Class was very helpful this week, in regards to the brief. I had been a bit lost as what was required (I had suggested the stalker/research to my group, but then themes were mentioned and everyone in the group were talking about the themes we would use—and I wasn’t sure how it would relate back to us as individuals. After talking as a class, I feel now these can both be applied. We spoke about content creation, and how anyone can make anything online.
Taking a slight break and talking about the things we were to read—I found the copyright infographic very informative. I knew the idea about patents being used to protect ‘processes’ but I didn’t realize that pennames couldn’t be copyrighted. I will definitely be keeping this infographic in my bookmarks for further use.
Reading about license and copyright—especially in the comment section would definitely come into play with graphic design. Many designers ‘license’ their work, be it patterns/textures and let others use it for commercial, or home use. If you, for instance, create one of those Facebook profile templates, and other people use it to raise awareness of an issue, then most designers will not have a problem. However, if you saw your work being used by a large company and promoting them—how would you feel? We are advancing into an era where we are our own content creators. This is obvious by YouTube, and how a generation is watching it, rather then TV. (http://uk.businessinsider.com/youtube-more-popular-than-cable-tv-for-teens-2016-10?r=US&IR=T)
As with the advent of reality TV, we want to explore that world for ourselves. I’m sure many of us played pretend with a box, creating our own TV station when we were kids? Also, YouTube can be accessed at any time, you have the ability to watch what you like– whenever. Videos like ‘unboxing’ ones have become so popular, when it’s really just someone opening a box. (I think, personally—it plays on the the idea of being alone. With that video playing, with someone just like us talking—we aren’t alone.) Again, this touches on what we spoke about in class. Money is no longer an issue and there are no more ‘gateholders’ (in essence–people stopping every person releasing a book or whatnot. You can release/print your own, buy your own ISBN numbers, etc)
Anyway, I found it useful to read, as some artists go through ‘art theft’ online, where other people or companies steal their work. (http://shoparttheft.com/ https://blog.kissmetrics.com/find-remove-stolen-content/ ) perhaps this is a concept we can discuss in our group?
In our group, as I mentioned above, the idea of themes and what to do weighed heavily on us. We weren’t entirely sure what to do. I had suggested looking each other up, and suggested we write how we felt about what was found, but we weren’t sure what to do next. Rave suggested finding a theme, we talked about case studies—but after that class we will be working on a narrative. (also, I was having ideas about the presentation and how to do it, for example, making a presentation in the style of the game Cluedo/Clue. This was certainty jumping the gun, in terms of design, but the idea just didn’t want to leave my head!) Our next role is to create a narrative for our presentation—and by doing so, we hope to brainstorm ideas for the presentation itself.
In terms of the blog—I hope to start addressing how what we’ve spoken about what I’ve learned will help me in the future. Already the topics we’ve discussed and analyzed has made me think about the online world—who is on it, how it’s being used. The group is giving me an idea of working in a collaborative team online, but we are fortunate with the time zones being the same! I have noticed already how different online communication is in regards to your peers. To explain: I’ve worked with clients online, with purely only online communication, doing an illustration job and never actually meeting them or Skyping them. However, as they were the client, and it was only me working on the job, the dynamic was very different. Working with my peers/co-contributors is another issue—being unable to hear tone, or see how they react physically to your words is difficult, but not impossible. I am hopeful the common ground we have will help stop any conflicts—but I am very interested in how that is all playing by.