At the beginning of ds106, the first thing I did was sent up my Twitter account and tweet a hello and this subdomain you currently find yourself on.
I then made some goals in the post What do I want to get out of this course?. In the end, I accomplished what I wanted. While I had used some tools before, I learned more about them. For example, applying different filters to video on OpenShot during Recovered. I also learned about new tools I had never heard of such as VEED to improve my digital work in the future.
In this class, I have made things I would not have thought possible such as my photoshopped spider from Now You See Me, Now You Don’t. Before this, I had never used photoshop and it remains one of the creations I am most proud of. In fact, currently, it is the screen saver on my phone.
I think mash-ups in general gave me the most trouble since I prefer to create my stuff from scratch instead of using pre-created media. Audio and video also provided me with some trouble as I don’t like being featured on film or recorded. However, this class pushed me out of my comfort zone a bit and in the end, I think I made some fun assignments. One was my fencing commercial from Stabbing is Perfectly Okay.
Another fun note: The idea to add static to this ad came as an accident. I had recorded in my room and at first, was dismayed that the loud air conditioning unit made my voice sound static-y. However, after listening through it again, I liked the static as it made me feel like I was actually listening to the radio.
I guess another “happy accident” was stumbling upon Shadow Fredericksburg in A Dark Reflection. Not only did this inspire some of my posts such as No One Listens, but it also went on as a rough draft of sorts for my final project, the ASU blog. It was a lot of fun to create and I’m sad I didn’t have time to go into as much detail as I wanted. However perhaps one day I will return to this universe I created and start working on it again.
I also struggled a lot with daily creates in the beginning. I had no idea what to do with them. During my first one, I had no clue what was expected and was so stressed about doing them wrong.
However, by the end, I had a lot more fun with them.
I also felt like they showed off my improving skills as I would have had no idea how to do anything like the one above at the start of this class. I even created some daily creates during the week before.
So, I leave you now. Embrace what comes next like a Happy Little…Snail?