P5 reflection post

I went into my presentation with a clear idea of how I was going to make my video, but along the way my plan got further and further away from the video I wanted to make. My first problem was the lack of a camera mount. I ended up getting my camera to work by taping my phone to the bottom of my desk lamp and orienting it so my audience could see the box I was drawing. The second problem I ran into was the audio quality; both variations of my video sound like I was mumbling because of a malfunction with my headphones where the microphone piece was not working, so my phone recorded the audio from the phone itself. Another issue I have with my videos is the length. Both of my videos came to about 7 minutes, over twice as long as the recommended time. Overall, there is a lot of room for improvement with my youtube voice and tutorial making skills, but this project was fun none the less.

Description of an audience p5

The Audience I am trying to reach for presentation 5 is really anyone. The knowledge that I am trying to teach really applies to anyone who doesn’t already know, which makes my audience fairly large. I decided to keep my intended audience large because my video was made for youtube, not for presentation to the class in which case I would most likely aim the audience to be my classmates. I think that I will be able to communicate this tutorial to my audience well because I put it on youtube, thus giving everyone who uses youtube the opportunity to view my video.

Module 4 Reading Response 3

For this reading response post, I will be reflecting on Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Tings To Me.

The first thing that stood out to me from this excerpt that we have covered in class is the idea of credibility. In class, we discussed credibility in the terms of giving a speech and how credibility is gained as a public speaker. Men Explain Things To Me discusses the idea of credibility on a greater level though. In this excerpt of her book, Solnit discusses credibility in relation to gender and the unfair, inherent lack of credibility that women must overcome. It is interesting to hear about credibility outside of public speaking because to me, my credibility is something that is only criticized in graded assignments but to Solnit and many other women credibility is an issue which is debated almost every day.

Module 4 Reading response post 2

For this reading response post, I selected an interview with Dr. Doug Bauer of UCSF performed by the Performance Condition newsletter.

This interview is on the subject of Dr. Bauer’s research in the correlation between low bone density and cycling. What I like about this interview is that Dr. Bauer is discussing research he did into a matter that he cares about: cycling. Meeting with Dr. Bauer at UCSF definitely helped me understand his drive behind studying bone density and osteoporosis in cyclists because he too is a cyclist and therefore is spearheading research into a subject that affects him. I think that Dr. Bauer’s research on osteoporosis is also a great example of using your skills set or job to create change in the world that you can see, something that I hope to complete someday.

Module 4 reading response post 1

For this reading response post I’ll be giving my thoughts on When Bikehood Was In Flower by Irving A. Leonard.

This short story is an insight into what a solo biking journey was like at the tail  end of the 19th century. Biking a great distance alone has been and still is a feat of great endurance and courage, and Leonard’s depiction of Margaret Valentine Le Long is an interesting example which shows how the concept of a solo bicycle journey has not changed much over time. Despite obvious advantages such as refined bicycle designs, major highways and cell phone service, completing the same feat as Valentine Le Long today would require much of the same dedication to a goal and reluctance to give up. It is interesting to consider how a number variation of the solo biking mission today are in the name of fundraising for a organization or group rather than for personal affirmation. An example of a solo biking expedition today is the youtuber from Malia’s last presentation who took a solo expedition to advocate for being vegan and fundraise for a pro-vegan organization. I think that the reason why solo biking expeditions have become a popular mode for fundraising because it shows the true stature of the feat; biking alone is dangerous and challenging. These solo expeditions today are prove how much more impressive Valintine Le Long’s feat was in in 1896.

Module 3 Reading response post 2

For this reading response, I will be reflecting on Randy Cohen’s “If Kant Were a New York Cyclist.

I found Cohen’s argument for disobedience of road laws while cycling in an urban environment entertaining and ultimately well-grounded. I think that the reason why rolling through red lights and stop signs while cycling in an urban environment is ok if you are conscious of your surroundings and comfortable with the environment you’re biking in. This trend in cyclist disobeying road laws is the product of a less-than-ideal city plan for transportation and traffic flow. Because cyclists cannot get from point A to point B without numerous stoppages, they are disobeying the laws of the road in attempt to compensate for a transportation system that does not cater to bicyclists. If it is brought forward as a problem that cyclists are rolling through red lights and stop signs the solution is not to crack down on cyclists who do this; but to implement a system which doesn’t make them need to do this. An example of this would be a ‘bike highway’ which separates bikers from the most high-traffic areas of a city, creating a safer and more efficient transit system.

Discussion of credibility Project 5

I am planning to establish credibility with my audience through stating my title at the beginning of my tutorial. I chose “Art + Architecture Major at the University of San Francisco” because even though I am a design major, I am in the Art and Architecture department. When I meet people though, I usually tell them I’m a design major. The reasoning behind changing my title to an art and architecture major is because in the context of a drawing video, being a design major sounds quite vague compared to a title that has the word architecture in it, which is synonymous with drawing. I am also planning on establishing credibility through using a brand new drawing instrument and a ruler to show that I am prepared. Another way which I will establish credibility is by drawing the box correctly and filling in values appropriately.

Before re-reading Nancy Duarte’s writing about audiences in Persuasive Presentations I did not think about explaining the benefit or the ‘so what?’ aspect of my tutorial. Duarte preaches necessity in telling the audience why they need to know the information they’re learning to avoid the “I pay you to do this, so just do it!” tone during a presentation. In the context of my presentation, I plan on letting my audience know why they want to learn to draw a box by saying something along the lines of “to draw in your notebooks” which is not quite serious, but that is because I am already giving a tutorial on a fairly intuitive task.

Write out for project 3

Hi, my name is Matt Olsen and I am an Art + Architecture Major from the University of San Francisco. Today, I’ll be teaching you how to draw a square, then turn that square into a box using value shifts

The first thing you’ll need is a drawing instrument. For this tutorial, I’m using a standard width black sharpie. This sharpie can be bought at any craft or office supply store, also on amazon. The second tool I’ll be using for this tutorial is a standard, one-foot ruler. Mine is metal, but a composite plastic ruler or a straight edge of any sort is fine.

(go into tutorial of drawing a box)

(After box is finished, start tutorial of sides, followed by tutorial of showing value)

Now, if you’ve been following along at home, you should have a perfectly drawn box sitting in front of you. What makes this box appear three dimensional is the conveying of a sense of light. This light is the brightest on the top of the box where it makes contact, which is why we should show the shadow that the light makes on the edge of the box, also to contrast the plane. We ad slight value on the sides because a shadow is cast on them too, they cannot be the same value as the initial point where the light hits the box.

Thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Like, comment, and subscribe if you enjoyed this video and are looking for more tutorials like this to come. Until next time, keep that drawing instrument handy.

Outline for Project 5

Audience: Anyone who does not know how to draw a box

For project 5 I will be making a video on how to draw a box, then how to make that box appear three dimensional.

First, I will show the materials needed or preferred for this tutorial. The materials that I’ll be working with are a black sharpie, thick, and a ruler.

The tutorial will have me drawing the box first with the ruler, then adding the sides of the box, then finally showing the value shifts on the different sides.

Upon completion I will briefly discuss what conveys the idea of dimensionality in my box.

Peer analysis post project 4

One presentation I liked a lot from class last Thursday was Devyn’s. I liked Devyn’s presentation because she chose to center her speech around a personal tie to a fundraiser. This personal connection allowed for Devyn to gain extra insight into what the event is like in terms of the atmosphere and rider experiences through interviewing her aunt and uncle who actually participated in the fundraiser she chose. While I wish that I could tie my presentation into a personal experience I have with fundraising, I cannot, but I bet it would’ve made my presentation on advocacy and activism a lot more interesting.