Profile: Sonia Koehler
Sonia Koehler is a Communication Design major in her senior year at MIAD. Her interest in art & design started in high school. Her art teacher would encourage her to focus her passion on art and even went as far as submitting her photography at a local festival and winning first place.
Her interest started with her love of music. She loves to listen to all sorts of music; however, one particular band that stands out is Panic! At The Disco. Her interest in graphic design is rooted in loving the art direction of album covers and music booklet. Vices and Virtues by Panic! At The Disco is one of her favorite deluxe box sets because its design coincides with the world-building of the music. In addition, she loves the physicality of the albums and how the user interacts with them.
Sonia describes herself as introverted but friendly and observant of what goes around her. She loves to analyze art, music, and TV shows.
Analyzing another Voice
Jason McDowell disdains parking lots in his OnMilwaukee piece on the demolition of buildings to make space for cars. He reports on how Milwaukee has been tearing down old buildings to construct parking lots and what we lost in the process. He brings in archival photos from the Wisconsin Historical Society of city blocks and compares them to what they are today, car lots. He also gets input from two professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee specializing in architecture & urban planning.
McDowell expresses contempt in his writing on the subject of Milwaukee’s buildings knocked down in favor of what he describes as “…a flat surface that can only hold two states: empty or littered.” His opinions and voice are shown in describing that Milwaukee’s present is worse off, regressing instead than growing. This article starkly contrasts what McDowell would normally do; cycling culture in Milwaukee and board games. McDowell’s love of biking most likely propelled him to write on this topic. He voiced his dislike of making transit infrastructure in favor of cars rather than other modes of public transportation.
This article is not something you would typically see on OnMilwaukee. It’s a cheery and fun website focusing on culture and dining within Milwaukee, so to have a long in-depth analytical article is rare. This is further punctuated that the website is in dark mode exclusively for more serious pieces. Due to how OnMilwaukee is a light-hearted publication, McDowell’s voice looked restrained from writing a more critical view of the subject. Due to the type of publication, he was most likely writing under guidelines and stepping slightly over the neutrality line.
The Author's Voice
The author's voice is the inflection of the writer's written word to indicate the tone and interest. The way a author shows their voice is the emphasis of the particular interest they are writing about and how they communicate that. Todd Mrozinski is an artist and MIAD alumni who is a writer for Urban Milwaukee as one of their art writers. Mrozinski's article, The Power of Great Paintings is an example of the author's voice in how he conducts his writing from his experience as an artist. His love of nature and landscape art is shown through his writing as he describes his enthusiasm for a new gallery showing in the Milwaukee Art Museum.
In the first few sentense, Mrozinski sets the tone of the article of his excitement of European Masterworks being exhibited in MAM. He writes in the article, My heart raced as I showed the attendant my ticket and entered the first gallery of “A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection” at the Milwaukee Art Museum." He then details the contents of notable works that he was interested to highlight from the collection. Describing the spacing and painterly qualities of each work and its emotional resonance.
NPR (National Public Radio)
NPR is a radio station and publication focusing on journalism informing the public about events, ideas, and culture. Its a private and publicly funded radio station that have over 100o syndicated public radio stations across the U.S. NPR’s mission is, according to Our Mission and Vision, “...to work in partnership with Member Stations to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.”
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GQ (Gentlemen Quarterly)
GQ is a men’s magazine focusing on culture, fashion, and entertainment. Its online publication features relevant news on celebrity culture, style, grooming, and wellness.
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First Blog Entry
End of the first week back to school. It went surprisingly well of readjusting back to school life. I've been working out everyday in the morning, cooking for myself, and getting all my work done in a timely matter. We'll wait and see how far I'll be able to maintain this level of upkeep.