The DS106 Assignment Repository has many interesting assignments based on the various media types. The ones I chose to blog about really piqued my interest and forced me out of my comfort zone. The first assignment is under the “design” section. I chose the assignment that required you to create a VHS tape for a film that was released after 2005 and make it look like an 80s era tape. I was very excited when I saw this assignment because I immediately thought about the original Star Wars movies. I decided to try my hand at this one and it was not that easy. I did not have the skills required to complete this task but I gave it a go. I utilized Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create my 80s styled VHS tape.
The next assignment I chose is under the 3D Printed Assignments. I selected the “Create A House” one because I immediately thought about building in the Sims and it’s something I do almost every day.
I believe we will be doing quite a bit of these assignment this semester and I can see why. They really force you to engage with the media type and tell a story in a way you didn’t think of before. The VHS tape was different, cool but challenging. I had so many ideas but trying to figure out how to actually produce them was interesting, to say the least. It took a lot of fidgeting and researching. I am now a bit familiar with some of the tools in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, a lot of which I played around with till I got it. Overall I am very pleased I gave it a try and I can’t wait to learn more about these softwares and sharping my new skills!