ADZ5888 Reflective Writing – Field Review

 

I found this part of our course really enjoyable this year as apposed to last year as I feel that I’ve gained more new experiences, techniques and skills. Both of the field projects that I was able to use my skills that I have learnt whilst studying and have learnt skills that I would not have been able to if this was not part of the course.

 

Disobedient Objects

For my first field project I worked collaboratively with a Product Design student. The content of the project brief I found really interesting, I was able to explore and experiment with skills that are beyond my own discipline within Graphic design, such as the 3D printer, and laser cutting. We were asked to make a Disobedient Object which has a conceptual or material response to a political, social, or domestic situation. After ideation with my colleague we came up with an idea to make a robotic remote control finder, mainly because I have spent too much time wasted trying to find the remote control after the kids have had it.

To be honest it was a little ambitious of us as it involved, arduino programming, electronics, motors, laser cutting, all of which I had never done before and in a short period of time. with support and expertise from our lectures we managed to make a robot dog that moved, even though it had many teething problems but as a conceptual idea I feel that we produced a good piece of work for this project. The outcome its self was somewhat disobedient, I found it challenging trying to programme the legs of the robot to work harmoniously together, and was somewhat comical to watch it trying to walk across the studio floor.

Overall I really engaged in this project and have come away with skills that I would like to use in my own graphic design work. The coding and arduino programming is something that I feel would enhance some of my future work, with the possibility to creating interactive pieces.

Information is Power

This was a pie chart free zone!

We were encourages to think about data in a boarder sense and consider different visual systems and how they could be displayed. Working on a short project collaboratively and then individual with personally driven data used for our final outcome.

I could have pushed myself further in this project, and my time management was not the best. Even so I enjoyed the brief and acquired some new skills along the way. From my the pervious field project I took a interest in arduino programming and felt that I could incorporate this into my data project to make something which was interactive for the audience. I had undertaken some research into conductive paint and touch boards, which when you touch it would produce sound or light which  is something that I wanted to explore and this project gave me the capability to do so. After some research into viable data to choose I chose to collate data from the creative industries, which has been the biggest growing industry in the UK since 2010. Which made me think that as a nation we are becoming more creative as a whole and wanted to create something that celebrated this.

During the construction process I came across a few hurdles, the interactive paint and connections to the arduino and the touch board were temperamental and when it came to demonstrating the finished project it was not as receptive as it had been the day before. Learning from this in the future I will be taking a video of the finished result for presentation purposes. However there is so much potential with the use of conductive paint and can see myself using it in future projects with the possibility of using it for making screen prints.

 

 

 

 

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Digital Me

Graphic Design is the last thing the world needs!

 

The final project for my second year is all about us as junior designers. How we perceive ourselves and our ethics. To get us think about what kind of designer we want to be. We undertook mini projects and workshops to help us to discover what we really care about and why? What is good design to ourselves.

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From the workshop with Neil, we were able to see an insight to each others ethics as well as our own. The whole basis of this project was to help us create and develop our own creative brief, CV, website and portfolio, and getting us thinking about how we see our selves and the wider world was a good starting point.

For myself it will give me a chance to really think about what kind of designer I want to be when I graduate. There lots of talk around future facing design. Were designers are conscious of issues reflecting the rest of world, and are aware of their role within that. They initiate information inspire and create awareness. To be honest its is one of the reasons why I wanted to become a graphic designer in the first place. Im aware of the powerful impact that design has to influence and inform audiences, and I want to be able to use it for good!

With a shift that has been in transition within the design profession for some years now surrounding environmental and social issues, having an option on what we feel is good design is important. With designers considering how their designs influence and effect the world its is apparent that within the graphic design profession it is clear that this ethical position is important to many designers in the field and in the business and political world. But does taking the ethical route give you less employability, as you are likely to turn down jobs offers on ethical grounds. For myself I feel that maybe there is someway that you can have an influence on these companies or business and bring something new to the table. Its about challenging views and to influence for the better good. To be better served by being part of a community and helping each other.

I’ve alway thought that if you want to live a good life and do good in the world, you’ve got to be good to yourself first. This is something that I want to evolve into my work.  So good design will please my client, it will maybe help a product sell better, but most importantly it also improves life for everyone because it can be something that’s lovely in its own right. I hope to achieve this sentiment in my CV and creative brief.