I knew hardly anything about HTML, JS, and CSS before entering New Media. I had coded quite a bit, but never touched anything in regards to web development. My first project in NMD was to create a website with some basic content on it such as a photograph of ourselves and a personal statement. While the picture and short paragraph were there, they weren’t the main value of this project. Through this I was able to finally get my feet wet with web development for the first time. The course provided a lot of the resources I wouldn’t have on my own that are required for web development such as a web host, server, and domain name. Through that provision of resources and a place to learn I was able to begin recording some of my work through this website, such as more photos, methods of picture compression on the web, and how to best present your work on the web despite many of the difficulties such as internet speeds, browsers, and such.
The largest portion of NMD 100 was taken up with a style of presentation called ‘Pechakuchas’. They are slide-style presentations where each slide lasts 20 seconds, and there are 20 slides. It is meant to provide short batches of information, and quickly. It is best for both the presenter and audience because the presenter is allowed to compile their ideas in a condensed, coherent order, and the audience get the short and quick version. Its best for the presenter to gather their ideas, and the audience doesn’t waste their time.
Particularly, our largest Pechakucha in NMD 100 was in regards to predicting the future. We were each given a technology to research its origin, what its current state is, and what it may evolve into in the near future. NMD revolves around the future, and shaping your own path in it. How will current technologies shape our lives in the coming years, and how can I take that into a malleable situation.