Goodbye Week 5

Well this week has been a huge challenge. I didn’t really understand what “design” was. After learning more and more about it, I was wondering why we didn’t do design for the first week of this class. It just seems like everything we’ve done up to this point would have benefited from the knowledge I gained this week…but that’s just my two cents. Here’s the run down from the week:

The first assignment of the week was “Read and Reflect on The Vignelli Canon.” This was an interesting article to read because I didn’t really know what to expect for this week. This was a good way to kick it off. Here’s my blog post reviewing the article: http://ds106.christineloehr.org/thoughts-and-ideas/the-vignelli-canon-review/

Next up for this week was to watch a film. I decided to watch “Double Indemnity” by Billy Wilder. It was a pretty good storyline and an actual well thought out murder compared to some of the other murder stories we’ve heard/read this semester. Aside from the actually story though, I liked how the film was directed. There were a lot of design elements that were concept options for the Design Blitz that I saw throughout the film. Here’s my blog post about “Double Indemnity” http://ds106.christineloehr.org/thoughts-and-ideas/double-indemnity/

The Design Blitz was the next assignment on the list. Our task was to review the concepts on this page and take photos throughout the week that we can use as examples for the different elements. Below, I have the link to my entire blog post for the assignment as well as the photos that I used:
Blog post: design-blitz
Pictures: Campus
Philly
Obici House
Blueberry Cheesecake
Sky & Glare

The next task on the list was to complete 3 Daily Creates this week. This week was a pretty good week for daily creates and they were fun! Below are the links to my blog posts from my 3 this week:
1. http://ds106.christineloehr.org/daily-create/i-am-picasso/
2. http://ds106.christineloehr.org/daily-create/superpowers-sure-ill-take-one/
3. http://ds106.christineloehr.org/daily-create/arcade-games/

Next up was the infamous assignment bank task. This week was 12 stars worth of assignments with at least 6 dedicated to our noir character:
1. The first assignment I decided to complete was titled “Professor Groom Poster” and it’s worth 4 and a half stars. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/professor-groom-poster/ Here’s my blog post narrating my experience with this assignment: http://ds106.christineloehr.org/assignments/did-you-know-professor-groom-was-the-bachelor/ And here’s the Flickr page containing the final product: Jim Groom The Bachelor
2. The second assignment I completed is titled “Cartoon You” and it’s worth 3 and a half stars. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/cartoon-you/ Here’s the blog post narrating my experience: http://ds106.christineloehr.org/assignments/cartoon-me/ And here’s the Flickr page that has my final cartoon that I created: Cartoon Me
3. This assignment was completed from the point of my character. It is titled “Motivational Poster” and is worth 3 points. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/motivational-poster/ Here’s my blog post narrating the completion of this assignment: http://ds106.christineloehr.org/assignments/mid-semester-motivation/ And last but not least, here’s the actual poster I created: Motivational Poster
4. My final assignment was also completed from the viewpoint of my character, Lena. It is titled “Pokemon Card” and is worth 3 stars. Here’s the link to the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/pokemon-card/ Here’s the link to my blog post about it: http://ds106.christineloehr.org/assignments/lena-the-pokemon/ And here’s a picture of the Pokemon card I created for Lena: Pokemon Card

The final assignment for this week was to inform myself about Copyright & Creative Commons. This was very interesting to me because I knew so little about all of this before reading the required articles. Basically what I got out of it is that if I want my creative work to be shared with the public I’m the one who needs to allow it. I want my work to be able to inspire others to create something, so why not make it shareable? Here’s my blog post talking about what I learned: http://ds106.christineloehr.org/thoughts-and-ideas/copyright-creative-commons/

Overall, I had a lot to learn this week. Not that I didn’t necessarily enjoy it, but I just felt overwhelmed with how much new stuff I was learning. It’s sometimes hard to keep it all straight when you’re trying to absorb a ton of new information. But now it’s over and I’m ready to jump into week 6.

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