Conference Prep

By 9AM on Tuesday, your group’s blog should be live. Post a link to our class blog so that everyone (including me) can find it. Be ready to answer some debrief-style questions  about the blog launch during your conference.  

Before your conference, you should (1) watch at least two videos in Suleika Jaouad’s NYTimes series Life, Interrupted. I suggest making one of them the very first installment. (2) Check out several installments from Jennifer Causey’s Makers’ Project. (3) Listen to at least one old episode of This American Life. (4) Think about/find an example of your own in which someone is doing something interesting with interview material.

Come prepared to tell me who you’ll interview, when, and what form(s) you’re thinking of working in. Bring a set of questions that you (might) want to ask. OR if you’ve already done your interview, bring your raw materials and be ready to chat about them.


In-Class Analysis Work – February 20

Before the end of today’s class period, each affinity group should make a post.

1. Let us know which blog platform/website management tool you’re using. How did you select? Did you consider platforms other than those mentioned/used in class?

 2. Analyze at least two very different themes (check with me if this isn’t relevant to your platform for an alternate assignment). Talk about design features and functionality concerns. Address both affordances and limitations. Make use of our readings/discussions, where relevant.

Infographic Debriefs

Due via email sometime today. Your debrief should tell me about the parts of your writing/design process that I didn’t see (or might not have seen). What went well? What could have gone better?

Which rhetorical terms, devices, and strategies were you most conscious of as you composed?

Why did you decide that an infographic was the best available means for conveying the particular message you wanted to convey? Who do you imagine as an ideal audience?  Do you imagine your infographic is “not just readable but sharable” – if so, why? And where do you imagine it circulating, what hashtags or keywords might help it do so?

What information did you consider using but then save for later? What kinds of resources have you been adding to your resource log?

What new software did you try out? How did it go? If you were going to learn how to do one new design-oriented thing before the end of the semester, what would you want it to be?

OR if you didn’t try out any new software, where did you go to check out new things about infographics and how they work? Which class resources were most useful to you?

Work in Progress: The Harm of Current Sex Ed in the SouthEast

Work in Progress: The Harm of Current Sex Ed in the SouthEast

This is what I have so far for my infographic rough draft. In the blank section I’m going to include a map of the southeast states and highlight which ones implement anti-gay sex education practices. I would also like to go back in and add more images behind some of the text to make it less wordy and more atheistically pleasing. Please let me know if you would like to see any other changes or have any ideas to add on to this work in progress.