Visual Assignment: Find Yourself

Visual Assignment from the DS106 Assignment Bank:
Find Yourself…or…My Own Boat!

*I am currently working my way through my fourth semester of the Information and Learning Technologies master’s program at University of Colorado, Denver.  This is the seventh post within a series of Creative Assignments that I’ve been tasked with completing for a course titled Digital Storytelling.

The design assignment that I chose from the DS106 Assignment Bank is called Find Yourself. It states, “Find your name in the environment around you. Look for your first name, parts of your first name, or even the individual letters that make up your name in the environment around you. Take photos and crop them together. Share. Enjoy!”

I knew immediately that I wanted to do this assignment as soon as I found it.  Having a weird name throughout my life has not been easy.  I’ve had to constantly (every.single.time) correct people’s pronunciation and spelling and I could never find a damn key chain!  (I know you know what I’m talking about…  At the end of every single school field trip, kids would come home with key chains or mugs or pens with their names on them.  Not me.  Never.)

Well, I was lucky enough to spend a summer in Spain when I was 17 and even luckier to come across this gem of a boat.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is my name.  On a boat.  Twice actually.  (Yes, I realized it doesn’t have my capital “A”, but I’ve never liked the stupid capital letter in the middle of my name anyways.)  I was so excited to see my name somewhere for the first (and only) time in my life and even happier that I was a tourist with a camera!