I’ve got my project on my personal blog, here, but I can post it below as well.
For my digital essay, I began with the idea that I might like to do something on journalism in the digital age, which is quite meta if you think about it. I started with the topic and began to gather data from there. In an attempt to match my project, I decided the medium would be an iBook. However, rather late in the process, I decided to change the medium to infographic for a couple of reason. 1. I thought the medium was more appropriate to the topic, and as it turns out, I think it worked quite well. 2. I’m also making an iBook for my capstone, and I’m quite okay not using anymore iBooks Author right now. 3. I really love graphics and design, and particularly enjoyed making ties for my little person.
So upon the decision to change my medium, I began to reformulate the data that I had collected. I needed more numbers now. Conveniently, I had found an article only the day before on NPR reviewing the State of the Media Report for 2012. It had all the numbers I needed, and so I decided to make it my main resource for data.
Then I started crunching numbers and began to think about the best way to present each little fact, particularly when there were lots of written sentences to be included, ones which I could not put in number form. Hence I created the little butler figure, who wears a bowtie, because he’s helpful. He tells you things you wouldn’t know otherwise.
I’m not sure what else to say. This was harder and much more time-consuming than I had imagined, but now it’s done, and I’m really happy with the result.
Also, a thank you and a citation to ThinkDesign Blog for the creation of the vectors that I used. Here they are http://thinkdesignblog.com/.