Reading Response: Structure & Organization

  • The most important point(s) (or the most useful or valuable thing(s) you learned) from the reading, and why.

The reading was interesting in that it served as a sort of combination of several previous texts we have read. For example, one of our first readings was a lengthy discussion on fonts and typeface. In other readinds, we learned about things like layouts, grids, color, and displaying information. This text was special because it combined elements from all of those texts, and talked about how to use grids to create a layout, and then format things like symbols and text with certain fonts and typefaces to create an interface that displays information both effectively and beautifully.

  • The most confusing points, or points you disagreed with, and why.

As is usually the case with these readings, there is very little to disagree with, with the exception of some of the opinions the author expressed about some of the examples – for example, the author game some examples of signs that were poorly designed due to their vague meanings – but I thought many of them were very well designed, and although could be improved, the meaning behind the signs was conveyed very clearly.

  • An image or description of a real world example that supports the reading, or argues against it.

I particularly enjoyed the part of the reading on signs, with all the examples of the different types of bathroom signs and Olympic icons. This picture is one of my favorite bathroom signs – particularly because it manages to be very creative and minimalist, without being too explicit. I do question, however, it’s effectiveness, as many people may be confused as to what it may mean. It could work in certain places, however, like college campuses and such.


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