Clemson Campus

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academic success center
I am often walking to the Poole and Agriculture building for work and I love the area around the Academic Success Center. It is wet and gloomy in this picture but I especially love the tree in the center of the circle by the bus stop. I just love how centered the tree is in the circle (being a bit OCD). It is such a simple thing, a circle with a tree but its simplicity is amazing especially when the tree has leaves. It gives the place amazing color.
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Design on Campus

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Chip Kidd says, "everything that is not made by nature is designed by someone." This statement is actually pretty obvious, but I'd never really thought about it before, and I find it pretty interesting to think about. Though architecture is generally very different from books, there can be some connections.

botanical gardens
This image is from the botanical gardens. I don't really know what it means but it reminds me of some Little House on the Prairie type thing.

Campus Looks A Lot Like A Book

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Something that attracted me to Clemson University was definitely the old buildings as well as the historical feel to campus. That being said, when I looked through my pictures of campus I saw many that reminded me of books, and the idea of books.
The first image of the statue of the soldier (I may have photobombed and linked arms with him) reminds me of old war books, which have covers of heroic soldiers in their uniforms walking to save the American people. This reminds me of an entire genre of book- war books.

Design is Everywhere

Wildlife in the West

This first image struck me as I walked to class one day. The poster stood out and grabbed my attention with the fonts, colors, and strong photography. As I paused I realized what really appealed to me was the way my eye went over the flyer. I was captivated by the huge photograph on the top of the page, then my eyes followed the arrows to the other image and finally to all of the information and once I read and got acquainted with the material I looked further down the page to answer some of my questions highlighted in a bright attention grabbing color.

Interesting designs

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This design I found on a large note pad done by a student. I just found it very interesting to see what students doodle while in class so I believed this design was worth sharing.
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This is a beautiful homemade valentines card. I love the obvious time it took the person to sew on the lace and cut out glitter hearts. They even have glued on velvet roses with gold writing. I believed this design was very pretty.
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Graphic Novels and Visual Communications

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The assigned reading for this week was really cool! It reminded me a lot of some of the criteria I learned in a Children’s Literature course, mainly because of the placement of the pictures in relationship to the text. The text wasn’t as important, because the adults were more focused on it, while the pictures took up the majority of the page so that children would enjoy it. It also reminds a lot of the Visual Communications course I am taking right now. We are studying widely circulating pictures in the media right now, and the types of responses and affects they have on global audiences. I’ve always enjoyed looking at pictures with designed purposes to try and figure out what the message is.

Should You Write A Book?

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In Kawaski and Welch's Ape the first chapter on "Should You Write a Book" really struck me... As I first went through the reasons I felt like I might just gag from the over sentimentality of the reasons to write a book. When I read "To Enrich Lives" I just imagined some great teacher baking cookies filled with wisdom, knowledge, and insight. To me, that is the most cliche reason to write a book on the face of the earth (maybe I am just a cynic). I feel that "intellectual challenge" and "to further a cause" are equally cliche, so at that point I was ready to put the book down and just drink the strongest cup of coffee I could find.

Balance and Lifelogging

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[This post is in response to Smarter than You Think... A week late... too bad I didn't have some Lifelog apparatus to help me not forget....week 3 blog commenters, carry on.]

Smarter Than You Think is very thought provoking, and embraces a topic that I know only a tiny bit about. Thompson’s anecdotes of lifeloggers were wholly terrifying to me. After being thoroughly creeped out for a a page or so, I asked myself—what is so terrifying about this? I am a social media junkie—to a fault, I’d say—and a photographer, a writer, someone curated to record and document, recall and describe. But lifelogging takes it too far for me.

The Real Question

The first chapter "Should You Write a Book?' scared me a little; if Walt Disney was unimaginative when he pitched his ideas to people, what will they think of my ideas? Before this chapter, I thought writing a book was all about me and my goals. I never stopped to see if my book would ever have the intended effect or bring in an audience. (It probably should have occurred to me). The big question that Guy Kawasaki asks in the first chapter of APE is “Will your book add value to people’s lives?” I think we could all name a few books we have read that did not add value to our lives, but we still read them (or pretended we didn't).

Perseverance

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I really like the chart on page 20 about how many rejections famous authors have gotten for books that made them famous. This really shows that it's not about how good you are, it's about how your book appeals to certain people. Today, my former English professor posted about being displeased with the idea of a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird because "it wasn't that good." At the same time, almost everyone I've met here was required to read it in high school, so that shows how different people's opinions can be, even if they're equally educated in literature.

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