I’m officially done with ds106! Here is my final website:
This was a ton of fun to create. I got to use basically everything I’ve learned in this class and intertwined it to make a super cool website. I worked harder on these final aspects of this project than anything else in this class and I am proud of the work I have done!
This final assignment was cool because I got to create it over the period of 3 weeks. I got my footage over the course of these weeks and got to tell a story using only shoes, and it was so fun.
My favorite part of my website was the photography part. I walked up to people, whether I knew them or not, asked if I could take a picture of their shoes (they were super confused) and then asked them why they chose to wear those shoes on that day. It’s so interesting to me how much you can tell about a person from their shoes.
I hope the stories that I told through my assignments are open ended enough that people can form their own opinions about them from viewing them. None of the stories that I told have a specific “storyline,” so viewers can make with them what they wish.
Here is how I created everything:
I recorded footage of myself on a daily basis and compiled them into iMovie. I pasted my morning footage before every “day” footage, and sped it up to 800% to make things go by quicker. Once I had everything in order, I added a cover of Good Riddance because I thought it went well with the video.
For a week, I walked around campus asking people if I could take a picture of their shoes with my iPhone. I got a lot of weird looks. I also asked them why they wore those shoes, and I put their answers in the notes section of my phone. Once I had enough, I put them in a galley in a page on my website. I was really happy with this section of my project.
Using http://freesound.org, I found a bunch of everyday sounds and used them to create an auditory story that comprised of footsteps. This one required the most time.
I created a subdomain for my website. I chose to use the new theme, which proved to be a little frustrating to edit. It is hard to get a website to look exactly the way you want it, but I think the website looks clean and nice!
I have enjoyed this class a ton and it has seriously sparked my creativity! I would recommend ds106 to anyone. Here is my advice for future students.