Friday, October 5, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

One reason to learn to code even if you don't plan to be a programmer is that it will look good on your resume. It's also a good way of exercising critical thinking in your brain. You can also build a website from coding if you know how to use it in the correct way. My partner and I had a difficult time trying to figure out how we were going to tackle this figure eight. The logic statement we used to find out the way we wanted our car to go was to literally walk around the “obstacle course”. The commands we used to create the figure eight were Go, Steering, and Delay. Go was for how fast we wanted our car to go. We originally chose 50 cc so we had to the numbers 400,400. The command Steering was for which direction we wanted the direction of the car to go. Our choices were either straight, left, right, or reverse. My partner and I decided to use all of them except reverse. The way I felt about the process of trial and error was complete frustration. I had the hardest time trying to get the right second in the delay or just trying to find where the problem was. In the end, we did not succeed, for we had only made 1.25 of a figure eight.

When my partner and I started challenge number two the first coding commands we put into our car was the ambulance sounds. These commands were new because they required sound and a visual code. The visual code was for the little screen on our car to show blinking lights and it was called display line. In the future, when I have a chance to ride it in an autonomous vehicle I will choose not to. The thought of the car crashing into something or someone because of some technical difficulty makes me uncomfortable. I would rather get into a car crash with me driving rather than no one driving. I find that it would be easier to blame myself than something or someone else. I would rather be disappointed with myself than to be thwarted with a car or the originator. In my opinion, I hope autonomous vehicles will not carry out carry complex tasks like an ambulance responding to accidents in the future. I say this because I do not believe any robot can have the same reflex skills as a human being.

ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

The Elements of Art that are used in my digital Still Life paintings are line, texture, shape and value. Line is easily explained as a moving dot. I used line to outline my object and to create the cross hatching (the shadowing). Texture is how you make a drawing look, if it looks smooth, rough or has raised areas. I used texture to show smoothness of the baby's body. Value is the degree of lightness or darkness and I used it in the baby dolls eyeballs to show different colors in black and white. Shape is a flat object that is enclosed; I used it to make the form of the baby dolls limbs, head and body. I was required to use a size ten pixel brush for outlining, and size 5 for texture. When I was making the textures, it was better to use a size five brush because it allowed me to make a finer detail than what the size 10 brush would allow me to make. I found that drawing the cross hatching was the most enjoyable part because I could easily follow where the shadows where in the original photo. Making the outline of the baby doll was difficult because it was hard to make lines that weren't wobbly.

This photograph was taken at the top of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Oahu. My landscape painting contains a lot more texture because it has a city, a mountain and trees in it, while my still picture just has a baby doll. My still life image has less value than the landscape image because all of the buildings have different shades of black or gray. I was shown three different ways to execute this look; the first one was the least appealing, the second one had more detail and the third tutorial looked like it had the highest quality. Of course the third way had more steps involved than the first and second one, but the end result is better. I used the third tutorial because it obviously had more detail and it looked more like a drawing than the other lessons.

This is a photograph of me at my grandpa's wedding. It was taken at Baby Beach in Poipu. I wanted to use a picture of myself so I could get to know what my face structure looks like. For example, when I'm drawing a self portrait, I would be familiar drawing and knowing how to draw my face. This image uses all the Elements of Art. The background represents the element space. In the image my skin looks smooth, which I also portrayed in the drawing as texture. The flowers on my head resemble form, for they are three-dimensional. Value is shown by the different parts of my skin; how it's darker in other parts. Color is shown in the reflection in the water. Shape is shown as the shape of my face, and line is in the stripes in my shirt. My critique results were not what I was I expecting. My highest scored image was my still image, for I had thought it would be my lowest. I think it was my highest because it has more cross hatching and details than the others. My landscape image was my lowest score, in my opinion, I thought it would be my second best scored image. I think it was my lowest scored image because it didn't have the pronounced black outlines and it had the random palm leaf that looked like an afterthought. My mixed image was voted second best. I think it was voted like that because of the rocks in the background. I admit the cross hatching in the rocks in the background of the image looks a bit sloppy. But overall, I am proud of the way it turned out.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection is very important when you are trying to get your audiences attention. Intonation is the rise and fall of the voice when a person is talking. Intonation is the rhythm, tone, and emphasis in someone's voice. When you talk, you don't want to bore your audience with a monotone voice, that's why it's important to know these things. In this assignment I was the script writer. I also did some of the voices in the audio recording. The job required me to know how to incorporate the 7 Principles of Design into the Newscast. The rehearsal part of the project is very important because it's always good to practice and know what you are going to say before you record it so you're ready. Since we are recording it in one take, it's vital to know how to pronounce everything, and also know where your lines are.

Our results from the class critique were more positive than what I was expecting. I am very happy with the audio we have produced. Clarity of speaker's voices was the highest score, although someone said that the audience impact was low. Our lowest score was relevance of answers; to improve, I think that we could emphasis more about examples of the terms. To keep our audience engaged, we tried to keep our voices full of intonation and inflection. We also tried to keep the script interesting enough so our listeners wouldn't get bored. When it came time to choose what type of audio style we wanted to record, we originally wanted to make it into a podcast. But it was soon taken up by other people. So we said our second choice, a newscast. I am very happy we chose to do a newscast because it ended up so well. If I had to do this project again with the same group of people I would improve putting more accentuation in the examples for the terms.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

ACO 6.0 Proprietary Information

The FCC is an independent agency of the United States that watches over television, radio, wire, satellite, and cable. FCC stands for Federal Communications Commission. Copyright infringement is a protected law on someones work, like music, movies, plays or artwork so no one can reproduce and display the person's work without permission. If a person breaks this law, they would have to pay the owner up to $250,000 with 5 years in prison. If you would were caught doing it again you would get another fine and 10 years in prison. If you are planning on using copyrighted material contact the owner to get their permission and work out if payment is required. If they agree for you to use it, get the permission in writing. Fair Use is being able to use the copyrighted material without the need of the owners permission. For example one way to use fair use correctly is when you are critiquing or commenting a song. You are allowed to quote a few lines from the song. Another example of fair use is making a parody of something, like taking a popular picture or video and making it into something humorous.

Confidentiality is privacy. Everyone knows it's vital to keep certain things private from strangers and the internet. For example you obviously want to keep your social security card away from people you don't trust or know. Another example is your credit card number, someone could steal the number and have a shopping spree and you would be paying for it. Last but not least, your phone number. It may not seem as threatening as credit card numbers and social security cards' but it can be. When you give your phone number out you can get a lot of spam phone calls and advertising calls. The impact that social media has on confidential information can depend on what the person is posting on the internet, it's their choice. My take on censorship is being mature and old enough to view, see, or hear certain things. Censorship relates to the 1st Amendment by freedom of speech, in other words, people are allowed to say whatever they want and the 1st Amendment protects that. When people can view what a person is doing on the internet, many think that that's invading privacy, and I agree. At a certain point in where a person gains maturity, they should be able to look at whatever they want without being watched.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ACO 2.0 - Market Shifts

The word market can have many definitions. It's where you can generally buy or sell something or how a product may go out of business when a better product comes into the picture. Over time people think of new ideas that they think that the people all over the world would likely use. When a popular product comes out, obviously people are going to buy the it, it's new, popular, and more helpful. Market shifts can vary in rotary phones to iPhones. Rotary phones were used by putting your finger in a slot and turning a wheel to get the number you wanted. And that was all it did. But now we have smart phones where we can look things up on google instantly. We can have apps, take pictures, call and text message. No one wants to plug a huge telephone in every time they want to make a phone call. Another example is picture taking. In the older days people always printed their pictures because that was the only way to have them. But now people just keep photos on their phone or computer. The revolution of cameras has come a long way. To a camera called brownie, to Polaroids, to digital cameras, to phones.  

I joined Arts and Communication because I would like to go into Graphic Design. I think that would be the best direction to painting, and drawing on canvas and paper. This career includes many skills to be a professional painter/drawer. Technological skills, communicative skills and how to be creative. Just because I wouldn't be making my art on a computer doesn't mean I wouldn't be using technology at all. I think having technological skills would be the most important skill to have. Everything is online now and if I wasn't online, I wouldn't succeed. I have an instagram account that shows my art, I think it shows people that I getting ready for the future. In the way our technological world is heading I think it is important to keep up with the way people are thinking what's new and cool. But sometimes it's always good to know how to produce old styles too.   

ACO 2.1 Analyze how shifts in market affect changes to media and design.
ACO 2.2 Evaluate how changing communication needs of a market are addressed by media and design.
ACO 2.3 Propose media and design solutions that address the changing needs in global markets.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ACO 4.0 - Communication Strategies

My communication changes from one audience to the next by how different generations see the subject, if they think the subject is funny, sad, amusing etc. Things I say to my family, my sister, my friends, my elders, and my teachers are all different. I would never talk to my friends like I talk to my dog because that would be straight up strange. The way I speak to my teachers and parents are also different although they may seem similar. My parents know me better than my teachers so I am more comfortable with communicating with them. I feel comfortable speaking my mind to my sister because she understands me the most in my life. I tell her a lot of things that I normally wouldn't say to a peer at school.  I would like to improve the way I communicate to my teachers, meaning I would like to be more social, and ask more questions in class.

After high school I would like to learn more about one subject. I would like to learn about the subject of art. I don't know what specific art subject I would make a career out of because I like painting, drawing and making figures out of clay. I enjoy doing these things on my free time and people like what I do. In the future I would need to improve on many communication skills. When I am talking to my clients I want to have a professional outlook on how I sell my art. I need to improve advertising my art/ putting it out in the world more. I need to be more confident with the way I communicate to people so I'm not as shy to people.

ACO 4.1: Devise communication strategies to promote individual accountability and team success.
ACO 4.2: Use effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to facilitate positive interactions.
ACO 4.3: Apply appropriate interpersonal skills to establish positive and sustained relationships with clients.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Umm. Well I don't know how to upload a audio file to the blog so...