I went to an event at Newhouse that shared in which a seminar was held on each of the eight Newhouse majors. In the time allotted to the students each person was able to pick two major information sessions to go to. Even though I am BDJ I decided to go to the Advertising and TRF information sessions. To my surprise I really enjoyed the Advertising session and found the description of the major very appealing. The panel of advertisers discussed their careers as a job that is filled with travel and exiting accounts. One of the panel members was a previous SU student who had just started working at a firm in New York City. It is crazy to me that her first job out of college is in NYC because when people speak about BDJ they usually say that your first job out of college is going to be at some small rural town in the middle of nowhere. It was refreshing to hear that advertising was different.
This event inspired me because it showed me their is more out their besides BDJ. The only problem with that is now I am temped to switch to an advertising major. I love BDJ but it is a highly competitive career choice that does not officially pay off finically or location wise when you first start. Where as advertising seems like if you apply to the right position and get it you can get good financial benefits right off the bat along with an exiting location. Also the more I thought about advertising the more in demand I realized this field is because their are a ridiculous number of ads thrown at us each today which means they need a lot of man power to develop and release those adds. Overall this advertising informational presentation inspired me because it showed me another major/career that I could see myself extremely happy in.
On Saturday I attended an event at Newhouse regarding how journalist can best use Social media in their careers. The panel of news professionals discussed the dos and don`t on what to put on your social media site. They discussed twitter and Facebook and how building a brand for yourself over social media is key when pursuing a career in journalism. They also discussed how taking videos on your phone when reporting could give you an edge up on breaking the story first. For example one of the reporters on the panel took a video of Amanda Bynes on his phone as she entered the courtroom and posted it to vine the moment the video was taken. Other people used satellite so their videos took 15 minutes to upload but because he used his phone his video was sent out immediately. His footage was the first footage seen of Amanda Bynes and it when viral. Since I am interested in entertainment news this story really stuck out to me and also it showed how social media improved his story.
This event was inspirational because it showed me how social media is not just a platform for gossip but an essential platform for news. I was not a fan of social media but this event encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try. It inspired me to create an instagram and start preparation for my career for when I graduate. This event definitely got me thinking about my future and how I can take steps over social media to create opportunities for myself. This event showed me a whole different perspective on social media that was more business orientated.
After we watched the video in class thatB.E.A.T I was extremely inspired by the high energy and originality that New Orleans Bounce music possessed. When I got out of class all I wanted to do was to share the video with all of my friends in my dorm because of the positive impact it had on me. The music was like nothing I have ever heard before and the dancing was amazing. I love how this booty shaking music was able to create a cross over between the gay community and hip hop something that stereotypically would not seem to match up. Watching the sense of community and belonging that everyone in the video felt while out dancing was extremely uplifting. When one video 9 minute video can literally make me want to plan a vacation to that destination you know the person who made it was a good story teller. One person that inspired me in particular in that video was Nicky Da B . He had such a great presence and attitude that he was impossible to ignore. After I was done sharing the video we saw in class with my friends I then went on youtube and looked up other videos`s that Nicky Da b was in.
The Video “Express your Self” is now one of my favorite videos because of the crazy beat and positive message. Through my research on Nick Da B I found out that he is a proud gay artist who is out to the public. When I watched the video I not only associated express your self with dancing but in general to be who you are and do things that make you happy. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks do things and say things that you want to and don’t hold back because you are afraid of other people`s negative comments. After watching this video, I felt happy, inspired, and ready to take on the world. This might seem like an exaggeration but Im serious his music really had an impact on me. Nicky Da B was a very talented artist could be seen as a symbol for the evolution of hip hop/rap. His openness with his sexuality will open doors for other gay rappers who may of thought they had to keep it a a secret if they wanted to make it in the business. Nicki da B will most definelty be missed and his bounce legacy will live on l;ing after his death. This week he gained a new Fan and will continue to gain fans and recognition for his work. After seeing all of the nice comments on his video it is safe to say that his influence in the New Orleans bounce music community will live on.
On Wednesday I attended the Tully Center For Speech Event, where I listened to Alan Rusbridger speak about his career in Journalism and saw him accept the Tully free speech award. Alan works as the editor of the Guardian and has experienced a lot of backlash and legal issues for publishing the truth. An Example of tho that Alan is known for is that he published the Edward Snowden story. When Alan was asked why he published this controversial story he said it was because he believed it was something the public needed to know. Watching Alan speak was extremely inspirational for me because I am majoring in broadcast Journalism so I connected with what he was saying.
Alan painted journalism in a great light and spoke about how important this industry is to the public. Alan`s Comparison of Journalism to something as essential as the police force showed how much respect he had for his job. He spoke about how the media`s job is to spread the truth to the public so they can make intelligent decisions in their own lives. When I begin my career in broadcast journalism I want to be as fearless and honest as Alan and always reveal the truth even if its a risky secret to uncover. If something is unjust and negatively affects the public than I want to be able to tell them.
Today while I was completely lost on what I was going to do for my non-fiction project on I came across this picture of my roommate Kaylynn and was instantly inspired. Today she was showing me her modeling portfolio and I was wowed by how professional her pictures were and had no idea of the extant of her modeling career. My roommate has done modeling since she is 16 years old and has dreams of one day being a high fashion model. I asked her more about her modeling background and future plans and as she was talking I could see myself really telling a great story about her. Doing a story on such an ambitious person who not only is interested in modeling but is going to school for pre-med could really change peoples views on the stereotypical dum model. Telling her story could really show a different side to the business and depict her two conflicting identities. One as a dedicated college student choosing the prestigious and honorable path as a doctor and the other as a dreamer captivated by the luxurious and fast paced lifestyle that comes with modeling.
For my topic, Sloth, I chose to focus on typography and how the art of creating type has dwindled from artistry to simplicity. I chose to animate how a Blackletter ‘S’ would would sketched out, inked, and then filled in. Then it transforms to a computer screen with a cursor blinking to spell out the word ‘sloth’ in sans-serif type. This represents how typography has gone from a full-time occupation to a thing we all take for granted. Generations today who use technology don’t realize the time and effort it takes to create a typeface and how it affects our daily lives. The end takes you to a youtube link about the history of typography, which I think is appropriate for the importance of typography.
For this infographic, I chose to showcase the mass differences between the average income rates between New York state and Syracuse area. For the beginning portion, I chose to do a small introduction between the U.S., New York state and Syracuse. Each area is represented by a different opacity of red. At the end, the infographic allows the user to click on one of the three topics to go back and view the specific topic again.
My infographic shares the information the group Undergraduates for Better Education gathered by conducting surveys focusing on student’s Syracuse Education. The data I selected from the study is separated into three pie charts, each with a different focus. The three topics are how enthusiastic professors are in the classroom, how many options the students felt they had for selecting classes and how students evaluated teacher’s assistants.
The challenge I faced when it came to depicting education was representing it in a manner that is not over done. Because of this I opted to style my graphic in a clean, modern manner. For typography I choose the two typefaces Brandon and Chronicle. They compliment each other well in that they contrast styles. As for color selection, I wanted to have fun with the color scheme to bring some life and energy into my project, otherwise it would easily get too dry.
Class Morale screen:
I wanted my infographic to be playful and happy as opposed to dark and depressing, which is why I chose to research apples in New York State. I decided to show a tree growing and then have an apple fall off of it. The apple falls and eventually becomes the pie chart. Each of my sections where type heavy so I chose to do a click instead of a hover over for the info to appear. I made boxes up to that coordinate with the pie chart so one can click the boxes to see the section’s information.
I chose to use bright colors and I tried to stay within the color pallet of apples. This is a fun animation and the colors needed to reflect that.
What I learned
I learned how to add interactivity to my animation. I used the click and double click function. I also learned how to use the masking tool.
This project was inspired by the amount of political refugees in Syracuse. I used information from the Onondaga Citizen’s League project called the “World at our Doorstep,” which included the most recent statistics about refugee arrivals in the area. I wanted to highlight truly how international these numbers are, and how these people and families come from so many other places around the world. Another reason I wanted to highlight this was because people would never expect so many different nationalities having a large presence in Syracuse, NY, of all places.
I wanted to present this information in a really colorful way, and I wanted to incorporate either flags or countries. I chose flags, but I turned these flags into people so the numbers would feel more personable. With all of these people lined up next to one another, I was hoping to really hit home how diverse this area is, even if it is sheerly represented by colors on a flag. I chose a web typeface that was built into Edge that was clean but also looked hand drawn. I didn’t like how the sterile feel of a straight sans serif clashed with the personable project I was trying to build, so instead I chose something a little less rigid. I pulled the warm color palette for the type from various colors in the flags.
My overall concept was to communicate that Syracuse high schools are not doing very well in terms of the average graduation rate. An average graduation rate of 48% should never be acceptable. I wanted to convey this as an extreme issue.
In order to do so I chose to use dark colors, including a dark red. Dark colors and the color red are usually associated with negative ideas and red usually symbolizes something bad or dangerous. By using these colors I hoped to grab the audiences’ attention and make them feel concerned.
The first info graphic that I chose to use is a group of people icons that represent the total student population. It starts with 100 red icons and then they start dropping off the screen symbolizing the students who drop out of school. Each one that drops out leaves behind a grey icon. It ends up with 48 red icons left representing the average percent of Syracuse high school students who graduate. I thought that this was an easy way for the audience to see and compare the amount of students who drop out to the amount that graduates.
The second info graphic used is the graph showing the graduation rate at each school in the Syracuse City School District. This is a way to show the extreme range of graduation rates within the same district that can be seen easily. This is also where the interactivity comes in. You can mouse over the name of each school and a box will pop up with the graduation rate and student to teacher ratio for that school.
I also created importance through typography. In the section that presents the main fact that only 48% graduate, I used different font weights and color to create hierarchy.
I did have a little bit of difficulty with the interactivity, but after watching various tutorials I was able to figure it out.
The following project draws on the injustices of America’s incarceration rates. It is no surprise that there are some major discrepancies between race and gender. This info-graphic plainly shows the discrepancies of Caucasian, African American and Latino men and women.
The graphs I chose to illustrate show effectively show the discrepancies in a visual aspect with dots representing the amount of people.
I chose to use variations of black, white, and orange for this project. The black and white is supposed to convey the seriousness of the issue at hand. The orange elements work to highlight the important information. Orange is also a color that people associate with prisoners and the garments that they wear.
The interactivity is simple and meant to guide the audience to the most important information. The info-graphic starts with an animation to introduce the topic and to highlight the outstanding overall statistic.
I believe all the elements of this project work well together to convey an important message about the discrepancies involved in the U.S. justice system.
For this project, I created and data visualization project in Edge. I had a lot of trouble thinking about how I was going to integrate interactivity in a unique way. I ended up using an extended introduction and leaving the interactive elements till the end.
Design-wise, I was actually pretty happy with the finished look. It is simple and light. The fonts I used were found in Edge: quicksand, sans serif and amatic-sc, sans serif. Because I was using rainbow elements, I decided to keep all other colors a simple black and white.
The interactivity elements I ended up using were fairly simple in concept. However, I was not able to properly execute them in practice. The idea is that religion is supposed to have a mouse-over affect that changes the circles to show information.
For this assignment, I really wanted to create an infographic that would connect with my first project that I created. Therefore, I decided to stick with the topic of the Titanic and evaluate the survival rates and death rates of Titanic passengers.
The information provided is divided into gender and into social class. I created colors to correspond to each class: yellow signifies first class and is indicated on the top section of the ship. Pink signifies second class and is shown on the section next to first class. Third class is represented by the color aqua, and is located underneath both second and first class. Crew is also represented by a dark grey color and is located at the bottom section of ship, underneath third class.
The survival rates of each social classes are further divided by children, women and men. The lightest shades represent children, the medium shades represent women and the darkest shades indicate men.
I am pretty happy with the way the piece turned out, I just think that I could do a better job of illustrating the information differently and easily. If I had to change anything, I would include more data, filling up the entire top section of the infographic. I think actually numbers would have also been neat. I would love to revisit this assignment and create buttons for each of the individuals classes and genders. That way, once the information pops up, the audience could click on each bar to receive further information.
Learning interactivity was definitely more challenging than I had anticipated however, practice makes perfect and after spending several hours trying to figure it out, I can easily guide my way around. It was very rewarding to finish this piece with successful interactive elements.
List of Tutorials Used
PDF – Class 11/6/13
PDF – Class 11/13/13
I chose to focus my info graphic on the differences between those in poverty and those who have wealth. In a Syracuse.com article, it was reported that we have hit another low in terms of unemployment. We’re worse off than we were last year. I decided to explore what that meant exactly. In the article, it explained more people than ever in the area are turning to shelters for help.
And as it terms out, the value of food stamps in our country are being debated. Many congressmen are trying to cut he budget for food stamps, leaving many citizens hungry. California congresswoman Jackie Speier called these leaders out on this by outing them for spending nearly $200 dollars a day on food while on a trip to Ireland. This is not the only example. She sites other congressman spending their stipend on luxury foods as well. Meanwhile, those on food stamps in New York can only spend about $5 a day on food.