Monday, October 31, 2011

Response to "We Are All Artists"

In the blogpost titled "We Are All Artists", Tim Owen (pen name "Timmmmyboy") discusses his understanding of the arts and creativity. As per the title of his blogpost, he believes that every one of us is an artist.

Timmmmyboy discusses some important ideas related to creativity. Some of his main ideas are that creativity is not inherited and that practice improves and makes perfect. This is because one learns to be an artist (for example) and because artists (particularly designers) work diligently on designs and to ensure that aesthetics and functionality coexist with each other. His other idea that practice improves and makes perfect holds true because beautiful works of art and beautiful designs are beautiful because the artists (painters and designers, respectively) worked diligently until they could master every small, minute detail.   

Another important idea he holds is that one is creative in difficult and uncomfortable situations. Basically, creativity is about finding an extraordinary solution to daily problems, and about finding novel approaches to deal with everyday situations. 

I personally feel that desire and need are the keys to creativity. That is the desire and need to find new and rather extraordinary solutions. Furthermore, I feel that, in a sense, we are artists because of our expressive abilities. However, we are not always artists. This is because creativity is an important key to being an artist. We are creative when we want to find solutions. Perhaps, it can be said that we are all artists especially when we want to find solutions. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Midterm exam

The Digital Storytelling movement, also known as DS106, uses digital tools to enable individuals to tell their stories on the Web in a compelling and engaging manner. There are various approaches to storytelling. This blog post seeks to discuss the web approach of Digital Storytelling.

The Web approach of Digital Storytelling uses technologies such as Google Maps, Google Search, and others to enact narratives. Other techniques employed include using a picture or video of a pet in a particular situation, and trying to narrate one's own personal story using the picture or video.

These are the links to the three blogs:

Digital Storytelling 2011 welcome screen

Image: Digital Storytelling 2011 welcome screen  by digistorytellin through CC licensing

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blog post 2

After the first blog post, we basically continued with our Daily Shoot assignments and discussed about social media and pop culture. Pop culture (short for popular culture) includes music, movies, gadgets, fashion, social networking sites (SNS), and other forms of amusement and communication that have mainstream popularity on a large scale. Social media includes social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Mixi. SNS have become very instrumental, particularly in business. They are used for important purposes such as promotion and market research.