Today’s Reflections

The importance of multimodal communications is Adan Soto’s daily life:

  • Linguistic mode: This includes talking to people everyday to communicate their wants and needs . Since Soto plays football he has to communicate with his teammates on a daily basis to explain where they need to be for the next play.
  • Visual: Soto explained that this is important because everywhere we go we are constantly looking at something and making a visual impression of it. He also watches TV and sees a lot of commercials that imply multimodal discourse.
  • Aural: Soto explained that when one watches a movie the kind of background music sets the mood for each scene that happens in the movie. Also, every noise has a meaning or a memory. An example of a memory that Adan has from a sound is a whistle because it automatically reminds him of all the sports he has played in the past.
  • Spatial: On the football field everyone has to be lined up or arranged in a certain position. This is important because players want to be spread out across the field so that every area is protected.
  • Gestural: Tell how somebody is feeling by their body language. If you see someone shaking hands it is a sign of friendship or a new meeting.


CELEBRATING the past, one bead at a time


 In order to an image multimodal it must have a text that supports the importance of the image.

This image is supporting the clothing created by Orlando Dugi in the art gallery at Fort Lewis College. It catches the viewers attention for several reasons:

  • The Vibrant Colors
  • The Sunset Background
  • The “Fierce” Facial Expression
  • The Dark Makeup

After speaking with Nicole Williams, student and employee of the Southwest Studies Art Gallery, I learned that Orlando Dugi centers his work around the idea of ‘evening gowns’. Williams explained to me how much work Dugi has put into his work and she stated that “all of the work is done to celebrate the past and expresss the several indiviual statements to be said from this artwork”.

I think it it important for all of us to reveal the importance of our communication not only on a blog post like so, but on a daily basis. By doing so it allows our audience to take a step into our lives, our past, and the ways in which we communicate our ideas best.

The importance of headings

On Wednesday morning at 9:45 AM, Adan Soto and I met to speak about the recent article we read “11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs”. In our discussion we came to the conclusion that one of the most important parts of a blog is the header. We decided this because according to Soto “it gives the blog more flavor”.

After speaking about this I agreed with him and proceeded to show him my own personal photography blog. I showed him this because the header of my blog explains a lot about who I am as an individual as well as the blog’s overall “feel”. If any of you would like to take a look at my blog I welcome you to do so!

Visual Mode

After learning about the five different modes, I came to the realization that my favorite way of communicating information is through visual mode because I learn and express things better visually. Since visual mode covers color, layout, style, size, and perspective it is easy to learn information quick.

A few important things from chapter one

Throughout chapter one of the Writer/Designer handbook I learned that the way in which we all communicate with each other on a daily basis is called multimodal communications. I learned that there are five modes that make communication possible. These consist of linguistic mode, aural mode, gestural mode, spatial mode, and visual mode.

Writer/Designer Table of Contents

As I was reading through the first couple of pages of the Writer/Designer handbook, I found that the table of contents were incredibly helpful. They were so helpful because under each chapter and heading, there were several subtopics and categories underneath it. Just within chapter 1 there were 7 subcategories that were presented in that chapter. This becomes helpful to us as scholars because if there is something specific we are looking for, such as what a linguistic mode is, we can find it easily.