UNM Biology 402/502 // UNM Art Studio 389/429/529 // UHON 402
Joseph Cook // Szu-Han Ho

Space for posting thoughts, ideas, references, resources, and works. The theme of our seminar and workshop series is "Morphology and Geographic Variation." With the natural history collection as our starting point, we'll hear from scientists, artists, designers, programmers, musicians, and more on place-based study. Part of AIM-UP, an NSF Research Coordination Network.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Using Natural History Collections and Art to Communicate About Climate Change (UNM)

DRAFT 05/01/2012
Julia Anderson, Kayce Bell, Xiangyun Chen
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  3. This is a great module...climate change is extremely important and needs to be accurately portrayed to the general public. While the images chosen are interesting, perhaps you can decrease the number of photos (pg. 4-11) because they seem to communicate similar messages. Also, is there a way to make to schematic table of contents (pg. 1) more visible? I am not sure what format you are planning on publishing but if you plan on using issuu then you need to fix the schematic table of contents because I could not get the interactive portion to work properly. Perhaps you can also add a cover to the book. I really like the Arctos would be great if you have time to add an audio component. Good job.

  4. This is a really great module. I think it does a great job of portraying the intersect between politics, society and science, and the misunderstandings that happen.

    A few technical things.
    1. On the first page 3rd sentence change in clude to include.
    2. page one last sentence says, "evaluate if their piece contains..." I thought it might sound better if you said "whether or not" instead of if.
    3. page 3 sentence 2. I thought it would sound better if you said "attention grabbing" instead of attention getting.
    4. I thought that the background colors clashed with the photos and were distracting in some instances. I think it would look better without the colors and just have the pictures as the visual draw. But that is just personal preference.

    Good job.

  5. I enjoy your approach to this project. Looking at the art propaganda/design poster components is fascinating. This module takes a very unique look at public perceptions of climate change. Here's my notes:
    pg. 1-- you mentioned adding the missing bubble
    pg.8-- Grey picture box, last sentence: "...changing weather patter(sn) [switch letters] make them better?"
    pg. 13--Under Art Concepts: "As a way of communication, looking at the (complex?) of art and biology..."
    pg. 17--"Students are encouraged to use images of natural history collections(.) Images are provided..."
    pg. 17--Under Assignment: "Based on the background...related to biological response(,) to climate change(,) and cultural perspectives..."
    pg. 16--Under Discussion questions: "What kind of they hear(,) and how might we..."

    Good work!!

  6. Oh, I forgot to mention maybe using the same type-face throughout the module to keep it consistent.

  7. This is a great module! I think it was discussed in class, but don't forget to change the transitions, as it is a little distracting. Maybe try something a little more simple. On page two, you might think about putting organization all on one line, so just moving it down. Also, like you said in class, you might want to take out that picture of earth on fire on page 15. Good job!

  8. Watch typos throughout

    Page 1 include
    Page 3 Scientifically aesthetic

    Consider streamlining some of the text:

    Page 3 "Raising awareness about climate change (...)
    is important to many concerned organizations and individuals.

    Taking a look at images from pop culture (...) about global warming

    All of these pieces involved (....) technical skill, creativity,

    but it is important not to create straw men for

    Page 7

    Living things (....) will either adapt, move, or face extinction



    Page 13
    under Art Concepts
    The clause at the beginning of first sentence does not make sense to me. Second sentence--consider rewrite.

    As a way of communication, the integration of art and biology can help humanity understand climate change through visual impact.