High School Dreams

I used to have an idea book that I started when I was 14. I kept everything I loved in it throughout high school. Mementos from traveling, poetry, and fragments from magazines that I thought were cool.

I recently found some old pictures of my book , and I wanted to share. They aren’t the highest quality pictures (I’m sure I took these with an old canon digital camera), but you can get the idea of what I loved. I completely forgot about this book until now, and it makes me realize how creative and organized I have been this whole time. Even though I’m 22 now, I’m still doing the exact same thing in a different place and time.

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Creativity Crunch Time

After the massive snow storm that came through Eugene, Oregon this past week, I was struggling to get things done. Not only was my electricity out for over a week, but I had to attend school and spend my week house-hopping and re-wearing dirty clothes. Fortunately my power came back on late thursday, but unfortunately I was given zero extended deadlines for my final projects.

Then, I found this video which really inspired me to brainstorm for my final project in my digital imaging class this term.

Now I need to take a deep breath and tackle to task (or luxury) of deciding exactly what I want to do with the rest of time this term whether it’s re-branding a company, product design, or creating a book with a larger meaning or theme, I’m ready for the task.

Now please enjoy the album cover for my fictional electro-punk girl band: The Basics.

All illustrations, photographs, and editing was done by myself.

My Fictional Band

My Fictional Band

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The Inevitable Super Bowl Commercial Post

Yes I watched the whole game, and yes, solely for the commercials. As an advertising major it’s not just a football holiday, it’s a showcase of how major companies are spending huge chunks of money and what they’re getting out of it.

Here are my Top 3 (in no particular order):

Bud Light: Up For Whatever

Not only did they find a great meathead guy who had the time of his life in this unreal situation, but they made Arnold Schwarzenegger wear a ridiculous wig to do it.  They also did a great follow up with someone tweeted during halftime “Up For Whatever” and they took her around the city as well. Great job Bud Light, very entertaining.

Ian: Up For Whatever

Krewella Round 2

Radio Shack: 

Maybe this is because EVERYONE KNOWS HOW BORING RADIO SHACK IS, or it’s because we love the 80s. Either way this commercial rocked with every recognizable 80′s star (even to a millennial) to come in a tear it apart. Well done GSD&M.

#InWithTheNew

Budweiser: Puppy Love

Watching the Super Bowl in a room full of girls made this hands down one of the best commercials. Who doesn’t love puppies? Relatable and precious on every level.

Cutest Puppy Commercial

PS: I didn’t enjoy many of the car commercials. Putting James Franco in a Ford Fusion was ridiculous, as well as doing a poetic Levi’s Go Forth style ad for Jeep. Unimpressed.

 

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I Can Be Anything…. On Photoshop

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Edgy Professional Chlo

Pleasantville Style Chloe

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An Oregon Escape

I headed to the Oregon Coast this past MLK day for a camping trip with a few friends. Yurts must be a Pacific Northwest establishment,  but I was pleasantly surprised to see our tiny heated crossbreed between a tent and cabin gently tucked into the woods. Although it was chilly, the sun shined on the Honeymoon Dunes near our Yurt with the faint sound of four wheelers in the background.

I’ve been so stressed about finishing school and beginning my job hunt, that it was a much needed monday off. It was a nice break to solely focus on building a fire in order to eat, over worrying about knowing what I should be doing with the rest of my life. Here are a few photos I snapped on my now outdated Cannon Rebel XT:

The quaint Yurt we stayed in. I like to think of it as an awesome clubhouse.

The quaint Yurt we stayed in. I like to think of it as an awesome clubhouse.

A view of the dunes and the lake through some trees.

A view of the dunes and the lake through some trees.

Playing cards to pass time.

Playing cards to pass time.

My friends and I taking photos of the view.

My friends and I taking photos of the view.

The coast is known for their saltwater taffy, which we happily stocked up on.

The coast is known for their saltwater taffy, which we happily stocked up on.

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Being Observant Changes Perspective

In my research methods course today we talked about focus groups and interviews. One of the most important things a researcher needs to do is to pay attention carefully. This is something that is often hard to do in society today. In 1991′s Utopian Plagiarism by Critical Art Ensemble, they speak of a so called “information panic” that technology has created in society. In 1991 the iPhone was not even developed yet and CAE nailed it. What else is twitter and social media than a mass amount of information coming at you at all times. When you take the time to actually observe what is happening around you, it is easier to learn. 

One of my professors asked our 100 person class today who reads the newspaper (hard copy) every morning. Three out of one hundred people raised their hand. I’m guilty of taking short cuts, looking at what is trending and watching the morning news. I honestly couldn’t help to feel embarrassed because it was shocking to see that this is what to 18-22 year old students are like now. 

If I adhere to a new years resolution this year it will be to read more than I ever have in the past. If my generation’s only form of news is condensed sentences, I would like to be the minority and read the newspaper. Maybe I’ll learn more than just what has been tailored to what I like online.

I also want to start observing situations such as what cars are parked in the parking lots of Target vs. Walmart. Where exactly are the double-dates sitting in a restaurant compared to a family of four? Where do the foreign exchange students eat in comparison to the Americans? If I paid attention to the world around me more than staring at my phone, I would probably learn a lot more. The first thing you see when students leave class is them taking out and checking their phones. Of course I always want to stay connected, but its time I balanced the technology and the now. 

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