My Zine Creation interpreting the following:
“How technology and creativity are powerful learning tools for communication, inspiration, digital storytelling and design.”
CREATING WITH PURPOSE:
It was an honor to be given the opportunity to join the ZINE COLLAB PROJECT. I haven’t thought much about technology and design to this extent before and I appreciate the encouragement to do so. It was exciting to imagine my creation alongside others in both web and physical copies of the ZINE Magazine. This pushed me into high creative expectations.
Technology has become a large part of our human evolution and creativity. Often times it is overwhelming with how much technology has fused into our lives, but I wouldn’t have it be any other way because of how much it has allowed us to progress. My ZINE interprets this dual representation and how our evolution is intertwined with our technological capabilities.
It took time to finalize the overall layout of my final ZINE creation titled ‘Humanity in the Hands of Technology’, however, I am proud of the result and hope others can enjoy it as well.
I first began with understanding my interpretation of the project prompt and accessing what I wanted viewers to focus on. I preferred to do this by jotting down what I associated with the themes. The link is a page displaying the process ZINE PROJECT – Google Docs. Then I searched for images using Pixabay that would represent these understandings.
The most difficult part was learning how to use Photoshop in a way that would allow me to produce work that blended well together. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want my amateur Photoshop skills to distract from the creative lens. So, I watched a few youtube videos which kept me creatively open to what Photoshop could do. I also received help from a friend and a classmate which allowed me to feel more confident in the basics (Lasso, Crop tool, Free transform, Uploading images, Layers) and how to maintain organized.
Major Beginner Photoshop Tip:
Stay organized when using the app by doing one task at a time.
If you click away into a handful of tools without understanding what they are doing, the commands get tangled and make it difficult to undo. Plus organized work makes it all easier to learn while you explore!
SYMBOLS AND OVERALL MESSAGES TO TAKE WAY:
Background: Used to represent time.
Nature: Representing the advancement of our environment and connection to nature.
Human Figure: A symbol of ancestors and tribes that were indigenous to the land. Face to face, as a representation of communication between family, generations, and species alike. The colors and shape of the human figure also represent currency, as it is a need and holds an impact on our technological advancement.
Cyborgs and Earth Encoded: The male and female cyborgs symbolize what we as humans have become alike to be able to exist alongside the speed of our creations. Centered white cyborg, a symbol of technological advancements that exceed our expectations and lift us higher towards enhanced communication and inspiration around the globe.
Hieroglyphics and Coding: Another symbol of the transformation of our species in communication and storytelling. Thanks to technology our speed of doing so has increased, allowing us to educate people throughout generations as well of people of the now.
My main focus was to influence those who are viewing the ZINE to think about technology and our creative human abilities as a whole.
IT WAS A FUN EXPERIENCE!
I am grateful that the class was introduced to the assignment because we were pushed to explore our creativity with intentions to represent not only ourselves but the world! I enjoyed viewing the work of others because it opened my perspective on the prompt and was inspiring. Not only were we each given the opportunity to inspire others, but we were also able to experience it new by supporting the digital storytelling of others. Thank you, Professor Ryan!
Zine created and an article written by: Tierra Jai.