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As a scholar, teacher, media researcher, and media producer, my work encompasses a wide range. I am including some of my usability work, web design work, graphic design work, digital scholarship, and social media work. My publications and presentations have separate pages. In addition, you can view the work of my students.
I am putting together a page just for usability-related samples. This page is currently under development and is the first live page of my new site design. Please, check it out and keep checking it out as I update it with new samples.
Web Design Work:
For the majority of my classes I design class websites with the schedule, syllabus, assignments, resources, and an outline of what we will cover each class. Here are a few:
Sites I have consulted on:
Graphic Design Work:
The Extraordinary Contraptions: I have completed a variety of design work for this Atlanta-based steampunk rock band. Their aesthetic is Victorian mixed with brass, gears, and Jules Verne-esque steam powered DYI technology and gadgetry.
- Album design: The CD and four-panel jacket for their second album, Scratch the Aether.
- Business card design: Two-sided business card for the band that works for providing contact information and for advertising. Front and back (both in .pdf)
- Poster: Based on the album design, I created a poster for advertising and sale by the band. (.jpg)
- Other albums: The band had a few promotion CDs, which I designed the label for. These are simple and cheap CDs handed out at conventions, given to people who may be interested, and sent to radio stations. The idea is to share the music with people who then may hire the band, but to do so in a low cost way. These labels are simple and designed to be printed on a household printer.
- Promotional CD for their first album, with all the songs (.pdf)
- Sample CD for their first album, with three songs (.pdf)
Much of my scholarship has been digital. These projects illustrate my ability to critique and explore new media both with the content and with the media of the text.
- “Podcasting in a Writing Class? Considering the Possibilities.” In this multimodal text, I combine a webtext with podcasts. This piece is the companion to “Rhetorical Roots and Media Future…” (which I will be putting up here shortly) and both are planned for publication in the 16.2 (Fall 2011) issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
- “Shifting Time, Location, and Texts: An Assessment of Podcasting in Our Classrooms.” When my podcasting empirical classroom research was accepted as a poster for the 2009 ATTW, I knew I wanted to do more than a poster. So, I created a “podposter.” I had a poster, handouts (an overview of the work, a podcast resources page, and transcripts) and three podposter podcasts of varying lengths and examples of student podcasts. I borrowed some iPods from my school and put the podcast files on the iPods and online. Then, during the poster session, people could have a multimodal podposter experience by viewing the poster and handouts, listening to the audio files, and talking to me.
- “Student Problems with Hypertext and Webtext: A Student-Centered Hypertext Classroom?” This hypertext article, published in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 6.2 (2001), illustrates some of my earlier digital scholarship. I present empirical research comparing students’ reactions to hypertext and the web, applying the genre of the research article to the medium of hypertext. I included graphs, myriad links, definitions, and a basic navigation structure which I hoped would prompt hypertextual reading.
- Presentations: As a frequent presenter at conferences, I have several PowerPoint slides used during the presentation. Here are a few that represent a range of my work:
- “Bringing Back Delivery: Integrating Podcasting into the Writing Classroom.” This was a Computer Connection presentation at Making Waves, Conference on College Composition and Communication; San Francisco, CA (March, 2009). I put the focus on discussion and audience choice, as the second to last slide shows. The slides have a link to a short sound file (.wav) I made of samples from students podcasts.
- “Self-Identity, Voice, and Power in Female Muggles and Wizards: A Feminist Analysis of Fan Avatars in Two Harry Potter Fan Sites.” In this presentation, I investigated, using a feminist lens, the use of avatars by female members of two harry Potter fan fiction sites. The slides show the avatars I analyzed. This was for Civic Discourse, Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s); Little Rock, AR (Oct. 2007).
- “What’s Research got to do with it? Research Training for Technical Communication Masters Students.” For this presentation, I had an hour slot at the annual conference, Currents, put on by the Atlanta chapter of the Society of Technical Communicators (STC). I drew on a subset of empirical research from a larger project I was conducting and did some specific additional research for the presentations. While the larger project is national, I used local examples and schools to better respond to the audience’s focus and concerns. Currents, Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, Atlanta, GA (March 2007).
- “Daughters of the Revolution: Females Born in the ‘70s & Early ‘80s, Writing, and the Digital Revolution.” This presentation was a collaboration with Heather McGovern. We explored early findings from a study investigating the digital herstories of Generation X women. Applying a feminist lens to the work, we included our own stories and personal pictures of us growing up and using technology, along with images of the technology of Generation X women. We are currently working on expanding this project into article form and have further plans for extending the work. We presented this at Still on the Frontiers, Computers and Writing; Lubbock, TX (May 2006).
Social Media Work:
I have my own blog and podcast, Screen Space. In the blog, I focus on uses related to users, texts, and technology. In the podcasts, I focus on the everyday and non-expert web, blog, and digital media designer, teaching them how to make their sites and texts useable, effective, and efficient.