“Design your own T-shirt”..


During this point in time, I’m sure everyone has some insight on the many tragedies America has faced with police brutality from the present time and past. Everyone in the world has their own opinions about the tragedies that have gone on in today’s world and the past experiences with America. This post isn’t to isolate or degrade one’s feelings of how one feels about the dealings with police brutality.

However, if I could design one t-shirt it would state three words: “All Lives Matter”. I believe everyone should be treated equal and no persons life is greater than the next. It is important that the world knows humans are not perfect and no where in the creation of life says an individual needs to be a specific way in order to maintain oxygen throughout their body.  No person deserves to be mistreated or judged by society just because one’s color of skin, occupation, or religion is not the same as the next person.

Anyways, the photo editor site I used to create this T-shirt was Fotoflexer.com. I find Fotoflexer to be an easy source to edit, crop, and customize pictures that could use a touch up.

For this assignment, I had to designed my very own t-shirt! I found a blank t-shirt template, then added a picture and some text. It could be a joke, a pop culture reference, a movie quote, or anything else I wanted to create. The goal was just to be creative. I found this assignment to be a piece of cake!

If you would like to know how to start off with your very own customized shirt, click here: (http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/create-a-t-shirt/)

“Long Distance Relationship <3"


They were not any instructions for this design assignment. The only clue to this assignment was a picture with words describing what a long distance relationship meant for the viewers. Therefore,  I chose to make a collage of my current long distance relationship. I used Fotoflexer.com to upload my photos of my computer and edit my photos. I also used Fotoflexer to pick the font and color that I chose.  I used an filter effect and played with the Saturation and Hue of the photo. Overall, this was a fairly, easy, first-assignment. I had fun playing with the various design effects.

If you like to know more about this assignment, click here: (http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/long-distance-relationship/)

“Think Process and Share Something Each Day”

Kleon’s book, “Show your work!” offers two purposes for his message in his book.  He announces first, “Thinking process, not product”.

Kleon’s book offers key essentials in order to getting things done effectively. Self-discipline during the process of adversity is the difference maker of achieving an end goal. Taking one day at a time and scheduling well will get you to think process and not product. The prize at the end of the race is always sweeter when you have to endure challenges and obstacles to get to the finish line. Nothing in life well make you happy if you know in your mind that you didn’t put forth effort to receive the reward.

“Share something small everyday” is another tip Kleon addresses in his book. There is way too much information to receive in only one day. It takes practice and repetition to become good at something. As my mentor would say, “If you don’t learn new information each day, then it can be considered an waste of a day”.

These two chapters relate to a design standpoint in Digital storytelling because they work well with knowing in order for something to be creative or unique it takes much discipline. Discipline is a pathway to creativity. Color, typography, balance, rhythm, proportion, unity and dominance are all concepts in making a design worth-while if one “Thinks Process and Not Product”. The time and effort an individuals puts into making something effective will always pay off at the end.


If you can design one thing, you can design everything”

They’re many benefits to taking a first step to something you are a brand new too. As individuals we will not know what we are good at if we do not attempt to try. Massimo Vignelli and Ed Benguiat are two great examples of pursuing their careers in graphic designing. Typography had been in Benguiat’s family, but he had no intentions that he would be a graphic designer. Same with Vignelli, studying architecture in his early life. Both graphic designers have become one of the top designers in the world, just by taking a small step for what they are passionate about.

Reflecting on Ed Benguiat’s career, it amazes by the work he has done and how far he has got in life by his passion for designing fonts. Did you know he created the Ford Trucks logo? His astonishing work ethic has lead him to be suggested to design major movie titles and logos for huge companies. An advice tip that I received from Benguiat’s read, “Stranger Things”: (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/0/stranger-things-meet-the-design-genius-behind-tvs-most-talked-ab/)  is that an individual can have all the talent in the world, but if one does nor have the ability to innately do it because they love it, it will never become a skill to their craft.

Reflecting upon Vignelli’s short booklet, I learned the key intangibles in order for a design to represent creativeness and be successful: Those elements are good Semantics, Syntactics, Discipline, Appropriateness, Ambiguity, and Visual Power.

I learned that you not every artist has the same style and its recognizable to recognize an artist by their unique style. Vignelli and Benguiat both have diverse styles. Massimo’s is a bit traditional and Benguiat is more modern. Benguiat’s artwork interests me more than Vignelli’s.

“Week 4″…Is in the Books!

One word, Wow! I didn’t know how much I can learn so much in a week. This week’s work was a blast. I enjoyed the audio work I published. I was creative and learning about audio storytelling was exciting. Definitely the best week of ds106 work to learn about. Lets talk about my journey of work this week. First, starting out with the articles and Audio Resource Page. I learned a lot about the different layering of sounds, background music and effects that deals with audio storytelling. Check out my reflection about Audio Storytelling and what it means to me; (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/what-is-audio-storytelling/). Next, my favorite task of the week, Daily Creates! I always enjoy these assignments as it pushes you to be creative and critically think about topics that are posted. Here are my 3 daily creates:

  1. (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/caption-this/)
  2. (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/whats-your-favorite-planet/)
  3. (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/new-app-invention/)

Moving on, tweeting along to the Lime-town’s series of episodes was terrific! I thought that assignment gave people a chance to engage in conversation and was fun seeing what people had to say about the live stream. Here are some of my responses:




Transitioning to another one of my other favorite tasks. The Radio Bumper! I enjoyed creating my radio bumper. I tried to be unique as I could. I felt this assignment was not as difficult. Here is the link to my radio bumper: (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/the-finest-station-in-the-world-ds106radio/)

Moving on to the assignment bank, I created three Weekly Assignments. First, the sound effect story. Here is the link to that: (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/sound-effect-story-beware-if-not-aware/).  I found it clever to use my sound effects of off FreeSound.org. They provide some electric effects that will make you jump out of your seat.  This assignment resulted in 4.5 stars. Secondly, the sounds of my day that included all the sounds throughout my regular day. By doing this assignment allows insight of my personal surroundings and noises. Here is the link to check it out: (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/in-the-sounds-of-life-of-mark-madison/). This assignments equaled up to 3.5 stars. Transitioning to my last task, The Radio Bumper! I enjoyed creating my radio bumper. I tried to be unique as I could. I felt this assignment was not as difficult being a radio host. Here is the link to my radio bumper: (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/the-finest-station-in-the-world-ds106radio/) Lastly, my own introductory Limetown Crime story. This audio assignment allowed me to create my own backstory of a victim who calls the police for assistance. This assignment resulted in 4.5 stars. Check out my story here: (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/please-someone-call-the-police-now/)

Wrapping up with this week’s work I ended with a brainstorm of ideas for the radio show I plan to produce. Here are some ideas if you are interested in knowing: (http://embracethegift.com/uncategorized/thinking-above-the-show/)



“Thinking Above the Show”

Some ideas I have in mind for creating a 20 minute radio show:

  • Introduction
  • Include a Radio Bumper
  • Topic of Discussions
  • Call and Response from the audience (feedback)
  • Song list for radio show
  • News, very recent events
  • Celebrity gossip
  • Trivia contests for audience
  • Internet Memes/ bloopers

Questions for Discussion:

  • What ways are the world evolving in technology
  • Do you think the world is obtainable without communication.
  • Are we really free on the internet?

“Please, Someone Call The police NOW!”

There once was a fellow named David who would never hear the other end of the cell phone again… Be prepared for the ultimate twist of the horror. You will be confused. That’s the point.



In the city of Lime-town no one is safe… Welcome to my Introductory Lime-town Crime Audio! Featured by Mark Madison.

My effects included in this story pretty much were layered by the sounds of my day, including different sound effects from  FreeSound.org. I cut and edit my sounds in Audacity.

This story took me a while to narrate and come up with the different transitions in the short audio. I hope you enjoy listening to the dramatic effects and various sounds of evil.

If you would like to be the victim of your own story and create your own audio,  I suggest you visit here: (http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/please-someone-call-the-police/)