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Summary of Week 5


This week was hectic and crazy, but it is now complete. Sigh of relief everybody. As always, it is time to go over the major lessons and frustrations of the week. 🙂

How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?
What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?
What would you do differently? What questions to you have?
What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work? Cultural/Societal implications?

I know I did not give this week 100% because I was very busy with school, work, and life in general. I only did one Daily Create and a major reason for that is that sometimes, unless I can make something really cool, I don’t want to do it at all. It’s a little problem that I have from time to time. I also did not comment as much I should have and this is also the result of a lack of time. Besides those two things, I honestly believe the assignments I did complete were done very well (I think I did over 9 stars worth). I tried to make my visual assignments meaningful and pleasing to see for people. My photoshop skills are not the greatest but I like what I created and I know I will get better.

Group Work: We finally know all of the people in the group and we began discussing our topics of choice.  I think we have narrowed down what we want to do and we are waiting on everyone’s comments on a potential group name and final ideas. So far so good!

Surprisingly, the FLICKR Gallery plugin and learning that a set was an album was what gave me the most trouble. I zoned in on “set” and would not stop to think that maybe there were other words for set. It wasted some time and I felt dumb when I found out. It’s alright though, I figured it out and I now have a gallery in some of my blog posts and it gives my blog more character. I really enjoyed photoshop! I liked all of the visual assignments immensely. The one that I thought I would dislike (Apophenia), I ended up liking the most. The pictures turned out really cool! From my collage visual assignment, I learned of a great collage maker website that I know I will use for future personal and school related projects. Although this does not have to do with design, I really liked how Tori organized her Weekly Summary blog post and I am going to do it the same way in this summary.

Next week, I need to comment more. I feel like I always need to comment more, so it’s a work in progress. The only question I have this week is about Canvas: Where it says “courses”, I know it was supposed to say “courses and groups” but that did not show up on my Canvas till later in the week. I assume it was because I may not have been automatically assigned to a group on Thursday. Hopefully, there is nothing wrong with my canvas site.

Some of the larger issues I presented this week was the danger of some celebrities, the importance of understanding our animal companions, and how technology is taking over the world (or the moon in my case). These themes are nothing original and have been debated endlessly. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus are fun to watch but beyond entertainment they may not provide a more useful service to society. I say this as a reminder to myself as well (as always) because I love nonsensical rap music even though I understand some of the messages in the lyrics are not very good at all. The collage of my dog was a way to show people a glimpse into my world but also make them appreciate their pets and other animals that provide something important to society. Finally, my microphone found itself in some unusual positions such as being the moon and a baseball. This was a good way to show how technology infiltrates the things we love to do and how it can become as natural as the moon in the sky. My young cousins live on their iPads. I’m pretty sure they build robots with applications they download and I still remember my brick sized Nokia cell phone…



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