So, I’ve recently delved into the world of Tumblr, and I have to say, it’s honestly pretty cool. The website itself gives the user a lot of freedom and flexibility to play around with different layouts, fonts, backgrounds and options for visual consumption. It’s been really awesome for me to see different examples of various companies and users that utilize the platform for such different uses, but no matter what the use, the individuals employed the website to serve each of their varying needs, and it seemed to serve them quite well. Through my exploration of tumblr, I was able to come up with four different storyboards for possibilities of the layout of my “Humors of Ann Arbor” page. (I’ve attached them at the bottom of this post.) The best way for me to see what I liked and didn’t like, was to upload some sample photos and play around with testing different layouts. After about an hour and a half of toying around, I narrowed my picks down to four viable options. Each layout offers something a little bit different, and I think I would be happy going with any of them. Another nice thing about tumblr is that if I decide to change my layout after taking and uploading all of the photos for my project, I can. It won’t edit the content- it just changes the layout of it.
I also started playing around with Photoshop and looking at the photo editing capabilities of the software. Honestly, Photoshop can do so many things, but it’s almost because it can do so much, I feel like I can’t do as much with it as I would be able to do with a simpler editing system. I wish (and I am eventually planning to) take some courses on Photoshop to learn its ins and outs, but as of now it’s a bit frustrating trying to create things in the software that end up looking pretty bad, when I know it has the capability to make them look amazing. Hopefully, through some work I do with this project, I’ll be able to figure out and explore more of what it has to offer. I’m sure I can learn as go a bit, but I definitely think taking courses on Photoshop would be the most effective way to come close to utilizing the software for all it really can do. I’m excited to continue both tumblr and Photoshop as I make my way through my remediation project. I’m resentfully thankful that this class is here to push me to look at two things I’m super unfamiliar (and pretty uncomfortable) with 🙂