It’s Named “The Cool Club” for a Reason…

I found this website after quickly browsing the world wide web. It is titled “The Cool Club.” As the page loads, a white background with large black numbers quickly flow on the screen. Or as quick as your internet connection is. And then this is the home screen.

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Iconic. In the wake of the 20th anniversary of Biggie Small’s death, his animation is the first to be seen. I assumed there would have been a pattern in the collection of famous people; however, this is not the case. Click on the tab “Discover our products” and you will see an unusual range of famous people. There are different sized posters and decks of cards that can be purchased.

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Sooo cute. All of the people depicted are designed in the same style, creating symmetry. The color scheme is very plain, but it works extremely well with the products they are advertising. A white background and black letters does not take away from the colors of the posters.What makes the site work for me is the lack of clutter or distractions from what the main objective is — the products. Also, the prices are extremely reasonable!! I know the prices are in Euros but it still converts well to our measly ‘Merican money. I was determined  to have some form of alliteration in this post, sorry y’all lol. 

Click on the poster of your choice. I chose Michelle Obama because I love her. She’s so fly.

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It’s an animation of what the poster could look like hanging on the wall alongside another icon. Yes, that is the wonderful Dr. Martin Luther King!! I told you this website is cool, as named. I could promote for them, tbh. They should cut me a check PRONTO.

In my own process of designing a web page, I will definitely make sure I mock how concise this website is. I also noticed that I did not encounter one single advertisement for any other product while I browsed the site. I wonder how the creators made that possible. Maybe that is just how things are done in the Netherlands. This site is composed so well I feel compelled to purchase items from a website I don’t know the certainty of credibility, from an unfamiliar country with very few reviews. A good website must be believable and I must say they encapsulate this at “The Cool Club.”

Go visit “The Cool Club.” https://thecoolclub.co/

DIY: LOL, Cool

Memes will be funny for eternity. Don’t you all just love the memes of Mr. Krabs? I die a little every time because they are so hilarious.

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This is so me like every single day. This effect can be done in Photoshop. Let me show you how.

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First open the photo you want to photoshop.

 

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Next, go to the tab Filter.

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Open your list of options under Blur. Open Radial Blur.

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A set of options will appear. You can then choose how much of your photo will be blurred by adjusting the amount. The Blur Center will give you a rough preview of how your photo will look.

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I’ve adjusted the number to what I believe is appropriate. If you noticed, I have moved the Blur Center to a different position that will cover my face. Click on the center to move it to your desired area.

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Then, your photo will appear like this. To get a clearer focal point, use your sharpen tool. Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 1.17.45 PM

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Increase your brush size so you won’t take too long to sharpen your area.

 

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Granted, it is a bit rough but you get the picture. Continue to adjust effects until you feel your photo is complete. Add text for the true meme feel.

Thank you for joining me. I am Monae Butler, signing off. Goodnight and Godspeed.

Currently Reevaluating Myself

I have a soft spot for children. I always have and I always will. I desire most to attempt to protect their innocence, simply because it is irreplaceable and invaluable.

A basic human need, such as sleep, can be compromised by conditions. Many of us have preferences for our sleeping conditions. But, what about the people, especially children, who have very few, if not any, preferences simply because they have no other option? James Mollison captured thirty-six photos of children, ranging from ages four to fifteen, and the places where they sleep in his photograph essay “Where Children Sleep.”

What made Mollison’s artwork so exquisite is his use of a uniform and distinct pattern by placing the photograph of the child — with a white/gray background — on the left of his or her place to sleep, which were all very diverse. It was quite difficult to choose just one photo that was “particularly challenging or compelling” because each photograph truly captures a story.

“Roathy, 8, Phnom Pnh, Cambodia”

Firstly, the shot of Roathy is defined as medium — with a trash bag of cans strewn over his shoulder, safely presuming, that he collected and will be using them to generate some form of revenue or income. Though not closely positioned to his face, this is definitely a portrait shot. We learn intimately who Roathy is from this shot with his ribs pressing lightly against his thin, bronzed skin and simple haircut. Secondly, the photograph of Roathy’s place of rest is the establishing shot. This photograph adds an extra explanation to his appearance. The most symmetry about this photograph is the four tires placed adjacently to one another. The structure is weak but the drapes/coverings are strategically arranged for a makeshift window. Dirt fills the tires to make a more leveled and usable area. The one sheet in the photograph seems to be just large enough to cover Roathy’s eight year old body.

This photograph tells a story about a boy living in Cambodia’s capital who works harder than he should. Roathy is prepared to become a man. The stern look on his face accompanied by the desolate sleeping conditions will give Roathy the ability to transition into adulthood much sooner and easier than what I can ever fathom. As a viewer, it saddens me that a child has been exposed to the harsh realities of the world at such a tender age. It makes me wonder if he will ever get to experience having the luxury of sleeping in an actual bed under an actual roof. This photograph adds to the entire essay by showing an overdeveloped child in the midst of his childhood in a “foreign” nation. Not that I was entirely unaware of how children have to live all over earth, it just breaks my heart to know I can’t cook for, bathe them and provide for them all — I can’t give all children a jump start in life. I feel as close to dead as possible on the inside knowing this fact.

What can I do to make sure there are no more destitute children inhabiting earth?

DIY: It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White

Black and white effects add depth and drama to your video. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, black and white effect evokes a wide range of emotions that connects and entices the viewer to the video.

 

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-12-09-39-pmHave your video already uploaded in Premiere Pro. Go to the Effects control. Click Video Effects.

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Scroll and find Image Control. Click it.screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-12-10-26-pm

Black and White is the first effect listed. Drag and drop it to the fx togge on your timeline and viola!

He’s Working Hard, Not Hardly Working

Answer honestly, have you ever worked so tirelessly to accomplish your goals?

The most heart-wrenching, emotion-evoking video was difficult to choose but has to be Amar (All Great Achievements Require Time). I say this for several reasons — eighteen to be exact. The most important visual strategy the director uses to convey these emotions is the use of the time stamp in the duration of the day. The time stamp is colored white which draws the watcher’s attention to it. It’s more memorable. It is not difficult to remember what time of the day Amar started because there is a stark difference between the dark background and the white color. The darkness was emphasized particularly and potentially because of a lack of electricity and how early it was! So, white for the time stamp was perfect. The continuous use of the time stamp in the duration of Amar’s day shows exactly how much he encounters in the same 24 hours everyone on Earth has to accomplish their own goals. It also exemplifies how narrow the time span in between his nightly slumber and his morning awakening. It is dark when he wakes and dark when he sleeps.
The absolute most important auditory strategy the director uses is the lack dialogue or narration about Amar. Amar’s story is told without any speech. Majority of the noise heard in the video is background noice. From the rooster to the bustle from the traffic to the conversations in the native language, barely comprehensible. The lack of dialogue and narration shows exactly how little Amar participates in senseless chit-chat that adds no value to his day. The ONLY time Amar speaks is while practicing his studies (at the end of the video) and exhibiting his bilingualism. The reason this auditory strategy is so important is because Amar never complains. He does what’s necessary to complete his day efficiently and effectively. Amar doesn’t even discuss his age. How old is he anyway? It is evident from the tone of his voice that he is in his pubescent stage of life, but that’s a mighty long timeline. Is his name even Amar? These are just assumptions we make based on what we hear, not what we are told.
I chose to pinpoint these two strategies the director used because it persuades us to feel Amar’s resilience, his persistence. Of course there are those undocumented days when Amar is completely downtrodden and overwhelmed, but he still does what’s necessary for the betterment of himself and his family. What exactly makes Amar and his struggle so enticing? The purity of his determination and selflessness.

So again I ask, have you ever worked so tirelessly to accomplish your goals? Those of us who are afforded and blessed with opportunities and better living conditions have no excuse why we don’t work as hard as this developing man. The director outdid himself. This really made me self-evaluate.


Though unnecessary and not really asked for, I’m listing the other major highlights of this beautiful video portrait.

– How he bathed

– When he bathed

– Image of Krishna behind him at various times (so inspiring 😭😭)

– Unusual technique of rolling/bending newspapers

– Food, how it’s cooked and how he ate

– Temperature change, specifically how he needed to wear a large, thick shirt when the sun went down

– Shoes are far too large, evident by how tightly they were tied and in impression at the toe

– Having two jobs but working three times per day

– Holding his appearance in high regard (when he put that cute part in his hair and shined his shoes)

– Takes correction from the teacher with ease

And yes, I typed this entire piece on my phone and posted it via the WordPress app.