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DS106 Assignment:

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:

My Response: The Chronicles of Oz

Wardrobe Oz


The assignment is to reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons, four of them. Write your blog post up but do not give away the answer, let people guess! The challenge is to find the icons that suggest the story, but do not make it so easy.

So what movie did I pick? Can you guess?


This film is actually one of my favorite films. It holds a special place in my life as it is symbolic as a whole to me. Coming up with a movie was really hard for me because of all the great movies out there. I wanted to do one with meaning. When I thought of meaning this one came to mind as well as a few others. I had already done “The Wizard of Oz” and thought doing it again would be a for sure guess as to what the movie was. This one however, I am hoping it will be a bit harder to guess. Though, once you figure it out you’ll know the meaning behind all the symbols.

To create the symbols I recreated images off the internet to turn them into more symbolic looking images. I also wanted them to look real at the same time. So, as I progressed from the left to the right facing the screen I made them look more real by a more careful choosing of the images. For some I used symbols already in the programming of Photoshop. The star is one already in the Photoshop programming for instance and required no real messing with except the color, sizing, and placement.

This assignment is worth only 2 stars, but worth stars nonetheless. Because it is worth stars I can now say my total star count for the design assignments is up to 11.5/15.

Time to let out your inner Big Brother! Create a propaganda poster for ds106. Use your photo editing software of choice and write a message to inspire your fellow ds106ers. For example, I took a WW2 poster about increasing ammunition production, and turned it into a poster promoting tweeting.

DS106 is all about creating so why not create an inspiring propaganda poster promoting creating. This assignment is one which adds points to my 15 star total goal and is worth 3 stars. This means my total is now to 9.5/15 stars. Not that these stars are really that important right now. The importance is in the poster and the need to inspire so here you go.


I am actually really pleased with how this project turned out. I was more hung up on what to change the propaganda message to than anything. I knew I wanted to do the creativity theme, but had too many ideas in my head like whether or not I should keep the “I WANT YOU” theme this Uncle Sam poster is famous for. Getting rid of the old message was easy. With the help of cloning and the blur too i t all turned out quite well. I can see the places where I could have done better, but I am not going to get hung up on this poster again. I am pleased with it as it is and do not want to risk ruining it by over working on it.

Create a tv/movie poster that captures the essence of the story through the use of minimalist design/iconography.

This second assignment is worth 3.5 stars bringing my total to 6.5/15 stars for the Design assignments.


Who doesn’t like a good Avengers action? I know I love it, I almost like what I was able to come up with for a simplified, minimal is best poster, except for one thing. As I look at it now I have just realized I had forgotten to place the Marvel sign on the poster proclaiming it to the brand which owns this fantastic group of heroes!

To simplify and minimize the Avengers I knew exactly what to do. Take the symbols of the heroes, the Avengers’ “A”, and finally some fancy explosion in the background just like in the comic books. Oh, and of course the actors who play this Superheroes.

How would you tell your life’s story if you could only use six words?

To answer this I’ve created an image including only 6 words, my 6-word memoir.

This Assignment from the ds106 assignment bank is part of my 15 star requirements. This is my first one to be completed and is worth 3 stars. This puts me at a total of 3/15 stars.

6 word story

My lasted submission for tdc from


If you could be any pastry in the world, which would you be?

Write a narrative of how and why you would be the best __________ the world has ever seen.

My response:

If I could be any pastry in the world, I would be the best banana cream puff the world has ever had. So flaky, gooey, full of bananas, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate and a sprinkle of nuts with a cherry on top; I’d be the banana split of pastries. Layers of flavor and personality so vast. A mix of textures to keep things interesting I’m the perfect match. A guilty pleasure I would love to be, my life would be complete! Sweet and unique I’d be a standout pastry in the pastry shop. Beautiful, delicious, and dangerous, I’d be the world’s best banana cream puff ever to whipped, baked, filled, and topped!

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ds106 tdc:
Take a picture of something you made, be it food, art, or something else.