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ing Magazine

ing Magazine

In Fall 2018, I worked on the staff of ing Magazine as a writer and editor. ing is one of the Publication Management classes Professional Writing majors can take, and it teaches students how to be art of a real media production group. The magazine is owned by M3, a Lansing-area advertising company, but all the content is supplied by MSU students.

I wrote both for the print magazine and for the blog, and edited classmates’ contributions to the same. You can read my magazine articles here. My pieces for blog include a comedy piece about Christmas shopping, an informative piece about local libraries, and a movie review for Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House. This collection of pieces shows my breadth and adaptability, as well as some trends in what I’m interested in (I wrote about libraries and Japan twice each).

One of my pieces in the November 2018 issue: “Cooking for Critters”

When editing developmentally, as I did on pieces like this book review and this humor listacle, I made a conscious effort to consider how the author would feel about my feedback. That’s not to say that I would avoid correcting something to spare someone’s feelings—but through the experience of being edited by my classmates, I learned what was helpful to hear, what made suggestions easy to understand, and what came across as hurtful. Some things I tried to avoid were excessive recommendations, since that can make the author feel undermined, and criticism without presenting a reason or suggestion, since that isn’t very helpful. I always made sure to highlight something the author was doing well, too, because it’s always encouraging to hear and it lets them know that you were paying attention to the whole piece, not just problem areas. In a long-term editing relationship, it can also help the author realize their own strengths so they can build on them throughout the process.

When we did copyedits, we had very little interaction with the writer. Instead, I closely referenced my AP style guide and used Google Docs suggestions to provide grammatical and style corrections. I occasionally had the chance to proofread the issues before they went to print, which I did on hard copy in a team of three. I always enjoy getting to edit by hand using copyeditor’s notations. Being a part of ing showed me what the fast-paced life of magazine production can be like, and gave me valuable experience writing and editing on a team of diverse authors.

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Mockups with Google Drawings

I use Google Drawing quite frequently in the beginning stages of projects, since it’s free, intuitive, and based on vectors; but I know that many people think it’s pretty useless. I created this infographic to change their minds.

Throughout the document, I’m trying to convince the audience to use Google Drawings as part of their designing process. I’m targeting visual designers, especially students, who are pretty much guaranteed to use the Google Docs suite regularly. When I asked my roommate how she would describe Drawings, she said, “terrible.” I’d like to challenge that belief.

I implemented CRAP (contrast, repetition, alignment, and placement) principals and rhetorical appeals while creating this artifact. Google Drawings actually snaps items into alignment, but I had to make sure that everything was properly placed to be readable in the order I wanted it to be. I used a palette all of purple, but I used shades that were distinguishable, and had a nice contrast. I also made sure to use the same colors for everything in the same class, like texts, banners, and the different sections. I used the same ribbon border for the header and on the left of each tip. To differentiate the last section, which was a demonstration of how to put all the tips together, I put the ribbon on the other side. That last section was intended to be a logical appeal to draw the rest of the tips together, and convince readers that Google Drawings is a useful program for creating mockups. I used applicable examples for each tip and in the “TRY” sections, so that the usefulness of my tips could be easily understood.

By creating this document, I wanted to show my understanding of design principles, my ability to use a design program, and to promote a program that everyone can use. Although my focus is editing, I still think it’s important to be able to use software to help design all kinds of documents. Making mockups in Google Drawings is a valuable step for me.

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