I'm quickly figuring out how important it is to think about time management. Especially in group work, setting designated times to get together and share our expertise, develop ideas, and work through those ideas towards an end, is key. The challenge is trying to facilitate an agenda with practical tools that support the unexpected and spontaneous challenges that can arise in the work. Studying with people from such a range of backgrounds really helps establish a general shape of what kind of expectations to have when approaching time sensitive digital media projects.
It's been a struggle, but as I'm gradually understanding the culture of collaborative design I'm learning that it requires you to be comfortable with failure and approximation during the early stages of resolving problems. This sounds a lot more serious than it is though, as it basically means just get way outside of the box early, and have fun messing around with ideas. Creating bad ideas as an exercise of deconstructing good ideas can really help. We've been doing a lot of stuff like that, and it's been fun. As ideas crystallize in a consensus (if you're lucky) the real work of organizing a path forward begins.
In our Projects 1 class, I've been fortunate enough to have found a group of students where we have established a good basis of communication. While there is a lot of debate about what to do when, it feels like we're all on the same page about how to progress towards the peak of our idea. We've learned a lot of practical strategies for deconstructing your ideas to get the most out of them.
This week I spent a lot of time refining the Planet Generator for your project. We eliminated a lot of the straggling ideas and focused on making the generator fun to use. We hope to be able to share a working prototype of the experience in Unity pretty soon.
I spent a lot of this week feeling pretty anxious about a number of things outside of school. Whether it was a fire in my apartment building, having sleeping troubles, missing far away loved ones or family, or feeling as though I need to get in some reps at the gym, managing my time at school effectively will give me enough wiggle room to be able to spend the right amount of time improving my life outside of school.