Today you are to explore the creation, design and impact of social media on individuals, society and business. You are to research and document your findings to your blog. Points for consideration include:

  • How social media was/is designed and created
  • Ways in which social media is used
  • Impact of social media on:
    • Business,
    • Youth / adults
    • Relationships
    • Communication
    • News
    • Other…
  • Future developments and trends for social media design and use

A good starting read is,


Slam Poetry of the Streets

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Education
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I try every day to give a little time to reading, watching or listening to things so that I can learn or reflect on both my personal experience or how I provide knowledge to others, my students.  Today as I was listening to the stream of TEDx Sydney I was fortunate enough to see a recording from 2013 of Omar Musa delivering a brilliant Slam Poem that made me think about and evaluate the educational value and views of people in society and schools.  I feel that it would be interesting to hear the responses of my senior students to this performance.  This would be a great stimulus piece.

This is a great video on the creation of an artwork based on hand drawn frame-based animated images on a wall.  Here is the brief from Vimeo:

A continuous vertical freehand digression.

I was invited to install some animation at the Prøve Gallery in Duluth MN. I set out drawing columns of free hand animation directly onto the gallery wall. “Plumb” is the film product of the installation.

Music and assistance by N. H. Teraberry

These links all contain a great set of stimulus sites and contemporary information about trends in design and layout.

I have started to work with my students on the development of websites using Adobe Dreamweaver and directing the students to explore HTML5 and CSS3. The following links are the result of some searching for a range of tutorials and web-design tips for the students to access as they work through completing a project.

It is always interesting to see the use and development of photographs and images using Photoshop.  Here is a great example of a professional at work and the difference between the natural and the printed.

As an avid user of Adobe Photoshop I found this an interesting infographic as it gives a nice overview of the history and the development of Adobe Photoshop.