An Effective Design

The link provided below depicts an image of the different kinds of iPod products, with the various colors and prices displayed. This design is effective because all of the information that customers need to know about the products is clearly displayed, without interference of excess (unnecessary) information. The design of this advertisement is layered, which makes it visually appealing to the customers. The iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and the two kinds of iPod touches are made to look as though they are three-dimensional, even though the image is only two-dimensional.

Career Paths Event for English Majors

This semester’s first speaker in the “Career Paths” series, a joint initiative between the English Department and the Pearce Center, is Jake Lappi, who after graduating with a BA in English in 2008 served for three years as a corps member in Teach for America. Jake is currently Assistant Principal at Reid Park Academy in Charlotte as part of the New Leaders for New Schools initiative.

This Friday, 1/25, Jake will make a 20-25 presentation at 4:00 in the Pearce Center’s Studio for Student Communication (first floor, Daniel Hall), then take questions and meet with students.


Information Design: Failed Website

Failed information design included in the book are usually the result of clutter, an unclear message, or information overload. An example I found was a website for Rhode Islands College Bookstore. The website has cluttered advertisements and information scattered randomly on the page. The website would be better if there was organization clearly defining subjects worth navigating too. Information design should be orderly, when the audience views the page they should be able to retrieve the information they want to capture the message.

Too much already

When a site has a lot of information but it isn't categorized to allow the user to know where they're going, it turns into a crapshoot of where you'll end up. As Katz puts it, it's not really a pragmatic design of where the user immediately understands how to navigate. The front page of the Drudge Report there is a photograph of a man standing at a wall, presumably the West Wall, and it says,"Bibi Goes For History." I'm not following. Though the pic isn't busy, it doesn't allow the average know why he wants to click their and read further.

HTML 5 Workshop

The Multimedia Authoring Teaching & Research Facility (MATRF) is hosting its popular workshop series for students and faculty. This week's workshop will cover the basics of HTML5 including tags, styling, and composition. The workshop is Thursday, January 24th (12:00pm to 1:00pm) in 409 Daniel. It’s free, open to all, and will be led by MATRF staff members Katie Mawyer and Katie Hockaday. Snacks will be provided.

The MATRF will be hosting other workshops this semester. Please see our schedule at for full details. Please contact Tharon Howard at if you would like to lead a workshop or if you have any questions.