Assignment: Create a digital image
Reflection: I used this opportunity to create a digital image to serve as the “cover art” of sorts for my Cloth Diapers triad, which also includes a podcast and a video. To create this image I used Adobe Fireworks. I had created images using Fireworks before, but with this particular project I wanted to take somewhat of an advertising standpoint. I wanted to include elements in this image that would grab viewers’ attention while also introducing them to the concept of cloth diapers. Since many people still think of cloth diapers as little more than thick white rags, I thought it would be good to include a picture of a modern cloth diaper as well in order to show people that they have changed a great deal in the past few decades. Doing this project helped me focus on a few essential elements, such as a title and supporting graphics, that would give information without being too wordy or overly complicated. I could easily see this project being used in a school setting where students would need to create their own cover art or poster. This project also helped me learn more about layer-based bitmap editors like Fireworks and how to use them to create multi-dimensional graphical layouts.
Standards Addressed: TL-I Technology Operations and Concepts. TL-III.A.5 Design methods and model strategies for teaching concepts and skills that support use of media-based tools such as television, audio, print media, and graphics.