During the fall of 2011 I was enrolled in a course on visual rhetoric. For this class we were taksed to create a poster related to something we felt we could claim expertise. For this my group decided upon making a beer poster detailing our favorite types of brews.
In continuing with my fascination with hip hop and developing and more intricate understanding of the 5 pillars of hip hop I was involved during the fall of 2011 and spring 2012 in a study and research project based around Lansing hip hop. For my part in the project I created a comic detailing some of the finer details of graffiti culture. We successfully entered in the Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) where we presented a full catalog of multimedia work – our booklet with photos and my comic, a research poster, and a video in which we interviewed local graffiti artists in REO Town in Lansing.
During the month I spent in New York City I was privileged to have an independent study based around the hip hop culture currently in the city. New York is and always will be the mecca of hip hop, from its roots with Afrika Bambatta playing street parties, to the Brooklyn and Queens legends that have shaped our culture in America. I have always been interested in the 5 pillars of hip hop:
5. Knowledge and overstanding
For my independent study I was able to visit a number of places and conduct reviews and interviews. Previous to visiting NYC I would shop endlessly on the Turntable Lab website and I had to visit and, admittedly, spend too much money. I wrote up a full review of the shop and created it into a full PDF article for easy distribution. I hope you enjoy.
As an employee of State News Works, the web development firm related to The State News, I have had the pleasure of working through two very major redesigns for major websites. My first major project was the Cavalier Daily, the online newspaper for the University of Virginia.
We first took consideration of the site as it was initially. Here you can see that the site was based solely in Web 1.0 standards of link behaviors, 960 grid system, and stuck very closely with a blog look and made little effort to have new content prominent in the site, a large University we set out to create a design that brought The Cavalier Daily roaring into 2012. We therefore decided on creating a responsive design webpage, one that would resize and work across the multitude of platforms now hooked into the web – from desktops, to tablets of all sizes, down to web browsers on smart phones.
The current Cavalier Daily homepage is leaps and bounds ahead of the old version. Trading out the gaudy background color and implementing a responsive design using Twitter Bootstrap it was our first successful run at creating a fully responsive news site that contained a great deal of content along with traffic, ads, and multimedia. Please see the below images and feel free to visit their site to see it live in action.