We're coming up on the end of the year, so it's time for studio reviews. Not entirely sure how to go about this, so I'm just going to jump right in.

Jack Tuthill:
To start things off, we'll look at Jack's blog, "In an Ocean of Noise". It is a research blog about musicians and the ways they make use of social media. Jack's site is divided into 3 columns, a header and a footer.

For the most part all of the information in the left panel is what, and where you expect it to be. There is a search bar in the middle of the column that should probably be near or at the top, but other than that everything else seems reasonable.

Each post in the middle column has an an image associated with it, that helps to separate it from the other posts.

The right column contains two lists. The top 10 albums and top 10 songs of 2012. I think it's a cool idea to have something like this on the blog, but something about the formatting of both lists is kind of funky.

Throughout the blog, Jack makes good use of both block quotes and pictures to help highlight important information and break up large chunks of text.

Jack's blog also makes use of a fairly loud background, that gives it a lot of personality. I don't think it distracts from the content in any way, but it's seems like something to be wary of when putting a blog together.

Eric Christenson:
Next up is Eric's blog. A fictional narrative of a zombie apocalypse.

The image Eric chose as a header fits the topic well, but the white text on top off it kind of blends into the image, making it hard to read.

The right column of the page only contains necessary information, which keeps the page looking clean. Everything looks like it's in the right place.

I actual idea for this project is pretty cool. Eric did a good job of showing the story's progression just in the way the posts are written. As the blog goes on, posts become more "frantic", and the formatting often changes.

I didn't notice any pictures in Eric's posts, which both makes sense and seems like a bit of a missed opportunity. Considering the story seems to "embrace" the use of technology, with characters mentioning things like posting from their phone, it seems like something really cool could have been done with the addition of some "mocked-up" pictures. Again, not doing this doesn't detract anything from the blog(it might have been intentional).

Joe Stusynski:
And last up is Joe's blog, which is called "So You Want to go to College, Eh?". It is a collection of tips, tricks and stories about life as a freshman at college. The first thing you notice about the blog is the background/theme and font. Both have a sort of laid back, friendly feel. That said, I think this is might negatively affect readability. The size of the bright body copy along with the dark, textured background, seems difficult to read at times, though that might actually just be me going blind.

I thought Joe also did a good job of coming up with creative names for post titles, and headings. Along with the theme, these help give the blog more personality, and make it seem welcoming.

The right side of the page has all of the information you would expect to see on a blog, but the Archives and Categories section should probably be a little higher up. Or at least above the Creative Commons license.

The about page might be a little lacking, but it is there and it provides an accurate description of what the blog is about.

All the posts look to be well thought out, and of decent length.
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