Create a Magazine Cover Tutorial

Have you ever been drawn towards the magazine section because of the beautiful layouts of the covers? Well, here’s your chance to create an eye-pleasing magazine cover about a subject that interests you! Create a magazine cover about fashion, cars, photography, cooking, etc. Create your main issue article as well as one or two other […]

Sound Effects Story Tutorial

Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds. Another example (by a UMW student): Sound Effects Story (4 stars) I created another sound effects story for […]

New But Simple Logo Tutorial

As designers are shfiting towards the KISS – Keep it simple stupid formula and creating Logos that are super simple and easy to understand. I want a something challenging Logo that is simple yet detailed. I know it is hard to a achieve but not impossible. You can use logo generator tools like or Create […]

Week 5

This week was spent in wondering how to incorporate everything I’ve learned into one project, but I think I was able to do my final post well! I talked about my process behind the media in my final project… and I reflected on these 5 weeks; my wins, fails, and feelings… I’m feeling super grateful […]

Final Reflection

Over the past 5 weeks, I have grown as a student, storyteller, and human. Because the articles I’ve read and the assignments I’ve done, I have been influenced in the way that I look at different forms of media and how they are involved in telling stories. I have learned how to tell stories in […]

#1: Introduction


Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Hello, and welcome to my blog! My name is Erica Banks and I’m a senior at the University of Mary Washington! This blog is specifically for one of my classes: History of Mental Health in the U.S. Please stay tuned for more blog posts and things!