Sorry I haven’t written in a while, I got carried away with my research. You would not believe how deep this discussion about print versus digital reading technology goes. From historical viewpoints to scientific evidence, there is so much to think about. On the one hand, we can see an appreciation for the book in its physical form. However, reading about the history of the book, or codex, and its reception over time leads me to reconsider the e-reader. For example, the physical form of the digital text, and how it too could be appreciated by readers of the digital era. I think digital resources also could be considered inferior to print for reasons related to design or easily changeable features. Even though I love print books, I think we aren’t advocating fairly for the digital. After all, new generations are constantly coming of age and changing society. It could be highly possible that, one day, a person would look upon an e-reader with an appreciative eye and reflect fondly upon the sensational experience. –Clarisse McClellan
Hermione Granger, Signing Off
Well, we had our last official class today! It was bittersweet. But, I’m also quite relieved because now this means I can hit the ground running and continue on with working on my print. Last night, I tore down paper to the size it needs to be which I thought was going to be much harder than it was. Usually a tear bar is required but I made do with folding and ripping.
Tonight, I’ve made time in my schedule to make the actual prints! Obviously I’ll do some rough drafts, but best case scenario, I would be finished with the final drafts tonight! Fingers crossed that happens.
It’s been a great semester with everyone in the class so far, and I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors!
Junie B. Jones and the Procrastination of Essays
So I haven’t started my paper yet and the draft is due in two days. I have all my sources read and the quotes I want have been pulled out, but I haven’t outlined my argument in anyway. The skeleton structure we discussed in class makes sense, but I’m more of a bullet point outline kind of girl so I guess I’ll start there. I think planning papers is the hardest part about writing papers. Once the planning is done, the paper writing process tends to go quickly and smoothly. I’m just so ready to be done with school now that the weather is nice so it’s hard to focus on getting this paper done.
Black vs. Blue
I made some progress this weekend on my final. Not enough to call is significant progress, but certainly enough to know that I’m on the right track and will definitely finish it by the time next Friday comes. To be perfectly candid, I should probably be putting more work into it and be prioritizing it, but I think junioritis is hitting me hard.
There are a few things I need to determine before the rough draft is due on Wednesday, and that is whether I should leave the print it in black or add a pop of color in there. On one hand, I like the way the plain black looks. But on the other hand, I love color and the blue that I was thinking of using adds a reference to House of Leaves from earlier this semester and makes it more fun. But it might make it too busy. I’ll do some trial and error and see what happens. Hopefully all works out well and I’m able to come to a conclusion!
I’m making progress with my print, so much so that hopefully I’ll finish it early. Even if I don’t, there’s a lot of buffer time that means it won’t affect my timeline if I make a mistake or something happens. I have a lowkey weekend so I’m hoping to relax a bit, but also use the time to work on said print! This is the first time in a while where I actually don’t feel too panicked going into the last week of classes… Hopefully the feeling continues!
I officially began work on my Final Project yesterday and I’m hopeful and optimistic about the end result. Of course, Step 1 is barely anything to have completed, but it’s still more than I had prior to yesterday! It also means I’m on the right track in terms of progress. My goal for today is to have my silkscreen coated and then left to set. Also if I’m really feeling ambitious, then I’ll start making my transparency in order to make the stencil this weekend. Fingers crossed all goes well!
I’ve spent today working on ideas for my print for my Final Project and I think it’s coming along swimmingly! I’m excited to see how it will turn out, because art like this tends to be a surprise! I don’t want to give away too much because not only do I want it to be a surprise for myself, but I want my peers to be surprised when it’s their turn to receive the print.
Hopefully though, it will turn out how I imagine. And if not, I suppose I will be alright with that too 🙂
What is keeping print alive?
So I’ve been digging through sources lately in my attempt to prove to everyone that print is better than digital text! I mean it has to be, right? There has to be a reason why it has lasted so long. But after reading one scientific study after another, I realized that personal opinion is the LARGEST factor in determining whether ebooks or print texts are more effective. Ok, so trying not to panic, its just that EVERYTHING I ever considered sacred is now being questioned. So then, if there isn’t that much of an impact or difference, especially in the ways that technology is beginning to imitate print, then what is keeping print alive? -Clarisse McClellan
Exciting news! I finally decided on a topic for my Final Project! I’m going to create prints with designs that incorporate what we’re learned throughout the semester and the evolution of traditional technology to digital technology. And isn’t traditional technology such an oxymoron? I’m excited about it because this is a way for me to get my creative juices flowing. Since I’ll be parked in the library for hours on end once finals week starts with a quill and ink, I think this will be a nice way to take a break from all of that and really allow my brain to think differently.
I’m hoping that all goes well and that the print turns out how I imagine. I’m also hoping my classmates like it, since they will be getting one to keep and take home!
For my final project, I am hoping to do a project instead of a paper, if given permission. I would like to make a digital children’s book to show my research on how digital books are better for learning than print books. I think that using a children’s book as a medium for this would be an overall metaphor because after all, children are the future. I would like to do a project instead of a paper because as a digital studies minor, I think that it would make for a better capstone project and be more representative of the minor than a paper would.