## Final Blog Presentation

Group Design Rationale:

For our final project we had to create a 3-D sculpture that applied a theory demonstrating what we learned throughout the semester.

Throughout the semester we learned about Gestalt’s seven principles—proximity, similarity (shape), continuance, symmetry, closure, relative size, prägnanz or figure ground—and applied them to our class work/at home blog work. When brainstorming for our final project we came up with the idea of making a Play-Doh burger, each topping on the burger would focus on a different Gestalt principle, and the overall 3-D sculpture would tie all the principles together.

Our burger had several layers, the bottom layer of the bun, burger patty, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and lastly the top of the bun, coated with sesame seeds. The first principle we applied the burger to was proximity by grouping the toppings on the burger. The next principle applied was similarity (shape) by keeping the two pickles together, the sesame seeds on top of the bun, and the two tomatoes together. We applied continuance to the burger by overlapping two tomatoes. The layer of pickles was symmetrical which applies to the symmetry principle. We strategically placed the sesame seeds on top of the bun so that they formed a circle surrounding a triangle. The 3-D visual as a whole which was the burger inside of the paper to-go box applies the relative size principle. Lastly, we were not able to apply figure ground to our Play-Doh burger but overall, we were able to help us predict what will be grouped with what, and we will perceive as “figure” versus “ground”.

Individual Design Rationale:

For the final project as a team we decided to use play-dough to form our 3-Dimensional visual to display what we have learned throughout the semester in this course.

As a whole, we worked well together. I purchased the play-dough from Amazon when we got assigned the project after we brainstormed what we wanted to do for the final project. We then as a team wrote down one of the gestalt principles that would correlate with the layers of the burger. In addition to that, we made a google doc where we were all able to share our thoughts about the project to form a group design rationale which is located above this paragraph. I struggled a little bit with trying to decide what color play-dough we could use to add in real life toppings to the burger for the gestalt principles. My AHA moment occurred when we finally found all of the colors we needed for the burger. If I had more time for this project I probably would have made some French fries to go on the side or something else to add to the burger to make it more realistic. Working in a group helped me think about a topic for what to do for this final project because we had 4 people brainstorming rather than just myself so there were more ideas laid out on the table to choose from. If I could do this all over again, I probably wouldn’t have chosen the gestalt principles to correlate with this burger because it was a little bit difficult at first trying to figure out what principle could match with what layer of the burger.

Here is a photo of our final 3-D sculpture

## Infographic Blog Post

For this assignment my key message is display to the viewer how I use my free time and what types of social media sites I use daily. There are a few key aspects in this blog that will be most interesting for people to know about such as how much time I spend on each site in addition to what I do while I am using those sites. Attached is two photos of a mind map and an affinity map in which I drew out when I was brainstorming what I actually wanted my topic to be for this assignment. For example, for the affinity map I decided to break it down into 6 columns, one for each social media site that I have in my phone with a few questions on what they can do to benefit the viewer. For two of the columns I was unable to come up with multiple questions because those sites are not too prevalent to me.

The 5 visualizations I have chosen to support the storytelling do so in several ways. For example, I have a pie chart that shows the amount of time I use on my 4 favorite social media sites, the bar graph shows the amount of screen time I use, and lastly the line graph represents the amount of time I am on each social media site in comparison to the rest of them. Then, I have a mind map and an affinity map attached to show my brainstorming process in which I thought was extremely beneficial when I began this assignment because I was unsure of what I wanted to do.

My infographic captured the cognitive thread because these graphs are visually appealing to the viewer. In addition, when you look at one of the graphs your eyes are immediately looking for the next graph that goes along with it so in a way they were all tied to each other which I thought was very interesting.

I added in the links of the social media sites at the bottom of this blog so the audience can follow up if they wanted to, as well as adding in a collage of the different logos of each social media site to see if any of the audience members were able to personally relate to some of the same sites I enjoy browsing through on my free time.

https://www.weatherchannel.com

https://www.VSCO.com

## Explanation Graphic

Throughout my process of making a flow chart and brain storming what I wanted to do for this blog assignment I realized many distinctions between Schrivers model and my own. My personal model would be a lot easier for a 10-year-old to understand than one of Schrivers models. I looked up the prices per month for AT&T of an iPhone 7, iPhone x and iPhone 11.  I completed my research just by googling AT&T and I went onto their website and searched each of the phones to figure out the cost per month.

I found a few things interesting when I was doing my research for this topic. I was surprised to see that the cost of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone x were not that different. In addition, the cost of the iPhone 7 was not much less than both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone x. Before I began my research, I was expecting the cost of the newest phone, the iPhone x to be significantly more expensive than the iPhone 7. When I totaled up what the difference was, it turned out to only be around 7 dollars. The reason this was so surprising to me is because the technology is so much better on the newer phones than the iPhone 7. For example, the iPhone x has 3 different modes of zoom on the camera along with 10+ different effects whereas the iPhone 7 only has one zoom option for the camera along with no effects on the camera.

When I first started thinking of all the different components of an iPhone I thought that I would never be able to fit it onto the page. So, I reviewed what the directions of this blog were and I decided I would stick to the basics of what each phone had to offer. In my 3 thumbnail sketches I did basically a comparison between the 3 to see which of them would best fit my flow chart of my personal wants and needs. As you can see from the images above, it is clear that I am going to go with the iPhone x as it was compatible with all of my questions throughout the flow chart. As it says in the directions, choose 7-13 of the most important elements for each thumbnail is what I did. I took those 7 important factors and brought them over to the final poster of my product to show the viewer what is most important to know prior to deciding what phone is best for you.

My AHA moment occurred when I figured out what object to use for this assignment. At first, I couldn’t decide what to do and I looked at the example links you posted. But, then I thought back to when you were showing a flow chart in class of what you would want a laptop to have included in it before you purchased it. So that inspired me to choose an iPhone for this blog assignment. In addition, I thought an iPhone would be appropriate for this assignment as well because an iPhone is a very common thing especially around college campuses where we are right now.

Cited References:

https://www.att.com

https://www.apple.com

## Storyboard Transitions

In the first storyboard, I went onto the Nancy solitary deck and I selected random. When I was then given a comic strip of 3 panels. Here is the link to the comic strip I was given https://www.gocomics.com/nancy/2003/01/07. In this specific panel, I think the narrative transition would be action to action. The reason being is because as you can see the little girl comes back from babysitting and Nancy asked her how it went, she immediately slammed the door and said it was not a good experience. She then continued to explain how she had to pay the children she was babysitting to go to sleep because they were acting so wild. The artist of this comic strip used the word “bang” to represent the slamming of the door when she first came in. In the second set of comic strips that I chose to look at I looked at a panel of 4 different comics. I believe the narrative transition of this particular comic would be action to action. The reason being is because the girl and boy start out at the top of the hill calling their sled a flying saucer. They then continue to walk up the hill a little bit more and then both get onto the sled. From there, they went down the hill and spun around on the way down. This was changing what they were doing constantly and they were constantly moving around causing different actions to occur on their way both up and down the hill. The comic ends with the girl and the boy saying how much fun they use to have in the olden days since they were using an older type of sled. Here is the link to represent that narrative transition https://www.gocomics.com/nancy/2013/01/17.

The most helpful narrative transition to tell this story would be action to action. The reason being is because the comic strip I made is a girl going upstairs to get her coffee from Starbucks and then after she paid for it and waited for it to be made she dropped it. I was confused at first about whether or not I should have chosen action to action to represent this comic strip although I thought it was the most appropriate considering the action of the girl is constantly changing throughout the panels. There were however two panels in my comic strip that I believe could be classified as scene to scene. Those two panels are the one that the girl is going upstairs to get her Starbucks and then downstairs afterwards to go back to where she was coming from. The transition in each comic affected the audience’s perception of many things. To start off, it affected the way the audience viewed drama, by the way she dropped her coffee and then the next panel zoomed into just the coffee cup spilled on the stair dramatizes that panel so much more. The narrative transition also had a big impact on the timing of the way the comic strip played out. The way each panel was separated showed how she went from the line to the other side of Starbucks to wait for her coffee after she walked there and then walked back afterwards as well. Lastly, the narrative transition had an effect on the emotion of this comic strip as well because if this was not action to action as well as scene to scene in some panels, the way she felt after dropping her coffee would not have been predictable. In other words, based upon the first few panels you are easily able to identify her facial emotions as being happy. Versus, at the end when she dropped her coffee it was easy to predict that she no longer had a smile on her face after all she did to get there.

I did take out one panel that I originally had in my draft. It was a panel of the girl starting to walk with her coffee after she had gotten it from Starbucks before she had gotten on the stairs. However, after I was looking at it drawn out, I figured that it was just an extra step in the comic that didn’t belong. In other words, I did not think that panel had much meaning to the comic itself.

## How to Make a Hot Beverage

In this specific blog post I was trying to demonstrate to the audience which in this case was a non-English person on how to make a hot beverage without using any words in the diagram. The purpose of this blog post was to instruct a person on how to make in this case chocolate milk which is then heated up in the microwave. The reason I chose this was because when I was a little girl I always wanted chocolate milk heated up before I went to sleep at night.

When I was working on this assignment, I had many problems trying to incorporate the right kind of arrows to display what to do for each step. Prior to this assignment, I have never had to make a wordless diagram that I had to try to demonstrate something to an audience. Therefore, when I started this it was hard for me to figure out what I could use in replacement of words. As you can see in the diagram, I decided to use arrows to show the direction on what needed to be done.

My AHA moment occurred when I decided what I wanted to do. I did not know what beverage I wanted to show how to make at first. As previously mentioned, when I was younger I always wanted to have chocolate milk heated up in the microwave, but in addition to that I also always had English breakfast tea. My mom has made me and my siblings tea with milk and sugar for as long as I could remember. So, my AHA moment occurred when I was drafting out a list of ideas that I could potentially do for this blog post I immediately knew it had to be the chocolate milk after the idea crossed my mind.

I made a few connections to this blog post from discussions we had in class. I believe it was last Tuesday when we had classwork assigned where we had to draw out something happening with motion in the background. I had a lot of trouble trying to think of how to show motion in the background. So, I sat back and looked at some of the slides that you had for examples before I decided what I was going to do for that specific assignment. After I saw a few examples, I started to understand what needed to be done. What I’m trying to get at here is, I think by you showing those slides and the use of arrows to show direction helped me figure out how I could show the audience what needed to be done for each step of my diagram.

If I had more time or more resources for this assignment, I would probably make the diagram bigger. I know the sketchbook is a huge piece of paper but I feel like when explaining something and having to draw something out for someone especially without words, it would be beneficial for the images to be larger. Besides that, I was pretty happy with the outcome of my blog post.