Things happened to me and I’m glad I did what I did

The title of this post is something one might hope for when it’s all said and done. It does not boast success, nor does it complain about failures. As you ride off into the sunset – you’re finished with your final project, your finished with the CT program, and your finished with York College – now how do you feel? Of course it wasn’t perfect, the project, the program, and CUNY too of course, but are you glad you did what you did. Have you taken advantage of all that there was.

Last week’s creative challenge was as much about this idea as it was about getting you to make work if you hadn’t in awhile. Listen to Ira Glass’s advice again if you need a reminder of why you should keep up with your process as an artist, designer, maker, writer – whichever your goal. Hopefully it also reminded you about what you like to work on and the influences and content that drive you.

We talked about this during class as a framework for thinking about a final project idea for the next class and below are some notes from our discussion:

How to Choose

Something you are actually interested in. This project will be one you work on independently for an entire semester.

Something you actually enjoy doing (process-wise). Same as above, but this doesn’t necessarily mean something you are already good at doing. It can be something that you actually spend a lot of time figuring out how to do could help you decide. Maintaining the energy to focus on the details of your process matters quite a bit.

Something that you can actually complete (make yourself accountable to create by the end of a semester). This may be the hardest to judge while getting started so you don’t need to go overboard plotting out how long things will take. We’ll discuss feasibility and what you’ll need to have already completed as part of your proposal so that you’re good to go.

How to Research

What are the tools and technologies you will be using and why? Can you show specific influences to your process through research?

The same goes for creative influences. Can you show examples of other’s work that has a style, approach, aesthetic that you will be incorporating into your method. Can you explain why?

What kinds of discussion have you had with others about your project ideas? What kinds of feedback have you gotten and how has it influenced your project.

For the Blog

So for our next meeting, blog about an idea for your final project responding to the notes above. You must link to researched influences and embed examples, these are as important as the idea itself.