Different… but Equally Important

“I close with a parable.

Once a man received as his inheritance two keys. The first key, he was told, would open a vault which he must protect at all cost. The second key was to a safe within the vault which contained a priceless treasure. He was to open this safe and freely use the precious things which were stored therein. He was warned that many would seek to rob him of his inheritance. He was promised that if he used the treasure worthily, it would be replenished and never be diminished, not in all eternity. He would be tested. If he used it to benefit others, his own blessings and joy would increase.

The man went alone to the vault. His first key opened the door. He tried to unlock the treasure with the other key, but he could not, for there were two locks on the safe. His key alone would not open it. No matter how he tried, he could not open it. He was puzzled. He had been given the keys. He knew the treasure was rightfully his. He had obeyed instructions, but he could not open the safe.

In due time, there came a woman into the vault. She, too, held a key. It was noticeably different from the key he held. Her key fit the other lock. It humbled him to learn that he could not obtain his rightful inheritance without her.

They made a covenant that together they would open the treasure and, as instructed, he would watch over the vault and protect it; she would watch over the treasure. She was not concerned that, as guardian of the vault, he held two keys, for his full purpose was to see that she was safe as she watched over that which was most precious to them both. Together they opened the safe and partook of their inheritance. They rejoiced for, as promised, it replenished itself.

With great joy they found that they could pass the treasure on to their children; each could receive a full measure, undiminished to the last generation.

Perhaps some few of their posterity would not find a companion who possessed the complementary key, or one worthy and willing to keep the covenants relating to the treasure. Nevertheless, if they kept the commandments, they would not be denied even the smallest blessing.

Because some tempted them to misuse their treasure, they were careful to teach their children about keys and covenants.

There came, in due time, among their posterity some few who were deceived or jealous or selfish because one was given two keys and another only one. “Why,” the selfish ones reasoned, “cannot the treasure be mine alone to use as I desire?”

Some tried to reshape the key they had been given to resemble the other key. Perhaps, they thought, it would then fit both locks. And so it was that the safe was closed to them. Their reshaped keys were useless, and their inheritance was lost.

Those who received the treasure with gratitude and obeyed the laws concerning it knew joy without bounds through time and all eternity.”

This here is a parable given by Boyd K. Packer a former General Authority for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The reason why I started my blog post with this today was because it perfectly illustrates what we have been talking about in class this week. The topic of discussion was gender roles and how they play a part in future families. I was raised in a house with traditional parents, meaning I had a Father and a Mother who I care about deeply. This was the norm for most families until a few years ago when it seemed like gay marriage was becoming more and more popular. Other marriages that did not follow the traditional standard seemed to become more prevalent in media and on TV. It seems like the importance of traditional marriage has become diminished and looked down on.

Having been raised in a home with a Mother and a Father, I can personally share my experiences and the blessings that come from that but I felt like this parable that I shared in the beginning more accurately portrayed my feelings. This parable shows the importance of both roles in a home. We cannot have one without the other. I can’t even begin to imagine how different my life would have been had I only had a mother or only a father. Each parent played an important and critical part in my upbringing. Each parent taught me different but equally valuable lessons as I got older. My father taught me the importance of hard work and I learned through his example how to treat women through his actions in how he lovingly cares for my mother. My mother taught me the value of loving and caring for others and the importance of respect. I could go on and on talking about different lessons that I learned from them.

We cannot allow ourselves to lose the value and importance of traditional marriage. Even when the world is saying that it is no longer important to conform to what was once the norm of yesterday.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1993/10/for-time-and-all-eternity?lang=eng

 

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Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples

Introduction

Hello Everybody! It is good to be back and posting in the Visual Design section of my Blog because I have something that I have been working on for the past two weeks that I am excited to share with everybody. Two weeks ago we got the assignment that we would be creating our own magazine spread using a couple of different programs that Adobe has to offer, mostly the InDesign program that is available. I was somewhat nervous to be doing this because I had absolutely no experience with this program and didn’t have any idea how it was supposed to work and how I was expected to create this spread. However I have learned the program to a point where I feel like I have designed something to be proud of. In this post I am going to be talking about my spread and some of the different things that I used and some of the things that I feel like I have improved on during my time creating this spread.

Magazine Spread

  

Overall Design

When I was approached with this assignment, I was told that I needed to find an article from lds.org that I wanted to create the design to and I settled on the article Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples by Gary E. Stevenson. This has been one of my favorite talks because it really shows us how important temples are in our lives and how we can have better homes and happier families when we model our homes after the temple. The inspiration that I had behind the design was that I wanted to focus and gear this towards anybody that is a part of a family and anybody that is going to have future families. I wanted the lack of color to symbolize how different our homes can be when we don’t have the light of the temple guiding us and pointing us in the correct direction. I felt like the typography used really illustrates a clean look that allowed the reader to clearly see what needed to be read. It mimicked the feeling that can come from having an organized home modeled after the temple.

Photography Used

 

I was the photographer for both of these pictures and they are of the Salt Lake City temple and the Rexburg temple. I applied the rule of thirds to both of them and I felt like they were really applicable for the talk that I decided on when I was working on this assignment. They are some of my favorite pictures that I have taken and I felt really good about inserting them into this project that I have been working on.

Conclusion

In conclusion I just wanted to talk about what this talk means to me and how I feel this was a fitting design to display what it is trying to tell us. I think a lot of the time in our lives we feel like we are really alone and there is a lack of light and color that is being displayed and it is easy for us to feed off of that. I wanted this design to reflect that feeling to show that we aren’t alone and that we aren’t the only ones that have feelings like that. I felt like the lack of color really allowed the reader to focus on what the talk is telling us and that by not flooding our senses with a lot of color or an overuse of images that they can then focus on what the message is trying to teach us.

Works Cited

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/04/sacred-homes-sacred-temples?lang=eng

Traditions Traditions

Ever since I was a small child I remember that part of what I looked forward to the most on Christmas was the omelets my Father would make once we had finished opening presents. This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember and I have many memories of going to bed the night before and being just as excited to open presents as I was to have the omelets we would be eating afterwards. As I have gotten older and moved away from my family I have long since cherished the memories that were made as I was growing and have come to appreciate those memories and traditions more.

My childhood is scattered with memories like this. Another one that comes to mind is how my family and I would generally spend New Years Day. I grew up in a home that loved watching College Football on Saturdays and when the Holiday season comes around there’s a lot of good food and a lot of football on around the house. New Years Day is normally a day that includes a lot of the best bowl games so we always watch those games while taking down all the decorations from Christmas.

It seems like most families have similar traditions and I have talked with many of my friends that share similar memories of cherished activities that the family participates in and just things in general that the family grew up doing together. As I was thinking about this I realized that there are many things that have shaped my family to be how they are today. Things like omelets and football are nice and I enjoy them very much but there are much deeper traditions that my family has held since I was young. Things like family prayer in the morning before my Dad would leave for work and scripture study at night before we would go to bed are a few of the things that stand out to me as I think back to my years at home. Living in Dallas I had the opportunity to attend early morning seminary and I remember that I had an hour or two before school started that I wanted to come home and go back to sleep. Without fail, just as I had fallen asleep my Dad would call up to me to come downstairs so we could say family prayer. I would stomp down the stairs wrapped in the blankets from my bed and fall on the couch with a bad attitude that I had to be woken up to say prayer with my family. It wasn’t until many years later in my life that I realized what a blessing that had been because it had shaped my own habits while I was on my mission and while I was in school. I now look back on that memory with fondness because of the habits I was being taught as my Father would wake me up daily so I could say prayers with my family.

Traditions like this have always been a blessing to my family and I know that they have been blessings to many others. I believe that we would be wise to implement these in our own lives, whether it’s for our current families or our future families. They make a difference and I have seen the blessings that have come with them even though I haven’t lived at home for close to four years now. When we take the time to implement good traditions that our families become fond of it can really change the way we look back on our families and they can shape how we treat our future families. You never know what traditions you will end up looking back on with fondness, they might just make all the difference.

Rules and Regulations

When I was a young child my family and I lived in Seattle Washington. I remember that we would often take trips to see my Grandma and Grandpa that lived close to us. These trips were always enjoyable as we were able to grow close to them and get raised around them. One particular trip I remember, my cousin and his family were visiting my Grandma and Grandpa and I was extremely excited to see him because we were around the same age and it was always fun being around each other. I still remember the excitement I felt as we pulled up to my Grandparents house and he ran out to see my family and I. We all went inside and talked for awhile before my cousin and I got bored and we decided that we were going to go downstairs to play with the toys that my Grandparents had in their basement. This lasted for about an hour before we got bored again and decided that we wanted to go outside. I still remember sliding the glass door open in the basement and running outside to see what adventures awaited us in the neighborhood. We walked up the hill and down the hill again before stopping at a house across the street from my Grandparents. Living in Washington means that there were always pine cones on the ground and we both got the bright idea that we should start throwing these pine cones at a window on the shed next to the house across the street. We threw hundreds of pine cones before we decided that rocks would be a better alternative. I don’t remember which one of us threw the first rock but the window was shattered to pieces in no time at all and the next thing I remember were our parents running outside to their horror to see that their kids had been dumb enough to shatter a window with rocks for no reason at all.

I don’t remember much else from that day besides the fact that I was sent to a room for the rest of the day to think about what I had done and why that was never an OK thing to do even though it had been a lot of fun. What followed next though is something that has stayed with me to this very day. It was about a week later that I went back to my Grandparents house with my family and my Dad told me to stay in the car because we were going on a special trip. We took a trip to the local Home Depot and my Father informed me that we were going to fix the window that had been destroyed and I was going to give a personal apology for what I had done. I felt horror strike into my body as the gears in my head turned and I realized that I was going to have to take responsibility for what I had done. Facing the people that owned that shattered window was something that I had absolutely no desire to do. I would have much rather sat in my room for the rest of the week than have to go and face those people but face those people I did and the lesson my parents taught me with that has stuck with me for my time since.

My parents taught me that we always take responsibility for our mistakes. After that day I think I was a much better child because the fear of having to take responsibility for anything stupid I did was always hanging over my head. It wasn’t until I became much older that I realized what a valuable lesson that was and how much it has shaped me today. Parents tend to have different methods of disciplining their children and it is really in the eye of the beholder if those methods are effective or not. My parents taught me to take responsibility and that in turn was enough discipline for me because I never wanted to experience facing somebody in that sort of a situation again. What worked for me though may not necessarily work for my children someday and I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect that there is some sort of fool proof way that just forces kids to be good. I really feel like it depends on the child and that every child has their own unique method of discipline that is effective for them and it is really up to the parents to figure out what that method is. Just like in my case, my parents decided that having me fess up to the people whose window I shattered was a good idea and taught me that valuable lesson of responsibility.

Families…?

I remember when I was in 7th grade I was sitting in my typewriting class and listening to my friends talk about their divorced parents. “Mine got divorced when I was 6” “Mine got divorced when I was 10” “Mine separated before I was even born”. I sat there and listened to them talk about this until one of them turned to me and asked “How long have your parents been divorced Kent?” I stared blankly at them and replied “Oh mine are still together…” Not realizing how blessed I was to have that.

I thought about that for the rest of the day, thinking that I was somehow different or less than them because my parents were still together. In a world that had normalized divorce and was constantly attacking traditional families, was I even considered a part of a normal family anymore? It sure didn’t seem like it as I thought about how many of my friends parents had separated.

I had completely forgotten about that experience until I was on my mission and I saw once again how common it was for people to get divorced. I thought back to my own family at home with a renewed gratitude that my family had stuck together. We had experienced trials, sure, but we always came through them with a renewed closeness. It made me grateful and happy to think about my family back home as I witnessed the difficult effect divorce could have on a family.

It has been so saturated in our media today that we often times don’t even blink an eye at it anymore. How common is it for actors, athletes, and other celebrities to divorce? Just the other day I was on my way to school and over the radio they were discussing the divorce between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. They were talking about how they were going to have 3 houses, 1 for Ben Affleck, 1 for Jennifer Garner, and 1 for the kids. BA and JG would take turns at the kids house so that the kids wouldn’t have to go in between houses. How is that something that is good for the kids? I can’t even imagine my life without both my Father and my Mother together. I imagine it is difficult for the children to know that their parents aren’t together anymore.

I look at society today and a couple of things come to mind on the subject. The first one being that I have personally experienced the blessings that come from having a home that contains both a Father and a Mother. The second thing being how that is becoming more and more rare and how I need to be grateful for that.

I remember growing up and going through High School that I watched a lot of my friends parents get divorced and the effect that had on them. Every single one of them had similar thoughts on the matter and those thoughts were that is was hard. It was hard to watch their parents fight and argue and to go through a divorce. It was hard realizing that the only thing that tied their parents together anymore was the fact that they had children together. They said it placed a burden on them as they realized that their parents only reason for communication was because of them and that they often times felt like it would have been easier for them to not be around so their parents wouldn’t have to deal with each other anymore.

It really is sad that this is such a harsh reality of the world that we live in. It also makes me extremely grateful that I have such a wonderful family and I know that divorce doesn’t always need to be the answer. My parents are living proof that marriages can be happy and successful and that families really are happiest when we stick together.

Families CAN be together. We just have to work hard for that to happen.

 

My Classmates Blogs

Introduction

These are the blogs for all my classmates in my Family Relations class this semester. Feel free to follow along with their blogs as they will be discussing similar material to what I will be writing about.

Their Blogs

Austin Lee – http://kidsmyto.blogspot.com/

Becky Gietzen – https://prettyprettyirishp.wixsite.com/justlive

Kaylie Winninger – https://loveathome2017.wordpress.com/

Jordan Wolff – http://jordanwolffblog.wordpress.com

Rebecca Anderson – http://thafamilymatters.blogspot.com/

Anabel Vela – http://anabelvela.blogspot.com/

Megan Greenman – http://strengtheningfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/

Dillan Birch – https://ohanadrama2peculiarpeople.wordpress.com/

Kristen Helsing – https://bethefirstblue.wordpress.com/

Esther Deakin – http://familylifeadventure.weebly.com/

Madi Voyles – http://makingthefamilywork.blogspot.com/

Shad Geist – runsinmyfamily.wordpress.com

Shayla Bates – http://taketimetotalk.weebly.com/

Marissa Holtz – https://mycouchpotatoblog.wordpress.com/

Amanda McGuire – https://familiesare4everblog.wordpress.com/

Jacob Atwood – discoveringfamilyblog.wordpress.com

Sarah Black – http://boundtogetherforeternity.weebly.com/blog

Rocio Reyes – https://changingfamilies.wordpress.com/

Samuel Tarlton – http://mynewblogsamwise.blogspot.com/

Kristen Smith – http://smittyrocks17.blogspot.com/

Marc Burnside – https://thetruthaboutfamily.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/first-blog-post/

Brianna Murray – http://brimurray7551.weebly.com/blog

Sydney Barber – http://sydney800.blogspot.com/

Krystin Ulassin – https://futuremrsadamsblog.wordpress.com/

Kylie Clement – http://clemky.blogspot.com/

Jessica Curtis – https://peachesnprayers.wordpress.com/

Kali Machuca – staystrong23blog.wordpress.com

Julie Bingham – https://sharealittleloveblog.wordpress.com/

Rachel Adams – https://bayareamormon.wordpress.com/

Teigan Miller – https://teiganmiller.wordpress.com/

Becca Owen – https://beccaowenblog.wordpress.com/

Peyton Scow – familymatters531.wordpress.com

Alex Escobar – http://insidemymessycerebrum.blogspot.com/

Sadie Myers – https://letsbefrankaboutfamilies.wordpress.com/

Kaylie Winninger – https://loveathome2017.wordpress.com/about/

Jared Pierce – jaredwhatisfamily.blogspot.com

Alyssa Roberts – makefamilylifebetter.blogspot.com

Harmony Garfield – http://afamilyinharmony.weebly.com/

Ali Duncan – http://searchingformyforever.weebly.com/

Jordan Jewkes – http://jordansblogaboutnothing.blogspot.com/

Taylor Araujo – http://callmecrazyblamemyfam.blogspot.com/

 

Methods – Photography

Today I am going to be talking about a couple of different methods that I have learned in my Visual Design class so far. The things included will be Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, and Depth of Field. I will be posting pictures that include both my personal work and the works of others.

Rule of Thirds

Photo by Jason – http://abduzeedo.com/superb-rule-thirds-photography

Here we have a great example of Rule of Thirds. Rule of Thirds is something that was created to give pictures focal points for the natural eye to follow. The bird here has been shown to be in one of the cross hairs or in one of the main focal points. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the bird on the branch and instead of having the photo centered on the bird, we have a much more natural looking picture.

Photo by Kent Day

In my own personal photo you can see once again that the water tower is the focus of the picture but by placing it on one of the main focal points. You can once again see that by placing it in this position that it creates a much more natural photo and allows that scenery to be a compliment to the water tower.

Leading Lines

Photo by Gitte Stark – http://mashable.com/2013/08/06/leading-lines-photos/#jQbzuKJZFiqC

Leading Lines is one of my favorite methods in photography because it is something that really guides the viewers eyes. When we allow the natural lines of the world around us to be a guide in our photography then we create very natural and pleasant pictures for our viewers. The natural lines of the image really direct us into the main focal point of the picture. This one in particular is great because you can see how the bridge naturally guides the viewers eye to the end of the picture.

Photo by Kent Day

As you can see in my own personal photo, the lines of the road and telephone lines naturally guide the eye to the center of the picture. Leading Lines really is one of my favorite techniques in photography because it really creates interesting images and can be a really effective tool in guiding viewers eyes to what they are supposed to be viewing.

Depth of Field

Photo found at https://onextrapixel.com/30-examples-of-shallow-depth-of-field-photography/

My third and final method that I will be talking about is the Depth of Field method. This method in particular is very effective in showing distance and length. In the picture shown above you can really see the distance and length of the neck of the guitar to the hand that is strumming. It really creates the illusion and gives you a greater appreciation for the length of the guitar in the musicians hands.

Photo by Kent Day

As you can see here, there is a distance being shown between the two billiard balls placed on the table. Having the picture focused on the red ball has created the effect of distance between the two of them. It really is an effective method and really allows the photography to show a distance between the two of them.

Conclusion

In conclusion, all three of these methods really allow for great photography. They are things that I am glad to be learning because they have already improved my pictures greatly. When we utilize one or two or even all three of them in one photo they allow us to create natural pictures that are pleasing to the eye.

 

Car or Career? – Honda

Introduction

This is an advertisement that was run by Honda and it was a part of their “The Power of Dreams” campaign that they ran. The item that they are depicting in this current ad is that of the Honda Brio. I wasn’t able to find out who the designer was but I found the image on Google Images. The overall appeal of this ad has a lot to do with the typography that is being used. It jumps out at you and really catches your eye.

http://world.honda.com/pod/

Analysis

The first typography that is used in this ad is clearly of the Decorative variety. The reason being is that I would have no desire to read an entire book in this font. It is very well suited for what it is doing but it is not well suited for much else. You can definitely tell that it is trying to express the point of the ad and jump out and grab your attention. It is bright and fun and entertaining but I wouldn’t want to use this font for anything else.

The next typography would fall under the category of Sans Serif. The reason being because there are no sarifs found anywhere on the text. It is completely even throughout the text. The other thing that stands out to me is the fact that all of the text is mono weight and there is no thick/thin transition throughout any of the text. They are the same thickness throughout the entire sentence that is being used.

The elements that make the typography contrasting have a lot to do with the color and the architecture of the font itself. On the decorative font you have crazy colors and shapes and it is very different throughout the entire thing. They use different objects for some of the words and it really jumps out at you. Compare that to the Sans Serif font and you have a very professional and clean look. It is attractive because of the consistency throughout the entire thing. It is solid black and you can tell it is meant to be an afterthought but it is the second thing my eyes are drawn to.

Conclusion

Overall you can tell that the typography was the main point of this entire ad. It is the center part and really dominates everything while the car sits beneath it. They are hoping this catchy slogan will make you want to consider buying a Honda Brio or just buy a Honda vehicle in general. The color and everything from the Decorative typography really jump out and catch your eye and draws you into the advertisement. I really feel like this ad accomplishes what it wants while it invites everybody in and encourages us to check the ad out. On the google images page it was the first one that jumped out at me and I think that speaks a lot to how well the ad was designed.

 

The King – Witness Campaign (Nike)

This is an ad that Nike ran a couple years ago. They used the mantra “We Are All Witnesses” and used different athletes to show how we are witnessing history. This one in particular shows LeBron James during his years in Cleveland before he left for the Miami Heat. The ad was ran as LeBron James made his first appearance in The Finals.

The first thing I notice with this ad is the contrast used between the black background and the grayed out version of LeBron James. This provides a stark contrast while still allowing the viewers to see LeBron. The reason why this stands out to viewers is because of the feeling it provides. They are conveying a message that we are witnessing history and the grayed out version of LeBron with the black background really has the contrast that provides that feeling to viewers.

The repetition that I see throughout this ad is the muted coloring. I thought it was interesting how they decided on not using any color through out it but at the same time I think it made the entire ad really powerful. The lack of color that is repeated through the ad really conveys the history feeling that they are trying to get across to their audience.

The alignment that was used on this ad was a center alignment. I know the book talks about not using this very often because it is normally a weak thing to do but in this case I thought it was great. In this case it still shows the strength of the lines while still allowing the viewers to be drawn to the middle of the ad.

The proximity here is perfect. The reason being they have the words placed above his head in the exact way that the chalk would be up in the air during the pregame ritual that LeBron James is famous for. It also helps that they really only want the viewers to focus on two things. LeBron and the words above his head. If they had anything else then the ad would become cluttered.

Lastly the entire ad is void of color. Outside of the gray that they have LeBron James shown in. I really think this helps the ad though because it really shows the history aspect of the ad that I was talking about earlier in the post. They really wanted to show that we are witnessing history and I feel that the lack or color and the gray that it shows really illustrated that.

In conclusion I think the contrast, alignment, and color really allow this to be a successful ad. They want us to see that we are witnessing something great and from the lack of color and the everything else the ad incorporates, it allows us to see that we are witnessing history. All of this fits what Nike in general tries to show to their customers. They try to show that their gear is what will make them great. That if LeBron James is wearing Nike and doing these great things then you can do these things as well.