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Final DS106 Project: Coach Boone’s Back

COACH HERMAN BOONE (Remember the Titans, 2000)

August 1971
Coach Herman Boone stood on the edge on the field, pensively staring up at the chipped, yellow field goal post. The sun made his eyes burn, so he turned and strode confidently back to the bench.

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As a newly integrated, high school football team, the TC Williams Titans had little hope for a bright season. They could barely run a play without an argument ensuing, much less navigate a successful play. “We can do it,” he would say, but intolerance was prevailing. Coach was discouraged, but had thought of an idea to inspire his players.

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At first, the t-shirts seemed like an unpopular decision. But, something had to be done. He had hoped they would inspire his players, and therefore, inspire the other students as well. With a passionate and genuine appeal, Coach Boone managed to inspire the young men with an unforgettable post-work out speech.

Truly inspired by his courage and determination to unite the members of his team, an anonymous person created a website to honor Coach Boone. Was it a student? Was it a parent? Was it the principal? Was it the mayor?

Did it even matter?

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And united, they were.

Design Assignment #3: Six-Word Memoir


My Six-Word Memoir

It reflects back on a life experience I had with grief. Recently, I lost a friend who, with his age, had a variety of health problems. I symbolized this by the different colored cancer ribbons. He was an incredible man and neighbor that I had the pleasure of knowing for the past two years. What began as a neighborly friendship quickly developed into a valuable friendship. Despite our 75 year age difference, we talked almost every day about a variety of political, social, and daily conversational topics. He gave me invaluable life advice, and as a man who has seen and lived through so much, he was often right.

He passed away this past May. I miss him every day :(

My Process:

I used acrylic paint for this assignment. Then photographed my illustration and uploaded it to Flickr. Then I embedded the image into this post to fulfill the assignment.

Design Assignment #2: Motivational Poster

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My Motivational Poster

This photograph was taken by me on the best trip of my entire life: Australia! For almost three weeks, I backpacked with my best friend all over the southern part of the beautiful country. Our trip took up the large majority of my past winter break, in between the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. I have never felt more at peace and relaxed than I did while I was relaxing on the picturesque beaches of Sydney. Bondi Beach is something I will never forget. Simply looking at this picture gives me an aura of tranquility.

My Process:

I used a photograph that I took while I was in Sydney, Australia as the inspiration for my motivational poster. To insert the text onto the image, I used Fotor Photo Text, then cropped it into the size I desired. Lastly, I uploaded it to Flickr and embedded it into this post.

Design Assignment #1: One Story, Four Icons

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Try And Guess My Favorite Movie!

This movie and I go way, way back. All the way back to the year 2000. I was almost 9 years old at that time. The movie is based off a true story and is an incredible display of people of all races coming together during the difficult time of racial integration in schools all over the country, this movie focuses on one Virginia county’s story. It’s not all progress though, you are still able to witness a plethora of the tragedies happening in the south during that time. I have probably seen this movie close to 150 times. I know all the words, have the soundtrack downloaded to my iPod, and frequently make references to the film. I have so much more to say, but I don’t want to give it away.

Check back in a week for the answer. I’m very curious to see some of these guesses!

My Process:

I used an icon I found on the Noun Project and then several other icons from Google Images to illustrate my favorite movie. I lined the icons up one after another and saved the image. Then I uploaded it, and embedded it into this blog post.