For the final week of Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights for 2019, I am mixing things up and transitioning to a new format for the new year. I took a serious look at how long I was spending each day on this project, and while I really enjoy it, I finally realized that I need to be smarter with my time. So, here is what is changing: all five quotes will be posted at the same time. I am trying to determine what the "best" time for posting is. Right now I am trying to decide between Friday afternoon or Monday morning. With all all that being said, let's go boldly go forward with five quotes about DARE.
Ever since visiting the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the landing of InSight on Mars as part of the NASA Social, I have been in love with this quote from Theodore Roosevelt. JPL uses this as their motto, and I think that it is an important reminder for us, our students, and for any one who wants to do something that is new and different. I created a speech bubble using the drawing tool in Keynote. I wanted to compress the quote into a smaller space rather than having the eye wander back and forth across a wide landscape. I created line breaks to create the best rhythm when reading. This is probably one of the most photographed slides that I have ever designed. As soon as it goes on the screen, I see people grab their phones to take a picture. As far as slide design goes, it is just about as simple and clean as you can get.
Here Helen Keller offers us an interesting either or proposition for a life well lived. This image comes from Pixabay and shows how using free stock images can create compelling visuals that have an emotional impact. I wanted to make use of all of the negative space offered in this image and let the woman leaping really be the focus of the slide. The color picker allowed me to bring the orange background into the signature line.
This quote from Bobby Kennedy fits well with the dare theme and with the importance of failure. I love this image as we see Kennedy speaking to a sea of people. There is a lot to be curious about in this image. What is going on with those people standing on the wires in the background? Consider the looks on the people's faces? What do you think that they are thinking. This slide makes use of one of my favorite fonts, Impact Label. The only thing that I don't like about this font is that you really need to insert a white text box behind it for it to work properly.
This slide is my favorite of this week's batch. This photo is of the Salk Institute in San Diego, California designed by Louis Kahn which is on my bucket list of architectural wonders to see. I tried to figure out where to situate the quote. The natural tendency would be to put in in the sky space or to center it in the courtyard. After trying several different ways, I decided to let the center stream create a divide and use the angle to fill the quote. I think that it works much better this way and creates a visual interest.
I close out this year of quotes with one final one from Walt Disney. I wanted to keep Walt's four simple plans for success as simple as possible. Black and white with a splash of red is always my go to when it comes to design. Also, if you add a bit of yellow here, then you would also have the colors of Mickey Mouse. Thanks for reading. I will be back in 2020 with many more slides and quotes to share.