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

fly-in presToday the iMedia class presented our winter term fly-in projects. It was a really nice event held in Studio B in McEwen. It was very exciting to share our project with our classmates, teachers, and the Elon community. The hard work and long hours we put in after we returned from Costa Rica was worth it.

I was so impressed by the work presented by my classmates. Everyone really did a stellar job. I really enjoyed the design work from Panama and the other Costa Rica team, the video work from Iceland and the way Mexico executed a whole re-branding mission for their client.

I will say, those two weeks when we got back from Costa Rica were pretty brutal. We spent a lot of time as a group in Powell’s computer lab. This project really stretched me because I did not have great experience working in a large group. My previous small work environment allowed me to control a majority of my projects. I really had to let go of control and listen to my teammates. I am so glad that I was able to get over that hurdle though, because it made the project and website SO much better.

Check out this link to get more information about each project.

After a wonderful Christmas break, it was back to work January 3rd. After a crash course on cameras/audio and tying up lose ends, we flew out of Charlotte early the morning of January 4th. From there, we arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica. Costa Rica was absolutely beautiful and my fly-in afforded me the opportunity to see the many different sides and landscapes of Costa Rica.

Our trip was pretty much a whirlwind. We traveled from San Jose to the Talamanca Mountain Range to an indigenous Costa Rican tribe’s preserve to Sierpe and Cano Island to the Osa Peninsula, where we finally arrived at Campanario, our client’s biological station. All the while, we were collecting content and planning our attack for Campanario’s web presence re-design. Our client, Nancy Aitken, has an extreme passion for conservation. Her life’s work is dedicated to Campanario and preserving not only the Costa Rican landscape, but also the culture.

I was really proud of the way that my fly-in team came together. We had a couple of rough patches during the trip that stemmed from being unclear on the direction of our project. In the end though, we really came together and gave a professional presentation to Nancy. Each team spent time with Nancy explaining the decisions they made and how they could help her attract more awareness to Campanario and her mission. I participated on the design and social media team and was proud that we were able to show her a few different mock ups and a full social media plan.

Campanario Fly-in Group

To continue my post about the web toolkit Lunch and Learn event today held by AIGA Raleigh with speaker, Mindy Wagner, let’s recap. The first two steps of your process should be kickoff exercises and mood boards to get a feel for what the client wants. The next step in the design process is comps – defining the details. This is where the designer actually starts working on designing the website. An important part of this step is using wireframes, and in this case, Viget has their own UX department that develops wireframes. It is very important to keep yourself and your files organized in the stage so that everything is clear when you hand it off to the developer.

Buildout considerations and Style Guides are next and important to the longevity of the site. These will help in the future if any other pages or branding materials are needed.

Overall, this was an extremely helpful and valuable event. I wish our whole iMedia class could have been there because some of this information could be directly applied to our fly-ins. I can’t wait to get started on developing my own specific process and of course eventually tweaking it along the way.