For the design of my English 101 portfolio, I chose to use the blogging website Medium that we have been using this quarter. Originally, I didn’t think Medium was a very good means to write an essay. It seemed like the amount of editing I could do was limited. However, as I used it more and learned more about how multi-modal design can be used, I began to see the potential in medium. Although the features are few, I believe I was able to create a portfolio that shows my achievement and growth through that process.
The cover page consists of a couple of pictures, my name, and a short description of myself. I didn’t have to use my name, I could have chosen a title for my portfolio, but I believe that the portfolio is really an expression of growth for me personally and I think it’s appropriate to have my name be the focal point. I chose a background of a view of Mt. Rainer from Tacoma, where I’m from, and a picture of myself. I thought it would give the reader a very quick bit about myself without having them go to a whole separate document. It’s nice because on the same page, all of the different pieces of the portfolio are available to click on. This makes going back and forth between perhaps the retrospective and presentation essay pretty simple.
I chose to have the Presentation Essay be the first essay shown in my portfolio. This was the essay that we have been developing and revising for this whole year. We’ve put the most work into it and I think it was the main focus of the course and that it deserves to be first. Also, I think it is my strongest piece and I am proud of it. Following those, I include each of the pieces of the Retrospective Prospective Project. These were pretty much were all analyses of the presentation essay and the methods I used, so I think it is only right that they come after. Since it’s difficult to integrate multiple pieces into one medium page, I kept all artifacts with their commentaries to keep it simple. I wouldn’t want to confuse the reader with a difficult interface. Lastly is this piece, the design essay. Since this is more an analysis of the project itself and not the content, I think it only makes sense if you’ve experienced everything else before understanding why it is its arranged as so.