Class Notes

Class notes will be posted here a day or two after class.

These notes are not excessively complete. They are meant to refresh your memory on the topics we covered in class, not replace your paying attention.

10 February 2010

SNOW DAY!!!!!  Artistic TA is making a snowman. What are you doing?

3 February 2010


podcast scratch track w/ at least 3 layers

DIY blog entry


DIY blog critiques

don’t just post a link. post your instructions and analysis and then a referential link if you like

include illustrative screen shots.  but watch your size!

be thorough in your instructions and descriptions. a very intelligent monkey should be able to replicate what your describing from your entry

sign all your entries!

Podcast critiques round one!  Thanks for our first round volunteers!

Things to watch out for:

beware sibilant esses and plosive peas harshing against your mic. Solution: construct a baffle or buffer out of a wire clothes hanger and an old (or new) pair of drug-store pantyhose

avoid variable volume levels. make sure your track is at a standard base volume all the way through, and not trending up or down

be sure to include at least two-three seconds worth of silence at the beginning of your track to allow your audience a moment to situate themselves

allow time between effects or other external sounds and the resumption of the narrative. give your audience processing time

make sure your effects don’t overshadow or garble your text beyond recognition

your text should be comprehendible on the first play-through

don’t be afraid of silence!

how does an audio medium change the way your story must be composed and how it will be consumed?

27 January 2010


One-page podcast script

DIY blog entry

There are no TA-derived notes today.

20 January 2010


three PostSecret images with text

five digital photographs

DIY blog entry


PostSecret critique

make sure your font colors don’t clash with your picture

try using the eye dropper tool to pick a color from your picture and generating your font color from that sample

did you set up your Flickr account?


masks and layers: ways to alter your picture, or just part of your picture!

magic wand/quick select tool: a way of quickly and roughly selecting a contiguous (or chromatically similar) area of your picture for editing



CSS: Cascading Style Sheet

external: can be attached to as many pages as you like

internal: applies to one page

inline: applies to one element only

ems: one em is equal to the width of one capital letter M in a given (web safe!) font, allows for scaling dimensions

pixels: static, not scaling, but potentially useful for envisioning layout

watch your web safe colors and web safe fonts!

13 January 2010


domain, hosting and FTP

five digital photographs

completed Twitter narratives

DIY blog entry


Twitter Vocab!

tweets, to tweet: each of those micro-blog entries is a “tweet,” and when you write one, you are “tweeting!”

retweet: to forward a tweet from a another user to your followers list and beyond!

dm: direct message. will send a private message to a given user, and alert them via email & txt

@: sends an open message to a given user

hashtag: a nifty way to make tweets extra searchable, by given a specific group of tweets a unique, clickable handle a url shortener, to keep those links from eating your 140 character limit. there are many many others.

Static Web Design & Coding

when hand coding, be sure to save all files in UTF-8

No Rich Text, only Plain Text here

double check your open&closed tags (indenting is your friend!)

What are you designing for?

standard computer screen? 800×600

widescreen computer screen? 1024×768

mobile device? screen ratio 4:3

remember: the eye travels from left to right, top to bottom and is drawn to WHITE


image file formats for the web: jpeg, gif

Lossless image formats for editing: tiff, raw, png, bmp

Web Safe colors

size and resolution considerations…

how important is the image?

how long will it take to load?

“Saving for web and devices” in PS will compress an image for you!

remember: highly compressed files contain less information and may appear pixely, but will load faster. weigh your options here.

6 January 2010

Welcome to class!


IP Crash Course

Things to know: DMCA, ACTA, length of copyright terms, “licensing” vs “buying,” trademark vs copyright, fair use

Creative Commons: Pick your license!

Attribution: requires attribution to original author

Commercial/Non Commercial: determines whether work may or may not be used for commercial purposes

Derivatives/No Derivatives: determines whether the work may be remixed or altered

Share Alike: requires all remixes/copies to be distributed under an identical license.

Be sure to double check your TOS (Terms of Service) agreements on your social working and web hosting sites to make sure your retain ownership of your intellectual property!

Twitter Narratives

see examples at #TBD at and  Aristotle by Billy Collins

create five compositional constraints (must include found material)

seven entries (1/day) into a cohesive narrative

each entry is limited to 140 characters

consider how these narratives will be distributed…

consider how these narratives will be read+consumed…

DIY Blog

post one How-to entry a week on an DigiMedia compositional trick, technique or skill.

WordPress is a blogging sandbox setup (almost). Explore!

Remember, this is a How-to so be clear and descriptive! Pics and links are your friend!

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