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…
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(…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.
WHY SAVE PBS?
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On Saturday, February 19th, the House of Representatives voted 235-189 to pass a continuing resolution that eliminates funding for public broadcasting. I put together this handy chart on why PBS is worth saving. Find out how you can fight back at 170 Million Americans.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am Creative Director for PBS KIDS but a life-long supporter/watcher of PBS ;)
IS THIS WHY I CAN’T FIND TAVIS SMILEY ANYMORE!??!?!
I haven’t read up enough on politics this month, and we’re going through the craziest times right now (labor unions, Planned Parenthood).
Take away Elmo? House, you’re insane!
Scary to think about. Are we all getting caught up in a new technology phase? My career kind of depends on the answer.
QR codes are turning out to be much more popular and commonplace than I expected when I first started seeing them in magazines. A year later, and they’re everywhere! Even FOX has fully embraced them in all of their recent print ads. But are people using them? I still haven’t because my iPhone 2G isn’t up to par in terms of speed and especially video-watching, but that’s my own fault for letting my 3G get stolen. I would guess that people are familiar with the existence of QR codes, but haven’t bothered with them either.
Facebook commerce isn’t surprising, but something I haven’t thought much about. It’d definitely be a smart move for businesses, as long as they can earn consumers’ trust that their credit card information will be safe, considering Facebook’s reputation.
I’m growing weary of infographics, but when they’re simple and the statements are clearly presented, I’m cool with them.