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My working blog for the summer of 2009.



Portfolio and Presentation Evaluation

Over the second year I feel I have generated a number of high quality pieces of work which have come together in my portfolio. My portfolio has a good range of work, from animation, typography, packaging, digital illustration and branding. This benefits me as a designer, showing clients i have diversity and a wide range of skills and experiences. My portfolio has improved alot since the first year, this is basically due to my commitment on the course also improving, and therefore a higher standard of work has been produced.

When evaluating myself and preparing my presentation, I realised the second year of the course has been great for me. I have developed into a professional designer by taking on client live briefs. Also my confidence as a designer has significantly risen, i now take on any brief with confidence and am not afraid to try something new. Over the year I think i have produced more original work and kept each project fresh. As I go into the third year I'm aiming to improve the finishing and visualisation of my work. Photographing it in context and to a high standard is something i need to improve, and the the result of doing so will allow me to present my work in the best possible way.

As for work experience, i don't currently have a placement, however I have gained a lot of client experience this year with the Fashion Show Tickets and dNA Flyer design projects this year.


Module/End of Year Evaluation.

What skills have you developed through this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?
Organisation and Time Management. These are two areas I feel I have improved on massively lately due to the high amount of work I've had. I enjoy the challenge of working at a fast-pace and am committed to my work to give it all of my time.

What approaches to generating work and solutions to problems have you developed and how have they helped?
I have become more effective in the design stage of my practice, when generating ideas I use other sources such as dictionaries and thesauruses to help input new words into my work. This helps to solve any problems too. I like to research throughout the project, picking up new visual inspiration as i go rather than finding it all at once at the start, I find is more useful to my work.

What strengths can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on these?
I can work fast and juggle multiple projects well, I enjoyed this module, even at times when it was a bit hectic and stressful, I wanted to produce the work I was designing and kept this mentality throughout the project. I believe I can produce good quality of final outcomes, I was pleased with my presentation boards as I put so much time and work into the content of each one, to see 5 weeks of hard work resolved into a number of displays is a great feeling.

What weaknesses can you identify in your work and how could you exploit these more fully?
The main weaknesses in my work would be creating a large range of ideas for a project, rather than just going with one from a small number.. I've always done this and I think an improved work plan, with a regimented development time would give me the opportunity to change this.

Identify five things that you will do different next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?
A weekly work plan - To finalise my organisation, and allow the correct amount of time for different areas in my design.
Increase in research to further inspire my designs for the projects and allows my work to take new paths.
More initial idea generation to give me a larger number of routes to take for a project.

How would you grade yourself on the following areas:
(please indicate using an ‘x’)

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

Attendance = 4.5
Punctuality = 5
Motivation = 5
Quantity of work produced = 4
Quality of work produced = 4.5
Contribution to the group =4.5