Sarah has applied to her dream college, NYU, and gets accepted. When her parents find out, they’re overjoyed but nervous that they won’t be able to afford it without financial aid.
What I tried to accomplish in my Visual Argument Piece
I defined my rhetorical issue and developed a unique perspective by showcasing the emotions that come with trying to figure out how to pay for college.
My visual medium, topic, and audience are connected because this topic is often joked about on social media platforms among younger generations, and comics contain comedy.
I composed in the genre convention of my chosen medium by using an app called “Pixton.”
How I designed my Visual Argument Piece
My design choices were to choose and create scenes within my comic that were family-oriented and appeal to my audience. They connect to my topic because it shows the process of getting into a dream school, then not receiving enough financial aid.
The digital tool that I used for creating my visual argument is “Pixton.” Originally, I looked around on Google for different websites that were comic strip generators, but I hadn’t found one I liked so I decided that I would make my own on Photoshop and Illustrator. Once I started in Photoshop and Illustrator, I realized it was consuming way too much time and I wasn’t making a lot of progress, so that’s when I found Pixton and decided to use it instead.
The only limitations I noticed in my design tool was with the poses of the characters. It was harder to have my exact vision since the website only provided so many poses and facial expressions.
The choices I made in revision
Specific places that I decided to revise in was in the speech bubbles of the characters, the scenes, the design tool, and the ending of the comic.
Reflecting from peer review and feedback, I added a panel about the “Expected Family Contribution” to make my argument stronger and more apparent.
In this project, I learned that I am better at making arguments that include visuals. I like it better because since I’m a visual learner, it helps me learn the topic more and helps me strengthen my argument. I also learned more about each medium, what they consist of, and which one is best for certain arguments. Visuals and design make implicit arguments with what is included in them such as setting, lighting, point of views, and color and design aspects.
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