Wow – what a semester. I can remember sitting in class on the first day looking at the syllabus before me thinking, “Holy crap, how am I going to do all this? I don’t know how to do any of this!” It was a moment of second guessing myself and my abilities – yet, I decided to stick it out and what a ride it has been. I’ve learned more about how web designers think than I ever knew… People don’t decide to make something look a certain way just because it’s pretty – there’s always an agenda behind it: some specific message they want to get across to the viewer. These designer tactics can be seen in digital literacies specifically the video and podcast my group produced as well as my personal video for my blog. Below is my group’s video and underneath that is my personal video for my blog.
A few things to remember when producing any type of multi-media:
- Have a voice – show off your personality and who you are through your choice of writing, shooting, style, etc…
- Be short and sweet – humans don’t have very large attention spans, so get your point across quickly and clearly
- Use visuals – Especially if you’re blogging or producing B-roll for a video; you don’t want your audience to get bored
Regarding the digital literacies above, my blog has definitely given me a voice. Not that I didn’t have one before, I just got to see more in depth what my style is. The same can be said for my personal website – from the colors, to the paragraph I wrote about myself for my “about me” page, I got to paint a picture of how I want to be seen. With my team’s video, we used a significant amount of B-roll. This included action shots as well as moving stills just to change up the appearance for our viewers. We wanted to keep our viewer’s attention. The B-roll is where you can really illustrate a story for your viewers and my group had fun constructing our B-roll. As far as improvement goes – I definitely would smooth out the audio in both my team’s and my personal video. It can be difficult making sure that the different clips you piece together have an equal volume that makes transitions smooth. I am really proud of my personal website… I am an artist and designing my website on Wix was like painting a picture. I got to pick the colors, shapes, pics, layout – It was “my baby” and I loved every minute of it and am so proud that I have something like that to show future employers!
I have been forever changed by this course. Not only do I think differently when it comes to analyzing digital media, but I write and construct projects differently. I learned so many tools from our workshops in class that make digital media the art that it is. I want future employers to see that I am well-rounded in the digital world and that I know how users think and what they want to see. This knowledge will not only set me apart from other applicants, but will be a great asset to any business.