DTC 355

Reflection Response #6

http://studentweb.engl.wsu.edu/355/Thill/sample/index.html

Reflection Response #5

In my time based text I used a lot of emphasis on the images of the website. I felt the visual design elements would help present my information more so than the linguistic aspects. My purpose is to reach an audience of students by using a more educational platform such as a PowerPoint. The genre I chose was created in a style that is easy to read, provides upbeat music, but also relies on the genre conventions of a PowerPoint and report, as I still provide formal language to connect with an audience of students. This text is meant to be presented to a group of people in a short amount of time, but is also to be formatted in a way as a slide show and is yet a little more media-rich and interactive. The Mac website itself is very in-your-face with its visuals, so I made my analysis somewhat similar by placing flashy animations and transitioning throughout my text.

In terms of alignment, my text were mostly aligned to the left, which gives the audience something easy to follow visually, as they read from left to right. My letters were either white or yellow against a blue background, or yellow against a black. I felt using warm colors against cools would help make my words pop. My images were always organized in a way where it would take up most of the space of the slides, which also subtly employs contrast, by leaving a little empty space at the bottom of the slide for the words. This helps make my slide easy to follow. Visually, lots of animations and transitions were used to help place emphasis on a word, allowing that specific word to be the main focus. My color choices of slides were originally pink and yellow. I wanted to follow the bright colors used on the images of the site, however it clashed with the images I had and appeared too distracting. So my background colors were always simple: either blues or blacks. Aurally, I used a song by Lorde called “Royals.” This song is about luxury and being caught up in material things such as: fancy drinks, cars, watches, planes, etc. I felt make-up is also a material like content that certain consumers spend a lot of money on. I also liked how it was remixed to provide a more pulsing beat and high energy feel which is how I feel when I look through the visual content of Mac cosmetic’s website. I attempted to make the images of women follow along with the tempo of the song to help engage my audience in the beginning my presentation.

Time based text: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XumD-MgybHY&spfreload=10

Reflection Response #4

Asset 1: Image of homepage

  • A description of the asset (what is it?)

Asset 1 is an image of MAC’s homepage. The photo will clearly show the website and how it looks at first glance.

  • A description of where the asset came from (the context and medium in which it’s currently being used, NOT the context within which you want to use it)

The asset came from Mac cosmetic’s website (located on the main page). http://www.maccosmetics.com

  • The source information for the asset (author, title, publication venue, web address, etc.)

The general author of the asset would be the Artist from Toronto Canada. The website itself was created by site designers who work for the MAC brand. The title of the page is MAC and the publication venue is a website.

  • A description of why you want to use this asset (what does it help you do?)

This asset shows the design and layout of the website’s homepage. Images of models will help illustrate what exactly the designers are gesturing and how these gestures tend to tug at the audience’s heartstrings. It even plays with our emotions a bit: causing the audience to want to buy MAC products in order to resemble the models. The asset also shows the general design idea about it’s purpose, including it’s use of color, emphasis, and linguistics.

  • A “rights” disclaimer that indicates whether you need permission to use this asset in your own work.

The use of this asset is for informational, educational and reportorial purposes. This asset would be ok to use.

Asset 2: Screen shots of models

  • A description of the asset (what is it?)

Asset 2 will include 15 images that will be screen grabbed from MAC’s homepage. These images are various types of MAC products and models.

  • A description of where the asset came from (the context and medium in which it’s currently being used, NOT the context within which you want to use it)

These photos came from the website’s home page: www.maccosmetics.com

The source information for the asset (author, title, publication venue, web address, etc.)

Like asset 1, the general author of the photos would be the artists from Toronto Canada. The website itself was created by site designers from the MAC brand. However, the images of models wearing the make-up may suggest separate authors for this type of content. The title of the page is MAC cosmetics and the publication venue is a website.

  • A description of why you want to use this asset (what does it help you do?)

This asset displays the type of design choice the author went for: a slide show. The photos speak directly to the audience, implying “you too can look gorgeous and unique like us if you wear MAC.” This definitely appeals to pathos. The images also incorporates models, merging visual and gestural modes.

  • A “rights” disclaimer that indicates whether you need permission to use this asset in your own work.

The use of this asset is for informational, educational and reportorial purposes. This asset would be ok to use.

Asset 3: Music that is upbeat but not too distracting

  • A description of the asset (what is it?)

Asset 3 will be a remixed song by Lorde and an artist (who remixed it) known as Caked up

  • A description of where the asset came from (the context and medium in which it’s currently being used, NOT the context within which you want to use it)

This song came from the app called Sound Cloud

  • The source information for the asset (author, title, publication venue, web address, etc.)

The original author of the song is Lorde, however the remix was done by an artist who goes by his stage name: Caked up. The app was founded by Alexander Ljung and Forss. The title of the page is Sound Cloud, and the publication venue is a music app/website.

  • A description of why you want to use this asset (what does it help you do?)

In terms of music, a song that is upbeat seems to go along well with the website. The site itself is bright and vibrant in colors and I think a fun and energetic song will complement it very well. I will use this as background music for my presentation.

  • A “rights” disclaimer that indicates whether you need permission to use this asset in your own work.

The use of this music is for entertainment purposes. As the use of this music is not mine I may need to ask for permission to use this asset. I would let it be known that I do NOT upload music in order to make money unless it’s my own music that I have produced nor do I upload music to take credit from the Artist(s).

Asset 4: Video

  • A description of the asset (what is it?)

Asset 4 is a video located on the MAC’s webpage titled: “Glowing Bronze Skin”

  • A description of where the asset came from (the context and medium in which it’s currently being used, NOT the context within which you want to use it)

This Video came from www.maccosmetics.com under the linked section titled “Artistry.”

  • The source information for the asset (author, title, publication venue, web address, etc.)

Like assets 1 and 2, the general author of the video would be the MAC brand. The website itself was created by the artists in Toronto Canada. The title of the page is MAC and the publication venue is a website. However, the video may imply that the speaker of that particular video (Fatima Thomas) is the owner of that content and was self-made.

  • A description of why you want to use this asset (what does it help you do?)

A video of the tutorials used on the site will be excellent in demonstrating the aural aspects of the design. It also appeals to ethos as it clearly shows the person in the video is a professional and knows what they are doing and can also provide ways in getting the viewer to take action and see if they can apply make-up just like the artist.

  • A “rights” disclaimer that indicates whether you need permission to use this asset in your own work.

The use of this asset is for informational, educational and reportorial purposes. This asset would be ok to use.

Reflection Response #3

Certain modes used in my design were spatial, gestural, linguistic, aural and visual. Originally my presentation resembled a web diagram, but I wanted to create more of a circle sequence by displaying arrows around each slide-gesturing what will be discussed next. I felt it would make my design easier to follow which I believe is a crucial component of a successful design template. Another mode used was Linguistics. This was heavily used throughout my design because I wanted to make sure every slide was clear and informational. So I provided book definitions and my own definition, along with an analysis of each text I chose. Aural was also something I assembled into my design. I provided a video of the “Brady Bunch” that illustrated the use of frames. The video had the opening theme song which sung a story that went along with each frame used. I also used a video that explained how color is linked towards a certain gender. The next mode I used was Visual. I made sure to use certain colors that were attention grabbing and would help engage my audience.

I would say color was definitely something I intentionally incorporated into my design. To me, color is the most important part of a text because that is what will draw the eye of the audience and is the first line of communication. We are a visual society where people tend to place enormous importance on the visual presentation of a text. My choice of colors were red and yellow. Red is a very vibrant color and gives off a powerful, energetic and passionate feel. While yellow is also vibrant, but also gives a happy and light feel. I felt those two colors really helped in making my presentation visually appealing.

Project #1: Design Strategies Display

https://prezi.com/ga5gm07bs5cx/analyzing-designs-by-toya/

Reflection Response #2

http://www.yikyakapp.com

A rhetorical analysis of a website/app I access the most: Yik Yak.

Audience
This app was made to appeal to the younger demographic: age 18-25. Specifically, college students. However, the secondary audience would most likely be faculty members and even professors. Some are known to use this app to scope out what is being said amongst students. Both audience take pleasure in creating anonymous posts and developing conversations without the prerequisites of prior communications or connections. The author appeals to these values by programming certain design elements into the app. Every content a user posts has a display image of an object or an image that says “OP”- which allows other users to know who the original post is. These images allow privacy so users may post whatever they desire with the comfort of being anonymous.

Purpose
The overall intentions for the texts being used in this app is to deliver relevant, timely content to local areas. Thus, forming a localized social forum. Posts are typically lighthearted and humorous in nature. Users are able to see that it is local because the app has geolocation tools which limit interactions with other users within a 1.5 mile radius. So for example, one user this morning asks “Does anyone know if you have to pay to use the rec if you’re not taking summer classes?” Another user states “To the girl working at Dissmores this morning: You’re fucking beautiful!” Both of these posts are from users that live within close proximity of one another. The Rec and Dissmores are both in Pullman, therefore the app contributes to the notion that it is indeed a localized social forum. The posts then expire within 100 days keeping information being spread, relevant.
Another intention this app may have would be to provide opportunities for confessions amongst other users. The content being posted is not always light hearted and humorous. For example, a post made yesterday stated “I want to kill myself. There’s just no point in living” Another post states “I sell used panties for a living and have been receiving over $1000 a week.” These posts appear to be confessions or confidential information.

Context
The possible social and cultural connotations within the texts are to help build communities. For example one post a few days ago said “Hey, we’re playing basketball at the rec. If anyone would like to join us we’ll be meeting at 5. You don’t have to be good at it, just need an extra player.” Another post from several months ago asked “Who else saw 50 shades of Grey? What did you think?” These posts can be upvoted, down voted and commented upon. Allowing interactions with other users. Users that are in Pullman may post about boyfriend or girlfriend issues and receive advice from their peers without even knowing them. This helps build a stronger community knowing that the ones helping them are a fellow Coug.
Users may gain access through the site by downloading the app-which is the most common way. Google searching or perhaps a link on another site is also another option. Users interact with this site typically on their smart phone or tablets. Allowing them to post opinions within the palm of their hands wherever they go.

Author
The author that created the app is a graduate of Furman University. He is around the age of 23. I feel that establishes credibility because he was recently in college and therefore understands the value of what life is like as a college student. This implies that his idea of creating a virtual bulletin board that allows users to post whatever they desire to possibly be beneficial to other college students. The author comes across as hip. He seems well informed about the latest ideas, developments and styles and he shows this by taking measures to help ensure sustainability within his app. Users can see this by the frequent updates being made. The author seems to have a reputation of being highly committed to his project. He dropped out of med school just to go full time designing this app and now it is ranked the 9th most visited social media app in the United States. The text supports this because of the amount of users using this app. One of the newest features on this app is called “Peek” which allows users to view other posts from different colleges in the US. Users can see, but they cannot reply. So we’re able to see how effective his commitment to this app can be.

Genre
I would define the genre of this this text as a website, but to be more specific: A social network. Yik Yak is very similar to another social media called “Twitter.” The design elements of both sites are very similar in appearance. They both visually have a simple interface and contain user’s posts. Only difference is Yik Yak is private and you’re able to upvote and down vote on Yik Yak posts. Also you’re able to see posts from all over the region with twitter. Yik Yak’s features makes it apart of the genre I mentioned because it enables users to create and share content with other participants using the app.

Video example that utilizes five multimodal modes

Reflection Response 1

Hello, my name is Toya and I am a DTC major at WSU. I’m currently a junior and I am taking this class because I’ve always had an interest in web development and design. My fascination started back when I was a kid and that old dinosaur “Myspace” was around. I loved that I could change the way my page looked and how viewers could interact with it. I self taught how to put together the principle and design effects of creating a page that looked aesthetically pleasing. To me, that is what web authoring is about: designing and building a website that’s visually appealing by using images, colors, shapes, sounds and movements. I’m looking forward to pulling apart and looking at the mechanics of how a website is built beyond the help of social media sites. I’m also looking forward to seeing how rhetorics may function on certain sites and how I can formulate a rheotircally savvy looking page.

I chose this design because I like the color. It’s a soft pink-not too strong or violent of a color. Its soft, calm and simple. I think when site viewers see pink, they associate it with femininity, romance or with women in general. Mine is sort of a light pink with white. I think that combination makes it look a little more classy and simple. The reason I don’t like my page so far is because I’ve been trying to add an image at the top, but I currently havn’t figured out how yet. The image is a photo of an ukulele. I thought that would help add a touch of who I am, since I love all things musical and artsy. I myself play a few instruments and love art, so it’s a bummer I can’t show that using an image on my page yet.

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