Audio Final Story

The hardest part about this project i have been assigned for, My Story on the Web, was deciding what exactly i wanted to talk about, and who I was going to talk about it with. In the end it seemed only fitting that i asked the question: “When was the first time you ever felt out of step?”

I chose my friend Koby to help answer the question because he is an incredibly unique individual that I know has struggled with this very topic for years. I decided I would try to format my Audio Story in a similar way to how I have often noticed NPR to format their shorter broadcast segments. For example it can be noted that the music is woven between pauses in the conversation, as well as in strategic places for dramatic effect, all of this being cues I took from NPR. The music stays consistent throughout all of the actual conversation, just low and non-distracting like elevator music as it plays during your conversation with a stranger.

Picking the music posed a bit of a problem for a couple reasons. Mainly it was difficult to find a good library of royalty free music that didn’t have strange tags at the beginning or middle stating “This is a sample track,” in a robotic voice. Eventually I found a great library of chillhop instrumental beats and i pounced on it. I had always planned on using something with a beat to it, and to find a very calm selection of hiphop tracks was a blessing. After a few minutes i found one i liked, and from there the only challenge was lining it up strategically with the conversation to emphasize shifts in topic, mood, or tone.

To edit the draft i decided to take the pointers all of my classmates had given me and I adjusted most of the levels in the recording to flow more evenly with each other, and to fade out in more efficient ways that didn’t interfere with the speaking portions of the track.

Audio Story Rough Draft

The hardest part about this project i have been assigned for, My Story on the Web, was deciding what exactly i wanted to talk about, and who I was going to talk about it with. In the end it seemed only fitting that i asked the question: “When was the first time you ever felt out of step?”

I chose my friend Koby to help answer the question because he is an incredibly unique individual that I know has struggled with this very topic for years. I decided I would try to format my Audio Story in a similar way to how I have often noticed NPR to format their shorter broadcast segments. For example it can be noted that the music is woven between pauses in the conversation, as well as in strategic places for dramatic effect, all of this being cues I took from NPR. The music stays consistent throughout all of the actual conversation, just low and non-distracting like elevator music as it plays during your conversation with a stranger.

Picking the music posed a bit of a problem for a couple reasons. Mainly it was difficult to find a good library of royalty free music that didn’t have strange tags at the beginning or middle stating “This is a sample track,” in a robotic voice. Eventually I found a great library of chillhop instrumental beats and i pounced on it. I had always planned on using something with a beat to it, and to find a very calm selection of hiphop tracks was a blessing. After a few minutes i found one i liked, and from there the only challenge was lining it up strategically with the conversation to emphasize shifts in topic, mood, or tone.

Final Logo

For my class, My Story on the Web, we have been tasked with creating a logo with Illustrator to represent the theme of our blogs. For the logo, I knew I wanted something extremely simple and easily read. I also wanted to use something that represented people in a way that everyone could identify with. I ended up deciding on the hand with a question mark painted on the palm, as a sort of symbol for human diversity; the question mark representing individuality. To make the design happen, I started off by making an incredibly crude, cartoonish, hand out of ovals with the ellipse tool. From there I began adding points with the pen tool, and manipulating their curvatures with the direct selection tool, essentially molding the hand from the ovals as if they were clay. After achieving the desired silhouette of a hand, I used the pen tool to draw lines across the fingers and palms to look like the creases on a human hand. I then altered the stroke of the lines to look ragged and more like actual human wrinkles. Next I decided to add in the name of the blog beneath the palm after I had seen a few other bloggers do similar things with their own logos. I used the curvature to tool to draw out a rough semi-circle beneath the hand and used the type tool to add the name of the blog along the path. I also used the type tool to do the question mark on the hand. In the end I have decided to keep my hand almost the exact same way I created it from the first draft logo post. To be honest, my original idea was substantially different, and the current hand I have pictured took quite a bit of time. I have decided to keep the question mark as it was, because it seemed to fit better than what I could’ve drawn myself. I was thinking about adding a gradient but decided against it. The only real change I made was the addition of the stars. I did this mostly for flare, but also out of some corny, yet sentimental idea I remember from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse: the idea that some people resemble leaves in the way the wind and nature pushes them about, while others resemble stars that move along their own path, unaffected by earthly matters. In some way I think such an idea perfectly embodies what it means to be walking out of step with society.

Draft Logo

            For my class, My Story on the Web, we have been tasked with creating a logo with Illustrator to represent the theme of our blogs. For the logo, I knew I wanted something extremely simple and easily read. I also wanted to use something that represented people in a way that everyone could identify with. I ended up deciding on the hand with a question mark painted on the palm, as a sort of symbol for human diversity; the question mark representing individuality. To make the design happen, I started off by making an incredibly crude, cartoonish, hand out of ovals with the ellipse tool. From there I began adding points with the pen tool, and manipulating their curvatures with the direct selection tool, essentially molding the hand out of the ovals as if they were clay. After achieving the desired silhouette of a hand, I used the pen tool to draw lines across the fingers and palms to look like the creases on a human hand. I then altered the stroke of the lines to look ragged and more like actual human wrinkles. Next I decided to add in the name of the blog beneath the palm after I had seen a few other bloggers do similar things with their own logos. I used the curvature to tool to draw out a rough semi-circle beneath the hand and used the type tool to add the name of the blog along the path. I also used the type tool to do the question mark on the hand, however I am considering changing that. I am also considering adding some sort of gradient behind the hand, but I do not want to oversaturate the image and end up with something unrecognizable. I really like how the hand has turned out so far, because it reminds me of a cave painting, or of some fortune-teller’s banner, all things that seem to fit the otherworldly nature of the Out Of Step blog. I would like to refine a few things, but I think all-in-all I will keep this basic design.

Draft Logo

Very quick sketch of my idea for the logo I must create using illustrator for a class assignment. The idea is that, everyone is human when it comes down to the baseline fact. However, there will always be something setting everyone apart as individuals; ergo, the question mark in the hand, symbolic of the fact that individuality makes people more dynamic than just being a part of a pack.