writing for the artifice or the jump+ – 55%

This is the BIG one! This is the assignment of your century. You or you and a partner (a partner who contributes to both design and content), will write an article for either The Artifice or The JUMP+. In other words, you are gonna try to get published.

Here’s what you’ll get out of the task:

  • experience in the digi-publishing world dealing with rejection, redoing, and success.
  • designing unique content for audiences beyond the classroom.
  • knowledge.
  • skill in articulating content in a variety of ways.

the article and webtext – 35%
The assignment has two parts (for either venue you decide to publish for). First or second, you’ll write the essay and design it, like, an article. Keep it formal and visually designed for audience members expecting an academicky essay. Of course, you can use pictures and stuff but make it so it looks like it could be published at The Artifice. Then you’ll design the multimedia part. You’ll translate your essay into a multimedia piece communicating less and more of what you first wrote. Second or first, you can perform the above parts in the opposite order, especially if publishing for The JUMP+.
some musts – 

  • design and write the academicky and non-academeciky more interactive multimedia piece for the artifice or the jump+.
  • writing has to be error free regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • it should maintain a formal tone, use critical thinking, and be organized (i.e., I expect an organized website with writing that has smooth transitions between topics).
  • it needs to be between 1250-2000 words (5-8 pages) for the writing part.
  • this is an argument, so it needs a clear thesis.
  • should follow style requirements for each journal.
  • it needs to use an external stylesheet and have no HTML coding errors on home page.
  • it has to include at least three visual images supporting work and at least three hyperlinks to examples or extra information.
  • it’s gotta be designed purposefully in the multimedia part and translate the academicky part successfully.
  • uses GitHub or Codepen or CSS Tricks for something.
  • uses css 3 animation for something.
  • includes sharing widgets.
  • can use a stylesheet template but has to manipulate considerably.
  • it’s gotta be designed with skill using design principles.

rubric coming soon
the communication analysis (20%)
For this final task of the semester, you will reflect on your growth as a web designer and a techorhetor by composing an essay explaining and showing the ways your web design and understanding of rhetoric has improved. In other words, this final essay is your opportunity to reflect on the rhetorical concepts you’ve learned over the semester. This essay is not meant to be a critique of the class or for you to reflect on your grades. It is instead an opportunity for you to show me and show yourself that you can think critically about writing and reading and have learned important lessons about language.
The following is a set of questions to help guide you in writing this reflection:

What is the main thing you learned about rhetoric this semester and why is it important
to designing, to writing, and to reading?
How do the writings and readings you’ve completed this semester showcase your
development as a designer/rhetor/writer/reader?
What are your weaknesses in desiging, writing, and reading? What are your strengths? How do you want to change
them and why?
What is being a technorhetoric to you now?
How has your understanding of rhetoric changed?

When writing your communication analysis, you must use evidence from your designing, writing, and your reading throughout the semester (quote yourself, analyze yourself, and use our class texts). You must demonstrate you recognize your work changed through either the drafts, prototypes, or from assignment to assignment. You must analyze your own style of writing and identify future areas of growth in your designing.
task constraints

  • Your analysis should be between 1000-1500 words.
  • Your analysis should be free of grammar, punctuation, or spelling mistakes.
  • Your analysis should maintain a formal tone, use critical thinking, and be well organized (i.e. I expect an essay with smooth transitions between topics!).
  • Your analysis should use at least three different sources from our course readings to support the claims you make in your reflection.
  • The citations you use in your reflection must be done correctly in-text and end-text (works cited page) in MLA format.

You’ll be evaluated using this rubric: coming soon!