When I first saw that chapter ten was on infographics, I was excited to read more. I really have never made an infographic myself, I have only seen other students make them.
The first time I saw an infographic that a student made was for the newspaper that we produce. It went along with an article about drinking in college, I believe.
The history of infographics was interesting because I liked seeing where and when they started. It was cool to see that they used to use them with programs like NASA. I also never thought to consider that video games are infographics that are just in 3D.
I love the idea of using an infographic because it’s an easy way to get information across. I think the most efficient way to make in infographic in general would be to do either a chart or sequence. Both of those are simple and easy to understand, and probably one of the easier ones to make.
I also like infographics because they are good way to fill space. I have come across this issue way too many times and an infographic is a professional and creative way to fill space if needed.
Overall, I enjoyed this chapter because I learned a lot about them and I hope to use them more in the future.
Chapter six on layout was my favorite chapter so far (and not just because it is the shortest). I loved getting to see the different types of layout. I am always looking for different ideas and inspiration to design.
I find that at times, it can be overwhelming when you are starting from scratch to design something. So, it is nice to be able to look either online, or in other design books for inspiration.
I really liked the “works-every-time layout” as well. Those are all very different, yet good ideas for layout design when you’re feeling stuck. I will probably refer to these in the future at some point.
Chapter nine on visual appeal was interesting as well.
When I get the opportunity to work with photos, I always really enjoy it. I get to work with photos sometimes in the newspaper, but the style guide for that is basically always the same.
However, doing a photo essay is one of my favorite things to do for the newspaper. I like getting to do more than just insert one picture in the layout and that be it. I like when I get to put more than one photo – and more than one type – and get to arrange them. I also obviously like working with color, but that’s not always the case with the newspaper.
I loved getting to work with different pictures while I was making my magazine. I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted, but also felt overwhelmed at the same time. I like that I can look to other examples for help.
Visuals aren’t always needed, but can be really powerful. The very well-known term, “a picture is worth a thousand words” could not be more true. A picture can make or break a design.
I genuinely do like this book, and overall I enjoyed both of these chapters. look forward to reading more of them and finishing up the book.
In chapter seven of Hagen & Golombisky they talk about type. I had never heard of the term “typography” until I took the intro to graphic design class last semester. I always thought that the word, “font” covered everything. It even took me a while to learn how to decipher the two. In the end I always remember it by saying that a font lies within the typography.
Another thing I didn’t know before that class, and before reading this chapter, was the part of a font. You don’t typically think about disecting a letter of a font, however, I have learned that once you see it, you can’t un-see it.
One thing about type that I have come to love and take advantage of are glyphs. Not all fonts have them, but when they do, I love to see what they are and different ways I can use them.
The biggest things that I have learned about type is the difference in serif and sans-serif and to only use one, or two typefaces at a time- tops. If you start using more than one typeface on a project, it will become confusing and messy. Less is definitely more.
For chapter eight and the topic of color, I was interested to read it because I love color. Color is one of my favorite parts about design because, it can make or break it. I think that color is very underrated when it comes to design and people should take it into consideration more when designing something.
My favorite tool for color is the eyedropper tool. I use it all the time and I love when I have an idea to use colors, and they work out well.
Overall, I enjoyed these chapters because they taught me a lot about type and color. I’m excited to see what else I will learn.
Chapter four and five of Hagen & Golombisky talk mainly about the sins of design.
I loved this section because I agreed with most everything they said. In my previous experience in design, I have come to learn what looks good and what doesn’t. I like how this chapter reiterated some of the things I already knew, and taught me things I didn’t.
My favorite rule was wrapped photos. I can not stand when photos have been stretched or made smaller because of hoe they are placed. Almost any eye can catch when a photo looks strange and I always try to make sure that doesn’t happen in the newspaper.
The next chapter on mini art school was very interesting. I liked what the book said about size and scale. That can often be a hard things to grasp when using InDesign and i think they did a good job of explaining it.
I also liked the different principles. The principle on balance was good because thats very important when designing something. You want to make sure that it’s easy on the eye and flows well on the screen, and on paper.
Overall, I enjoyed these chapters and I look forward to more design advice from this book.
I found Lieb’s chapter 7’s information on copyright very important when relating to design. I have learned in the last from personal experience that you must give credit to art or text if it is not 100 percent your own work. Even though most people don’t plagiarize on purpose, it can still be taken seriously if it’s on accident.
Privacy is also important to design. There are many times when privacy rights can get you in trouble without even trying.
Chapter 8’s focus on code of ethics and free press was interesting to me. I already know a lot about both of these topics, but it was interesting to relate it back to design.
Over the past year or so, I have been paying more attention to design because I work with it a lot. I am either noticing something for the first time or looking for inspiration. Either way, I like to see how people design in different ways.
I also believe that design is a great way to speak to people. With the freedom of press, we are allowed to use not only text and photos, but design as well to be journalists.
Chapter 14 of Hagen & Golombisky was a lot more interesting than I though it would be. I loved reading about picking the type of paper to print on, and thinking ahead. I have only ever used glossy and matte paper, but I hope to branch out more.
People don’t realize how important printing is. It’s the final product that will have the biggest effect on people as they see and; and presentation is everything.
Overall, I enjoyed these chapters and look forward to what else this book has to offer.
The first thing I noticed about this book was the design within it. I suppose that’s a good thing, too, because that’s what this book is all about.
Chapter one focused on defining design. In my previous graphic design class, I always found this question hard to answer. However, I like how Hagen answered it through various aspects of design including rules and control.
Chapter two talked about brainstorming on paper first. I have to say that I disagree with this because in my previous experience, I like to start on the computer first. I find that this is more helpful than starting on paper. I like to sketch or brainstorm on the computer because all of my options for shape and color are right in front of me.
I liked how chapter three focused on the layout part of the file. Margins, columns, rows and where your potential copy will go are very important. I learned this as well in my intro to graphic design class.
Overall, I liked all of the information so far in this book and look forward to what else it has to say!
Today I met with the writers for the second time.
When I was editing their stories I only saw a few things to change overall.
One major thing that I saw a lot of the incorrect use of quotes. I made sure to tell them that when ending a quote, we use a comma followed with ending quotes. Then, followed with said ______.
I showed them the mistakes they made and why I made the changes I did.
Another issue I saw in all three articles was that they didn’t have a headline. I made sure to talk to the writers about this, and the importance of a headline.
Overall, they did a very good job writing and I am looking forward to the finished product.
Chapter 10’s discussion on curation, aggravation and creation was very interesting to me.
Before reading this chapter I did not know a lot about either of these in detail. When I originally saw the word, curation, I thought about its original meaning; putting together some type of information.
However, in the field of journalism, I learned that curation relates to the original definition, but is more involved with the process of editing and cutting back.
It’s funny because we actually talked about this in class this morning. Sam talked about how he had an article that was double the assignment length and how to handle that.
After our discussion in class and through personal experience, I think that he came to a good conclusion on what to do.
Under the creation chapter in the book, the section talked about listicles/photo galleries/essays and how to make sure that the content is still getting information successfully to the reader.
In chapter 11 I learned new terms I did not know before. Editorial triage and back-editing were both terms that I learned from this chapter.
Little did I know that I have experienced editorial triage myself many times working on the paper. Since we are deadline driven, I have come across this issue before and I always have to problem solve.
I have found that time limits make the newsroom that much more stressful and time-management is very important in journalism.
Overall, these chapters had good advice on a topics that I feel don’t get enough attention sometimes. It was a good read.
Chapter two of Lieb was all about choosing good content. I have personal experience with this because of The Roar. At the beginning of this year, Cammie and I had to decide which sections we wanted in the paper, and which ones to take out. We did this because of the recent rebranding of the paper and because of the content. We felt that not all sections at the time were being read or were important. So, I could relate to what the first section was discussing.
I also liked the section on deciding what to publish. I find myself struggling with this because of the newspaper. When we do story ideas at meetings, I often find us having to brainstorm on what exactly people want to know or read about.
Chapter nine’s topic of engagement was a good read as well. I agree that it can he difficult to get your readers and audience engaged, and keep them engaged. I liked the section on external engagement because of the advice of using social media and online discussions to help engage readers. I also love the user analytics. It’s so easy now to see feedback on your websites and it’s really helpful to editors.
Overall, I enjoyed both chapters. They brought new insight to me as a writer, editor and publication chief.
Today I met with my writers at our initial meeting. I was a little nervous because I don’t know them very well. However, the first meeting was really nice. They were all attentive and prepared for their assignment.
My writers are Chloe, Chris and Connor. They each had their profile ideas ready. Chloe is doing hers on DVC and his involvement with the rotary program, Chris is doing his on the men’s lacrosse coach, Tim Dunton and Connor is doing his on Wallace Hinson, the Piedmont College Singers conductor.
During our first meeting we talked about the interview scheduling process and how to get things started. We agreed that after they have their rough draft done, I will meet with them individually and discuss what they have so far.
They didn’t have too many questions about this assignment, so we all exchanged contact info and I let them know that I was always available.
I am excited to see how their stories turn out. I am also looking forward to see their individual writing styles and how what I will learn from being their editor.