Design Principles for Valentine’s Day – The Chamber – Symone Grady

With love filling everyone’s hearts as Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching, staff at the Chamber of Commerce decided to host a luncheon for all of their partners and sponsors. Utilizing the “Holiday”, Valentine’s Day, the staff decided to have this event on Valentine’s Day with an appropriate theme to show their appreciation for members.

Days before this joyful day, one of the coordinators for this event asked me to create gift tags that would accompany gift bags for guests. With this assignment, I was simply told that the labels must say “We love our members”, and incorporate the organization’s logo. That’s it. Without very much direction for  how to create these gift tags, I had to put my creative print media skills to the test. Not only did I need to  create labels that would capture one’s attention, but that also effectively communicates the desired message.  With only an hour to complete this task I knew that I needed to work diligently to create an exceptional finished product.

Before beginning this task, I immediately thought of the principles that I have learned in the Interactive Media Production course that I am currently taking. These basic design principles include proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast.  I wanted to be sure to incorporate each of these  principles into the design that I created.

Ultimately, I created three different gift tags and allowed my supervisor to select the one she thought was most appropriate. After she told me which she selected, I understood that the design she favored the most best utilized proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast. I was very proud to walk into the building during the luncheon to see the gift tags that I created being used and appreciated by all of the guests. I was also very excited to be able to use skills that I learned in class, and directly apply it to a task for my internship.


The gift tag that I created for the member appreciation luncheon.

Hudson Thompson – Learning Bull

So, this is my second week here at the West Point radio station, 100.9 WCJM The Bull. I’m still getting adjusted, obviously, but it has been fun and I have already learned a good bit about the business and day to day tasks.

The big thing they have had me on this week is converting music from CD to digital for AM 1310 WPLV (the other radio show that is run out of the station’s building). The morning show’s DJ still has to load in music via CD and I have taken upon the task of updating their station.
This is the stack of CD’s I’ve tackled this week…

One thing I’ve done while there in my down time is listen to other/rival stations and pay attention to their commercials and liners. What you are looking for with the commercials is to see how many they are running per hour and when they’re running them. With listening to the liners, you are listening for possible liner ideas for your own station. “Any good idea is worth stealing” is what I was jokingly told. Listening and taking notes on what others are doing is what is known as competitive programming.

I have also aided the DJ’s in their getting ready for their hour+ section by scheduling music. I will look at certain hours and if there are overlapping songs or artists or the timing is off, I’ll change songs to make it have a better mix and the timing better.

I’m really excited in the coming weeks to possibly see some remotes take place and see someone run the board, and eventually run the board myself. That will be fun and interesting, I’m sure!!