Archive for the 'Digtal media' Category

Sound Usability!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on February 26th, 2012

I just got back from the wonderful Symposium on Usability, Information Design, and Information Interaction to Communicate Complex Information. I have some posts planned covering some of the content from the Symposium. I presented at the Symposium, combining my love of usability with my love of podcasts and podcasting: “Sound Usability: Usability heuristics and guidelines […]

Tip of the day: Do not require location-based services, but allow them!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 19th, 2011

Do not require location-based services on your website, blog, or other digital media, but do allow them. According to Pew Internet, “28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based services.”  If you want to include location-based services in your website, blog, or other digital media, do so. But do not require your users to […]

Tip of the Day: Write to your audience for a stronger text

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 6th, 2011

If you write to your audience your text/media will be more successful, effective, efficient, and usable. Audience is the most important of the three parts of the rhetorical situation. If you do not fully consider and write or design for the audience, it doesn’t matter your purpose, context, or anything else. You were unsuccessful. If […]

Audience, purpose, and context are three key considerations any of communication. You must think about who you are writing to, why you are writing, and what the situation is (yours and theirs). If you consider these three things, your communication will be clearer and more effective. To find out more check out Screen Space 21: […]

Screen Space 21: The Rhetorical Situation Part 1—Audience

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 30th, 2011

This is episode 21 of Screen Space “The Rhetorical Situation Part 1—Audience.” In this episode, I discuss the rhetorical situation in general and then focus on audience and how to analyze your audience.

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Social Media: Do your part to win the war

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 26th, 2011

For those of us networking, communicating, liking, tweeting, +ing, and so on on various social media, we may feel like we are in something of a war. Which social media is winning? Which is/are winning the battle? Which are/is winning the war? Many of us have accounts on essentially dead social media (MySpace anyone?). I […]

Google+ already has more than 20 million users!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 9th, 2011

Last week I wrote about the number of users on Twitter—about 24.5 to 34.5 million US adults. According to Amir Efrata, Google+ has  20 million unique visitors in the first 3 week (the numbers were reported July 20, 2011). Google+ has an international number of users nearing Twitters US users. The US Google+ population is, […]

If you are not using Twitter and your audience is younger, female, urban, minority and/or tech enthusiasts, you are missing out. People in these categories are more likely to use Twitter. So tweet to them! In addition, about 8% of US adults use Twitter, so this is a great way to reach a non-insignificant number […]

Century Gothic is a light, round Sans Serif typeface designed in 1991 for Monotype Imaging. It is a geometric Sans Serif, with similar curves, repeated across character for increased consistency.  The type designers were based on Sol Hess’s Twentieth Century, but Century Gothic has a larger x-height. According to Wikipedia, Century Gothic is actually closer […]

Who Uses Twitter?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 3rd, 2011

I’ve been using Twitter for almost four years now. I now have three Twitter accounts. My personal account (Starre), an account for my classes (DrJLBowie), and the new Screen Space (Screen_Space). I’ve incorporated Twitter into a few of my classes, to the students’ mix of horror and excitement. But, as Lauren Dugan discuss in “So, […]