Design Blitz: California Edition

This week in DS106, I had to complete a Design Blitz with my camera. I am currently out in Southern California, visiting some family and handling a heavy recent tragedy. While this week has been filled with sadness and heartache, the week has also been filled with happiness and strength. Taking some time to walk around and take some pictures gave me an opportunity to clear my head and try to take some meaningful photographs.


While taking some items to my aunt’s storage unit, I couldn’t help but notice the vibrant YELLOW doors her storage unit building had. In person, the yellow colors actually made it feel less creepy, which is what I hope their intentions were. Thanks to a wonderful stigma surrounding storage units and horror movies I wanted to take a picture of one of the numerous long hallways to edit for later.

After getting home, I opened up my phone and went to a photo editing app called PicsArt and started to mess around with some effects. I wanted to use color to convey a sense of creepiness and anxiety so I changed the hue of photograph to a vibrant red. After that, I found some cool effects that made it look like an old film photograph from there 90s. finally, I added some grain to it to give it a more grungy, old look.

For myself, the color red makes me uneasy and restless. The colored doors also brings out the symmetry in the hallway, following the dark wooden floors all the way down to the middle point, creating an excellent payoff with a final door at the end.


When it comes to unity, it can mean many things. Unity can mean two things perfectly designed for each other but it can also just as easily be used when putting two opposing things together too. This stone was a remainder of an old Spanish missionary set in the rolling hills outside of Santa Barbara, CA. A decaying, forgotten structure juxtaposed against a beautiful sunset in the middle of nature is a prime example of how unity can be the pairing of two opposite ideas.


Situated in the suburbia of southern California, a dated storage unit building still stands tall.

Typography has the power to change the way anybody views and reacts to any given word. One typeface can convey a sense of excitement or wonder, while another can infer sadness or loneliness. In this case, the typography on the side of this building, set an incredibly-standard foreground for an exquisitely-normal partly cloudy day.

Within the Helvetica Neue typeface family tree, the chosen typography is bold and forgettable. Telling the viewer exactly what they need to know at in a seconds glance. A simple font in this case trumps all other options. With simplicity comes assurance.


Sometimes you’ve gotta throw in a bad picture to remind you about what makes pictures good again.

For one of this week’s Daily Creates, we were tasked with taking a picture of a table near us and documenting what was on it. I found a coffee table in my aunt’s living room which had an assortment of fun items on it. A big box of Scrabble, a letter opener, and a melted candle laid upon the tabletop.

This photograph is not good, in my opinion. The proportions of the image are all off. The letter opener is straight up, just right of the center of the image which makes me uncomfortable. The melted candle is just plain ugly and adds nothing to the overall photograph. The box of Scrabble is just out of frame only on one side.

If I were to retake this picture I would change a couple things. First, I would change the angle of which I took the picture to add more depth to it. Next, I would remove the melted candle and focus more on just the Scrabble box and letter opener with an emphasis on the cool table design. Then, I would adjust the Scrabble box and the camera angle so that it is going out of frame on at least 2 sides, to create a better framing composition. Lastly, I would remove some of the effect edits I added to it, in an attempt to make it look more rustic and antique.

Proportion is very important in photography because different objects have different “viewing-weights”. This means that more objects than others attract more attention from the viewer, resulting in a potentially skewed impression.


During this Design Blitz, I learned a lot about what makes a good photograph, good. I also learned what can make a photograph really bad. Through trial and error, I think we all are trying to find the best way to live our lives. Simply knowing any day could be our last justifies the effort we should put in finding what makes you happy.