Zine creation

Today in class we worked through photoshop to create out digital image to contribute to the Cuny Zine project. it was pretty cool to see other people’s creation but i’m struggling with with direction to go with mine.

I am however always excited to work on photoshop because i really want to understand how to use it. Its not an intuitive program. but this project will give me a chance to continue learning and understanding it.

Anyway, i’m going to continue to think about with direction i want to take my digital image. I will use other students creation for some inspiration.

Techniques for Web Writing

Improving Online Writing by: Jayda Myrick Since I first started writing for the web I did not know much. Now I can so I learned so many new techniques and I would like to help others. There are so many ways to improve your online writing and technology concepts. To improve writing, being precise, brief and […]

Improving Online Writing

by: Jayda Myrick

Since I first started writing for the web I did not know much. Now I can so I learned so many new techniques and I would like to help others. There are so many ways to improve your online writing and technology concepts.

To improve writing, being precise, brief and active. being precise consist of saying exactly what we mean. If you are reading and things are not said the way they are meant we might get confused. We might even stop reading altogether, therefore we want to be accurate.

Being brief is equally as important. Online writing should be clear and to the point. Majority of the population uses phones and reading long paragraphs are not what people like to do. If something seems short and gets to the point it draws more attention. As we write being active matters. If talking in the past tense or passive can be avoided, AVOID IT.

Bylines, subheads, and headlines are important. To get your name out there include a byline so readers know who you are. People tend to look for the author of the post. Subheads help readers locate specific topics in a blog post or even a story. Sometimes readers don’t like to read the full article and want to read something specific. Same as headlines, they should be intriguing so readers want to click the article.

For news articles, there are different ways to write them. Some techniques used for news articles are hyperlinks, experts and people on the street. Hyperlinks are important because they can lead back to direct articles and facts about the topic. For example, in my story about NYCHA, I hyperlinked articles that had more details about other things going on in the lawsuit. Some of the information was updated from the time I wrote the article.

Experts and people on the street play a role in news articles. Our experts are people who know more about the topic than the person writing the article and just somebody walking on the street. Our person on the street are people that may know about the topic or somehow related to the topic.

Another important technique we can use is picking a good theme for our website our blog. Making sure the newest one pops up first is important. No one would want to read an article from 2017 and it’s April 2018. Themes should also allow people to read 3-5 sentences of the blog post before a person clicks the article or post. Showing enough of the article would and should get someone’s attention so they can read the whole thing.

everyday delay

Wake up early, get ready, and leave the house with enough time to make it to work. Hop on the subway, train is running smoothly, then it stops mid tunnel. the train conductor announces “Attention ladies and gentlemen, due to a signal problem we’re experiencing train traffic, sorry for the inconvenience”. The train is held at every station for longer than usually. Time is passing by and now you’re late for work. But maybe if I tell my boss that the conductor “apologized for the inconvenience”, you wont get in trouble- Nope!

Seem like this doesn’t stop happening. Subway riders experience heavy delays on their morning commute. Constant delays, and constant headaches. Everyday riders are fed up with inconsistency and delays.

How are my fellow York students dealing with this?

Cross CUNY Campus Collab ZINE Project

Project Title – “Cross CUNY Campus/Course Collaborative ZINE”

We will have a full lab session to work on and prepare our zine collaboration project this week and next during our class time. This project is a collaborative exploration with CUNY BMCC MMA100, Foundation of Graphic Design students.

Design Project Specifications – You have been selected to contribute 1 page to a collaborative magazine that produces a quarterly publication in both a DIY – Do it Yourself printed edition and an online digital version.

Your submission to the publication will creatively communicate:

“How technology and creativity are powerful learning tools for inspiration, digital storytelling and design.”

You have the creative freedom to produce and generate your contributions with full autonomy as to how you experience or define them, however, your final submissions should display an integrated composition of imagery (use of layers and opacity) along with descriptive verbiage typeset creatively.

***Size Requirements – 8.5 X 11 inches vertical, please.

Usage of Imagery – Students should NOT randomly use images that are found on the Internet, especially with-out proper attribution to its creator. Please refer to this resources page and work from the numerous repositories of public domain and creative commons sources – go here – https://bmccmma100.commons.gc.cuny.edu/course-resources/

Software Skill Showcase – Over the past weeks we have toggled through learning various techniques and methods working with both adobe photoshop. All image related composing and manipulations should be generated in photoshop, saved as both a .psd file (photoshop format – so you can edit the file if you need to later) and File-> export -> save for web/legacy as a .jpeg file. (for the web)

Completed Submissions – 

1. Students will publish their completed pages along with a blog post describing the process and meaning of the page. You may write the post as a tutorial that maps your process from start to finish.

2. Students will save all of their work and submit one high resolution jpeg. image for the digital zine publication on the CT101 website as well as a printed copy for the print version of the Zine. (E-mail this file to me – rseslow@york.cuny.edu)

The works will also appear on the BMCC MMA100 website on the CUNY Academic Commons (much like the Gif the Portrait Project) you will later be asked to comment on the works of the BMCC students.

**Due date – All Submissions must be in no later than Thursday May 3rd.

***I will give a demonstration on creating this project in class this week.