This semester has been… CRAY CRAY!!!

New projects weekly, new learning experiences, new experiments, and definitely new finished pieces! I now have a new piece that I especially like: my scorpion.

Here was the brief I received in my Communication: Surface, Object, Space class:


in this project, we will apply serial plane concepts and the principles of design to the creation of a foam core board 3D form using additive and subtractive methods.


Upon successful completion of the project, students will have the knowledge and ability to:

  1. Define a basic vocabulary of elements, principles and processes relevant to three dimensional form;
  2. Define material properties and their relationship to specific tools, processes and craft practices;
  3. Engage relevant processes of form manipulation and representation between two and three dimensions;
  4. Employ appropriate tools and techniques to execute and inform the generation of material outcomes;
  5. Document systematic, iterative process through appropriate photographic and verbal reflection.


Create a three-dimensional abstract or representational form that is a minimum of 12″x12″x12″ using white or black foam core board.

This form can be free standing, hanging or mounted on a base (the design of the base should enhance the created form).

Incorporate repetition and gradation of size and/or shape.

Ideally, you will include in some area of your design an opening to reveal the interior space construction, and in this way, explore the positive and negative space possibilities within your design.

Note that the edges of the foam core will create lines, the layering of the planes will create a volume with positive and negative space, and natural and artificial light will create gradation and shadows. Use these factors to your advantage.


I decided to create a scorpion, following the criteria above, and photograph it.



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and there you go ๐Ÿ™‚


To Mr Sumner

Hey everyone!

This post is going to be a little more serious and heartfelt than my usual ones (just to warn you guys before you start reading).ย 

This past Friday, January 24, 2014, while enjoying a dinner out with my parents and siblings, I received a rather upsetting email on my phone which read:

“It is with great sadness that we inform the Havergal community of the death of Mr. David Sumner. Mr. Sumner passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 24, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. As we mourn together as a community, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Sumnerโ€™s family and friends.

Mr. Sumner joined Havergal as a teacher in the Social Sciences and Technological Education departments in 1999. Since receiving his cancer diagnosis, Mr. Sumner continued to be an active member of the school community, as he has done for so many years, teaching, coaching, mentoring and supporting students.”

I had the great pleasure of being Mr. Sumner’s student for three years during my time at Havergal and have many fond memories of his classes. I remember his Grade 11 Communication Technology class, which involved making, watching, and analyzing films. During one class he played the movie Psycho and while everyone was screaming at the shower scene, Mr. Sumner and I laughed. I also remember him assisting me while I edited my group’s movie alone, and telling me, “You have a real knack at film editing, Nicole. You should consider becoming a film editor or something involving movies in your career.” I’m grateful that I decided to take that course; grateful that he opened my eyes to a new skill I possess and a love of film I never thought I’d have.ย 

Here’s a picture from a note he left in my yearbook of that year:


I also remember his course IDC4U, Education Towards a Changing World. Mr Sumner structured this course with discussions, article readings, essay writing, watching films, and reflecting in a journal. The journal for that class is still with me and will be cherished. I don’t think I’ve realized this until now, but he was always a strong believer in my abilities. After looking through the comments he made in my journal, he encouraged me to not fear my opinions and thoughts, and voicing them to others. He also appreciated my safe presence at the table and energetic attitude I brought to class each time. The last reflection I wrote in my journal for that class was about the true meaning of the course.

Below, he wrote this comment: “Now its time for you to take action! Stop by Havergal and let me know how everything is going. See you at the next crossroads.”

After reading the email that night, I was upset. I did cry for a long time when I got home in my room alone. I am sad that he’s gone. However, this just shows how much of an impact he had on how I viewed my education, my creative abilities, my interaction with other people, and the world. He will always have a place in my heart as the teacher who had my back and believed in me.

Thank you Mr. Sumner! You will be missed by many โค


Excitement x100

So hey there!

In a post I wrote a while ago, Sketch it Up, I mentioned a project I was working on for school: my title sequence. Now, within the post I did write that I would explain the project in more detail when I was completely finished with it.ย 

I will keep my promise and make a post specifically for my title sequence, however I JUST CAN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So instead, I’ll just give you a sneak peek (cuz I’m an incredibly nice person)


Upcoming School Year

Hey Peeps!!

Earlier this week, at 9am, I completed a complicated task. This task leaves some students feeling victorious, and some students crying over their computers, because the future year for these students rests in this task.

Yes… I’m talking about course selection…

Luckily for me, my experience with course selection was NOT so bad ๐Ÿ™‚
I basically got all the course times I preferred and managed to fit in a course for my new minor in Digital Media! Even though my work load will probably be crazy, I know I can manage it!

For all my lovely readers, here is a list of the courses I’m taking in the fall and winter semesters with a description of each…


  1. History and Evolution of Typography โ€“
    This course addresses the historic development of the typographic form from the calligraphic forms that pre-date Guttenberg’s invention of movable type and letterpress to current digital typography. We consider the cultural, technological and historical contexts critical to the understanding of typography and its uses. Typographic nomenclature as it has evolved is studied with respect to anatomy of the letter, its measurement and its technological history. Through lectures, class discussion, readings and research, students will learn to analyze typography and its effectiveness in the shaping of “word pictures.”
    โ€“ Interesting? I don’t know…
  2. Graphic Design 1 โ€“
    Through a variety of experiences ranging from the development of graphic form to composition and colour, students will develop visual vocabularies and an aesthetic understanding of how content and message impact on form and communication. All studio-based projects require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. Students will work in two and four dimensions with static and time-based formats. The course will integrate current software and appropriate digital methods.
    โ€“ This will be fun!! (but I foresee some challenges in this course…)
  3. Typography 2: Structures โ€“
    In this course students will explore typographic structures, focusing on normative and conceptual principles. An in depth analysis is undertaken in this course that explores the letter relationship to the word, the word relationship to the line, lines in relationship to column and the way these elements activate a particular space. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of visual hierarchy and grid structures, as well as the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic qualities of typography.
    โ€“ hmm…. relationships?? Seems pretty complex…
  4. Communication: Time, Motion, Media โ€“
    This studio investigates communication design specific to the capture and creation of motion. Students will be introduced to narrative elements and principles as they are found in interface, animation, video, film and television. Students will study the effective use of time, space, sound, transition, media integration and graphic story telling. The course will explore basic digital motion creation processes: video-capture, animation, workflow, digital asset management, and distribution.
    โ€“ Sounds so AWESOME!!!
  5. Special Topic in Social Science: Economic Principles for Artists and Designers โ€“
    How does the economy work? In the current volatile economy, how can we tell whether we are just in another economic cycle, or witnessing a major shift in the global world order? What factors precipitated the current economic condition and has something fundamental changed that art and design students would do well to understand? What alternatives are there? This course provides an introduction to macro and micro economics, locates the Canadian economic system within the global context, and drills down to the role of the business enterprise, from sole proprietorships to international corporations.
    โ€“ Basically what I learned in Grade 11 Economics but in University… COOL!


  1. Graphic Design History in the Twentieth Century โ€“
    This lecture-seminar course engages in a study of communication arts and media within the context of the 20th century. The course focuses on the relationships between technological, social, economic, political and cultural changes that have shaped and influenced the development of communication arts. The range of subjects covered includes the impact of the two world wars and the Vietnam War; the influence of the Bauhaus, the developments in editorial design, the first attempts at computer composition, corporate design, electronic imaging and advances in print and pre-press technologies.
    โ€“ History? Doesn’t seem SO bad… I think…
  2. Think Tank 1: Awareness โ€“
    This interdisciplinary course examines the social condition of where and how we live in the context of the Faculty of Designโ€™s primary mandate โ€˜Design and Humanityโ€™. The significant impact that intelligent and sustainable design can have on peopleโ€™s lives and the considerable responsibility that the designer has to society are critical factors in shaping behaviour and turning research and perception into action. Strategies for change are channeled into potential project solutions in this course through the research, discussion and debate of current societal issues.
    โ€“ This could be good…
  3. Graphic Design 2 โ€“
    The course focuses on process, word/image interaction, meaning, hierarchy and the impact of dimensional form on effective communication. Students will learn to distill complex ideas into concise and convincing two and three-dimensional elements. All studio-based assignments require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. The course will integrate current software and tools in both physical and virtual environments.
    โ€“ Cool Stuff!
  4. Typography 3: Advanced Structures โ€“
    Students will continue to explore the design of organizational typographic structures in this course. The presentation of complex information in a clear and engaging manner, servicing utility and where appropriate, beauty, is the primary focus. An increased emphasis on content, concept and typeโ€™s association to imagery for specific target audiences will be addressed through a range of typographically-driven projects.
    โ€“ This will be Super Helpful!!
  5. Communication: Surface, Object, Space โ€“
    Using a variety of materials through analogue and digital processes this course introduces students to the elements, principles and processes used in the development of three-dimensional form. Students examine the meanings and associations of forms, along with the underlying structural principles affecting their creation. Central to the course is how concept, form, material and process are inter-related. Through critical reasoning and an awareness of contemporary Graphic Design practices in architectural, exhibit, way-finding, and packaging design, students develop the skills and confidence to produce meaningful forms in three dimensions.
    โ€“ YES PACKAGE DESIGN!!!! So excited to take this course!!!! SERIOUSLY EXCITED!!!!!
  6. Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies โ€“
    This lecture course is designed to offer students critical and analytical skills to understand our complex media environment through the study of the basic principles, methodologies and topics relevant to Communications Studies. Students examine historical, economic, technological and policy perspectives that shape how we respond to and participate in a media landscape, with an emphasis placed on the Canadian context. Topics to be addressed include: theories of communications and media; public and private media; communications and nations; culture industries; media convergence; geopolitics of global communications; networks and communications; democracy and media; and consumers, identity and media.
    โ€“ Media Studies?? Very Thought-Provoking!!!

And that is the list of the courses I’m going to take. Now, I may be adding a course to the Fall, that is if I get in… but we shall see. I’m going to cross my fingers for luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

If I get in, I’ll be doing my happy dance!