Lets quickly address that, apparently, designer jeans don’t help you design. The name of designer jeans are misleading, just like the title of my post because I barely mention Squidward at all. Moving on:
Week 6 is over, and it was all about design. Overall, a pretty cool week that definitely challenged me to learn and master new tools. I’m a lot more familiar with Canva now, some random generators, and Hero Machine 3. Not only that, we got a group together for our character stories (group name TBD). After all this reflection and work on designs this week, I learned that if it looks right, it probably is, and you’ve made a not-so-horrible design.
There’s still much to learn though. Maybe one day I’ll reach design enlightenment like Squidward…
So, what happened this week?
— Christopher Ringham (@Chris_tastrophe) February 21, 2018
The entire plot is in the title: “iCat.” I’m not sure why they had to make the movie an extended 2.5 hours because nothing really happened after minute 5, when Morgan Freeman mutilated that cat. That being said, Morgan Freeman is pretty cool. 5/5 stars.#tdc2237 #ds106 #theend106
— Christopher Ringham (@Chris_tastrophe) February 24, 2018
— Christopher Ringham (@Chris_tastrophe) February 25, 2018
These TED talks were interesting to watch because they both seemed to address that the best designs are products of play. The Canva tutorials were easy and fun – overall a good resource. I’ll definitely be doing some more.
Principles of Design: DesignBlitz
It was fun to run around, analyzing the design of random objects – I got some strange looks though. Even though it doesn’t have to do with design analysis, I liked the HCC stairwell pic I snapped which inspired the name of the post.
I had the most fun doing this assignment, and it might be my best work this week.
This assignment pushed me out of my comfort zone – I had to learn how to use a completely new tool. You might not guess it, but this middle-aged guy, who could tear you in half like he does phone books, is a family-loving softy.
This is my second-favorite assignment this week. I just had some fun with it, and made the hat seem like a living animal. I wish I knew its favorite snack, that would’ve been good info to have.
Update: Martha said the “Black” was in incorrect color of the hat, so I updated the poster in general and listed it as “Olive-Green” instead.
Good Thing I’m Not a Lone Wolf Archetype
Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most successful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?
I’ve been in many separate successful groups. I’ve noticed that important aspects include good leadership, honesty, open communication, punctuality, focus, and planning. Also, having a group that is fun might help your group to be creative and be comfortable sharing ideas, but it may also distract everybody from the objective.
In one of my most successful coding projects, I lead a team of two others and we delegated tasks based on people’s strengths and preference. Keeping the decision process dynamic and adaptive is important. In terms of making the decision, you can’t waste a lot of time between stages. I see three main stages: brainstorming, advocating, and deciding. It’s good to have a structure for this process, and address the structure directly before going to make a decision so everybody is on the same page. I typically work well in small groups.
Perhaps most importantly, don’t discourage other group members. Even if the group isn’t the best, it will only be worse if you bring negativity to it. It seems obvious, but it’s important to make people feel included and comfortable working in a group.
Our brains are wired to do a lot of things automatically in groups, but it’s far from flawless. Small groups are a complex web of relationships, even however brief the group is together, and it should be conscientious of that.