Digital Storytelling and Me

I must confess that at first I was not at all comfortable with the course material as from the first week I got the impression that the whole course was about designing blogs and websites. I am not such a great programmers at this stage so the idea of writing a huge amount of code for anything is not what I was expecting and wanted to expect. I also had some technical issue with my blog that kept me from updating it for a few day which added to my frustrations. But as I progressed and put some effort, I started to enjoy the course and in the third week my digital skills i.e. design and audio editing had improved a lot. I had come to know what digital storytelling meant and how it was different from web designing.  This was also reflected in week 3 grade. At this point when I have just finished my week 5, which is the final week, I really miss the course. I had developed a flow and was improving in many ways. First I was improving technically and second, I was reading literature to audio editing, radio, television, movie making that influenced me personally as well. I have started to look deep at movies. Whenever a person behind the camera is creating a Zolly effect I smile to myself. Movies had never influenced me this way before. In the same way I listen to radio shows from a different perspective now. I try to listen attentively and find out the meaning behind different sounds that fall on my ears.

I would love to be a part of similar course in the future and would suggest this course to my friends who I am sure would benefit from it in different ways.

Is commenting helpful in learning only?

In my previous week’s post I had emphasized on how great it is to comment on other blog posts and learn in the process. There is no doubt you first need to read a blog to comment on it.  Commenting without reading is simply spamming which is not good to the blog post and in most of the cases would be removed by the blog owner. What happens in the reading process is the digestion of new and valued information that can then be applied to one’s own blog to add quality to it.

In this blog post I would like to share my experience about the traffic that I got from commenting on other blogs and leaving my blog URL hyperlinked with my name. I know that my blog is still in infancy stage and there is a long way to go to get real traffic. But I was really happy to see at least a few people visiting my blog this week and leaving comments on my blog posts. The main reason was because I had left comments on the blogs by those visiting my blog. So I think commenting on other blogs is a useful way to divert some traffic to your own blog and hence get some fresh content on your blog in the form of comments.

Following are the screen shots of my comments on different blog post from different bloggers.

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The blog owner needs to moderate comments before they can be published. Therefore, I had to get a screenshot of my comment.

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The blog owner needs to moderate comments before they can be published. Therefore, I had to get a screenshot of my comment.

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Feedback of my feedback

I provided real feedback comments to other bloggers from my summer class. They were not at all “you are great” kinds of comments :).  I have provided feedbacks to restaurants, retailers, salespersons, online website and many more but have never provided a feedback of my feedback. So this was a challenging blog post to write for me.

I visited the blogs of other course participants. There were different portions of the blogs that I looked in to and liked. I had an opportunity to learn a lot from these blogs. For example I commented on AdrielJBrooks Blog Post  and appreciated the amount of effort that was put into analyzing a video about professional audios production. I personally had a moment of silence and inside my had I had to realize that I have to look into the details of video or print tutorials and not simply scan them for quick solutions that I may need at that time.

I provided feedback to some other blog posts and appreciated the different software tools they have utilized. In fact I tried them myself and the blog post itself proved helpful in understanding different functionalities of the software.

Some bloggers were using online websites to fulfil their designing needs. For example AmandsAvenue Blog Post where Amanda posted about designing using canva.com. I had not used this website before and tried it for an image edit. It was helpful and I learnt different designing tools online.

Overall the experience was fascinating. I provided feedback and went back to my feedback and learnt from it for myself.

Following are few of the other blog posts that I commented on.

WalrusQueen Blog Post

Natalie Blog Post

Richabarnes Blog Post

 

Be a better photographer

Rhythm - Repetition
 

I captured this image at the engagement party of my friend, I intended to take the shot of the repetition of the champagne glasses next to each other while the guy pouring in the 3rd glass signifies a movement of the action of pouring from one glass to another. Also the empty glasses in the foreground give a signifying pattern of the pouring that will move from 3rd glass into them.

I took the photo after I had watched the video about Storytelling and visual literacy by Jason Eskenazi. He explains in the earlier part of the video that photography is just like a language. The video is posted at the end of the post. This is what I think is really true when I look at the photo that I later titled “Rhythm”. It’s not just an image for me anymore. It’s a whole moment and a great story behind that moment. It will always remind me of my friends special moment and what happened with those three champagne glasses.

Jason Eskenazi – Storytelling and Visual Literacy from PhotoWings on Vimeo.

The Vignelli Canon

This is a great peace of text to understand typography and graphic design. The most amazing thing about it is that it is full of useful information and it is absolutely free to download. I believe that it can prove vital for young designers as it teaches everything from basics and without a lot of fuss. Massimo Vignelli has illustrated his designs with the help of real life examples. He has given a real demonstration of designing on furniture, packaging and clothing etc. He has tried to establish design as a unique discipline and a creative process. He has called for consistency in opting for different design patterns for different types of designers.

Though the book is no doubt a master piece in the field of typography and designing, I found the author’s views as radical as he has only tried to focus on his own thoughts about designing and has dismissed many more design options. For example he says that:

“’ The advent of the computer generated the phenomena called desktop publishing. This enabled anyone who could type the freedom of using any available typeface and do any kind of distortion. It was a disaster of mega proportions. The computer allowed anyone to design new typefaces and that became one of the biggest visual pollutions of all time”.

This is a very harsh view of computer graphic designers. He has called it a sort of pollution. I believe he could have anticipated the future more clearly when it comes to printing and designing. In the modern world, computer designing has emerged to be a huge industry.