The Dell Medical School “Anatomy of a Bill” project is finally underway! Went to meetings for this a couple months ago and I *think* I blogged about it but as a refresher: Two Dell Med students want to create a website and Canvasser interactive that teach medical students (and eventually patients) about the components of a medical bill. I offered to work on the flat file site and it’s uhhhh a little hard! But I am doing the absolute best I can. I’m getting familiar with the basics again, but what I can’t figure out is how to turn an image into a button!! I’ve done it before but now it’s just slipped from my brain. Once I figure that out, I’ll have the logo refresh the site, and I’ll also place the “About Us” link on the top bar in line with the logo.
Hi bl∞g this week I’ve been spending a good amount of time just tweaking and fixing KBs and organizing some internal content for LAITS. Let’s catch up.
I began making an advanced version of the textures training! This training’s going to be a little freeform…I’m providing a few examples of how to use and layer filter galleries and then convert their created ‘texture’ into a brush that can be stamped onto images. Here’s an example of a comic book effect I found:
I want to teach STAs how to add a reflection pool image like the one below: It’s a bit of a tricky process, though, so that’s taken me some time to figure out myself…hopefully I’ll make some headway there soon so I can continue writing up the instructions.
Ingrid had given me some feedback that the headings were uneven for the typography training, so I went through and standardized those. I’m wondering now if there should be some kind of template for all trainings so that headings all match.
Photo Sourcing / Color Grading Training
I finished up the instructions for this training last week, but Angie ran into some issues while she was trying to import the color table into the swatches panel. Initially, we thought this was a PC only issue, and that the color table ACT file was not compatible with the Swatches ACO file requirement. Turns out Angie just needed to select the file extension she was searching for (kind of a dumb PC thing if you ask me…)
That’s all for now!
Hi blog, this week I’ve been working on a new training for the KB that will teach STAs how to work with texture overlays. The training goes through four processes that kinda built on each other. Below are the before/afters for each portion.
1: Textured Border
Texture Overlay (with border!):
Selective Texture Overlay:
Finally, 3-D Selective Texture Overlay:
I think for the final task of the training, I will ask STAs to create a textured portrait (of themselves ideally, or using a stock photo) that incorporates the skills gained in the training. Some cool examples Suloni showed me:
I’ll brainstorm some more next week!
Hiya blõg today I created some icons to be put in an infographic portfolio that will be shown to clients. Here are the original icons, we initially got these from The Noun Project:
To create updated graphics, I combined shapes and line paths in illustrator, like so. The first image shows the ellipse and triangle that I combined to make a fish:
Maddy and I decided on doing curved corners for all the graphics, here’s the finished product! :
Loooved doing this honestly, icon creation is so fun because there’s no one right way of getting to your finished product 🙂
Hello bl˚g this week I’ve been working on designing a title slide for a powerpoint template that will be used for RHE 309K, Rhetoric of Resistance. I started with an idea of using different sized speech bubbles, based off this image, to demonstrate the idea of rhetoric:
I started off with a color scheme that included the colors below, but Valerie brought up that dark colors can weigh down design:
From here, Sheryl created a template that mimicked UT’s secondary palette, and I made two versions of the title slide based off of this, one with her palette and one using UT’s palette. In the second, I added in some off-center black outlines to add more depth to the graphic (was also playing around with fonts at this stage lol)
From here, Valerie asked me to make a version with two stacked speech bubbles in the bottom right corner to place the course title and instructor’s name. My most recent draft, which I’ll need to tweak a bit next week:
Hiiii bl∆g last week Maddy and I met with Marla and Heather to see if there was any work they’d like us to prioritize that they’re unable to manage. Heather told me that Ruben has been working on debugging a new video manager where professor’s lectures are uploaded, clipped, and captioned. She said she’d like for me to become familiar with the tool, and afterwards, I would help in documenting where people’s test-runs go wrong so that Ruben can fix things. The idea here is to have a middle man between the testers and Ruben so that debugging is more efficient.
So…began running through the testing instructions step-by-step yesterday afternoon. The “test” is to see if you can take an entire lecture, chop it into 5 pieces, and then render each video. These steps aren’t super clear, so it took me a bit to find the right buttons. I’m still not entirely sure I ran through these steps correctly, because my first render created a job with 27 separate tasks, and failed on the 4th of those 27. I’m pretty sure I’m only supposed to have 5 tasks, one for each clip that I’m creating. Furthermore, after attempting to re-render, The failed file blocked the new one from beginning to render, so that job just read “queued”.
I spoke to Ruben about this, at which point he deleted both jobs and asked me to try again…this job is still stuck in “queued”. Notice how below, the job numbers jump from 103 to 106. That is because Ruben deleted my first two failed jobs:
Ruben has told me that the site is busted. Needless to say I’m impressed with myself 🙂 Hoping that things will be fixed soon. Regardless of this, I think some things should be changed on the documentation explaining how to test the video manager, so I will see if I can improve upon that in the mean time.