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Project 3 - Deliverable Two

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Revision of Concept
Instead of creating pictograms for each of the five academic programs in CAFLS, I've decided to focus exclusively on the Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences department. What I've created takes the form of a sign/banner and can be used on PPT templates or other promotional materials the department develops. For the final version, I hope to improve the packaging science portion of the graphic (the box shape) and add some sort of sparkle shapes that emerge from the box. I don't want to weigh down the graphic with too many elements.

Project 3: CAFLS Pictograms

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I hold a graduate assistantship in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences here at Clemson as a writer and content manager for the website. The department is part of CAFLS (The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences). In my position, I've created bookmarks and brochures that capture the brand of the Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences department, often assembling a collage of pictures to show the various subject areas in the department.

Katz Chapter 4 Response

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Katz uses grids, tax forms, sports scores, prescription drug leaflets, voting ballots, and other documents to demonstrate both correct and incorrect examples of organization, proximity, and hierarchy. Much of the discussion here echoes the ideas put forth in Kress and Van Leeuwen's chapter, "The Meaning of Composition" from their book Reading Images. Katz explains the concept of organization as providing structure to information so the user can intuitively and quickly grasp the meaning of the graphic.

Tufte - Layering and Separation

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Proportion, transparency, coherence, order, tranquility....these are the results of data that is properly layered and separated. An information graphic with layering and separation affords greater visual interpretation. The independent elements become more organized and discernible. The relationships between data points are more clearly defined. Chaos disappears. Tufte is essentially saying that layering and separation produces simplicity of form and shape and visually appealing data. He writes about the removal of "clutter" and "noise reduction" (Tufte 62).

Project Two - Deliverable Two

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My initial idea was to depict how activities on cell phones have changed over a five year period. The problem I found when looking at the Excel spreadsheet, though, is that data points are absent for several categories. Data isn't available for every year, which is problematic. For this reason, I've decided to examine other variables in the report on cell phone activities. I will no longer be depicting how cell phone activities have changed over time. Rather, I will illustrate cell phone activities only for the year 2012.

Team Paper Wheel: Log 2

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Our team was unable to interview our client (editors at Cengage Learning) over the past two weeks because of the 4C's Conference and Spring Break. But we made it happen today! For about 40 minutes we held a conference call with Ms. Kate Derrick and Ms. Leslie Taggart from Cengage. Each member of our team was present as we used the "speaker" setting on my phone to discuss issues surrounding the design and development of the paper wheel.

Tufte Chapter 1 - Most Important Principle

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I believe the most important principle in Chapter 1 of Tufte's Envisioning Information to be the concept of "multiple-function" discussed on page 26. This concept explains how several variables relating to a specific topic can be organized within a matrix like table. The example alluded to is a Japanese train schedule which "served as an internal planning document for the Java Railroad" (26). Essentially, the table functions as a schedule and timetable for eight types of trains.

Cell Phone Activities Over Time

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The focus of my project is a study done by Pew Internet & American Life Project, comparing the percentages of cell phone users who perform different activities on their phone over time, from 2007 to 2012.

The eight cell phone activities are:
1. Take a picture
2. Texting
3. Access Internet
4. E-mail
5. Record Video
6. Download Apps
7. Health Information
8. Check Bank Account