Saturday, March 31, 2012

AHA! March

Though March is one of the better months in schools (thank you spring break!), there is still much that need to be learned as the end of the semseter approaches quickly.

March 5th, 2012

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This class was by far one of the best classes I had all semester.  I learned a lot about myself and my fellow classmates during our creativity activity.  This activity allowed me to find my inner story with the game "Tell-A-Story".  In my group, we were given a set of cards with a girl on them and had to make a story with what was shown.  This task presented a challenge because there was no right or wrong answer, but what we thought was correct.  Little did we know, these groups would also be our Save the World and final project teams.  This activity allowed for us to begin experiencing how each of us acted in a group situation.

March 12th, 2012

SPRING BREAK!! :) A nice relaxing week for all of us fellow students and teachers.

March 19th, 2012

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This week was all about morals in visual literacy and how people with different morals can portray something completely differently then how you or I may see it.  When we did the activity where we found good and bad images in our media, it showed me that some people do not have remotely the same morals as I do.  For example, when we were talking as a class about how it is more socially acceptable to show half nude women where as it is completely wrong to show half nude men, our class got into a heated discussion.  There were many pictures posted about what was being said to support or negate what people had said.  One thing I found very interesting was the photo at left.  I think it is interesting because Jessica Simpson is portraying pregnancy in a positive way, such that the nudity in the photo is overlooked.  When looking at the photo, you simpily see Jessica Simpson happy and expressing joy (to some extent) that she is going to be a mother soon.

March 26th, 2012

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With our Save the World project due soon, we got some much needed work time.  This project has shown me what it would be like to save the world, one image at a time.  We also discussed Cultural and Ethical considerations that need to be made in these situations.  One thing that I learned from this class is that even though you may think something is socially exceptible or right, your counterpart may not think so.  In such a gloablized world, if careful consideration is not made about what is being portrayed then you can loose an entire group of clients because of one faulty mistake.  For example, the "A-OK" symobol has many conotations.  In many cultures, it is a positive saying or a game that people play.  But in other cultures such as Brazil or even ASL (American Sign Language) this symbol has a negative conotation.  Without knowing this, someone could put an advertisement out and loose many people because the cultural clarity was not considered.

Monday, March 5, 2012

AHA! February :)

February 13, 2012
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It is weird to think about everything that was covered in class today.  I think the most interesting thing that I learned was the difference between a graphic and a symbol.  Growing up, I thought everything was a graphic, but now I know that it's not, it is easier to decipher.  A symbol is a representation of a quantity or a process and to communicate meaning where as a graphic is a presentation.  The picture at right is showing how the representation of the words are different than the presentation with the image of the images.  The left side of the image would be considered symbols and the right is the graphics.

February 20, 2012

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I thought that the presentation over body language was very informational and unique.  It is interesting to see how people convey messages without using words.  The activity of doing charades was a great idea because that is a very good way of illustrating meaning without using words.  The image to the left shows many ways to convey different emotions.  I think that it was very interesting that there are many ways to convey one emotion, and what I think is anger, someone else may see as confusion.

February 27, 2012

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Today, I learned that Visuals in Business are incredibly important.  The use of visuals in both meetings and logos are crucial for the business to succeed.  When using visuals in meetings, a manager should think about what information is being portrayed.  I learned that picking a good visual would further what you want to be taken away from that meeting.  If you have information that is not as important, then it does not need to put into a visual; whereas if you have inforation such as how well the business is doing, then you will want to show that because you want your colleauges to know what you know.  Another important aspect of visuals in business are the logos.  For example, in the Amazon logo, the arrow from A to Z shows that they have everything from A to Z with it forming a smile to insure that the customer is happy.  I think that it is very important to take into count all the things businesses do to form a strong customer base and keep them coming back.