Visuals and Websites

My project is starting to come along. I’ve spent some time looking at website layout and have it narrowed down to two or three layout. I am looking forward to a presentation in class today about mapping census data. I think that it will give me really good insight into mapping my applications for relief. I have held off making a concrete plan for mapping the applications for relief because I knew Colin Rose was coming to talk about his project mapping census data. I have some of my visual data coming along nicely. I have graphed several populations to see who was at the infirmary when as well.

I have word clouds that are based on legislation language. I also have started putting together Newspaper articles to show that the public’s primary concern with the infirmary was who was in charge of the infirmary and how much it was costing the public in tax money. Almost all, with a few exceptions, of the newspaper articles in “The Perrysburg Journal” were about who was running for election to infirmary director and how much the infirmary was spending. I also have made word clouds of other important concepts such as reason for being at the infirmary and occupation before. I also have looked at the rhetoric of institutionalization at an infirmary and have a few basic visuals to accompany that as well.

I hope to have the website layout up and running by the end of Thanksgiving as well as having some of the text and images up and running as well. All free time during the week of Thanksgiving is going to be dedicated to getting the website up and running and getting a good chunk of the project done and completed, past what is done now.

As per before I am still struggling with trying to narrow my focus on the project. I think the best way is to just tackle each topic one at a time and see how much time I have in the end to add addition information and topics. I have it narrowed down, but of course as you start to design visuals new ideas keep popping up and saying oh hey over here look at me. I have to remind myself that while the new ideas are exciting they are not the focus of my project.


Blog Post 3 Pecha Kucha

The Pecha Kucha was helpful in creating a succinct way of discussing my topic. To be honest I was panicking trying to write it because I have never written a Pecha Kucha. At first, I was concerned 20 seconds would not be enough time per slide to discuss what I wanted to discuss as I could talk about my topic for hours. Then when I timed it out I was concerned that I did not have enough information about each slide and would just be sitting there for periods of time. I think that timed presentations, with time per slide, is incredibly hard for me instead of saying I have 6 minutes total. It was also rather difficult to decide what pictures to include and what information to include. I also was not exactly sure on what to include, information on the infirmity, my findings, or my plan for the project.

I think that the Pecha Kucha helped me in focusing. It seems as though the others are in the same boat as I am in that we need to make our projects smaller and more manageable. I also think that trying to help others with their project and thinking critically about their project helped me to think critically about my own project and apply some of the advice that I gave to others to my own project. Also applying some of the advice that I have received. The primary piece of advice that I have been working on is trying to narrow the project down and make it manageable. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to make a list of things that I would like to investigate in order of importance and start with what I have already done/have started and then work my way through the list being reasonable with how much I think I can get done. That is the hardest part for me I think. Trying to limit the project because I only have so much time.

This by the end of next week I want to have created the majority of my graphics. And then the rest of the time can be spent putting the website together as that is the hardest part for me I think. This has been quite the learning experience already and I am sure that the farther I go in the project the more I will learn. Attached is the Pecha Kucha that I put together for class.Pecha Kucha