Vignelli Canon Reflection

Let me first start this off by saying I did not realize how much there was too graphic design. I knew many computer related things were involved, but all of the detailed thought that is dedicated to the process  is absolutely incredible. Vignelli goes about explaining the processes behind this detailed thought from a designer point of view. Vignelli has plenty of experience on this end. Especially since he and his wife work together in graphic design. The first major point that was made clear to me was that the designer must have meaning or semantics. If not, then the audience will not understand what they are looking at.

Since the audience understanding the designer’s semantics is so important, there are two factors that the designer must think about: input and output. If the input is not correct, the output will not make sense. There are also several other details I learned about from reading this short book! These newly learned ideas (to me) include: pragmatics, discipline, appropriateness and visual power, timelessness, and responsibility. Pragmatics is the efficiency of the design and making sure the intent of the designer is clear. Discipline is the attention to detail, which requires boundaries and rules. Appropriateness and visual power is the importance of portraying appropriate images to highly influence the viewer in the correct manner. Timelessness is the idea that certain images and designs are a part of society and that changing something all of a sudden is not always beneficial. Responsibility involves the designer holding him or herself responsible for the work they have created. All of these thoughts and ideas are included in the first part of the book called “The Intangibles.”

The second part of the book known as “The Tangibles,” takes pragmatics, discipline, appropriateness and visual power, timelessness, and responsibility and ties it all together. Vignelli goes on to explain the use of layouts, grids, as well as many other tools used in graphic design. This part of the book explains the graphic design process all the way to the printing process.

Overall, this book was an eye opener to a world I knew nothing about! Vignelli did an excellent job at explaining the details of the graphic design process in a simple and respectable manner.

A Serious Crime Was Committed Today


I randomly decided to be domesticated late last night and made brownies. As of this afternoon, half of the brownies have gone missing. Since my family has been the only people near the brownies, one of them must be the culprit. However, they are all denying going anywhere near the brownies. I like my chocolate so such denial will not go unattended. I used Microsoft Word to create a suspect board with fake names (did not feel like it was appropriate to criminalize my family with such a serious crime) and then took a screenshot to show the world.

Only If Life Worked Like This

If I had it my way, I would travel the world and go wherever I wanted whenever I wanted and stay however long I wanted. With that being said, here is my dream itinerary! Not to sure this would work for to many people, but I was clearly out to please myself when creating this!


Travel Itinerary

Reason: Exploring the World

Destination: Wherever the Wind Takes Me

Trip Start to end: Whenever my heart desires

Departing Flight:

Date: Unknown

Departs: Unknown

Airline: Airplane

Confirmation #: Won’t know ‘til I get there

Departure: Wherever I am when I decide to leave

Flight #: Unknown

Arrives: ASAP


Car Rental:

Locate Taxi Service



Make friends, get the local experience!


Meetings and Events:

The best experiences are more than likely unplanned.


Returning Flight:

Date: Unknown

Departs: Unknown

Airline: Airplane

Confirmation #: Won’t know ‘til I get there

Departure: Wherever I ended up

Flight #: Unknown

Arrives: ASAP to next spontaneously chosen location

That Mug Shot Though

All I have to say is, after searching for an “old mug shot” my eyes are scarred for life. There are some scary looking people in this world. After downloading this insanely attractive photo, I used an app on my iPhone called “Bubblee.” The words that fill the bubble was the first sarcastic thought that came to mind.


If I Was Rich Enough to Own a Sports Team



Oh how nice it would be to have enough money to own a sports team. Actually, you really do not need money to create a sports team if you have people willing to participate! Therefore, I am dreaming big and creating a logo in case I ever have the urge to form my own team. My sports team would consist of anything horse related since after all, that sums up my life. Having the name “Equine Enthusiasts” covers all aspects of the equine world!

My Life As A Horse Addict

Had a lot of fun with this visual assignment! I used Animoto to create this video. It is a great video creator. Unfortunately, in order to get rid of the watermark, you must pay to upgrade. With that being said, I apologize for the distraction. If anyone has any suggestions as to a better program please let me know. The reason I chose horses to tell my life story is because, as cliche as this may sound, horses really are my life. I am sure you can tell that from watching the video. Hope you enjoyed an can see a little more into what my hobby (and job) is like!



I took this picture of these flowers in a field while riding a horse. The contrast and saturation of this color combination really caught my eye. With that being said, this picture represents the color element of design. The white petals allow the pop of yellow to draw attention to the center of the flower. The background of the green grass being solid assures that there are no distractions away from the center of the flower.


This picture is the edge of a sign hanging in my house. The repetition of the pattern creates unity.


An old piano, that I am proud to say my dad refurbished, exemplifies balance. This piano has a consistent design and it symmetrical on both sides.


These three jars are an example of the proportion element of design. All of these jars are similar in shape and design, but differentiate in size.