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  1. Martha

    The Little Caption

    _cpzh4: Take one of your own photographs, one from Flickr Creative Commons ( or one from the DS 106 Flickr group ( and caption it., _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Donn King, _clrrx: 64, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments64</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 325
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    Deliberate Photo Scavenger Hunt

    _cpzh4: This assignment is adapted from Professor Jacob Urbanski's Scavenger Hunt assignment for beginning art students. He provided a list of abstract terms/ concepts that his students were supposed to get shots for. Let's do this, but let's do it with a twist. Think about the photos you want to take- don't just stumble into them. Set them up, choose the lighting, make some kind of decision regarding the shots. At the end, blog about the choices you made and how these choices either made a good photo or a bad one. Tag your photos "ds106" and "scavengerhunt". You can find the list of terms here:, _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tempest, _clrrx: 63, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments63</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 320
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    Valentines Alternative

    _cpzh4: Valentines day is lame and the cards are worse. Make a good one targeted towards a particular person (real or imaginary)., _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tom, _clrrx: 61, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments61</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 310
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    Flickr-ized Playlist Poetry

    _cpzh4: Take your Playlist Poetry assignment ( and find Creative Commons Flickr photos to illustrate your story. Try using a slideshow tool to interweave the song titles and images. , _cre1l: Visual, _d5fpr: Martha, _clrrx: 62, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments62</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 315
  5. Martha

    On This Day

    _cpzh4: Design your own Google-esque image using either your first or last name. Use the colors of the Google letters. Pick your topic by searching for "on this day in history" using your birthday (month and day only). Be sure to say what the event is below your creation! , _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Stephanie, _clrrx: 60, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments60</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 305
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    Movie Fortunes

    _cpzh4: Design some fortunes for hypothetical fortune cookies that characters from a book, movie, or series of books or movies could have gotten during their escapades., _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tempest, _clrrx: 59, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments59</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 300
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    I Can Read Movies

    _cpzh4: Create a film-based book cover using the aesthetic framed by Spacesick here: See the original images here: , _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom, _clrrx: 55, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments55</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 280
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    Minimlist Travel Posters Based in Movies

    _cpzh4: Create a minimalistic travel poster for a location in film, TV series, etc. Look at these awesome examples using the various locations in the original Star Wars trilogy:, _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom, _clrrx: 57, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments57</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 290
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    Iconic You

    _cpzh4: Create an iconic image/design for your own site that somehow represents you. , _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom, _clrrx: 54, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments54</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 275
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    Mashedup Children’s Book

    _cpzh4: Mashup a children's book based on another cultural artifact. For example, framing Dr. Who as a children's book in the aesthetic of a Dr. Suess's work. See example from College Humor here:, _cre1l: Mashup, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom, _clrrx: 56, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>MashupAssignments56</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>MashupAssignments</a>, _d180g: 285
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    Design an Invoice

    _cpzh4: Create an invoice for a transaction that has happened in a film, TV series, etc. For example, Boba fett's invoice to Jabba the Hutt for capturing Han Solo., _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom, _clrrx: 58, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments58</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 295
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    Playlist Story Art

    _cpzh4: This is part two of Colleen's visual assignment. Now that you've made a playlist story, give it album art. The only requirement is that you use a licensed photo (or something you've made) and credit its creator., _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jordan Kroll, _clrrx: 53, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments53</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 270
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    Four Icon TV Challenge

    Ever since our kids were born, my husband and I find ourselves watching fewer and fewer movies — we just can’t commit to the two hours on a weekend night. There’s too strong a chance that I will fall asleep … Continue readin...
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    Infographic Life

    _cpzh4: First, begin by spending a set period of time documenting things about your life. How much coffee are you drinking each day? How many miles do you walk/ride/drive to work/school/bars? You can use to capture this data, or go old school with pen and paper. Now, take inspiration from infographics all over the web, including the Feltron Annual Report, and create something beautiful and interesting from all that data., _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tim Owens, _clrrx: 52, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments52</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 265
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    It’s all in your hands

    _cpzh4: Let's say you work for a snack producing company,this time you are making fruit flavored snacks, your manager assigned you to design the packaging. Draw something that could be used as a package., _cre1l: Visual, _d5fpr: Osheen, _clrrx: 51, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments51</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 260
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    ds106 radio

    _cpzh4: Come up with an aesthetic for ds106 radio. If you were to create a shirt, bumper sticker, poster, etc. what would it look like? See WFMU as an example/inspiration., _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Jim Groom, _clrrx: 50, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments50</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 255
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    Pixel Art Stories

    _cpzh4: Find appropriately licensed pixel art tiles. Assemble your finds into images, creating a sequence of five, to tell a story without words., _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Galagon Wagon, _clrrx: 49, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments49</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 250
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    Buddy Photo

    _cpzh4: Find a little figurine or a stuffed animal that you can carry around with you. Use that "buddy" and take photos to document where you have gone together. ie: going out to lunch, going to the movies, etc. , _cre1l: Visual, _d5fpr: anagahama, _clrrx: 48, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments48</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 245
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    Find the Letters of Your Name

    _cpzh4: Find the letters of your name in your environment (your school, city, home, etc.). Take a picture for each letter of your name, and write a brief caption of how you see that letter in the picture. You'll be looking at the details of your environment in a new way!, _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Alex Jaffee, _clrrx: 47, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments47</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 240
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    On Forming Habits

    I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity lately in light of my digital storytelling class. I had a minor epiphany that was brought about, in large part, by the start of the Daily Shoot assignment.  I’ve known about Daily Shoot …...
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    Stories Written In Windows Media Player

    _cpzh4: Write a sentence (preferably somewhat coherent, yet on the nonsensical side), a poem, or a quick story using the titles of songs you have in your Windows Media Player (iTunes may possibly work as well). Print the screen. Paste it in Microsoft Paint (or some higher-end equivalent). Save it, upload it, and share. If you could even respond to the one I originally created as a challenge (possibly even embed it as a comment on that blog entry), that would be even cooler., _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: callean, _clrrx: 46, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments46</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 235
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    The Hero’s Journey

    _cpzh4: Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books they used to have at the library? Well, let's do something like that. We’re going to tell the journey of a storybook hero. We won’t give him/her a name, or go into specifics like that. We’re not going to get bogged down on the details. Try to use archetypes and motifs that are recognizable, but it is up to you whether or not you want to make a comment on the accepted norms of fairy tales by breaking them. Start with a picture from Flickr. It can be random or deliberate, as long as it's not All Rights Reserved. Narrate the step of his/her journey, adding what details you will, but staying true to the plot. Comment on the step prior with a link to your step, so there is a clean series of narrative frames, each linking to the next. If there be multiple paths, then we will have a tree of potential outcomes for our hero. You may also start a new story if you wish. Also, please post a link to the step prior so that a reader can backtrack if they get lost or stumble upon a middle step. In summary the strict limitations: -You MUST have an image -Narrate in first person so gender can be generally overlooked. -Post a link to the step prior for backtracking purposes., _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tempest, _clrrx: 45, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments45</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 230
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    An Album Cover

    _cpzh4: So here's something fun for everyone to do, should be quick and easy, but try to make it pretty. First, go here: The title of the article is now the name of your band. Next, go here: Go to the bottom of the page. The last four to five words of the last quote are the title of your first album Lastly, go here: Select the 3rd image. It is the picture for your album cover. Manipulate the picture, resize it, add some other color, whatever. Do the same with the band name and album title, put them over top. However you wanna do it. Make it look cool., _cre1l: Visual, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Crazylegs, _clrrx: 44, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments44</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>VisualAssignments</a>, _d180g: 225
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    Minimalist TV/Movie Poster

    _cpzh4: Create a tv/movie poster that captures the essence of the story through the use of minimalist design/iconography. , _cre1l: Design, _d415a:, _d5fpr: Tom Woodward (via Martha), _clrrx: 43, _cyevm: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments43</a>, _cztg3: <a rel='tag'>DesignAssignments</a>, _d180g: 220

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