Video Assignment

The assignment for this week was to create a video and a storyboard that has to incorporate your brand. This was definitely a challenging assignment for me because I never really create videos, let alone edit them on Final Cut. You will definitely be able to tell this after watching my video. But overall, I was very glad that I was able to learn a little bit about Final Cut and it gave me a new appreciation for video editors because I had no idea it could be so confusing.

I also struggled with thinking of someway to incorporate graphic design into a video. So I decided to do a sort of tutorial video for people who are interested in becoming graphic designers and don’t know where to start. I apologize prior to me and my boyfriends acting abilities, or just speaking abilities in general.

This is my storyboard showing that someone is upset about not knowing where to go to start learning design and I come and help him get started. I actually had a lot of fun creating the storyboard, I felt it was like creating a comic.Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 6.44.46 PM.png

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Photoshop is such a fun way to show creativity and is a great way to edit photos. I think it’s really nice to get experiment with Adobe Creative Cloud because it will be really useful to use in the real world. Being a Graphic Design major, we use PhotoShop for almost all our assignments so it was a nice little break to do something I was more familiar with.

I chose the cityscape because I thought it would be interesting to replace a building with a giraffe, specifically the tallest building since it kind of resembles a giraffe. So I thought it would make the picture more interesting. I also thought it would be cool to add the reflection of the giraffe in the water.

Here are the original images I chose:Hong-Kong-Cityscape.jpg

Credit: Unknown (March 2, 2017). Night Scene of Hong Kong [JPEG]. Retrieved from


Credit:EcoView/Fotolia (March 2, 2017).  Giraffe Facts and Photos. Retrieved from

This is my edited picture where I removed one of the buildings, added a giraffe and used the inverse photo filter:PhotoCap105.jpg

Creating an Infographic

I decided to stick with the Graphic Design theme because I think it would be beneficial to have different websites talking about what Graphic Design means to me and what it’s like to be a designer. And I wanted to take advantage of this assignment to talk more about my work and my experience as an Art and Design student thus far.

We had the option of choosing to use either or to create my infographic I chose to use Piktochart because I use Indesign all the time and I found it to be similar to that and it made it much easier for me to use. I really enjoyed creating an Infographic, it was fun to change the text and add pictures that looked visually appealing. I also added some of my Graphic Design work that I made in my classes to use as a kind of portfolio reference if I ever wanted to show this to possible employers. Overall, I had a really fun time making this and it was super easy to use for someone who has never used Piktochart before.

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Brand Yourself

Brand Yourself is a website that helps you to control and find out what comes up when others search your name. You can then go through and verify if the items that come up about you are “positive”, “negative” or “not me.” After verifying your first ten search terms that come up you get to view your score:screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-6-03-30-pm

VerStrate S, (February 2, 2017) Brand Yourself Report Card Screenshot (JPEG) Retrieved from

There was actually a lot of results that came up about me that I didn’t even know existed and was pretty pleased about, items like being on the Deans list and my Varsity tennis results. There are a couple of items that I was confused that they were marked as harmful. A lot of the results were not me but other Shelby’s or other VerStrate’s in my area which I thought was interesting to see. There was really nothing that came up that I found could hurt me to get a job which I found was really reassuring to know. I thought overall it was really helpful to know this information about yourself, and I think it will be especially useful when I apply to a job or internship and I can keep checking up on it to make sure everything that comes up about me is valid and positive.

After learning my score it then provides you with ways to improve that score and to pretty much better your brand on all social media sites. The 3 recommendations that I went through and did was: Boost your LinkedIn, Submit another link to the web and publish a brand yourself profile. I thought boosting my LinkedIn website was really helpful, because I am pretty new to LinkedIn and I was sure what qualified as a good profile so it made a lot of recommendations for me to do. I then went on and posted my LinkedIn link to the web so hopefully it will be one of the first items that comes up when possible employers are searching me. I also posted Brand Yourself to my Twitter. I thought this website was very helpful and it made me aware of things that I wouldn’t have thought to do.