How was my time keeping?
My time keeping was good in this project. There was more than enough time to complete what the brief was asking to a high standard throughout the summer holiday. However now we will be getting lots more briefs and shorter deadlines in HND2 I want to start designing timescales for myself so I have achievable targets to reach my deadlines.
How was my analysis of the brief?
The brief was fairly straight forward in this project, to design two double page spread on a topic I like and not in an A-size with research into existing magazines. I referred to the brief multiple times and looked at the learning outcomes. Having a print out of it at my desk helped me by highlighting the most important parts.
How was my research?
My research went smoothly and I found lots of relevant items that will be seen transferred into my final outcomes. Looking at existing magazines that I had as well as page layouts and techniques on sites such as pinterest help me get a broad understanding of what I wanted to produce.
Also looking into photographers such as David Hockney allowed me to produce and engaging piece of visual communication.
How did I draw conclusions from my research?
I was able to create an engaging photomontage from looking into Hockney’s work. Also designing professional, structured page layouts that worked with my photography. Design techniques such a text wrapping and things like drop caps and subheadings researched from existing magazines is something I transferred into my own work.
How did I use research to generate and develop ideas?
By spending a lot of time researching spread allowed me to generate lots of ideas (mainly through sketching) to find out what works and what doesn’t. This also allowed me to develop spreads by combining said techniques into the layouts.
How did I use evaluations to help with my ideas generation and development?
In this project I used this evaluation sheet and multiple steps through the project, which allowed me to take a step back and look at the work I was producing and think about what needs changing or developing, which really helped along the way and something I will be doing a lot more.
How did I use experimentation during the project? How can I make this more effective?
I experimented with multiple different page layouts and techniques. Also looking into photographers and experimenting with techniques allowed me to use photomontaging to create an effective opening page.
To make this more effectives simply by doing more, finding more ways of experimentation
In what ways did I show that I had achieved the Learning Outcomes? How can I improve this next time?
I have shown my ‘increased awareness of the history of typography including terminology’ by annotating my type choices and pairings, the contrasting sans serif and serif pairings to show modernity and traditional values.
What parts of the project did I enjoy most? Why was this the case?
I enjoyed photographing my subjects on my travels and mostly enjoyed creating my visual communication in the form of a photomontage. I have never done anything like this before and I really like the outcome achieved through this method. Page layout and editorial design is something I enjoy as a whole.
What parts of the project did I enjoy least? Why was this the case?
Probably writing my articles was the hardest as I wanted to encapsulate some of the
voices that I had read though automotive magazines which were often witty and humorous to read. This took me quite a long time however the articles back up my page layout choices and intended effect.
At what times did I work best? Why might this be the case? How can I ensure that I work well at al times?
I worked best usually at night when I had time to myself and was in a quiet environment which allowed me to focus and concentrate. Keeping my phone away from me helped avoid distractions as I often find myself loosing momentum when I take a break to check my messages.
What areas inspired me? Why was this the case? How could I follow these up?
I was inspired by looking into typography and type pairings. This allowed me to give meaning through chosen typefaces and not chasing them purely because they look ‘nice’ but actually hold meaning for what they are spelling.
I could follow this up by finding out about more typeface meanings, something that can be transferred to every project that uses typography.
Do I need to develop certain skills? Do I need these now? Or later?
There is always room for development and I’m always looking to develop my skill set. There are so many skills to have in design so I wont be able to develop everything right now, however things like page layout development on top of the existing skills I have now would be good to do.