Digital Text – Text (pdf)
I used fonts from DaFont.com, Word, and fSymbols.com to demonstrate how the use of different fonts can effect they way a person reads. As a dyslexic I find that some fonts are easier to read than others so I have used a few fonts that are hard and easy for myself to read in this pdf (above). One of the paragraphs is even upside down, because from time to time I find that I can read faster upside down than I do when the text is right-side-up.
Fonts I used (in order):
This semester flew by… This class as a whole was different and I did learn a few new things.
The last few weeks we have been summing up the class, the blogs. My group finally found the site theme (with only one blog left to go). It was a bit stressful, working with this group. They are all great people but we all butting heads from time to time. I was so happy that we got a lot of time in class to work with on our blog. It really gave everyone a chance to ask questions, get answers, and really focus on the blog.
The final presentation was a good idea. I like that we had a “real-life” experience selling ourselves to a company. I do wish we had a few more guidelines though. My group seemed to freak out with all the freedom we had to present out blog. I also wish we had a semi-targeted audience so we could deliver information about our skills more directly.
Now that it’s the end of the semester I have to say I’m not very found of the reflection blogs. I understand the purpose of them but I don’t feel that it’s helping me. I know that the best way to learn something is to teach it another, but just reflecting on what we did in class, this semester wasn’t very helpful to me. My group members almost forgot to do their reflection blogs because they didn’t seem nearly as important to our group blog.
Thanks for a great semester and the donuts for the last day of class!
Ok, my reflection of the past few classes. We’ve covered a lot of information in the past few weeks.
We covered the idea of ‘transmedia.’ it was a new term for me but what it is made since to our group.
Next we covered platforms, why platforms were beneficial, which ones were useful. I guess I never really thought about how the layout or how the site works to be productive and grow. Sites like WordPress are simple, but have lots of options, clean and organized. Then compared to other blog sites that are harder to navigate for writers and readers.
I missed a class, due to a funeral I had to go to and traveling out of town for work. I missed a class that I was really looking forward too. How to give a presentation by visuals instead of text. I did a short presentation last semester with Dr. David Parry that consisted of having 10 slides for 20sec each with only visuals, images, pictures. There was no text, no bullet points, and no paragraphs of text in small font. I found last semester that this kind of presentation is very appealing and draws the audience into what you are saying. I hope that my group’s final presentation will have a similar feel and techniques.
The last 2 classes we discussed Transmadia, again, and the digital divide. How technology is interring our real, 3D world, and how people are going to communicate in the future. We watched a cool video of Google’s new visor that gives the idea that the technology and the real world are co-existing. I love these kinds of topics; future technology is what EMAC is all about. And we also talked about the divide of who has access to the Internet. That other cultures and countries are still disconnected so how do we reach out to everyone? My family lives in Ireland (south western region, mostly country with no big cities close by). Where my family didn’t ever have a computer till I was in middle school, and they didn’t have internet access till I was a senor in high school. Still to this dad my family still doesn’t understand emails (nor do they have an email address) or what Facebook or Twitter are.
To come, our final group presentation. I’m a little worried due that my group has a tendency to over-complicate simple ideas. The presentation is about 10min of talking, and 10min of Q&A, I just hope that everyone can get his or her ideas across in the simplest form so we don’t loose our audience/future employer.
Group Blog – it’s turning to quite an ordeal… I wish that we talked about subjects like “style guide” before we started to write. My group seems to be having a lot of trouble and we all have “leadership” personalities so it’s really hard to have a meeting without some small disagreement.
Since spring break we have talked about Wikipedia – I am not a huge fan because for the most part they are no a reliable source (but the links used to get the information, for the most part, are). So I guess I would have to say that I do like them, for the should purple that they have good links to credible sources and that they do have a history factor so you can go back and see changes that have been made. I just never really was part of the Wikipedia hype. I had to work with a group last semester in Dr. David Parry’s class creating a Wiki. It didn’t go well, we fussed and had trouble publishing and only 2 out of the 4 of my group members, including my self, actually did and work.
We did have a fun experiment in class this week. We all spread out around the campus and our leaders stayed with our professor and through social media we had to communicate and complete a task. I liked and disliked this ‘game.’ One of my group members isn’t as tech-savvy as the rest of us and we had trouble choosing a source of social media to us. I also felt so rushed and I know it was a ‘game’ but I got tense and didn’t fully understand the exercise till the last topic was given. What we had to do was go to Wikipedia, form there we were given a word/phrase (i.e. “Hot Jupiter”) from there we had to find links that traced back to “Dallas, TX” It was fun and something new but hard because I’m not a fast reader nor do I have a need to use this technique in the future. I know that part of this game was to see that linking happens in the most unexpected places.
Another thing that we have talked about in class this week was “Style Guide.” I really wish we had talked about before spring break. My Group Blog really needed that extra bit of help, it think if we had more time to prepare we could make out blog so like all our 4 topics belong and flow better, that what they do now. I do find it interesting, how different a person’s writing style can be, and I know it’s hard to change it, and it’s even harder to clique someone’s and make changes to their blog. I’m not a big fan of that. But I do see the need to do it.
What a loaded week. I’ll be honest, in the past I never really thought of Creative Commons or any of the protection laws on images and such. I am so glade we covered this in class, I just wish we cold of been able to spend more time on it. It was a lot of new information for me and I felt extremely overwhelmed and I’ll be honest, even now I’m still a bit confused. I did like the reading; I will be referring back to it when adding images to our Group Blog.
When we talked about linking, I didn’t really learn anything new. I have been hyper linking, and citing my sources all my tweeting/blogging, life. It feels like second nature to me. Maybe it’s cause I have technology flowing there my veins, it just seem to get the positives to linking. I have talked to my group about it and they all agree that we need to have links in our blog. It will help give our readers more information as well as lead to examples to explain our points better. As one of the editor I do plan on adding more hyper linked, deleting those that aren’t really necessary (we don’t want to distract our readers form reading our blogs), and editing links (making sure that when a read scrolls over them the correct information about the link is shown). I think that linking will be very helpful with all our blog topics.
Presentations, I’ll admit that I was a little nervous about them. My group seemed to have a lot to talk about and I know we didn’t have much time. We didn’t even get to my part of the presentation before time was up. Any way I feel that it could of gone better. Although I will say that I LOVED that twitter feedback. I thought it was a great idea and it really helped my group see that people would be interested in our topics, as well as questions they had, topic ideas for us, and more. I felt that was the best part of that class. I would love to do more exercises like that, they are a lot of fun and everyone gets involved.
In the past few weeks we have expanded our class discussion about filters. We did a fun experiment in class, everyone Googled “God” and we all had similar as well as different results. I never really thought of personal filtering before. I knew sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook ads did that but I didn’t think Google would! I went home that day and tried out the experiment with my boy friend and then my dad, they were also shocked at the fact that we got different results or the same results in different order.
Our next class was spent in our blog groups, fine-tuning our blogrolls. This was a bit of a challenge for my group. We all liked our own blogs and we wanted to use all of them. We talked it over and over and finally narrowed down our list to our favorite 10 sites/blogs. We later discussed that we might want to edit our list with different blogs that are directed toward a more specific group, a younger audience.
In class we talked about Organization within a blog and the visual design. For me this was a bit dull, it was common sense, but I know that my group members were new to this topic because they have never written a blog, they have never taking Design Basics, etc. So I didn’t learn anything new in those 2 classes.
I’ll admit I’m a bit concerned with our blog. I feel that we are trying something new, and we choose a topic that was doesn’t really have a set audience. I’m up for the challenge and so are my group members. It’s something I have never done, a group blog, and I know at the end it will be a good experience.
TED-The Filter Bubble