Category Archives: Assignments

DS106 Post Secret

As a lover and avid reader of PostSecret.com I was excited to see this as one of the design assignments.

The assignment, worth 2 stars tells us to create a DS106 Post Secret card. Knowing the typical style of Post Secret cards, I started with two separate photos and I used Pixlr to merge the two photos into one.

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After coming up with an idea for my postcard I found an image of a psychology textbook on Google and opened that in Pixlr as my background layer.

I then physically wrote out my ‘secret’ on a note card and took a picture of it on my IPhone and saved it to my computer. The next step was for me to open the image of the note card in Pixlr and merge the two photos together. This is the part where I ran into some trouble so I went to Google to get help. This is the video tutorial I used to create a single image out of the two photos.

After solving the problem, I used the crop tool to clean everything up and I saved my image as a JPEG. Here is the final product:

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The problem I had when doing this assignment was that I couldn’t figure out how to re-size just a single layer of the photo and not the two layers together. The video tutorial I watched was very helpful and I realized that all I had to do was use the Free Transform tool to change the size of the active layer.

 

Just a Little Imagination

For the assignment Apophenia(3.5 stars) we were instructed to imagine different versions of everyday item. Being that I did this assignment at my desk, the first thing I found was a pen. ds

This is the original photo I used before letting my imagination transform something so boring into something fun.

Using pixlr.com I made different objects out of this simple pen.

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This website had many different tools to choose from on the left panel so that’s what I used to complete the assignment.

The first thing I imagined was a flag ds flag

and the second thing was a watermelonds watermelon

I used the brush, paint fill and erasing tools to create these and it was all very simple.

Like A Cat

This assignment was such a fun trip down memory lane. The prompt, called 9 Lives(2 stars) instructed, “Find nine photos of yourself in different stages of your life. Turn them into a little collage, showing how many changes you’ve gone through over the years. Change is good, so have fun with it!”

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The photos show me at various stages in my life, starting from age 1 and ending at this past summer. This is the website I used to make the collage.

What do you want to do before you die?

The first visual assignment I did was the bucket list(3.5 stars).  The directions were very simple and I already knew four things I want to do so it was very easy to complete. I used the suggested website to make the collage. BeFunky Collage

The top thing on my bucket list is to go bungee jumping. I love anything adventurous that gives a good adrenaline rush. I have already been skydiving so I think that bungee jumping is the next outrageous thing I want to do.  The second thing I want to do is to visit Disney World. I feel like every child has or has wanted to visit Disney and I have not been yet so it’s definitely on my bucket list. The last two things I want are to travel the world and get married; in that order. I want to visit countries near and far and once I’ve seen all the world has to offer I’ll be ready to settle down and get married.

This Week’s Daily Creates

Monday, September 21, “Print All Over Me!”

For this daily create we had to make an idiom into a print so I chose the idiom of “wearing my heart on my sleeve”. That idiom was very simple to visually portray so I simply added a heart to my sleeve in the photo to express that.

Saturday, September 26, “Artsy photo or not?”

This was my favorite daily create from this week. I thought it was very creative to add an Instagram screenshot onto a background, making the two blend together. I used two photos I had from a summer trip to the beach and created my own “artsy photo”.

Sunday, September 27, “Design your own road sign”

In preparation to making my own road sign, I looked at a guide to British road signs. My road sign is inspired by their sign for two-way traffic.

 

Weekly Summary 4

Summarize the key points you learned about audio storytelling from the Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad videos.

The first part of this weeks assignments included learning about audio storytelling from the perspective of Ira Glass ad Jad Abumrad. Ira Glass starts off by saying it’s important to notice the building blocks of a story and the two basic building blocks of audio stories are the anecdote and the moment of reflection. The point of the anecdote is to consistently raise questions and answer them and that keeps the listeners engaged. The moment of reflection comes at the end and that tells the point of the story. He says that a good story needs to have both of those elements in order to keep the listeners’ attention throughout the story.

Jad Abumrad gives his perspective on the benefits of radio lacking pictures. He says that the lack of pictures allows people to paint their own mental image using someone else’s words. And through this, a sense of empathy is created because it’s people working together to tell stories and have mental images to supplement the words of those stories.

Radio Story

The radio  story I listened to was about getting into college and it started off with Ira Glass interviewing incoming freshmen at Columbia University. Taking note of how hard it is to get accepted he asks various students what they did to get in and the gave a range of answers from having good SAT scores to being ethnically diverse but they say that those are just guesses, and they don’t actually know hoe they got in. The next segment features him talking to an admissions director at Georgia Tech and discussing recent tactics of parents of student’s to get their child accepted into the school. When switching from one segment(or Act as they’re called) to the next, there is transitional music being played so it’s not a direct switch from one topic to the next. There is also background music being played in some parts and I think that helps keeps the listeners engaged and not bored of just hearing continuous talking. The use of more than one person talking also helps with engagement because if it were just one person speaking the entire time it would be easy for listeners to zone out.

Audio Assignments

The first audio assignment I did was the radio bumper. This was the easiest of the audio assignments because it was short and not a lot of  effects or editing was required to do it.

The second audio assignment was the village greeting. This one took a little longer to do because I wrote out a script of what I wanted to say before I recorded anything. It was fun to play around with different editing tools and the sound effects in Audacity.

Daily Creates

The daily creates I did this week were 5 flickr photos,emophotoconcrete poetry, and an old photo.

Feedback

The comments I received on my work this week were on the daily creates and those comments were from people telling me they looked my take on the assignment. From looking at other people’s blogs I saw the different ways the assignments could be done. I also liked seeing the different audio assignments people did since we only chose 3 to do.

Weekly Summary/Complaints 

This week the biggest thing I learned was how to use Audacity and all the tools it has. I used Audacity to complete the audio assignments for the week so I had to get used to using the program and even learning how to simply save it on my computer and upload it to soundcloud was a lesson itself. I also liked that we got to choose what audio assignments we did for the week because there were so many and they were all very different so it was hard to get bored or feel like it was repeating the same assignment three times. My one complaint for the week was having to watch the videos explaining audio storytelling. I didn’t feel like those helped in completing this week’s assignments. Other than that I felt like this week was not difficult at all and the assignments were very engaging.

 

Ds106 Radio Bumper

For the first audio assignment I created my own ds106 radio bumper.

The process was fairly simple. I downloaded Audacity onto my computer and through that I made my sound clip. I first recorded what I wanted to say for this short assignment then I went back through and edited out the long chunks of silence and muted the loud background noises. This was easy to do and it didn’t take a lot of time to do it!

The Shape of Stories: A Modern Twist on a Classic Story

When watching Kurt Vonnegut explain the shape of stories, I began thinking about movies I really enjoyed that had a “shape” I could easily explain and visually describe. The movie I decided to focus on was Annie. Not the Broadway musical or the first film that was released in 1982. I’ve decided to explain the plot of the 2014 version of the story about Annie the foster child. Annie

The movie starts off with 10 year old Annie running through the streets of Harlem, where she lives in a foster home. She is chasing a dog and she comes close to being hit by a van driving down the street but before the van is close enough to strike, she is grabbed by William Stacks, a candidate in the mayoral race. An onlooker takes a picture of this moment and it’s instantly posted and shared on many different social media platforms. Once this story reaches the press, Mr. Stacks gains a lot of publicity. At this point in his campaign, William isn’t doing well in the polls so his campaign manager tells him he should temporarily take Annie in to show the citizens of the borough he cares about the people. After agreeing to do so he does not like the responsibility of having to care for a child but over time she begins to grow on him and soften his heart. At some point he realizes Annie is what he needed all along to make him care about something other that being successful and wealthy.

Unbeknownst to William, his campaign manager arranges for people to pretend to be Annie’s parents so they can come take her and William can completely focus on his campaign. After she is taken by these people and it’s revealed that those aren’t her actual parents, the chase begins to get Annie back because at this point William’s main focus is Annie and ensuring her safety. Once she is safely returned to William, he drops out of the mayoral race to completely focus on raising Annie.

I would best describe the shape of this story similar to the way Vonnegut describes Cinderella. It starts off with the main character in a seemingly hopeless situation and ends very positively. I drew the shape of this movie based on my interpretation.

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When reading reviews of the movie it seems that I am part of the minority of viewers that liked the movie. Maybe it’s because I have never seen the original so I can’t compare it to that but I have found a video review that isn’t too biased. It’s more of a digital story because it includes behind the scenes clips and background information of the movie but it’s not strictly a negative review of the movie like majority of the other video reviews I watched.