When describing and thinking about this week, I find myself continuously referring to it as, “interesting,” because it has been filled with some incredible opportunities that I don’t know how else to put into words.
As some probably already know, I am currently taking two Communications courses – Civic Media, which I often talk about and reflect on in this Portfolio series, and Beautiful Social, a course in which my group and I work directly with a non-profit organization and provide whatever deliverables they request. These deliverables may be videos, photos, infographics, etc.
Together, I feel as though these two classes (Civic Media and BSocial) have already prepared me in so many ways for the future. I love learning new concepts about civic engagement and communication within the community to then apply it to the “real world” through Beautiful Social.
This week in Civic Media we received our roles for our first event – organizing a talk and website launch. I will be working with a team to create the release forms, clearances, and several other pre-event logistics. I am very excited to work collaboratively with my class to plan this event!
Our discussion in Civic Media then moved on to the different images that make up our world today. There is a wide spectrum of images, ranging from photos to statues to those images that appear in dreams. These images have the ability to communicate larger ideas through social movements. As an example, we worked in groups to analyze different movements and how various icons, symbols, and visual indices have been involved in those movements to communicate central ideas to the movement.
For example, an icon for the feminist movement would be the well-known “we can do it” girl, while a symbol would be the feminist sign with a fist. Visual indices, which essentially simplify data into catchy slogans, would be the idea of women paying 75 cents while men pay $1, signifying the wage gap between men and women.
These images are then translated into the bigger concept of data visualizations. Data visualizations transform complex data into simple visual indices. These visual infographics are popular in today’s society as they can be easily shared across social media platforms and understood by many. Furthermore, it shifts power from the hands of few and into the hands of many.
I am curious to see how these ideas will later shape communication and influence other concepts in the future. I am also looking forward to applying these ideas to my work in planning the event for Civic Media, as well as through my work with BSocial.
thanks for reading & I hope you have a relaxing weekend!