In class we started drafting the paragraph or two that will answer the Project #2 question about avatars. Here’s what the assignment asks you to do:
Choose or create an avatar to represent you on the OpenLab. You might need to reconsider your avatar choice if you’ve already selected and uploaded one. Write one or two paragraphs in which you describe the image well enough that your readers need not look at it to know what it looks like, call attention to specific details in the image, and explain how the image represents you, specifically the you you’re representing in the interview.
More simply, draft an answer to the question What is your avatar and how does it represent you?
Aim to write 200 words for the answer!
Write one or two paragraphs in which you describe your avatar well enough that your readers need not look at it to know what it looks like, call attention to specific details in the image, and explain how the image represents you, specifically the you you’re representing in the interview.
About your partner’s draft:
what do you understand?
What do you want to know more about?
What would you add? remove?
What would you mod/steal/use for yourself?
In your group, review the reading about choosing an avatar. What advice can we take from it to develop a list of criteria for choosing an avatar?
Read it on your own, and then come together to mark up the printed copy to highlight the advice you want to share with the class.
Avatar shouldn’t be anything controversial or offensive (The Workplace)
(think about who else is a member, who the audience is, to determine what might be offensive or controversial)
It should relate to you–it should be identifiable as you–and could be your picture, your initials, or something that is totally not you but something people associate with you.
it’s how you want to be perceived, how others see you–is it in the context of knowing you, or absent of that context?
For homework, read the three articles/websites about avatars: “Professional protocol when choosing a Skype avatar“; Chad Renando, “An avatar analysis: Choosing your profile picture“; Michelle Venetucci Harvey. “Design avatars that make sense — and be more inclusive in the process.”
Choose an avatar that you want to use on the OpenLab, and add it to your profile. If you need help, you can refer to this page about adding an avatar from the OpenLab Help section.
Reflecting on that avatar, add as a comment to this post your answers to the questions below:
how does your avatar represent you as a design student with the interests, motivations, aspirations, etc you have written about?
If it doesn’t represent that version of you, you might change it.
Why is it important for it to represent you? Use examples from the readings to support your answer.
(Also, be sure to give credit to the creator of your avatar image, whether it was you or someone else! And be sure you have permission to do so!)