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This is the executive report for Part 1. It speaks for itself.

 

 

My resume is geared towards marketing myself for either an Office Administration or a Public Relations personnel position. I stuck to a strictly traditional sense of what a resume is because I feel like more people would recognize and respect this format more than any other I could do. I did add some color to it; I thought that just plain black and white was too bleak for my taste, so in that sense, I injected a little bit of my personality into the resume. The font is mostly sans-serif, which I think is a clean look, but to keep it from looking informal or bland, I did offset the sans-serif font with my favorite serif font: Bookman Old Style. Separating sections with the colored blocks helped contrast that text against the rest of the body of my resume, too, which I think makes it look more professional.

 

 

For my Scannable Resume, I just removed any fancy formatting that might throw a computer scanner off when it goes to review my resume. I did leave the bolding and fonts, though, so it would be much easier for a human reviewer to read once the resume passed the computer scanner phase. It does look a lot cleaner than my actual resume, but it doesn’t look as professional without all of the formatting.

 

This is my LinkedIn Profile.

I chose a picture with me making a fun face and wearing a collared shirt because that’s the only relatively decent picture I have of myself wearing “professional” garb. The three sections I added to my profile were: Skills, Volunteer Experience & Causes, and Courses. I chose these sections based on my findings for the Executive Report. This is primarily where the Volunteer Experience & Causes section comes into play, because each person’s profile who works in the PR industry on LinkedIn all stated that they started off in Volunteer work and that it played an important component to their career. I added the Skills section because of the fact that I think it would be important for me to have my skills laid out in key words, much like the scannable resume. If anyone wants to search for someone with the skills that I posted on my profile, they would be able to find it more easily and hopefully select me for a job that much more quickly. Finally, the Courses section was added to show what PR experience I’ve had in the classroom and what those courses entailed so that employers can see that, while I might not have experience out in the “field,” I have taken courses to educate myself about the field and what a job in it entails.

 

 

I created this video resume with the hopes to encapsulate who I am and what my qualifications for any job I apply to would be. I’m satisfied with the way that it turned out. I think that the video’s content as far as the pictures are concerned really does justice to the skills from my Executive Report. The “organized” photo not only indicates that I am not only organized, but I love reading and bright colors. The music I selected for the video is really fun and a treat for employers in the video game industry, as it is a piano version of a song from The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. I think all of the qualities I chose to highlight and the music that was chosen definitely combined to present viewers with an accurate idea of who I am and what I can offer someone as an employee.

 

This is my Experiences Map on Google Maps.

 

I chose these five experiences to kind of backtrack my history of experiences with PR because I feel like my whole life, without even knowing it, I’ve been working this job. In high school, it was my job to get people interested and involved with the Book Fair, as it hadn’t happened there before because of the fact that no one was interested (this would be Dan River High School in Danville). It became wildly popular and it helped our Book Club be able to purchase books for all members to use (as the Library’s property, of course). I put the Bel Air High School node on there to show that, however brief, I have had television exposure. It was fun to go into the studio and see what went into shooting a TV show and being on TV was so much fun. The Cold Stone job didn’t fit onto my actual resume, but I feel like it is important to have on my timeline because it shows that I have always had a strong affinity for working closely with the public and I have the ability to be friendly with anyone and get to know what they like and dislike from a business standpoint. I elaborated on my job as an RA a little bit and briefly convey what aspects of the job I enjoyed and specialized in. Lastly, the Relay For Life PR chair position, to me, is one of the most important nodes I could put on the map because I am actually consciously performing the role of PR practitioner and I am succeeding at it. I’m getting great experience and learning what works for me in this position which, in my opinion, is quite invaluable for any hiree to know before heading into the job.

Project 3, Part 1 Peer Review

For the peer reviews for Project 3, Part 1, I reviewed both Tim and Becca’s rough drafts. Both were essentially good, yet I suggested a couple of formatting changes for both.

Remediation Peer Reflections

From reading what my classmates have posted on the topic or Remediation, I have a much broader idea of what that process entails and how it affects us in our day-to-day lives. Tim’s insights on how this process could be applied to our own projects coincided with what I drew from the article and how I applied it to our projects..but his were a bit more technical than mine, as he’s much more savvy like that. Delphine’s insights on how remediation affects even religion was really astounding. I hadn’t thought of it like that until she mentioned it in her post, but once I thought about it, I realized that she was right…so much religious history and even mythology is remastered and reimagined time and time again through films and books…and each derivation is slightly different from the one before it. Lastly, Megan’s insights were highly invaluable to rationalizing the reality of the concepts the article talks about, both through our projects and through our everyday lives.

Remediation as far as digital devices are concerned, as I understand it, is simply reconfiguring the media that is currently at our fingertips in such a way that it is, at the same time, different than what it was before the reconfiguration and yet the same as before. When I think of this, I think of Myspace and Facebook. Both are built on the same principles and yet they’re completely different from one another. Twitter and Facebook…basically any social media website. I wonder if this is also how new video game consoles are constructed, like the Playstation and the Playstation 2. The PS2 is a console that allows players to load Playstation 2 games as well as the older games they enjoyed on the Playstation 1 on the same console. Following that strand, I think the Wii does the same with the ability to purchase games from older systems from their online store and play them as software on the Wii console.

As far as Project 1 is concerned, I think that using another medium to compile and present the information required for the project’s completion would have been much simpler. It would also have changed the way in which readers received and perceived the information I provided in the project. I would be able to “remediate” the glog into probably a DeviantArt blog (since they are heavy on the inclusion of art into posts) and still be able to efficiently present the project in such a way that it would be informative and easy for viewers to understand. For Project 2, the same could apply…we could have chosen WordPress (we actually did consider using that at one point) or another website-hosting domain that could be free to the public (does one such website exist?) as our website location, but it would have had a different feel to it than the Google Sites presentation does. Part of me thinks that it wouldn’t be as clean, but another part of me says that we wouldn’t have had as much trouble with embedding videos and code as we did in the Google Sites application.

Project 3 is basically a remediation of ourselves. We are compiling every part of ourselves that we have projected online and in the tangible world to present to potential employers an image of who we are. I think that makes Project 3 sound a lot more fun than it actually might be (writing resumes is necessary, but it’s not the most fun task in the world).

Rough Rough Draft Part 1

  1. The Future Professional Me: I want to be a Public Relations practitioner or a professor in the English department of a university. For the former, I think that the job is both fun and chaotic. I think that it’s full of event planning and working to maintain a certain image for a corporation in the public eye, which nowadays includes being fluent with various forms of social media available and maximizing the mediums’ potential. For the latter, I think that it involves planning a semester full of several classes, managing students, living up to the standards of the university I wish to work for, and also research. Lots and lots of research. I think both careers are distinguished in their own right. I think people who are hiring for PR practitioners are looking for people who know how to write well and use words/advertisements to steer the public’s perception with what they produce. I also think that people who are possess the ability to work well under pressure and in high-stress environments are definitely valued in this industry.
  2. The Current Me: Googling myself, I didn’t come up with anything that indicates that I’m on any social media. I think this could be a good thing and a bad thing because of the fact that some people will value more digitally-visible characters more so than those who have a page here and a page there. I looked for Facebook, Foursquare, and Myspace and still I came up with nothing. They probably are not public, or in the case of Myspace, I think that it was cancelled a long time ago. I think I’m in an “okay” spot for a PR professional because I can use these different social media, but I think that if I am going to be able to sell the fact that I can work fluently with different types of social media, I need to get out there and learn how to use Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress to their fullest as well. 

Project 2 Reflection and Posting

Making Waves Towards Teamwork

The purpose of the website is to enlighten readers about the different aspects of teamwork that need to be considered when tackling a group project. Two sections of the website which validate the purpose are the Collaborative Methods and Recognizing/Encouraging Diversity sections because of the fact that these two aspects of teamwork are growing more and more prominent as the digital age progresses. It is becoming imperative that people know how to function in diverse groups/situations in order to be more marketable in most occupational fields. Also, as far as collaboration is concerned, it’s important to realize what barriers could potentially halt collaboration so that a group can prepare for those barriers and ward itself against them. It’s also important for people to be aware of what collaborative tools are available to them online because I know it frustrates me to no end when I’m in a computer lab and I have to email and re-email myself my documents when I’m working on a paper, so I can only imagine how invaluable tools like Dropbox are for people working together in a collaborative effort on a project.

This website primarily targets older college students who are about to enter the business industry and secondarily targets people who are already in the workplace who are looking to enhance their abilities to work with others. It simultaneously prepares students for their entry into the business world and tempers the knowledge that people who have spent some time in the “real world” with new information about a world they’ve been comfortable in that is rapidly changing.
Emphasis is used in terms of highlighting important information by both bolding and numbering lists of concepts. The numbered lists draw the reader’s attention because it is set apart from the rest of the text and to give an indication of the fact that there is information in that small chunk of text that is important and easy to find.

Contrast was used to transition information. On several of the pages, anytime a transition was made, a large subheadline with blue text would signify the start of a new topic of discussion, yet the subheaders always kept an element of flow going on with the page.

Balance was used to maintain the website’s visual flow. Any slideshare, photo, or video, regardless of where in the body of text it might be, is centered, and I think that helps balance the website because the flow would be interrupted if we had pictures going every which way on the website. I think this also adds an element of formality and with that, a “these people know what they’re talking about” vibe.

During the production of this project, I knew that for my research, I would want to include Google Books, so I made sure to search relevant topics on the Google Books site and from the information I gathered there, I summarized and compiled it in the site. I then wrote everything out on the website and then pictures were added. I think that maybe next time, I would add pictures first so that I can plan for the space that they take up rather than writing everything first and then seeing where the pictures/videos might possibly go. I’ll do the same for the next project:  research first, and then writing.

I am most proud of the theme and how incorporated the theme for our website is in the body of our text. The pictures, the wording, the video we made…it’s all incorporated and it really makes me excited to see that come to fruition and work so well. I was really the most concerned with doing HTML with this project because I know so little about it, but I tried to read up on it and fix stuff that wasn’t working on our pages, but everything I did just messed it up further. I would do more extensive research and more fiddling with the project’s code if I had more time to work on it.

I feel like I worked on keeping my language clear and concise most extensively on this project and I think that it shows…I’m actually pretty proud of how well I constructed my sentences. I will further work on keeping my language clear and concise and not “fluffy” for the next project.

I feel like with this project, we had to do a lot of research and discern which sources were plausible and which were not. We also had to keep in mind what copyright issues were involved with the image, video, and book sources we used and how to properly cite each one. I feel like we did a good job with being creative as far as citations are concerned with the implementation of a Google Bookshelf to directly link readers to the book sources we used. I also feel like the information that we provide our readers with is credible and sound, making the product a success. I think for the next project, I will work on the Identity outcome more because it truly does focus on who I am and what I have to offer to the world, making me think critically about myself.

DigiIdentities

Based on the sources and video, I think it’s absolutely crucial to manage one’s online identities because it’s so easy for anyone to search you and the information you post online, so I wouldn’t want what I post to hinder my ability to secure a good job. It’s always said that you should not mix business with pleasure, so I think that holds true online. It’s essential to keep your social identity separate from your business identity with little to no interaction between the two. A social identity can be more fun and carefree, but the professional identity must maintain a sense of dignity and decorum, otherwise, you might accidentally embarrass your employers and make them mad and put your job in jeopardy. And we don’t want that, do we?

You have to consider who you are first and foremost before constructing either of these identities because there are just some things about your personality that you can’t easily cover up and remain happy with the image you’re projecting. You also have to take into consideration who you either want to or are currently working for before constructing either identity. If you work for a law firm, you don’t want to go on Facebook the night before a big trial and say how “plastered” you are because you’re so sure you’re going to win the case. That’s just stupid. But, on the other hand, if your workplace is more laid-back, then it’s okay to be comical and sociable, but still maintain a sense of dignity.

When I was younger, there was only one font for me: Comic. Sans. I used that font for everything because I thought that it was the coolest font in the entire world. Having grown up and acquired my “adult taste buds,” I have come to realize that Comic Sans is not a good font in any capacity. Personally, I tend to like the script typefaces. I will use at least one on every poster/flyer that I have to create for Relay or when I was an RA. I like the cursive look on some texts…others can’t pull it off so much.

Professionally, I tend to use Times New Roman for every paper/report that I have to turn in, but that’s only because it’s the only font I’ve ever been told to use for them. I love the look of the Bookman font, though, because it doesn’t seem as tightly packed as Times, even though there is little space in between the characters.

The fonts I chose to represent me personally and professionally are different because of the fact that the script fonts don’t look very professional anywhere other than a poster. While a scripted font might give off a fun or elaborate tone, I think that elaborate wouldn’t be appreciated by professionals if I were to hand in a report done in, say, Monotype Corsiva. I like the Bookman font because it is easy to read and more defined than other Old Style fonts.

Fun with Photos

 

This is the original photo that I used for my alterations. I do not own the original, so it can be found here on Flickr. I would save it as “Alice and the Flowers.”

 

This is the flipped image. I flipped it over the vertical axis, but it really doesn’t change all that much about the photo…it’s not very striking. I would name it “Alice Flipped.”

This is the regular cropped image. I honed in on the shrinking potion that Alice is holding because I think that it emphasizes an element of mystery and impending chaos because you never know what’s going to happen when Alice eats or drinks anything in Wonderland. I saved it as “Drink Me.”

 

This is the “radically cropped” photo. I flipped the photo across the horizontal axis and cropped out all of Alice’s top half to emphasize both the chaotic nature of Wonderland and to maybe tie in a quote from the movie where the Cheshire Cat stands on his head and asks Alice if she could do the same. I saved this photo as “Can You Stand on Your Head.” Also, looking at this picture after looking at the one above it is kind’ve funny.

 

For the brightness and contrast photo, I added both brightness and shadow to the picture. I think it really captures the essence of Wonderland in that it is a place that is at the same time bright and colorful and a little bit dark. I labeled this photo as “Darklight Wonderland.”

 

 

For the sharpness photo, I enhanced both the clarity and sharpness of the picture. That made the creases in her dress more apparent and made the whole scene look more realistic, kind of taking away from the “wonder” part of Wonderland. I labeled this photo “Real Alice.”

 

 

This is the photo that was cropped to achieve a better sense of balance. I brought in the sides and top/bottom of the picture to decrease the amount of space between Alice’s figure and the borders. I labeled this photo “Balanced Alice.”

 

 

I loved this font for the whole Wonderland theme. I used this particular caption because I think that it brings out one of the messages of the picture, which in turn highlights a theme in Wonderland with the Queen chopping off everyone’s heads. The text directly focuses the viewer’s attention on that message. I labeled this “Don’t Lose It.”

 

This one was just fun. I grayscaled the entire picture and then used the paintbrush tool in Picnik to color the blue potion that Alice is holding. I also added text and colored it a light blue to contrast against the dark ground and to also keep the viewer looking for the color blue in the photo. I think that by drawing the viewer’s attention to the bottle also draws the viewer’s attention to the whole “Wonderland-Impending-Chaos” theme. I titled the photo “Welcome Alice.”

The website I am going to do an analysis of is the website for the Game Informer Magazine.

Rhetorical Analysis:

The purposes of this website are to provide the general gaming community with extended information from what is in the actual Game Informer Magazine and to promote the sale of both their magazine and the video games the magazine/website feature.

The audience, as I indicated in the previous sentence is the large community of gamers that subscribes to the magazine. The probable readers/viewers of this page are more than likely men between the ages of 16 and 30, based on the content, language, and the way in which games are promoted and displayed on the website. Most readers are probably either high school or college students, or they are casual older gamers who either aren’t married or have jobs which allow them enough free time to casually play. You can tell this because the home page promotes games that look like they are going to be the best-selling games of the month. For instance, right now, the home page’s primary banner features a game called “Batman: Arkham City” and the game, being a re-imagined Batman adventure, is definitely going to be a popular title and who like the thrill of adventure will be more inclined to peruse the website’s archives for more information on that game for sure. There are several other feature stories on the website’s main page that are relevant to gaming culture and are possibly points of interests for gamers. The basic value that readers will share with the website is the idea of holding gaming to a high standard and a primary or secondary hobby. The website definitely encourages readers to seek more information about games that they are eagerly waiting to be released and from that information given, desire to own the upcoming game even more than when the readers began to view the website.

The plethora of information available to consumers covering a variety of topics helps build the website’s credibility in the consumer’s mind. Not only is this information available, but several articles link out to interviews with game and console developers and console websites that have released the information that is covered in the various articles on the GameInformer website, which adds to the authorial image of the magazine and builds its credibility. The articles also directly cite developers and companies when mentioning information about titles that have yet to be released.

Design Analysis:

The website’s design in terms of the seven elements is relatively even.

Color: The website’s use of color is quite interesting because the background, as one can see from the above image, is gray and the body of the website’s background is white with black text, in many cases bolded. This monochromatic color scheme allows for easy contrasting and emphasis on links, important information, or noteworthy article highlights. An interesting feature of the website is that next to the search bar, there is a switch that allows the viewer to change the color scheme of the website from the above-mentioned scheme to a black website background with a black body text background and gray font.

The page as it normally is.

Push the button!

The same page, after the color scheme has changed.

I think this usage of color both adds to the appeal of the magazine’s website and changes the color palette in such a way that the information is more appealing because the website looks better because of how much sharper the colors are against the black background.

Balance: The website is fairly balanced in its layout at the start. The magazine’s homepage, at the top, very contained, but as the viewer scrolls down, the website’s articles just seem to go on forever. On the “News” subpage, the same problem is present, only the page isn’t balanced throughout because at a certain point, the news stories stop and the other features on the right side of the page keep going.

And there's still more to the page...

I think that there is a significant need to condense the information on the right side of the page so that the page has a more orderly look. The editors’ blog links don’t need to be there, as they have their own headline heading at the top of the page, and the Facebook “Like” button can be the blue Facebook icon like on so many other pages.

Contrast: The site’s use of contrast is quite brilliant because, as I’ve discussed earlier, the color scheme changes, and yet the site still retains its sense of contrast. On the “News” page, there is a scrolling news feed which features top stories. Each story has its own number, which viewers can keep track of because the number of the article that the slider is on is highlighted in blue, contrasting it against the featured articles the viewer is not on.

Contrast is also used in the webpage’s headline bar with regards to using the color orange to highlight what section of the website the viewer is on. The orange provides a stark contrast against the monochromatic scheme of the website’s background so that the viewer never needs to wonder what section of the website he or she is on.

Right now, you would be on the “Home” page.


Alignment: The website’s alignment is fairly consistent. All text is aligned on the left side of the page or article. There is a clear “alignment border”, if you will, on the homepage that separates the larger article thumbnails from the various featurettes on the right hand side of the page. All images are consistent with one another, underneath the “Featured” banner, in that they are all relatively the same size and aligned on the left hand side of their respective boxes, as one can see in the image below.

This alignment gives off a sense of order and organization, although the website is a bit information-heavy. The alignment helps to control the clutter that might be perceived by the reader upon his or her first glance at the website.

Repetition: The color blue is repeated throughout the website and it is this use of repetition that keeps the website’s layout from looking bland or unseemly. The spots of color against a monochromatic background/layout provide the reader with enough visual stimulation to keep him or her engaged. The blue color also allows readers to make a connection between important links and articles with that color because most of the headlines on the website are that sharp blue color. Basically, that color is repeated so much in such an important context that readers will immediately associate the color with important and noteworthy information, even if the blue is found in an article and it links readers to another article.

See all the blue?

Emphasis: To say that the blue is used to emphasize aspects of the website would be an obvious statement; however, other aspects of the website use different ways to employ emphasis in the design. For instance, on the homepage, screenshots or artwork from the games that featured articles give details about, are used to draw the reader’s attention, such as the screenshot below.

The bold purple against the white background is an instant eye-catcher, while that blue entices the reader to read the article completely. Also used to emphasize articles, as the reader can see, is the significantly larger headline text. This further draws the reader’s eye to the article and entices him or her to, of course, read it and comment on it. Comments are tracked by the speech bubble with the number 4 in it and I know a lot of people are obsessed with being one of the first to comment on posts like this, so I think emphasizing the number of people who have commented on an article is good for two reasons: 1) They feel like they’re a part of the article and 2) Who doesn’t want to read a really popular article? I’d feel like I was missing out.

Flow: Based on the above analyses of the different design elements used in this website, I would say that the website’s overall flow both works and doesn’t work. The website’s design is consistent throughout the different pages and articles on the website, so that aspect is beneficial to viewers. I just can’t get over the way that the website is so out of balance with that huge block of white space after the main articles on the home page. That kind of design flaw is maybe overlook-able on a different page within the website, but I think it is extremely disruptive to the flow of the webpage. Other pages, however, have a good sense of flow because they are very consistent with the way in which they are designed and use the spaces in which they occupy wisely. Articles have a basic format: 1.) Game image 2.) Body 3.) Comments/Likes and even though featurettes fill the spaces next to the articles, both sets of information (articles and featurettes) are aligned in such a way that it is not cluttered and they do not compete with one another.


Design and Rhetorical Analysis:

Going back to the balance problem, I think that readers are less inclined to scroll all the way down the page to “Like” the website on Facebook or follow it on Twitter, or even click the Staff Blog links that seem to take up the majority of the space on the right hand side of the webpage. I think that this hinders the rhetorical needs from being met by just causing the reader to be bored with the website. That’s not something one wants to achieve on the home page of their website. Other than that, I think the other design elements help the rhetorical needs to be met. The emphasized texts connect curious readers to information of interest and related posts, and by so doing, maintains the viewer’s interest. 

Copyright and Attribution:

Anytime information about game development is given, the website directly cites developers and the developers’ websites so that readers who want confirmation on facts, if they feel like they need it, can go directly to the website or search the name of the person cited for the direct quote to that information. Video interviews are also implemented to give viewers information about upcoming games and statistics concerning those games. Most interviews are with Game Artists, Graphic Designers, or Developers who work on the game projects that are featured in the articles, thus solidifying the website’s credibility within the gaming community.