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Response to Grace’s review

Grace’s in her review gave me constructive advice on changing the colour tone and typeface on my page. I appreciate her attention to the of the colour tone in my header image and suggested me to use the colours in the image as the palette. As a result, I changed the main colour of the main text as reddish brown and the the colour for secondary text as green. I like the combination of these two colours.

Taking Grace’s advice, I have added the ‘Categories’ and ‘Archieves’to my other pages now. Grace’s suggested ‘classic’ as the theme of my blog. I think it is a good idea and I will definitely think through it. Changing the typeface and the font sizes are what issues that I would work on now.

Thank you for her constructive advice and please check out her amazing blog.:)

 

Essay #1 – Fake News

How Do We Know What’s Real?

As technology has changed, is has also changed the worlds ability to consume information. Most notably, this change is technology has brought with it social media. With social media, anybody can say anything at anytime, which means that anybody can see anything at anytime too. This has proven to be a dangerous trend, because it has introduced the world to the concept of fake news. Fake news doesn’t just come from an ill informed Facebook post from a family member though, fake news can be posted anywhere on social media under a guise of authority. Fake new has become an epidemic online, that it has left internet users wondering what the real news is.

Fake news has been allowed to gain traction as people have changed where they get their news. The Pew Research Centre released an article called “Chapter 7: Where People Get their News”, and upon reading this article, the audience is faced with a series of statistics. This article however, was published in 2007, which means that some of these statistics may be a little bit outdated, but the article is a good starting point to see where people are getting their news. The article starts by stating “The world continues to turn to television for news about international and national issues” (Pew Research Centre). Television poses an issue because not every television network is reliable for unbiased information or reporting. Television is one of the first places where biased and skewed information has be portrayed with false authority. This poses a problem because if masses of people flock to television for their information, and this information is skewed, the skewed information has the potential to travel and stay relevant, giving it the impending possibility to drown out the truth.

Television is a good example of where a lot of fake news originally came from, and it gives a good idea of how news has changed with media. television can also be seen as the starting point for some of the fake news that makes its way to social media, because if people are viewing news on TV, is it very likely they will post about it on social media  However, what is most troubling about The Pew Research Centre’s article, and what truly gives the reader an idea about how skewed the world’s perception of news is that the article states that in 2007 “a third or more of the population [turned] to the web (Pew Research Centre), the article is stating that in the United States 35% of people turned to the internet for their news (Pew Research Centre). It is very likely that this statistic has gone up dramatically in the last ten years. This is a worrisome fact, because it begins to paint a picture of how influential fake news is.

The fact that just over a third of the American public turned to the internet for news in 2007, makes it no surprise that fake news was able to find its way into the 2016 presidential election. Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow’s article “Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election”, outlines examples of how fake news has influenced American politics. The article states that “American democracy has been repeatedly buffeted by changes in media technology” (Allcott and Gentzkow 211). The article goes on to say that American politics has been influenced by all changes in technology, but that in 2016 “we confirm that fake news was both widely shared and heavily tilted in favour of Donald Trump” (Allcott and Gentskow 212), this article is stating that in the 2016 election fake news ran rampant and was able go as far as influencing the american public. This article also has information on just how many people were influenced by social media, and how many people influenced social media, regarding the election. “115 pro-Trump fake stories that were shared on Facebook a total of 30 million times, and 41 pro-Clinton fake stories shared a total of 7.6 million times.” (Allcott and Gentskow 212), this statistic demonstrates how fake news is purely subjective, those who want it will seek it out and share it as widely as they can. The 2016 election raised questions around whats true and what isn’t. Because fake news ran so rampant throughout the election, people were likely left wondering what was true about their candidates, and very likey voted based on what they thought was true, not the actual truth. However, the fake news of the election became so prevalent, people may never know the actual truth.

The 2016 election is an example of how much power fake news on social media has, it shows that fake news can influence something as national and prevalent as a presidential election. However, there is also evidence that fake news can also influence lesser known things, like archeological sites. Tom Condit’s article “POST-TRUTH SOCIETY AND ‘VERY FAKE NEWS’” states that, in reference to Brú na Bóinne in Ireland, “It is remarkable, however, how vulnerable our knowledge of such monuments can be.” (Condit 3). The article goes on to say that “With an apparently destructive sense of timing”, an article was published that “had the effect of undermining the reputation of one of Ireland’s most internationally renowned archaeological attractions.”(Condit 3). This article again shows the power of fake news, but in a different way, where the fake news of the 2016 American election influenced an entire nation on who their leader should be, this article shows that fake news can also influence the publics opinion on an archeological site. Both of these articles are excellent examples of how social media and fake news can influence the opinions of the public. Those who see this fake news are influenced, and left wondering what is true.

On a lesser scale, fake news leaves its victims wondering when it takes on the form of spam. Spam is fake news that targets a specific person. Private messages stating that an account has been compromised are common, and they usually ask for personal information. Another example of spam on social media is the various links that exist in comment sections. These are both examples of fake personal news, it is news that an account has been compromised, but it is also fake. Roderic Broadhurst and Mamoun Alazab’s article “30 Spam and Crime”, states that “spam takes on many forms and has many varieties” (Broadhurst and Alazab 517). The article also goes on to say that spam is normally “the initial contact for cyperiminals” (Broadhurst and Alazab 517), this initial contact is an opportunity for somebody to use fake news to steal information. However, many types of spam are beginning to look more and more real, which makes it confusing for an unsuspecting person to differentiate between a legitimate link in a comment section, and spam that will likely instal unwanted viruses. As social media becomes more prevalent, so does its spam. weather its spyware links in comments, or a hacker trying to steal access to an account, spam’s fake news is proving to have an effect.

Fake News comes in all sorts of forms. From spam on Instagram posts, to stories that influence presidential elections, fake news has proven to be confusing and often leaves people who consume it wondering what is real. Fake news has grown and gained strength with the growth of social media, this is a dangerous trend that needs to be monitored, because if fake news is allowed to continue to grow, the world may never know what is fake again.

 

Works Cited

Allcott, Hunt, and Matthew Gentzkow. “Social Media and Fake News in              the 2016 Election.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 31, no. 2,            2017, pp. 211–235. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/44235006

Broadhurst, Roderic, and Mamoun Alazab. “Spam and Crime.”Regulatory              Theory: Foundations and Applications, edited by PETER DRAHOS, ANU            Press, Acton ACT, Australia, 2017, pp. 517–532. JSTOR,                                    www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1q1crtm.41.

“Chapter 7. Where People Get Their News.” Pew Research Center’s Global                  Attitudes Project, 4 Oct. 2007, www.pewglobal.org/2007/10/04/chapter-        7-where-people-get-their-news/.

Condit, Tom. “POST-TRUTH SOCIETY AND ‘VERY FAKE NEWS.’”                       Archaeology Ireland, vol. 31, no. 1, 2017, pp. 3–3.JSTOR, JSTOR,                       www.jstor.org/stable/90005343.

 

 

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Giving Back

The butterfly effect states that “small causes have large effects”. Some of vaguely remember our childhood, but we know that many factors went into it to shape us the way we are.

For the past few years, I have been going back to visit teachers, that have taught me, to catch up and to give insight to their current classes. But the teacher I visited the most over the years has been my grade 1 teacher.

I started visiting my grade 1 teacher, along with my friend who I also met in grade 1, late into my grade 12 year of high school. Although memories of my own grade 1 year have mostly faded, I still remember my teacher and she still remembers me, among the hundreds of kids she has taught over the years. I also happen to share the same birthday as her.

Every time I go back to visit, it is always a surprise to her that we come back as we do not tell her ahead of time that we will be visiting. We would always play with the toys alongside with the kids and learn more about what they like to do and their passions. We help them through learning to write numbers and letters as well as reading words.

Visiting her class over the years has taught me the learning development that a child goes through early into their education, as well as the patience that is needed to work with kids.

However, every time I visit my teacher, she tells me that as a teacher of young children, there is difficulty in finding out about whether you have done your job correctly as a teacher. As you are only in their lives for a short amount of time, it is hard to see the long-term outcomes. Even though she always mentions that our visits to her class and helping children learn is a huge impact for the children, I finally understood what she meant when I visited her recently.

On October 2nd, 2017, my friend and I visited her class and did our usual activities we did in the past. At the end of the day, when we brought the children outside to be picked up by their parents, a small girl comes up to us and hugs both my friend and I. Clearly this is someone who remembers us. We started talking to her and she told us that she is now in grade 4. After doing the math, I was only in grade 12 when she was in grade 1. Furthermore, I only visited her class once in my entire grade 12 year, so it was even more amazing how she still remembers us after a few years have passed.

This experience will always serve as a reminder that when we decide to spend our time to give to others, especially those who really value spending quality time with others, that’s how you make others feel truly special. Whether itʼs spending uninterrupted time talking with someone else or doing activities together, deeper connections can be made with others through sharing time.

Self Care Sunday #2 – Strip Those Pores

Using a pore strip is ann incredibly quick and easy way to pamper yourself this Sunday. I like to have a hot shower (Sunday is normally hair washing day too, so you know it’s a long hot shower) and then apply a pore strip as soon as I get out. I mean I don’t even dry my face off, just, BAM, slap that pore strip on there. I like to apply them after a hot shower because, well a) my pores are open from the copious amounts of steam that can only come with having a shower that is arguably hotter than the surface of the sun, and b) it saves on time. I can let the strip dry on my face while I dry the rest of me. Its not like I have to take any extra time to pamper myself, so this is a good one if you’re short on time.

I use the BIORÉ pore strips 

Now you may be asking yourself, “JordanAnne, why are pore strips self care?” Well, I use pore strips as part of my self care routine because I like the little things in life. In other words, I find looking at all the gunk that comes out of nose super satisfying, well and I throughly enjoy having a smooth nose. Self care doesn’t always have to be something that takes hours to do, it doesn’t even have to be something that you take specific time to do, self care is just doing something for yourself. It is incredibly important to have these quick self care things in your arsenal, because sometimes you need a pick me up, but you don’t necessarily have a ton of time.

What are you doing this Sunday to take care of yourself? Whatever you end up doing, post it on Instagram with #selfcaresunday and make sure you tag me @jordananne76 so I can see it! maybe you’ll even be featured on my #selfcaresunday page!

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Essay 1

“Any publicity is good publicity”. We hear this phrase quite often, a bit too often in fact. Fake news, I believe, is a part of this so called “any publicity”. The US had its elections last year and in the midst of it all one man came out on the top, and we all know who. But what was rather interesting is the amount of fake news we got to read, especially on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. One might brush it off with a chuckle, thinking it was done in jest, but the implications of all the fake news circulating in such a crucial time might have just been a huge thing. Many people believe fake news on Facebook might just have swung the election in favor of Donald Trump. And in regards to all that, in this essay I will delve deep into the world of fake news to explore just how far reaching its consequences to be, and also its relation with social media sites such as Facebook.

Time is money. Fake news is also money, apparently. Facebook and Google control 64% of the digital advertising market amongst themselves, and it’s possible to make a good living by running a parasitical Facebook page filled with content scraped from other websites. (Did Fake News on Facebook Swing the US Election?) As someone who creates and curses digital content, especially on Facebook, quite often, I myself can vouch for the so called “validity” of how much influence fake news holds in shaping many a readers’ views.

In the 21st century with all the technology and gadgets available us, our attention span most times is that of a goldfish. Hence sites such as Facebook need to keep us engaged, to keep us clicking away, which is one of the reasons why fake news has recently gotten so much attention. Which link would you rather click on: “High school student bullied, commits suicide” or “Hillary Clinton Is actually a robot constructed by Saul Alinsky in 1947”? (The hideous, diabolical truth about Hillary Clinton) I know which one I would click! Buzzfeed even uncovered that 100 Pro-Trump pages were being run by teenagers in a small town in Macedonia.

The real question is how do we verify what we read? A page by the name of ‘American Patriot Page’, which has 500,000 followers and has even been certified as authentic by Facebook contains articles such as “Christmas lights now banned as ‘security’ threat”, “Everyone Noticed One Thing About Hillary’s Clothes During her Concession Speech”. In the days before Facebook and Reddit, people used to get their news through either online news sites or newspapers. As man beings, we have a tendency to believe people who have a perceived authority, e.g. I would believe a doctor if he told me I can cure my fair by gnawing on stones, as opposed to another random person telling me that. Hence almost all of us tend to believe newspapers and news sites which are perceived to be “genuine”.

We rarely tend to verify if an article we read contains any ounce of truth or not. A perfect examples of this would be one of Donald Trump’s quotes. According to People magazine’s interview with Mr. Trump back in 1998, he was quoted to have said “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They are the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific”. The only difference is, he never said this. (Facebook’s failure: did fake news and polarized politics get Trump elected?).

Fake news is not a 21st century invention. It has actually existed since ancient times, where Octavian used a campaign of disinformation to aid his victory over Marc Anthony in the final war of the Roman Republic. (What is fake news? Its origins and how it grew in 2016). The magnitude of fake news in this day and age tells us just how far people will go to earn extra cash, swing the circumstances their ways, etc. One click on our website and we get hundreds of different news sites to choose from: CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters, WikiNews, etc. But which one do we choose to get reliable, unbiased news from? My main concern is how people will read anything from the “reputed” sites on the internet and will believe it outright. Where we get our news from is as big of a deal as what news we read. The PEW Research Centre shows that 57% of all Americans in 2016 got their news from TV, 38% from online sources, 25% from radio and only 20% from newspapers, which perhaps tells us it is more convenient to fill the web and TV with fake news as more people will read it compared to other mediums.
In conclusion, from the perspective of a digital content creator, Facebook, although termed as a social media platform, is actually one of the biggest forces in politics, particularly American politics, I believe. And instead of connecting people as its mission statement says, I believe most social media sites, especially Facebook has played a huge part in dividing the world, ironically. More than that, the news that is shown in the TV is widely viewed by most people, even more than on Facebook. Thus as consumers, as readers, it is our job to critically analyze the news we read, be aware of where we get our news from. And also as creators and curators of digital content, it is our responsibility to make others around us more aware of the news we read, and also to create authentic content.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Solon, Olivia. “Facebook’s failure: did fake news and polarized politics get Trump elected?” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 10 Nov. 2016, www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/10/facebook-fake-news-election-conspiracy-theories.

Petri, Alexandra. “The hideous, diabolical truth about Hillary Clinton” The Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2016,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2016/10/14/the-hideous-diabolical-truth-about-hillary-clinton/?utm_term=.ab02b075f5e1

Lewis, Hele. “Did Fake News on Facebook Swing The Election?” New Statesman, 17 Nov. 2016,
https://www.newstatesman.com/world/2016/11/did-fake-news-facebook-swing-us-election

Carson, James. “What is fake news? Its origins and how it grew in 2016.” The Telegraph, 16 March 2017,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/fake-news-origins-grew-2016/

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She stared at her phone, eyes tracing over the letters that spelt out his name.

There was a war going on inside her head – should she call him? Should she even bother anymore?

The fight between the couple had taken place a few days prior, and now she laid in her bed, her heart heavy.

They had barely communicated since the argument, and it was beginning to take a toll on the girl.

She hated the entire situation.

More so, she hated how the situation made her feel.

Since when had she become so dependent on another individual?

She had always forced herself to see the downfall of every relationship – that way when they ultimately ended, her heart wouldn’t hurt so much. Yet, here she was, completely infatuated with a boy who refused to open up to anyone.

The most recent text messages between the couple glared at the girl. She couldn’t bring herself to contact him in any sort of way. She didn’t want to bother him.

So instead, she tortured herself by rereading the same stupid argument, in hopes that he would contact her first.

Her chest swelled from anxiety, she couldn’t stand conflicts.

The girl’s over controlling nature was fighting its way out – telling her to text him, to pour her heart out and cause a scene. But her rational side was telling her otherwise. She had already said what she needed too, it was up to him now.

She tossed her phone onto the empty side of her bed. She couldn’t look at that stupid conversation anymore, nor could she bring herself to delete the messages.

Her emotions were a complete mess. Caught between being angry, upset, and disappointed, she couldn’t focus on anything other than the lump in her throat, and the pain in her head from lack of sleep.

She sighed.

Was he as bothered as her about the situation? Could he sleep, or was he tossing and turning as she had been every night since the argument?

The questions burned into her brain, repeating over and over. But, she wouldn’t dare ask him.

Perhaps she should just let the situation be, and allow the relationship to fizzle out. After all, what was the point in blowing on an already dying fire?

Her thoughts were then interrupted by the obnoxious ding of her phone. She rolled over in bed, towards where the discarded technology was.

The screen lit up a second time, signifying there was, in fact, a message waiting for her.

Yet, the contact name was not from the individual she was hoping. Instead, it was her mom, telling her to come down for dinner.

The girl sighed for the second time. Maybe she really should let it go…

My Audience so Far

So far, I’ve been imagining my audience as similar to that of my social media accounts.  I recently linked my instagram to this site, and I’ve asked friends to check it out.  Because my instagram has a clean and minimal theme, I have tried to make my website similar.  This is because I know that my friends like my content on insagram, and I am hoping they will like my website.  The influence of this is clearly seen in my site’s design, from my header to my sidebar.  As you can see, my header is very simple, and black and white.  I did this mainly to not distract from my photographs, but also because I am assuming that a majority of my audience is coming from my instagram.  Another design element that is impacted by this is my font.  It is again very simple for similar reasons.

Peer Review #2

MY MIND’S MADE UP Apologies, I’m probably going to start off every peer review with some sort of pun. The blog under review for this week is Make Up Your Mind, by JordanAnne. Now, in Travis Gertz’s article, “Design Machines: How to Survive in the Digital Apocalypse”, he mentions the two sides to design: UI […]

Peer Review Assignment 2

I had the chance to review another one of my classmates’ website this week, that of Taisia. The first thing that I noticed once I went to her website is how clean the home page looked, not to mention the beautiful image that is on the home page. The pages are quite easy to navigate, and Taisia also has a small space on the right of the home page where she has her Instagram account linked, in case anyone wants to visit it. What I liked was how the posts are categorized according to the content they contain, for example she has all her personal blogs under the page BLOG and all her assignments under POSIEL. If I want to change/add one thing, and this is me nitpicking here, I would probably tell her to add a few more posts to her personal blog, as it has just 2 posts and would benefit greatly if it had more posts about her daily life, the challenges she faces as an international student and how she overcomes them, etc. etc. since the blog is about her journey as an international student from Belarus. Apart from that, she did a very good job of setting up her website!

Process Post–My Audiences

As I started this blog, the audiences I thought of approaching are the ones who are interested in Korea culture, language, and K-pop. Although it might seem to be quite a narrow range of target audiences, I thought it is better than not having a focus.

Since one of the main focus of the blog is language learning, I decided against using an overly fancy design. It was a difficult decision because a fancy and exciting design would be more suitable for my other focus–K-pop. I ended up with this design because both language learning and K-pop is a relaxing activity for me during stressful situations.

My blog pages are still pretty clean and simple, but I am trying to find photos for backgrounds so that it might add excitement for certain topics.

For the word fonts, I did thought about using a different font for the K-pop pages. However, I am worried that the difference in fonts would make the blog inconsistent. Moreover, it is still a more informative blog as of now. The audiences I anticipate are here mostly for the information, which makes it important that the words are easily readable.

Brighten Up Your “Lifestyle” with Lindsay Wang

Hi Readers!

 

Today, I’ll be doing something a little different in this post by including some tips on how to create a blog that can represent YOUR OWN PERSONA in a powerful way, through different DESIGN TECHNIQUES including good alignment, colour harmony, and other essential skills. I have chosen a website designed by the talented Lindsay Wang, who is currently studying at Simon Fraser University. The name of her Blog is called Lifestyle, a blog about her personal favorite hobbies.

 

Firstly, lets take a look through Wang’s website! At first glance, the website looks simple and easy to navigate through, but I will discuss a little about the issues and what works well for the blog design.

 

The first thing we see on her home page is this image of a subject, presumably to be the writer, looking out into the vast bright blue water. Undoubtedly the massive image is foremost the most salient visual in her blog which means it needs to be perfection. What works so well for her here is the image size because everybody loves pictures. However, the sharpness of the textbox and the pitch black tone creates an uneasy contrast between the subjects hair tone and the sharpness of the image itself.

I would suggest increasing the contrast in the hair to create some visual balance between the subjects black hair and the black text box below. Good visual balance gives equal visual weight throughout an image or space. Above, the visual weight is an imbalance because the black bar draws a lot of attention. Below, we have three focal points-black hair, black bar and the empty space. All these elements allow space for the viewer to scan Wang’s image thoroughly with ease and interest.

Next, we will take a look at the text below NEWS. I love the alignment here because the way she organizes her information makes her website easy to navigate through. Consistency is key for good legibility. Wang always has her short introduction to her blog in the center, includes a related image on the left and lastly the date of the posting. But, what didn’t work for me was the huge type size of the “NEWS” and subtitles. I would suggest reducing the text size just a little to experiment on how it may or may not improve the overall look. The large scale limits me to preview more than one blog post at once and therefore makes me lose interest to scroll constantly up and down. It is always good to keep in mind what your blog will look like in a year. Make sure information can easily found among dozens or hundreds of other postings.

Other than that I love the actual format inside Wang’s blog posts and I hope to see where her blog goes in the future. Make sure to follow her exciting “Lifestyle“.

 

Self Care Sunday #1 – Have A Bath!

When I find myself exceptionally overwhelmed, one of my favourite things to do is have a bath. I find being totally encased in hot water calming and extremely grounding. I use this time to read my book, listen to a podcast (through a waterproof speaker of course), or to just simply close my eyes and relax into the water that is surrounding me. I love using baths as my own special time to unwind, and its a very common way that I take care of myself.

Normally when I have a bath I use a bath bomb, here are some of my favourites!

  1. LUSH Avobath
  2. LUSH Intergalactic
  3. LUSH Twilight

So my self care suggestion for this Sunday is have a bath and try to relax. Because remember, it may not feel like it right now, but everything is going to be okay.

 

Intergalactic in action

What are you doing this Sunday to take care of yourself? Whatever you end up doing, post it on instagram with #selfcaresunday and make sure you tag me @jordananne76 so I can see it! maybe you’ll even be featured on my #selfcaresunday page!

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The Square (2017)

Directed by Ruben Östlund, the Square attempts to question art and humanity through art installations and the personal life of Christian. The Square is a social commentary that provokes audiences’ reflection upon their idea of community and care. The film begins with a ridiculous yet hilarious robbery happens to Christian, the chief curator of a contemporary art museum, and ends with his moral awakening.

“Do you want to save a human life?”
What is your response to homeless people on the street? and a woman yelling “do you want to save a human life?” on the street? I guess, like the crowd in the film, we just walk past them. We won’t look into their eyes because they are unpleasant to see. The Square is a film that you can see yourself in it. It is a long take the yelling woman with a donation forms in her hands and the multiple shots of homeless people lying on the ground that the director brings up the moral issue–are we responsible for the pain of one another?

“Do you trust people?”
The director, through another art installation, poses another moral question to his audience explicitly–“Do you trust people?”. People’s choices are shown on a machine’s screen. Arts works in the film push people to reflect on themselves, the society and propose a new vision to the world. The Square as a film is bringing its audience a new perspective on our society. The question is how to expand the square that can accommodate conscience.

All in all, The Square is a film that conveys a political message. The director leads us to see an indifferent society and through it asks its audience to make changes for a better society.

Rate: 8/10

Peer review assignment

I have been graced with the opportunity to witness En-Yu(Grace) Chang’s website. Grace is running a blog about her travels and life experiences . This is a very exciting topic and I’ll definitely take a look into her website throughout the semester. The layout of her blog is very simple and well laid out. She desires to explore what life has to offer , the beautiful outdoors and all people. She seems to be someone that delights in how life is truly an adventure and that we can all have our own personal beautiful sunshine. Viewing the first site of her website brings and reveals beautiful peace especially with the centred image that truly opens ones’ mind to exploring through traveling. Her main cover photo truly links with her vision board. She truly brought out her online self quite well. Try a very creative way of creating her vision board through grouping together items that show her passions and what inspires her. Her website contains her vision board and her conversation with a stranger. Her post about her conversation with a stranger is v very fascinating and really caught the attention of my mind. The way she started off with describing what is a stranger and deepening the conversation with how it is truly different the way we interact online and in reality with strangers is truly deep and leaves a lot of time to reflect and ponder. Her way of ending it out on how we can never know that there maybe a stranger who may give us strong inspiring words was so deep and so true. This post has left me on the edge of my seat to wait patiently to read more and possibly find out  Grace’s true self from her website and that may it reflect who she is at the end of the semester. All I can say is I’m hoping to see more posts and reflections of her blog and that possibly that may shows us more of Grace and her personality. This is the link to her website: http://sentimentsandthelike.com/

Peer Review #1

This week I get to do my first peer review for my classmate’s blogs and i’m really excited to see how my other peer’s blogs are looking like! I was assigned this week to review Lindsay Wang’s blog and here is the link!

http://lindsaywang.net/

The first thing that I noticed about this blog when I clicked into the link was that there was a nice big picture of Lindsay chilling on a wooden fence in a very scenic mountain top full of lush green grass. There was also the word “lifestyle” as the title of her blog so I was guessing that Lindsay’s lifestyle was reflected by that picture of Lindsay in nature. This gave me the impression that Lindsay is a peaceful nature person that probably likes spending time outside.

One thing that I really loved about Lindsay’s blog was how all the fonts on Lindsay’s blog are nice, big and easy to see. I think that it would really help someone who’s trying to find specific content on Lindsay’s blog to find the content they are looking for. On top of the clear big fonts on her blog Lindsay also has creative illustrations and pictures to help readers better understand what each individual post is about. The big fonts also make it easier for people to navigate around the blog page because of how neat everything is.

One of the things that I saw was lacking on the blog was an about me page. Although the big picture of Lindsay on grass gave me a pretty good idea of what she was about I could very well be wrong. That is why I think an about me page would be largely beneficial for Lindsay’s blog. I recommend that she write about what her main goal of her blog is and tell people more about who she is.

I do appreciate how in depth Lindsay get’s with each topic of her blog posts. Instead of just a few sentences that answer a few questions Lindsay goes into detail on what she really thinks. This really helps a reader be able to know more about what Lindsay is about. For example when she was writing about her site’s theme and how she changed it around 20 times because of her OCD it made me laugh and feel like she’s a real human being.

Overall everything was good to me except for the fact that there was no “about me” page. But i’m very happy with this blog and can’t wait to see more posts from Lindsay!

fashion week

This past week was Vancouver fashion week! I had a great time getting to attend a lot of fashion shows this week with my friends and even got to see some of my model friends walk down the runway! It was very refreshing to be able to see these designers from all over the world come to Vancouver to showcase their work! 

Reviewing the Blog Site http://taitaisia.com/

At first glance, this blog is very aesthetically pleasing. I like where everything is organized and easily accessible. The concept of the blog is very nice as well, seeing that the blogger finds herself in a slightly alienated place in Vancouver. With this, I would say a darker theme for the blog would fit this concept very well. The design decisions that were made with this blog are thoughtful and very nice, but I think some photos of what makes you feel like an outsider in Vancouver would be very fitting with the concept of the blog. Other than this, your design decisions feel clean and easy on the eyes. In terms of content, I feel that there should be more posts outside of the process posts, as I only see one post for your blog and 3 for posiel. (http://taitaisia.com/category/blog/) vs (http://taitaisia.com/category/posiel/process-posts/) Exploring the theme of being an outsider, I feel like this blog can write more about the specific things about Vancouver that are different from Belaruse. Specifically, you can talk about the cultural differences, mannerisms, racial diversity, and etiquette. Other than this, I feel that your content showcases a fantastic balance of visual and textual elements. In terms of course readings, I feel that this blog is very good at showcasing the idea of dissociative anonymity very well. The blog represents this idea because the blogger is represented as “an outsider” and not her real name. With this, the blogger is less vulerable to opening up about what she wants to express. However, since the concept of this blog revolves around being an outsider, I think this is okay. Invisibility is something that is also apparent in this blog, as we do not get to hear the blogger speaking what she said to us. With this, I feel that there is a lack of emotional input with the words I am reading from this blog. This could be mended with more visual aspects such as videos, additional pictures, or emojis. However, I would be careful of adding too many things to your post as it may take away from the clean and simplistic aesthetic style of the blog. Lastly, I feel that with the increase in actual content on the blog would result in a very interesting and intriguing blog site. It seems that your experiences as a person are very unique and I look forward to reading more from you!

Peer Review Assignment

I have had the wonderful opportunity to browse, read through and give y opinions on one of my classmates’ websites for the assignment, hence I will  try my best to keep it fairly concise, and hopefully not disappoint! The website I was assigned belongs to Emily Tin-Wai Cheung, who happens to run a lifestyle blog and is a visual and interaction designer. Straight off the bat, her website screams the word FRESH. From the layout to the pictures used to the placement of the various links and posts (including her bio to the right), everything about the website is just extremely neat and  tidy, and fresh. I don’t know if the analogy is right, but it’s sort of like a freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot summer’s day, it just gave me that refreshing feeling to browse through it. And from what we have discussed in class about developing an online self, Emily does a very good job of giving us a small insight into who she is, where she came from, etc. Her website contains various posts including the ones we had to do for class (meeting a stranger, speed dating, process post) but apart from that 2 posts in particular caught my interest, the first being her experience of doing co-op for 2 semesters and how she had to adjust her lifestyle coming back to school after doing the co-op, and another post which states 7 things about her. I think these posts along with her bio gives us this image of her in our mind, an image of a person who is into designing and has been a creative soul since a young age, who used to make jewelries out of paper clips and pliers, and the best part is she manages to give us an image of herself and her life even if we haven’t met her (I haven’t at least, yet. Would love to next class!). Emily has gone a step further (at least a step further than myself) in creating a facebook as well as an instagram page of her blog which can be accessed from her articles. All in all, there is very little to criticize/find faults about the design of her website and the hard work put into it in order for it to be accessible and to look aesthetically pleasing. I noticed some of the sub categories such as fashion and beauty  are still being developed, and I honestly cannot wait to visit her site again in the near future to see what other content she has added to it! All in all, a wonderful website! Here’s the link to it: http://byemilyc.ca/