Before our Easter vacation our studios had a collaborative workshop where he had to complete 100 briefs in one day. This was one of my favourite workshops to date. Each project we were given to do was only 1 minute long and we could only use A4 pieces of paper per brief. I brought in assault of materials such as acrylic paint, inks, markers, crayons, French curves and fine liners. I loved this project! This forced quick creative thinking to really harness our creative skills in rolling out answers to the most bizarre briefs. One of the briefs being , design an epitaph for someone who doesn’t believe in God or demonstrate a sequence with something fishy. The more bizarre the more creative the answer must be but also the more creatively difficult it became. A lot of the group were resorting to using words to realise the brief, I tried to stay away from this and try force myself to communicate an answer through an image which was more difficult than I realised. I loved that by the end of the day we ended up with loads of visuals and piles of paper. I used paint and markers mostly as I wanted to try something different as I always work in pencil and fine liner. The class only got up to 50 briefs done in the day as we had a three hour interlude where we were to set up an exhibition for design competition and by the end, everyone’s attention span was slipping. I however could have finished the briefs as I found the day really enjoyable and I guess this is because the briefs were not technically difficult and the instructions were simple for me to follow- which I struggle with abit. Overall the 100 brief project was brilliant and I felt creatively exhausted by the end of the day. Just what the doctor ordered!
Portfolio surgery with Cecile focused on teaching us the basics of our portfolio layout and to consider how we will present pour portfolio to industry employers. I found that using plastic shiny pockets detract quality away form the work and have already decided to have my work raw and loose to be viewed. I have also begun to consider to have my actual portfolio to be made of a Perspex box with my name ‘Ginge’ printed on top in my own handwritten typography. I have also considered the idea of having my cv to be made into a paper chatterbox game for the employer to interact with, an idea to really try and grab the attention of whoever I’m reaching towards.
During the workshop we had to layout our current portfolio work in the centre of the room and go around viewing each others work and critique them. I did not bring my work unfortunately but have already asked for critique from fellow students who have mainly said that some of my sketch designs should be made into finalised pieces as I have a consistent style within my work, it would therefore add to my collective set of portrait work. Upon viewing other students work I became aware of how competitive the industry will be for this small class room was filled with work that was nothing less than superb. Although I didn’t have my work critiqued during the workshop I got the opportunity to see other critiques and reflect it back on myself and consider the same possibilities for improvement. I have since focused on the physical portfolio and how I would transport my work as Cecile made an obvious point as to how boring and aggravating a simple black portfolio is, something I hadn’t really considered before. Now I have I am determined to build my own portfolio or to source so,thing different to carry all my work.
THE VISUAL RESEARCH SIDE! Sara’s talk was focused completely on how to visually research and why, for whom and how do I document my work. I understand that research is systematic and designing is systematic, ideas and final pieces do not appear at the snap of a finger. All design begins with a crude sketch and goes through endless refining and development before it is finally resolved. Sara’s tip was to make my thinking visual as soon as possible, to retain every detail or thought and explained that by having a sketch in front of me I would be able develop and understand what I am thinking. Also to help me look at the facts. To document I must Film, draw, and photograph and then reflect upon this afterwards. I must accumulate images and things relevant to my work but learn how to edit and get rid of the useless. I am essentially documenting a creative process and therefor I am spending a lot of energy and time on this process and should document as much as I can to show my thorough engagement. The visual research I am accumulating is for myself, although as well for my peers and tutors, it is also deeply personal to me as a designer. It will aid me in going through my ideas processes and methods. The blog is also essentially for potential employers to see how i work and create and what my intellectual capital is.
Ricardo’s Talk was my first lecture specific to the requirements of the blog and what programme we would be using. This talk was about what exactly was expected in the blog itself. I am to document, record, investigate, interrogate and analyse my work, my workshops, visits to other studios and trips and in general, to fully engage and create a running commentary of my entire final year. I will also include personal work of things that I have made, created, found interesting or relevant to my projects. I am to photograph myself making as to show the process and my engagement with my work which I have been doing during my course but I want to do this more. I also learned about amplifying detail of my work, with close up photography to post on my blog, showing the relevant parts of my work such as photographing a book or an object I’ve made.
The talk needed with the emphasis on images and capturing high quality images of my work. To create a massive narrative to accompany my sketchbooks and work as a whole.
Mathews talk focused on the use of vinyl and music as an example to demonstrate titling and headings within a blog to ‘contain the noise’. Using the vinyl on a presentation with no text just solely images, I understood how the narration around an image I upload I will have to be included as to create a sound dialog between myself and the work. The narration and commentary also communicates my constant interaction with the blog and my work swell as showing my engaging with the learning outcomes. The use of Vinyl is obviously a great passion of Mathews which was evident in the in-depth analysis he iterated as he presented, and i want to apply this through my blog because if I’m not into what I’m blogging to posting, it’ll be pretty damn obvious!