Draft Logo

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My logo was a bit complicated. I had a few ideas as to what I thought I would want in the logo but was not positive. I looked at the assigned readings and other suggested readings provided to us through the class’s instructors but realized it wasn’t enough. They helped me with the technical stuff but not so much with the artistic portion. I then used these two links to help me find “inspiration”:

http://www.sothink.com/page/cool-logo-designs.htm

http://www.brandcrowd.com/logos/tags/culture

These websites got me thinking that the design was about the product, and in this case, the product was me. I then got to thinking about what my blog and collages were about. That really got me going and the next thing I know I knew what I wanted. The only things that I could really portray clearly enough about myself to be in a logo were my two different cultures. I am a Korean-American, and this was significant to me because these are the basis of everything else I am. Having that in mind I decided to put the Korean and American flags together. Why? Well… Korean-American… Korean and American… Two different countries and two different flags… And thus came the Korean-American flag…?

I started by using the ellipse tool to make a circle. Then I used the rounded rectangle tools to make my white stripes. Once the color was done I used the warp –> arc effect to make them wavy like the flag’s stripes. I copy and pasted a few of these and put them over the circle. After placing the stripes I used the pathways – minus (subtract) tool and then used the expand appearance tool. Once I had that done I had the top half of the circle striped and the bottom half solid. I used the fill function to fill in the red stripes that were left over from the original circle before the subtraction was made. Then I made a handful of stars using the stars tool and used the fill function to make the background blue. I tried adding a gradient to the blue to make the flag look like it was flowing, but I couldn’t get it to match up with the flag stripes so I figured I would try that again later.

Since the basic form of the Korean flag’s yin-yang-like circle was finished, thanks to the American flag’s colors/shapes, I added the black stripes to the side like on the Korean flag for logo’s basic finishing touch. I started by making three basic black stripes then copy, pasting, and reflecting them and resizing them as necessary. This gave the logo a really flag-like appearance, which made me happy. After that I played around with the placement of my initials and the font and decided they looked best vertically placed. And so, my logo was complete! The Korean-American Anna Kim logo!

 

Final Collage

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The revision process was time consuming to say the least. I took the advice of my peers and removed the three pictures of places to help put emphasis on the cultures through the food. The next change that was suggested was to refine the pictures and to use more filters. My pictures could use a little more of a “pop,” so I started by going back and using the: brightness/contrast, curves, levels, and vibrancy edits on all of my pictures. Then I added certain filters. Most of them have a dark burn filter to help enhance the vibrancy of the pictures or a lighter one like screen or light burn to help them “shine.” After having done that, I went and used the select and lasso functions to help me crop the pictures and cut out what I didn’t want or didn’t need. I finished of each of the pictures by using the dodge and blur tools to help make the edges softer where they were rough and to help blend them into my overall collage.

Once the pictures were edited to my liking I had only to arrange them nicely to help my overall story shine through. I knew I really wanted the sunset in the background to be in the center so I began to arrange the pictures in an almost uniform fashion around the edges of the background. The end result was a little distasteful because the cropping of the pictures didn’t like up nicely like I thought they would. I then tried clustering them around the sunset, in a sense, I was encasing the sun in my pictures of memories. I found that I liked this much better than the first arrangement and decided that the change would be final.

The polishing of my draft collage was pretty rough. I think the most significant change was the input of pictures of people in my collage. My little brother and two best friends finally agreed to let me use their pictures in my collage to help make it more personal. The choice of images was to allow people to see my culture, the cultures I have lived with, and the many different places I have been throughout my life.

The foods picture the cultures they come from while the pictures of my brother, my friends, and myself, are examples of the global community I have been integrated into. I had to do a lot of pondering on the sunset picture in the background, but decided to keep it in the end. I think it brings together the pictures and makes me think, “At the end of the day, this is who I am, who I was, and who I will be.” Each picture, may it be the Korean sashimi plates, the Korean BBQ, Korean-American styled grill, Vietnamese seafood dishes, Chinese plate dishes, or casual outing drinks and lunches, tell a story about who I am in part and where I have been to become who I am now.

Draft Collage

Collage

Truth be told, I was at a loss when I realized we were supposed to make a collage that would depict our blog’s topic. Throughout my life, I was never technology savvy outside of the usual social network – Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc. When I finally sat down and started to sift through the pictures in my computer, the ideas slowly began to come to me.

Most of my pictures display very international cultures – Korean, Vietnamese, American, Japanese, etc. My pictures show of good times, wonderful foods, and different cultures. With that in mind, I had one more question to answer: Would I use pictures of my family and friends? The answer was no. My family members and friends alike weren’t all that happy with the idea of their faces being on the Internet. In their places, however, I added pictures of memories we share. Once I figured out that I would combine pictures of memories, places, and cultures, I had to choose the pictures.

In the collage are pictures of sashimi (raw fish – Japanese dish), Korean style seafood noodle soup and fish, Korean barbecue grill, Vietnamese seafood, Korean bubble tea, packed lunch prepared for my friends and myself, Korean sushi salad, and American style grill with Korean side dishes. The foods show my life that resulted from my father’s different stations as an American soldier. The different mix of cultures shows the diversity I lived and grew up with, all of which I still consider to be a part of myself.

The other pictures were of places with memories. I took the picture of the seagull in Korea, the picture of the cherry blossoms on the Yongsan Garrison in Korea (a military base), and the picture of the flower and garden from Da Nang, Vietnam. I went to Da Nang with my family and Vietnamese friend. Most of his family was still living there and showed us around a lot. Then come the traditional Korean preservation jars. I don’t mean preservation in ways of mummification, but rather in terms of food. Koreans used to dig holes in the ground, place the jars in the ground, and put traditional dishes and spices like kimchi, fermented beans, and fermented pepper paste in them to preserve them throughout the years. The last picture is the background – the Han River in Seoul, S. Korea.

With the pictures chosen there was only the putting together of my collage left. I started by putting them all side by side next to each other. When I realized how boring that looked I tried each picture as a background and framed it by other pictures. The sunset on the Han River was definitely a winner. I then erased, blurred, resized, and repositioned the pictures to look like a frame. It took me a while to cut off the things I didn’t like in the pictures, but in the end I managed well enough and became satisfied enough with my first draft to post it.

 

Photoshop Tutorials

Here are my completed Photoshop Tutorials:

Me

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I was asked

to pick a topic for this blog and figured me, myself and I, would be the best topic for this blog!

It makes sense, doesn’t it? What one topic do I know enough about to fill a blog and keep it interesting?

If I’m going to be blogging about something throughout a semester, and quite possibly beyond that semester, I might as well chose a topic that I can elaborate on without any hitches.

The decision to blog about myself came mainly from my viewings of other blogs. I looked at political blogs, pundit blogs, food blogs, etc., and found that I neither knew enough information on those subjects to be

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able to blog extensively about them nor did I have any interests that might entice YOU long enough to make you want to come back to my blog!

Then I saw some personal blogs and realized that the doors went wide with myself as a topic. Having my topic being myself allows for me to blog about my music preferences, my artistic preferences, my fashion preferences, my study preferences, my religious views, etc., and still have it confined under the topic: me!

I’m not all that funny, and I have attempted a few failed blogs, but maybe, this time, I’ll be able to keep focus long enough to make this blog work?

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I’ll be sharing a lot about my life as a student, as a Korean-American, as a person of religion, as a musician,

as a member of a family, as an army brat of the third culture, and as a member of a culture. Being a part of so many different societal categorizations will probably give you, as a reader, a lot more to insight into the

many aspects of my life and ponder about yourself and how you tie into my views or are impacted by what happens to me and the many cultures of which I am part of.

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All-in-all, I’m happy with the decision to use myself as “muse” for this blog. I hope

you’ll enjoy this as much a

s I think I will…!