The Happiest Place

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The Happiest Place Triptych

The Happiest Place

Walt Disney has slowly invaded many aspects of our lives. As children, we watch the Walt Disney films and grow close to the magic of the stories. Our families take us to visit the theme parks, and we experience the happiness first-hand. But The Walt Disney Co. does not let go of us after we become adults. They own the network television station ABC, a provider of news and primetime entertainment. There reach has also extended itself to sports. ESPN and Sports Center all fall under The Walt Disney Company. Everywhere we turn Disney influences us.

A significant way that Disney influences us is by defining our idea of “happily ever after.” As children we are exposed to this idea that in the end the hero(ine) will save the day and all will be perfect. A child might cry at the conflict of a new Disney movie, but the mother can without a doubt comfort the child and say the film will have a happy ending. Even visiting Disneyland reinforces this idea of happiness, as the tagline for the park is “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

Through this triptych I created for my Digital Art Class, I want to show the world from the smallest picture of an atom to the larger picture of our solar system as completely a part of Disney. This infiltration of Disney into the art is to reflect upon all the little ways that Disney is a part of our lives. The piece is created from deconstructed logos that are a part of The Walt Disney Company to again express the expansive of the company. The middle board serves to bring the two outer boards together by expressing the idea that Disney is “the happiest place,” therefore a world so inundated by Disney should be the happiest place.

Women’s Soccer Spring Season 2012

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Elon Women's Soccer 2012 Spring ScheduleI recently wrote a sports feature for the Pendulum about the upcoming spring season for the women’s soccer team. While soccer is a fall sport, each year the women play a five day season in the spring. You can read the article at The Pendulum’s website. I also designed a graphic of the spring schedule that ran in the print version of the paper. I included the color version of the graphic in this post.

Digital Art Stickers

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My recent assignment for my digital art class was to create a sticker that exemplified some of the things that I like. I created two different stickers that expressed my interest in photography, music and reading. My first design was mainly blue, because I love that color. It incorporated an A for my name with small music notes and a book within the lens of the camera. This design is very clean and elegant. My second design was based on the idea that music is elegant is orderly, but at the same time brings color and fluidity. I decided to distribute my stickers by putting them on balloons and letting the balloons go. The event is documented on my Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/amandalbender.

Amanda L. Bender, Digital Art, Elon University

In class, we created personal tags. My tag combined photography, reading, music and my initial.

North Carolina College Media Association Award

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I am honored to have placed first in design at the NCCMA 2012 individual awards for small colleges. For more information about winners from Elon University, visit Elon’s E-Net. To see my design that was submitted for the award, visit The Pendulum’s Issuu and turn to page 17 for the sport’s insert.

This week in the Pendulum…

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This week at the Pendulum it was Halloween! One of my main responsibilities this week was designing The Swing Ad on page 2 in addition to an infographic for The Swing on page 8. I also designed page 13 and the Diwali story. Check out the entire paper on Issuu.

The Pendulum – October 26

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This week I designed the teaser at the top of Page 1, including the logo for The Swing (the Pendulum’s new webcast). On page 14, I designed the headline for the Woods of Terror article, as well as the advertisement for The Swing at the bottom of the page. I also stylized the One on One Sports headline on page 20. You can read the entire paper and view the design on The Pendulum’s Issuu.