Competitive Analysis

3 05 2011

Criteria for analysis

Since the website I designed for COMM 3533 is a game art portfolio website, each website I will be analyzing must contain the following items:

  • It must be a portfolio;
  • It should be targeting potential employers or creative professionals;
  • The site should be public, contain a résumé, and display artistic works;
  • It must be search-engine friendly, and reflect a designer’s creativity or ingenuity.

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The Grape Candies of Wrath

26 04 2011

PopcornI don’t consider myself a free-loving hippy from the 70’s, but I know I get the munchies whenever I’m watching a movie.  There’s just something about a talking donkey and his ogre friend, or a vertically-challenged teen and his precious ring, that makes me crave a snack. Read the rest of this entry »





Weapons of Mass Distraction

26 04 2011

A grenade crashes through a window.  Avatars scatter, profanity saturates the voice chat lines, and some kid hundreds of miles away is watching the mass hysteria through a sniper lens, chuckling as he methodically picks off those who won’t be killed by the blast.  Suddenly, the grenade goes off and carefully modeled bodies ragdoll[1] through the air—perhaps a few of which have been dismembered, and some even blasted to fragments.  The kid playing as a sniper receives several rewards: a multi-kill bonus, headshot bonuses (for each one he picked off before the blast), and a point for each person who he killed during the frenzy.

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Patton Speech on D-Day, Minus One

26 04 2011

George Smith Patton was a General with the United States Army during World War II.  He is best known for his guidance during the world war, and was also well known for how open he was while speaking.  Enter D-Day, minus one.  The speech he gave to the Third Army who were about to raid France was, and still is one of his most famous speeches.  In this speech, Patton uses victimage rhetoric to attempt to stir up a significant amount of emotion.  More specifically, Patton uses war rhetoric—that is, he is uniting his soldiers against the axis powers.  He dehumanizes, emasculates, and embarrasses the enemy in an attempt to inspire his men.  Interestingly enough, Patton also uses martyr victimage to create a commonality within his Third Army.  He details various inspirational individuals whom he defines as “real men” and heroic.  Undoubtedly, this did inspire and persuade his men.  He also turns this around to once again emasculate the enemy, establishing that the enemy wasn’t smart or manly enough to see them coming.

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MacArthur – Duty, Honor, Country

26 04 2011

Where bombs and bullets pierce the air, General Douglas MacArthur’s spirit is alive and well.  According to Francis Miller, his name was so renowned that he was a common American household name.  Everyone knew of his tales from Asia (Miller 1).  Douglas MacArthur was born the youngest on January 26, 1880 as an army brat.  His father, Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur, Jr., was a soldier at the time of Douglas’ birth.  When he attended his first military academy, he was valedictorian.  When he graduated from West Point, he was ranked at the top of his class.  Not only was MacArthur the youngest major general at that point in history, he was also the youngest Chief of Staff at 50 years of age.  His most famous speech was in 1962 with his acceptance of the Sylvanus Thayer Award, awarded to “… a citizen of the United States, other than a West Point graduate, whose outstanding character, accomplishments, and stature in the civilian community draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: ‘Duty, Honor, Country'” (The Sylvanus Thayer Award).  Clearly, the award is not given to just any person.

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Engineering at NU Unwise

26 04 2011

Many students today are having a hard time deciding what degree to invest their college education in.  With so many options, it’s often difficult to choose which degree would be best suited for the student’s skills, and which will pay off in the future.  Luckily, PayScale.com has compiled a list of the top 10 degrees that currently offer the highest benefits and median salaries immediately following graduation.  There’s both good news and bad news for NU.

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203 CSS Websites

19 04 2011

203 Manually Selected Sites About Style Sheets

I discovered this site while stumbling.  I know my usual posts are about design and design tools, but there’s so much information on this site that I had to post it.

This particular site links to 203 different websites regarding style sheets, proper formatting, and various tools.

This website could be considered the Swiss Army Knife of CSS sites… just like a Swiss Army Knife, this can help you with just every need you have.

Granted, the layout and design of the site is terrible.  But it’s simple, and well organized.