Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace.) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #1
"Choose three specific blog posts that you think they did an excellent job in the use of graphics. In a very short narrative describe the appearance of the post and why you liked it. Give the URLs of each post that you chose."
the following post is an example of what the students need to create
note to students: you do not need to do screenshots, that is just my little addition to my own post :)
(I'm including this post in my own regular blog feed as well as you all might enjoy seeing some good examples for inspiration)
Assignment #1 - Inspiration From Others - Blog Posts
The following are three pages that I liked for inspiration of blog posts done well. They have a good mix of text and graphics.
Barkers Creek NC - A Well Preserved Farmland Community
This is a great example of a photo blog post. Short descriptive paragraphs are followed by medium sized graphics to illustrate the points. Each photo is 500 pixels wide (not huge, but just big enough). The text does not go alongside the photo because there is not enough space and would look awkward. Each photo is watermarked with Mona's name.
Market Update on Larchmont NY PO - Single Family Homes
This example shows different kinds of graphics. The one at the top is narrow enough to align right with text going around it on the left. The photo further down is a composite collage of two graphics. Notice also the drop shadow subtle effect which helps the graphic pop out a little. The charts on the page illustrate visually market conditions.
View Homes in Camas Washington
Notice the Market Reports on this page are a composite of an attractive photo along with a snapshot of a simple spreadsheet below. Informational narrative text surrounds the charts. Charts alone can sometimes be boring! This is a great job of presentation.