Google Tried: A PowerPoint Presentation

For my second remix this week, I chose to remix my google draw assignment from the beginning of the semester. The remix I created is at the following link. The task here was:

When I saw this pop up while reloading the remix for this assignment, I instantly became excited because I love designing PowerPoint presentation. This was my chance to create a terrible one! Personally, it always bothers me when people break the PowerPoint presentation rules – e.g. using too much text, too many pictures, bad fonts or designs, etc. So, I created my worst nightmare here. Overall, I decided to take a more comical approach to the remix description and went with create a PowerPoint presentation that describes and advertises my version of the assignment and encourages others to read it. Basically it is my entire assignment description from my blog post of the assignment, except in Terrible PowerPoint Format.

I tried to violate all possible PowerPoint rules when designing this presentation. I used Comic Sans for every font in the presentation and I used random different colors and sizes for the text, so nothing was consistent. On one slide I wrote too much to fit on the slide, and often I used more white space than necessary on others. Often, I allowed text and images not to be formatted or sized properly so you couldn’t read/see either the text of the image clearly because they overlap awkwardly. On the second slide I inserted far too many pictures in a terrible layout, and I added a poor/humorous graphic, ‘I dont even think you tried at all’, to make fun of google for not guessing that particular drawing. The graphic is from google images and can be found here.

Overall, this was an extremely fun assignment! I’d highly recommend this remix (and the original assignment, if you can’t tell from the PowerPoint’s encouragement). I think there is a true art form to creating something purposefully bad, in that it becomes something good/humorous in the end. PowerPoint is the perfect tool for creating funny little presentations like this, which I think is a unique form of digital storytelling in itself.

My Favorite Sounds… And Where’s the Waldo Transition?

For my first remix this week I chose to remix this assignment I did previously from audio week, where I compiled a track of my favorite songs. I received this instruction from the remix generator after a few tries of finding an appropriate remix:

To do this assignment I pulled out my trusty Audacity program and loaded in the audio I’d created for my previous version of this post. I recorded myself whispering ‘waldo’ once to add the Waldo element to the assignment. Then, I decided to put Waldo in more than one place in the audio, and it turned into using ‘waldo’ as a kind of transition between my various favorite sounds, as you can hear in the resulting audio.

As a kid, looking at Where’s Waldo books was one of my favorite pastimes, since my Grandma always had so many of those books and I’d always read them while going on various trips and vacations with my grandparents in their motor home. So, Waldo, to me is full of great and adventurous memories. This video however, transforming waldo into an audio medium ended up becoming a bit creepy. Since I’d whispered waldo for maximum effect, using it as a transition between my favorite sounds gave the overall experience a slightly creepy and ominous effect. So, consider the original product transformed, then?