Posts Tagged ‘DesignAssignments’

Link to assignment: One Story Four Icons 


This idea was first suggested by Tom Woodward and has been a long standing popular ds106 assignment, but mis-filed in the Visual Assignments category (see the 80+ examples done there). This is really a design task, so hang ’em here from now on. 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.

Process: I took pictures (or icons) from microsoft word and/or my collection of random images on my computer. I put them together on microsoft word, and took a screenshot of the image. Then i posted it directly onto the blog.


Unfortunately, i am unable to provide you guys with the title of the movie. Take a look at the four icons i put together…maybe you can guess what movie it is! Its definitely a childhood classic (for us 90s kids).

Good luck!

Images taken from microsoft word and my “online photo collection” (unable to track down original creator).



DS106 Assignment:

Create your own Pokemon card.


For this particular assignment, i used a flash based pokemon card generator ( It’s a very simple “program”. Simply choose a picture from your computer and enter the name/attack/level/etc. After clicking the “process” button, i saved the image to my computer then uploaded it directly to this wordpress post.


I decided to go with Norbert Wiener (aka child prodigy / genius) for the Pokemon Card assignment. He was in his own league, to say the least. He was a mathematician, engineer, and philosopher. He graduated high school at the age of eleven, and was awarded a Ph.D at Harvard at the age of seventeen. Now, what was i doing when i was seventeen?…..Well, there goes my self-esteem. Oh yeah, did i mention he was also the originator of cybernetics? Wiener himself defined cybernetics as “the study of control and communication in the animal and the machine”. I found it to be more than necessary to award a man of such calibre with his very own Pokemon card. His “attacks” consist of what he was best known for; cybernetics and mathematics. While i was looking through google for an appropriate picture, i was very pleased to have come across a picture of him looking like he’s ready to attack. He was a truly a gifted individual who contributed a great amount to the field of technology.

What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which their experiments lead.” 

-N. Wiener