At the start of last year I thought of these 10 things for what I wanted to learn and achieve on this course during the first year.
• How to manage my time more efficiently with multiple briefs
• How to use Photoshop
• How to produce more detailed screen prints
• How to successfully establish myself
• Learn more about typography
• Evaluating my work and improving my writing ability
• Skills on illustrator
• Organizing my ideas
• Working better in groups
• My understanding of the current Graphic Design industry
How to manage my time more efficiently with multiple briefs;
Being on this course has made me realise how important it is to know how to manage my time efficiently so that I don't get behind on myself, also so that I can meet deadlines and not rush work, so that I can get the most out of my time. I think the first year was a learning curve for me, although I did panic a lot and rush before deadlines and leave things till last minute, I will learn from that. Already this year I have improved on my time management skills, and I am improving my work this way.
How to use Photoshop;
I would say that I have a better understanding of Photoshop, but never find myself using it, I have different programs I would rather use, like Illustrator and InDesign. We did have to do a brief in the first year using Photoshop, I didn't enjoy it, but that is because I'm not that confident with it, although I do know the basic tools in Photoshop.
How to produce more detailed screen prints;
How to successfully establish myself;
I have started to establish myself, but I think I need to go further with this, I need to start putting more of my work on behance and network a bit more.
Learn more about typography;
Evaluating my work and improving my writing ability;
I think that I have got better at evaluating my work, as I blog about everything, therefore I am looking back on what I have done and evaluating it. Although I don't think that I have improved my writing skills, this is because I didn't do very well in my essay, it is something I want to improve upon this year.
Skills on illustrator;
Organising my ideas;
Organising my ideas is something I have always struggled without, although to the end of my first year I found that I was generated lots more ideas they going form there with my design, rather than just thinking of something and going with my first idea.
Working better in groups;
We did a lot of group projects in the first year, some worked better than others. I found that the last group project was probably the worst, but only because of a particular person in my group, but this gave me patience, and if anything, that's what I got from that brief.
My understanding of the current Graphic Design industry;
Doing lots of different briefs and doing lots of research for each brief meant that I was having to look at design blogs and websites a lot more, and learning more about the graphic design industry and how it changes. Also the module PPP gave me a lot of information about the industry, and this year I will learn more.
My 10 things to make me successful this year;
- Learn more about Photoshop.
- Learn about professional book binding, not just make shift.
- Experiment with more print mediums.
- Blog as I go.
- Although I have improved, I still need to plan my time more.
- Improve my writing skills.
- Procrastinate less.
- Learn more about Dreamweaver.
- Generate more ideas before going with an idea.
- Apply the skills I learnt in my first year, into my work this year.