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ENG 1023, Texas Woman's University (Fall 2012)

Your Dreams/Our Name (Nov. 29 class plan)


I have been reading your blog posts on what you’d like to  make (and possible names for our publication). Here are some tools you might use (and below is a survey on names!) Today, then, we’ll spend a few minutes looking at sample sites to consider issues of style and design, then you’ll do a bit of informal writing on what you see as proper style for writing in this genre and for this audience. (This should be useful for your reflection.) We’ll spend the rest of our time exploring resources, building drafts, and considering the look of our overall publication. There are lots of resources below (in response to your last blog posts) and more on our resources page.

Don’t forget to take the poll (below) and comment on what you think this should look like (perhaps identifying a template by name and suggesting whatever modifications you think appropriate?) before you leave today. I’ll set up the blog this weekend, once you’ve helped me make these decisions, and email you all to join as authors on the blog, so you can start building your drafts here. (Please give me the email address you used to join on today’s sign in sheet!) Meantime, play with what’s possible, and start drafting, using your own blog shell. Once you get on OUR blog, you can cut and paste it over. 

I am STILL working on those pf2s. I had hoped to get all the 11:30s back today (Thursday) and will try, but it might be Friday before they are all done. I really am working as quickly as I can. 

Rotating images? What about making a slideshow? Google “make free slideshow” and you’ll find tons of sites to use for this.

If you want to embed a video YOU made: look at the resources for using iMovie or MovieMaker Live. Then you’ll need to set up a YouTube account (if you don’t already have one), upload the video to YouTube, and embed it in the blog post (using the upload/insert media menu, and pasting in the YouTube address there). You will find directions for uploading to YouTube on our resources page as well.

(If you need to cut up existing videos to remix or mash into yours, you might find a useful site. It will download videos from YouTube for you–but take care not to click the ads on this page–there are lots of them! AND BE SURE TO CITE the folks who made the stuff you are working with.)

Those of you thinking on making videos may find seeing some previous student work inspirational. Here are three playlists, full of videos made by my students.

To embed a video you found elsewhere: you’ll embed a link to it, using the upload/insert media menu, and pasting in the address. (You WILL want to cite this somehow.)

I would avoid using “proprietary” file types, like PowerPoint. to do that, you’d make a PowerPoint, upload it somewhere, and link readers to it. When they clicked the link, the PowerPoint file would open, but only IF they had PowerPoint. They may not. Also: Have you ever seen an online magazine use PowerPoint like this? I haven’t.

Adding hyperlinks to other sites as part of your text is something many of you want to do, and a great thing to do. It’s EXPECTED of digital publications. To do it, just highlight the text you want to make a hyperlink, then click the paper clip icon in the editing screen. It will have y0u paste in the address you want to link to. Then be sure to click the box opening this off-site link in a new window (so they don’t lose your article/our magazine as they surf). Use links in your text, as appropriate, and, if you’d like, build a list of “for more information” links as part of your article. You could do this as text, on your page, or you could use another site (like Pinterest) to do this more visually.

Many of you talked about using subheadings. That’s a very good thing to do on longer, digital texts–it helps us “anchor” our eye (and also helps readers who like to scan and cherry pick what they’re going to read). Make sure subheading are descriptive of what’s coming, parallel with one another, and stand OUT. (They shouldn’t be in the same font weight/size. You can format font using a drop down menu, with paragraphs looking one way, and first/second/third level subheadings another….)

Make a song play when page opened, or embed a file in the page? I’ve not done it on, but it is possible. Here are a couple of resources that might help: A how to from | Embedding Audio Files in a Blog (from an offsite author)

Some of you have chosen to work with Prezi. Here’s how to embed that in our blog.

Some of you have plans that will require somehow editing pictures you’ve gathered (like adding font to them to use as a subheading, or to lay out a quote graphically to make an attention getting “pull quote”). You might find useful for this (though there are other sites you could use as well.) (Again: don’t forget to cite anything you use–pictures, sounds, words, ideas, facts–that isn’t wholly created by you!)

If you want to meld several pictures into one (kind of making a collage, for some purpose), has been suggested by classmates. (If you run a search for “create collage online” you’ll find other options.)

A couple of you talked about making print based documents, that then would be scanned, saved as a pdf, and linked to on site. I’m okay with this (provided you can justify it as part of your reflection–but you’ll need to do that for ANY of the choices any of you might make, so don’t let that stop you.) To save as a PDF, MOST version of word will now do this by just clicking file > save as > then under save as type, click “pdf.” (Sometimes this appears in the bottom left of the “save as” pop up window, rather than in a drop down box.) Make sure you don’t leave spaces, or use symbols, in the file name. Then, go to our dashboard, click on media, then add media, and upload your file. As you near the end of this process, it will give you an address where the file lives–cut and paste it before you finalize things and leave this page. Then you’ll go to your post and create a hyperlink to the document. You might consider putting some other content–maybe an image or two, and a blurb about the project/an invitation to read it, on the page, so it’s not JUST a link when folks get there.

Now: What should we name the thing?

And what should it look like?

Tell me your thoughts.

The look should go with the name, somehow, I think. Thus far, I’ve heard one set of suggested colors–black, gray, and white, which I think would allow the colors each of you wants to use (in your fonts, images, videos, etc.) to shine. What templates do you like? Comment on this post and let me know! And if the template is modifiable, suggest what modifications you’d like me to make?)

You will need a draft of your project to share by next Thursday! We’ll also spend some time that day working on the reflective overview.


29 comments on “Your Dreams/Our Name (Nov. 29 class plan)

  1. drL
    November 29, 2012

    Good analysis of magazine genre conventions here:

  2. Caitlin
    November 29, 2012

    I’m fond of the Rusty Grunge theme, modified with whatever colors we choose to use. It has a good, college age feel without being too scholarly with paper rule image (though we could modify it that way if we so choose).

    Blaskan is good for the stark contrast look. Or Twenty-Eight Thirteen, for a good separation and multiple rows, much like the Advocate.

  3. Catherine
    November 29, 2012

    I like a theme called Coraline, it’s very clean and easy to navigate. It also leaves a lot of room for variations in color.

  4. aedwards10
    November 29, 2012

    I like the one Contempt because it looks almost like the class plan page and is well content, no loud colors or weird patterns. Very relaxing and normal lookin, and also look like facebook in away that most people are used to seeing on a “regular basis”.

    • aedwards10
      November 29, 2012

      Or even the Bold Life with a soft font, and neutral colors.

  5. mmauricio92
    November 29, 2012

    I liked Quintus I think it is easy to read and it looks nice. It also look like it will be well organize step by step.

  6. Stephanie Miller
    November 29, 2012

    I picked the one called Sunspot because of its elegance and sophistication. It looks very calming, and the colors remind me of the title I picked, which was Food For Thought. The reds, yellows, and oranges are not overpowering, especially to the black background. It looks like its great to have pictures, as well as text on it.

  7. lizette estrada
    November 29, 2012

    i liked the theme called tapestry. it looks very desent, easy to navigate, and colorful.perfect for the class 🙂

  8. Joy James
    November 29, 2012

    My favorite name is The Truth Served Cold because it’s sort of ironic and sarcastic. All of our articles this semester are about women or women’s issues that are pretty much overlooked, but they are still VERY important! So the title of the newspaper being The Truth Served Cold seems like a good choice beause our topics have been so brushed over.
    I agree with the magazine colors being more nuetral and black and white as well, with as little as possible pictures or icons as possible so that our lights and articles can shine.

    • Joy James
      November 29, 2012

      My favorite theme on wordpress is the autofocus theme!

  9. chelseyac
    November 29, 2012

    Blissful Blog and Balloons are really cute and somewhat neutral. My favorite is Bueno though. It’s all neutral colors, has the featured and recent posts column on the end and it’s designed really well!

  10. Quaticya J
    November 29, 2012

    As The World Turns, was the theme I chose. Reasoning because all topics are broad and we research a topic or person that made a impact on the world today. The title is catching to me. because it as the world turns changes are being made.

  11. singoutloud123
    November 29, 2012

    I like motion, Ocean Mist, and Dusk of Dawn they are all intersting and will catch any type of audience regardless of age.

  12. Ashley Morton
    November 29, 2012

    I like Structure and Grisaille because they have a similar feel to a printed newspaper article or Time Magazine online. They are both clean and crisp, and utilize the whole black, gray, and white color scheme that would serve as a blank canvas for each person’s individual article.

    I also like Bueno because it is cute, but I’m not sure that everyone would appreciate the pink elements. Maybe if the background could be changed to gray-scale it would work for everyone.

  13. drL
    November 29, 2012

  14. kaitlynoja
    November 29, 2012

    I really like the theme BUENO. You can change the color template but I really like the colors it gave me. I like how the layout is easy to read and pleasing to the eye.

  15. Tochukwu Tiko-Okoye
    November 29, 2012

    T/Th – 1PM

    I like the theme Chateau. I originally liked the Balloon theme but I reconsidered who our audience is, so I changed my mind. Chateau is a simple theme but yet elegant.

  16. dguebert
    November 29, 2012

    well i already customized my page and put the Quintus theme with a tile background of a picture i copied off google.

    • drL
      December 2, 2012

      Awesome–but remember, you’ll “turn in” your final article by posting it to the shared blog address I am establishing. (do you think Quintus would be a good choice for that one?)

  17. fcenglish1023
    November 29, 2012

    I liked the Time Piece Theme because its very simple and professional looking but not too plain. Since its simple I think everyone will be able to make it work with what they want to do without it getting too complicated.

  18. hstafford1
    November 29, 2012

    Any theme is good with me, but I did like the twenty-tweleve theme. It is nice and clean and organized, plus I think people can all add their own spin to it. Any colors are good with me, but maybe something that is not too dark or light.

  19. Tiffany Lightner
    November 29, 2012

    I like a lot of the themes that I am seeing, but there are some that I feel would be great for our project.
    Structure,Motion,Oxygen, AutoFocus

  20. cierra Jones
    November 29, 2012

    I originally like something fishy, but once I started scrolling, the fish moved as if they were swimming and then I thought, this would distract the readers especially with the article most likey not having anything to do with things in the water.Then I found the theme “The columnist”. I like it because it’s very simple and reminds me of a news type website.

  21. mws14
    November 29, 2012

    Matt Simpson
    T/R 1-2:20pm

    I like the rusty grunge theme, it just really appeals to me. I think others would like it as well, but if it was ‘modifiable’ then maybe change the background colors to a matching one instead of green, blue, and red. Other than that, I don’t think it is too ‘out there’, but still where people may like it.

  22. Hezron Abu
    November 29, 2012

    I like the The Columnist theme, its organized, clean, and gives the page a relaxed feeling. The tile, colors and background ar customizable

  23. csolis2012
    November 29, 2012

    I like Delicacy, MistyLook, and Origin. I think the themes I have chosen are very professional and simple to the point that our media will stand out.

  24. Abbeygail Hoppe
    November 29, 2012

    the theme that I liked was Confit. but instead of the orange wording we could maybe put it in Maroon and the background we can change to a picture of the TWU campus.

  25. Lupita Sanchez
    November 29, 2012

    I liked so many themes but I can say, Magazine is the best choice then, reddle, sight,fresh news, and triton life.

    our theme shouldn’t take the attention away from our content… I was looking at
    and there theme is simple yet there content is was comes out of the page..

  26. Debra
    December 2, 2012

    The theme I chose was Confit by Automattic. I embedded a picture that was used in the 40’s toward empowerment of women.

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