Day 2 was much more enjoyable and travelled considerably faster than the previous day.
This was all about coming up with a project idea to pitch at the end of these 6 weeks, to the Design Council. We used many methods of deciding who the main stakeholders were, also by inventing persona’s for potential target audiences. The team identified easily through discussion of who we wanted to target, as well as what we want to explore within this question we have been given.
Over the next two weeks, are mostly researching and talking to our audience about our ideas and finding out what they need or would like. It’s problem solving at the end of the day, but testing them before writing the brief to pitch.
It’s a shame we’re not designing a solution, but it’s counteracted by designing the problem and having possible solutions to offer, if we were to continue (even though we’re not).
Other news of uni life:
I’ve been working on my identity for Promotion and Employability as well as my own project for my Major Project unit. ISTD is also proving challenging, now as I want to enter the competition in order to challenge my self.
It’s busy but I know I can do it and achieve great things!
For the past three months, I have been working tirelessly on a 4000 word report, that explores the evocative natures of Vinyl Records and how they create an experience for the listener. This was intensive and a lot of research was needed to compile into a report and a visual response. The aim originally was to look at album covers, and how they have created an experience but with much discussion and self directed study, it became to looking at the records and the covers as a whole, in how and why they are evocative and culturally popular. This was enlightening and really interesting to read up on, seeing as how vinyl records are now becoming popular again. They’re a old format, but new to the generations today.
I am extremely pleased with my outcome, a 12″ x 12″ book titled ‘Going Round in Circles’, which includes self produced photography, letterpress, interview and quotes from my research. I have also included a mini 7″ x 7″ book, featuring my interview with one of my course mates, and friend, Dan Bass. Another feature to this book as a double sided A2 poster, with letterpress type expressing a word visually, with the images.
I want to share this outcome to show how proud I am, of what I have managed to achieve in three months!!!
I designed my own record label, to add character to the packaging
The cover of my book
The title, is a play on words as well as a figure of speech
A small letter press feature
An example spread, with a quote and image
Some more letterpress and a full double page spread
Part of one side of my poster design
The full side
The other side
Little pouch for my ‘Interview with Dan Bass’ book
The cover for this design
An example spread
Full double page spread, as a page break
Letterpress and an image feature
The back cover
So, this week has been an interesting one.
I had my induction on Tuesday, introducing me to my final year units and dissertation. (Research paper and visual outcome)
I have decided to go on the shorter option for the dissertation, so from Monday I have 12 weeks to write 2500 – 4000 words and produce a visual outcome. Planning my time has never seemed so important and mind blowing. My other units this year look interesting too, Major Project in Graphic Design is in two parts over the year, the first being research and development and the second being the outcome. The others aim to get me work ready for the industry.
In all honesty, I am anxious not to mention a little scared of the future. It’s my last year so I got to make it count as much as I can. Beating those 2:1s from last year will be a tricky one. I know I can do it but it’s the problem of executing it.
The other bit is I spent two days at Freshers Fair, recruiting new students into the Circus Society. This was a good opportunity to meet people and sell our society. I also got a few freebies such as a sombrero, and some student vouchers for restaurants.
I hope these nerves and terrors go away when I get stuck into things.
We shall see