I never thought I would get to this point, honestly.
This semester has not been easy, and this class has been the thorn in my side… But not necessarily in a bad way.
Publications has been a lot of work. I had to learn my way around a Mac. I had to learn multiple new programs. I had to learn how to create a website almost from scratch. I had to blog my progress to the world, which in itself was not necessarily difficult as much as it was weird. I just kind of took a comfort in knowing that the reach of my blog was probably not many people. Overall, however, I will take away a lot from this class, and it goes past all the bits and pieces we learned about design. I learned that it all starts with an idea. If you foster that idea, that idea will grow. At first that idea is not going to grow into what you had in mind, but, like many aspects of life, if you keep trying and persevere, some level of success will be achieved.
I do not know about the future of my blog past this class. I definitely want to play with my website more and see what else I can do with it. I still have a lot to learn, but the format of the class made learning really easy, to be honest. When you have a professor constantly there to answer all of your simple questions, it is comforting (especially to know that he started where I was at one point too). Knowing all of these things gives me hope in general! More classes should have this structure – independent work with a helpful guide close behind. Sometimes you have to learn with trial and error, and that is a lot of what I did.
If the circumstances of my semester were different, I think I would have gotten a lot more out of the class. However, I did learn an immense amount, and I do plan on continuing this type of work well after the final grades come out.
Originally posted at CK1