After visiting my peer’s blogs, I saw all the creativity other students were using. I looked at my graphic design and thought “man this is boring”, so I decided to completely scrap my draft and start fresh. I started out by taking an iconic piece of Spokane, the old World Fair tent. I used the tent as my background, the sky was super blue, so I messed around with the opacity to create an almost cloudy/foggy illusion. Next I gathered my new images and altered there shape and size to find an optimal symmetry. I gave each photo a stroke, but instead of keeping 100% opacity, I lowered it to so you could see through. In my draft I had the word “community” in the center of my design colored in a pink-purple shade. The only comment I received from the feedback assignment was how the word seemed random to the design. I really liked this color, but it didn’t fit in my piece. I used that same shade of color as inspiration for my final product. Behind my images I have three bold stripes that run horizontally across the design. This is supposed to represent the American flag and emphasize the problem of homelessness, not only in Spokane, but the country. I really liked the word “community” and felt that it was a bold symbol for the homeless, so instead of just slapping the word in the center of my design, I decided to give each image a label. The words I chose are supposed to break down “community” in three words. Lastly, to show my creative side I took out some colors in my images such as blue and green. When I took these colors out and lowered the opacity, I got this 3-D like illusion that really made my images pop out, but still able to see through them and appreciate the background. I wanted to avoid copyright so I got all my images from https://www.freeimages.com/
I chose to create an online graphic for my design. I started my project off with the background. Garland theater is an iconic location in Spokane, the entire garland area is one of the oldest spots. Here you will find old stores such as milk shops, diners, and other historic places. Garland is a very outdated and low income place, so you can find a large homeless population here. Secondly, I chose the clock tower because this is one of the buildings that Spokane is best known for. I used the magnetic clipper tool to get the most precise cut, only half of the tower is showing. I used this effect to make it appear as if the tower is behind the theater, when in actuality it’s located on the opposite side of town. The tower is in Riverfront Park a place where many homeless go to sleep peacefully at night. Close to the man walking across the theater you will find a man cloaked in a sleeping bag, this is an actual homeless man. I also used the magnetic clippers and cropping to cut and shrink the photo to make the man appear the same size as the other man originally in the picture. It can be hard to decipher a homeless person from a non-homeless person, so I wanted to find a solid representation. I’ve never been homeless before, but if I was I know a sleeping bag would be a necessity. Lastly I placed the word “community” in the bottom center of my illustration colored purple. This is an important factor of my piece the color selection means royalty, nobility, luxury, etc. Everything being homeless isn’t and the words community because, whether people acknowledge it or not these people also live in our town and make just as many contributions as the “average” person and this is often over-looked
I want speak about the issues of homelessness in Spokane and the community around striving for a better future. I am going to create an online graphic for my blog using these pictures. (These are subject to change, I am currently in Spokane for the night and will take my own pictures, to avoid any potential copy rite issues.)
If you’ve ever lived in or visited the Spokane area it’s impossible to miss the thousands of people living on the streets. They sit on corners, fill the allies, or walk their home around in a shopping cart. Having lived in the area for a few years, I’ve always wondered how these people came to be where they are? http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/apr/09/rise-in-spokane-homeless-attributed-to-better-coun/
The homeless have a major effect on a city and its identity. Thankfully in Spokane the people are very friendly and willing to help. I worked at Dutch Bros for three years and for two of those years we had a man who would sit on the corner of Sharp and Division, no sign, no cart, just a blank mug. everyday around noon he would ask for some water and the time. He never broke his character, only water and time. Ironically, I knew this man he was an old friend of a relative that had come for Thanksgiving years back, his name was Steven. When I figured out who he was my perspective completely changed, I wanted to help him out but he refused. After my offerings he wouldn’t even hardly look my way, he just continued to live on that corner.
After more than five years of living on the streets, Steven was found dead behind a dumpster next to near by liquor store. They never did rule out the cause of his death, but the entire Spokane community was shook. The corner where he made his home was decorated in flowers, balloons, and other memorabilia. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jun/08/shawn-vestal-in-life-dutch-bros-guy-was-seen-by-ma/
The impact Steven had on Spokane sparked a motivation in me to help others. Soon after Steven’s death my family and I sent out to the dollar store and made over 200 “goodie” bags. We covered almost all of Spokane on foot, handing out bags filled with water, snacks, and tooth brushes. Shortly after our deed, I found there are many ways to get involved with the homeless through organizations like the Union Gospel Mission, Spokane Cares, etc. http://spokanecares.org/homeless-community-spokane.php
The homeless population offers a wide selection to which I can work with. I can interview them for my audio editing as well as making powerful photo shopped pictures to represent the struggle or community in the streets of Spokane.