Website Image


An image for a poster, that I previously purchased, on Amazon.

This image sits right behind my bed in my dorm room.  The reason I appreciate this poster so dearly is because it combines numerous different facets.  The first is that it combines on of my favorite movie series, Star Wars, and my interest in politics.  This image, clearly, is a play-on to the historic Uncle Sam “Your Country Needs You” wartime poster.  In addition, Star Wars is a notably famous comic series that directly relates to the comic themes of our English class.

When I was younger, Star wars was always my preferred movie series. When I was younger, I used to hate Darth Vader because I saw him as the hated villain.  However, in the past three years, I have started to appreciate him as a character more.   He is such a dynamic and conflicted character that I feel like we all can identify with.

Sketch 1: Avatar

Due: 1/28

Tag: sk1


  • Very basic photo editing
  • Introduction to the concept of Creative Commons
  • Uploading and publishing to your new WordPress site
  • Visual images as representations of complex conceptual topics


Once you’ve created your web site, you need an image to represent yourself and/or your site for the class: an avatar. Your avatar can be whatever you want it be but try to create something that both reflects your personality and speaks to the topic for this class in some way.

Start by choosing one or more of your own photos as the basis of the avatar, drawing something yourself and scanning it, or finding one or more CC-licensed images on Flickr that you can modify. Make certain to keep a note for yourself of the URL for the photos you use if they are not your own.

Crop and otherwise edit the photo(s) in a photo editing application (like Photoshop or PicMonkey or Pixlr). You can create a layered or collage effect, if you’d like. Add your name on your badge in such a way that it’s legible. You might also include your domain URL, but that’s not required.

Your final badge should be square and at least 512 pixels wide and high.


When you’re done, you’ll need to put the image two places, with an optional third:


Load the badge into your Media Library and publish it to your site in a blog post.

Screenshot of the WordPress post editor, highlighting the tags area of the dashboard.

Screenshot: tags area of the dashboard.

Include information and links in the post about the source(s) for images included in your badge.

Write a paragraph or two about why you chose those images, what aspects of yourself and your interests are represented in your badge, and/or what difficulties you faced in creating the badge.

Please tag your post with the tag “sk1,” plus with any additional tags that you think are appropriate.


Go into your dashboard to Appearance > Customize > Site Identity. Load the image as your site icon.


If you do not already have a gravatar, create a gravatar account and load your avatar there. From then on, your avatar will show up as your picture when you leave comments here and on other students’ sites.