December 5, 2010

Final Presentation: alumni.nyu.edu

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: , — *aly* @ 4:38 pm

The goal of this project is to develop and nurture a robust online community of NYU alumni by working within the constraints of our content management system (CMS) and leveraging existing social media outlets. I started a new job in May and was tasked with improving alumni relations via our recently launched web site. Since all of the vendor and implementation decisions were made before my arrival, the task is a challenging one. The site alumni.nyu.edu runs on a vendor’s proprietary CMS with limitations that prevent the organic growth of online community. Each step of a user’s progression through the site’s usage lifecycle–from awareness through first time, regular, or passionate use–is fraught with challenges. (more…)

November 29, 2010

communITP in The Atlantic

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: — *aly* @ 11:27 pm

Just so I don’t forget, our class syllabus was in The Atlantic.

November 8, 2010

The Craft of Corsets

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: , — *aly* @ 9:37 pm

The concept of craftsmanship, meaning both something executed excellently for the sake of the work and something masculine, is not new to me. Having a feminist mother teach me the wiles of my own sewing craft introduced me to this idea at an early age.

I was interested in sewing because of my mother. At Halloween, I was the luckiest kid, I could actually invent WHATEVER I wanted to be, and she could make the outfit. Her skill meant that I would wake up every Halloween morning with a sense of anticipation unlike that experienced for any other holiday. One year, she worked on my costume well after my bedtime and I awoke to find my (not quite as big as me) Wile E. Coyote wearing my fuzzy black cat suit. (Not to be confused, of course, with the catsuits I’ve made in subsequent years.) (more…)