How to make a shoe!

For my last assignment of this week I am going to provide you with a tutorial from an assignment I did awhile back. It’s a desgin assignment on making your own custom shoe. The assignment is not too challenging but I know it’s always nice to see before hand what you are going to get and understand what is where. Now if there is one think I like a lot it’s my multiple pairs of Nike’s I own. I’m slowly expanding my collection and I always love playing around on NikeID trying to make a perfect pair so I am going to show you how you can make your perfect pair too!

First step: Get onto NikeID, you can do that via Google!


Second step: You’ll be presented with a bunch of options of different types of shoes. DON’T PANIC! The little descriptions underneath give you a good idea of what shoe does what.


Third step: Once you have chosen your shoe you will have the options to customize. All the little green checks to the right of the screen help you bring up what you want to change, be it color, design or fabric!


Step 4: Get to the last check and pick out your size! Admire your handy work from all angles and then purchase those bad boys!



Nostalgia with a Western twist…

For this assignment I decided to do a remix and it ended up me adding a western theme to the original. The assignment was pretty basic, it just wanted something nostalgic from your past and to create something for it. When I was younger I used to play with these little toys called Polly Pockets and every time I see one now when I’m baby sitting or walking through a store I get very nostalgic. The toy brings me back to the days when life was easy and there was always a snack and juice box waiting for me at home. I added a western twist by putting up the cowgirl Polly Pocket. All my childhood friends loved horses so this was a staple in my box of toys! I got the image from google an created this poster on

Polly Pocket(1)

One of the Gals is MISSING


Help me, Sally, find my good pal Tallie who has gone missing! She was last seen at her ranch wearing her ranch working outfit (jeans, boots and a button up) on Sunday around high noon. If anyone has any information please tell the Sheriff or me, Sally, at Tumbleweed Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona.

The poster was made using I also made this a collaboration assignment using one of my group members characters going missing and my own looking for her and putting these posters up.

This assignment was worth 3.5 stars.

You’re invited!

Besides just doing audio this week we are also required to design some sort of promotion for our radio show. I decided to do almost a flyer type invitation. I created this using and just changing the color scheme so it’s more of a western feel. Clearly I changed the text that was given so it would relate to the show as well. I also included what our show is going to be like and where one can tune in. I really enjoy designing things now that I know how so this was pretty fun for me. I did change my mind a lot on how I wanted it to look, but I’m pretty happy with the end product.

Hopefully first time’s the charm

So since this week is all about design we were assigned to do a design blitz. It’s like the photo blitz only you have a lot more free reign on what you want to take pictures of. I actually found this quite challenging since I was limiting myself to certain objects. I finally got it through my head that everything has a design it’s just a matter of seeing it or not. We were give 10 concepts which were color, typography, metaphors/symbols, minimalism & use of space, form/function/message, balance, rhythm, proportion, dominance, and unity. Below you will find each photo with what I found to be its concept, why and what could be another concept applied to it.

Symbol: To start off I took a picture of a symbol. My job at Charming Charlie just recently came up with a new symbol for there company, the two C’s together in pink. The concept of color and typography also come into play here but I really wanted to use it for its symbolic purpose of the company.

Design Blitz

Typography: This next example also comes from Charming Charlie. This is a typical tag a customer will see on what is our more formal jewelry, called RSVP. I wanted to use this for typography since it is clearly a more fancy font that also correlates with the collection in advertises. Lack of color and use of space also play in to this design.

Message: The design below is on a pancake/waffle mix box. I chose this as the message concept due to the bear and wheat on the front. It makes the item seem almost powerful, probably because it’s a high protein mix and protein gives you strength. I also see symbol and color come into play here. If you took away everything except the circle and title, one would still know what the product is and the color adds to the design by being subtle but still eye catching.

Balance: This design isĀ  wall decal in my apartment. I chose it as balance simply because no matter which way you slice it, it is still equal on each side. It can also be unity when combine with the other matching decals however for this project I only took a picture of one. Altogether on the wall it also shows use of space.

Design Blitz

Rhythm: This one was particularly tricky for me however, I think I got it. This is a place mat and the pattern on it looks like it is either going up or down. It is also very proportionate and in great unity.

Design Blitz

Unity: When I hear unity I think of the same thing over and over again. This is a design on a shower curtain. It may not look 100% in unison due to it hanging up however if I were to pull it flat it would be perfect.

Design Blitz

Color: For color I used Jamba Juice’s design. It has basically the rainbow as their symbol and not to mention, whatever color smoothie you get, the words on the cup are that color as well since they are transparent at first. This can also be seen as a use of space as well as a symbol as mentioned above.

Dominance: For dominance I used the women’s restroom sign in the UC on campus. The figures definitely stand out compared to what else is on the sign. The color also is in unison with the rest of the university signs so that applies as well.

Design Blitz

Use of space: For this concept I poured through magazines and just didn’t find one that I liked enough. I then looked at walls around me and really liked how this clock was placed and the hearts around it give that space almost a cozy feeling. Also the color was a huge factor into the design.

Design Blitz

Proportion: Last but not least is proportion. This advertisement for nail polish in a magazine was a perfect fit. If you only look at the nailĀ  polish and the way it lines up, it is perfectly proportioned on both sides and shows various sizes leading up to the largest one. Color also plays a huge part in this advertisement as well as typography.

Design Blitz

And that’s the end for my first ever design blitz. It was hard but I think I got the hang of it and at least have better knowledge of what the basic concepts of design are. Hopefully reading others takes on this design blitz will help me understand even more!


Muscle Flakes

For my last assignment to round off 10 starts is to design a cereal box. I had a lot of fun making up my own cereal and creating a box. In real life it would obviously be a sleek matte black box with nutrition on the sides and fun games on the back or small bios about athletes who eat the cereal. The one I created is just solid black with no sides or back to it. I made my cereal muscle flakes and have Arnold Schwarzenegger posing on it. He is the one who endorses the cereal and other athletes eat it as well. I probably could have gone crazier with this but I really liked the idea of a black box for cereal. You don’t normally see that in the aisles so I think it would be something different and eye catching in a different way. My design is below!


This assignment was worth 4.5 stars.

American Pride

For this assignment I decided to customize my own shoes! I picked Nike Roshe’s just because I do really like the shoe and my little sister has a pair and they’re perfect. I created mine using on my phone. I then created what pattern and color scheme I wanted, screen shot the shoe before and after, combined it in a collage and ta-dah! My shoe has been created. I decided to go with a red, white and blue theme for the shoe simply because I have always wanted a pair of red shoes. Red is my “power” color so to speak so I thought if I would ever wear these shoes I could take on the world and then some. Also I have almost all the colors of the rainbow in Nike shoes except for red and blue so I thought this would be very fitting to add to my collection!


This assignment was worth 3 stars.


Don’t tell my Mom

For this week we are to do 10 stars worth of design assignments. My first one is designing my own tattoo! I’ve actually wanted a couple tattoo’s but I can’t get them just yet because of an ultimatum I was given from my Mom. But the one I designed below says “She is strong.” in Gaelic. I used to Irish dance and had learned how to handle so many complicated situations I thought it was fitting. I also drew a thing barbell below since I also love fitness and weight lifting so being strong is a must. I picked the color effects for a reason. Blue for when I am sad I can always remember that the situation will make me stronger. Pink for when I am happy whether it be in the gym or watching my siblings dance. A sharpened version for when I need to truly remember these words. And original, because there is no one quite like me and I need to remember that. I do plan on getting this tattoo on my upper left side of my back however the cursive will be the artists not mine.


This assignment was worth three stars.


Out of a list of three given assignments we were required to do one of them. I chose to do the Western Wanted poster. My poster was made using and I found my western outlaw from the link provided within the assignment. This assignment was a lot of fun for me because I got to learn more design and actually create something. I do wish they had had a darker background that was free and more western however, the one I chose will have to do. I did my poster on Belle Starr and notorious thief in the west. Take a look below and tell me what you think!


Western Design

As I dive deeper into this weeks assignments I never really noticed how little I know about design. From listening to the podcast and going through the design resources provided I do feel like I have learned a good amount. I learned how color really pulls the eye, like in old western movie posters. The ones in color mostly have darker backgrounds and a red title that almost seems important to read. I also learned how typography can either make or break a design. Also in the western world it seems like there is a special western font that is used for most movie posters. Some western work utilizes white space and makes it look very clean cut while others have a lot going on that really convey what is going on in the design. Most of the artwork designs I saw were either black and white or were very neutral tones which made the piece very pleasing and almost serene. I also learned how some people have good ideas however they come out strange and useless almost. I hope that my design blitz will be able to capture everything I have learned thus far and show people exactly what I have learned.