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Photographs, and images more generally, are sites of conflict over meaning and representation. So much of the struggle in discussing photographs stems from the notion that photos are “true” in some sense, or less subjective than say painting or drawing, if only as a slice of a scene in a given context, in that specific moment in time. These conflicts, this messiness that happens when investigating images, is what continues to fascinate me about visual culture: there isn’t one True Meaning. It’s not new to suggest that historians adopt critical methodologies to analyze images as clearly and rigorously as textual sources; perhaps the increase in scholarly work in new media will help address this need as more scholars are trained and become more competent at preparing and dealing with images first-hand.
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I enjoy color. I like playing with color wheels. I like exploring hues, tints, and shades. I fully admit that I have and will continue to lose numerous hours perusing color. But occasionally I need to be pulled back, like last week during critiques when Prof. Petrik commented that choosing the red for the sidebar was probably one step too far. So now I’m thinking about how I can revise my type assignment to tone down the other colors to able to keep the red sidebar, and as always trying to plan ahead for the final project site and how to balance the colors I want to use with the idea of making the most appropriate and aesthetically pleasing palette.
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Getting the type assignment together is (since there are a few more tweaks I need to make) proving to be trickier than I had thought. Then again, I scrapped my original plan and went with an entirely different scheme. I originally wanted to design around antebellum photographs, but found that the uncertainty of the medium before the Civil War, the thing that interests me the most, doesn’t lend itself to  a specific design scheme. I flipped through dozens of advertisements for galleries, but nothing really grabbed me, and I found this completely dragged down my ability to conceptualize what my layout and text should look like. So after a couple days of frustration I abandoned that track and remembered a paper I’d written about eugenics rhetoric, and how much I (bizarrely, I know) am fascinated with the emergence and popularity of eugenics movements.
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This week I’m trying to get my head organized for the upcoming type assignment. Already I’ve lost track of how much time I’ve spent looking at webfonts, going back and forth between some of the…

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