How has working in a small group affected how you gather and
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.
Today has involved working with restrictions to what extent did this affect your design
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
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.
What was the purpose of the crit, and how has this benefited for
The purpose of the crit for me is gaining opinions from others and using it to develop
my 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 more
created with Adobe Illustrator
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.
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
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 work
in 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.
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.
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.
Feedback on my booklet
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 them
together 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 have
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.
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.
My 3D letterform
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
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
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 experiences
allows 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.
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.