1. What skills have you developed through this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?
In this brief I really learnt the value of working collaboratively, I think we both brought different skills to the project, Amy was very good at coming up with ideas and the bigger concepts behind the project and I feel I was more interested in the technical side of the project. It was really good to have someone to bounce ideas off and someone who understood the project to make all the decisions with.
I did a lot of things in this project that I hadn’t really done before such as using the lighting studious, and setting up and adjusting the flashes with little help from the college staff, I think this worked out really successfully and the photos came out way better than I could have expected. I feel I would definitely be more confident using the lighting studios again in the future.
I also used the vac former for the first time in this project which turned out to be quite a complicated process due to the fact we had to make, then lacquer the former, then use the vac former itself and then cut our final bubble shape out of the plastic. Amy was mainly to thank for taking the time to get the bubble finished and although it was quite a long drawn out process I feel I learnt a lot from it.
Another thing I hadn’t really done before was using the lighting tents to take product shots of our final pieces, this gave us much more professional looking photos for our boards and I learnt a lot about shooting camera RAW files from talking to the guys down in the photography department which was really useful.
2. What approaches to generating work and solutions to problems have you developed and how have they helped?
I really enjoyed using photography during this project it gave us a lot of visual material to work with and we were able to consider a lot of different ideas quickly. I also found mocking up my ideas really useful as a tool to work through and choose the best solutions.
We discussed the project a lot and it was really good to have someone to bounce ideas off, I think this helped us come up with some strong concepts.
3. What strengths can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on these?
I am really happy overall with how our project turned out. I think the packaging looks beautiful and really professional, and I am pleased with how well the typography worked out. I think the bubble photos worked great.
Both of us worked really hard and we and we weren’t afraid of trying new things, I will take this attitude into future projects.
I also think we managed to be quite decisive and we didn’t spend a lot of time worrying about what direction to take the project in and which ideas to use and which ideas to discard. I think this is a really positive way of working and something I will take forward into future projects.
4. What weaknesses can you identify in your work and how could you exploit these more fully?
I wasn’t entirely happy with our final boards I think they could have been a bit stronger, if we where to do it again I would have allowed a bit more time to get them right.
In terms of quantity of work I think there where people on the course that did a lot more than us, but really it is the quality that matters. Maybe we could have spent a bit more time at the beginning considering a few different concepts and a few more alternative ideas for our packaging.
6.How would you grade yourself on the following areas:
5= excellent, 4 = very good, 3 = good, 2 = average, 1 = poor
Attendance - 4
Punctuality - 5
Commitment - 4
Quantity of work produced - 3
Quality of work produced - 5
Contribution to the group - 4