Homework due 9/17: Project #2 draft, and reading

Answer 4 questions from our list, trying to think about any kind of theme or awareness-raising your work expresses or you want it to express. Aim to write approximately 150 per question. To submit your homework, add a post with your 4 questions and answers, using the title Project #2 First Draft, category ENG1101 Project #2, the tag Drafts and anything else you choose to tag it.

Also, read Nancy Sommers’ “Revision Strategies of Student Writers and Esperienced Adult Writers.” Bring a copy to class, or let me know that you need a copy.

Cover Letter for Project #1

Now that you have completed Project #1 and posted your work on the First Year Learning Community site (using the category 2019 Spevack & Rosen), please write a letter to me reflecting on the work and your writing process.

In your letter, try to answer all of these questions–though you don’t need to follow this order.

How did you approach writing this project? What steps did you take or what stages did you work in?

What was different about this writing project? What was familiar?

What did you learn by completing Project #1?

What do you want me to know about your experience? Is there anything you want me to know about you as a writer/student/person as I read your writing?

Did you 1-complete the writing? 2-post it in the right place? 3-comment on 2 other classmates’ posts?

Project #2 drafting: interview questions

For homework, write a response to one of the interview questions we brainstormed in class. It can be one that your group came up with, or one from someone else. It can be the one you started drafting in class or another. Aim to write approximately 150 words in your answer.

Comment on at least 2 classmates’ responses. Your comment can be directed to them, or it can be more for everyone to address why it’s important for that question to be included in the interview, or connections you’re starting to see across the responses.

Beginning Project #2: Brainstorming Interview Questions

If you were asked to participate in an interview about being a 1st year design student for a COMD publication, or for Eye on Design-AIGA, what questions would you want to be asked?

  • what catches your eye when looking at other people’s work?
  • what is your dream job in the field of design
  • what other skills do you want to learn in this program?
  • how is the community in your major?
  • what is the schoolwork like in your coursework?
  • what in the class draws your attention?
  • where do you think the future of design will take you?
  • why did you choose this major (COMD) as a design student?
  • within COMD, which track would you want to pursue?
  • what were some of the difficulties you encountered in your first semester and how did you overcome them?
  • why did you choose this major (COMD)?
  • how do you intend to grow as a designer with this program?
  • what are some of the things you wish to accomplish as a designer?
  • what influenced you toward this major? (eg in your childhood)
  • how do you intend to use the skill set you learn to influence your community?
  • why would you choose Graphic Design out of all the majors?
  • what are your past graphic design experiences?
  • do you prefer working by yourself or in a group environment?
  • do you think your background affects your design?
  • what is your motivation (eg creative expression) in graphic design?
  • what are some things you like to design?
  • what are your expectations of being a COMD major in your first year?
  • what outside activities do you participate in that led you here?
  • what job do you desire after this?
  • what are your favorite COMD classes?
  • what are some difficulties you face in COMD?
  • can you see yourself doing anything else?
  • who is a role model you look up to in this field?
  • what design work inspires you?
  • what are you passionate about?
  • where do you see yourself in 5? 10? 15? years
  • what is your personal aesthetic? what is your aesthetic sensibility? what is your design aesthetic?

For homework, respond to my homework post with a comment answering one of the above questions, and commenting on two others.



camp: (noun) 1a : something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing This version of the play is camp: outrageous in concept and wild in its execution with double entendres flying every which way.

b : a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture a movie that celebrates camp”


“Camp.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary. m-w.com.

In “Today’s Design Grads Are More Woke Than Ever–and It’s Looking Great,” Emily Gosling quotes Kayley Kemple as saying :

“It would be a creative space in Dublin for women to educate themselves on different topics—perhaps a talk on [Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on Camp], or looking at campiness in hip-hop,” she says. “There’s all these rappers who actually embody a lot of things that are really exaggerated or over the top that could be seen as ‘camp’ [by Sontag’s definitions]. Then alongside that I’d want to explore it as a space for things like journaling and art therapy. It would just be so cool to have somewhere for women to go and draw together, and just to relax.”

In other words, Kemple wants a space for people–women specifically–to come together to talk about different topics relevant to the the work they do. She gives as an example talking about a well known essay, “Notes on Camp,” by Susan Sontag, and shows how the ideas about camp, something over-the-top in its design or expression, can help them talk about a more contemporary example, hip-hop, as it becomes part of their work, interests, art, etc.

This is an important word to understand because it relates to art and design, and because it gives us the reference to the Sontag essay that would help us learn more about camp and how to talk about it, think about it, use it in our writing and designing.

Class 2 8/29

three important take-aways from our first commenting assignment:

  1. it’s great to respond to each other
  2. we can write more–and should get a sense of how long our text is
  3. we can enhance our comments using links, media, etc, and adding @ mentions

Working on our first glossary entries:

  • choose a word you want to add to the glossary, using our course documents (syllabus, grading guidelines, learning outcomes, course site) as the sources for that word
  • examples: curator, plagiarism, ramifications, prerequisite, syntax, eurocentric, conventional, cross-sensory, consensus, contemporary, exigencies, adequate, typographical, critical, metacognitive, writ, synthesizing, arbitrary, inclusivity, juxtapositions
  • define it
  • now put that passage in your own words

Emily Gosling, “Today’s Design Grads Are More Woke Than Ever—and It’s Looking Great.”

After reading Emily Gosling, “Today’s Design Grads Are More Woke Than Ever—and It’s Looking Great,” respond here:

  1. write a comment asking a question about the text by scrolling down to the bottom of all the comments on this post and adding your question to the big Reply box. It could be a question to spark discussion, to think more deeply about something in the text, to connect it to another reading or activity in our learning community or in the outside world, or it can be to seek clarification or help understanding. Refer to specific language in the reading to help orient everyone to the particular part you’re asking about.
  2. answer a question posed by one of your classmates. To do this, don’t reply to this post directly–instead, click Reply under their comment.
  3. answer another question posed by another classmate. To do this, don’t reply to this post directly–instead, click Reply under their comment.

Introducing ourselves

Although we introduced ourselves in class briefly, and we’ll introduce ourselves more formally in Project #2, please write introduce yourself here in a comment as a way to help us get to know each other better. Aim to write 250-300 words. This is your chance to say all the things you didn’t get to say in class, or to say again all the things you crafted and said brilliantly. You might add what your academic interests are, what the highlight of  your high school experience was, what you hope to find at City Tech, etc.

If you have successfully created an OpenLab account, log in before you comment so the system can recognize you. Otherwise, fill in the required information and get started!

Check back again and reply to at least 3 of your classmates, asking questions or letting them know about shared interests.

Class 1 T 8/27 Introductions

Introduction interviews:

Q: What do you want to be called?

Q: how did you get here today?

Q: what’s your major?

Q: why did you pick this major?

Q: what are your hobbies?

Q: what high school did you come from?

Q: Where are you from?

Q: Age? what’s your sign? birthday?

Q: What would your superpower be?

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Homework: Read the instructions in the Introducing Ourselves post.