Final Portfolio


To create a compilation of my class projects, I first created a beginning and end slide in Microsoft PowerPoint. I used repeating shapes from these designs to create a template for the project pages, created copies of this template and then inserted the project images into each slide. I then added a gradient background to each slide with colors chosen from the project images (I used the eyedropper tool for this). Once all the slides were completed, I created a PDF of the slides and converted them to JPGs in order to maintain the integrity of the slides when viewed on any computer (sometimes the fonts don’t translate correctly if you don’t do this step). I reinserted the JPGs into PowerPoint, created a new PDF, and uploaded it into a slideshow program, Slideshare. My audience is potential employers, with the message that I would be a great fit for their company.

I first posted my slideshow in our class Facebook group several days before the due date. Christina Carrick suggested that I work on the alignment of some of my images. I also submitted the project to my instructor. She also pointed out the need for better alignment, and additionally suggested that I remove some of the gradient shading in one of my design elements, and fix an area of trapped white space. I took all the recommendations given, and this was the finished slideshow.


Magazine Spread Project

This project began several weeks ago when I wrote the article and is a continuation of my last post several days ago when I submitted a draft for final critique. Already having a written article to use made a huge difference in being able to focus entirely on the design aspect of the project this week . I already had a couple of layout ideas sketched out, and I chose the one which I felt would strengthen the message of the article the most by having one large image in the center of the page. My audience is for readers of the Mormon magazine, The Ensign, which is targeted toward young adult and adult readers. My message is a new perspective about the blessings in our lives and the way in which we often don’t give credit or acknowledgement to many of those blessings. I created the shape map in InDesign, and made some changes from my ideas with the sketch, thinking a more neutral color scheme with a colored title would make the central idea stand out more.








Three of my classmates (Shay Sookhoo, Samantha Anderson, and Chris Betts) commented that my very first draft needed more color in it (instead of just the gray and title color). I took their advice and added the colored gradient background and colored text box to match the title color. My class instructor, Julie Peterson, gave several valuable suggestions as well. She pointed out that the title in my first draft was creating trapped white space. To fix this, I followed her advice to move the title to the right and make the ‘G’ smaller. I also decreased the tracking in the word “Glass” to make it fit better in the space. She also caught a widow in one of my paragraphs. Adjusting the tracking in the paragraph didn’t fix the problem, so I changed some of the words in the paragraph to ensure the widow was gone. I also moved the quote on the left page over to the far left side since it fit better and felt more grounded being lined up with my name as the author below it.

When I finished these edits, I sent the JPG file to a print shop with specifications of how I wanted it printed. Unfortunately, it was really poor quality–the whole page was pixelated and not crisp or sharp at all. The shop suggested that I send a PDF to them instead of the JPG file, which I did. I asked them to call and let me know if the second print was better quality, which they did. When I picked it up from the shop, I trimmed the white edging off, and the final print is what you see in the video below.

Title: Franklin Gothic Book (Sans Serif) & Rage Italic (Decorative)
Body: Georgia (Serif)
Colored Quote Box: Franklin Gothic Book, Franklin Gothic Demi (Sans Serif)

Image Sources:
President Uchtdorf:



Magazine Spread Draft Critique

This week has been a really exciting one because I was able to start working on creating my magazine spread which started several weeks ago. After creating a few shape maps and finding images online to use, I decided on a specific layout and was really excited to see what it would look like with all the pieces together. Knowing that I was writing a piece which could be used in the Ensign, I wanted a simple, meaningful layout for the audience of adult and young adult readers, with one main image which would strengthen the message of the story I was sharing. With this in mind, I adjusted my shape map to have a more neutral color tone with a stronger pop of color only on the title. To set up my page in InDesign, I used a Tabloid-size page and added 0.5 inch margins inside the page as guidelines. My next step was to place the actual image.  I had previously “cut” the glass out of the photo in Photoshop, applied a transparent background around it, and then adjusted the shading of the photo to make it look better on the InDesign page.  After placing the image in InDesign, I added a gradient background to the entire page and created an invisible shape following the shape of the cup which I applied a text wrap to so the body copy would wrap around the glass. I inserted my text for the story and title, applied specific fonts, and adjusted the height of the text columns and the leading to make the body copy look more evenly spaced. I also received some classmate feedback which I applied (part of which indicated that the page needed more color), so I reverted back to my original plan of having a monochromatic blue color scheme. This is what the magazine spread looks like before the final critique:


Here are the sketch and shape map used for this project:



Title: Franklin Gothic Book (Sans Serif) & Rage Italic (Decorative)
Body: Georgia (Serif)
Colored Quote Box: Franklin Gothic Book, Franklin Gothic Demi (Sans Serif)

Image Sources:
President Uchtdorf:






Web Page Layout Project




Process: Once I decided on a business to create a website for, I began by drawing several sketches of layout ideas. I considered my audience, which would be mainly mothers and women looking for baby gifts, and then narrowed it down to the sketch I thought would showcase the product the best, which was one picture of all the products together with navigational links for each separate product for my audience to browse through. I wanted my message to be one of warmth and light, which is why I chose the company name ‘Shine’. Once this process was complete, I created a shape map in Photoshop with layers for each individual part. I then pulled in my edited image and began to establish my color scheme. I utilized the eyedropper tool to capture colors which would match the main areas of the photo, and worked forward from there. I chose two contrasting fonts, and used two styles from each of the fonts. I also used a symbol from a font as the design element. Once all the pieces were in place, I combined all the layers and saved the final website page view as a JPEG.

Critique: When I was finished with my shape map, I emailed it to my instructor for some feedback. She suggested I create a little more asymmetry with the bottom right half of my page since the circle and copyright information didn’t really line up with anything. My husband also commented that the circle looked out of place, so I replaced it with a rectangle in the final page, and I created another visual diagonal line with the elements in the area  my instructor pointed out. When my page was completed, I shared it with our class Facebook group. Nicole Stock mentioned that the dark background of the picture seemed out of place with the lighter background and the bright colors in the rest of the website.  I added some darker elements to the page to tie in the dark background in the photo.

Image source: Photo of blankets and baby items: taken by myself

Font names & categories: Segoe Script Regular & Segoe Script Bold/Decorative; Gill Sans MT Regular & Gill Sans MT Condensed Regular/Sans Serif; (design element was the * symbol from Century Gothic Regular/Sans Serif)

Color scheme: Complimentary; blue and orange

Movie Poster Project



Message/Audience: For this project, we were assigned to create a movie poster to introduce ourselves to co-workers at a new job. Since I love being adventurous and a bit daring, and I balance the fear involved with those circumstances with being somewhat goofy, I wanted to create an adventure-turned-thriller type of movie with a twist of ridiculous humor. I love venturing into the unknown, and although it can sometimes mean heading for disaster, I tend to survive the threats with humor, a few good skills, and dumb luck.

Process: I used Photoshop for this project, and utilized a movie poster for Malibu Shark Attack for the large portion of this poster. I isolated the bottom shark teeth, top shark teeth, and water/face as 3 separate images. I then moved the bottom teeth up so I could create a black area below for my body text in the Movie Font to be more visible. I added my own photo of sky above the water and behind the top shark teeth after manually adjusting it to better match the color and tone of the water. I also manually adjusted a picture of my face to cover the actor’s face in the picture, created a mask to only show the portion of my face that I wanted, and adjusted the lighting and shading to make the faces blend into each other. Last of all, I added the text in individual textboxes for each area and adjusted their colors as needed.

Critique Report: I posted my project on our class Facebook page for feedback and sent a copy to my class instructor. I received a recommendation from a classmate, Christina Carrick, to address the lighting on my face, and my instructor also mentioned this area of the poster, suggesting that I could lighten the side of my face a bit more where the light source is coming in. I used the dodge tool to accomplish this edit. It took several tries before getting the right balance of lightening the image but keeping some shadows so it still looked realistic. Additionally, my instructor said my text was too close to the left and right edges in the area at the bottom of my poster, so I adjusted that.

Original image taken by Becca Hancock: sky
Original image  taken by John Jones: Becca’s face
Movie poster:

Name at top =  Goudy Old Style Bold (Serif)
Movie Title & Date = Impact Regular (Sans Serif)
Body Copy = SF Movie Poster Condensed Regular & SF Movie Poster Bold (Sans Serif)


Photographic Study Project

This week’s project was both a challenge and a great amount of fun. Our goal was to discover new perspectives of an everyday object by capturing 12 photographs of our chosen object with different angles, depths, vantage points, and leading lines. I chose a wheelbarrow which has been used by my husband’s family for over 25 years. Its combination of metal and wood and its worn-through colors weren’t something I paid much attention to prior to this project. Now I can’t see it without feeling an incredible attachment to and love for it.

I shot my pictures in the late afternoon light under some trees in our backyard. After choosing my 12 final photographs, I imported them into Photoshop and began the process of editing them. I must say, Photoshop is much less intuitive than Lightroom, and the learning curve is a lot steeper. I was able to blend a wood texture over a front-facing photograph of the wheelbarrow, and also applied a technique for color-matching two of the photographs which had a different lighting tone than the others. I also applied adjustment layers to fix some lighting issues in several photographs. I then created a grid layout in Photoshop to create a collage with some of these images. I selected the images I wanted to use and copied and pasted each photo into the collage file as its own layer. With some hard work and persistence, it turned out to be something I’m very proud of. The rest of the photos from my collection are shown individually below. Click on each image to see it full-sized.







I shared my collage on Facebook with our class group in order to get some feedback prior to submitting my work. Christina Carrick mentioned the blue color used for my text didn’t seem to match the blue in the pictures very closely, so I experimented with the eyedropper tool to get some more turquoise hues like she suggested. In the end, I used a color almost identical to my first choice since it provided a better contrast between the background and font color. Ben Harker suggested that I create more contrast in my blended photograph so it was easier to notice, and suggested using a different font for the collage title; both of these suggestions were implemented.


LFC Photography Activity

Outdoor Light

Outdoor Light

Indoor Light

Indoor Light





Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Lead Room

Lead Room

Learning to use Lightroom with digital photographs was awesome! In each of my photographs, I adjusted the Tone, Presence, and Sharpening. I also added a vignette to the Outdoor and Indoor Light photographs, and the Rule of Thirds and Lead Room photographs.

In addition, when I took the Outdoor Light photograph, I needed to make sure the sky wasn’t blown out. I did this by pointing the center of the lens at the sky first and then moving it to the Mesa Temple below. I also straightened this photograph. For the Indoor Light photograph, I chose a location where natural light entered the room through a window and added a more pronounced contrast and vignette to the photo.

In order to get my camera to focus in the Foreground photograph, I zoomed in, selected the macro setting on my camera, got close to the flower, and held the shutter button halfway down when centered on the flower. I then moved the lens so the flower was on the side to follow the rule of thirds, and snapped the shot. To get the focus on the Background photograph, I changed the camera setting back to auto and stayed close to the flower, making sure that the camera focused on the background. I was also able to copy and paste my Lightroom settings from one picture to the next, which was a great shortcut.

In the Rule of Thirds and Lead Room photographs, I had to be careful with how bright the color of my subject’s shirt showed in the photos. I focused my attention on making some careful edits to the Saturation and Vibrance to keep his skin tone normal without the shirt being too bright or the background feeling not colorful enough. I also made some edits to the Noise Reduction for the Lead Room photograph and added a darker vignette.

I then added watermarks, sized them, and exported them. It was such a streamlined process to be able to make these final edits to all of the photos at the same time, and have them all labeled and exported in such an organized way!

Social Media Marketing Product

Company: Skittles

Objective: Create a new wave of interest, followers, and fans in an audience which is older than the existing target audience of the Skittles website and social media campaign (currently targeting youth, teens, and young adults). Accomplish this by creating a campaign which will appeal to an audience of 30- and 40-year olds.

Strategy: Create a Facebook campaign which has more meaning and depth than the current website approach in order to appeal to an older and more mature audience, and which will still be interesting and fun for the younger audience. Run a promotional give-away of free bags of Skittles within a specific time frame for submission of photos promoting this campaign message.

About the company

Skittles currently utilizes social media with a zany and off-the-wall approach to appeal to fans. The company has established a bright, fun, and quirky personality for itself, and is targeted to a younger audience: youth, teens, and young adults. Bright, bold colors; funny-but-odd humor; and frequent use of animation and cartoon-looking images keep their campaign on the light side of meaningful. Recently, the company has branched out with a new commercial spotlighting Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, a popular rock band from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. This move was a good one in order to appeal to an older generation than their current fan-base. Additionally, the darker-colored environment of the commercial leading up to a bright reveal and contrast of Skittles has added some depth and dimension to an otherwise youth-targeted audience.

The Project

Process and Reasoning: I wanted to start a campaign which would appeal to a more mature audience while keeping some of the youthful quirkiness, humor, and zany personality established by Skittles. Keeping in line with past campaigns by Skittles of “Experience the Rainbow” and “Taste the Rainbow”, I decided on a campaign titled “Find the Rainbow.” The campaign challenges fans to find the rainbow in their lives—essentially to find the good in life, no matter their circumstances. The call to action requires fans to post a photo showing the rainbow in their lives, and for a limited time they will receive a free bag of Skittles for their posted photo. This engages fans, promotes the Skittles candy product, and allows fans to be showcased by Skittles.

Knowing that many members of this new target audience use Facebook on a regular basis, I chose to use Facebook as the platform for this campaign. My fan page includes a newly designed cover (timeline) photo, profile picture, and 4 coordinating posts to launch the campaign.

Facebook timeline and profile pict

To create the visuals, I used Microsoft PowerPoint. The timeline picture is a photograph of an intentionally “sad” situation, modified to be black and white, with the only color (with minimal saturation) showing within the created magnifying glass to indicate finding the rainbow in the situation. A bag of skittles and skittles candy were added to the ground in the photo, and shown in full color. Text was added for the campaign slogan and company name with coordinating “rainbows” behind them.

The profile picture is a yellow Skittles candy emerging from behind a cloud. The image was created by making a copy of the photo and layering the cloud (after removing its background) over the designed Skittle candy piece. I added a lighter glow to the candy piece to make it appear to radiate like the sun.


The first post is the campaign introduction. It features a bag of Skittles candy with layered rectangles in a fan design behind it and text overlaying this background rainbow of color, with the word “Rainbow” similar to the Skittles candy font and colors.


The second post is a photo with the bag of Skittles added (another copy, remove background, layer process). This photo was chosen as a ‘fan-submission’ because the subject of the photo is showing off his Ironman cast. Everything about this photo supported this campaign—he broke his arm and found a way to bring fun, humor, and awesomeness into the situation. Text in a font that mimics the Skittles candy font is used as an overlay.


The third post (another ‘fan-submission’) was an intentionally chosen ‘selfie’, since I expected that many submissions for this campaign would be phone-camera selfies. It is grainy despite its high-quality size (also an expected scenario of submission posts), but it supports this campaign well. Text was added in the same font mimicking the Skittles candy.


The fourth post is an additional post launching the campaign. A gloomy photo was overlaid with text, 3 Skittles candy design elements (triadic color scheme), and the campaign hashtag which challenges fans to find the rainbow. This was posted with a caption explaining that every day is better with a rainbow.

Critique: I posted my pictures and a picture of the full Facebook fan page to our class Facebook group, asking for critiques. Sidney Meneses Sepulveda suggested that I add the full name of ‘Skittles’ to the profile photo, rather than just using an ‘s’. I opted to leave this as is since the intention is to have the sun appear as a Skittles candy which only has an ‘s’ on it. Chris Swords Betts suggested that I make the letters of ‘Rainbow’ in the campaign title all different colors. Prior to this suggestion, it was white with a red outline, like the Skittles candy font on its packaging. I loved this idea, and incorporated it. It adds an extra punch of color to the campaign and focus on the bright and fun aspects of finding the rainbow. Shay Sookhoo also mentioned that the word “the” in the first post looks odd because it is at an angle. This was intentionally done in order to keep some of the quirky personality which Skittles has become known for and to create a line for the eyes to associate Skittles with being the solution to the challenge. I was pleased that Shay recognized the word pointed toward the candy, which was purposeful, so I kept this feature, knowing it accomplished its purpose two-folds—if it seems odd, it’s right in line with many of the odd comments on the Skittles homepage!

Font names: Franklin Gothic Heavy, Franklin Gothic Medium

Image sources: Girl fallen off trike, Sun behind cloud, Skittles bag1, Skittles candies, Skittles bag2, Skittles bag3, Ironman cast, Coffee mug of Skittles, Gloomy day

Magazine Spread Content

This project required me to write and design a two-page spread for an LDS magazine. I chose to prepare my article for the Ensign, which contains material often delving deeper into gospel principles, and clarifying gospel truths. My audience is young adults and adults who would like to better recognize God’s blessings in their lives and gain a more positive perspective. My audience also encompasses anyone seeking to live life with greater optimism and trust in God. I wrote about an experience I had in college which expanded my understanding of God’s blessings in our lives, and the ability (and inability)  to recognize and see these blessings. I’ve posted my experience here, along with the image I would like to use in my design.

The Glass

Looking at the glass, many of us view it as half-full. The rest of us consider it half-empty. What if neither perception is accurate, though? What if the truth has been camouflaged right in front of our eyes, just waiting for us to see more clearly? And what if this new perception of the glass and its contents is a perfect symbol for the blessings in our lives?

I was sitting at an afternoon devotional my first year of college, when the speaker began to talk about the blessing of a positive attitude and perspective in life; in choosing to view the glass as half full. As he talked, he picked up a clear glass partially filled with water to illustrate his point. When I looked at the glass that day, something peculiar happened to me. The speaker’s voice faded from my thoughts, and a new idea came to mind; “That glass isn’t half full. It’s completely full.”

Continuing to explore this new perception, I explained to myself; “Yes, it’s half-full of liquid, but the other half is filled with air. That means it’s completely full.” I paused to consider whether this was a legitimate perspective, and my reasoning continued; “Yes, air has mass and is measurable.” I thought of the power and strength of air, from it filling up a balloon, to keeping airplanes in the sky, to carving mountains to dust over time. There was no question; this was a valid perspective.

I looked back at the air-filled portion of the glass. That’s when the big epiphany hit me. Not only was the glass filled at the bottom with liquid, and filled at the top with air, but the air at the top continued! It expanded from the glass into the entire room, filling this enormous chapel. I realized the glass is not only full, it is overflowing!

I caught my breath as I tried to wrap my mind around the magnitude of this idea. The air in the chapel extended far beyond, into the rest of the building, outside the building, and into the atmosphere of the earth! I sat in shock at the idea of such a colossal comparison of the amount of this overflowing air to the tiny bit of water which the speaker and attendees were currently focusing on.

My curiosity piqued again. Why had I never heard this before? Why hadn’t anyone presented this third option; this incredible truth? And I realized: we don’t give much credit to the things we can’t see or handle. In this case, we simply don’t consider air to be worth mentioning.

I began defending the air and its importance to myself. Water, I knew, was life sustaining. A person can’t survive more than a few days without it. But air is much more vital than water. A person can’t survive more than a few minutes without air. Yet we rarely, if ever, give credit to the air we breathe which keeps us alive. The air—this gift we’ve been universally given—is overflowing in our lives, and we don’t even realize it. We rarely acknowledge or give any thanks for it; instead, we largely ignore its presence.

I see the blessings in our lives much like this glass. God has given us certain tangible, touchable, measurable blessings in our lives. These are represented by the liquid, or water, in the glass. They fill a portion of our lives, and we can recognize them, categorize them, and often touch and measure them.

The deeper blessings, though—the life-sustaining ones—are represented by the “invisible” air filling the rest of the cup and overflowing into eternity. These are blessings such as love, faith, intelligence, kindness, hope, good health, mercy, forgiveness, and a vast array of all other blessings—ones we can give names to, and ones we have no description for; ones we can acknowledge and recognize, and others which only God is aware of. Some people might argue that we are given equal amounts: the water and the air are equal. For those of us who have eyes to see, though, we realize these “invisible” gifts extend into eternity. There is no limit or end to them, and they are every bit as real as the “tangible” gifts.

Simply put, our lives are overflowing with blessings. Always. Even if you emptied the glass of every drop of liquid, it is still overflowing with air. We are always blessed with an overflowing abundance of God’s gifts in our lives. May we strive to better recognize and give thanks for this abundance in our lives and to see our glass not half empty, not just half full, but overflowing with an immeasurable supply of precious gifts, seen and unseen, from God.



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Slide Design Project


Speaker’s Outline

Elder Worthlin’s mother taught him, “Come What May, and Love It”

  • Every life has peak and shadows, times when it seems the bird don’t sink and bells don’t ring
  • Those who are happiest have learned from difficult times
  • Become stronger, wiser, happier as a result
  • Not suggesting we suppress discouragement, deny reality of pain, or pretend happiness
  • If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth—lead to greatest happiness

Look for Humor in the difficult parts of life

  • Antidote for bad days, disappointments, anger, humiliation, etc—Learn to Laugh
  • Next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead.
  • Extend your life
  • Make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.

Seek for the Eternal Perspective to get through difficult experiences

  • Have you ever wondered “Why me?” when bad things happen?
  • At one time or another, everyone must experience sorrow; no one exempt
  • Scripture examples Abraham, Nephi, Joseph, Emma) Adversity and sorrow tried, fortified, and refined their characters
  • For us, difficult experiences stretch our understanding, build our character, increase our compassion
  • Eternal Perspective (Joseph Smith) “Peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and afflictions shall be but a small moment…endure well, God shall exalt thee on high…”

Understand the Principle of Compensation

  • The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss.
  • God’s timing
  • Every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.

 Put our Trust in our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ

  • God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for us
  • Jesus Christ is our partner, helper, and advocate; wants us to be happy, successful
  • Christ will comfort and uphold us, strengthen us in our weakness, fortify us in our distress—make things become strong
  • Put your trust in the Lord, do your best, then leave the rest to Him
  • Draw near to Heavenly Father & Savior Jesus Christ

Adversity can be a Blessing; we can Learn to Love Adversity

  • Must be opposition in all things
  • Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives
  • We can learn to love adversity
  • Adversity can be a blessing

 Come What May, and Love It


Process: To begin with, I selected a talk I love and created a speaker’s outline. This allowed me to decide on the highlights of the talk and use them as a focus as I created my presentation slides in PowerPoint. I searched for high resolution images which fit each topic and then drew a sketch of each slide to determine how to they would each be designed.


My message is of hope and optimism, and learning to endure difficult times in life with a brighter perspective. My audience is adults and teens who are looking for inspiring and hope-filled messages and images relating to this message. In order to create a more consistent feeling between the images, I decreased the saturation of each one, and inserted a bar with soft edges and glow. I chose colors for the bars based on my color scheme and used the eyedrop tool within each photo to find corresponding colors for each image. I then added a text box on top of each bar to display the topic of each slide. On three of my slides, I created a pop-up image which layered over the bar, and on one slide, I also combined two images by using the Remove Background tool on the one I wanted to place on top of the background photo and bar.

Critique Report: I posted my first draft to our class Facebook group several days before the project due date for critique from my classmates. Sarah Bringhurst suggested that I capitalize all the words, and April Bethea suggested that I stick to a specific set of colors within a color scheme for my colored bars. I decided to keep the contrast of using both upper and lowercase text, and changed a purple bar to blue to fit within my color scheme as suggested. I also submitted my project to my teacher the day before the assignment was due. She pointed out on several slides that the words were too close together, creating a tangeant, and suggested that I move the words in order to solve this issue. On another specific slide, the text was leading the eye away from the page rather than helping to focus on the image, so she suggested moving it as well. She also pointed out a color which did not fit within my color scheme, and suggested I change it. I utilized all her suggestions, and the slideshow here was my finished product!

Font names/category: Gravity, Gravity Book, Gravity Light, Gravity Ultra Light (sans serif)

Color Scheme: Split Complementary: Brick, Blue, Green

Talk Title and Presenter: Come What May, and Love It by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, October 2008

Talk Link:

Links to images: foggy path, teddy bear, laughing man, sunlight and clouds, dropped ice cream cone, hand and ice cream cone , hands holding, rope, frog in rain, muddy kids