Sunday, 31 May 2009

OUGD203 Evaluation

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

I think I have really improved my time management skills during this module. I’ve never had to juggle 3 projects simultaneously and it really forced me to consider how I was going to get the most out of my time. I think I have also improved my organisational skills during this project, I have realised how useful it is to be organised in the way you work and how much time you can save. I think I have used and honed a lot of the typography skills I gained during the type elective especially in my Crisis direct mail and the brochure I did for the type factory.

2. What approaches to generating work and solutions to problems have you developed and how have they helped?

During this module I have tried to be very structure in the way I work, generating a range of initial ideas to start with then developing one until I am happy with it and then producing the final piece. That sounds obvious but by making sure I stick to it rigidly it stops me getting bogged down with unnecessary work.

I also found it very useful doing first hand research on the ground for my crisis brief by actually going out and talking to a photographing homeless people. I felt I found a lot more about them by doing that than simply by reading on the internet and it made me more determined to get the project right.

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

I think I am good with type and layout, and enjoy doing it. I like to keep my work fresh and engaging. I also think it is always important to have fun and enjoy the work you are doing and I hope that comes across in my work.

4. What weaknesses can you identify in your work and how could you exploit these more fully?

I can be disorganised so I have to make and extra effort to stay on top of things. Sometimes I feel that I am not that confident at working with colour creatively and fall back into my comfort zone. This is something I would like to work on in the future.

5. Identify things that you will do different next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?

With this module I realised that the presentation boards require a lot of work and I shouldn’t just look at them as something to do quickly when I have finished all the other work but I should actually plan time to make sure I can get them right and printed well.

I think I could have bitten off a bit more than I could chew with the type factory. Giving myself so much to design, I feel I didn’t get everything finished the way I wanted. Next time I will set myself more manageable goals, I can always take them further if there is time.

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

5= excellent, 4 = very good, 3 = good, 2 = average, 1 = poor

Attendance 4
Punctuality 4
Motivation 5
Commitment 5
Quantity of work produced 4
Quality of work produced 4Contribution to the group 4

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Screen Printing

This is the final screen print for the ISTD 3 Minutes brief. It was my first time doing screen printing and I learnt a lot of stuff. I am really happy with how they came out.

A1 poster on black stock with white and brown ink

I made a fastening to go round the poster.

Above are 2 other colour variations I tried out. Pink and brown ink on white and black stock. I'm not really happy with how the pink came out. If i where to do it again I would spend a lot more time and care mixing the colours.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Signs of the Times

I came across this interesting piece of work by DJ Stout while browsing the pentagram site. Good research for my crisis brief.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Biodegradable Plastic

I recently bought some new shoes and they where packed in this biodegradable plastic. We have to start thinking about our dissertations at the moment and we are supposed to do our dissertations on something relating to our design practice. I plan on doing my dissertation around sustainable design. This could be an interesting material to work with in the future.