Monday, November 12, 2012

Bamboo Project Blog Pecha Kucha, some tips for the class

20 slides, each 20 seconds long for a total presentation time of = 6 MINUTES AND 40 SECONDS

Ways Pecha Kucha can be used effectively:
    -for learning assessment
    -to support reflective practice
    -as a form of virtual team building
    -for an online conference
    -to share conference learnings

Address the NEED TO KNOW not the nice to know!

Plot your story line. Then support your story line with pictures LOTS OF PICTURES.  Then plan out your script.  Last PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!

Basic guidelines for Pecha Kucha:
   -limit the introduction before you start
   -create an environment that is conductive to the format (think kareoke not classroom)
   -keep things moving
   -consider Q & A
   -HAVE FUN!!!

Live Blog Notes 11/12/12 Perfecting Pecha Kucha

Storyboarding is the way to begin visualizing your content.

If you use slide sorter view---> simulates a story board

Print out what you're going to say, time it!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Live Blog Notes 11/9/12

Assertion: Every slide should only say one thing and it should be visually reinforced

Pecha Kucha: presenter's can use only 20 slides, and can only talk about each slide for 20 seconds
    ---> Japanese word for chatter


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Microsoft Power-to-the-Point

When you use bullets in a power point:
            -be simple
            -have structure--->how you build a compelling presentation
            -be simple

Why are you presenting, is it something you care about? "Golden Rule"

Structure: Problem--> Pathway--> Solution

TIP: Give 3-4 reasons to support your point, any more and people won't remember

Memorable Opening
1 argument
         1,2,3 details
2 argument
         1,2,3 details
3 argument
         1,2,3 details
Memorable Closing

Common mistakes made when using powerpoint:
            -using the slide as a prompter---> people read faster than you can speak
            -giving handouts of the slides with your presentations--> for show not to read

Simple Design Rules:
        1) One point per slide
        2) Few matching colors
        3) Very few fonts
        4) Photos, not clipart

Less text. More imagery. Wild Imagery. ---> shows you how other people have effectively used powerpoints

Monday, November 5, 2012

Real life use of Fonts

Colors in Motion

This website showed different symbolisms and compliments of colors.  I liked this interactive website because it has videos and was fun to participate in. It was an interesting way to learn about the positive and negative aspects of colors.  This is a fun website to learn more about color.

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

In Nicholas Carr's article, Is Google Making us Stupid? he addresses the dependancy of society today on the internet and computers.  Whenever we need to find something out we simply enter it into google or a search engine and the answers are given to us quickly. However, even that sometimes is more than we want.  We always search for the direct answer in the least amount of words possible, short and to the point.  I wouldn't say google is making us stupid but it is making us lazy. We learn what we want to know and it not what we should know.

Museum Reflections

After walking through the museum I realized a couple of things.  Technology and media have evolved a lot and they have evolved quickly.  It was interesting to see not just only how computers and phones have developed but even books and sources of information.  It has become so much simpler for people to save things, documents, information, pictures, videos etc.  I can't wait to see how it will all develop next.

Monday, October 29, 2012


People don't realize when they see pictures the extent of which they are edited to, people prefer photo editing in replacement of eating healthy and excercising because they don't have the time too. Just by fixing sun spots you can make it appear as though 10 years are taken off of you and by softening pixels you can lose 15 lbs just at the click of a button.

Warning Label: I don't think photoshopped images need a warning label. Photoshopping may have the power to make people want to look a certain way but it isn't dangerous.

Beauty and the Beast

Dove Artificial Beauty Ad

  -personal stylist, photoshop editing, make-up artists
  -its difficult to recognize body proportion distortions
  -the girl is completely altered from her original "canvas"
  -shows how media portrays an "ideal" look for society

Friday, October 26, 2012

Curtis Building

I took pictures of the Curtis Building on campus from different angles.  I took two different side view shots one going into the sun one with the sun behind me and it changed the lighting in the pictures.  I also took two different shots from underneath the building.  I also took one picture of the building head on.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Compressed Photos

These photos are licensed to morgueFile.  I downloaded the images and then resized them to 1024x768 because it will allow the pictures to fit better on a screen and have the proper pixels to be viewed and supported by programs.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Second Sample

Heres my second sample:

Publisher 101

This is my first Print Design Sample:

Becoming Screen Literate

Reading this article itself merely shows how dependant we are on screens today.  I read the article "Becoming Screen Literate", on my computer; not in a magazine, not in a newspaper but on the internet.  Text messages, emails, news, even this blog all information behind a screen.  Screens are everywhere today and are the main means of communication and information outflow.  The first thing I do every morning is look at the screen on my phone and check my email and text messages.  Aside from communication screens are still part of my everyday life.  In school, assignments are given and submitted online today and I've even taken internet classes where my whole course is viewed on a screen.

The Wilderness Downtown

I'm not sure if it was my internet or the website but when I tried to use this website it was kind of slow. However, once the site was up and running I chose to enter the address of the very first house I ever lived in.  Even though I live in the same town I never really go by that house anymore so I never get to see it.  The website allowed me to take a look at the house and brought back some mememories from when I was little and that was neat.  It was similar to Google Earth and it just shows how advanced technologically we are today that you can see anywhere in the world so easily.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Letters to Juliet

Through the years I have collected a pretty good amount of letters, notes, cards etc. from friends, lovers and even family.  Those are memories that I can keep, cherish and recollect forever.  I can't say the same for recent days. I have some wall posts and text messages that say I love you or I miss you, but who's to say my phone won't break or Facebook won't be abolished in 10 years and I'll lose everything on it.  The song "We Used to Wait" by Arcade Fire emphasizes on our lack of intimacy and effort in communication today.  After reading the lyrics and other classmates interpretations I came to my own conclusion.  The song is comparing the lack of intimacy and meaning in today's communication to the same lack of intimacy and meaning in today's relationships.  Today just like communication, love comes easy.

Don't close your eyes, Time flies; Welcome to the Future

When you're little it's hard to imagine anything being cooler than what you already have or own.  For example, how could I ever think that my plain stuffed kitty in a few years would be a battery operated "Fur-real Friend" that could walk, meow and blink its eyes.  However, stuffed walking kitty cats are the least of technological advancements that have taken place in my life.  The two that stick out the most in my head would be video cameras and the internet.  I recall my parents video-taping me when I was little...often.  Most of the videos were recorded on little tapes that had to be inserted into a VHS to be watched.  Today, when my nephew or niece are doing something adorable and camera worthy we all simply pull out our Iphones and start recording.  The second technological change that has made a difference in my life and many others is the internet.  I can instant message from my phone, my computer with simple access today.  Unfortunately, when I was younger specifically 5th grade to recall it wasn't as simple.  I remember wanting to get onto AOL Instant Messenger and having to wait for the dreadful dial-up to finally connect me so I could get online and chat with my friends.  However, only for a short time because being online tied up the phone line and my mother always would pick up the phone and disconnect me, oh how times have changed.  Welcome to the Future.