Marathon Monday

Runners from around the world gather in Boston for the Marathon every year. Crowds stretch from Hopkinton to BackBay to cheer on the runners in their 26 mile endeavor. The Boston Marathon is an event that brings people together and has coined the phrase Boston Strong.

For Boston college students however, Marathon Monday is hardly about watching the runners. College students wake up at 6am, long before the race has begun to pregame for the day’s festivities. Beer for breakfast is not uncommon.

By 10am, locations like Allston and Beacon Street are booming with darties (day parties). College students parade from one house to the other, searching for a party with rowdiest crowd and the best drinks.

Marathon Monday is like the Mardi Gras of Boston for college students. Nothing is out of the ordinary. The lawns of Allston residents are decorated with crushed beer cans & everywhere you turn someone can be seen doing a Keg stand. Students will do whatever it takes to make their house party the most lit. Whether that means hiring a DJ or getting a giant bouncy house, nothing is out of the question.

The spirit of freedom is so apparent on Marathon Monday. College kids can be seen dancing on picnic tables and blowing bubbles from their apartment windows. The fun only lasts until the cops come and break up the party scene, then its on to the next party.

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The article Olympic Bodies, Can You Guess Their Sport, is unique and fun. It was produced by Taige Jensen, Matt Ruby, Bedel Saget, Rumsey Taylor, Lucas Waldron and Joe Ward, with video by Alan Del Rio Ortiz and Leslie Davis, and lighting by Philip Montgomery.

The article is structured as a game. The viewer is shown an Olympic athlete in their skivvies as well as information on that athlete’s weight, height and age. Based on the information given, the viewer is challenged to guess the Olympic athlete’s sport.

I like that this article is super interactive. When the viewer clicks on a sport, the article shows the viewer the correct answer and information about the body types associated with that sport. Also, once the answer is revealed, the athlete moves from his fixed position and acts out their sport, which I thought was a nice touch.

This article has a lot of great multimedia elements, which allows it to function well as a game. For example it has a button to start the game over, and also a replay button for each video of the athlete performing their sport. I think that this article could’ve benefited from having a little globe for each athlete, pinpointing what country each athlete represents.

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Police On Video: When the Camera Turns

This video by NY Times did not use a plethora of a multimedia effects, however it was extremely effective in getting its message across. Personally, I had chills the whole time watching the video. The video contains multiple clips of white officers treating black citizens really unjustly. It is effective in building anticipation in the viewer because before each clip is played, there is darkness with a date and location, and no sound. Next the image of the clip emerges from the darkness and the viewer is instantly thrown into a really dramatic situation.

Throughout this video, there is not dramatic sound track, just the audio of the video. The audio, within the clips, is usually of people panicking, yelling and trying to get away. I think this video is successful because of its simplicity. The contents of the video clips speak for themselves and there is no need for lengthy descriptions.

Many of the clips within this video aren’t the best quality. The camera is shaky, maybe not too clear; you can hear people frantically moving. In another video, this type of messy quality would not be ideal at all. However, for this video, the frazzled filming style actually works. Spectators who happened to see the situation and take their camera out in time to get a video filmed these clips. The franticness and panic of the person filming actually contributes to the video, because it speaks to the severity of the situation.

I think that it would have been nice if this video ended with a statistic or a chart. Because this video covers a number of African American people killed by police, it would’ve been helpful to have a statistic at the end showing how many African American people are killed by police on average and maybe link to a website that specializes in the topic.

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What A Child Actually Sees on Vacation

Although this video seems simple, it still is successful in making an impact on the viewer. This video does not rely on cramming itself with a ton of different multimedia elements, but rather it sticks to a basic 360 video in different locations around the world.

I think that the simplicity of this video is successful because it shows the similarity of all these very different locations. In this video, there is family visiting China, a family skiing in the mountains of Canada, & a family in a San Francisco art museum. In all of these locations there are different activities, customs and traditions, yet the viewer only grasps one thing, the child’s point of view on vacation.

In each clip, the viewer sees a child interacting with their family on vacation. The child is usually learning something new, not something miraculous but a lesson that probably everyone has learned. For example not to lick a cold pole because your tongue will get stuck to it, & that by looking in a broken mirror you can see multiple reflections.

Because of this video’s simplicity, it is able to accomplish something NY Times aims for, the feeling of togetherness. By showing a child’s perspective in all different locations, it makes the viewer think that it doesn’t matter where you are, we are all learning the same lessons & exploring life the same.

This video doesn’t have incredible multimedia effects, simply 360 video, and text with a location and name, & the same audio covering the entire track. I think that if the video had charts, and photographs and interviews, it would take away from the simplicity of the piece, and likely distract from its message.

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Happy New Year 2016.

The Year 2016 In Pictures

I thought this article was impressive and inspiring. This article did not contain any charts or video, but it was still successful in showing human interaction and emotion throughout 2016.

This article was mainly text, and photographs but the way they were displayed made the article more dramatic. Instead of placing photographs with descriptive texts underneath, the article is set up so as the viewer scrolls down, they are in darkness until the next picture comes to light. This effect makes the photograph more impactful and builds anticipation in the viewer.

Additionally, there isn’t a ton a descriptive text in this article & I think it really works for the piece. In this article, the photograph is allowed to speak for itself, while the text is there solely to provide necessary information like the time, place and situation at hand.

I like how NY Times made it possible to share this article as a whole, or each picture individually. The writers accomplished this by putting a facebook & twitter icon below each photo, as well as at the end of the article.

Lastly, I like this article a lot because all of the photographs show people’s faces. There is so much to gather from looking at a person’s expression in a photo. I think that the photographers must have really hustled to get some of these shots, & they really pay off in this article.

Student Minimalist Quotes

pexels-photo-26139I was lucky enough to interview the student minimalist from Rhode Island School of Design, Jocelyn Jean.

Here is an audio of Jocelyn answering questions such as:

  • When and why did you become a minimalist?
  • Would you say it is difficult being a minimalist in college?
  • How do you think minimalism has changed your life?