Welcome to Intro to Story.

Introduction to Story seems to be quite thought provoking- mentally challenging. This is great though; it reminds me of my old media studies class back in high school…not to mention some of the essays we had to write in my design class too! The overall purpose of I.T.S seems to be about engaging us students into the more analytical aspects of what make up a good design. What I mean by this is that everything in the world is comprised of stories; everything has something intriguing to say about itself. Hence it is so crucial to understand how to make your story stand out in such a narrative world. Another point would be learning about how these ‘things’ and ‘stories’ correlate into different societal, cultural, business, branding and design…if this sounds a bit confusing, its because I haven’t written anything rather intellectual or essay based in about a year…so I am looking forward to being challenged and placed back into this kind of mindset!

“Stories–individual stories, family stories, national stories–are what stitch together the disparate elements of human existence into a coherent whole.We are story animals.”

Yann Martel.

Robinson shares a very valid point of view. Education has always been considered one of the most important and desired human traits to acquire; it equips one with the power of knowledge, change, direction. Robinson declared we should be treating creativity  as an important aspect in education as say,  literacy. He further explains that creativity is often squandered; “We get educated out of creativity…” he says. This is somewhat due to the structures of past/present education systems in western societies. The arts are often sitting within a lower tier than that of mathematics, sciences and humanities.

For a long time, we have spieled the age old story that the smarts lie within the brains. But can we not argue that creative arts require a lot of brain power and knowledge in order to succeed? After all, talent is only produced from consistent hard work.

Robinson also points out that creatives learn in different ways; visually and physically so. I think that what Unitec is doing by introducing collaboration and communication from the get go into their BCE course allows for such visual and interactive teaching environments to arise and thrive.

In Tim Harford’s video, ‘How frustration can make us more creative’, I realised that being placed out of the comfort zone is indeed a much more stimulating way to induce brand new ideas. This is because we suddenly feel a lot more challenged, and our human desire to overcome an obstacle kicks in. In this class, we are asked to never take the world for granted again. As designers and as humans who wish to embark change, we need to be challenged, and begin to interpret all of the stories around us.

 ‘If you’re prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

Sir Ken Robinson

Gosh! We also analysed some of The Gladiator film, as an exercise to demonstrate that the minuscule details (such as his ring) do indeed add a hefty weight of insight into a series of events within a singular story. I would go on, but I feel that the tides of sleep are beckoning…

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