Two DS106 design assignments

Figured it was time I got some DS106 work up here, convincing myself and others that I’m not just at Camp Magic MacGuffin to play about building a British Embassy in Minecraft. Although fundamentally that is a large part of it…

First up: Lyric Typographic Poster (design assignment 529). I knew it had to be Eels, and I chose the opening lines from “Friendly Ghost” on Souljacker. People peg the Eels as a depressing band, but I think not.  The background texture is one of a load I downloaded for something else ages ago.

Next: Design an Invoice (design assignment 58) – described as “Create an invoice for a transaction that has happened in a film, TV series, etc”. I chose an invoice from Local Hero, one of those utterly wonderful early 80s Bill Forsyth films and quite possibly my favourite film of all time, ever*. It’s something I find myself coming back to again and again, especially at times when life seems less delightful. I’ve added some handwritten notes to preserve two lines of dialogue that need to be preserved, and I had to hand-create the logo in PowerPoint so have uploaded it as a PNG in case anyone else in the world needs to print out a Knox Industries logo and answer the phone with “Thank you for calling Knox Oil and Gas“.

Knox invoice.pdf
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Anyway, happy ds106 everyone. #4life

* seriously, watch it some time. Here’s the first bit on youtube.




The Origins of the Apocalypse #ds106 #DesignAssignments319

This post represents my personal opinions only, and is available under a CC-BY license. [Both this post and indeed this entire blog have nothing at all to do with the Education for the Apocalypse session at #lwf12 – a conference so legendarily crap that they give you freeipads just for registering. If you are in London that day (and can avoid the myriad disruptive innovators talking about disruptive innovations like social media, mobile phones and gaming, just like at the 2007 JISC conference) it’s probably worth going to that session as it has @kerileef in it and she’s ace.]

Lou McGill told me that if I was doing #ds106 this year, I had to do some of the visual assignments. Make art, dammit – these were the words she used. But the nice thing about ds106 is that you can do something you felt like doing anyway and then claim it as an assignment – so, inspired by GuiliaForsythe’s beautiful narrative about the #dailycreate and tagging, I wanted to do something visual with a narrative.

Immediately I thought of a super-hero origins strip. I know very little about graphic narrative, but I love and have always loved origin strips – those background stories that tell you how Jim Groom became The Bava and got his powe (kudos, Cogdog!) or whatever. So, I thought I’d make an origin strip for the Followers of the Apocalypse, with more than a hint of the story of ds106 and edublogging in there too. I used Pixton which is an absolutely beautiful tool and I would recommend it to everyone.
Here’s the assignment