14 Sept. Ecological Thought.

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Part I: Tools

  • How are the Renderings coming?

    If anyone is struggling with the design tools, may want to check out this helpful video series in on Canva in Lynda. 

    How to export your draft from the tool to WP

  • How to publish your Rendering drafts to the course blog

    1. click on your class section in the top menu of the course site; 2. go up to “+New” in the menu and then down to “Post”; 3. Once in the Post, add a title, cut and paste your text in the text box, and paste the HTML code, generated by the graphic tool you used, into the post’s “text” view; 4. Make sure you choose your course section and the name of the post from the “Categories” list on the right.

Part II: Morton Discussion

Organize yourselves into groups according to the first few letters of your last name, and answer the question below that corresponds with your group number:

1. A-Fol 1. A-Be 1. A-Ho
2. For-Kel 2. Bo-F 2. Hu-M
3. K1-Mo 3. H-Mc 3. O-Q
4. Mu-Pl 4. Mi-S 4. R-Se
5. Po-W 5. T-W 5. Sm-Z

Take 10-15 minutes to discuss your answer in your group & be prepared to cite evidence when you respond to your question.
  • Group One: What are some ways Morton defines the ecological thought? Are you ever satisfied with his definition? Is he?

  • Group Two: Describe the rhetorical strategy of this chapter. List some of Morton’s rhetorical choices an compare them to Nixon and Clark’s chapters? Is one author more successful than the others, why/why not?

  • Group Three: What does the term “Nature” describe according to Morton? Why do we have to let go of “Nature” to have ecology? Do you agree, why/why not?

  • Group Four: What happens to the concept of person-hood or human when it expands under the ecological thought? For instance, what do you think Morton means when he says that “The ecological thought fans out into questions concerning cyborgs, artificial intelligence, and the irreducible uncertainty over what counts as a person” (8)?Do you agree, why/why not? 

  • Group Five: What sorts of artworks best demonstrate the ecological thought? To respond to this question, examine at least one movie, book, etc. that he talks about as an example of the ecological thought. Can you think of your own example(s)? Do you agree with his assessment, why/why not?


Part III: Quiz

Please clear your desk and then complete the following:
I’ll pass around the quizzes and then you will have the remainder of the class to complete them. All the questions are short answer. Your answers do not need to be in complete sentences, and you do not need to include direct citations from the text for full credit. Bring your completed quiz up to me when you are finished, and then you may leave.

5 Sept. Visual Renderings.

Recap/Overview: Will you email me the list of “solutions” you generated in your groups last Thursday? mckenna.rose@lmc.gatech.edu

Part I: Ideal of Data Visualization

Please keep the following in mind as we watch the video, and be prepared to discuss your answers once the video has finished:
  • 1. Author: According to the designers in the video, how should the purpose of your visual communication or rendering inform your design choices?
  • 2. Audience: According to the designers in the video, what effect should visualizations have on audiences?
  • 3. Content: According to the designers in the video, what is the ideal relationship between content and design?

Eric, Brown. “The Art of Data Visualization.” Off Book. PBS. 8 May 2013.

Part II: Describing Design

Organize yourselves into groups according to the first few letters of your last name, and then groups 1 & 2 can meet in the front corners, group 3 in the middle, and groups 4 & 5 in the back two corners:

1. A-Fol 1. A-Be 1. A-Ho
2. For-Kel 2. Bo-F 2. Hu-M
3. K1-Mo 3. H-Mc 3. O-Q
4. Mu-Pl 4. Mi-S 4. R-Se
5. Po-W 5. T-W 5. Sm-Z

Once in your groups, introduce yourselves to one another, share the images you brought to class, choose the two you find most engaging, and then respond to the following questions drawing on the key terms from WOVENText (Emphasis, Contrast, Organization, Alignment, and Proximity):

Be prepared to discuss your findings. 

  • 1. Notice the organization of elements on the page. What comes first? What comes last?Why do you think the designer(s) chose this order?
  • 2. How is contrast used on the page? Does the use of contrast help to emphasize certain elements? Does the use of contrast provoke an emotional response in the audience? (Maybe consider how color affects emotion)
  • 3. What elements are aligned on the page? Does this alignment help you make connections between the data represented? Does it cause your eye to travel in a certain direction on the page? Why do you think the designer made the choices she did?
  • 4. How are elements positioned in relation to one another? Why do you think designers of the image put certain elements in proximity to one another and other farther apart?

Part III: Tool Workshop

Please complete the following on your own:
  • 1. Read through the Visual Rendering Assignment
  • 2. Navigate to and sign up for one of the recommended graphic tools. Test the graphic tool you chose for the remainder of class. I’ll walk around to answer any questions.



Post 1: Visual Rendering Draft

Blog Prompt 1: Complete the following tasks and post your draft to your blogs before class on Thursday, September 14 for a workshop that day.
  • Step One
    Respond to the following prompts in at least 200 words: Choose a key term from either Nixon, Clark, or Morton and briefly describe or make note of the passage in which you found it. What does the term mean in the context of the article and/or in general? What sorts of assumptions does the term challenge?
  • Step Two
    Using an infographic tool (Piktochart, Canva, or Visme) illustrate your term in 2-3 panels. Keep the following in mind as you draft: How can you illustrate the term you chose? What sorts of images provided in the graphic maker or photographic images help you to convey your idea to the audience? What affect do you want the illustration of your term to have on your audience? What’s the goal of your graphic? What should a reader do after she reads it?
  • Step Three
    To Post your work: Click on the share button in the graphic maker you’re working in and paste the HTML code into the “text” window of the WordPRess post. OR, you may have to download your Infographic as a .jpeg or .png and then upload it using the WP Media Manager.