Monday, January 30, 2012

Truck Problems!

Today I was told that the rear end in my Toyota truck was about to give out. That was not the news that I wanted to hear before I had to drive all the way to school. My father told me that there was a chance that it could go out while I was driving and if it did not to freak out. He said just to slowing stop the truck and call my brothers.

Anyways what this has to do with design, is why can't people make a car or truck that does not break? Or one with easy ways to change things. Like the rear end, or the transfer case. Maybe people should design a truck that when the rear end breaks it keeps going.

This is just an idea...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mid Terms, Easy?

Well everyone I took my first mid term today, and to be honest it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. We went over everything first then took the test. The good thing was nothing was that confusing.

In the test there was stuff about Flash animations, terms, Blogging, and Pod casting. The good thing about that was one we already took a test on pod casting and blogging, so I knew everything about that. The bad thing was that Flash terms and things still get me confused. Only because almost everything is the same, or mean the same.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Day, New Design.

Today I have decided, that for every new day I, in return, will make a new design. Now when I say design, I can mean anything from a new drawing to a new website.

Today I was thinking about making a new Flash animation, but thought about the troubles the first one has given me and decided against that idea. My next idea was to draw a new tattoo design, but then I thought that would make me want another tattoo and I don't think that would go over well with my parents.

So now I ask you, what do you think my new design should be?

A website?

A tattoo design?

Let me know what you think.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Beginning To a Good Week.

My weekend went amazing, it was relaxing and refreshing.  I got school work done, tons of notes, and was able to sleep in past 11 A.M. Now for the bad about this weekend, Flash became annoying. Flash just didn't want to help out with what I wanted it to do.

So today I have to ask how to make shadows move the way I want them too?

How can I make them rotate without flipping over?

How can I make them look like they are moving with the sun?

These are my questions for today.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Flash Became My Friend...For Now.

For once Flash agreed with me, I was able to start and finish my animation.

My animation started off badly, but as I thought of different things to do, it became easier. I was able to download Illustrator and draw a whole semi truck. I drew trees and clouds for the background, and even throw in some sounds. All in all last night was a good night, getting things finished that I believed would take me at least a week or more to do.

Now I have to try and become friends with Photoshop, but that is a whole different day.

Goodbye for now.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Flash Hates Me!

Today I decided to try to create my own animation with semi trucks, road signs, and trees. Sadly I have had the worst time, not because it was giving me problems but because I couldn't get my pictures to do what I needed them to do. After a long 2 hours of messing with it, I decided that I needed to take a break before I threw my laptop out the window.

My long break was well needed, but getting back into creating my animation was a problem. I didn't know where to begin or what I even needed to do. I guess what I am saying is if anyone has any advice, I need all the help I can get.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Too Short of a Weekend!

It's Sunday night and I am wondering where my weekend went...thinking about it I didn't have a weekend because, Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday I worked. I had no time for me, but then I remember NO SCHOOL MONDAY and I became happy, not because I didn't have school but because I have no school and no work for the first time in a long time. And let me tell you, my Monday off is a well needed day off.

My lack of sleep has been playing tricks on me, let me tell you how. Today when I got off work I decided I would download Flash onto my computer so that I could start playing around and get more comfortable with it. As I was downloading Flash I forgot that I needed to download some updated stuff for my computer for it to let me finish downloading. So it gets to the last percent of downloading when it informs me that I don't have everything I need to download the rest of the application. There went my day, I was tired and didn't feel like sitting through more downloads. Being tired is my computer weakness.

Well that's it for tonight. Goodnight everyone.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Life in The Fast Lane!

I always feel like my life is in overdrive and I have no breaks. First it's work, then school, then homework, then wake up and start it all over again. Sometimes I wish I could just stop time in a single moment and never leave it. A moment where parents didn't worry about money, and everyone was happy. Sadly that can't happen, time doesn't stop and life keeps going, but would anyone really want to be stuck in one moment, never really going anywhere, and never advancing. I really don't think so. I think people would like to have their good days mixed with the bad, and thinking about it maybe the bad days help keep peoples ideas growing.

I know most people are wondering what this has to do with design, well it has to do with if we were stuck in time never really living are lives then people wouldn't be coming up with new design, or new clothing for us to buy. No one would be having a bad day to lead to an amazing website, or graphic design.

Well those are my thoughts for today, time is going by fast and I have work to do.

Until next time,

Shelby Lynn

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Beautiful Thing Turns Into a Nightmare!!

Here is a little bit of an update on how that project of mine has started out. What I thought was going to be an easy to do website with the ideas that where in my head, has turned into a nightmare, for a few simple reasons. One for some reason I cannot get the colors I want, maybe they are just in my head or I am just going crazy from all of the colors that I have been through. Two I asked my boyfriend, since it is for his family's business, what kind of information he would like to see on the website. The answer that he gives me is that he doesn't know, that I should put what I think would be good on the website. So I slowly explain to him that I don't know much about trucking or about their business history and that it would be nice of him if he could give some useful information instead of what kind of trucks they drive. In the end I went to his mom and asked her about the company and what kind of information she would have on a website about their company. Later that day she hands me about 50 pages of information that she thinks would be good on their website.....ugh...someone help me.

Once again wish me luck.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Start of Something Beautiful!

Ever wake up and your mind is already full of ideas? Well that is how I woke up this morning. Colors where the first thing that come into view in my mind, purples, blue, pinks, and grays. As I laid there thinking about those colors, another thought came into my mind, web site. That's when I knew that these colors meant a new website or even a better revision of one I have already made.

As I began looking through websites I have created over the years, I came across one that I never truly finished. It was my boyfriend's parents company website, Claywell Trucking Inc., the colors were there, the pinks, purple, grays, some blues, and looking at them I realized they weren't the colors I had in my head but more like the ugly colors you would use if there was no others left. After that realization I came to the conclusion that I have to start from nothing to make the website into something.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Emotions and Color.

Every color hits an emotion or is used to describe a feeling and/or describe something. For example: blue = sad.

Colors            Emotion/Meaning
Blue                  Sad
Green                Happy
Black                Emotionless
Red                   Mad
Pink                  Baby Girl
Orange              Fruit
Yellow              Sun
Purple               Sky before a storm

Expressing Your Feelings Through Design.

My life is always going through different things, and sometimes I wounder "how am I going to make it out with my sanity in tacked". Luckily, I have found that my key to staying sane is to start on a new project, my projects are making new websites. Every website was made to keep my mind on other things than what was going on around me.

Each site is a different color depending on the mood I was in, for instance one page on this website I have done is Fiery Red and that was simply because I was mad.

Expressing your feelings through design is easy, think about colors if you're sad what color would you use? Blue, right?

If you're happy the color will be bright and colorful, right?

So feelings can help you make a good design or even some awesome websites, just always let your feels help you through tough designs.