Olympics Map Reflection

“Working with the three appeals helped organize the content in the three different folds. I was not sure how to tackle such a large project with a vast amount of information at first, but categorizing the content into the appeals made it a bit easier. It also helped me narrow down my image search as opposed to browsing Google images (or other various web sites and books) for hours. Using the tropes also helped the image search due to their particularity. There were some images in my final map that I would not have thought to add in at first, but applying them as a trope made me re-think their inclusion. The dramatic image of a woman jumping on the back and front covers is a hyperbole. She may have a powerful jump in reality, but the way the image is broken down exaggerates her motion. In my first panel, one can see that metonymy is used through pictures of medals and awards ceremonies to represent winning. Metonymy is also present in my second panel through the use of a variety of country’s flags. When one sees the flags, they automatically think of the country associated with it. The picture of Michael Phelps on the second panel is a synecdoche. To many people, he “is” the U.S. swim team. Amplification is also present through the pictures of the U.S. ski team and hockey player. Their uniforms expand upon the idea of individualizing countries. The pictures of the Greeks and the angel are metaphors for the Greek philosophy that the body is a temple for the mind and soul. They look poised, balanced, and beautiful, all of which were important to the Greeks. My entire third panel shows amplification since it is a timeline showing various events that represent the evolution of the Olympics from the Greeks to modern times.

My audience, which consisted of competitive athletes, helped organize my information. Competitive athletes are always busy and do not have much time or patience to sit and read paragraphs of information. They are familiar with motion, hence why I organized my information in “ribbons” that traveled throughout the entire map. This made it easy to follow, interesting to read, and relatable to sports. The “ribbons” created a second level of interaction besides unfolding the physical map. The reader was able to follow the information on another level other than the actual folding/unfolding of the artifact, which is what held my interest. I did not use any assets from my video interview because I broadened the spectrum from gymnastics to the Olympics.

This project was one of the most frustrating for me. I had a hard time starting, which threw off my thinking for the rest of the project. It was hard to think about how a giant, two-sided, folded map would all come together, first of all. I feel as if we did not have much guidance on the project, which made it difficult to design our artifact since it was so open-ended. I could have used more skills in photo manipulation and treatment to incorporate my images better. Next time I have a similar project, I will organize my information better from the start, engage in valuable research, start my work as early as possible (since I am a slow worker), and pay more attention to the appeals. The process critiques were helpful in the sense of gaining feedback early enough to change things. They also helped create a strict schedule so as not to fall behind as much. They did create more pressure, however, to get certain parts done by a certain time while still a bit clueless as to how to tackle the project. The final silent critique was a good opportunity for us to see the work of others and write honest feedback. Many things that were said on paper (both good and bad) may not have been said face-to-face. Overall, this project taught me valuable design and scheduling lessons, but it definitely was not one of my favorites and I was not very content with my outcome.”


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