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Hello everyone,

I’d like to thank Philipp for his question about designing posters. Some of you might be also interested in this hot topic so I’ll copy-paste my email reply to Philipp for you. Also, the kind folks at Washington State University are generously sharing a tutorial on the subject. You can download it by clicking on the gigantic PDF icon on the right as well.

Happy designing and here come the instructions:

Normally, you should have a balance between images and words on your poster. In other words, use the principle “a picture is worth a thousand words” from the famous Chinese proverb.

Your text should be clearly visible and easy to read from a distance. Strip everything down to the most effective possible content — the essence that conveys the maximum meaning based on your topic. Breaking the rules is also fine as long as you have a reason justified by your main objective, i.e., communicating meaning in a way that is visually accessible, aesthetically stimulating, and textually focused.

In this project you have the freedom to choose a tone of voice that matches the overall energy of your project. Think about the audience you are designing for. What would resonate with their outlook, interests, and sensitivities? Informal, academic, or a combination of those ingredients will be absolutely fine as long as you get your message across effectively. Making things fresh and entertaining along the way would be a definite plus as well.

Also, have a look at the student-produced posters in Research IV. You can learn a lot about the relationship between form and content and how to balance these elements in your designs.

. . . will not take place in the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to work on your group projects independently. However, you’re always welcome to contact me should you need any help.

Best of luck!

Intelligent, sensitive, beautiful . . .

Audacity Workshop Tonight!

Resources

Dear students, this one is more of a resource than a tool, but to keep things simple, I’ve included it in the series.

Moby has created a collection of music you can use in your project videos provided you keep things non-profit. The site is called Moby Gratis and is waiting for you here. Let me remind you that for your new media production adventures you can borrow a camera or other toys from Kai Mettler at the IRC.

Alternatively, you could go totally grass roots by using an Internet camera (the one you have for video chat). A simple way to do it would be to sign up for an account at Viddler, record your video by saving it directly on their site, then copy and embed the video on your site.

We already covered embedding media in class, but if you need some help, I’ll be happy to hear from you!

So far we’ve learned how to feature videos from YouTube and Viddler on your sites. You can expand further the communication palette of your project by embedding PowerPoint presentations as well!

Go to SlideShare.com, sign up for a free acount, upload your presentation, copy the embed code (for wordpress.com), click the HTML text editor tab and paste it. Don’t forget to save your work 😉

Alternatively, you could find something that supports your text from thousands of other user-uploaded presentations and use it on your page or post. This is exactly what I did with the presentation bellow.

Happy embedding!

Project Time Has Come

Hello everybody,

We’ve already covered the basics you need to enter the all-out development phase of your projects. Hence, there will be no formal lectures next two Thursdays (10th and 17th). Please use this time to efficiently make significant and exciting headway with your projects.

You’re more than welcome to get in touch with your teaching team if you need any type of support during this intensive development period. We will be logging in to your group sites to monitor progress behind the scenes as well.

Best of luck and looking forward to seeing you again in class on April 24!