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Katz Chapter 4 Reading Response

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Within any arrangement of text or groups of text, there is positive and negative figure and ground, information and empty space. The choice in how the information and empty space are arranged is known as organization. Proximity is the closeness in space of two things. Katz uses the example of the menu with the English translations and the Italian descriptions. The two things are so close together, that it is hard to understand the menu. Hierarchy is a matter of ranking which information is the most important and putting it first.

3rd Individual Project---Deliverable 1

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For the third individual project, I plan to create an image of a person getting a parking ticket. This sign will be placed all over Clemson's campus and the people on it will be similar to the people on the gender signs at public restrooms. The image I create will help to reinforce the areas around Clemson where people get the most parking tickets and it will be a unique change from the usual "no parking" or "only park between these hours" signs.

Chapter 4 Reading Response

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Organization is defined as the way that information is displayed and the way that the viewers perceive the information. Proximity can be defined as the degree of "closeness" between objects displayed in the design. Objects that are placed farther away from each other have a greater proximity than those which are placed closer to each other. Finally, hierarchy is defined as the way that information is displayed, specifically relating to its importance. For example, an important piece of information is higher on the hierarchal scale than a less important piece of information.

Katz Ch.4

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Organization of information is how that information is displayed and how readers/viewers interpret the information that is portrayed. Proximity refers to how text or a group of texts are arranged. "How that information and that empty space is configured makes it easier or more difficult to see relationships and to understand the information" (119). So how a text is arranged can affect how the reader/viewer interprets or understands that information.

Proteins - Project three

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I've decided the food pyramid revision will involve doing a lot of research, so I've decided to make a sign or poster displaying different sources of protein. In the US we tend to think of protein being found only in meat. However, grains, fruits, and vegetables also contain protein. So, I'd like to make a sign showing different sources of protein.

Katz Ch4 reading response

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Organization as applied to information design is the structuring of content in such a way that it is effectively understood by the audience. (‘Effectively’ here means: quickly, intuitively, accurately and orderly.) Organization can include visual spacing into rows, columns or other spaces; also it includes layering, grouping and aligning text which is an example of proximity.

Food Pyramid? - Project 3

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In a blog post, describe the focus of your project, your reason for choosing it, and the specfic information that you hope to convey. Be sure to mention the sources for your information. Tag your post project 3. You'll have some time in class to discuss your topic with others and, if needed, to change your mind and repost a refined topic.

Conflicting Hierarchy

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organization - has to do with the arrangement of elements, placed specifically to convey relationships between them
proximity - has to do with the relationship of elements based on how close or far away they are form each other
hierarchy - is the order of importance given across multiple elements based on their placement, size, color, font, etc.

Ballot Fail

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In Chapter 4 of Designing Information, Katz references the organization, proximity, and layout of the famous butterfly ballots used in the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida. They're attached here (along with the cartoon that nicely explains the fail).

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