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Week Four: The Grand Design (Design)

"Welcome to Week Four" by the New New Number2

“Welcome to Week Four” by the New New Number2

You are having so much fun here in The Village! Thank you to all summer 2015 Residents for all of the energy you have been sharing this past week. Our group of merry Residents has so far produced 118 most excellent posts within a very short span of time, and we are just now only heading into Week Four. We have had some appearances of bizarre non-village creatures, visits to the hospital, interesting goings-on in the underground caverns beneath The Village, some recent work done on our site pages to include thumbnails and comment links,  and a couple changes of leadership in The Village.  Our thanks to the previous New Number 2 for his excellent leadership over the past two weeks. We wish him all the best and a well deserved rest. As your New New Number Two (as always, @ds106Number2), I look forward to working with you and The Committee.

And so, on with Week Four!

Week Four: The Grand Design (Design)

The Episodes for Week Four are available in the Archive: It’s Your Funeral, A Change of Mind, and Hammer into Anvil.

Designs of the Village
Week 4 will be focused on Design. Choose a focus and explore it as reflected in The Village within the context of the times. You may wish to explore the village signage, or perhaps the village fashion, or the wonderful architecture, the sometimes bizarre technology, or the design and structure of the society. Or choose your own focus, tell us what it is and explore it from the perspective of Design.

For this week you will be ramping up your command of image editing as well as closely considering design elements such as color, font, iconography, etc. We will also be encouraging all residents to be clear about their sources of INFORMATION and ask that you document your sources carefully through appropriate attribution.

Please remember that there are a lot of useful resources in The ds106 Handbook. If you have not checked it out yet, please do. It has lost of good INFORMATION. This page also has a wealth of INFORMATION on design.

1. Take a Look at The Vignelli Canon:
The Vignelli Canon is a design resource that’s worth looking. It’s a short booklet by Massimo Vignelli, who was a superstar in the world of graphic design. The booklet is light on text and heavy on space and imagery, so it’s a quick read. His purpose in writing it was to share his knowledge for the benefit of other designers. As he says, “Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best.” Vignelli did most of his work in the pre-Internet era, when graphic design meant ink on paper, so some of the information is not so relevant to our online environment, but the principles still stand. So take a look at it, and let us know what you think. Categorize your reflection post under Thoughts/Ideas and tag it “vignelli” (no quotes).

The Vignelli Canon

2. Complete a DesignBlitz:
To reinforce your understanding, you need to undertake a “Design Blitz.” Carry your camera with you this week and take photos of objects, ads, signs, etc. that illustrate at least four of the ten concepts listed below (one photo per concept). Refer to the DesignBlitz resources referenced above for more information about each of the concepts.

  • color
  • typography
  • metaphors/symbols
  • minimalism & use of space
  • form/function/message
  • balance
  • rhythm
  • proportion
  • dominance
  • unity

Share all your photos on Flickr and tag them designblitz; also make sure you write up a blog post sharing what you found and tag it “designblitz”. When you have completed your Blitz, write a blog post that includes (THAT MEANS EMBED!) the photos and your analysis of the design elements and what makes them effective or not. (You should do this in one single post.) Note: Sometimes we can learn just as much from badly designed things as we can from well-designed things!

3. DailyCreates:
Aim for 3 examples of The Daily Create again this week.

4. Design Assignments
Complete at least 12 Credit Units of Design Assignments from the Assignment Bank. If you like, you can substitute up to 2 Animated GIF Assignments for a design assignment, because GIFs.  Six of the twelve Credit Units must demonstrate some aspect of your time here in The Village.

  1. Complete one of:
    1. I Can Read Prisoner Episodes (Movies) cover: Select one of the episodes from weeks 1-4 and create a representative cover for a potential book version of the episode.
    2. The One Story /Four Icon Challenge: Select one of the episodes from weeks 1-4 and create a four-icon representation of the episode.
  2. At least one assignment you complete this week needs to be 4 stars or higher. It’s time to push yourself. A reasonable alternative is to complete a piece that incorporates two different assignments for a sum total of 4 or more Credit Units.

Each design assignment must be blogged and narrated with your process and thinking! Don’t forget to review @cogdog’s tips of how to write-up assignments like a pro. Remember, our lighting and air conditioning here in The Village is fueled by the energy you share through your write-ups. Don’t have your energy quota reduced for lack of sharing on your part. 

5. Copyright & Creative Commons
Be sure you are up to speed about Copyright & Creative Commons. Check out a couple of the following:

After reviewing these resources, please consider creating a blog post (tag: copyrightthoughts) about your own impression of copyright law, fair use doctrine, and the Creative Commons movement.

6. Do Your Weekly Summary
As in previous weeks, reflect upon your work throughout the week by writing a summary post. Remember, linking is right out! Embedding your work into your weekly summary is the only way to go! Keep the energy flowing within The Village.


Looking Ahead:

  • WEEK FIVE: Video
  • WEEK SIX: Radio
  • WEEK SEVEN: Project

In closing,

  1. Remember to support one another with positive, constructive commenting.
  2. Remember that our Radio Play organization doc is available to you and other Residents so you can be planning for Week Six. Check the message board on your door to see that you have received your personal invitation to view the document.
  3. As well, we would like to confirm your former address (before you arrived in The Village) so that your mail can be redirected to you here in your cottage. We want to ensure that you do not miss out on receiving any important posts or packets. Please add your former mailing address INFORMATION via our MAIL RE-DIRECT form. 
  4. Continue to tag your prisoner106 posts and #prisoner106 tweets so that your INFORMATION will remain within The Village. We do not want to lose any information. 

Until I see you around and about in The Village,

I remain,

Your most dedicated servant,

Number 2 (signed) (New New)



Week Two: We’ll Be Hearing You (Audio)

The NEW Number 2 reviews the Village Information Cards" animatedGIF by @ds106Number2

The NEW Number 2 reviews the Village Information Cards” animatedGIF by @ds106Number2 (click to enlarge)

Welcome! Welcome! I am your NEW jovial Number 2.

It has been a most interesting week here in The Village. We have had a good number of new Residents fill in their Village Information Cards (posted on the Residents page) and they have all been reviewed with great interest by The Committee.

We have locked onto a number of feeds (now also listed in our sidebar to the right below the navigation menu) and are successfully sharing the INFORMATION from our Residents with the greater Global Village. Most of our Residents are using the tag prisoner106 as suggested from their individual bungalows to isolate their information for this purpose. Please remember to continue to tag your posts appropriately so that they remain on our radar. It has been most pleasing to know that our Village Registrar has been able to sort the various posts coming out of the familial Burgeron bungalow — despite the fact that there are four authors squished into the same lodging and using the same URL, our FeedWordPress technology has been humming along wonderfully, getting them all, but recognizing them as coming from different authors. In addition, each Village Information Card on the Residents’ page serves as a link to each Resident’s author index of posts on prisoner106.us. That’s just another way provided here in The Village to help you to get at the INFORMATION.

There has been some interesting discussion by Mariana, John, and Andrew regarding the order of the episodes. Research will show that there has been a considerable degree of discussion over the years as to what the optimal viewing order of the 17 episodes (not 7, not 26, but 17) should be. In selecting our first 3 episodes (Arrival, Free for All, Dance of the Dead), The Committee sought to reflect three episodes which are both seen as being core to the overarching story and reflect an “early” appearance in the original shooting order. There is has also been some interesting discussion regarding 6+1=7. You may wish to ferret it out and ponder.

Now that the activities from our Assimilation Week ONE are out of the way (for most — we are leaving the electricity on for those few who moved into their Bungalows in early June but from whom we have not recently heard), we can present our suggested agenda of events for all residents so that we can all relax and enjoy the remaining SIX weeks of our holiday.

WEEK ONE (Assimilation Week) has come and gone.

If you missed it, you can get up to speed by reading Week One, Assimilation Week, written and presented by my oh-so-dreary predecessor, the former Number 2.)


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This Week’s Episodes are The Chimes of Big Ben, then A, B, and C, and finally, The Schizoid Man. Enjoy!

We will dig into the ds106 Assignment Bank (Audio assignments) and work on developing/honing our skills with audio. We would like to encourage Residents to earn at least 10 Credit Units each week. Please note that will need to keep tally yourself (you may wish to document that for us in your weekly summary post). Our Village Registrar is on holiday just like you, and is trusting you to keep generating those units to keep The Village electricity up and flowing out to each bungalow.

As well, all Residents are invited this week to start to think about collaborating with up to three other residents to form a group that will start to work towards a WEEK SIX radio project. You will need to decide on a group name and RESIGN A DIFFERENT WAY  to let us know who is collaborating with whom. We are encouraging all Residents of The Village to be Collaborators. We have on the order of 16 Residents — that allows for four groups of four — or three groups of five if it makes more sense to go that way. Please just make sure that everyone has an opportunity to be included in a group! You do not need to to all of your planning now, but you may like to keep an ear out for audio resources (sound clips, music) in the coming weeks that you might find useful in your WEEK SIX project.

  1. This week we will dig into audio storytelling.
    That goes beyond the words and tone of voice to include sound effects, background noise and music. We will be asking you to consider how these subliminal elements impact the story. How do audio elements such as sound effects, background noise and music work to aid in the storytelling within The Village? We will also begin experimenting with audio production. We strongly recommend Audacity, a free and open source audio-editing program, further details below. If you have access to and experience with a different audio editing system, you are free to use it instead.  Check out these ds106 Audio Resources pages which include information that will help you complete the week’s assignments.

    1. Layering Sounds in Audacity
    2. Introduction to Audio – Listening First (a detailed collection of links to allow you to explore the use of audio in depth)
    3. What is Foley Sound? by SoundIdeas (YouTube)
  2. Think about Audio Storytelling:
    Write a blog post discussing audio in storytelling, the way audio is used in film/video, and the use of audio in The Prisoner. Consider what we watched and listened to this week and in the previous week. How does sound drive stories? How does it impact mood and create atmosphere? Use specific examples and embed them in your post.
  3. “Good Morning Message for The Village” (2 Credit Units)
    Create a “Good Morning” message for the Village  that could be broadcast over the PA and bungalow radios in The Village. There are examples in most the episodes if you listen for them. (We have also been playing some on the prisoner106.us website.) This should be saved as an MP3 file, and then upload it to SoundCloud. Make sure in Soundcloud that you enable to option to allow downloads (so we can add it to the prisoner106.us site.) Your audio must be embedded in your blog post summary of this assignment. You can embed Soundcloud audio — you can find the embed code under the Share button. You can also try putting the plain text URL on its own line, and when you publish, WordPress will create a player to allow visitors to listen. The “Good Morning Message for the Village” in now an assignment in the Assignment Bank (so you should tag your blog post correctly when you’re done. It will count for 2 of your 10 Credit Units for the week.
  4. Do the  Sound Effects Story Assignment (3 Credit Units): AudioAssignments70
    This is a challenge to tell a short story (no longer than 90 seconds) using nothing but sound effects! When completing this assignment, you must make the story in some way related to your role or your time here in The Village. We highly recommend using http://freesound.org to find free sound effects for this project. (You may also find it valuable to make use of some audio that you capture from your viewing of this week’s episodes.) When you blog this assignment, tag it with AudioAssignments and AudioAssignments70 so that it can be aggregated onto the assignment page.
  5. Complete a total of  10 Credit Units of Assignments
    Complete a total of  10 Credit Units of Assignments from the Audio category in the Assignment Bank (2+3, earned for #3 and #4 above, plus your choice of a sum of 5 more). Note that in the ds106 Assignment Bank, Credit Units are denoted by the “star” symbol.  Make sure all your completed audio assignments are uploaded to SoundCloud, and write up a post for each assignment in which you embed that audio from SoundCloud.
  6. Complete 2 Daily Creates:
    Please complete and correctly tag at least two daily creates this week. Make sure you also blog your TDCs.
  7. Weekly Post
    You all know what this is. And it is due by Sunday midnight. Keep earning your Credit Units and keep the lights on in The Village!

Looking ahead after week two:

  • WEEK THREE: Visual
  • WEEK FOUR: Design
  • WEEK FIVE: Video
  • WEEK SIX: Following on the tried and true ds106 group RADIO project, The Committee would like to encourage Residents to collaborate on an audio project that would be shared on #ds106radio as part of a live broadcast. We would also hope that members of each group might consider being part of a live discussion to occur prior to or following the segment broadcast. Given that this project frequently takes time to coordinate, develop, and produce, we will take some time in WEEK TWO to get this underway.
  • WEEK SEVEN: We would like the final week to allow you to explore any and all media types in the form of some kind of multi-modal culminating project. This can be either an individual or a group effort.

    And of course, you can make GIFs anytime you like!  The more GIFs, the GIFfier!

A few important reminders:

  • You must to be actively participating in Twitter to be participating in The Village. If you’re not on Twitter, you’re missing important INFORMATION. You need INFORMATION.
  • You should be watching the weekly videos in full and reading these intro posts in their entirety every week. If you’re not, you’re missing important INFORMATION. You need INFORMATION.
  • Be sure to follow the work of your fellow Residents and let them know what you like and what you are learning from their work. Comment, comment, comment! All of your comments are valuable INFORMATION. Your fellow Residents need INFORMATION.  INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE! • ds106 Resource on Constructive Commenting


Yours, in The Village,

Number 2 (signed)