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Author: Phil Wilkinson

WebComs – Portfolio Competition Winners

I must rely on a Shia Lebouf gif and a cliche when reflecting on some of the work produced as part of the Web and Mobile Communications unit 2016 / 2017.  Choosing the winners was genuinely very difficult. Of the 120 or so portfolio’s produced here, 37 were of a 1st class standard, and 14 were in the 80+ range. There will be a follow-up post to show off some more of this fantastic work.

However, the competition winners must be announced – even if I have been slightly sneaky so I can give out more awards! As a reminder the winners will receive 1 year of hosting and 1 year domain name rental*. So let’s begin! *drum-roll*

4 and a ½ Social Media Disasters
#Awkward #LearningOpportunities

“If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead” – Henry Jenkins

Social media platforms provide excellent opportunities for having your voice heard and your content shared. If you are anything like me the prospect of sharing content to millions of people with the expectation of them replying, sharing, remixing induces a sense of anxiety. At the same time though sharing content that goes viral can be an exhilarating and even re-sharing an already popular tweet (that just, like, speaks to you as a person) can make you feel a part of something bigger. So, the prospect of social media may be intimidating but there are plentiful opportunities out there.

Take solace then, and some tips, from the fact that your social media activities are unlikely to be as awkward – or downright disastrous – as the stories feature here.

7 Pug-Themed Tips for Using Images in your Blog

Featured image taken by Flickr user Donfer Lu.

It is easy for us to sometimes think of blogs as primarily text-based. This is certainly an assumption that I have had to overcome as posts that make effective use of images are more memorable and are more likely to be shared. The inclusion of images does creates multiple other issues though! How many images are too many? How should images be used? How can I avoid infringeing on copyright? Do I have to worry about file sizes? How many images of pug can I tenuously use in a single post?

Hopefully answering these questions, here I present 5 Tips for using images in your blogs.

Creating Infographics and Visualizing Information: 4 Tips to Get Started

*Note: Featured image created using “There is a magic in graphs. The profile of a curve reveals in a flash a whole situation — the life history of an epidemic, a panic, or an era of prosperity. The curve informs the mind, awakens the imagination, convinces” – Henry D.…

9 Tips to Improve Your Photography
Number 7 Will Leave You Incontinent



The very first photograph was taken in 1826 by  “scientifically minded gentleman” Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. This image was taken over a snappy 8 hour period and captured the outline of surrounding buildings and trees. This was a technical marvel of the time and a leap forward for photographic technology. Unfortunately, despite advances in photographic technology over 180 years, some photographs taken today are near indistinguishable from this blurry, poorly composed, and inadequately lit original.

Here then I present a top 9 list covering introductory principles of photography. Please note, all tips apply to smartphone photography, and will improve the photographs you take with any smartphone device!

Top 5 Web and Mobile Communications’ Policy Briefs 2016/2017

The policy briefs featured in this post were created by 2nd Year BA Communications and Media students at Bournemouth University. These briefs were created during their studies of Web and Mobile Communication practices, and was a direct response to the challenge: Produce a policy brief explaining an emerging issue of…