Why have you chosen to work with your creative partner? What are your aims?
I was originally keen to focus on developing my photography skills and experimenting with new ideas, processes and techniques and so I wanted to collaborate with someone who's photography skills were more advanced than mine as well as someone with a passion for photography.
i also feel that by collaborating with Lisa, our design styles will complement each other, as we have similar interests but tend to produce quite different outcomes so hopefully this will encourage a final result far from what I what produce if I was just on my own, giving me a chance to expand my horizons and try something a bit different.
What are your specific areas of creative interest in this brief?
My specific areas of creative interest within this brief would definitely revolve around photography, but more specifically, spending time setting up photo shoots with the appropriate setting, models, equipment and facilities. Also developing my layout skills within editorial design, where I can pursue and experiment with publication designs with predominantly photographic content utilising techniques such as the fibonacci sequence and the rule of thirds.
In terms of the brief itself that Lisa and I selected, I'm looking forward into researching the notion of contemporary youth, and what we find are significant aspects within 2012/2013 that will become iconic in years to come.
What specific design skills do you have to offer in relation to your chosen brief? How do you intend to use them?
- layout and grid: putting together publications and general editorial design work, using grids for clean layout and editing and re-writing appropriate content
- photographic experimentation: I have previously had a lot of fun experimenting with new processes and techniques within photography with a range of different cameras to produce certain effects and I feel this could be useful when developing ideas for one iconic image for this brief
- competent across a range of software programmes such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and other photo editing software
What specific non-design skills do you have to offer in relation to your chosen brief? How do you intend to use them?
- ability to make compromises and not be too stubborn when pushing my own ideas, enabling that when working collaboratively, the workload and final result is well balanced between the partnership
- ideas and organisation: generally, I'm well-organised within collaborative and group work, keen to give out ideas and suggestions whilst also listening and utilising the ideas of others within a group
- peace-keeper: I don't like arguments or any form of conflict and so I always try and make sure that when working in a group, everyone is happy and resolve any disagreements of arguments that may occur. This saves a lot of time to allow significant progress within a brief as opposed to constantly discussing and arguing over it
What will your specific roles be in the collaboration in relation to your brief?
- editorial design: designing for any publication or editorial work that may go alongside the brief, focussing on neat, clear layout and utilising the college resources for any finishing processes or techniques that may need to be done
- photography: using film cameras such as Polaroid and Holga cameras as well as an interest in digital and instant photography, how these merge, differ and interact with each other. In terms of my photography style, I tend to focus more on photographing aspects of the environment, objects and things around me playing around with how the image breaks up and focussing on the less noticed parts of our day to day life.
What will your individual responsibilities be in relation to your brief?
- research: exploring Leeds to locate appropriate settings and concepts for photography shoots, whilst also using a wide range of research methods to pin point what it is we want to communicate within one iconic image. Methods such as surveys, books, journals, exhibitions, blogs, websites and magazines regarding contemporary youth culture.
- experimentation: with a range of ideas, concepts, processes, techniques, materials, facilities and resources. the experimentation process will be key in leading up to the one final image, whilst keeping documentation of the 'journey' and progress as ideas change and develop.
What will your joint responsibilities be?
- execution of photography: ideas, test shots, organisation when booking facilities, studios and models, developing our own film and using different software and techniques to edit
- being organised and managing our time efficiently, not leaving everything until the last minute and doing as much work as we possibly can in order to gain the best possible final result
- sharing opinions on design styles, content and the final image we submit for the brief