You’ll post five blogs over the course of the semester, which you’ll also include in your final portfolio. You may also include images and other multimedia as well. Entries are worth 20 points each. There are six blog opportunities. You can skip one, do six and drop your lowest grade, or do all for extra credit. All blogs are due at 11:59 pm on the due date.
For each of your entries, select a Title, as well as a Category and some Tags. Create a few logical categories for your entries. Tag your entry as your see fit: just pick a couple of keywords (say, “pilot” or “signage” or “tennis” depending on your content.) When you’re done creating a post, click Publish. All of your images should be original unless the instructions call for existing images. If you use any image or text that you did not create, you should provide source information.
Your entries will be evaluated on whether you followed the instructions, wrote a “complete” entry (one that makes sense on its own as a singular piece of writing), employed college-level writing (appropriate vocabulary, style, and tone), and posted an entry relatively free of grammatical error. Fragments are fine if used for effect. Not as errors. Take poetic license but do not write sloppily. Write how you feel using concrete language, be creative, make unlikely connections, have no fear.
While you are not required to post a specific number of comments to other students’ blogs, you should read your classmates’ work. Providing feedback and actively engaging with other students will contribute to your professionalism grade.
Worth 100 points.
Here are your blog assignments. Check the schedule for due dates. We will discuss each of them in detail, and you will have some time to work on them during class.
Blog 1 – We will work on this in class. After I have approved your registration, log in with your WordPress.com account. You will now see a tool toolbar at the top of the page. Click on My Blog | New Post. Use this post to briefly introduce yourself to the class. For your first entry, create and choose the category “Introduction.” Take a photo in class that represents something of how you want to portray yourself to this audience, or you can use one of your existing images online (something of your own). The image does not have to be of yourself, though it should reflect something of your identity. Include the image in your post and play around with layout. Post your blog to your new WordPress site.
Blog 2 – Photograph three examples of poor signage or other visual communication. Post a blog that describes where you found these displays and how you would improve them. This requires your original images. (The idea is to explore and analyze real examples of visual communication.)
Blog 3 – For this blog, you will need to create an image file (.JPG or other image extension). It would be a good idea to use a photo or image editing program such as Illustrator or Photoshop, though you can use whatever program you’d like. Set your name in four different typefaces including two serifs and two san serif faces. Take the unique characteristics of the typeface in terms of letterform, weight, texture and spacing as it relates to the uniqueness of your name and/or personality into account. Alter spacing and move the letters around. Then, create at least three expressive words using appropriate typeface and movement. Here are some excellent examples of expressive words. You can post these “visual words” as one image or as slides on your blog.
Blog 4 – Create and edit a photographic image especially designed for your LinkedIn and/or Facebook profiles. Consider this professional “visual branding.” Design the image for the proper size (540 pixels high by 180 pixels wide for FB), taking into account how it will be cropped squarely for the thumbnail. Post it to your blog with an explanation of your choices and photo composition.
Blog 5 – Create an infographic or data visualization about one aspect of your life to post on your blog. Choose appropriate typography and color to make the message clear and memorable. Before you get started please read the 7 Basic Rules for Making Charts and Graphs. You can also review these 21 ways to visualize your inbox. Here are some additional inspired examples. Post the visual to your blog and write a brief explanation of your concept.
Blog 6 (0ptional) – Compose and post an original visual, and write an analysis that explains this image composition in terms of your expanded understanding of visual design, based on one or more of our readings and/or discussion, OR take a short poem or song and create an original image that illustrates the major theme, concept, or idea of the text. Combine the text and image in one visual and post on your blog. Provide a short explanation of your choices. You may post this blog anytime after the 7th week of class and before the last week class.