Museum of Me

  1. Baseball cap
  2. Nike tennis shoes
  3. Blue wristband
  4. ATO shirt
  5. Patagonia clothing
  6. Baseball glove
  7. Football
  8. South Park
  9. 308 rifle
  10. Florida Gators wallet

All of these items can be linked to culture. They all share a little piece of my personality in them. The baseball glove and football can be linked by my love of the two sports. I played both sports growing up so I’ll always have a soft spot for both. Another sports related item is my wallet. Growing up I enjoyed watching the Florida Gators sporting activities. The wallet can be described as clothing as well, so this item can be to my favorite baseball cap, my Nike tennis shoes, and my fraternity shirt. My fraternity shirt represents the underlying values that we live by. This is a way of life that has hidden meaning to the members of our fraternity. My Nike tennis shoes show that I enjoy being active; the shoes were made to with-stand and do almost anything, almost every activity I do involves my tennis shoes. My favorite cap is my Patagonia baseball cap. This hat shows my love for baseball, being outside, and an accessory to my wardrobe. Patagonia is known as an outdoorsman brand, meaning that the market for this stuff is for people who enjoy being outside. Going off the outdoorsman persona we can link my 308 rifle and the patagonia clothing articles I also have. The rifle shows that I’m supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and am a hunter. The clothing is liked because I wear some of this while out hunting with my rifle. The last two things are related on a more personal level. The show South Park is one of my favorite shows; it also correlates to my sense of humor. The blue wristband is more personal than this due to the significance that comes with it. The wristband stands for the remembrance of a lost teammate from high school.


Movie Review

Helvetica, Everything is Illuminated, and Wall-e all have different designed elements that make them such great, and well known movies. The movies can be connected through their use of culture.

Helvetica covers design in a more physiological form that we aren’t used to. The designers of this font put in a lot of man hours to come up with the “perfect” font for human experience. This font revolutionized the world, and brought people from all over closer together.The font is easily read, and has been used by other cultures for their language as well. The design of the font speaks to our inner OCD person, it holds a uniformity that appeals to us as consumers. This aspect has caught the attention of many businesses, and has made Helvetica one of the most used fonts for advertising and products.

In Everything is Illuminated the main character, Jonathon, travels to the Ukraine to find the girl that helped his grandfather escape to America. Jonathon collects items that can be linked to his family. In this aspect the items represent a type of culture in the movie. Also the fact that Jonathon has traveled from America to the Ukraine shows another type of culture, the Ukrainian culture. The way the movie team sets up the Ukrainian culture shows a big difference than that of the American culture. The team also used a change in music to set up the scene. When reminiscing on the Holocaust, the music is slow and sets up a dark scene in your head, but the more enlightening scene have faster, happier music. Accompanying the style of music was the scene itself. The more harsh sad scenes were darker, and gloomier, while the happier scenes were brighter.

In Wall-E culture is the main aspect of the film. Wall-E goes from being the last being on Earth, to getting thrown into a completely different culture in general. The way each different scene is set up relies completely on the design. On Earth everything around Wall-E is rundown, dilapidated, dirty, rusted, etc., but up on the ship it’s the total opposite; the ship is very clean, bright, and new.

As stated the design of the movies all impact culture. Wall-E and Everything is Illuminated show the dark side of culture, but tie in a silver lining as well. The items that Jonathan collects is the silver lining to his family’s tragic past, and   Wall-E has the silver lining of restoring Earth, which is is home place, and “getting the girl.” Helvetica has more of a business or psychological culture behind it. The way that this font is constructed speaks to our inner self about how well it rolls off the thing we are viewing, and this in turn translates to more business attention.

The design elements used in these movies are eye openers. I never knew how much time, and money went into coming up with the design of certain aspects of movies. The Helvetica piece was the most strange to me. I never knew that the way you see or read things could have that big of an impact on your product.

Analysis 9 & 10

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the first video is over Alabama’s stadium, and it was made by Emma Sedoris. Emma hits all the points that are assigned. She gives fluent descriptions of the categories. She gives good background knowledge on the stadium. Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 9.26.55 PM

Her best section is the human experience section. The video that she provides give the viewers a feel into the electricity of the stadium. However she could have made the narration a little louder on the video; she has a soft voice so it can be hard to hear at points.

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The second video is over Way Fair Ray Ban sunglasses, constructed by Danny Tobias. Danny hits all the highlighted areas that are assigned. His best section is over the media. Ray Bans have been around for a while, and are constructed very well, so it’s no surprise that they are common in the media. The video lacks a standout part, meaning that it doesn’t really draw the viewer in.

Analysis 7 & 8

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The first video is about the Playstation 4 and it has been created by Anthony Mustari. Anthony hits all the points of the video, and he makes it easy for the viewer to receive all the information on the screen.The demonstration for the PS4 is also a good idea, and very creative. He breaks down how user friendly the device is, and how it makes the human experience very simple. Anthony does a good job at conveying his messages to his viewers, but he does this at a cost. The slides are very bland, and the audience isn’t fully into the video at the beginning, but he regains their attention towards the end when the video clips come on.

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The second video has been created by Maggie Potter, and she has chosen the Fossil Watch. Maggie hits all the points of the video. The video is very easy to follow, and enjoyable to watch. I like the way it’s constructed with the videos intertwined with pictures to fully convey the messages. Her creativity was good. I’d change the font on some of the slides since the background is mainly white on those slides. It would make the text easier to read. Also in certain sections she is lacking details that could further enhance the experience and knowledge of the video.

Peer Review Day 3

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The creativity of this video has been perfected. Kristen Langhorne has successfully tied in different videos and pictures to draw the viewer’s attention and to keep it throughout the video. She ties in the action shots of the backpack, as well as the casual recreational uses for it too. Kristen hits all the main points that were assigned, and she provides proper explanations for them. the best sections are the human experience and cultural practice sections. She shows throughout the video how the back pack can enhance and make living life easier, and she correctly ties it in to the cultural scene.

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The second video is over Keeneland and is constructed by Travis McLaughlin. The video highlights all the main points. It has pretty good creativity that goes along with the construction of the video. One improvement that needs to be addressed is the sound. It’s hard to hear when your volume is low, and when the videos that he adds to the points come on it blares. An example is like when the commercials are louder than the actual show on the tv. He adequately shows how the track is available to more than just horse racing, and how the track was constructed to be the best fit for the people.

Peer Review Day 2

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The third video I reviewed was over the Vatican City and done by Jacob Gebhart. Jacob hits all the main points of the design process in his video. His creative product of culture section highlights the history that is involved with the city, and even compares the height of it to an American classic, the Statue of Liberty. Another great aspect of the movie is the human experience section; it also portrays the amazing thing that we can see and do in the Vatican City. The section is full of the artwork, and architecture there. The weakest section is the business, social, and cultural section. It rushes through the section and barely hits any main points. Showing how technology has changed the feeling of being in the Vatican leaves the viewers with a sort of negative outlook on technology. It really hinders our experience there. The bobble head was the coolest part of the consumerism section; that grabs the viewers attention more than anything. The creativity of the video was done pretty well, but I feel like it missed something to really pull in the attention of the viewers. The pictures were cool, but it got redundant towards the end, and the captions took your attention away from the content.

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The fourth video was over the ’67 Camaro Vengeance and Jason Hering constructed it. Jason gives adequate background knowledge on the product of culture section, and compares it to modern day Camaros as well. Basically he sets the tone for why the Vengeance was constructed, and how it revolutionized further cars. During his human experience section Jason also hints on the ’67 Camaro leading the way to new inventions, as well as how the car was more enjoyable to the owner since it could handle curves at speed better than its predecessors. Even though this Camaro is 48 years old the car is still very popular in business adds, movies, parts, and other economic as well as media sectors. The creativity of this movie is done very well. He has a couple of repeated pictures, but it doesn’t take away from the experience of watching the movie since there is a lot more going on in it.

Peer Review Day 1

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The first video I reviewed was Julia Bolinger’s. She does a good job on giving background on the park, and why it became a national park, but doesn’t really go in to detail on the process behind the layout. The outcome of the park being constructed is defined adequately , and the viewer can now see some of the activities that are hosted at Yellowstone. I like how she ties in the rest of California to compare to the park.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.13.19 AM This is a very good example of how Yellowstone breaks up the monotonous culture of the rest of Cali. Overall the video is easy to follow, and covers all the information that is needed. If she were to go back and redo it I would add a little more information to the “Design as a Product” section. this section covers the main point, but could use a little more information to really tie it all in for that section.

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The second video to be reviewed was by Cameron Colvard. The main thing I noticed was that there was no narration throughout the video. He did have slides with captions, but this took away from the cinematic experience. Instead of taking in the whole slide I found myself reading the slide first, and then, if I read it fast enough, looking at the picture that came with the caption. There are a lot of good ideas involved in the video, but it lacks a well enough connection between what is being shown to what is being said.