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APA Cited if references used. Spellchecked, grammatically correct, well developed thoughts and sentence structure. The introductory paragraph should be an objective statement of the event/exhibit detailing the who, what, where, why, etc. The remaining paragraphs should be your subjective reaction to the event. Content: The following are recommendations only : as the reaction paper is your personal reaction to an event or exhibit, it should come from a unique point of view-your own! The ideas and questions listed below are provided to help think of new ways to “react” to something you have experienced from a design point of view. Capture your thoughts. While observing or experiencing something…take notes while you are there. These notes will help you write a reaction paper that captures your thoughts, feelings, observations, versus a narrative of the event itself. For example, if something is beautiful or inspiring, or reminds you of something…tell the WHY in your reaction paper. Be descriptive, make analogies, perhaps it reminds you of something you learned in one of your courses, or inspires you to work through a design problem of your own in a different way. Draw from past experiences. Perhaps experiencing an event, or hearing someone speak, clarifies something for you. Perhaps seeing one thing makes two other things connect for you. Almost like a light bulb goes off! React to that! Predict the future. Perhaps an event influenced you to think differently about your career. Or inspired you to ask yourself questions about your own skills and talents as a designer. Or gave you a great idea that you would like to try in your next project. These might be interesting ways to “react” to your own experiences and the event. Content to Avoid. A narrative of the event. For example, went there, did that, saw this, went home. This type of “nonreaction” tells nothing about what you learned from the experience. A summary of product literature. If attending a product show, rather than strictly listing what products you saw, it would be more interesting to discuss how you might see them applied. Why were you intrigued by the product? Why did it impress you in the first place? Go beyond the fact that you might have never known it existed (as there are five zillion products that we as designers can specify), but rather, how you might see yourself using it in the future, or perhaps think about a new way that you think it can be applied to a design. Guest Speakers. While listening to a guest speaker, avoid telling the reader the history of their career, or strictly what type of design work they are involved in. That is just a narrative of the facts. Focus more on your personal reaction to the speaker. Was something said that inspired you? What did you learn from them? Did they excite you? Intimidate you? Make you pause to think about your own career direction? Perhaps they helped you understand an issue you’ve been curious about? Or gave you ideas about how you might apply your talents in the design field. A reaction paper might be thought of as similar to a conversation that you would have with another designer after attending an event. Think about what kind of conversation that might be. In conversation you wouldn’t strictly say…”I loved it”. Period. You’d say why! Think about the WHY when writing a reaction paper.