So I am really new to #clmooc and the whole idea of unmaking things. This is my #untro – “unintroduction”, our first make cycle for the course. For those unfamiliar with the concept (like I was) this is a way to introduce yourself in a non-traditional, non-conventional way. I was very confused about this at first because, although I understood it theoretically, when I saw people’s #untros they did not make any sense to me. But then I thought the reason it didn’t make sense to me is because they are not the traditional way of getting to know someone and so it makes sense to that person in their own way, and I found that really beautiful. Thankfully a couple of people from the #clmooc community on Twitter explained and clarified the whole concept to me, gave me feedback on the idea I had and even showed me their own #untros to help me understand it better. I can honestly say I would have never gotten this if it weren’t for them. So I’d like to thank @MWeller77 , @EatcherVeggies and @Bali_Maha J
The Graphic Designer in me tells me I am not supposed to accompany my design with an explanation because it’s supposed to stand out clearly on its own. So at the end of the post I will only explain my thought process (i.e. reflect) and not the photo collage itself.
My #untro make
It’s obvious from the collage and the text on it that these are photo examples of the things I like to spend my time doing. That’s not say that these are the only things I do, it’s more of what I enjoy doing and most of the time I try to keep it that way. I try to only do the things I enjoy doing, and when I was thinking about where the majority of my time is spent, I found that I am somewhat successful in doing just that. These things include, but are not limited to, reading, learning, spending time with my family and friends, graphic design, educational technology, pedagogy and content development (which is my job and thankfully I am one of the lucky people who love their jobs), coffee, inspiring and being inspired, rock climbing (and doing other adventurous, adrenaline-inducing activities), relaxing by the beach and in the company of mountains, running and eating healthy (when I am actually successful at not throwing myself – face first – into a jar of Peanut Butter). In a way I feel like all these things are represented in the photos (maybe not perfectly because I tried to get only photos that I personally took or had taken of me and didn’t use stock photos – except for the running shoe photo and that’s only because when I go running I don’t usually take off my shoes in the middle of the track and start snapping instagram photos hehe -). Even the things not represented in the photos could sort of be figured out from the combination and representation of the collage as a whole, I mean there are no photos of me, for example, designing but my choice of a clear, neat photo collage with colors that match along with the placement and choice of typography kind of indicates that I sort of have an artistic and layout design sense (I hope!).
I purposefully chose to put the photo before my reflection so the photo collage visual would be the first impression you have of me and then the reflection would be our first conversation. Pleased to meet you 🙂