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Final Class: Elizabeth Owens (Behance Profile & Projects)

http://www.behance.net/ElizabethOwens

REDONE Homework Assignment #9: Elizabeth Owens

Here’s my re-made version of Lizzie’s Bubble Breakdown!!!

 http://arcade.gamesalad.com/g/84921?GSCVersion=0.9.92

Homework Assignment #13: Elizabeth Owens

Ken Burns: Elizabeth Owens

Blog Post for 5/9: Elizabeth Owens

Since I feel like I’ve been doing classwork 24/7 this past week, I thought that I’d showcase one of the things I’ve been working on lately (besides, you know, work for THIS class!). Here’s a piece I created for Illustration Concepts:

The theme of this piece was “Indulgences/Obsessions,” so when I was sketching out ideas for my piece, I thought back to what I was obsessed with back when I was little. The first obsession I can remember having was with the Power Rangers!

Blog Post for 5/2: Elizabeth Owens (Classmate Critique)

I decided to critique Steffan’s project from Assignment #7 and #8 (the Music Video assignment). While this piece was one of my favorites of Steffan’s, I still wish that the colors for this piece weren’t so “primary-based.” If all of the colors were based on a single “base color,” such as a muted forest green, the colors would complement the dollar image and typographic animation in a better, calmer manner.

Homework Assignment #12: Elizabeth Owens

I created a “Clothing Closet” app for my online t-shirt shop, “Attack of the Exclamation Points!!!!!!” I created the shop on Zazzle.com in December 2007, when I was 16. Enjoy!

http://tiger.towson.edu/~eowens1/Actual%20Files/AttackOfTheExclamationPoints_ClothingCloset.apk

Homework Assignment #11: Elizabeth Owens

http://tiger.towson.edu/~eowens1/HW_11/slide.html

Blog Post for 4/18: Elizabeth Owens (“Spritely Site Example”)

My favorite Spritely site of the moment is a web design firm called Pixelbäcker: http://www.pixelbaecker.de/ This website is cute and funny, but very efficient! However, I recommend that if wish to be able to read the website, you’re going to have to learn German. Or open up Google Chrome and let the browser translate it for you. Ultmately, the design triumphs over the language barrier by using a little bit of Spritely at the top; the site also uses original, subtly-animated characters that represent different pages of the site (Contact, Gallery, etc.).

Homework Assignment #10: Elizabeth Owens

http://tiger.towson.edu/~eowens1/HW10/index.html

Blog Post for 4/11: Elizabeth Owens (Walter Benjamin Response)

Respond to Benjamin’s concern about the fate or art in the age of mechanical reproduction. What happens to art when it is reproduced endlessly, what happens to a culture for whom the “sacred” in art vanishes?

When I finished reading Walter Benjamin’s article, I first had to sit back for a moment to digest all of the super-sized words that were in Benjamin’s vocabulary. (I’ve never seen so many words [with over 4 syllables each] in the same sentence!) After a small reflection, I realized that Benjamin’s observations were a bit too centered about the point of overexposure. Yes, painting has lost its popularity because it’s an “old medium,” but films, whether they’re in a theater or on a computer screen, all come from the same century-old origin. A better comparison would’ve been to compare painting to video games, perhaps. Overall, I just feel that Benjamin should have recognized that the more action and interactivity a piece of art has, the more popular it will be with the public, regardless of how long the public will have been aware of its existence.

Homework Assignment #9: Elizabeth Owens

Lizzie’s Bubble Breakdown:

http://gamesalad.com/game/79300

 

Homework Assignment #7.1: Elizabeth Owens

Blog Entry for 4/4: “Favorite Object”

An object in my room that I think is well-designed is my iPod boombox. While some might consider it a bit large, when compared to most iPod speakers on the market today, my boombox still has the best bass boost that I’ve ever heard. It’s got a cool cylindrical shape to it, and the stereo speakers are set up on the sides of the device, as well as on the front. When I’m stuck on campus, this boombox is the closest thing I have to listening to music with a car stereo! Now, if I only had a new car of my own…

Blog Entry for 3/28: Elizabeth Owens (“Better than Free” Reflection)

The article “Better than Free,” by Kevin Kelley, discusses eight qualities an item on the Internet could have, in order to make it “better than free,” meaning that the qualities would make the item more appealing to consumers on the web. All of the qualities that Kelley discussed are completely valid, in my opinion; however, I especially found the point about embodiment the most intriguing. I love going to concerts because of the fact that the artist or band is literally within my vicinity, playing the songs that I know all of the words to. Even though concerts are far from being anywhere close to “free,” the experiences & memories made at a show are still things that money can never buy. (Including concert DVDs!)

Homework Assignment #7: Elizabeth Owens

Homework Assignment #6: Elizabeth Owens

Benjamin Zander’s TED Talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/en//id/286

Blog Post for 3/7: Elizabeth Owens (“Traveling”)

As cheesy as it may sound, my favorite place that I’ve ever traveled to was Orlando, FL! I’m a sucker for theme parks, what can I say? The first time I went to Florida was for three days back in February 2008, when I went to Universal Studios Florida with my high school marching band, to march in a morning parade inside the theme park. The second time I went to Orlando was with my family as we stayed at Disney World for an entire week after I graduated from high school in 2009. I miss Orlando so much!

Homework Assignment #5: Elizabeth Owens

 

Homework Assignment #4: Elizabeth Owens

It doesn’t have a soundtrack, yet, and it needs a tad more length, but I’ll try to post those additions in a new post by sometime next week!

Blog Entry for 2/29: Elizabeth Owens

Since I’ve already covered my Youtube obsession in this class, I’ll discuss my favorite multimedia-based website of the week, instead! I only discovered http://slaveryfootprint.org last night, but I already am completely enthralled by it! The anti-slavery site’s main feature is the “What’s Your Footprint?” quiz: you have to answer 11 questions about the products you consume (electronics, clothes, personal care, food, exercise, etc.), and then it computes a score that roughly determines how many slaves all over the world were forced to work in terrible conditions to make the products you own. My score was 31! While the site’s concept is eye-opening by itself, its effective animations of hands reaching out for help and on-click reaction graphics really help the visitor to feel more active and involved with the cause.