Author: Titi

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What’s in my bag?

(Depicted from top left to bottom right): White crochet tote bag with blue and yellow daisies (last known worn date: September 1st), dark blue Sony headphones, black wireless mouse, light blue Pochacco lanyard with room keys and anime keychains (it was a phase), black umbrella, iPad Air (turned on to prevent seeing my silhouette), and basic composition notebook.

This picture is a bit of a lie.

My actual backpack that I wear everyday is worn out, bulky, and chock full of random items I couldn’t be bothered to pick out. Instead, this image, with its cutesy tote bag and fairly simplistic line-up of objects, is representative of who I want to be. I want to be that cutesy, organized girl on campus who has everything in order. I wish I could afford more minimalist set, with neutrals and pastel-colored pieces, but, like many frugal students, we’re stuck hoping our relatively cheaper items can help us mask, if only a bit, as the person we want to be.

This piece isn’t writing, but it is telling a story. Writing is exclusively for text, but to create works like this, one needs to incorporate a variety of disciplines, such as camerawork, digital design, and digital literacy. I am not a fan of the idea that stories have to be “written.” The oldest stories within human history were oral. Hand gestures and body movements are “languages” still used today to convey intent across different language-speakers. Representation of self should not be limited to languages not everyone can speak.

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New Avatar Drop?

Puffishing? Sure, it sounds weird at first; after all, what do fish have to do with writing?

Oddly enough, it came from a mixture of Instagram and my high school fashion class. Levi Prewitt (@levitzo on IG) was one of my greatest inspirations for art as a kid. His beautiful brush strokes and simple, yet impactful compositions enthralled me as a young artist and helped me develop skills in caricatures and color theory. Later on, in high school, one of our projects was to design a print pattern. After scrolling through social media, his unique design of a leather jacket-clad pufferfish struck my eye. I recreated elements of his design by adding spike-like patterns to a denim jacket with a hand-painted pufferfish lady on the back. It was the sickest thing I had ever created.

I still have the jacket to this day and I view it as a mark of being able to take inspiration while maintaining one’s own personal quality. However, transitioning the design into a URL (many iterations were already taken) into a website was a challenge. One of the largest obstacles was how to incorporate my name into the design while keeping the favicon fairly simple and readable. As a result, the avatar is an incredible simplification of my abilities with the first “T” altered into the fish hook.

Truth be told, I’ll probably change this favicon in due time. But for now, a less sick, more cutesy little pufferfish will swim along to another hook.