailed diagrams for your final design.

 

Creating the Solution is the next part of your project. The first thing that you will do is to create a plan that outlines how much time and resources you will need. While creating the actual project you will need to demonstrate the technical skills that are relevant to your project. During this part of the project it is important to follow the plan you created. However, if you make any changes to your design or plan, you must justify the changes you made.

 

The final criterion is Evaluating. The first part of this stage is to create a way to test the success of your finish project. You will then compare the project to your design specifications. Finally, you will explain ways that your product could be improved, and explain how the product will impact your client or target audience.

 

How would it ‘feel’ to lose all of your senses?

All of your senses play a huge part in how you live. Without your senses you would not be able to carry out a healthy or productive life.

 

Recently, we conducted an experiment that focused on what would happen if we didn’t have our senses. We tried to simulate how it would it would feel, by laying down in a dark room, without moving and avoiding exposure to noise or strong smells. We spent about twenty minutes doing this, and afterwards we reflected on our experience.

 

After the experience we thought about how we felt physically, mentally, emotionally and how focused we were. During the experience I noticed that I felt relaxed for most of the time. Towards the end of the experience I started to feel more tense. I also felt restless for the latter part of the twenty minutes. I also took note of my breathing throughout the experience, and my breathing was normal for the entirety of the experience.

 

Another important aspect of the experience was how we felt mentally and emotionally. Throughout most of the experience I was thinking about the passing twenty minutes. For most of the time, I was counting up to 100 multiple times in both English and other languages. Once in awhile I thought of some other topics, such as what I was going to do during the day or what had happened earlier. I also started to worry about missing the alarm at the end of the 20 minutes. For most of the experience I felt content and relaxed. Towards the end of the experience I started to feel more stressed because I was worrying about missing the alarm.

 

The final aspect that we were interested in learning about was how focused we were. Throughout the twenty minutes I mainly focused on the actual experience, so that I wouldn’t fall asleep. A few times my mind started to drift to other things, which took my mind off the experience for a bit.

 

Overall, I think that this experience was a very interesting way to “see” how it would “feel” to lose all of your senses. I think that this experiment was a great way to gain a very different perspective. This experience would probably have a different effect on different people, so I think that various people would be able to gain something unique from completing this experience. For example, if you were to try this out at home, you would probably have a different response, than the response that I described above. Finally, I think that this experience is something that each person can gain a lot from.

Chapitre 5 – Mise en train

What kind of mood is Céline in? Why?

Annoyed, because she is having a bad day.

Name three unfortunate things that happened to Céline.

She missed the bus, she got to school late and she forgot her homework.

How does Hector react to Céline’s story?

He doesn’t think it’s that bad.

What are Céline’s plans for the afternoon?

She’s going to bed, so nothing else bad will happen.

  1. D’abord, son réveil n’a pas sonné.
  2. Ensuite, elle a raté son bus.
  3. Et puis, elle est arrivée à l’école en retard.
  4. Après ça, elle n’avait pas ses devoirs.
  5. Et puis, elle a eu dix à son interro de maths.
  6. Finalement, Hector a renversé son verre sur sa jupe.
  1. Hector apologizes. Désolé.
  2. Céline makes light of an accident. C’est pas grave.
  3. Hector wants to know what happened to Céline. Raconte!
  4. Céline complains about her bad day. Tout a été de travers!
  5. Céline is annoyed. Ça m’énerve!
  6. Hector consoles Céline. Ça va aller mieux!
  1. Je me suis réveillé(e) en retard.  Ça m’arrive aussi.
  2. J’ai couru pour attraper le bus. Ça ne risque pas de m’arriver. Parce que je ne prendre pas le bus. 
  3. Je suis arrivé(e) à l’école en retard. Ça m’arrive aussi.
  4. J’oublie mes devoirs quelquefois. Ça m’arrive aussi.

Est-ce que, comme Céline, tu as déjà passé une très mauvaise journée? Qu’est-ce qui est arrivé? Qu’est-ce que tu as fait?

D’abord, je me suis réveillé en retard, et j’ arrivée à l’école en retard

Healthy Habits

One of the most important parts of leading a healthy lifestyle are basic habits that you create regarding nutrition and sleep. I try to be very conscious about these different aspects, and improve my quality of living through the practice these healthy habits.

Overall, I have been trying to focus on improving my health. The purpose of this focus was to make my lifestyle better and generally create positive habits regarding my health. I also expected to learn the properties of a healthy lifestyle based on everyday habits.

Over the course of this past year (starting June 2013) I have been using an app called Sleep Cycle. This app tracks how you sleep, and creates graphs that analyze your sleep. It also works as an alarm clock. I used this app to make sure that I got a healthy amount of sleep every night. On average people aged 12-18 should get at least 8 hours of sleep a day.

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Throughout most of this year I tried to sleep about 8 hours a day. As you can see, I usually don’t quite reach 8 hours of sleep.

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In this second screen shot you can see the average amount of sleep that I get everyday. On the weekend nights, I usually get a good amount of sleep, around 8 hours.

 

I worked hard on going to bed early so that I would get at least 8 hours of sleep, because getting the right amount of sleep has many benefits such as relieving stress, and improving your immune system. When I slept around 8 hours, I felt much happier and energized during the day. Using this app was a really important part of the process because it helped me analyze my sleeping habits, and create healthy sleeping cycles.

Another important element of creating healthy habits is nutrition. One of the ways that I focused on this was to focus on how much water I was drinking. Drinking water is very important, because it helps keep the balance of your body fluids and gets rid of toxins within your body. My goal was to drink 2 liters of water a day, because that is the general amount of water recommended for my age group and body weight. I tracked how much water I drank a day using an another app called Waterlogged. This app allows you to easily record the amount of water that you drink in 1 day and helps you set goals for the amount of water you would like to drink in 1 day.

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In this image you can see that in the past week I have been getting close to my goal for most days, but I only manage to reach my goal on one day. It is somewhat difficult to remember to drink a lot of water each day, but I have been able to increase my daily water intake from from about 500mL  to about 1,500mL per day. When I drink more water in a day, I feel much more energized, and less sluggish than when I drink less water. This improvement helped me become more motivated to drink 2mL of water a day.

Focusing on these two aspects of a healthy lifestyle had given me a larger understanding of how small habits can effect my health and how these habits can make my life better. When I created good habits, I felt much better, health wise, and felt more motivated during the day. I think that some of my strengths during this process was that I could create long lasting healthy habits, that I will continue to use. There were also a few different things that I could improve on my habits. I think that I could have reached my goals more, and worked a bit harder on drinking 2L of water and sleep 8 hours a night.

Finally, I think that in the future, I can create larger goals for myself. For example, I could make a goal to drink 2.5L of water a day, or a goal to always sleep 9 hours each night. I also hope to research a bit more about nutrition, so that I can make more habits regarding food, and healthy eating habits. I think that focusing on creating healthy habits has helped me a lot and has improved my every day life. I hope to continue the habits that I created, and work towards creating even more beneficial habits.

Cross Country & Track

This year I decided to join both Cross Country and Track. Although I have not played many other sports, I became very interested in pursuing activities involving running. Running is a very intense sport that involves lots of practice, and high physical fitness. During the course of this year I was able to improve my physical fitness, and my willingness to practice these sports.

This year I wanted to improve my physical fitness, because it is a very important part of the human lifestyle. I expected to become healthier though the means of regular exercise. I also hoped to make a routine to practice running so that I would be able to prepare for Cross Country meets and Track meets.

At the beginning of this year, I decided to join Cross Country. Each week I attended three practices where we practiced different skills needed to run Cross Country. The practice was very tiring, and I would often feel very tired afterwards. After many practices I started to feel healthier, and more excited about running long distance. Finally, it was time for our Cross Country meets. Every week on Saturday, we would travel to Tama Hill Recreation Area to compete against other schools in the Kanto Area. To prepare for each competition week, I had to practice a lot, and get used to running long distance. We had a small High School Girls team, so the first meet, we all competed as Varsity runners. Each week I was able to improve my performance, and fix my mistakes. I was also to meet new people at the meets, and create new friendships. Some of my results can be viewed here, on Athletic.net.

Another sport that I joined this year was Track. This sport was also very strenuous and I had to practice a lot to prepare. Each week I attended 1 practice, and I practiced a few times during the week at home. I found that Track was very difficult for me, and it required a lot of practice to improve my short distance running skills. During the weeks leading up to the track meets, I persevered through lots of hard work. When we went to our first meet it was very intimidating to see everyone there, but in the end the experience was very enjoyable. When I found out my results I was slightly disappointed and motivated to work on improving my results. That week I worked really hard on practicing to improve my running times. The next week at the meet, I was able to improve my time, and it was clear that my hard work practicing had paid off. The results for my races are here.

The track team at our first meet.
The track team at our first meet.

The most important part of these experiences were the habits that I learned to create. I was able to create a routine that involved running long and short distances multiple times a week. I learned that practicing often could really help me out which gave me an incentive to continue to practice certain tasks, along with running. The most difficult part of this experience was learning how to get into the habit of practicing multiple times weekly, and feel motivated to continue this routine. These experiences were very successful as I was able to gain a lot and learn very important skills.

After these experiences, there were a few things that I considered about what I learned and what I had done. If I were to repeat these experience, I think that I would be more cheerful about practicing, and running a lot, because it would always turn out as a positive result. I think that being more cheerful would have also made the experience more exciting! After this experience I also had some inquiries for the future. In the future I would like to learn how to make a routine for running that is useful, but doesn’t take up too much time, because sometimes it is difficult to practice on a tight schedule.

Finally, participating in these two activities has really taught me how to create a routine for physical activities. I learned that it is really important to practice to improve your skills. Although I was definitely not the best on the team, I learned some important skills during the course of these experiences.

Visiting a School in Phuket

This year, our Grade 9 class was given the opportunity to visit Phuket, Thailand. While on this trip we visited a school for children of Burmese workers in Phuket. We were able to work on this school, to make the school environment better for the students.

 

At the beginning of the visit we planned on accomplishing a few things. First of all, we planned to paint many areas within the school. We also planned to begin creating a playground for the elementary students and create a fun mural for the main area of the school. Finally, our group planned to create an understanding of the culture of Burmese workers and their families in Phuket.

 

Many Burmese workers come to Thailand to attain jobs, so that they can support their families. These workers have a difficult time making money, and are forced to live in the unfortunate conditions of the work camps. Sadly, many children in these work camps are not able to receive an education, but fortunately, the area we visited did have a school for the children. We planned to make a comfortable environment for the students, so they would be able to make the best of their education.

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The School
When we first entered the school area, I was surprised and saddened by the state that grounds were in. Seeing that state that the school was in really motivated me to work hard on improving the state of the building. Then we entered the main room of the school, where our supervisors explained what we would accomplish during the day. We also had a chance to meet the woman who leads the school, and one of the school teachers. Then we began working on the school. First, we split up into multiple groups. Some of us were working on sweeping up the school, and some of us were working on moving furniture and preparing the walls to be painted. A few people also worked on an area allocated for the school’s playground. After these tasks were finished, we split up into smaller groups to paint. Katie and I were given the task of painting classroom doorways. While painting these doorways, we were able to bond, and get to know eachother better. After we finished painting doors, a few of us moved on to repainting some of the walls that were originally painted last year. As our time at the school finished, we were very happy with what we had achieved in the modification of the school.

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Sweeping the School Before Painting
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Painting Doors With Katie
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Cleaning Up
Later on in the week, after we had finished our work on the school, our grade visited the school for a final time. While visiting, we delivered some supplies that we had brought from Japan, to donate to the school children. Luckily, it was a school day for the children, so we got to meet some of the students at the school. They all seemed very happy, and were eager to sing songs with us, and interact with the group. It was an amazing moment to see how we could help these children, and improve their time in school.

 

During the course of our work in the school, I learned many different things about the situation of Burmese workers and their families. This experience was very profound, and it really gave me a new perspective on our situation, and what we take for granted. While visiting the school it was very surprising to see the condition of the school, and unfortunately, this school is considered a luxury for the students to attend. For many of us, school is not considered a luxury, but an expectation that we fulfill. Seeing the students being so happy from our small contribution really showed me a new perspective, and taught me to be thankful for the privileges that I have. The experience made me extremely grateful for the education that I receive at YIS. Throughout this experience I was also able to learn a lot more about teamwork. While working on the school, we had to work well with others to make the operation run smoothly. I was able to learn how to work well with a partner while painting the walls by cooperating with eachother. I learned how to make compromises and understand others opinions and ideas. This was a very important part of modifying the school, because we had to work efficiently, to finish the work in time.

 

This experience was amazing, and it lead me to consider how it would affect me in a longer time period. After the trip I was curious about how I could continue to help out people who are less privileged. I immediately thought of contributing to charities that benefit underprivileged people around the world. I also thought of different opportunities that I could take to visit other countries to work with and help people with less privilege. In the future, I hope to research more about these two options, and continue my journey of helping out others in disadvantaged situations.

 

Finally, this experience has really changed my perspective on our situation and the situation of others. I think that the experience has made me aware of how people in different positions live, and has taught me to be additionally grateful for my privileges.

The Visual Communicator

 This unit in art class, we have been learning about graphic design. Throughout the unit we have competed a few different designs including a poster for the Personal Project Blog and a unit poster for an art class. Our final project was a design for the YIS 2014-2015 School Handbook. While creating this design we followed a process that would help us create a successful design. 

The Design Process
The Design Process

The first step of the process was to define the task. This was very simple, and only required us to listen to instructions from the teacher.

The next step was to research. This step is very important, because it could help us get ideas for the project and find out how to make a successful design. During this process, I think that I could have looked at more handbook cover designs, and collected more ideas. Although I did not look at too many different designs, I was able to find a few good designs that helped me come up with many ideas for the handbook cover.

Defining the Task
Defining the Task & Research

The third step was brainstorming, I think that during this process I could have created a few more ideas, and explained more about what I wanted to create.

The fourth step was creating thumbnail sketches. I created six different thumbnail sketches that gave many options to choose from while working on the next step. I think that it was very useful to include many different designs, but I could have created a larger variety of designs during this step.

Brainstorm & Thumbnail Sketches
Brainstorm & Thumbnail Sketches

The next step was to develop a few of your thumbnail sketches. During this stage I created three different designs that were slightly different from my thumbnail sketches. I think that I was very successful in creating designs that had variety and were interesting.

Design Direction
Design Direction
Design Direction #2
Design Direction #2

The sixth step was to make an accurate sketch that would represent how the final design would look. In this step I chose three different designs, with one design being the main design. I think that I was able to choose good designs, but I should have been more specific while choosing these designs.

Tight Sketch
Tight Sketch

The seventh step was to receive client review. In this case, we asked the Head of School, Mr. Coutts for feedback on our accurate sketch. During this step I think that I asked good questions that helped me receive important feed back about my design.

Client Review
Client Review

The final step was to create our final project. I spent a lot of time on this step to make the design as good as it could be. I used all the feedback that I received, and made changes to my design from step six. During this step I think that I could have made a few more changes to my design, but overall, I think that I was successful in creating a design that looked good.

Finalizing the Design
Finalizing the Design
The Final Product
The Final Product

I really like my final design for this project. Overall, it looks how I hoped it would look through the graphic design process. I think that color scheme that I used was very successful, because it features the school colors, which really shows school spirit. I think that I could have included more grey in the design, because it is one of the school colors. The font that I used was very simple and easy to read, so I think that it matched the design well. I also think that the composition was good, because the text and logo were placed along the lines of the rule of thirds.

Design with Rule of Thirds
Design with Rule of Thirds

I also think that the spacing was very interesting because it mixed crowded spaces (the lines) with the more simplistic design of the text and logo. I think that the mood definitely describes the mood of the school, because it is lively and energetic, like the YIS community. I also think that the design matches the target audience of middle school and high school students. The design is exciting while not being too childish.

While I was creating my design, I asked for feedback from my peers. This is very important, because to make a design interesting to different people, you need feedback from different points of view. I used a lot of this feedback while making the final design, because I wanted the design to be appealing to most people. For example, a few people commented on the spacing of the logo and the text, so I made edits to those sections.

During this unit I learned many different things that would help me in the future. Firstly, I learned that it is very important to receive feedback from many different people while creating something. This is a very important tactic that should be used while creating a design. Another thing that I learned was that it is important to create a variety of different ideas, so that you will have more to choose from when creating your final design. I think that in the future, I will use these techniques more often, because they really helped me while creating my final design.

At the end of this unit there were still some questions that I had about graphic design. One specific question is: What criteria will the client use to pick a handbook cover design? Another question is: When can I use the skills that I learned, in my daily life? In the future I hope to research these questions more, and find the answers.