Reaction to M.OM.I.E.S. Project

From the onset of the semester, I said that one of my concerns about the class was whether or not the M.O.M.I.E.S. would be proud of my final project. Overall, not only am I proud of the final project, but I think that M.O.M.I.E.S. is also grateful for our contribution with our expansion of the Great Person Series with the posters.

Great Persons Series (1 of 2)

The creation of the posters was actually the easiest part of the whole project—and that’s where the real success of this project resides. The Great Person Series was stressed as one of the most important educational tools used by the organization, and we were tasked with expanding a tool that already had many uses. Our goal as a group was to improve the effectiveness of the Great Person Series by improving the overall design, and by providing M.O.M.I.E.S. with the tool they need to maintain a consistent design.

Design consistency is something we stressed from the beginning, and therefore most of the work came from deciding what design elements we wanted to include in our template. What color palette should we use? What combinations of fonts should we use? How are we going to get head shots of the Great Persons? What information are we going to include/not include? How are we going to organize that information? Playing around with different ideas and tweaking ideas and concepts, we eventually were able to decide on a template that could be easily reproduced in Word. While we had access to Adobe products (and did use them at times), we realized that laying out the design in Word would make it easy for M.O.M.I.E.S. to create their own posters in the future if they wish. Not only did we create a product that they could use, but we also gave them the ability to make more. In my opinion, the utility function of this project is more important than the posters themselves.

I think that this project is one of the more practical assignments I’ve ever had. Rarely do you get to practice what you learn in the classroom in a real life scenario. It was definitely stressful to not work just under the pressure of a grade, but also the expectations of a client. As a PR major, this gave me insight to an aspect of a possible future profession that definitely helps my educational and professional development. I enjoyed having reliable and consistent interactions with M.O.M.I.E.S., and I look forward to checking in a few months down the road and seeing how our contributions helped this organization that already does so much good.

Great Persons Series (2 of 2)

I’m really grateful and lucky for my group members. They all brought some really great ideas and eclectic skill sets to the table, and this project is something we can all be proud of.

An Organization Not Like M.O.M.I.E.S.


As far as I was able to tell, I wasn’t able to find what specific purpose this poster was created for—the text at the bottom was too small and pixelated when zoomed in. But after a Google search, I learned that NASA has recently been researching ways to mine lunar water that could possibly supply potential lunar outposts. I would imagine that this idea could be extrapolated as some sort of movie that this poster could be advertising for.

This poster appears minimalistic and simple, yet it’s message says much more. The moon and earth aren’t obvious until further study. The two teal colors shows the unity in the water on the moon and the water on the planet. It links the two objects quite nicely. We also see this technique used with the ship and the crust of the moon.

I like how the only text is divided between two fonts—one serif and one sans serif. The two balance each other well and provide the piece with another anchor of symmetry.

Lastly, the use of negative space can’t be stressed enough. It highlights the few visual elements that do exist to make them even more powerful.

M.O.M.I.E.S. Poster Inspirations


The creativity of this poster is mind blowing. I passed it over at first but came back to it because I liked the colors. Upon closer inspection, the moon becomes a lot more obvious and I love how it forms a bowl of water over the planet at the bottom of the poster.


This poster is a little bit cheesy, but the font choices and graphics are really cool. I like the use of geometrical shapes in posters.


I used this poster in my previous Great Series Poster inspiration, but I’ll bring it up again because it uses all aspects of graphic design really well.


I like the two-tone simplicity of this poster. It’s very minimalistic yet powerful at the same time.


This poster was interesting because I like the idea of using an image to represent what a Great Person was famous for.


Just a really cool visual with great colors.


I actually don’t like the overlying text, but I like the idea of the silhouette in the back ground for a Great Person.


This is probably my favorite design as far as layout goes for the poster design.


This is a really cool concept of combining two types of images into one.


This is mostly just a bonus as a really cool minimalistic poster of one of my favorite movies.

Photo Essay: Green

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the word green is the effort to protect our environment. Climate change is going to be one of the largest, if not the largest issue our generation faces as we continue to poison and damage the planet that we call home.

This issue is also one that has been relevant on campus at AU as the student body made a considerable push for the Board of Trustees to divest their investments in fossil fuel. The board made the disappointing decisions to ignore the voices of students, and continue investing in energy sources that will negatively affect every generation except theirs.

The purpose of this photo essay is to highlight and expose a few of the climate change issues that we face. The idea being that someone watching this collective would hopefully have a changed perspective on the effects of climate change, and potentially take action.

99 Percent Invisible: Future Screens are Mostly Blue

I love the idea that imagination can become reality. Science fiction can often be the origin of many ideas and inventions since those creations aren’t bounded by the restrictions of—well—nonfiction. When faced with no boundaries of the laws of physics, designers can come up with concepts that don’t need to actually work in real life. In response, people can then come up with the engineering to make them happen in real life.

I was first exposed to this idea when my dad came into the living room while I was watching Minority Report. He explained how much of the technology we see today has inspired by that movie (for better or for worse) and how a lot of engineers draw inspiration from the creation of designers.

In this way, designers have a lot of power and responsibility when directing the future of technology. The smallest details, such as color for example, really do have a large ripple effect. While this article is titled “Future Screens are Mostly Blue,” we can already see that screens are in fact already blue: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr—even WordPress! The websites that we spend the majority of our time on the Internet could very well have been due to science fiction visuals of past.

Poster Inspiration Examples


I really like the use of geometry here with the triangles and the different shades they used along with transparency to paint the scene.


This is a really creative use of imagery to portray the message.


I don’t really like this poster in general, but I do really love the colors.


This poster does a great job of setting a mood using graphics, font, and colors.


This is powerful and simple. Everything a poster should be.

Video Plot and Story Board

Song: Something Good Can Work

Plot: The storyline of behind what goes on behind the scenes of a guy asking out a girl.

Scene Ideas:


First Notice the Girl (in class or MGC or TDR)

Talk to her for the first time in class

Get coffee

Making to do list of things to do before asking her out

Go back to dorm room and talk to friends

Going to the gym, Picking out outfit/going shopping, Getting flowers, etc.

Asking the girl out


Scene Shot List Ideas: (can be changed/improved as storyboard evolves)

First Notice the Girl

  • Pan across
  • Pull Focus
    • The camera will pan across the room towards the girl and when the camera stops on the girl initially the shot will be blurry, but it then focuses on the girl using the Pull Focus Technique.

Talk to her for the first time in class

  • Close-Up
  • Subjective POV
    • This shot begins with a close-up of the guy then cuts to his subjective point of view while talking to the girl for the first time

Making to do list

  • High Camera Angle
    • The high camera angle shot allows for the list and the guy to be seen simultaneously

Dorm Room

  • Pan Transition
    • After creating the list, the scene will transition past a wall or object fading into the dorm room.

Gym, Shopping, Getting Flowers

  • Cross Cuts
  • Whip Zoom Look
    • These cuts will be going back and forth between the gym, shopping, and the guy looking to buy the girl flowers. This scene ends with a Whip Zoom Look shot allowing for the full body of the guy to be seen first followed by a close-up of him.