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Deborah Tennen’s entry from “The Washington Post” includes many important types of visual design.  The most notable of these would have to be proximity and alignment.  As soon as you see her writing you notice this picture right smack in the middle of the words.  I believe this to be the writer’s or designer’s intentions.  They find it important for the reader to notice this picture because of the way it complements the text.  Contrast is another element this text employs into its arrangement.  The way the picture is surrounded in white and right in the center of the page attracts the eyes of its readers.  In her second article, “Agonism in the Academy…” there are similar elements used to draw attention to certain things.  This design uses alignment, proximity, repetition, contrast and font to get its point across.  The designer takes a quote out of the text, centrally aligns it on the page, makes it larger font, puts it in bold, and puts dark lines above and below it to make sure it looked significant.  This makes the reader notice this quote and remember that this is a point the writer wants to get across to the audience.  In her final writing, Tannen uses an interesting design.  In this entry there is no quote or picture to draw the reader’s attention to.  She opens with an abstract and then separates it with a dark line and then enters the credentials behind that.  It seemed strange to me for her to set the writing up this way, but it may have been a legal issue if she did not design it this way.  She then continues to her introduction and overview.  Her setup titles her abstract, intro, and overview.  I found this writing to be less apealing to me without the use of the elements from the book.  It shows me that these elements are important to appealing to your readers and getting your point across.


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