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Audio Review, eBooks, and the Return of CRAP!

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Today is the day for those of you who want to work in formats that privilege words over images or that balances images and other media with text.

The order of the day

  1. Comment on a classmate’s (or two’s!) blog
  2. Check-in on audio homework
  3. Review of the CRAP principles and using styles
  4. I will review how to create a WordPress site that hides the blogging function for those of you who want to create a website for your final project. Read this for more information. If you are not seeing a drop-down menu when you hover over “My Sites” in the left-upper corner, click on “My Sites” and then click the three dots (menu) option next to your site name and then click “Edit Icon.” Now if you look under the “Settings” option on the new menu, you can click “Reading” and you can now see the option to make static front page.
  5. Review of due dates and other important items

 CRAP and other design principles

Professional document design privileges clarity and organization. Playful designs that make the user think about why the document is designed the way it is and ask him or her to do interpretive work to figure out how to read the document is discouraged. This is an ideology based on industrial efficiency, one that artists and scholars often critique, but one that is still dominant because it allows for quick and easy consumption of information. We will follow this current graphic design standard in our work for this class and only deviate from it if there is a rhetorical reason to do so. For example, if you are designing the layout for a poem or the liner notes for a punk album, you might want your audience to think critically about the layout of information and choose an aesthetic that deliberately goes against efficiency and readability. Generally, for our purposes Consistency and Simplicity are key:

  • As a general rule, use no more than two fonts (one for titles and headings and one for body text) and no more than three typefaces (e.g., normal, bold, italic) (repetition & contrast)
  • Create a standard page layout/design that you will use for the entire document that includes a consistent style for headers/footers, titles, headings, body text, bulleted/numbered lists (alignment), text boxes, links, spacing (proximity), etc.
  • Use the same navigation system (menu) for all pages of a website.
  • Avoid widow and orphan lines and make sure headings stay with the body text. (proximity)
  • Place images in the same way (repetition) and only change the placement if there is a rhetorical reason to do so.
  • Use page numbers on print documents!
  • Have a title page or home page

Examples Ebooks/Web Designs

  1. 5 Examples of Seriously Sexy Ebooks
  2. The City of Tallahassee website

Homework:

Group #10 Group Tech Presentation: Snapchat/Snap

Website 4th page of your choice due

Blog Post 10 due

Research Journal #5 is due the Tuesday we get back from break (Research Analysis Overview or for Optional Blog)

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Course Information

what
CO302.002, Writing In Online Environments
Fall 2016

when and where
T/TR @ 9:30-10:45am
Eddy 4

instructor
Jeremy Proctor
Eddy 311
jeremy.proctor@colostate.edu or proctorj@rams.colostate.edu

office hours
1:00 to 2:15 TR
by appointment

Most English Department faculty no longer have office phones. This means that the only way to reach me outside of class is to physically come to office hours or to email. During the work week I check email several times a day between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Under normal circumstances I respond to email within 24 hours. If you email after 5:00 pm on a Friday (i.e., on the weekend) you might not receive a reply until Monday morning.

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