“Clichés, in short, are the empty calories of the design world: like junk food, they are available everywhere and easy to consume, but pass through us without leaving nutrition behind. Their prevalence arises from the shared nervousness with which designers often view their clients and their clients view design: satisfied merely to get to the point across in an obvious manner, both sides neglect to create a message that will live in a viewer’s memory and foster long-term recognition and loyalty.”— Examining The Design Process: Clichés and Idea Generation (via lovedesignlife)
Here it is! The assignment was to track a week of our personal media consumption and compare it to a national average. So for the past few days, I’ve noted down what people in two Tweetdeck lists talked about from 6-10PM. Some heavy tweeters definitely made my data imbalanced, but eh, what are you gonna do?
Honestly, the data didn’t mean much to me. It was when I started designing that I got really into the assignment. I had this idea where I used variations of the Twitter bird to represent how many tweets fell into a category. I found one playing basketball! But I was too lazy to continue using the icons for the second page, so it looked disconnected, and my GTF called me out on it.
It’s not perfect since like I said I’m not a designer, but I’m very pleased with it. It was much more fun to put together than my magazine layout and spreads. I just liked playing around with the placement of text and graphics. (You’d be surprised at how much Twitter art exists out there.) Hmmmm, maybe I’ll brave learning design after all…
(…Okay, that’s not a word, but it’s 5 in the morning, and I don’t care.)
Can’t wait to show you guys my Twitter data visualization for Gateway! It’s more an infographic than a data vis, but it’s only worth 5%, and the experience of making it has been more worthwhile than any grade.
If I didn’t start two days before the deadline, I would totally fix it up…but it’ll do. The first page is so amateur though…I got carried away with icons, and two of them don’t even show up as transparent in PDF form BLAH. (I hate white boxes around images.)
I’m so proud. I mean, it’s really nothing impressive (REALLY), but it’s nothing I’ve ever done before, and that’s a feeling of accomplishment you can’t replicate. (The data is total crap though. I should’ve thought my collection through more, argh!) I really have a love/hate relationship with design. I think it’s gorgeous etc., but I suck at it. I don’t have the patience for it. It’s kind of embarrassing. But maybe I’m on my way. I just need practice. I’ll never be as good as other people, but if I can meet my standards, I’m golden.
I wanted to take Strategic Social Media so badly that I jumped for joy when a AHA-er offered to save me a spot, with only five remaining yesterday. I knew there was a waitlist. Why didn’t I think this through? I could’ve been first in line instead of another AHA-er. (My competitive registration tendencies remain from Lowell, I guess.) I’m so angry with myself (and for being so confident that I slept past my registration time)! Now I have to find something new to take when there isn’t ANYTHING :’( (The one class I’m signed up for is a pre-req for the rest of the ad sequence.)