My Personal Icons: Fashion


For my Visual Media course, I was asked to make icons. I decided to make icons of things that I enjoy and that I wouldn’t mind sharing with the world. The icons I made are a purse, skirt, shirt, and pants. I hope that you find them fun to look at and enjoy them almost as much as I do.

Target Audience

My target audience is women in their 20s. The clothing and purse are for those who want to dress up more formal. The style is also for the summer, as there are pants included in the clothing set. The clothing could be used professionally or just for certain events. I think that this design appeals to women in this audience because of the colors and patterns that were used. There is a lot of decoration on the clothing and it doesn’t look too young or too old.  As well, some of the items you can use in multiple seasons.


While making these icons I wanted them to have lots of different shapes. I believe that the different shapes can make all the difference  because they adds contrast to the icons. I specifically included straight lines because they make the icons look more neat and organized. And as you can see, there are straight lines in each icon that was made. Another design decision was adding circles. They make the appearance more fun and exciting. And also grab your attention.


For me, color is one of the most important elements of design. The blue/green color is my favorite and it was used to draw attention. This color is made me think of summer and it is also fresh like the water. The orange enhances the design because it’s goes well with the blue/green color. It is also very inviting and fun, just as the circles are. I also kept the white in the icons because it gives your eyes a rest and it also makes them look more elegant.


Thank you for taking the time to see my icon designs. Through doing this project I have learned the importance of creating your target audience first and then creating the product. Not only does it take 2 or 3 rough drafts, but it takes many hours in the making. Through diligence I have been able to see my work pay off. Even if it’s not perfect it’s important to see the progress that you can make. And through practice we can all improve.



Eating Gluten Free with Friends

Let’s face it, eating gluten free on your own can be a challenge, especially in the beginning. Once you think that you have mastered that skill you face another uphill battle, eating gluten free with your friends.


When I was first diagnosed with celiac, I never realized that eating with friends could be a potential issue. Now however, the moment I go to my friend’s house a cross-contamination alarm begins going off in my head. And yes, I most definitely panic every single time.


In hopes that I can get over this fear and help you get over this fear, I wanted to share some tips with you today. My first advice would be to tell people what you can eat, instead of saying what you can’t eat. They will be less confused and the task seems much simpler, they will also thank you in the long run.


According to you should, “Offer to bring a course with you.” They also recommended bringing your own meat and vegetables wrapped in tin foil to a BBQ so that you can avoid cross-contamination. When your friend does decide to make a dish for you, double check the ingredients yourself to make sure it’s safe. If you’re too worried about the gluten free aspect of it all, just host a party at your own home. This will be less stressful for you and your friends. Above all, remember that your health is more important than pleasing someone. You can be grateful, without having to harm your body.

Making My Own Magazine Cover and Spread

Cover Photo



Why A Magazine?

Currently, I’m taking a Visual Media course and we were asked to make a magazine cover and spread. I had the option to choose a talk or news article from either or I chose the talk from President Thomas S. Monson from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. This talk is on the importance of decision making and it is my hope that it leaves others with a sense of peace and direction.

Target Audience

The audience that I am targeting with this magazine are university students in their 20s. The reason I chose this group of people is because I can relate easily, since I am in that age range. As well, I wanted to give them a sense of peace that everything will work out. It’s a stressful time, full of making big decisions and I want them to know that they can do it.

Color and Typography

I chose yellow for my main color because it makes you feel happy and at peace. I also added purple and green because it makes the article lively and grabs your attention as well as having a good contrast. As far as the typography goes, I liked using sans-serif and serif type fonts. I think that they fit well together because they give you a contrast while still looking crisp and clean. Even with all the fun elements, I wanted the magazine cover to still look neat and professional.


I did three separate sketches for this project and what it really came down to was that I didn’t want an overload of information on a page. I wanted an image on the first page because images draw more people to an object than words do, in my opinion. I also wanted to leave with a photograph so that people would keep that final image in their minds. The quote in the middle is the thought that I wanted to be remembered the most.


I chose flowers to be the first photograph you see, because I know that flowers can make many people very happy. As well, flowers can bring anyone a sense of peace. The second photograph is a building on the BYU-Idaho campus. I really like this building because it looks similar to LDS temples and it is just a great building to look at. When I saw it from afar I also got a sense of peace. With peace being the theme of my magazine I thought it fit perfectly.

Taken by Me

Taken by Me

My Symptoms of Celiac

The interesting thing about celiac disease is that it affects people of all ages. And just as the ages vary, the symptoms of celiac can vary as well.

I want to share with you my personal symptoms and direct you to if you want a more thorough list of symptoms.

For me personally, I experienced a lot of upper stomach pain. My stomach would become rock solid when I ate certain foods. And it would stay that way for at least an hour.  I also experienced anxiety going to class every day. I would be nervous just to enter the room, even though there was nothing threatening about the class. And oddly enough, the anxiety of entering a classroom didn’t start until that school year.

The most prevalent sign that I have noticed though, is fatigue. I would come home from school every day and take at least a 30-minute nap. I couldn’t do homework or anything else until I had a nap, even though I was sleeping 7-8 hours every night.

According to, teens with celiac disease might not show signs or symptoms of celiac until they are in a stressful time. I agree with this statement 100%. I was in my senior year of high school when I was diagnosed and it was a high-stress time of my life.

A few more signs that I think are super important to look out for are: bloating, itchy skin, irritability, and depression. Feel free to share these symptoms and look at the website so that you and your friends can benefit from it.

How it All Began

Hi, my name is Hollie Buys. I’m a full- time college student who enjoys people watching, eating food and watching football. I decided to make this blog to share with you the adventures of having celiac disease and being forced into the gluten free diet.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Or in other words, flour. It is the substance that holds food together. You can find it in most packaged food and is used as a filler.

You’re probably wondering-what is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. Every time that gluten is consumed, it attacks the lining of the small intestine making it difficult to absorb nutrients. The only way to treat this condition, is to go off of gluten for the rest of your life, to live gluten-free.

According to, this disease affects every 1 in 100 people. And those who have a first-degree relative (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac. This, is where I come in. I come from a family where there are three of us who have celiac. My sister found out first and then my mom found out a few months after her.

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012, senior year. I had been complaining of stomach pain and we truly thought it was lactose intolerance. My mom and sister had found out the year before, but we hadn’t even thought of checking to see if I had it. After several doctors’ visits they decided to do a blood test for celiac. I thought that I surely didn’t have it, but I let them do the test anyway.

When the results came back positive a week later I was in shock. Right when we got the call I had fully stocked up on Korean roman noodles. As I found out, I looked down sadly at my food. And yes, I had one more bag of roman noodles for the last time.

Three Crucial Photography Principles

Below are examples of rule of thirds, leading lines, and depth of field. I wanted to take the time to show you some professional examples. As well, I will show you some photographs I took on my own that follow these three principles.

rule of thirds example original

Rule of Thirds

This photograph comes from the amateur website. I was unable to find out who the photographer was. The photographers name says “Amateur Photographer.” There is also no photograph included with that name. Here is the link for the website:

rule of thirds final example

This is the draw over I did for the example of rule of thirds. I think they did an excellent job at following the rule of thirds. You can see that the tree is the focal point of the photograph. The top horizontal line and the bottom horizontal line both intersect with the tree. As well, the second vertical line to the right covers the whole tree.

My example:

my rule of thirds final

I think that my photograph relates to the example because it is of nature. As well, the focal point I aimed for was the tree, just like in the original example. The difference in this one, is that the green bush on the right is also in the focal point. I wasn’t thinking of having just one particular emphasis, but a few. I think it’s a good example because your eyes automatically are drawn to the tree just as the are in the professional photo.

leading lines original example

Leading Lines

This photograph comes from the Bump Photography Lessons website. There are no specific names used in reference to who the photographer is. However, the people that own this website have another website titled They are also creators of The Knot and The Nest. Here is the link:

leading lines final example

The photographer did a great job at using the principle of leading lines. I highlighted the most obvious example of leading lines, however there are still more examples of it in the photograph. The structure of the bridge draws your eyes from the bottom of the picture, out to the light where you can’t see anything. The tops of the bridge also draw your eyes straight and forward. I think what really helps too is that the way the photograph was taken, you can’t see anything but the bridge. With this affect of only seeing the bridge, you are completely drawn into it.

My example:

my leading lines edit

For my example I wanted to use leading lines that were man made. As you look at the bottom of the stairs, your attention is drawn to the University Store. I think it’s a good example of leading lines because it draws your attention up and forward. Even though the photographs aren’t exactly the same, they still share the same purpose.

depth of field original example

Depth of Field

This photo, showing the principle of depth of field comes from a website that’s run by two people. Their names are Syed Balkhi and Thomas Griffin. Syed is the CEO and Thomas is the CTO of Envira Gallery. Their website is called Envira Gallery and that’s where this photograph comes from.  I wasn’t able to find the name of the photographers mentioned, it just shared Syed and Thomas’ names. Below is the link:

depth of field final example

All of this orange showcases the area that is blurred. I found it interesting that not only is the background blurred but also the foreground. It’s a fantastic affect, because it truly makes you focus on the pile of rocks and the middle area right next to it. The rocks are very clear and in focus.

My example: 

my depth of field final

Even though I couldn’t take a photograph close to the beach with nice rocks, I tried to mimic the closeness of the object of focus. I like how this cup is in the center and the whole table is a light creme color. The front of the photograph is more blurred and as you continue towards the chairs it becomes more in focus. Although you can see the chairs better than the front of the picture, it is still blurry enough to make your eyes go to the mug.


Thank you for taking the time to see my examples of leading lines, depth of field, and rule of thirds. As you can see, there are many different ways that these principles can be applied in photographs. Leading lines gives you good contrast, rule of thirds draws your eyes to specific elements in the photo, and depth of field keeps you focused on one specific area. Finally, using these principles adds a much more crisp, clean, and  focused photograph.


Typography Done Well

Week 2 image

This image comes from the website It is a quote by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson in the April 2015 General Conference held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Sister Oscarsons talk was entitled “Defenders of the Family Proclamation.” Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson is the Young Women General President of the church. Below is the link for the image:

categories of typefaces

Above you can see the blue highlighted area. The typeface that the word “Mission” uses is sans serif. Sans serif was used because there isn’t a transition of strokes and all the letters have the same weight. Even though they are all capitalized you can notice that there’s no thick/thin line difference.

The yellow area in this image is slab serif font. Although the size of the font is smaller, you can recognize the horizontal slabs on each letter. These letters, just like sans serif have no thick/thin transition.

elements of typefaces

The first contrast I wanted to mention is the size. I identified the size difference by underlining the word “Mission” in pink. Size plays a major role in this image because it wants you to focus on the word “Mission” It is drastically larger than the rest of the text and stands out majorly. Whereas, when you look at the paragraph of the text the size is significantly smaller. Then your eyes wander down to the name who quoted the text and her name is even smaller. These different sizes show levels of importance.

Structure is the second element I wanted to talk about. The structure of the yellow area is where we will be looking at. The words in that area of the image have different emphasis on the top and bottom of certain letters.  I’ve noticed with this particular one that they have a horizontal curve. The difference of the word mission at the top is that it has no horizontal or vertical curve they’re all the same.

An example of weight is in the orange highlighted area. I underlined that word specifically because there is no bold applied to it and it is extremely light. Weight is not determined by heaviness, but also the in-betweens and opposites. The light shade goes well with the word “mission” since they are polar opposites.

Form is the final section I’d like to talk about. I indicated form by using the color green above. Looking at the letter “I” it has the exact same form or shape that the rest of the sentence does. Comparing this letter to the paragraph below, it has many differences. All the letters in the paragraph have different form and differ between upper and lowercase. The word at the top though is all uppercase and the form is the same.


After looking through the different aspects of typography you recognize that all aspects add a special part to the image. The different typefaces keep you interested in what you’re reading and adds uniqueness. Size contributes to the design by adding white space and making the design look more neat. Structure gives you a design that looks neat and professional. Whereas weight makes the image more personable and adds character. And lastly, form gives you the ability to make the design exactly how you’d like it to be pertaining to the purpose of the image.

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Great Media Design

follow him

This picture comes from and is from the October 2014 General Conference. It is a photograph of Christ and his apostles. The quote comes from Elder Eduardo Gavarret. Below is the link to this photograph.



The major contrast I noticed in this photograph was the letters. The words “Follow Him” are significantly bigger than the rest of the words. Those words are the main focus of this quote. The other thing that is important to notice is the color of #LDSConf that is significantly brighter than the white words.



The repetition noted is the font style. Even though the sizes of the letters change, the type of font that they used stays the same throughout. You can also notice that white is the main color used throughout.



When they were making this they did a really food job at making the lines even on both sides. The interesting thing about the alignment is that it draws your eyes down and back up again. Through the excellent alignment you can notice that their intention was for your eyes to look up to the people walking.



There are a few examples of proximity here. The one that I first recognized while looking at the picture is that the three people are paired very close together. You know that they are close because they are walking together. The other implication of proximity is that the quote is all together without spaces.



I thought the clothing choice was interesting. I think this is a good example of hue, tone, and shade. The outfits compliment each other very well based off of the colors that were chosen.


From looking at the design principles I have learned that it is necessary to have each principle in the design. Your product may look nice, but adding color principles and even just contrast make the biggest difference. Proximity helps us recognize that text or photographs are related and need to be recognized together. Alignment is essential because it makes the design look nice and you have the desire to read it. Finally, repetition helps because you recognize that the designs are related and not separate.

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Class Notes Summary: December 8, 2016 How to Get From Here to There/Brother Warnick

The unique thing about working in Communications is that there are several different ways to communicate my ideas. The main job I’ll do as a Communication Major will be by telling stories to an audience. If there is no audience, then I don’t have a job and therefore have nothing to do. The key is constantly building my audience. I also have to be able to become informed with new technologies and procedures.

Class Notes Summary:December 1, 2016 Ethics-Plagiarism-Copyright/Shane Cole

Today in class I learned that ethics are what we believe to be right or wrong through our own reasoning. If we know what we value then we will be able to discern between right and wrong. I’ll need to have these ethics in the work force everyday. As well, an important aspect that relates to ethics is copyright. Copyright is the original work of the author that’s in a tangible form. There are 6 different rights of the copyright holder. These 6 rights are: reproduction, distribution, public performance, public display, derivative works, and moral rights.