• Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (turn and face the domain)

    So very much has happened in the last few weeks. I graduated, I got a full-time job at an amazing company, I finally changed my domain name! That might not have been in order of importance but they are all big things and order seems arbitrary right now. As a freshman I didn’t like my last name since people always seem to get it wrong, so I chose a pseudonym. Over the years, I grew to appreciate my unique last name (there are many layers to it: it’s not a real last name, there was a spelling mistake on my grandpa’s certificate and I’m not even blood related to him).…

  • Using JetBackup to Fix a WordPress Error

    March 2020 at Reclaim had the sidequest of learning and expanding knowledge of WordPress. At UMW, I’ve grown to become familiar with WordPress for classes at UMW, but less so outside the application in my cPanel. Throughout the month, I did more minor things like tidying up my blog, reading through documentation on general WP fixes on Reclaim’s community site, even commissioned an art friend from UMW to make the logo and favicon for my site (yes I paid for the commission because artists deserve to be paid for their work). But the real test in my understanding of how WP operates within cPanel came in the beginning of April.…

  • How to (use) Zoom!

    With the major conversion to online classes this semester, many students and faculty are turning to the application Zoom to pursue digital interaction. Even my mom, a 2nd grade teacher, has to use Zoom to wrangle her students and meet with other faculty. As a DKC tutor, I picked up the task of creating a tutorial on how to use Zoom to help teachers and students alike figure out the application. I figured with everything happening right now it could be helpful, and also I might explain things in a way other/longer tutorial videos don’t. That, or I sound like a calming YouTuber telling a peaceful bedtime story. Choose whichever…

  • I’m Trying.

    On January 6, 2020, I said goodnight to my mom and got into bed. Just before opening Spotify to listen to my ritual podcast before bed (podcast of choice at the time was The Adventure Zone), I had a random urge to check my email.

  • Addition for Tuition

    Carol wanted an easy fundraising opportunity, and after a brainstorming session I came up with the name “Addition for Tuition.” Carol had the concept already created: a card that on the front introduces one of the Royal Kids School students and on the inside is a grid of boxes representing different values. This card can be presented to family, friends, and really anyone someone meets and they can donate a single amount from one of the boxes or they can combine boxes to get different amounts. To go along with this card, I made bookmarks to hand out whenever someone donates to give thanks for what they’ve done and also…

  • Hot Diggity Dog

    These bookmarks are to hand out with the hot dog lunches for the Hot Diggity Dog fundraiser. I had to make two different versions, since the organization who was wanting to print their own bookmarks didn’t want to use so much ink on the bookmarks with purple backgrounds. I also was tasked with making an informational poster that could be handed out to people in organization that might be interested in hosting the event. For this flier, I decided to switch things us and use Piktochart. This website provided me with a nice base template to help me organize my information. I was very happy with how the design turned out!

  • Water Card

    Early on this semester, Carol told me she wanted a rack card with information about e3kids’ water project. Something that could concisely tell people what work the organization was doing and what its effects in the world were. I drafted one design in late September, trying to get ideas down and work from there.  It took a lot of work digging through material Carol gave me, sorting through statistics and instructions and testimony. There were so many facts I wanted to include, but most were too lengthy to be effective on a rack card. What hit me the hardest were surveys conducted by Uzima three months after the installation of…

  • Coffee Cards

    Making the coffee cards was the first assignment I had to do based on information from an email. Carol wasn’t able to meet me in person, so all I had to work with were old versions of similar cards and the specific details asked of me to put on the cards.  I had to choose three photos for three types of coffee, and with those photos I had to crop them to have the most emphasis on the library/reading aspects. This helped show me how to focus on the photos to see what is important and what I should cut out. So even if I still liked the image as…

  • Double Your Impact

    I was tasked to design some tags for these bracelets, earrings, and potential necklaces made from the paper beads. There were many different narratives that went into these products, from the beads to the assembly to the donation of profits. Carol explained to me that girls in Kenya are often considered too expensive to have in the family once they start menstruating and are then essentially sold to older men as young wives. To combat this, girls are given an opportunity to earn money through artisan crafts. One thing they can do is hand-roll paper beads, which are then sold to e3 Kids International. From there, local U.S. school groups…

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