Map of Moodle

Tonight I give you my finished version of a Moodle Map. This time drawn on paper. I’m fairly happy with it, for now. If I were to recreate it again, I would firstly go searching for my circle template ruler. Because I can’t seem to make perfect circles when tracing around bowls and bottle caps. Secondly, I would experiment with less cartoony icons, even though these represent what I wanted. And lastly, I would sketch out the placements for the words and icons before inking them, instead of eyeballing the positioning.

I’ve drawn some inspiration from a few items in my two favorite book series, His Dark Materials (P.Pullman) and Harry Potter (J.K.Rowling).
These being Lyra’s Alethiometer in Northern Lights, and the Weasley family’s grandfather clock (Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire) and I’ve also gotten some inspiration from Art Noveau style.

Materials used:

  • sketched with a mechanical pencil 0.3
  • inked with black drawing pen 07 and 03
  • colored and outlined with a selection of fineliners
  • some details in metallic colored pencil
  • bold outlines with a golden Sharpie
My moodle map. Plays on the look of compasses, barometers and clocks.

Thinking Process • Moodle Map

One of the tasks to do, is about making my own map of the Moodle site. First obvious thought is to make a traditional map, but when the requirements says to think outside the box, that’s not an option.

I thought about making a shop-style overview, where each section of Moodle would be represented by a row of shelves. However, that’s not how I look at the page. So instead I have moved on to defining how I use it.

I’ve visualized the starting point, the dashboard, as the center hub. And from there, I can go in any direction to find the different sections. Do I want the forums? Do I want to look at the schedule? Or maybe look for the recommended reading list?

I’ve visualized my ideas digitally for now, and will do the final version on paper. My current sketches are displayed below.

Gets random idea while writing blogpost: Perhaps I could go for a compass or barometer style look?

Setting the Foundation

Today, I started creating this blog, which is supposed to become a Reflective Journal, and it will be used for keeping track of my progress in the online Graphic Design course at Noroff.
I have used WordPress a little bit before, but never on a daily basis. So I was familiar with the look of the WordPress editor.

The first step was choosing a title for the blog. I thought of a few names and ended up choosing The Artistic Journey of Guro W. Gjære • A reflective journal

Next up, I wanted the blog to look nice, and tried on a couple of different themes. I ended up using the Hexa theme by Automattic. I played around with changing the colors and fonts, and decided to keep the original theme colors for now.

Then there was content. As this place is meant to function as a blog, I wanted to keep that as the main focus. Later, I can add secondary pages for special projects, or maybe a gallery page and about page.

I also included links to some of my Social Media pages. These can be found by clicking the heart icon next to the hamburger menu (A “hamburger menu” is the 3 lines which indicates a website’s menu).

The Journey Begins

I’m Guro, and this is my first post in this reflective journal.

So let me introduce myself!
I’m Guro and I’m 29 years old. I live in Molde, but my heart lives in Oslo, where I lived and studied from 2012 to 2017.
I have always been into creative hobbies.

  • I have 2 years of Interior Design education, a bit of Interactive Design and a year of fashion and sewing.
  • In 2018, I made a stack of tea towels, using my mother’s loom.
  • I know how to make a basic website, using HTML and CSS.
  • I have a passion for Minecraft and The Sims-games, in which I usually focus on making things look nice and decorative.
  • I currently own 17 different coloring books (for grown-ups).
  • In the recent months, I’ve also taken an interest to watercolor painting.
  • I started playing with digital design when I was about 13-14, when MSN groups was popular and everyone was making their own layouts. I started out using Paint Shop Pro, but transcended to Adobe Photoshop a couple of years later.
  • I’ve been experimenting with Adobe Illustrator a while, but decided to kick into another gear over Christmas, and have seen my skills improve since then.

I wanted to study graphic design, because I would like to gain proper skills and knowledge that might be difficult to acquire by myself. Getting this education might also open up new job opportunities at companies that look for employees with a formal education.

self-portrait illustration