Infographics, Planning for and Reviewing

Exercise 1

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For the first article, “Bankers Call for Wider Measures to Stem Crisis,” I would use the above infographic design. Basically a map of Europe with pin pointed areas where the Euro Zone Crisis first started and eventually lead to the cause of the article.  Because the article has to do with the issues that were going on economically and they all related to the Euro Zone Crisis I figured that some of the readers may need some information on the actual crisis.

This infographic would work for print and the web with just a minor change between the two.  For the web, the info graph would start out just looking like a map with the little pins on Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and Greece. Once they’re clicked on, however, the map would zoom in on the city and a text box would pop up and display the history of that cities involvement in the crisis.  For the print it would be very similar, but without the movement. As shown in the picture there would be a text box connected to the pin describing the information that would have shown up I the web text box.

The reasoning for this is that it is informative of a subject that is very much involved in the article, but is not really described very well in the article.  Therefore, the infographic is still connected to the article, but is more of an extension to help the readers to understand the article better. It is also easy to understand and, for the web, easy to use. It isn’t too cluttered, but still gives adequate data and history.

For the second article, “Heart Device Might be Useless for Women,” the design is similar to the first in that it is simple and interactive.  The web design (right) looks like there isn’t much to it and that is more because I didn’t know how to draw exactly what I wanted. The picture is what you would see and when you click on either the man or woman icon it would zoom in and focus in on the icon and a text box would pop up explaining the effects of a heart attack on the gender, then once the user clicks on the heart icon the text would change into information about how the ICD effects the gender.

For the print version (left) of this infographic, the information is basically the same as the web version it is just located easier.  The icons are still the same, however the text boxes containing the effects of heart attacks on the different genders are located beside the gender icon. Likewise the description of how the ICD’s affect the different genders are  located under the respective gender icon.

Like with the first article both infographics are simple and easy to navigate.  They also give some information pertaining to the article such as the differences in which the genders react to such incidents. There is also the possibility to extend that information given even more than the article does, this would give readers a reason to use the infographic in the first place.

Exercise 2

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This infographic, found at tabletopwhale.com, simulates how different animals fly. It uses animation to recreate the movement that these five different creatures do as they fly. Navigationally, the infographic is very easy to understand. There is nothing to click on or hover over, the info is just displayed. The visuality of this image is very good. It draws you in right away and is very interesting. It holds your attention with the movement and the calculations of the ups and down strokes. The only weakness that I can think of to add to this is that they could have made the text a little bigger and more noticeable. The graphic explains itself very well I think. I didn’t have trouble figuring it out and it is not full of technical jargon that the normal everyday person couldn’t understand. It was very easy to understand and very well illustrated.

 

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This graphic, found at simp.com, visualized the data of all of the different languages of the world and who speaks them, and puts the into a chart.  As far as navigation goes, there isn’t much to it. It is laid out and basically just a picture. There is not extra things to hover over or click on. For this graphic I have a little more critique than the last one. There is a lot going on in this infographic. With so much information it is almost overwhelming to look at. I get that that may be part of the point, to show just how many there are and how widely they’re used, however it is not inviting at all and I found it to be a little obnoxious. It does explain the topic well, however, and is very thorough. unfortunately it is not easy, for me anyway, to understand. There is just too much being thrown at you at once. It is hard to know where to start. I also didn’t find it to be well illustrated, it seemed like there was not a lot of organization to it. Where most pie charts are sections off, this one is just decided into oddly shaped sections. Overall I didn’t really think that this one did it’s job.

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This final infographic, found at raconteur.net, is a narrative that follow many of the notable storytellers in history. It is a timeline that is set out in total and has nothing to click on or hover over. The navigation of the infographic is basically that the reader just follows the timeline as it snakes down the page. The critique that I’d have for this is, like the one above it, there is a lot of information and probably could be a little overwhelming.  However, it is set up much nicer than the last graphic and is easier to follow.  There is a clear starting and ending point. The graphic could do a little better explaining itself as to why we could care about the subject, but as far as understanding when these people were around, it is very self-explanatory. For the most part I would say that it is easily understood and well illustrated.

Preparing and Adding Photos

Leads Blog Entry

Exercise 1

Who: 55-year-old Pembroke Township resident, James E. Beals.

What: Arrested in connection with four October homicides in Pembroke Township.

Where: Arrested in Benton Harbor Mich., homicides committed Pembroke Township October 1, 2016.

When: Arrested was announced Monday, March 6, 2017.

Why: Victim, Ralph Ledet’s, death was ruled a homicide, and the triple homicide of Reginald Neal and his two sons, Dangelo Neal and Davante Hopkins is thought to be connected.

How:  All victims had been shot in the head several times, according to Kankakee Coroner Bob Gessener.

Exercise 2

Blind: A Kankakee man has been arrested in Benton Harbor, Mich., for charges of murder.

Umbrella: The suspect of the four homicides committed in October 2016 in Pembroke Township was taken into custody early this morning in Benton Harbor, Mich.

ID of Impact: Kankakee resident, James E. Beals, prime suspect in the ongoing investigation into the murder of four people in Pembroke Township, was arrested earlier last week.

Anecdotal: It was a crisp, fall night, October 1, 2016, in Pembroke Township Ill., when suddenly gunshots broke the steady hum and chirping of nature.

Descriptive: The dirt driveway of 6600 S 17250 East Rd was muddy with blood on October 1, 2016. The next night, the small residency of 4300 S 15500 East Rd was stained crimson as well. The man to have allegedly committed these crimes was apprehended earlier last week.

Quotation: “Upon arrival deputies discovered 56-year-old Reginald Neal, 24-year-old Dangelo Neal and 21-year-old Davante Hopkins all deceased from apparent multiple gunshot wounds,” Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey said in October of 2016. Five months later, the man thought to have committed these crimes has been caught.

 

This is not a Glimmer Glass Project.

Mini MM story Reflection and Assessment

There are many lessons one learns whenever they have a chance to perform a task. This assignment was no exception. From the many things that I did learn, the most significant was that other people, outside of the team of people working on the project, don’t usually care enough to want to help. You have to persuade heavily to get any assistance outside of your group. Another great lesson I had already learned previously, but was reinforced throughout this project was to always have a back-up plan.

Admittedly the team struggled to agree on many subjects and it was very difficult to get a good result on many areas of the Mini Multimedia Story. Not all aspects of the project were rough going, though. Even with the troubles we had agreeing, the majority of us seemed to keep a good sense of comradery. We looked out for each other.  If one person was struggling in one aspect of the project we picked up their slack. While it may have been rooted in a selfish motivation to not screw up our own grades, these are just good people as well, and wanted to help the whole group succeed.

Personally, there are a couple areas that, given the chance to do it over, I would do differently. I could list them all, but what it really comes down to is I was too nervous about messing up the project to step up and do the best that I know I can do. I do not understand the technological aspects of posting stuff on the internet yet, but putting my pride aside and asking for help is something I should have done, for the good of the project as well as myself.

In the upcoming multimedia project I expect to apply the lessons that I have learned by simply stepping up and being more confident. I know I have the ability to do the assignment correctly, but my confidence when the time actually comes has not always held out. However, I know more about how to accomplish the next project from the lessons learned in the first. There is no reason that I shouldn’t be able to do this next assignment to the best of my ability.

Reaction on Guest Speaker, Melody Alexander

Throughout the entirety of Melody’s presentation, I found many elements to be interesting.  The one that stood out the most to me, however, was the video that was put together to try and persuade the man to donate to the school.  It was such a nice production visually and very enticing from the get-go.  It almost made me want to give to the university.  The results and aftermath of the video were very interesting as well. With the stat being that over 123,000 people viewed the video, on one source or another, it was very impressive to think that a video about the history of a university would do so well.  It made me wonder how many times the video of Dr. Bowling narrating the history of Olivet had been viewed.

There wasn’t a whole lot that I really wanted to know more about, not because it was boring by any means, but because she was so in-depth about the projects while speaking with us. I suppose that the one thing that stands out that I wouldn’t mind knowing more about would be the dynamics of the collaborative video work. What were the major challenges of working with a group? It is always one of the most difficult elements of any project. Working with other people, with different personalities, and different schedules, etc., tends to become a very fragile system, at least in my experience.  Was that the case for them?

Overall, I found the presentation to be very interesting and Melody gave lots of good advice. While I would like to know more about the collaborative process, she did touch on it a little.  Even just a little help with how to work well with others can go a long way.  We also learned a lot about what to expect later in our media careers.  I think that the whole class would be able to benefit from a heads-up about what comes next after college. Knowing what to expect will give one a little step ahead of others in the same field, allowing one to be more prepared and ready for the job.

Specialty Areas in Multimedia Storytelling

The video aspect of Multimedia Storytelling would most likely be my strongest specialty.  I have been majoring in Multimedia Communications with a concentration in Film Studies since I began my time at ONU. I have had a passion for film and making movies since I was I first grade.  I remember thinking I didn’t have the courage to act, but I could be like Steven Spielberg and make movies the way that I wanted them.  I am learning a lot even now about video production in the Basic Video Production class that Professor Bishop teaches, and will be able to apply a lot of what I will learn to the Multimedia Storytelling packages.  Another area of video that I have some experience in is editing.  I am good at editing and tend to be a bit of a perfectionist.  The editing process of video production, I would assume, is very important for multimedia storytelling. As with films, if the editing is bad then the communication of the story is lost, or at the very least hindered.  One other area that I feel like I’d do fairly well in is project management. I am confident that if put in the position of manager I could handle it very adequately. I feel comfortable in both leading and following.  That’s not to say that I couldn’t improve in my management skills. I am by no means the best leader out there, and would like to continue to improve in that area.

Some areas that I really need the most improvement in would be design, web and social media. For as much as I like the visual aspects of film and video, I have a very difficult time visualizing a good design for most things. I struggle to even make interesting power points for class presentations. As far as the web is concerned, I don’t really know much of anything. Just setting up this blog was a struggle for me.  I really just haven’t had a whole lot of experience with it.  Of all of the areas, however, that I need improvement in, social media is definitely the biggest.  I don’t have a Facebook, I don’t have Twitter, the only type of social media that I have any experience with is watching YouTube.  I understand the necessity of social media in the world of media today, but I really hate the whole idea of it.  For a generation that already feels entitled, allowing anyone to be able to post whatever they want about whatever they want is just asking for trouble.

First Post

The focus of the Refugee: 18 Stories from the Syrian Exodus multimedia package was just that.I would say that the greatest strength of the site was the visual of it as a whole. It looks, and is, organized so well that you almost don’t notice the organization. Much like in editing a film, the less that the organization is noticed in a website the better, but that’s just my not-so-humble opinion. The animation of the silhouetted people walking across the screen paired with the statistic of how many refugees is a very effective visual.
The biggest weakness that the website had, in my opinion, was that it didn’t effectively use videos. In a subject like this, with all of the personal stories, it would make sense to get a brief interview with the subjects of the articles. And it is not as if videos were out of the question. There were videos inserted with the articles however they were just fifteen second long clips of the subjects sitting and looking at the camera. They ought to have utilized the media they had and gotten a short interview.