A new iteration of the DS106 Digital Storytelling course started up this week. Although I’ll have limited time to participate this time, I am intrigued by the backstory that exists whenever the course re-appears. This time, the “context” for the course is the setting of the workplace — motivated in part by the fact that Alan Levine (@cogdog) is presenting DS106 to a couple sections of students at George Mason University — and a number of the community regulars have already taken up residence in a (fictional) office space — nicknamed “The DS106 Workplace.”
Riffing on Alan’s chosen course image, I’ve borrowed the man-running-with-suitcase dude to create a possible logo for The DS106 Workspace.
It was a bit of work in Photoshop edit the existing image to give the man feet, but I think they turned out okay. I did look into other man-running-with-briefcase clip art images, but decided to stick with the original.
For the “DS106” stencil font, I initially tried to work with the light grey image located in the header of the ds106.us website, but filling in the grey to black and then enlarging the image didn’t give the crispness that I wanted to have. (Note, however, that I did learn how to define a new photoshop brush based on a selection, so that attempt wasn’t a loss of time.) I then turned to a couple of font identification websites (What the Font? on myfonts.com didn’t have it, and when I tried whatfontis.com but it kept timing out on me!) In then end, I searched Google images for “stencil fonts” and visually located the font within a sub-section of “distressed stencil fonts.”
I tried using both Capture It as well as the Stencil Std font for the accompanying “the Workplace” and “Digital Storytelling Goes to Work” texts, but found that the stencil fonts didn’t display clearly at smaller font sizes — and so I went with the nicely bold Impact font for both of those.
And so, as this session of DS106 begins, best wishes to all participants — I’ll try to pop in from time to time and comment, and hopefully might create another piece of art or two over the coming six weeks. In the mean time, Make some Art, dagnabbit!