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Seussify

For this assignment  I decided to go back to one of my favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone. 

I wanted to keep the creepiness of the image and mesh it with Dr. Seuss because the characters in his books can easily be made scary. I went in to MSPaint and first cropped the image to focus on their faces. I added a red border around it to add some color and because Dr. Seuss always used bright colors. I then came up with the title Hop on Doc in reference to the book Hop on Pop. I made the text yellow for some complimentary color and changed the font to be serious yet fun enough that it could be a kids book.

I love the juxtaposition between the menacing look that the doctor and nurse has and the Seussian colors and name surrounding it. While the title could easily be a kids book, paired with the image it changes its meaning entirely.

Design on my own

First off, this was so fun but also really frustrating. I have no experience with any type of design software so this was a real learning curve for me. I used Pixlr to create my alternative history and the software itself was difficult to figure out.

In thinking about my alternate history being about British colonization, I wanted to put something American in a different setting. I painted a simple background to juxtapose our knowledge that the Empire State building is in a city setting. I also found an old British house and put it next to the skyscraper because it simply does not belong.

In working through Pixlr, I found myself getting frustrated because there are no clear instructions on how everything works. You have to layer the image in order to add a photo and once you have done that you can not go back to the first layer. I think that if this was a situation where I had some experience using the software I would have had a better time and possibly a better outcome.

The only program that I have used for image editing is MSPaint. I took the images used for this assignment and cropped them and colorized them using Paint. I find it much easier to use although it definitely does not have too many capabilities.

 

Creating Alternate History

 

What would the world be like if the British never colonizes The Americas, India, or Australia? My book aims to explore this idea through the eyes of a teen who went from our universe to another.

Creating this cover and description was a long process with my indecisive mind juggling multiple ideas.  First off, I used Canva in order to create my design. I clicked on the book cover option.

 

I then had to decide what I wanted my book to look like, I went through all of the options to give myself some inspiration and eventually chose a clean looking design with a sunset in the background.


Next, I had to think of a title, I chose “Stay Put” because that is what the would be colonizers were doing in my book. I went into the text editor and changed the font and the size.

Then I changed the author name to my own. At this point I was just doing little changes because I still had not decided the overall look.

 

I went into the background image finder and typed in ‘old’ I was not sure what I was going to find, but I knew that I wanted an older look to the book so I went with it. I found an old wood looking image and thought that it looked good.

 

I changed the color of the font because the white was unreadable on the background. I changed it to red because I thought that it gave it an interesting look.

After thinking for a while, I decided that I did not like the name so I changed it to “Cease All Movement” as if that were any better. I changed the background to the mast of a ship because that is how the British got to all of these places so this photo gives the book more of an identity.

Once again, I had to change the color of the text because it was not readable with the background. I tried multiple different colors until I decided that shades of red looked best. I moved around where the text was on the image so that it was easier to read and it also makes the design a lot more interesting.

 

I then changed the title of the book one more time. I chose “Ending the Beginning” I think this title would intrigue the reader into at least looking at what the book was about. It also aptly describes the premise without giving too much away

Lastly, I wrote up the inside cover of the book. I created a genderless character named Sam that this experience is happening to. I wanted to keep the description interesting yet also vague enough that people have to read it to figure out exactly what it is about.

I had a lot of fun with this project. Being a creative writing major, I love creating story ideas. Being able to design a book cover will help me in the future if I ever decide to write a book because then I do not have to pay anyone to do it for me.