I did some revisions!
It’s a very busy time and an especially busy week. Will post more on that soon. In the meantime, I am going to take a stab at reviving this series of mine. Moving forward, I will try to make it seem “cleaner” with fewer links in text (mine were excessive) and less strict adherence to format (variation is OK-no-better than OK).
Stuff I watched:
Stuff I drew:
What I think about it:
I have self-doubt. Along with many other people (the majority), I doubt my ability to produce visual art. I “can’t draw” is the appropriate phrase for my previous belief (note extra emphasis on the quotations surrounding can’t draw). And yes, my recent viewings mentioned above have changed my self-perception to a degree: I understand that I am capable of drawing, but often don’t and the quality of my drawings suffers (when I do draw). I watched the two videos listed and “drew along” with the activities they contained
The content of the first video (Ole) presented a lot of valid points. Drawing is a form of expression and an excellent means of communication. It makes us more human as humans are a communal species. As humans are visual thinkers, being able to compose visual descriptions and capture our memories in order to exchange, create, and inspire action. It can certainly improve my notoriously bad short term memory. I can, in fact, draw many shapes, stars, speech/thought bubbles, and even people (needs some improvement).
Graham’s TED talk furthered these realizations. Drawing people is easier than I imagined. Doing it well, however, will take some time. As I drew both of these activities, I discovered that my self-awareness/consciousness was inversely proportional to the quality of my drawings.
Throughout my academic career, I defined myself as a person who communicates best through writing. Very limiting indeed. Why should I limit myself to one form of expression as opposed to striving for improvement in all areas? Rhetorical question (in case it wasn’t obvious). This type of skill will allow me to enhance my ability to show people what is inside my head.
In all my designs, I like simple. God (or lack thereof) is in a lack of excessive details. Two thoughts leap to mind. One, I shouldn’t design for myself under any circumstances. I like the look of my projects, but how do I account for the color and detail preferences of my intended audience? Two, my idea of simple isn’t necessarily someone else’s. Even though it’s a cliched and inadequate word, yes, it is relative.
My attempt to draw the process of making toast needs a little work, but I only made three attempts. I ask for a chicken salad sandwich next time, but tell myself to hold everything but the bread. Will keep it up and enhance my ability to show people what is, in fact, on my mind.
For the past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about C.A.R.P. and how it applies to infographics. More specifically, I’ve been assigned to consider what it means and to find an infographic that serves as a good example.
What it means: C.A.R.P. is an acronym for Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, and Proximity. For an infographic to be effective, it must have a clear contrast and each element must stand out (color, font, however…). Each element must be aligned or connected as well. The design patter must be followed through repetition (or consistency) in order to maintain a cohesive theme. Lastly, connected or related components must have proximity to each other.
After considering each of these elements, I then sought out to find one on a topic of interest to me: information literacy. Luckily, my quest was not a long one even as I encountered several good examples and chose this one:
In this infographic, the contrast is arguably the most apparent characteristic. The text stand out clearly from the rest of the design and catches the eye. It is also apparent that the alignment sort of takes care of itself. After all, most readers will know the alphabet and see its connectedness. The repetition is vivid as each element is consistent with the previous and next. Lastly, the elements are in close proximity to one another so that it feels like a natural progression.
In the meantime, I am going to look for more good examples and attach them to this post or my ideation journal.
My class introduction assignment
- What is my definition of creative?
- I believe that creative can refer to any human source of ideas. The ideas themselves are often (always) expired by external stimuli. Although lots of creative people like to think of themselves as mere vessels for inspirations, I disagree. Creativity happens when someone is inspired and comes up with the idea.
- What are my three main strengths as a designer?
- I am very determined and refuse to give up. A big examples of this is resubmitting assignments when it is not necessary.
- I am very empathetic and strive hard to get inside the heads of my students and other members of my school community when completing a project for them.
- I WELCOME feedback (sometimes too much).
- What are my three main weaknesses as a designer?
- I have a lot of trouble letting go. To say I am a “perfectionist” is cliché and I am not, but I fret and nitpick over mistakes.
- I get easily distracted and simply cannot focus on more than one thing at once.
- I worry that clients (my students) are too polite to tell me when something isn’t helpful (or could be better). My least favorite of all emotions (that I experience) is the feeling of, “Why didn’t you say something?”
- What are my favorite colors?
- My friends tease me for wearing only neutral tones. Lots of greys, but I do like green too.
- What designers and/or design professions do I love?
- My favorite design professions are Librarian (my own profession), Instructional Designer, eLearning Specialist, and Film Director (I love movies!!!!!).
- My favorite designers (that come to mind) are 2 architects and a film director: Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (love The Farnsworth House), I.M. Pei (love The National Gallery), and Wes Anderson (do I even need to describe…).
- What design work do I enjoy?
- I love making flyers, online research guides, and tutorials. Just getting started to infographics too so I’m very excited about this course.
- What kind of work do I want to do in the future?
- I hope to incorporate instructional design into librarianship whenever possible. In truth, I love both and could see myself working in either field. It’s just that I enjoy making research guides and tutorials so much. It’s how I decided to go back to school.
- What is my superhero name and what are my superhero powers?
- Superhero name: batcheloro (my old email from college that combined my last name a first initial. It kinda stuck as a nickname)
- Super powers: Being a music and movie pedant, and my very wry sense of humor.
After a busy summer, I am once again enrolled in class. My course – Creative Design for Instructional Materials –
is starting up has started up and I am already enjoying myself after a week. Of course, I wouldn’t be Oliver if I didn’t eventually start worrying, but I enjoy it even with the worry. A good worry, if there is such a thing.
The bottom line: I think this will be the course in which I finally solidify my self-identity as an instructional designer. The assignments will compel me to try new softwares as I make an infographic, a Pecha Kucha Presentation, and something provocatively referred to as instruction with a twist (your guess is as good as mine). I LOOK FORWARD TO IT ALL!
Stay tuned. Assignments, musings, and other fun stuff is looming on the horizon…
by Oliver Batchelor & Dustin Pettit