Friday, 26 April 2013

Speaking From Experience Final Crit

The crit;
This was the last opportunity to find out what my peers thought of my designs and ideas, I got the opportunity to ask the questions that I wanted to. I went into this crit mainly to decide on whether I should create a desk tidy to do into my kit, also which stock I should use.

The Questions I asked;
Which stock do you prefer?
Should I include more information or stick with simple images?
Desk tidy or no desk tidy?
What would work best with a poster?
Should my poster be screen printed or stick to digital print?

My Feedback;
  • Definitely prefer the lighter green and beige backgrounds stock colours - the blue is too dark
  • No desk tidy, don't think it would add to the kit.
  • If the illustrations are as good as the pug drawing then it might be nice sticking to the slogan and image format and making a large poster series for them.
  • Pearl grey stock
  • No desk tidy
  • The illustrations are really effective as they are now, if information was going to be added it should only be a small amount.
  • Pug illustration would be a really engaging if it was screen printed.
  • Consider using lighter stock so the image and text is more clear.
  • try the desk tidy at the end if you have time.
  • Consider a thick stock if the booklet isn't going to be that thick.
  • Definitely use the lighter stock to create more impact on the illustrations. 
  • Desk tidy may not be very effective.
  • Experiment with content for on the back of the pages, the publication will become more readable.
  • I like the idea of the blogs listed too.

What I took from this crit;
  • I have decided that it would be better if I use the lighter stock, and maybe include another coloured stock for the front and back cover.
  • Don't put the desk tidy in if people don't think that it will be very effective, it might be a waste of time.
  • Definitely try doing some screen printing, try using the pug.
  • Keep my publication simple, simple designs and simple text.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

What is a Design Practice?

What is a design practice?

"Graphic Design is an ongoing examination/conversation between the dynamics of personal exploration and professional practice." - Matt Owens, Volumeone.

What makes an effective design practice?
  • Appropriateness of response to the brief
  • Quality of resolution
  • Meeting the deadline(time management)

Appropriateness of resolution
  • What is the problem?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the context?
  • What is the method of delivery?
  • How is it being delivered?

What is the problem?
  • Are you being asked to...or Do you want to..?

What is your rationale?
  • What are you doing and why?
Concept - Idea - Research
Different briefs require you to work in different ways

Audience - Context - Media
Is it the media that drives the audience or is it the context?

Creative - Ethical - Commercial
What drives you most? How are you driven? Why do you do the work?

Handmade - Digital - Lens Based
How does your practice engage these three elements? How do you design?

2D - 3D - 4D
Which dimensions do you work in?

Quality of resolution
  • Depth of appropriate research
  • Breadth of initial ideas
  • Selection of potential solutions
  • Thorough visual development
  • Attention to detail/crafting
  • Clarity of presentation
Type and/or image
  • What do you work with? 
  • What is your primary/secondary method?
  • Type with image? Image with type?

Is the media the message?
  • How does that effect what you are trying to communicate?

Tone of voice
  • Are you making it funny or serious? 
  • Is it appropriate?
  • Does it relate to the brief?
Try it
Test it
Make it better.

The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

Meeting the deadline
Key element of a design practice.

Message, Communication, Clarity, Context +(plus) Creativity, Concept, Ideas *(times) Skills, Organisation, Discipline, Commitment /(divided by) Boundaries, Limitations, Rules, Time =(equals) An effective design practice.

About me;
What is yours professional name and contact details?
Daisy Sunshine

What words best describe your design practice?

What words best describe you as a person?

What are your strongest design skills?
Hand Crafting

What area of graphic design interest you the most?
Product and Packaging
Branding and Identity

Who are your favourite designers/Design studios?
Noma Bar
Anthony Peters
Denis Carrier

What makes these your favourites? (where can you see their work?)
Simple and minimal design, uses negative space in a very clever way.
Like the style of his work, also minimal, love his print work.

What are your 5 favourite design blogs?

What  things do you want to be?