English 4890/6890—Spring 2015 at Clemson University
Week 6: February 10 and 12
Tuesday, February 10
Reading. Go by Chip Kidd. Introduction ("Okay, So Just What Is Graphic Design") and Chapter 1 ("Form").
Blogging. Respond to the reading by taking three photographs of something you see on campus representing good or interesting design and that have someting, even remotely, to do with books or the ideas or activities that swirl around books as material things and concepts. Include the three images in your blog, and then describe why you chose them, what you like about their design, and anything else that comes to mind. It's okay to think abstractly and metaphorically, so, for example, the object you photograph might convey the "idea" of a book, even if it's not material book. This week, you'll need three images in your blog post, but you only need to link elsewhere if doing so enhances your post. TAGS: blog4, design, and any others that may be relevant.
View"Good Is Dead" (Chipp Kidd's online journal with samples, videos, and more.)
Additional titles at the Parlor Press website: Invasion of the MOOCs, Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion, Reading Maps, Graphs, and Trees, Looking for a Fight, Framing Theory's Empire, Writing Spaces (Vols. 1 and 2)
Meet in Project Teams. There are 35 titles to include in the Adobe DPS App, so each team should select 11 titles to work on (Dr. B. will be helping, so don't worry!)
Activities to Complete by Tuesday, February 17
Reading. Read the chapters 3 and 4 ("Public Thinking" and "The New Literacies") in Clive Thompson's Smarter Than You Think (pp. 45-114).
Blogging. Respond to the reading by focusing on one or more key points in these two chapters, with a particular focus on the nature of new literacies, how these relate to publishing and books, or writing and creativity in the digital age. (These are just examples, so you can venture to your own favorites. Write a blog post in which you elaborate on Thompson's idea, connect it to your own experience, and then connect it with the experience of others. As always, include two more more images (photographs that you take and that might illustrate your ideas work really well!) and two external links to the work or writing of others. TAGS: blog5, smarter, and any others that may be relevant.