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site mapProfessor Xu had us do an exercise in class today that has really given me focus to the execution of my Capstone project. So far, I ‘ve done a lot of recording audio and motion typography brainstorming. I hadn’t really though about the structure to my site at all. We first came up with a content inventory – listing all the pages that would exist in our website. Then we put those items into a flow chart and made a site map. This is really going to help me stay organized and give also help my users to have a better experience with the site. One of the things I found in researching already existing local poetry websites was that most of the sites were hard to read, disorganized and confusing. User experience is so important to a great website and is often overlooked. Adding this skill to my tool box will definitely help me become a better designer.

I had the opportunity to meet with some local Greensboro poets on Tuesday night. I traveled to UNCG to meet the poet group Well Versed Xpressions. I recorded a couple of poems at their practice/meeting.  They are a great bunch and really lively. I am so impressed by how spoken word poets can use words to invoke such emotion. As someone who trips over their tongue a lot, I definitely admire them.

well versed xpressions

I have recorded so much audio, that I think it’s now time to start sketching out what I’d like these motion typography pieces to express.

Also, just a side note. UNCG is SO pretty. I really felt at home there. I went to UNC Chapel Hill for undergraduate – so attending a super small school like Elon is a BIG change. I felt so at home on UNCG’s campus. It was nice.

Iconathon

I participated in Iconathon an event sponsored by The Noun Project and Cree – a local LED lighting manufacturer.  The goal was to brainstorm icons that could represent LED lights and other energy efficient symbols. It was a great event put together by Ginny Skalski – someone I started following on Twitter when I first moved to Raleigh two years ago. It was great to meet her and find out more about her role as a social media specialist. I could see definitely seemyself doing a job like Ginny’s after I graduate.

The day’s events were really informative and I learned a lot about energy efficient lighting as well as more effective ways to create icons. We were paired at a table with someone who works as an engineer at Cree, so we got a lot of good insight about how LEDs work and how we could best represent them. Earlier last semester I struggled with a project where I needed to create a symbol/logo for a PSA on energy efficiency – so this event was really perfect for reframing the way I create icons.

I found the Noun Project’s presentation to be really interesting. They gave helpful tips about how to develop icons that I honestly never thought about before. The way past participants used of negative space was really creative and effective. I love this icon for  lungs and the respiratory system. non project

The icons we created during Cree Iconathon probably won’t be on the website for a while, but check out the icons from past Iconathon’s here. The cool thing is all the icons on the Noun Project’s site are public domain. They have so many awesome icons that anyone can use.

I attended my second poetry slam this weekend. Another great time and the venue was really awesome. The Piedmont Slam was held at the Winston Salem Delta Arts Center. It’s a beautiful gallery and the acoustics are great. I saw a lot of the same people from the previous event. It’s really nice to see the community they’ve built around spoken word poetry. I hope that my website can add to the community by showcasing the local talent. I again took my trusty zoom and recorded audio of the stellar performances. I also got to see Soulstice 7 perform which is awesome because my friend and classmate, Josh, is doing their website for his Capstone. Interestingly enough, I was also chosen to be a judge for the slam rounds. Hopefully I represented well, all of the poems were so great. I love the variety too. I heard sad poems, happy ones, funny ones, some about social issues and even on Michael Jackson.

piedmont slam

I am looking forward to meeting with Well Versed Expressions, a UNCG poet group next week.

twin stripe valentine issue

Happy Valentine’s Day! Twin Stripe is back with another issue, although this one is mini. Katie and I were seeing so much cute Valentine inspiration that we decided to put something together. The mini-issue features some cute DIYs and recipes for your sweetie.

Our iMedia classmates decided to do a little Valentine exchange which was really fun and a nice distraction for the mountains and mountains of work that needs to get done. We put Twin Stripe Red Hot Popcorn in everyone’s bag.

Now that we’ve got this issue wrapped up and on the website for you to enjoy, it’s time to start thinking about Twin Stripe’s spring issue!

Mili

I went to my first ever poetry slam last night for my Capstone project. I took my trusty recorder and drove to Greensboro for the 1st Annual Female Poetry Slam created by local poet group, PoetShe. PoetShe is Greensboro’s only female poetry and slam group. They work to plan community events workshops programming and events to enrich literacy, the arts, and women empowerment. The event was so fun. There was singing, there was poetry, and plenty of snaps and laughter. I was introduced to how a poetry slam actually works – there’s definitely some specific rules and traditions. If you’ve never been to a slam, check one out when you have a chance. It’s a really good time and there is some amazing talent locally. Above, I have a photo of a poet who goes by Mili – her poems were my favorite, along with the crowds’ because she won the slam!

Poetic Justice

Winter term fly-in was great – challenging and rewarding at the same time. So now Capstone time is upon us. I had a couple of ideas swimming around in my head for my project, but ultimately inspired by an event I attended in January. It was a fundraiser called Save Our Arts Benefit which helped a local Durham school raise funds for student bands. I had gone to see a couple of my favorite bands but was surprised by how much I enjoyed the student group “Poetic Justice.” High schoolers were performing amazing spoken poetry pieces infront of this large group of people… and they were covering hard topics. Needless to say, I was really moved. So I went on the web to try and find out more about this group. I honestly didn’t find much. That’s when I had an idea – creating an interactive website that would showcase the local spoken word poetry talent in our region.

You can read my proposal after the jump.  Read More