1st DS106 Daily Create challenge

Here I am – Day one done… sorta…

Ending off my day with a “brief” visit to this DS106 journey I have thus commenced (but not yet with the course material – Hey! It’s Saturday, after midnight in South Africa, but I just wanted to pop in)…

For the 1st daily challenge I have attempted, the task at hand was #1581 Experiment with a text logo designer, in which we use a logo generator called Mark Maker, and make a logo for yourself/ourselves. The system is a prototype which gives you an endless array of logo’s to view and review, and in the process those you “heart/like” feedback into the system, and refines the options presented based on your selection. Below is the final logo I selected:

So… Did the system achieve it’s purpose? Yes, I have a logo… But am I allowed to be critical? Because the thing is, while I enjoyed the excercise and accept that this system is a prototype, I walked away feeling frustrated… There were two design elements I really liked, and through the process what I wanted, and maybe I’m asking too much, was for a merging of the two choices I really liked, a hybrid – the sleeping astronaut and the abstract elemental design I wished was included therein – The system apparently cannot do this, handing me variations of either/or… and so ultimately, I feel like I settled, on something I do like, but which is incomplete…

That said, I happened to see a bit of an interview with George Lucas today in which he said, and I am paraphrasing here, that ‘passion/success/purpose is found when you sit down to achieve a task and take a break to attend to something (like grabbing a bite) and you realise that time has just been absorbed and flown right out the window, and yet it has not worn you down, but you are instead still exhilarated’ – something like that. That is what I walked away with today, the ying to the yang of this excercise and right now, 2.5 hours after I started, I have a logo (Version 1) on which I get to build – so thanks Mark Maker and DS106 – Great way to end the day.

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Written by soztheo

  • Very nice to meet you soztheo,

    It’s very exciting to find someone just jumping into the ds106 scene. I’d love to hear the story of what brought you there/here. As for me, I’m returning to ds106 after a three year hiatus. Like you, the logo daily create has been my first step in.

    I love the reflective notes you wrote on the process. And I think you are welcome to be critical at any point in the journey.

    Like you, I spent far more time than anticipated in ‘making’ my logo – with several frustrating missteps along the way. That’s why the quote you paraphrased from George Lucas resonates so much. Time truly does fly in ds106.

    • soztheo

      Hi scottlo

      Yeh, thanks for the feedback :).

      The journey (short version): worked in the digital event space for a few years, that is integrating digital solutions to meet event organizers’ needs – very niche and very limited to specific 3rd party solutions. I’ve wanted to broaden my horizons and found ds106 on one of my searches. Put it on hold and have now decided to just do it… and here I am…

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