Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Purpose Statement

         Now that the audience has reached the time in their lives where they are in college, they are expected to know and decide what they are going to do with the rest of their lives. While this photo essay can be used by any college student, the main target audience is the college student that is undecided with what to do. More than likely, they are feeling pressure from family, friends and possibly even the school itself to make a decision. The purpose of this photo essay is to convey to the audience that they should not listen and give in to the pressure. It is their life and there’s only. With the time I have spent with the triplets my mom nanny’s, I have come to notice that children possess a carefree mind and ignore the world around them. They do what they want simply because they want to and it makes them happy. They take risks, fall -sometimes cry-get up, learn from their mistakes and keep going. Somewhere along the period of time when one is growing up, this mindset is lost in people (with the exception of a very minute number) and start to let others decide for them. With this photo essay, it is meant to remind the audience that they were kids once and should re-take that mindset of living simply for yourself and none other. The photos of the triplets should capture the attention along with the bright colors and remind the audience of their childhood. The essay is akin to that of a How To and the slides don’t flow as well as I wanted them. Each slide is independent, but still gets the point across. As for the pictures, they go hand in hand with the captions on the slide and help further get the point across.

Design Plan

          The design of this essay was a bit elusive. I wanted to get the attention of the audience and have it for every slide. Since I am a boring person, thinking in a very different way that usual was required. For this reason, it was decided that the presentation should look as if the triplets themselves made it. Each of the triplets has a different personality and that is incorporated in each slide. That is why each slide has a different background of a movie or comic that they like. The pictures picked were also of famous movies/comics that the audience would know as well. As for the fonts, they are inconsistent but picked larger ones that take up more space and are more visible. The colors of the letters are also bright and changing to grab attention and keep it consistent with a child mindset along with the slants the lettering has. The diction used was rather simple but not too childlike as that would be condescending. Photographs were big to take up a big portion of the slide and in some they were bunched up. This was to show sequence and in others, to have a somewhat overwhelming effect on the audience. By doing so, they have more to look at each picture and gives them more to connect with. Each slide is supposed to have no empty space (visuals wise) which they don’t and the essay as whole is meant to look as if a child made it. If you look at me or even remotely know me, you would never guess that my mind would have produced this essay. Design wise, everything was achieved that was supposed to be. Some words blend in a bit with the background of the slide, but they are still readable. 

Photo Essay

Reflective Essay

                Starting off with this essay I had no starting point. The only thing that really interests me, I couldn't take photos of which left me thinking of what to do. Since my mom is a nanny to three female triplets, I figured I would do something involving them. At first I thought I could do an essay about growing up but they haven’t lived long enough to fully capture that idea. Then I got the idea to do an essay of how people care too much about their image and how they are perceived by those surrounding them. As I started the essay I realized that was a dead end. Thinking about the audience, I pivoted that idea and focused on the college student undecided with what to major in. The essay doesn't flow as nicely as I wanted it to, but other than that, it didn't turn out too bad. Design wise, I had to really think differently than I usually do and think it’s noticeable in the essay. That part turned out better. Overall, the essay turned out well and thinks the audience will enjoy it.