Oops, I got in my mind to do a ds106 design assignment, and ended up doing a visual one! Oh well, it’s done. This is for the Four Icon Challenge (which to me should be design!):

Reduce a movie, story, or event into it’s basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons.

This is a movie I just watched (which means I could remember some iconic details). No fair guessing if you saw my tweet last night or were in the same room as me.


I had dreams of tracing te visuals I found. Hah. So I nabbed some from various places online, reduced them in PhotoShop to fir within a 100px square frame, and layered it on top of or converted with the Note Paper sketch filter. For framing it is just a 4 pixel inside stroke.

I think Jim and I talked about making this a design assignment. I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around the difference. Visual assignments to me, are more towards the photograph or photo manipulation end of the graphic spectrum, whereas design are ones you create/manipulate from shapes, text, color. So an animate gif from a movie or photos is visual, whereas a animated gif of a poster or a comic book requires more graphic editing, and is design.


Got that movie yet?

This is one of the classic ds106 assignments- the decision you make when making this is- do I go very literal and make it easy to guess? or do I go more abstract? What if people are not familiar with the movie? Those are the challenges.

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  1. I agree with your assessment of Visual/Design. I think of things where you’re adding text to an image like the MacGuffin, Big Hip Hop, etc as visual. You could get fancy with it but ultimately that’s about choosing the right subject and marrying it to good text. For design it’s all about the elements that go into it. Often the visual aspect is already given to you and you’re tasked with making it look different and interesting in some way.

  2. Funny you should mention it. I was getting ready to do this project last week until I wondered what does this have to do with photography?

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