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### 11/09/2017 "-ism"

'IDEA FACTORY'How has working in a small group affected how you gather and analyse information?
Working in a small group allows researchers to analyse and exchange the information and opinion more openly. I found that in one keyword, the data could be all different and varied in many aspects. Personally, being able to analyse and brainstorm with everyone in the group influences me to see and gather information widely. Furthermore, with fewer people in the group, the difference of data and opinion can be discussed and compared without misunderstandings.
What are the challenges and benefits of working in a group?
Communicating and sharing the ideas with other people in the group are something that I found challenging. Sometimes the ideas that we wanted to present to other people are very personal and individual. However, these difficulties are beneficial to my inspiring confidence; working in a group encourages me to participate in conversations and share my opinion with others.
How have you found the experience of researching and generating ideas without the internet?
I found that I could link the 3 keywords within the wider scope; I found that doing research without using the internet allows me to expand the limit of observational researching process. Without the internet, the original ideas stemming from the freedom of bringing and using the things around us to bring the ideas to life and explore ideas from different perspectives.
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### 18/09/2017

'TYPE'Today has involved working with restrictions to what extent did this affect your design process?
Working with restrictions means that the choices of materials and sizes are limited. Sometimes these limitations can confine the possibility of my design. However, it also challenges my creative thinking process because coming up with unique ideas and designs under restricted materials forces me to think one step further and try to make new designs outside of my comfort zone.

How did you select your location for your photo? Was it the right choice, and did it communicate in the way you intended?
I chose the location that has straight lines and structural patterns which completely contrasts with the form of the font. I feel that the different forms between the background and my font make the word stands out more and allows the audience to focus more on the curves and shapes of the font. Moreover, the way that the dark tone of the background contrasts with the white paper encourages the word to prominent.
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### 21/09/2017

'TYPE'What was the purpose of the crit, and how has this benefited for future projects?
The purpose of the crit for me is gaining opinions from others and using it to developmy own work. Sometimes when I worked on my pieces, I only focus on one specific idea and try to develop it further in one direction. Listening to other people's opinions and thoughts about my own work give me more ideas that I might not think of it before which could be benefited to my future projects. Moreover, seeing other people's work gives me more ideas and inspirations on which techniques and process of workings that I could use in each different specific concept.
How effective were your outcomes? Did you add meaning and feeling to your letter successfully?
I think the visual outcome of work came out efficient. All the colours and elements in each individual work complete its own design. However, personally, I feel that my work could not communicate meanings as effective as I thought it would be. My work has its own feelings from its arch form and structure but it lacks of meanings and stories.

How would you improve your outcome if you were to revisit them?
The thing that I really wanted to improve in my work is the idea. I feel like the visual look of my piece came out very well, however, the idea behind my work is quite weak compares with other people in my discussion group. In my work, I only focused on the idea of connecting and developing my 3 letterform works, I did not consider any stories or deep ideas behind my work. If I have a chance to revisit this project again, I would add more depth to my idea and evolve my work to be able to interact morewith audiences.
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### 28/09/2017

'IMAGE'What did you learn from the success and failure of others?I learned that which type or style of work that is suitable for each specific type of work. And using other people's success and failure to help me improve my weakness and enhance my strange.

What did you learn from the experience of working in pairs, as a team?I have learned that accepting and listening to my pair's opinions are very important. We both have a different idea and working style, sharing ideas, giving and getting feedbacks help us to develop and find the best solution for our work.
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### 03/10/2017

'PRINTMAKING'Challenges- What worked/ what didn't?I think the thing that worked out well for this project is the reference pictures that I took and used for the printmaking process; most of them have good composition and since they are combining with bright neon colours it makes the picture itself looks more lively and more appealing. I think the thing that did not work that well iswhen I have to combine three chosen images together on the printmaking plate since I think the composition and the size of each element do not look that great when putting them all together; it looks a bit messy which i don’t really like as it looks unbalance.

Does the image meet your aims and intentions?I went to take reference pictures for this printmaking project at God’s Own Junkyard, an art neon lights gallery in North London zone 3. In the gallery there were so many funny and odd word signs, so I pictured my work to turn out humorous. My work met my intentions and I was very pleased with it. The layout of my work consists of a portrait of Jesus, as a foreground, and words; Beer, Girls and porn, as a background. The contrast between the pureness of the Jesus’s portrait and the funny and dirty words much Beer, girls and porn influences my work to meet my aims.

Does the image capture your intended story?At the start of this project, I didn't actually have a clear mind of what I wanted the image to represent. But then as I've carried on with the work, I realised that I want to create a sense of humour into this piece and at the end it kind of worked out well as there's a contradict between the image of Jesus and the quote at the back;which could draw the attention to us since it shows the conflict within the piece; religion and x-rated materials.

How will did you manage your time- did your image need simpifity?From my point of view everything went pretty well, I've managed to do most of the workin the studio and it was pretty easy to manage the time as well since there were no rushing when i was doing the work as it is mostly quite simple and not that detailed;it has a very clear layout.

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### 10/10/2017

Today's morning class was about the Adobe InDesign introduction. I found that InDesign is quite similar to Adobe Illustrator. All the tools' role in both programs are the same, they just been used for different purposes; we use Indesign to produce booklets, books, newspapers and magazines, while we use Illustrator to create graphic logos and posters. Since I am very familiar with the Adobe Illustrator, I felt that the working process of InDsign programme is quite easy for me. However, we have got a task to create an 8-page A5 booklet using our primary research, such photographs and drawings, from a previous project as implements. In my work, I included both photographs and texts. Using words from the neon signs in the pictures as quotes in my booklet. At first, the sketches of layout that I did in my sketchbook turned out not quite well. However, later on, when I designed the layout in the program, it started to get better. I found that it is easier to work in the program because you can play around with the layout and composition more freely.  Furthermore, the design for the booklet came out well, I was very pleased with it, Nevertheless, I experimented further with different colours of texts and sizes.
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### 12/10/2017

Today’s class is a crit for the layout project which we have got a task to create an 8-page A5 booklet by using Adobe Indesign. I have received a lot of opinions and suggestions about my work today, both positive and negative, which was very useful for my future projects. Also seeing other people’s work gives me inspirations and ideas about alternative ways that I could do to improve my work, which sometimes I haven't thought about them before.
comments on my booklet from tutors and classmates;- the overall layout is very successful, using bold layout which could represent the boldness of the place that I have visited influences the booklet to look aesthetic.- The use of a bold statement, image and text type really go well together- However, the things that I could improve if I have had a chance to revisit is the choice of colours that I used for the text on the first double page. I wish that the colour was slightly more bright and neon because all of the pages look very colourful so the tone of colour of this double page makes itself drop and stand out less than the rest of the booklet. - Less text could be used in some pages as there is already a lot of text in the images.
I agreed with all the comments on my booklet that I have received today, however, I was very pleased with the outcome, the handwritten font and pictures are getting along very well and appropriate for the over publication. I also like the mood and tone of the booklet that does not look too serious and formal. It looks lively and playful with could illustrate the place that I have visited very well. Furthermore, the tutor suggestedthat I should try creating my own font with my own handwriting. I found that that is a very interesting idea, I haven’t thought about that before. It would add more personality and uniqueness, make the work becomes more individual, to the booklet.
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### 14/09/2017

'IDEA FACTORY'How did the visualisation process evolve the idea?
The visualisation process improves and implements the idea. It makes the idea that we have in our head becomes clearer. With visual sketches or models of the work, we can clearly see problems and develop the work further in many effective ways.
Explain the role of both primary and secondary research in the development of your idea?- Primary research comes from the observation of things around us; by looking at objects and things that happened inside and outside classrooms. For example, my group got ‘Optimism’, ‘Silk’ and ‘Print’ as 3 keywords which we have to develop and combine themtogether under the concept ‘ism’. So we started by looking at objects that make us think of these keywords to find the fresh and new inspirations for the idea.- Secondary research is collected from the internet, books and other further researches. Personally, it helps me develop my idea by considering and looking at potentials of different materials and working processes that I could use to produce the work. This allows me to find the best process for my work and expand the idea further.
How successful was your group presentation? How could it havebeen improved?
It was successful and I was very pleased with it. However, there were things that I would like to improve; because of the time limit and the technical difficulty, we were not able to produce a 3D model or a small installation of our work to visualise the idea. I think that if we have the 3D model, it would help us to be able to develop our work further and encourage the audience to see the picture of the outcome clearer.
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### 19/09/2017

'TYPE'How have today’s tasks made you think about your letterform in a different way?
Today’s task makes me think more about the structure of the letterform because I found out that looking at the letterform from a different angle can lead to different perception which could be both advantage and disadvantage for the work; the letterform becomes more interesting, however, the work might not be able to communicate its intention clearly.

What did you learn today?
The simple way of creating art, such creasing the paper to create dimensions, could lead to the extraordinary outcomes andbring a plain sheet of paper to life.

How will you use that learning to help you in the future?
Normally when I created my artwork, I always tried to find complex techniques to create my work. Today’s task makes me realise that sometimes simple way of creating art could lead to the beautiful and unique outcome. Further in the future, when I create my work, I will try more varied techniques, both simple and complex, to produce my work.
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### 25/09/2017

'IMAGE'How does the design context change the nature of our work?
The design context gives us variety of ideas of what we could do in order to form the outcome. By having two different words and combining them together. Which I was given social and cardboard. I interpret it as homeless, using cardboard to make essentials such as plates and spoons. However, if we were only given 1 word, it would change the whole thoughts and ideas of what we could do, such as if only the only word ‘cardboard’ were given, it would be a bit out of blue and we could have been producing something that is irrelevant and may limit our ideas and thinking process.
How might we evaluate the success of the our work?
The mood and the angle of a camera of the photo is the success of my work. I think I could evaluate my work into the bigger scale and include more elements in the frame. Looking at my images, I feel a bit uncomfortable and sorrowful. However, personally, the uncomfortableness can present the feelings of the images very well. With the use of black and white, it becomes more dramatic. Furthermore, asking other people feelings and opinions about my work is also a way to develop my work. When we are working on my work, sometimes we can lose the site or miss out something that is very important. Because we focus so much on the work and already understand the idea fully. Getting other people's perspective about my work could help me to develop and find problems of my work easily.
What potential role or function our work have outside this project?
We were given two words so my partner and I decided to do a mind map for each word to come up with more ideas of what it means and the use of it. Then we give each othertask to go and take photographs and do some research of the word we got (Social and Cardboard). I focused on the word “social” and tried to take pictures and find some particular objects that could reflect people and society. We then came up with homeless after looking at the primary research pictures, which we developed it further as our main theme.
how do our own lives/experiences inform the work you're working?
Our lives and experiences are the beginnings of the idea. The brainstorms that I created as a starting point of my work received different perspectives of each specific keyword from my experiences. Moreover, producing work based on my experiencesallows me to understand a feeling and a meaning of the work more and be able to create the work in a right direction. Moreover, sometimes the idea could become not too big when we produce the work that informed by something else. Using experiences and my own life helps me to understand and be able to approach the work more.
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### 09/10/2017

'LAYOUT'How has project today helped you to think about layout in new ways?It helped me to think that everything has its own layout and it doesn't have to be organised and neat. For example, when we got a task to do the primary sketch of grids around the campus, I found out that grids and layout are everywhere in both big and small scale, such as barcodes and big windows. I was amazed by the way that when you look very closely and carefully on something and then you realise that it had its own layout and grids. Moreover, the layout could be something that is organic and more than just columns and rows, for instance, the pattern of the leaf or the pattern and form of food.
What do you think the benefits are of woking on text and image composition using analogue (non-digital) process?
The benefit is you could get a different feeling and style of the work from the piece that created with digital media. I personally think that the analogue process could bring the work to life more than the digital process ones. The details and feelings from the small cutting marks on the paper add dimensions to the work(In the digital piece, the work was mostly produced in a flat 2D way which I feel like sometimes they are lack out of emotions and dimensions). Also, I think the work that was created from the non-digital process can interact more. With the piece that created with analogue process, it influences me to look closet and feel the work deeper. I could imagine the process of creating this work when one was cutting the images and text, it encourages me to appreciate the work more.
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