Thursday, February 18, 2010

fancy pages

There are ways to make your documents look a lot more creative.  This particular word wrap adds the look of old hand written pages often found in early literature with the readability of standard type.  Take the grunge images below into Photoshop, remove the white from them and insert the remaining images into a document as shown below.  Then go to Lorem Ipsum and generate four paragraphs of text and also insert it into the document wraping the text around the images.  To get the effect of the first letter, simply create another text layer with only the first letter, formatted in some sort of script style.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

give me your blog's address

Hey gang, in my comments post the URL to your blogs and which class you're in so I can find them all.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

classes are canceled

According to academic affairs...classes for Thursday night and Friday have been canceled.  Enjoy your snow day.  See you next week.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thursday Night Classes

Keep an eye out for the weather on Thursday and Tech's website.  I'm not sure what the class situation will be.

as a matter of fact...

The details of technology aside, checking your facts is central to responsible journalism.  Anyone can claim their information is factual, but all it takes is a Google search for facts on the same subject to see that there is a lot of information out there that simply doesn't match up with other sources.  Your fact search doesn't have to end with a search engine.  Remember, you can still pick up a phone and talk to a living breathing human being.

If you are going to cite a something like a statistic, it's a good idea to let your readers know with a hyperlink or a reference list at the bottom of your post.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Site Feed

A site feed is what allows other people to subscribe to your blog.  The technical term is called a "feed aggrigator".  Basically it creates a mechanism that pushes your content to other locations every time you make a post.  This allows other people to subscribe to multiple feeds which in turn sucks yours and other content provider's content into a single location.  Essentially, it allows a person to customize a single web page to view content from multiple websites.

This is one of the big changes you'll notice as the web evolves.  Think of Twitter... you create ways for your information to go to your readers/followers instead of them coming to you.

I would like each of you to set up your blogger site to be followed by others.  To learn how to do that, go here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

a good blog is clean

Like all visual communication, it's important to keep your blog looking neat, clean and to the point.  If you're going to add additional elements, make sure you incorporate the space they take up into your overall visual design.  For example, if you're going to add a photo, make sure you wrap the text around the photo and don't simply leave it hanging out there in it's own little world.  Some text editors give you more specific control over your image placement.  Often you'll see "image property" settings that allow for "V space" and "H space"  Essentially, that's simply the vertical or horizontal distance between an image and text.  Running the text up against the image looks bad and generally unprofessional.

Something else to consider is hyper-linking.  If you find a website that you want to share, it's way better to do it like this as opposed to this. .  So if you want to talk about Michael Jordan then you might look here for more information.

Lorem Ipsum is a great website to go in order to generate random text to play with layout and design.

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