Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A note from your fellow group...


We, the VINYL staff, invite you with open arms to ask questions for our new ADVICE COLUMN.

Any and all* questions will be accepted and answered to the best of our ability.

...With some introduction at the front, if you'd like.

Please send these cries for help to vinylstaff@gmail.com.


Vinyl Staff

*And by all we mean most."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

And the winners are...

Congratulations to 25K, Aux Cable, and Current Magazines! You three groups are the Media Kit contest winners. See me in class (or email me) about your prize.

I saw some truly excellent media kits, so all of you should be very proud of yourselves. We'll have future design contests, so stay tuned!

~ Mrs. Young

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mrs. Young Out - Day 2

Happy late start day to you, happy late start day to you, happy laaaate start day to you.... Happy late start day to you.

Hope you all enjoyed sleeping in. I'm bright-eyed (after much coffee) and back at my technology workshop today, but I wanted to give you a couple of heads-up for tomorrow:
1) Media Kits are due (emailed) to me by the end of class Friday. You'll be presenting your kit on Monday to the class.
2) Designers are visiting after the quiz.

1st period: Adrian will be meeting with Forum and Blizz. I'm still waiting to hear back from Melissa (Street Magic's designer); I'll email your group if I hear from her today. If she doesn't respond, I'll see if we can get some designers from The Liberator to come critique your media kits before you present Monday.

5th period: Josh will be meeting with Now Magazine, and Victor will be meeting with Vinyl

7th: Kara will be meeting with True Colors Magazine, and Sarita will be meeting with the Daily Muncher. Ron will be meeting with Dischord on Monday, Feb. 14. I'm still waiting to hear back from Greg, Chia-Wen, Stephanie, and Kirk. If they don't respond, I'll see if we can get some designers from The Liberator to come critique your media kits before you present Monday.
3) You're having a quiz on the terms we've covered in the last couple of weeks. The newsworthiness examples were posted in Tuesday's quiz review (on the calendar and yesterday's blog post), and you can refresh your memory regarding leads with this handout. Both the leads and the newsworthiness questions will be multiple choice.

The design identification portion of the quiz will not be multiple choice, nor will it have a word bank... because life does not have a word bank. Actually, it's because you'll need to know these terms when talking design in your group.

Here's a link to a design review. You'll need to download the pdf and then click on the comments to see what each part of the design is called. (Depending on what version of Adobe Acrobat you have, you may not be able to access this at home, so take notes in class if needed.)

A few parts are not identified. For example, you'll need to know what a document grid does (allows the designer to create logical spatial relationships between objects and text) and how column guides work to dictate how many columns of text should exist and how large an image should be.

4) I'm still looking over your outlines and leads and should have commented on all of them tomorrow so you can proceed with concessions and supporting paragraphs, both of which we'll cover in class.

5) Have a wonderful day! I'm learning a lot of interesting things about Photoshop and podcasting, and I look forward to showing you guys some new stuff!

~ Mrs. Young

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mrs. Young Out - Day 1

Good morning/afternoon, Eziners. I'm out at a technology conference today, but you have plenty to do in good ol' room 258 without me. You'll need to email me your finished media kits (both the pdf and the written paper) by the end of class Friday. Here's a link to the assignment if you want to double-check to make sure you've covered everything. Remember, it's a major grade (one of only two for this grading period), so you'll want to make sure it's polished and professional.

Don't forget that you also have a quiz Friday over newsworthiness, design, and lead terms. Refer to yesterday's quiz review for a refresher.

Ok, I think that's it for today. Please email me if you have any questions, and I'll check in with you tomorrow via the blog regarding your outlines and leads.

~ Mrs. Young

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Student Poll!

Please take this poll to help out your fellow Eziner:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Why We Need to Reimagine Masculinity

Read this article from Newsweek -- which is PACKED with sources. Then, in your turn-in folder, turn in a document (labeled with your name and the assignment) that lists all of the sources that the author used.