Meeting with Jill and then Jack

On Sunday night, I met with Jill. She was an interesting character to say the least. I can’t reveal too much about her right now however to protect her identity. She met with me for coffee and explained they key thing I needed: where to find Jack.

I began my search to find Jack’s home. He was a little difficult to find at first, however, it worked out in the end. After wandering the streets following the various clues Jill had given me, I finally made my way to Jack’s home. After peaking around the home, Jack discovered me. However, I was able to ask the hard questions and finally uncover what I really needed.

What Jack didn’t realize was that his conversation was recorded… coming soon!

Creating a Logo

I also made time to create a logo from Aconitum.Napellus this week. I drew inspiration from a ds106 design assignment, The Ultimate Merger (which is rated at 4.5 stars). I chose to use Fisher Scientific’s logo set up, seen below:



I mimicked the fonts and colors to create my own logo for Aconitum.Napellus. All work was done in a word document so that I could compare the sizes and styles of the fonts as well as have proper alignment. The final image was saved as a screenshot. I plan to use this image throughout my webpage, and it is currently featured on The Mission Statement page.

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My resume

I decided to add my resume to my webpage. It can be found under the staff page. I drew inspiration to upload my resume from the ds106 web assignment: character resume (which is rated at 3 stars). The resume is really rather self-explanatory. It describes my previous work and education experience. I’ve mostly worked in industry. For a couple years I chose to teach high school which turned out to be a horrible decision which is why I only taught for two years. My education is not as extensive as I wish it could be but my years of experience in the science industry make up for that.

Here is the resume, if you’d like a copy: Isabelle Franklin_Resume

Interviewed by Dr. Groom

This week, I met a curious man. I believe he’s July’s professor for this online class she has going on. He had a lot of questions. Initially it reminded me of kindergarten cop. But I answered all his questions and got this interview knocked out. I used iMovie to stream his questions and my responses into a cohesive piece.


The Special People in My Life

This week, I took sometime to reflect on the special people in my life. I decided to take these memories and make a montage of them using iMovie. I couldn’t find pictures of me per say… But I found images of young girls who’s emotions reflect mine. The people who are important to me have shifted throughout my life. From my mom and dad, to just my dad and then finally the big change to my aunt and uncle who took me in in the United States.

Edie and Isabelle’s Trip!

This week I had the pleasure of working with Aubrey Howland. We decided to knock out two assignments: a writing one which actually describes in depth what our visual assignment depicts.

The visual assignment we chose to do was the Story Map for 4 stars. Check it out here!

Our story is based around our two characters: Edie and Isabelle Franklin. Edie is a bar tender with murderous tendencies and Isabelle is a scientist who’s just trying to make things right in the world even though she goes about it the wrong ways.

We tried to figure out how the two characters would interact if they actually met and go from there. They took issue with the way Prince Jasper treated his people and Andorra and travelled there to set the record straight.

Most of the pictures for the word map were found on google. Most are the actual images of the places Edie and Isabelle travelled to or are representative of the people Edie encountered as the trip occurs from her perspective.

Isabelle’s Theme Song

Earlier this week, I tried to do a theme song for Isabelle for 4 stars. I ran into some copyright issues and thought I guess I just shouldn’t do this… But I still felt really inspired by the incredible job Tiffany, one of my group member’s, did with her character’s theme song so I decided I’m going to try again! I also thought it might be possible to work it in with our radio show so I decided to go for it!

Soundcloud is currently processing it so hopefully I won’t run in to the same issues as I did earlier this week. I chose to mostly pull from Lana Del Ray’s album “Born to Die.” The intros to her songs have beautiful instrumentation at the beginning. I felt the opening of her song “Born to Die” captured Isabelle’s mature nature and taste. I then also used the opening of “Video Games [Joy Orbison Remix]” to create a sense of rushing that accompanies Isabelle as she rushes betweens labs to get her work done. I then used several sounds from I found one longer bubbling sound that I overlaid most of the audio with. I used an explosion in the beginning to immediately catch people’s attention and contrast with the instrumental parts that play. Finally, I added another more vigorous bubbling sound. I used fade in and fade out effects to introduce different portions of the theme song. I also adjusted the volume of the various clips so that the sound is well balanced and certain parts wouldn’t dominate too much.

Just Around the Riverbend: A Dramatic Reading (REMIX)

This week one of the possible audio assignments was to a dramatic reading remix for 3.5 stars. I wanted to do this one again about my character, Isabelle. I tried to find a song she could potentially relate to and then make it even more dramatic. She’s a very naturally curious person so my first thoughts were pretty basic: Mr. Curiosity by Jason Mraz and Curiosity by Carly Rae Jepson. When I looked further into the lyrics they’re both extremely romanticized and that’s not really what Isabelle’s focus is. Her interests lie more in pursuit of knowledge, not getting a boyfriend. I poked around the internet further and found Pocahontas’ “Just Around the Riverbend” to be perfect. I cut out one line that was very specific to the movie (her marrying Kocoum) because it doesn’t really relate to Isabelle. Finally, I found some instrumental music on sound cloud and paired it up with my reading of the song (I’ve run into some issues with soundcloud and copyright recently). It lined beautifully to create a call and effect feel. The music ends just before the reading cuts off and creates emphasis on the riverbend and therefore the unknown.

A Curious Child: A Four Icon Story

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 10.41.41 PMMy third and final character design assignment I chose to do was One Story / Four Icons. It was one of the suggested ones and I already felt like I had an idea of what I could do for it based on the book cover assignment. I chose to emphasize again what would be emphasized in her autobiography. It’s telling the story of her young life. Being born in Britain yet quickly moving to the USA where she began to develop her love of science and foster her curiosity. I chose to use the same title as the book cover simply to carry over the same story. I tried to use all emojis that could be found on a smart phone sort of in tribute to the Vignelli’s reading I completed earlier. I’m telling the story of a person who lived much earlier on through modern techniques: emojis.

Isabelle’s Quote to Live By

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.42.54 PMAnother assignment I chose to do was Minimalize Your Philosophy poster for 2.5 stars. I chose to use the quote that I also used on my book cover because it’s a great quote to live by for Isabelle Franklin. It was one of the original quotes I mentioned when beginning to outline who Isabelle Franklin is. The quote is by Marie Curie, one of the most incredible female researchers. Her work means a lot to Isabelle just as this quote does. I had a really hard time coming up with what I wanted to do with in the poster to simply convey the quote. Suddenly it clicked. I wanted to use a person’s silhouette with a thought bubble above the person that contained the quote. When searching through silhouette’s I decided it was important to pay tribute to both my character, Isabelle Franklin, and Marie Curie. I found a quote bubble that fit well with the silhouette I selected and then I put in the quote. I debated between putting the font in white or making it a color to make it pop. I tried both out and decided I liked the white better. I then went through the painful process of selecting a font I actually like. The one I finally chose was in italics and I chose to bold the word “ideas” in order to place more emphasis on the word as it’s the most important thought in the quote.