Week two has already challenged me and taught me so much. I’ve been quite busy with a combination of work and school. But completing the assignments for DS106 has allowed for me to take some personal time to be creative and have some fun.
To begin, I found the Daily Creates to be a lot of fun. Though simple, the challenges helped me consider interesting thoughts that in a busy schedule can often be forgotten about. For example, the Daily Create on daydreaming reminded me to daydream!
The Daily Create on colloquialisms encouraged me to do some research:
The Daily Create on “obscure but good songs” let me appreciate some great songs from the 80s!
The Daily Create on supporting role stars reminded me how much I love the original Blade Runner!
All of these Daily Creates were small, fun challenges that helped me be more expressive.
In regard to the Assignment Bank assignments, I found them both challenging and informative. I learned the most from these assignments by doing things I had never done before, and I was able to be creatively expressive in ways I’m normally not.
The three assignments I chose were “Places of Peace” (visual), “Snapshot of a Story” (writing), and “Alternate Universe” (design).
What I loved about the visual challenge was not only that it brought back memories from so many amazing times, but it also was quite thought-provoking. I had to try out a new app in order to create the collage, and I ended up liking it a lot. Linking it to the 80s theme by considering if those locations would still be peaceful in that decade was challenging but interesting. Read more about my thoughts on my post, Peace: Anywhere, Anytime?
The writing challenge was the assignment I had a lot of fun with. Yes, it was a little bit less serious, but it allowed me to indulge in my love for corgis, and express it in a creative way on Snapchat!
Finally, the design challenging was the most difficult. As I said on my post, Exploring Difference Universes, I have no design experience. So don’t judge (hahaha)! After much research, I was able to self-teach myself to cut myself out of one photo and paste it onto a background photo. Easier said than done! But I’m quite excited to use GIMP again (a free substitute I found for Photoshop) as a means to continue expressing creativity!
In regard to customization, I have worked to make my website an inviting and good-looking place for people to visit. I added the corgi as my header image (are you surprised?), and furthermore, I added a welcome page! Search around and enjoy! I had some difficulty understanding how to create separate pages, but again, research and self-teaching is the way to go. I’m learning a lot!
Finally, I have focused on participation by tracking the work of other students in DS106 and commenting on tweets, Instagram posts, and blog posts.
I’m excited to be meeting the people in this class and getting to see the work everyone is doing!