Life after Writing Class

Hey You,

I finished WRIT 4662W Writing with Digital Technologies, so I will be posting new ideas prompted from my day to day life going forward. I am in a period of transition and I hope to channel some reflection into this blog.

  • Develop my ideas
  • Help people in a similar mindset
  • Better understand where I’ve been and where I’m going

I am nearing the end of my final semester at the University. I am working on campus and my two courses are project based. Let me know if you are interested in my projects or how I am searching for THE BIG CAREER.

I have been planning a new healthy lifestyle while my boyfriend plans to buy a house. I’ve been reflecting today about how we’ve both changed so much since we met in 2013. Instead of feeling disappointed or overwhelmed, I am feeling very grateful for the happy things I have in my life today.

In my Technical Writing & Communication studies, I’ve learned that content and design are interrelated in technical and web writing. Even though I had to learn this concept in Visual Rhetoric, Web Development, Writing with Digital Technologies, Science Writing for Popular Audiences, and Writing on Issues in Science and Technology; I learned this concept long ago: In poetry, where user experience and look & feel  were always first considered.

I believe the moments before something amazing happens, you usually have no idea that it’s coming. I wrote this poem to remind myself that marvelous things will happen, and to remember the best year[-to-date] of my life.

Comment below and let me know what you’d like to read about for my future posts!

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How to use an infographic to make information beautiful

How to Create an Infographic

Blog 5

Today’s blog post is my choice. I chose to create an infographic. This was inspired by my classmate, Colin’s blog. Although, I feel slightly embarrassed my graphics and content aren’t quite as professional as his. This serves as good practice for my infographic Visual Rhetoric assignment I have coming up.

This infograph was created using Piktochart. It was easy to learn this software and there are lots of examples of layouts you can either pay for or use for ideas to create your own template (my choice). The tool is so intuitive, I didn’t troubleshoot a single tutorial or use the help features. There were lots of graphics to choose from (far more than template options) and lots of customize-ability. The concept of blocks, used by this tool, is a good concept to grasp for web design; I would recommend this tool to any person interested in learning to create professional-looking graphics or infographs. I can imagine this tool can be used for a number of projects in addition to infographs.

I have actually tried to recruit lost undergrads into the S&TC program. I have to remind myself that, for them, it may not be love at first sight like it was for me. I wholeheartedly love learning about human factors and usability, rhetoric, semiotics, semantics, writing theory, and writing using digital technologies. Sometimes I think I was missing something in my life before acknowledging my passion for information architecture. It’s also rewarding to encounter achievable tasks and accessible ideas outside my knowledge base/comfort zone. I am very thankful for the opportunity to become a professional in a field I respect and enjoy to this extent. It’s also fun to see others as excited as myself, hence the nerd reference…