Activities


Discuss syllabus and course expectations

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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HOMEWORK: Do Readings and Set up Box.com folder, Github account; Complete digital literacies survey

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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Twitter Support Fiction

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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Quiz 1

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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HOMEWORK: Readings and watch all Lynda.com videos for "Introduction to CSS" course

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Slides for January 16th

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Quick Reference/Instructions Document

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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HTML Elements

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Quiz 2

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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In-class writing prompt

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Slides for Lecture 2

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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Quiz 3

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Using Adobe Photoshop to Emphasize

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Last week, we talked about numerous design elements that indicate points of emphasis. Spatial patterns like the Gutenberg Diagram and the golden grid tell where someone's eye is most likely to be drawn. Cognitive techniques like framing and priming take advantage of the mind works to emphasize some aspect of how an idea or call to action will be interpreted. Highlighting techniques (boldness, typeface, color, and inversion) can also be used to emphasize specific page elements. Icons make certain ideas or piece of information easier to process and more memorable.

Rhetoric and narrative theory have similar ways of thinking about emphasis. As the Herman reading shows, stories employ a range of strategies to create a feeling of access to a narrative's storyworld, as well as various characters' inner consciousness or mental state. Methods like word choice, repetition, and playing on the "sound properties" of spoken language are just some of the tools in a writer's toolbox to create these effects.

In class today, we will experiment with emphasis by altering vintage advertisements. Your goal is to play with the visual and rhetorical elements of an advertisement, using Adobe Photoshop, to transform the advertisement in a meaningful way. How should you change the advertisement? That's up to you. Remix "appropriates and changes other materials to create something new." Parody, meanwhile, imitates "with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect." Homage is a show of respect using allusion or imitation. This assignment can accommodate experiments in any of these areas.

I've collected a Box.com folder of advertisements that you can download and use for this assignment (click 'Link to content' below). Upload your work to your Box.com folder for Composing Digital Media when you are finished.

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Genre Association and Representation

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Quiz 4

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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Create a Shared Clip Library and Make a Soundscape

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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Storyboard Activity

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Work in Progress Presentations Sign Up

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Quiz 5

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Logo activity

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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Turn in Final Portfolio

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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By 5 p.m.: Submit Skills Assignment Post

Friday, February 16, 2018

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By 5 p.m.: Submit Skills Assignment Post

Friday, February 23, 2018

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By 5 p.m.: Submit Final Skills Assignment Materials

Friday, March 16, 2018

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By 5 p.m.: Submit Skills Assignment Post

Friday, March 2, 2018

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