Memes and Animation

This is the post for the September 29, 2014 class meeting.

It’s more on memes today!

Important Dates

  • October 1: Sign up for a presentation time slot in class
  • October 8: Draft of P2 due in class for Peer Review
  • October 13, 15, or 17: Presentation Days (no grace period)
  • October 17: P2: Interrogate the Interface web essay due
  • October 24: P2: Interrogate the Interface deadline (end of grace period)

Reviewing Memes from Last Week

We will begin by looking at the memes you created last week and posted on your blogs. Keep in mind the short definitions from the slideshow on the modes of communication, design choices, and rhetorical situation.

Considering Animated Memes

The memes you made last week used visual, linguistic, and spatial modes to convey a message. What happens when you add the gestural mode? Make an animated GIF, using one of these options (or a tool of your choosing):

Follow the same basic guidelines for keeping the GIF clean and classroom appropriate. Post what you create on your blog and add a description that tells us what you were trying to do, how well it worked, and how/if the addition of the gestural mode changed the way you designed your GIF. You only have to try today. Don’t worry if your animated GIF doesn’t sweep the Internet.


W, 10/1: We’ll talk about the expectations for the oral presentation (and how to avoid bad slideshow presentations) and you will sign up for your oral presentation time slot. To prepare for class, think of two things that make a slideshow presentation fail (or two things that make it fantastic). I will ask you to share your observations at the beginning of class.

F & M, 10/3 & 10/6: You will have time to work on your second project in class. I’ll share some additional resources, and have a quick conference with each of you to answer any questions.

W, 10/8: You’ll exchange Project 2 drafts and complete peer review in class.