Review of ds106 Week 1

When I first saw the Week 1 page for ds106, I was intrigued  but also fearful of the challenges and expectations of this course. I have my associates in IT, but I  have never, thus far, used design software, such as Photoshop, to the extent that I did in the past week. I experienced a variety of emotions, from excitement when finding an assignment that celebrated my love for animals, quirkiness, and creativity, like “cat breading”, color splashing a photo, etc.,   to the frustrations and questioning of myself,” Will I ever be able to make an animated .GIF?! Why is this so frustrating?! Why did they make Photoshop so difficult!? How the hell am I supposed to do that!?  What the F*$#!?”

There were many times I hit a wall during the week, surely due to my limited experience in design related software applications, but when I came over that wall, I felt enlightened. During last week, I had hit a wall with the animated .GIFs assignment. I was trying to use MPEG stream to make the .GIF and the file that I was attempting to import from YouTube would not download into MPEG…anyways, I consulted my teacher Mr. Groom and he was able to resolve the problem. Long story short is, once you get over that wall of frustration that stops you from achieving what you set out to do, you will feel like you can actually overcome something and make some progress. The sense of relief I felt from finishing the .GIF assignment was monumental in helping me attempt other challenging assignments.

I also was very impressed by the assignments in the Visual and Design assignment banks. I feel as though the creativity expressed here was so genuine and inspiring. Creativity is an excellent example of human expression when it is honest and real, and I really felt that sense when perusing the submissions.

Well, I guess that’s all I got to say today, sorry if there were grammatical errors or whatsoever, I’ve been called a comma fiend before….



that cat girl