In an english class last spring I was assigned to write a ‘humorous’ essay. I decided that instead of writing a conventional Word Doc, I would instead use the assignment as an excuse to learn the basics of Illustrator. Given those two parameters - humorous essay and illustrator - the idea I came up with was to create a fake Facebook news feed with stereotypical characters.
I spent quite a while brainstorming and storyboarding general Facebook personas before settling on:
- A relationship between a boy & a girl
- A college student
- A social media addict
- A philosophizer
- A clicktivist (someone who is an activist online)
I then wrote out the interweaving narratives and posts for each character and designed them into a fake Facebok feed. The goal of the essay was to create humor by highlighting the funny quirks of this ubiquitous medium. The result is below for your judgement.
Note: the timeline should be read from bottom to top if you want to read it in chronological order.