The Return of the MaNOIRpulators

As the name of the post suggests, I, Sylvia Stone, and my fellow MaNOIRpulators: Edie Waz, Margaret Pinualt, and Jewel James will be returning to make a debut once again! We are all very excited about this decision to reconnect and hope we can woo the DS106 world once again with our charm. Let’s be honest here, the digital world would not be the same without a group of strong minded women as part of it’s backbone. Can’t wait to tackle the world, the digital world that is, with my girls once again!

Radio Listen, Take Two

This week for the radio show listen along, I listened to both Noir at Night and Silk Road. I know we’re technically only supposed to discuss one of them but I feel really compelled to discuss both of them because after all I did listen to BOTH OF THEM! :)

For Noir at Night, I thought the concept was really interested. For example, the way they talked about how something was Noir then did a trailer to prove their point. I thought that was very different from the other shows I had heard and it was definitely a killer concept. Only thing I would recommend for this show, which I think it was brought up a few times during the tweet-a-long, is to make sure you dig deeper into why something is Noir and what elements made it so! Otherwise, I thought it was a really cool concept and I though sound wise it was executed well!Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 12.35.16 PM

For Silk Road, I thought the story line was wonderful and their were some seriously awesome sound effects used to execute the scenes. The sound effects made it seem like you were actually there and you could feel the sounds as if they were in the room next to you! I was really impressed with how well they had the voices meshing together at the same decibel level. I was really impressed overall with this show, kudos to the creators! :)

Beau to Our Cat – Amy Faghella

This post was Amy doing an video assignment for her noir character dossier. 

Amy’s post inspired me to work on my video editing. I thought the way she made the video from different scene in a tv show come together to create a single story line to mesh with her noir character was really clever and it worked. I thought this was amazing and flawlessly done.

Wanna Watch My Dog Hump Me – Emily Bostaph

Wanna watch my dog hump me for her daily create about things that scare Emily!

So even thought this wasn’t exactly what the assignment asked for, I thought it was freaking hilarious. This girl reminds me of a stand up comedian and how she came up with some of these things was beyond my realm of comprehension but it definitely made for entertainment value. This was by far one of the most clever and hilarious things I’ve watched through DS106.

This inspired me to think more outside of the box and what the assignment is asking to make it more enticing and creative.

Poetry & DNA – July Laszakovits

One of my inspirations is a poetry reading on DNA by July Laszakovits! July’s work on this inspired me because it incorporated both her noir character and herself (because she’s a science major) into her poetry. I really liked how she was able to incorporate the ways of the DNA through her poetry and you can tell that she has a lot of knowledge on the subject. Being the huge science nerd I am, I really enjoyed the subject of this and I thought her execution was phenomenal. This helped me think outside of the box!

Yeah I Can Rap – Tiffany Yowell


Tiffany’s “Yeah I can Rap” blog was amazing for one of the audio assignments. It was crazy creative and it really allowed her to give insight on her character. One of the things that stood out to me about her rap was how much effort she put into making the script, creating the background audio, and just doing the rapping itself. I thought it took guts to actually rap for everyone to hear but she totally did it and I give her a lot of kudos for that! Way to go Tiffany, you inspired me to break free of my shell and take the leap to do things that I wouldn’t normal do. Thank you!


When reading Vignelli’s book on design, one thing that really stood out to me was his idea that the artwork should speak for itself.  Thus, the piece should not need any explanation because it would leave the person more confused than just the admiration of the art itself.

“[if] no one understands the result, or the meaning of all that effort, the entire work is useless. Sometimes it may need some explanation but it is better when not necessary. Any artifact should stand by itself in all its clarity.”

I thought this point was very helpful especially when thinking about the types of things I want to capture for the design portion. Also, this includes his idea of timelessness, he wants designs to last forever and be understood forever without complication. I think the idea of timelessness is intriguing and it something really to strive for. He also emphasizes the necessity to be simple and elegant when creating designs, thus ensuring that there is timelessness for the design.

His opinion on ambiguity was very eye opening, it took a different perspective on something that does not have much there and can be interpreted in different ways. I like that he shed an optimistic light on it and made it to be a positive thing that could be interpreted in multiple ways.

“I have a positive interpretation of ambiguity, intended as a plurality of meanings, or the ability of conferring to an object or a design, the possibility of being read in different ways – each one complementary to the other to enrich the subject and give more depth.”

My favorite thing about the reading was that Vignelli takes simple things and alters them to create design, for example his idea that white space is the biggest thing when it comes writing because it creates the design. He takes everything into account and makes sure the colors, font size, alignment, lighting, sizing, and more are brought into account before beginning his design process. It is much more than just finding something and shooting it or typing up papers without any change to the font. Design is the driving force to intrigue people and capture attentions, which is seen through the logos.