"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Scenery and Scenic Construction

Scenic Construction:

I used to think construction (no matter which type) is dangerous and boring, now I think it’s pretty fun and interesting as long as it’s safe (which we learned about in class). The miter saw was actually fun to operate and it’s satisfying when you cut through the wood.

You as an Artist and a Theatre Maker:

I used to think I could never do art or anything related to it, so I couldn’t make stage sets/props. Now I think I could at least draw bricks and marble, which actually didn’t turn out bad, so I’m glad to see myself improve in artistic skills, even by a little. Aside from drawing and painting, I also learned how to assemble pieces such as a fireplace and boat fronts, watching and participating in the whole process, from plain wood and styrofoam to finished, colorful products makes me feel proud. It’s just nice knowing I have some new skills up my sleeves.

Theatre and Theatre Production:

I used to think of theatre and theatre production just as acting, directing, and writing. Now, I know there are so much more than that, such as costumes, set designing, makeup, lighting, sound, etc. So much effort is needed to put together a production and not everybody’s work and effort could be seen. Everybody has to communicate and work together to achieve something and that feeling is very different than working by myself on a hands-on project. I just think this is a very meaningful experience and I’m glad to have the opportunity to experience this (even though I only experienced a part of a theatre production so far haha).

Lyric and Type Poster

Made with Padlet

IMPORTANT EXAMPLES: “Make Art Not Friends” “Everything’s Magic” “Trend” (explanations within padlet).


Songs: Unstoppable by Sia, Giant by Yuqi, Someday by OneRepublic. I picked these three songs at first because it’s my recent favorite songs and when asked to think of songs, these three first came into my ming. I picked “I’ll rise up like a giant” from Giant by Yuqi in the end because when I looked through the lyrics of the three songs, this was the most iconic line and the line that stood out to me the most.

Rough sketches: (I only wrote the word giant for some of the sketches because I was trying to do it like one of the examples in the padlet (“Everything’s Magic) and like the example, there is one big word and the rest will revolve around the big word so I only sketched “Giant” first.)

More Detailed Development:

I did the first one with neon colors (inspiration gotten from “Trend” example in padlet) and with only “Giant”

I did the second one using the lettering grid. I was half way through and then I decided that it was not something I wanted to do so I moved on to the next design.

The third one was the one I spent most of my time on. In the upper left corner, I did a “Giant” like one of my rough sketches but then decided that it doesn’t fit that well and it does not represent the lyric or has anything to do with it in general.

For colors, I went on Adobe Colors and searched “Sunrise.” I searched “sunrise” because “I’ll Rise Up Like A Giant” has the word “rise” and the first thing that came to my mind was sunrise. I also really love sunrise in general so I just went with that.

I chose this palette because it had a “soft” feeling and I just thought it would work with “Giant” (in my mind, giants were always brown, so when I saw brown in the palette, in my subconscious mind, everything basically clicked). I used this palette for my first draft (the third design above).


My feedback partner guessed my music genre as pop, full of energy (which was correct). She also liked my color palette and thought it was a good fit. She pointed out that “giant” lettering in the top left corner doesn’t fit or has anything to do with the meaning of the lyric, this was why I ended up not using that design. My partner thought my design was creative otherwise and didn’t make anymore suggestions.

Change of Plan:

I worked on this design for a couple classes but then the more I worked on it, the more it didn’t look right. There were too many different fonts (taken off of DaFont) so it looked really messy; it doesn’t support/convey the lyric, it’s basically just a bunch of fonts mushed put together using the same color scheme; the quality of the lettering is really bad but I didn’t know how to make it better either.

This was when a new idea suddenly came into my mind (I don’t even know why or how I thought of it).


I got this when I searched for “splashed paint typography design” on google. The neon splashed paint in the background will help make the word stand out and it also adds variety to the whole design.

In order to make the “Giant” stand out, I decided to find a color palette with brighter colors:


I also wanted to decrease the number of fonts I had so I wanted only two fonts. One is more smooth for “I’ll Rise Up Like A” and a bulkier one for “Giant.” I settled on Mandoul Script (shown below) for the first part of the sentence because it was calligraphy (which is smooth) and looked elegant yet free. I had two choice for “Giant”: Antagonist and Elastic Stretch. Antagonist is just boldy and bulky while Elastic Stretch looked more modern and unique (in my opinion).

I couldn’t decide between the two so I tried both (by hand):

I wanted a contrast between the first part of the sentence and “Giant” so I went with Antagonist in the end because it had thicker strokes.

I remembered the example with the frame in padlet so I tried my design with a frame:

It fits and looked good but then I wanted to try something else. Since there is “rise up” in the lyrics, it made me thought of sunrise (as said before) but also smoke, because it’s up in the sky, so I thought maybe it could look cool if I added smoke in the background, which added dimension.

Final Product:

Lyrics and Type Poster PDF

Typography Musical worksheet:

Analysis: (Techno)

I bolded the word and enlarged it to emphasis it and provide a high contrast. I also reduced kerning to make the letters more compact. I put a couple more “techno’s” in the background and made it gray, so it looked like it’s echoing the dominant “techno.”


Using design terminology, how does your poster successfully communicate the style of the song?

The lettering of the first part of the lyric has long stems and with ascenders and descenders poking out, giving it a casual and natural feeling instead of each letter being straight and orderly with the same sizes (stems, bowls, legs, shoulders, counters, and bars). I used a sunrise themed color palette to do the lettering, each word is like a layer of the sunrise, slowly building up to the word “giant,” where the sunlight blasts out. The word “giant” is bold and the kerning between each letter is more equal than the first part of the sentence, which helps show how powerful and strong Giants are (each letter is standing upright with no slants and all the same sizes).

How did you manipulate the typography to communicate?

I grouped the sentence into two parts, emphasis on “giant,” making it — the iconic word of the song — stand out. The first part is free and light while “giant” is grounded and stable, showing a contrast (between two fonts). “I’ll Rise Up Like A” can go flying off to outer space while “giant” brings it all down and rise from the ground, strong. I hope to show the audience that no matter what you’ve experienced before, you can always try again, rise from the ground full of confidence and motivation.

Which design elements and principles are emphasized in your work and how does this help the communication and/or style of your poster?

Hierarchy, contrast, color, type, balance, and negative space. Hierarchy is shown by “giant,” surrounded by a blast of neon color, drawing eyes to the focus of the entire lyric (and song). Contrast is shown by the contrast of fonts and color (between black and neon colors), this helps differentiate and emphasis “giant.” The neon colors helps show the energy pop music gives off and also adds variety to the whole poster and makes it more eye catching and fun (visually). Type is of course included because the whole poster is typography. Balanced is shown by how the poster is nearly symmetric along the middle line, making it comfortable to the human eye to look at and shows progression (of the sunrise) as the ladder of words goes down vertically. Negative space is shown in the word “giant” where it looks like these five letters is made by erasing the paint, this helps the make “giant” stands out because is the only word not in the color palette (the word is in black) and black also gives off the feelings safe, grounded, and stable.

Educational Poster Design – Cropping

Design Principle: Cropping

What is the role of elements & principles in graphic design?

Elements are what is used to create a part of or a composition while principles are how the elements are used and how they work together to make a piece of artwork appealing. Each element have a characteristic that is unique to themselves and each principle have an importance. For example, a point is the smallest element (in size, but you can also enlarge it) and it creates a strong relationship of positive and negative space. Another example is the design element form. Form is unique because it is 3D, it shows both width and height, plus depth, creating a different dimension in a design. An example of an important principle would be balance. Balance is the visual balance of a design/artwork, it could be purposely out of balance so that a person’s eye would directly go to an object. However, if a designer/artist accidentally created unbalance, the piece could look weird and uneven to other people, which would so unprofessionalism. The elements that could be used in balance could be shapes, color, form, etc. The role of elements and principles is important in graphic design, for that they are what makes up a design and what make a particular design appealing, interesting, and unique.

What is this design task all about?

This design task is about creating a design focusing on one specific design element or principle and presenting it clearly. The main point of this assignment was to explore the different ways the element/principle could be used in a design and what effect it has on the overall design or just by itself. Throughout this task, I tried several designs which helped me learn more about ways of presenting cropping. When people design, they usually use all kinds of elements and principles to create the effect they want, which would be complex and deep. However, in this task, we were only allowed to use one as the main focus, which was challenging because my brain and hands added different elements and principles unknowingly during the design process. The overall effect the task should have is to teach other people about this element/principle and provide a clear, easy-to-understand example of it so other people would get what we are trying to present right away (hopefully).

Why did you design your illustration this way? (show evidence of your sketching, development, peer feedback & refinement)

This was the first sketch I had to show cropping. I was trying to present the idea that a corner of square got cut off and there are 5 different sized triangles but only one would fit. However, after talking to my peer and teacher, I realized there were many problems with this design. One problem was that both color and shape took too much attention here, if a person were to walk up to this, their first guess would most likely be shape, because there is a total of 6 shapes here. The colors here are appealing and vibrant, which was also a problem, because they steal the attention right away. So, I decided to modify it — still sticking with a square with a missing corner, but more simple, which is the final design I have now. I chose for the positive and negative space to be in the same color scheme because I thought it would show less contrast than two completely different colors, so maybe it would take the attention off of contrast a bit more. I decided to leave a frame surrounding the square because when I tried to put square exactly along the edges, it looked like there is just a sliver of dark purple in a square, which would not show cropping but more like a line. I thought this final product looked much better than the first “final” design because it is more focused on cropping instead of leading a person’s eye all over the poster, looking at a bunch of different elements/principles.

Design Principle Cropping PDF

Process Journal 7: Backstage SLAM

Lighting Designer:

  • Manipulate stage lights to define the way the audience perceive the stage/actors.
  • Decides what gets lit and what does not and how all lights come altogether.
  • Works with directors, set designers, and costume designers.
  • Work freelance.
  • Courses in college: theatre lightning design.
  • Annual salary range between $42,000 and $85,500
  • $103,500 top earners

Improve as a lighting designer:

  • Technical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to produce a light plot specifying the placement and configuration of all instruments used in the production.

Additional info

  • Wore roller skates back then.
  • Jean Rosenthal first light designer.


Scenic designers:

  • Basic elements focused on: line, color, texture, form, space, movement, and shape
  • Ensures visual concept for production and stage environment
  • Sketching ideas
  • Producing scale models
  • Read scripts and discuss ideas w/ the director
  • Communicate w/ costume, make-up, prop, and lighting
  • Problem solving (Changes)
  • Research background.
  • Associates’ or bachelor’s degree in theater design/set design for film
  • Work experience
  • Art-based BTEC, HND, or degree


  • passion
  • experience of art techniques
  • Imagination, creativity
  • Presenting ideas
  • Capture of details
  • Problem solving
  • Interpreting designs, visualize ideas, and turn them into reality
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Understanding of camera and lighting usage.


  • look at films, videos, other performances
  • communicate with other designers.

Working condition:

  • Hours depends on workload
  • Work in studio office or home
  • Sometimes travel to attend meetings.


  • monthly $4250
  • Annually: $51,000


  • Ingo Jones first major scene designer (England)


Sound Designers:

  • Sound design is the art and practice of creating soundtracks for a variety of needs
  • Sound designer is responsible for obtaining all sound effects.
  • Responsible for an audience’s audio journey through a production

Create sound effects to help establish a sense of place or time to help create a mood or atmosphere.

Decides when an effect is played, how long it is played for and where in the space the sound will come from.

  • Should be artistically creative
  • Knowledge of film theater music and productions and audio engineering
  • Familiar to genres of music

Degrees: BD of arts, fine arts, and music and sound design

Salary: $5129, $7416 top earners.

Famous sound designer: Dan Moses Schereier


Costume Designers:

  • Plan and design the layout and structure of costume
  • Create ad make costume
  • Maintain the costume
  • Stage makeup and hair


  • Research, shop, fit
  • Deadlines
  • Support the vision of the director
  • Design costumes.

The ensure the costume, makeup, and hair all match the style and time of the play/production. This creates a cohesive and balanced look on stage, which enhances the production.

  • The need to have
    • Artistic/creative abilities
    • Communication
    • Visualization
    • Sense of style
    • Interest in theatre
    • Research abilities.
  • Training:
    • Postgraduate qualification degree in costume design, fashion, theatre, design, or performing arts, intern.
  • Average salary: $40,065
  • $92000 top
  • Work in offices
  • Moves around to run errands.




Julia Design Persona Poster

What is graphic design?

Graphic design is designing something on a digital platform, using fonts, textures, patterns, colors, etc.

Me as a Designer:

What’s my most memorable experience designing (or creating) something? Why?

My most memorable experience designing something is an art I designed in art class outside of school. It’s my most memorable experience because is the piece I’m most satisfied with.

What would I like to get better at doing as a designer?

Definitely drawing, because I suck at drawing haha.

What do I already do pretty well?

Probably collaborating and coming up with ideas.

Made with Padlet

Process Journal 6 (Reflection)

This is our finished flat, everything is dried.

The base coat is not visible anymore because it’s covered by cream, brown, apricot, and green paint using the technique of scumbling.

The black and white streaks are applied using the technique of veining using both feathers and cloths.

The gray and white spots are applied using the technique of spattering using a paintbrush.

  1. Paint the base coat: Using gray paint and a paintbrush, smoothly apply the paint onto the surface of the flat. Make it thick enough that the wood isn’t visible from under the paint. Try to not leave visible streaks and make sure you are painting in the same direction for the whole flat.
  2. Leave the base coat to dry.
  3. Scumbling: Using three different colors of paint, painting all in the same direction, make thick stripes. Be aware that the stripes that are next to each other should be of similar color.
  4. (Scumbling continued) Smooth out between the thick stripes so that no obvious borders or lines are visible.
  5. (Scumbling continued) Using a color from a different theme (for example, green paint on top of cream, toffee, and apricot), add light stripes on top of the three colors and smooth it in to add contrast and diversity.
  6. Leave the scumbling layer to dry.
  7. Spattering: Mix gray paint with water in a bucket. Dip a paintbrush in the bucket. Put your wrist under the brush (under the handle) while the other hand holding the end of the handle. Gently flick the brush onto the flat, creating spots.
  8. Let the spattering layer to dry.
  9. Veining: Take a feather or strip of cloth. Dip it into dark gray paint. If using a feather, drag the feather across the flat while slowly turning the feather. If using a strip of cloth, gently place it on the flat multiple times to make it into a line. Make sure the direction of the veining aligns with the scumbling layer.
  10. Repeat step 9 with white paint. Do not put too much.
  11. Spatter again on top of the veining layer to add depth to the marble.
  12. Let all dry.
  13. Done!

What I did well:
Everything is in the same layer, making the marble realistic.
The assembled flat have a high stability and is strong.
I handled the power tools okay (that is, I didn’t cut off my finger.)
Nothing looked very out of place on the flat, nothing weird stands out.

What I would improve:
Spattering: Let the paint drip/dry more, because there were some huge blotches (due to the fact that the brush was too wet)
Veining: I should have been more careful and treated it delicately because there was an area were there is a lot of white.

Process Journal 5

This was our flat after spattering (which are all the dots). The scumbling part was not dried yet but it was okay to do spattering.

Process Journal 4

This was our flat after scumbling, it was not dried yet so it looked glossy.

We used cream, brown, apricot, and green paint to create this.

Process Journal 3

This is our flat after the gray base coat (the lighting made it look brown).

Persona Poster

My Inspiration:

What is graphic design?

Graphic design is designing something on a digital platform, using fonts, textures, patterns, colors, etc.

Me as a Designer:

What’s my most memorable experience designing (or creating) something? Why?

My most memorable experience designing something is an art I designed in art class outside of school. It’s my most memorable experience because is the piece I’m most satisfied with.

What would I like to get better at doing as a designer?

Definitely drawing, because I suck at drawing haha.

What do I already do pretty well?

Probably collaborating and coming up with ideas.

Persona Poster Julia Lou

The style of my poster is a warm and simple style. This relfects who I am because I try to make the impression of somebody who is welcoming and warm to other people, I try to make everybody comfortable around me. The poster is fairly simple because I don’t think I’m a very complicated person, I tend to say what I think to the people I trust and are comfortable around (comfortable enough so that they won’t take my attempts to be funny as offending or weird haha).

The self-portrait that I drew was also simple but I did put a lot of effort into it and it was my first time. I shortened the length of my face and used simple colors to make the drawing look more like a cartoon instead of realistic. I used the color lavender my shirt because is one of my favorite colors and I thought it gives off a gental, therapeutic feeling. I left my hair down because it’s usually how I wear my hair. Even though I wear glasses in real life, I chose not to give myself glasses in the drawing because I think me without glasses is the real me more for some reason, but that’s how I see myself. I used a orange/pink colored background because again, it’s a warm color and is bright so it would make the whole poster look lively but not overly enthusiastic (if the color stands out too much it won’t have the welcoming atmosphere). I also added clouds into the background because 1) I like clouds and I like observing them so I thought it would actually represent one of my hobbies, and 2) I like to daydream and think about lots of stuff and clouds represent imagination and free spirit.

I think I did okay on drawing because it was my first time drawing digitally and my first time drawing myself (and I don’t usually draw) so I’m pretty happy with the finished product. I thought I made some comfortable color choices and the whole finished product looked simple but not overly bland, which is nice. I would try to do more on clothing because I think clothing can represent a person’s personality as well, but I didn’t know how to draw clothing so I just stuck with the basic t-shirt. I would also play around more with the different pens in procreate and try give out other impressions using different pens next time. Lastily, I want to improve the whole organization of the poster using elements and principles of drawing to make the poster look more balanced and deep.


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