Hayley Shannon
iGeneration: The Learning Library

The idea for this project was to document the process of self-learning for my generation and why it’s so important. I became interested in this idea because of covid and quarantine. This extended amount of free time gave many people a chance to explore new interests and skills.

Quarantine required people to stay inside leaving them with the only option to teach themselves new skills. This is an interesting concept to me since we have always had that option, but we utilized it and valued it more during quarantine. During my isolation, I learned to collage, make jewelry, and try new baking recipes. I relied heavily on youtube tutorials and even TikTok for tips and ideas. This motivated me and made it easier to keep at my hobbies. Another thing that gave me this idea was because many people document their creative processes on TikTok and it’s fun to watch as it goes on, even if it ends up being a flop. I focused heavily on my generation because this applies to us and I wanted to show how we can use these domains to our advantage. I wanted to go into a couple different learning domains that my generation utilizes and explain the pros and cons of the domains, as well as how they started and what they became and are today.

Hayley Shannon
I am a Senior Graphic Design Major at DePaul. I have always been the type that likes to broaden my skill set because there’s always a new medium I want to learn. As any person in my generation would do, I turn to the internet for help when learning new skills because it’s second nature. I have found that having this option takes away some of the pressure and makes it easier to self-learn. There are so many domains and types of ways to learn as well and we have it at our fingertips. I find it so fascinating that so many creatives I know are self-taught artists, meaning they used youtube and other resources online to learn a skill. This project was a way for me to dive into this concept and explore a few domains that I value and what they have become.

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