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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