The Daily Create
provides provided a space for regular practice of spontaneous creativity through challenges published every day.
Each assignment should take no more than 15-20 minutes. There are no registrations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily. Developed as part of the ds106 open course on digital storytelling, TDC is open to anyone who wants a regular dose of creative exercises (and it more fun than jumping jacks, pushups, and P90X).
One random example of Daily Create Exercise created for TDC613
How I do my daily creates
Here’s how to get started:
- Follow @ds106dc on Twitter or use the signup form to the right to get notifications via email. New assignments are posted each day at 5AM EST (we repeat the tweet 2 more times later in the day). The assignments will vary in mode– photography, drawing, audio, video and writing.
- Once you’ve completed your assignment, follow the directions to upload it to the appropriate service and tag it correctly (this is how we can aggregate your work here).
- That’s it! You may wish to tweet out a link to it to let your followers know what you’re up to but this is not a requirement.
- People are encouraged by feedback, so send some comment love to other people Daily Creating with you.
We encourage you to challenge yourself to create something new each day instead of using older photos or videos. But there are not rules- if you re-use media, think how you can make it new by re-editing them.
The assignments are designed to be quick to do and should not need any or much post-editing. Consider trying several different approaches to each assignments. Often your first instinct might not always be your best work. Experimentation is key, and as always, the one hard and fast rule is MAKE ART DAMMIT!
Daily Create Heros
Tumblr gif for “How to Improve Star Wars”
After the demise of The Daily Shoot, in January 2012, Tim Owens built the DS106 Daily Create site making it all work and look so pretty. Alan Levine added functionality for the Writing types, created a back-end admin tool to make creating TDCs less tedious, and populated the challenges from 2012-2104.
Mariana Funes has been managing the Daily Creates since mid 2014. And not only that, when a change in YouTube’s API broke our video embeds, she forked out the pesos to purchase an update to the TubePress plugin.
DS106 began as a digital storytelling course offered for credit for students at the University of Mary Washington.
And ds106 is also open to anyone interested in making digital art along with us and is truly an online community of learners beyond UMW. We have an open collection of creativity assignments, a best of collection of participant works, even an internet radio station.
There is no cost and no obligation once you sign up. Learn more about ds106. it’s fascinating history, and how you can easily get started being part of the community.