Info Architecture: Portfolio Sites

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This website stood out to me because of its unique characteristics. Viewers can see what music they are currently listening to and a list of their favorite things. One of their projects included sketches and a description from beginning to final piece. I am also a fan of the landing page having a quick statement about themselves.

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I like this portfolio website because of the simplicity. The navigation was easy to use and I was able to find everything I was looking for (biography, work samples, contact info). I think this style was successful for this designer because the minimalism is reflected in their work.

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I chose this site because of the unique scrolling effects. At some times they are a little over the top, but not so much that it distracts from the actual content. The complex website clearly shows their attention to detail and web design skills.

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This website is an example of one I do not like. I am unable to find any samples of work, or navigate past the home page for that matter. Their website is very interesting but I would like to see some work samples if I were a potential client.

User Experience: Website Users

The website I evaluated for this exercise was I chose this site because I hadn’t heard of it/used it before.

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The first thing that caught my eye on this page is the red calendar object. From there, I read the header “New Event Name” and the “What times might work?” text. Without any other prompts or clear instructions, I was confused on the website functions. I selected a range of dates from the calendar, made an event name, and created the event. From there, I input my name and was taken to this screen:

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This screen was overwhelming and confusing! Eventually after messing around on the graphs, I figured out how the toggles work and how to add my “availability” for this potential meeting. I can invite others to add their availability via email, facebook, or hyperlink. When others add data to the calendar, it appears on the right.

As a first time user, I would have benefitted from some initial instruction or overview. Under the “About When2meet” tab lists information and a video tutorial. The simplicity of the website is appreciated for the complicated information, but was hard to navigate. I can see how a function like this could be useful, but seems complicated for a group of people to understand efficiently.


My videos for Narrative this semester have revolved around the idea of the subconscious affecting our behavior. My two main ideas for my final video are below. Top 2: A comparison between the left/right sides of the brain and the use of type/image to correspond. Bottom 2: A screen recording of myself making connections between words, while various clips move in the background to see if any of my connections can be related to them.


The final ended up going with the idea on the right. Here are some stills from the completed video. Before this project I would not have EVER tried making videos or even opening the Premiere program. Definitely pushed me outside my comfort zone.



Lexicon: the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge.

The topic I was exploring for my lexicon was how the subconscious mind affects behavior. For the final format, I chose two seemingly-distant terms, one from the subconscious and one from behavior, and compared how these words were related.

Neuroscience: the scientific study of the nervous system.
Urbanization: the population shift from rural to urban areas, and the ways in which each society adapts to the change.

I was able to make a lot of connections (…pun intended) between the ways neurons are connected and send messages with the ways humans are connected through their communities and living environments.

Also sorry these pics are trash I actually live in a dark cave.




Our final assignment in Human Centered Design was to compile a book of the knowledge gained throughout our interviews, conversations, posters, etc. from the semester. Out of everyone I interviewed, I started thinking about how some of the different areas of expertise could be connected. I landed at the idea of conservation, and more specifically the conservation of ideas within a society. This brings in two main ideas of Bigfoot hunting and wildlife conservation.

I interviewed my grandpa about wildlife conservation early on in this project, and now I am so glad I had the chance to sit down and talk with him about something he loves. He has been in and out of the hospital recently due to congestive heart failure. His last hospital stay will be his last and we are holding onto these final precious moments before the holidays.

But anyway… here are some spreads in the book.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I’m planning on making edits for a few more weeks, as the final printed product isn’t due until spring semester.



For our final project in Type, we were assigned to create a tactile object that would help a designer with typography. My group focused on typeface selection, as it was something we all struggled with in the P.K. Dick assignment. What’s Your Type? was designed to make selecting and pairing typefaces easier, faster, and more educated.

Our product includes 4 typeface fact books and 1 typeface pairing pocket guide. These easy-to-use books are separated into four categories: Serif, Sans Serif, Alphabets, and Examples.

Serifs and Sans Serifs feature over 20 typefaces each and educate the viewer on unique characteristics (shown on the transparency), a variety of point sizes, and a brief history of the typeface.

The alphabet book is meant to show the typeface as a whole, as the serif/sans serif books only focus on one letter. These pages will be useful in typeface pairing because you can see all characters next to each other. The alphabets include all the typefaces used in the serif/sans serif books.

The example book displays real-world examples of the typefaces featured in the books. These range anywhere from branding, to editorial, to web design. Each example states which typeface(s) are used and the format.

Proposal: Perfect for type amateurs and aficionados alike, What’s Your Type? provides a compact and convenient setting for exploring typefaces on the go.

Overall I think my group’s final project was very successful. Our compact packaging allows the product to be convenient and easy, something we were striving for from the very beginning. There isn’t anything currently like this on the market, so I think our solution is unique yet very functional and educational.


HCD: Interview #1

Yesterday I got to chat with Denise Gonzales Crisp on some of the ideas floating around my brain. These posters are a reflection of my interview with Glenn, and starting to lead into new subjects.

A few things I was thinking about while creating:

  • Not relying so heavily on images – using type as a texture or shape
  • Stepping away from the idea of “bigfoot”
  • How does this relate to different superstitions people believe?
  • Designing at the micro/macro level – this set was created to work cohesively, but some were designed by themselves and others were designed as part of the whole

I think it could be interesting if I rearranged these smaller poster to create a different combination because there are so many possibilities. I will continue to experiment with this new process and see how it affects my work.



T3: Final Book

Throughout the complexity and thoughtfulness of Philip K. Dick’s writings in The Exegesis, I was inspired to create a book that reflected his unique perspectives of the universe. My limited color palette features a magenta shade, connecting to the light beams Dick experienced. The die-cut cover conveys the sense of “peeking” into Dick’s thoughts and beliefs, as The Exegesis is based on thousands of pages of handwritten notes, journal entries, and sketches. Photography used throughout the work is my three-dimensional interpretation of the novel, expressing ideas of the unknown and beyond our realm of understanding. A smaller size helps present this extensive text in a more intimate, welcoming setting for the reader. Overall, I feel that this piece had a successful execution while I gained experience in editorial design.

HCD: Interview #1

Last weekend I interviewed Glenn, a Bigfoot hunting expert. Here are some highlights and quotes from our conversation.

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Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job and responsibilities.
– Computer Systems Engineer
– St. Luke’s Health System
– Maintain computer systems, especially virtual
– Run applications to support health care

What types of communities are you involved in?
– Jiu-Jitsu
– Elk’s Club
– Ghost hunting/Bigfoot hunting/Alien group
– Man Club/Drinking Club
– Family community

What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?
– Biggest one: reading
– Collect guns
– Make costumes
– Bigfoot hunting
– Ghost hunting
– Alien hunting
– Motorcycle riding
– Shooting guns
– Power armor

What is your dream job?
– Holy smokes, I’ve never thought of that.
– Sitting on a beach?
– I don’t actually like having to do things.
– As soon as you consider it a job, it’s no longer fun.
– Owning a motorcycle/car shop/garage
– Tools! Tools! Tools!

What about Bigfoot hunting is particularly interesting to you?
– I think it’s [life] boring without the mystery.
– I like the idea of the unknown.
– Investigating things that aren’t um… concrete.
– Outside the realm of boring.

Can you give me any background information involving Bigfoot hunting?
– So I’ve always been pretty open minded [about Bigfoot], yet skeptical.
– I may not believe in it, but I don’t rule it out entirely.
– Why not?
– It disgusts me how people think we know everything
– We discover new things every day.
– Humans are just so wrong.

Can you tell me about a specific incident involving Bigfoot?
– Pear tree.
– Bite patterns, DNA samples, hair.
– Tall grass
– Indention of toe prints.
– Things we don’t notice in our day-to-day interaction with the world.

Tell me what everyone should know about Bigfoot.
– People discount the idea of Bigfoot because of pop culture.
– Life has become so boring because we think we know everything.
– Truth of the matter is… we discover new things every day.
– So I guess you can keep an open mind.