Final Exam

2. Photoshop: Name logo

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Logo, Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

This logo of my first and last name I created on Photoshop. I made it to be simple, I didn’t want anything super fancy because then I feel that it would take away from my name. I chose to use an almost cursive font, I made it in all lowercase, and I made it look like the letters are connected to each other so they kind of flow into one another. I created them all separately so I could change the colors in between and so I could move them to align however I wanted to.

3. Digital photo and manipulation

Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

4. Geo-location services

These are photos that I took on campus at the 20/20 desk in Kirkhof center and in the Performing Arts Center in front of the theatre. I tagged in my location on Twitter, although it isn’t visible in the photos. It was cool to go inside the PAC because I’m pretty sure it is the only building on Grand Valley’s Allendale campus that I have not been in before. As for the 20/20 desk, I pass it pretty often but I don’t believe I’ve ever actually used it.

5. Internet culture/Memes

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“Haters Gonna Hate”, Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

I had the idea that I was going to change to words to “Hayters Gonna Hayte” because the picture is of me with a horse sculpture and hay is for horses right? I decided it would be my spin on the phrase “Haters Gonna Hate”.

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“Bad Luck Brian”, Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 1, 2015.

Happens every time.

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“First World Problems”, Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

When you have the convenience of an ATM on campus but it swallows your card…

It was fun making these memes, I liked that I could be creative and funny with them in my own way. I am not a huge follower of memes but I did know of these ones. I tried my best to think of scenarios that accurately represented them.

6. Video

“Final Video Idema Pew Library”, Alex Kitz, Final Cut Pro, December 11, 2015.

Music: “Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac

For this video I combined the idea of a mini tour and my favorites places because normally when I go to the library I only try to stick in the same couple of spots. My trips to the library occur sporadically. I am not one of those people who goes every day because I like to have a change of scenery. When I do have to go to get work done I try to get a spot in the back by the books on the third or fourth floor because it’s quiet, there’s a good amount of desk space, and there are plenty windows so I get some natural light.

7. Photoshop

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Heaven and Earth by James Clover

Alex Kitz, Photoshop, December 11, 2015.

I have to say that this is one of my most favorite sculptures on Grand Valley’s campus. I like it so much because I have a weird interest in the moon and stars (they’re pretty). I also find it really cool that if you stand under the sculpture in a certain spot and look up at it, it creates the GV logo gv_twit_logo2_400x400.jpg. I like that it has almost a “hidden message” and is specific to Grand Valley and Grand Valley only. This sculpture would not fit on any other campus because of that reason and I think that is really awesome. To edit this photo, I added a filter and took out some of the sculpture on the sides along with  a few other little elements in the background.

8. InDesign

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Screenshot, Alex Kitz, Twitter, December 14, 2015.

This is a screen shot of the Twitter header I created in InDesign and posted to my Twitter page. I like the way the end product turned out but it took me a little while to get to this.  I couldn’t get just one photo to fit so I had to put two next to each other to fill up all of the space. I added the “London by day… …by night” text. I chose these photos to use though because I am leaving for London in about 3 weeks to study abroad…my excitement is clearly showing.

9. Internet research

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Screenshot, Call Me Kelsey, Pinterest, December 7, 2015.

I have to say that this is my favorite meme, this is also the one I see most often. I have always liked the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I think that Willy Wonka’s facial expression in this snapshot is perfect for a meme. What makes me laugh is that his face is so sarcastic and condescending looking that with the captions added to it they are all the more funny.

Memes are so important to internet culture because all forms of media are growing in today’s society. I see a lot of memes that are taken from videos of real people that have gone viral, not from movies or TV shows only. Memes I believe help add to all the hype of media popularity today. They can create and draw more attention to trends in media and create buzz that will spread word of where they came from, which further helps to spur popularity among videos and the memes themselves.

 

10. GVSU culture

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GVSU “Wrecking Ball”, Alex Kitz, December 11, 2015

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Screenshot, Google Adwords, December 7, 2015.

This is a screenshot of the number of monthly searches for the words Wrecking ball, GVSU, and GVSU wrecking ball. By adding categories under these words, especially wrecking ball and GVSU I can help to boost my SEO for this blog. Because these words are searched pretty often it may help to optimize my blog search results.

The Grand Valley wrecking ball has always been one of the more popular art pieces on campus because it could be climbed so it was fun and interactive. I remember freshman year that’s what all of the students did within the first week of being on campus. Everyone went to the pendulum (as it was called before wrecking ball ever came into play) and took pictures while sitting or standing on it. After Miley Cyrus’s debut of her “Wrecking Ball” music video, the GV wrecking ball gained huge popularity. People were using it to create their own versions of the music video, some even went viral for a little while. Grand Valley and the wrecking ball were included in news reports that were aired on television through West Michigan, radio shows talked about the incidents, and news articles were written. Some of these actions taken by students were taken too far and became inappropriate, which ultimately led to the wrecking ball being temporarily taken down while awaiting a barrier to keep students out. This whole ordeal created a lot of attention for Grand Valley. Because of all the popularity it generated not only for the wrecking ball itself but for Grand Valley, it is one of Grand Valley’s most cultural icon’s. Although the hype has died down and the wrecking ball no longer receives much if any attention, it will always go hand in hand with Grand Valley. I will always remember the time of the wrecking ball along with all the other students who attended GV at the time.