Peer Review #3

For this Peer Review, I reviewed Maggie Chen.

Her website is called “Illustration of Everyday Life”. It is all about drawing, and is beautiful and simple. I have really enjoyed it. Maggie also explores the connection of visualizing feelings, for example in this post, she talks about how she just wasn’t feeling it, and the only visual shows how she is feeling is scribbles. I love that, it is so raw and beautiful. The way that she can put emotions into art.

Maggie’s website is easy to read, and fun as well. Her audience is everyone! She speaks very informally, almost as if she is taking to her friends. So we as her audience become her friends. Her posts are simple, and she explores many different styles of drawing; some look like they are colored pencil drawings, some look like markers, and some are even digital.

My favorite post of hers I think would be this one. It is called “Craving For…”. It is simply an ice cream cone. So cute and well done, and who isn’t craving ice cream? I know I always am!

The only thing is that Maggie’s website is very linear. There is not much connection with it and other things online. I would suggest that she adds in some links, or social media, etc. To do this would help her to leave more visible “breadcrumbs” throughout her blog, and then with the rest of the online world. It would help to make a better digital presence, and I think increase the amount of traction on her website.

All in all, a great website with good content. I like it!

Peer Review #2

I reviewed Kenneth’s website and it was great!

Kenneth website is all about music and the emotion that follows it.

One of the blog post that I found interesting was the article about Lofi, Lofi is a loop of hip hop type music that can go on for hours. Lofi is very versatile and can be used when studying or just hanging out. I personally have listened to Lofi (before I knew a name for it) and I like to listen when I am studying.

Like Debbie Chachra mentioned in her article, when thinking of the community dynamics, “makers” are seen as very important. In this case, Kenneth is a “maker” because he made a playlist for the readers to listen to as well. This playlist is actually really good, and I enjoy it a lot! As a “maker” here in this sense, Kenneth didn’t make the songs, but he did make a playlist for the songs to all be grouped together. Along with these points, Chachra speaks to the idea of what you are trying to accomplish.

Throughout the website, Kenneth displays a modern vibe with a creative spin on it. As you navigate through the website, it is easy to find things, and pleasant to look at. The typeface is simple and modern as well. The course reading title The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, we read spoke about affordances being taken advantage of in design of a website. Affordances are the features that come about because of the technology that is being used. These affordances could be the global reach of technology. This can be seen in Kenneth’s website, because he makes it open for a lot of different audiences. It is easy not only to navigate through, but also allows for many audiences to access and understand the topics that are being discussed. Also, the customization of Kenneth’s website is very nice and that is one of the parts that adds to the good flow and vibe of the website.

The constructive criticism I would give to Kenneth is that there wasn’t much social media integration into his website. He could link his social media accounts in order to create more networks throughout the internet and make his website more discoverable. Another things I would mention is that there are not many comments on the blog posts that he has. I think if he allowed for more discussion on his website, and ended his posts in a more open way, it would then invite more comments to be posted. I also think that more comments would make for a more inviting and discursive space for people to participate in dialogue.

Peer Review #1

I reviewed Rain’s website, and it has so much potential!

She discuses traveling, photography, music and feelings.

Such an interesting way to look at the world. How you feel wherever you are. I too am a big “feelings” person. I think that emotions should be felt and embraced. I love to feel happy and excited, I think it is ok to feel sad or worried. I also know that it is important to understand why you are feeling some way. To unpack those feelings we all have.

I think Rain’s idea of unpacking those feelings based off of where a person is is so interesting! Why do we feel safe somewhere? Why do we feel more on edge somewhere else.

I think combining music, feelings and photography also shows a type of experience. How do we experience things and places? By seeing, hearing and feeling. I think the combination of all these things helps to have her viewers to have a more all around experience of what she is talking about.

In her blog post “a place that will heal your soul” I really like how she spoke to getting out of the city, and going to her special place to escape all of the people. She explains how this place is calming, and she loved to go there to get away and be by herself.

I think Rain’s website is going to be wonderful, I am excited to continue following along her posts.

I am excited to get the experience!