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Audio Story Final

 

WHAT DID I CREATE

I created a podcast of some sort that focuses on interviewing college students who have either found their professional identities or are still searching and in need of advice. The goal of this podcast is to interview a wide range of people each week that have different stories varying all the way from how they decided on a major and where they hope it takes them, to students who are clueless on what to do. This is in hopes of reaching out to a broad audience of students. Although this interview only had one perspective, in the future, more will be added to create a more realistic podcast.

INSPIRATION

When deciding on a story to tell for this unit, I wanted to be sure I created something that everyone has experienced. Finding your professional identity is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever be making. I chose to interview a college student because this is the time when you really get to know yourself and what you will be wanting to do for the rest of your life. I did not get any ideas from outside sources, I just went along with the idea of what a podcast was in my mind, which is a conversation about real life issues and how to overcome them.

DESIGN PROCESS

When using Adobe Audition, I transported my files I created from using the My Memos app on my phone. I had previously recorded my introduction and questions so I was prepared to ask my interviewee when the time came. I used the same app to record each and every recording. Once I had exported them onto Audition, I created one track that fit together like a puzzle. When adding the tracks in a cohesive order, I had to make sure there were no outside noises distracting from the podcast. I also had to cut out any extra wording that ruined the flow of the audio clip by using the razor selection tool. Once the recordings were clean, added a background track with a dull volume to ensure the voices stood out. In order to do this, I had to use the arches to make the music fade in and out. I had to be sure that no recordings were overlapped and once that was done, I exported the final track and downloaded it to soundcloud.

CHALLENGES

Throughout the design process, I came across a couple of challenges. The first one being the free to remix music. It took me quite a while to find a piece of music that would not be taken as copyright. I eventually found a track that fit the mood of my topic. The next challenge was that the track was not long enough to span over the whole interview. I decided on pasting the track multiple times to ensure it lasted over the whole one minute and thirty-four seconds. Throughout this whole unit, finding someone to interview has been a challenge. I was originally going to interview an advisor, but the scheduling never worked out and in the end I went with a student, which turned out to be better in the long run due to the timing of finding your professional identity.

MATERIALS

The background music was from a free to use site that has no copyright properties. http://freesound.org/people/Erokia/sounds/407552/

Audio Story Draft

In this audio story I was careful to limit the background noise so the story is clear and there are no distractions. The slightest breeze can effect the quality of the audio. I treated this as a draft to get a feel of the story I wanted to portray. I did not add any other sound effects because I wanted this to solely be about the story I was telling. I did not have the ability to add other voices to the track so that is one thing I am going to add next week for the final. I want to make sure there is diversity in the sound so it is not just one voice the whole story. This story is explaining the process of finding my professional identity. I wanted to give the audience a background of why I chose this topic for my project. Although there are no in depth explanations, I wanted to include that I am not alone in this journey, a lot of other students are in this position and I wanted to hear from them and how they are coping. Although this draft is clearly not what the final product will be, it is the basis of what I will be talking about. I do need to add an introduction with either sound effects or music to personalize it. I am going to turn this information and make it into more of an interview story of what it takes to find your professional identity. An idea I have is cutting down the story above and making that my introduction, then transitioning to the interview with someone who has advice for those seeking their own professional identity.

Logo Final

The inspiration behind this design is the search for your professional identity. It represents those people that have gone through their life without knowing their passions, interests, or skills to find their career path. I am one of those people and the direction of this project will hopefully highlight the way I go about finding my professional identity so others will be able to do the same. This design is a logo that could be used for any career fairs or businesses that specialize in assigning jobs to people based on aptitude testing, etc. In order to come up with this design, I just thought of simple and effective. I wanted it to be an image that could be used on a poster or business card. Something that has very good scalability which means it could easily be expanded or shrunk to the same quality. The significance of the individual parts of the design are the question mark for the unknown career paths and the blank face for the individuals who are seeking jobs.

The design process for this logo is first using placing the blank face picture I got from the internet. I then used the Adobe Illustrator paint brush tool to create an outline for the blank face. Once the outline was finished, I increased the stroke of the paint brush tool to fill in the outline so the whole blank face is one solid color. I chose the colors black and bright blue to have the bright blue pop out more so than it would have with a dull color. a face. Once the blank face was recognizable, I used the text tool to enlarge a question mark to fit over the face in an equal way to be able to see each image. One the actual logo was finished, I used the text tool once again to add the label of “Find Your Identity”. I moved the label around to a location that looked best and that was the process I went through to finish this logo. The challenges I faced when designing this logo was with the paint brush tool creating a symmetrical face for the background of the logo. It took multiple tries to get a smooth line that fit to the next. The paint brush tool is not an exact tool, so making sure the lines are in route with the original picture was difficult. The advice I have for those who are encountering this problem is do what I did and play around with the tools as you go.

The feedback I received from my peers was very helpful. My draft logo was very rough and did not look professional. The advice from my classmates was to make the outline of the face more smooth and to fill in the face with a solid color to create more of a full logo rather than a bunch of white space. I took their advice and made the blank face more realistic and professional by using the paint brush tool instead of the pen tool and filling the face in with the color black to really promote the question mark as well as the label “Find Your Identity”. I feel that the logo turned out a lot better than the draft and I am glad my peers helped me to get there.

No research was needed for this draft because of the simplicity.  The one source I used was to outline the blank face to create a symmetrical design. 

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Draft Logo Project

The inspiration behind this design is the search for your professional identity. It represents those people that have gone through their life without knowing their passions, interests, or skills to find their career path. I am one of those people and the direction of this project will hopefully highlight the way I go about finding my professional identity so others will be able to do the same. This design is a logo that could be used for any career fairs or businesses that specialize in assigning jobs to people based on aptitude testing, etc. In order to come up with this design, I just thought of simple and effective. I wanted it to be an image that could be used on a poster or business card. Something that could easily be expanded or shrunk. No research was needed for this draft because of the simplicity.  The significance of the individual parts of the design are the question mark for the unknown career paths and the blank face for the individuals who are seeking jobs.

The design process for this logo is first using the Adobe Illustrator pen tool to create a base for the blank face. I made a rough outline of the idea only to use the selection tool to move the paths around to turn the outline into a shape representing a face. Once the blank face was recognizable, I used the text tool to enlarge a question mark to fit over the face in an equal way to be able to see each image. One the actual logo was finished, I used the text tool once again to add the label of “Find Your Identity”. I moved the label around to a location that looked best and that was the process I went through to finish this logo. The challenges I faced when designing this logo was the pen tool creating a symmetrical face for the background of the logo. I had to play around with the selection tool for a while to make the sides even to each other, or close to it. The advice I have for those who are encountering this problem is do what I did and play around with the tools as you go.

 

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