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  1. Nov 2016
    1. I think pages 11- 13 offer great rules to beginners on how to make great presentations, from brochures to PowerPoint. I think if you are going to teach someone how to use PowerPoint, giving them this checklist is a wonderful idea!

    2. 5.2 Icons

      I'm glad I scrolled down and was able to see this. For my business class I have to out a poster together about myself. I have been using different icons to describe myself. For example, I used the feminist icon to show I am an activist. I think icons are a great way of communication. They are the hieroglyphics of our time: emojis.

    3. 4.1 In general, avoind using pictures that are sticalty decorative.

      I can agree to this to s certain extent. Like with my Amendment 2 info graph, I added a check and x to label the yes or no vote. Professor Wharton pointed out while this was a little decorative, it was necessary, as if I had just put green vs red, color blindness could be a problem

    4. 3.6 So fifty is the golden number?

    5. 3.4 Avoid setting type in all caps.

      I have seen this work before but it was only because the font was really small.


      Here, Williams breaks down details to pay attention to. I feel like if we were doing the website over again this would be a great checklist that we could use. Since we are not, I still think it is good when addressing the newsletter, but that's not my assignment.

    7. 2 ) Designing display arrangements

      I think William's argument can go back to the article on fonts by Janie and how space can be used in different ways. For example, Janie gave the example of negative space with the swan restaurant sign. I think having a black background can be appropriate, in some situations.

    8. Okay first thing is first I hate that I cannot highlight/annotate a specific section

    9. Avoid busy or distracting backgrounds

      This is a pet peeve of mine! One group did this and I think they could use some constructive criticism as to how to use fewer and less busy backgrounds.

    10. "Make sure that the visual elements in your display are large enough to be seen"

      Often when I go onto blogs on tumblr, I find this is a problem with some themes.

    1. And here’s an album cover designed by Lukas Haider that does feature vibrant colors, but text is kept to a minimum and the primary visual is a blend of abstract, vaguely organic shapes:

      I think this changes the way one can think about the line of design or the line in which people read. For example, in Arabic you read from right to left, and in English you read from left to right. I think this BEYOND cover album really draws the reader to spell out the word and ask questions.

    2. In contrast to the more flamboyant, 1980s-inspired design styles we’ve seen so far, this trend relies on minimalism and deconstructing or distorting recognizable forms.

      I love the phrase, "deconstructing or distorting recognizable forms" I think this is a wonderful definition of minimalism. It is often a great analogy about the president elect.

    3. I thought people just did these in photoshop. I love that there is still a more hands on approach to the design. But, while the design is beautiful, I am struggling to understand what it spells.

    4. They added another language to show how design crosses culture and borders.

    5. I love designs like this. I think they are indie and cute, I guess that describes me which is why I find it so intriguing.

    6. I love this design by Viek! To me, it screams modern. `

    7. This trend would be a move away from the more muted, 1960s-inspired palettes to favor bright pastels, neons, and richer, more saturated colors. Pantone’s Spring 2016 Color Report falls right in line with this prediction

      I think any graphic design or communications major should read Pantone's color reports. They are like the September issue of Vogue, providing in sight on what's hot and what's not.

    8. If you’re looking to try out one material design’s vivid color schemes, check out Material Palette.

      New Adobe Kuler?

    9. But even if you’re not one to follow the trends, as a designer, it’s smart to be aware of the shifts going on in your industry—if only to avoid them before they become overused, or to have the opportunity to twist them into something new and interesting.

      I don't think this would super important as far as our project, but I do think it's important in business. I mean, just imagine if Coca-Cola and Pepsi had the same font. Yikes!

    10. I think the "Our Services" picture would be great for those working with Center for Civic Innovation.

    11. The small images on corners give us a clue as to what they do. The basically speak for themselves.

    12. I think this is a wonderful way to have minimalism. I would download this app.

    13. Google made quite a splash in the design world when it introduced its material design guidelines. This visual language is characterized by “deliberate color choices, edge-to-edge imagery, large-scale typography, and intentional white space” for a bold, graphic look, according to Google.

      I like how Google has analyzed fonts down to a science. I think this article would serve marketing majors well. It shows the power of space when it comes to connecting with the audience.

    14. I think this style could work for little ones learning center, just replace the phones and stereo for baby blocks with ABCs.

  2. Oct 2016
    1. Gesturing towards universality, DSDJ seeks to reach non-US Deaf communities. Most contributions include a summary in sign language by the author. Many items have downloadable PDFs presenting equivalent content in English. Some items are in International Sign (IS), a Deaf contact language when signers have mutually unintelligible languages. By incorporating languages beyond ASL, DSDJ is partially accessible to users unfamiliar with ASL or English.

      I think this is incredibly vital to the argument about technological access for all! I just learned about a year ago that sign languages have differences in accents. I assumed it was just language. It shows that there are at least two barriers for deaf people who do not know ASL, and there could be even more who have not had aces to ASL ever in their lives. I feel that International Sign is great, a nice place to start. However I would like to see other languages added. If google translate can do it, why can't we?

    2. n their opening “Access Statement,” Yergeau et al. acknowledge that “Universal design is a process, a means rather than an end. There’s no such thing as a universally designed text. There’s no such thing as a text that meets everyone’s needs. That our webtext falls short is inevitable.” They caution that the inevitable failure of UD “is not a justification for failing to consider what audiences are invited into and imagined as part of a text.” Rather, the recognition of failure at the heart of Universalist paradigms can enable us to attend more closely to the particular embodied orientation of users and stakeholders

      For a minute this part discouraged me. It made me think, can we REALLY have technology for all? I would think with the way the world is advancing, yes.

    3. For example, Williams encourages a reciprocity between user and designer, arguing that “by working to meet the needs of disabled people—and by working with disabled people through usability testing—the digital humanities community will also benefit significantly as it rethinks its assumptions about how digital devices could and should work with and for people.

      I like how they highlights Williams's insight. I think the main reason that technology is advancing is that more and more demands are needed to be met. Everyday, there is more data to be analyzed, more information to know, and new content to stream. I feel like as we advance if we leave others behind simply because they are not able that says a lot about us as a society.

    4. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

      This woman was also mentioned in the previous article.

    5. Bednarska relates how, at her own institution, the University of California at Berkeley, funding for disabled students to have assistants became more restricted and limited because of the promise of available technologies

      This is so unfair. Disabled people already have a disadvantage in society, and now schools can't provide them with the help they need? If we can land a man on the moon, if we can create camera that can see cells, if we can fly drones, we can make technology accessible to all.

    6. I completely agreed with this in the article in which it originated in. Often, older people like my mother find that technology is a burden to them. They do not feel included because they do not understand it. Educating and providing resources is the best thing we can do to make sure people are technologically literate.

    7. As a disabled academic reflecting on the intersections between Universal Design and Digital Humanities, I make two claims: 1. Universal Design and the resistance to digital tools both posit a universal subject; and 2. DH needs to balance its embrace of UD with further attention to the particulars of embodied experience.

      I'm so glad a person with a disability is on this. I think its odd when people who are able talk about disabilities. It doesn't make sense.

    8. Since ASL is a kinetic language using embodied actions including manual gestures and facial expressions as grammar, Flash Video clips are crucial for content.

      I think it's important that this videos also have subtitles.

    9. One website under discussion was the Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) published by the ASL (American Sign Language) & Deaf Studies Department at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.[6] This journal’s use non-textual digital media for its linguistic content make it an intriguing case study.

      I think it's wonderful that we have journals for deaf people. I would hope that the writers in these journals would be deaf as well in order to create a more personal experience with the reader.

    10. Media theorist Jane Bringold observes that UD is not a discrete goal but a “Utopian ideal” (47).[1] No platform will ever be accessible across every language (spoken, written, signed), every medium, and every embodied difference (sensory, motor, cognitive).

      Firstly, I would like to know hoe one becomes a media theorist. Sounds Interesting.

    1. Blind computer users, for example, have no use for a screen, and they most often use an interface that is either tactile, in the form of refreshable braille devices, or audible, in the form of screen-reading software or digital books. We might also reconsider our “essentialist” thinking about the keyboard and the mouse and not just because of the technologies that we perceive to be specific to disabled people. Speech recognition technologies, while far from perfect, are already accurate enough to allow writers—if that is still the correct term—to compose documents without the need for typing.

      While skeptics may say this will up the cost, I will argue that it will lower. However, I think we might run into some problems with making audio voices more accurate to suit the needs of the blind. Also we may need a screen if the blind person is communicating with someone who can see.

    2. People literate in braille often prefer to read by that method rather than by listening to texts. Reading content through braille provides a deeper understanding of that content for many, yet producing well-formatted braille files is accomplished through one of two expensive methods

      This reminds me that our library at GSU has braille paper available for print. I have seen it behind the desk. Though, I do not know if we have blind technology. I am sure we must have some, but it would be interesting to find out if we did.

    3. To embrace universal design, by contrast, is to focus “not specifically on people with disabilities, but all people” (Mace). Something created to assist a person with a disability—to make their environment more accessible in some way—might not be affordable or aesthetically pleasing even if it is usable and helpful

      I can understand this to some extent but it sort of feels like he is saying, "All Lives Matter" in a response to "Black Lives Matter".

    4. All technology is assistive, in the end.

      Very true. I think people don't understand that technology is tool, not a hand that is in every fiber in our being.

    5. “Technologies are artificial, but …artificiality is natural to humans”

      I just really like this quote. I feel our need for the best and brightest, our impatience for the fastest loading speeds, and our general narcissistic attitudes create this ideal that plain is abnormal; and ugly, and that to be perfect we must fix. This is a very 17th century way of thinking, as philosophers during this time thought we were diamonds in the rough that need to go a polishing process in order to be naturally beautiful. In this age, we worship what we create and hate what has created us.

    6. n fact, I could not understand anything at all that she was doing. To accommodate me, she adjusted the settings to slow down significantly the synthesized speech, at which point I could understand the words but still found myself unable to orient myself on a given page or within a given website. This scenario caused me to reevaluate my understanding of what it means to be disabled, as she clearly was using abilities that I did not—and still do not—have: I had not trained myself to be able to process auditory information as efficiently as she could.

      I am glad that Williams put a personal experience on how he first become aware of the depth of struggles people who are disabled have. I believe that often people who are disabled feel like they will not be understood, and therefore do not say anything when ableism gets in the way of them enjoying the world's opportunities, such as technology.

    7. We had no plans to include audio, so addressing the needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing was not in our plan.)

      While I am sure that the study meant no harm or anything, I am sort of confused as to why they didn't include sound. I mean, that would pretty obvious to me.

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      I like that Williams states his thesis here clearly. Personally, I think theses help as a road guide for reader. The help resent the information that points the reader towards the author's purpose, instead of making the reader search for the purpose themselves.

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      I think this really shows how disabled people experience technology on an entirely different scale. it shows that there is not a one way street to technology advancement, and certainly not a one way street to information.

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      I had never thought of this before.

  3. Sep 2016
    1. All in all, I think this lengthy written work by Schryer is a way of finding connections between record-keeping and genre via rhetorical analysis, studies, and hard,cold facts. I like that Schryer incorporated evidence with studies that have been done, and examples from their own research.

    2. Genre - current significant action. I think in writing this is a good definition. I would personally define it as a niche that writing, art, or any other medium falls under. This could be singular or plural, as we discussed in class that genre and medium are not interchangeable.

    3. When genres are viewed from a rhetorical as well as a dialectical and dialogic perspective, they then become ways to theorize about complex, evolving discourse practices. I think this is a great way to showcase the positive effects of genre in rhetoric.

    4. More important, as teachers of writing, particularly at the advanced level, we can teach our students of examine critically the genres that both constitute....

      I think this is very important for professors to know. By allowing students to bring in information from various genres, we can create an atmosphere that is diverse and beautiful.

    5. I think this talk about medical records is somewhat accurate, as they are known to have flaws in their organization. This is why electronic records with accurate information is key.

    6. "Contradictions always exist. It is through contradication, in fact, that change occurs."

      This quote was deep! I love this and I am going to keep it. I think Schryer is so right we she notes how simple relationships can exist between both big and small things, like people and society.

    7. On page 9, Schryer makes connections between Miller and Bazerman in how rhetorical genres can be social action. I think this is important in establishing how technical communication can reach across broad spectrum.

    8. Many believe that clinical cases are too complex, too multi-factorial and that students are too prone to hasty diagnoses without a great deal of prior course work.

      I agree with this statement to some extent, but I still believe students should be allowed to have practice of real on hands work.

    9. On page 6, I find it interesting that none of the staff at the school thought that record keeping, as a genre, could have an influence on student's performance and literacy.

    10. Late page 6/ beginning of page seven pertains to medical records. I find this interesting as medical records are slowly becoming more and more digital, perhaps due to the absurd handwriting of doctors.

    1. What I fear is thattechnology will be dumped on us without our input and thatwe will shoulder the blame when that technology fails toperform as expected.

      I completely agree with Albers here. The future of technology is bright, but it also can be quite scary. Some fear that we are growing too dependent on technology. I would agree to an extent, I just don't like it when people (particularly elder generations) make technology out to be this villain. It has created jobs, brought people together in unimaginable ways, and made the world better. However, I fear relying too much on it will cripple us to where we cannot survive without it and the thought of that is really scary.

    2. "One of the most crucial tasks of the technical commu-nicator is to provide information that users need by carefullyselecting the right mix of content and then developing, ar-ranging, and presenting it effectively for the audience"

      Albers quotes Hayhoe here, and I think this is a very good point to put in his argument. This definitely will ties into our class when we address our clients and cater to their needs.

    3. No technology is neutral. People handle technologyand address its problems and solutions with respect to theircurrent knowledge space.

      I agree with Albers's point here. Technology, now matter how beautiful, will always be biased.

    4. We need to define the rela-tionships between the technology, the social aspects, andthe business needs.

      As this article is eleven years old, I feel like in this age, we are defining the relationships between technology, social aspects, and business needs via social media. As companies and people are able to use it to tell their stories.

    5. Twenty years after the introduction of desktop pub-lishing, we are in the midst of a new shift—driven by Webwriting, content management and single sourcing—in howdocuments are perceived, viewed, and created. G

      Indeed we are, as the Internet is growing everyday, created greater and deeper access to new information, software, and tools to connect us with one another.

    6. I am willing to claim that many of our current writingprocesses using new technologies are not unlike the earlyonline writing days when we clung to the book model andcreated pages that users needed to click through one at atime and that contained navigation cues such as "3 of 5."

      I think this relates back to what we discussed in class regarding how the old Nokia phones had user manuals that were as thick as phonebooks, and how no one would read these enormous works of boring text. Now, people look to the Internet to solve their problems, or even better, like to troubleshoot on the device they are attempting to get help for.

    7. Rather than the more common articles focused on asingle technology, I wanted to feature articles with a moreintegrated view that would address the interconnectionsand skill sets in an explicit manner.

      I liked how Albers said that he wanted to find connections between points of communication and how the can be beneficial to one another. This is very important and I think Albers, quite suitably defines what technical communication is right here. It is about finding connections and patterns in writing.

    8. However, inrecent years, technical communicators have beenwidening their scope and expanding into areassuch as interface and interaction design, information archi-tecture, information design, and usability.

      This sentence right here already tells me I'm in for something good, as the writer acknowledges the ever growing changes of technical communication merging with technology.

    9. lish-ing packages support them is understanding a technolog

      NOTE: Since I highlighted the sentence before it, I was not able to include it in the annotation. This annotation should start with the word How and end in Publishing.

      Albers established a very concrete difference between tools, styles, and the comprehension of technology itself.

    10. Simply attempt to integrate new technologies into ourcurrent practices. This period of integration is followedby a developing awareness of transition from old skillsand concepts to new ones and by an evolving redefini-tion of the roles of the technical communicator in rela-tion to technology. These events expand the field itself bycreating accepted new roles within it. (quoted in Carter2003, p. 371

      In this part, I believe that Shirk is discussing how technology has integrated into society, and how we as a whole change dramatically as a result of incorporating this into our world. I like how she also points out how it has created new opportunities. One of the many upsides to technology is that it has created millions of new jobs that were not even imaginable 20 years ago.

  4. Aug 2016