Journal. 7. A taste of global picture

One could really learn the most when the knowledge is well established through daily examples. I found this is quite fascinating. The last week, reading more about technology based storage of information/ data, I thought about buying kindle from the Chapters.I might actually get one for the convenience, installed dictionary function. This could actually improve my English a bit faster (I hope). Continue reading “Journal. 7. A taste of global picture”

Journal. 6. Your product explains itself

Lecture: Feb 24, 2015

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From ‘50+ Web Ways to tell a Story‘ by Alan Levine, I learned that, indeed, the content production has become much easier than before. Here, I have a surprising example of my grandmother. Grandma started her Facebook account a few months ago, and she is 84 this year. Of course, she got the account through my aunt’s help, but she is able to interact with her families (us). I was really surprised and happy for her. Continue reading “Journal. 6. Your product explains itself”

Journal 5. Designers’ fear & A wake-up call for ‘Content’

Lecture on Feb 17, 2015. Guest: Bree Galbraith

I felt like I was stuck with my theme. Not a while ago, before writing this feeling down, I was a bit anxious. It was like there was nothing I could modify to make my fonts easier to read, or to change my fonts’ colours that would seem more “professional” (SEEMS). From the lecture and tutorial, I learned that I could at least change something to satisfy myself a bit more. Changing is always intended to be better, I believe. A stable style matters eventually.

Assigned readings

From the book review on “The Elements of Typographic Style” by Maurice Meilleur, I have learned that Bringhurst’s reputation is built upon three key elements: range & depth of treatment, the quality of writing, and the confidence & generosity of tone. I believe his passion has to deal with his success- being a book designer, utilizing typography. The only thing I have to mention is the last commen of Meilleur: Typography is meant to honor content. Also, I agree that it is much more effective for future generation to learn about the process of using typography instead of what outcomes would look like.

I am glad to hear from “Why coding is not the new literacy” by Chris Granger that modeling system is the answer. Perhaps, I am speaking from most students who are not professionals, regarding coding/ programing language. The key idea is that the future generation should not just learn how to give computer instructions. Instead, modeling our own systems has to include exploration by shaping ideas/ thoughts, understanding by breaking things down, discovering models’ results in various contexts. Tools have to be more flexible, human-based like the example of Excel (for the alphabetical organizing system). However, I am not sure about the whole coding system that we have been using, and it seems to continue. I hope for the best.

Facebook Design Director The 5 Most Common Design Mistakes” by Julie Zhuo reminds me of the concept of ‘content first’. Designers should be encouraged to take the risk (investment problem, financial support I suppose) to explore broader systems or model changes. When designing, designers should not be engaged to one idea, refining it again and again. Content matters. The excellence of presentation of designers’ products should put the content at high rank (maybe they should be at the same level of design for some people). More importantly, I believe designers are meant to create something that is for all people who desires to use it. Meanwhile, designers should take a step back, from customers’ perspective, to analyze how they could lead them to choose their products.

Everyone is a designer. I think we should consider ourselves designers/ artists. The professional skills of using technical applications (Photoshop, coding language etc) should not be the limiting agent of the creativity of individuals. It is hard to suggest this to everyone, and I understand. Perhaps, I should address it into “always learn a little bit more about everything (photo editing, coding system etc)”, which would always help us to approach the goals a bit faster.

Journal 4. Consistent work with speed and quality

During the lecture, my instructor has decided to give constructive criticism on our websites, which turns out to be quite interesting on the big screen in lecture hall. Some questions such as ‘would you read further, regarding this about page?’ has been raised. I think, if I am stating correctly, context and visual effects would be probably come up in my mind when I read through other people’s websites.

From “A Day in the Life of a Digital Editor, 2013” by Madrigal (2013), I have noticed many things that I could not imagine in real life of mine (just because it is difficult to picture several situations as one digital editor). However, there is one thing for sure that effort really requires consistency, speed and quality. Hosts should be able to provide consistent context through different potential forms of content in order to reach out to the audience. I think this article once more proves what my instructor suggests before and its (course) outline; consistent posts with quality sets the pace of the developing website. Up to this point, I think I have much better understanding how each word matters.

Through Google Analytics, it helps me better understanding the page views together with other crucial data such as bounce rate and session rate.

Note: the optional updates for the selfie lab show is on my site.

Journal 3. Continuous recording?! Digital archive

From lecturer Nadel, I am happy to hear from his comments on comic posters with words that are in limited space. I believe that it is one powerful tool to present the artists/ voices. Nadel’s introduction of the use of animal cartoons with political views really expresses himself throughout the lecture.

From “The Book as Artifact“, the importance of human traditional way of storing photos, books, for example, is well revealed. With current technology, we tend to post a comment/ store picture online where we feel the physical existence. The emotion is left out (Nadel, 2011). This reminds me of myself using digital camera: I often say to myself that I would go and get these photos’ physical ‘bodies’ this weekend, but I seldom do it, imaging the long-term, ensured ability of keeping information through my life. Continue reading “Journal 3. Continuous recording?! Digital archive”