Monday, 21 November 2011

Design Skills End of Module Self-Evaluation

1. What skills have you developed through this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?

Computer skills; Adobe Illustrator -> since the Illustrator workshops, I've used the software to develop initial ideas and produces the final outcome for some of the briefs. blogging has also been a key skill that I've developed and used to document my design processes, research and ideas.

2. What approaches to/methods of idea generation have you devloped and how have they informed your design development process?

Using a2/a1 sized sheets of paper to produce large scale brainstorms, lists and spider diagrams has been a useful way for me to generate ideas. Also, folding up a sheet of paper into smaller rectangles and drawing up as many ideas, as quickly as possible.

3. What strengths can you identify in your work and how/will you capitalize on these?

During the course of this brief, I've been good a keeping my blog updated and working steadily instead of leaving everything to the last minute.

4. What weaknesses can you identify in your work and how will you address these in the future?

I was too quick to jump straight to the final outcome with some of the briefs, and so my development work and initial ideas could be more thorough. My research in my design context blog needs to be more analytical and more detailed. In the future, I'll use the library more to help find more varied and relevant research.

5. Identify five things that you will do differently next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?

  1. Use the library more for research so that overall, my research is more varied and meticulous
  2. Book further in advance for printing times so that my final design is not limited to single sided etc.
  3. Keep a camera on me at all times to that work can be documented instantly and blogged
  4. Do more development work and initial ideas using design sheets for higher quality of investigation
  5. Experiment with different/more varied techniques to produce work

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