Wednesday, 8 February 2012


What skills have you developed through this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?

I have learnt a lot about research and categorisation skills in this module. I feel that developing these skills has helped me move foward with my work and my final products has benefited effectively. I have also taken an interest in info graphics, as well as work with a subject that is completely alien to me. 

What approaches to/methods of design production have you developed and how have they informed your design development process?

The approaches and development strategies I have taken to help the production of my designs vary from intense researching to mood boards and design sheets. They have informed my design process by helping me look into what subject matters I want to look into and how I could visually communicate them. I think drawing out visuals and looking at what is already out there has helped me too because I wanted my standard of work to be high.

What strengths can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on these?

I think I have collected a broad range of research and I have really tried to capitalise this in my work because I spent a lot of time doing so over christmas and the early weeks when we got back. I got so much interesting information and I wanted to do it justice by using it in my work. My strengths in my final products were highlighted in my final crit on Monday. My feedback stated that my colour scheme and layout work was up to a high standard and my subject matter was interesting. I agree with this because I felt that my subject could be looked at as slightly dull and I needed a strong colour pallet and layout to communicate and educate people.

What weaknesses can you identify in your work and how will you address these in the future?

My weakness for this module came earlier on, especially in the catergorising and early research days. I could not get my head around some of it and I feel like I have not strayed away from the original work of my how to brief that I did with my group. We did a traveling business guide. I feel that business card customs may be slightly too close to that because others have expanded a lot further than I have. In the future I think I am going to be more confident with open briefs and not play it too safe.  Looking back I dont think I understood or made sense of making lists of theme and subjects. In the future I know now how to catergorise to get interesting results. 

Identify five things that you will do differently next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?

1. Dont be afraid to go off in a completely different direction when catergorising because I may get more interesting results.

2. Blog more so I have a broader archive of work and annotations to look back on and develop from.

3. Time manage my time more so I have time to experiment with things I have never done before like attend work shops for book binding. 

4. Experiment with different paper stocks if I am folding work up again. I will be then more prepared for mistakes so I have time to improve and develop them.

5. Start to over come the fear of nets and maybe so something in 3D form to help expand my confidence, knowledge and portfolio.

6.How would you grade yourself on the following areas: 


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