Constructing Meaning

Back at it in Course 3: Visual Literacy of COETAIL! I have always been interested in visual literacy, and I do pick up on such nuances as I visit and read through different websites, blogs, articles, etc on and off of the internet. I am not that creative of a person (much to my dismay), but I am very interested in creativity, nonetheless 🙂 In this YouTube video, Brian Kennedy explains why we need visual literacy at a TEDxDartmouth event. He defines visual literacy as: “the ability to construct meaning from images.”

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“90% of what we take in in the world, we take in visually”

– Brian Kennedy

Right now, I have my COETAIL blog, and a personal blog. Recently, my personal blog has not been updated as often as I would like it to be, but I do try to update it once a month for family and friends back home that I don’t get to chat with as often as I’d like. It’s a way for me to keep them up on what is going on in my life on the other side of the world.

Ideally, I would like to redesign both of these blogs, but since I am barely able to keep up with my personal blog, I think I will stick to redesigning my COETAIL blog for now. I would like for my COETAIL blog to be more aesthetically appealing and easier to navigate. It quite bothers me that my blog does not look exactly the way I would like it to look. I am not even sure how I would like it to look, but I do know that I am not entirely pleased with how it looks at the moment.

Here is what it looks like right now, and to be honest, I didn’t even know that it looked this bad! I thought I had tidied it up the last time I posted. Obviously not! It looks like a complete and total mess 🙁

“Before” picture

Here are some things I plan to change soon:

  • Header image
    • Right now, I am using one of the default images for my blog, but I really think that header image should be one that reflects who I am and what I am all about. I am thinking that a picture of my classroom and/or lab would be a good choice. Now, I have to cleanup my classroom and take that picture!
  • Links under header
    • What happened? I thought I had 4 links: About Me, Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3. That is most definitely not the case as you can see in the above “Before” picture! It is a mess, but I plan to clean it up soon, so it reflects those 4 links. And under each course link, I will have the blog posts that are associated with those courses.
  • “About Me”
    • This deeply bothers me that there is nothing there when you click on this link on my blog! But I do plan on cleaning up this aspect of my blog as part of my Course 3 Final Project 😉 I have been inspired by Sonya Terborg, who has an absolutely beautiful About Me page. I am planning to do something along the same lines. Brainstorm is in process!
  • Widgets
    • I currently have NO widgets, but I am not so sure that this is a bad thing. When I look at websites that have a lot of widgets, they look so messy to me. So, if I find any relevant widgets, one or two tops, then I plan to add them to my site. Otherwise, I think I will stick with the clean layout look for now.

I think that is definitely enough to keep my busy for now. I do plan to keep many aspects of my blog the same. For example, when I first created my blog, I carefully went through each and every theme layout to find the one I liked the best. And I didn’t pick which layout just looked the best, I chose the one that I thought was the easiest to read. That is what you want someone to do with your blog posts, right? You want someone to read them, and if it makes it easier for them to read, hopefully that is what they will do. I noticed that many of the theme layouts had small and faint text. And I didn’t want to play around with the settings too much, so I tried to find the theme layout that already had a larger text size and a darker font color, making it automatically easier for my audience to read my work.

If you have ANY suggestions as to how I could incorporate a more catchy header image, how I could better organize the links under my header, what to include or how to go about doing that for my About Me page, or any relevant widgets for my blog, your advice would be greatly appreciated! I warmly welcome your comments below 🙂

2 thoughts on “Constructing Meaning

  1. Great video Pamela – thanks for sharing it!

    Enjoyed reading your reflections on your visual change plans for your blog. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help making changes if you get stuck!

    1. I am not the most creative person, but I do notice when things don’t quite look right. It’s actually bothersome to me! So, I am trying to figure out how I can make my blog “look right.” I will reach out if I have any questions!

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