Reflection 11/09 & 13/09
How has working in a small group affected how you gather and analyse information?
It is easier to gather information as each member could be set a task and solemnly research that and at the end we just put it together however I need to always keep in mind that I am not working alone and I must not diverge from my topic and go into many associations. The analysing was a bit tricky as each person had their own perspective and understanding of the topic.
What are the challenges and benefits of working in a group?
There are many challenges like language barrier -- if some member aren't that fluent on expressing their thoughts in english it makes the communication and understanding harder. Sometimes it is difficult to find an agreement point because the ideas clash with each other but working in a group has some positive sides too, for example, when listening to one of the member talking you can absorb so much new information and expand your own ideas, by everyone thinking different you all bring different thing to the table which makes the work stronger and more versatile.
How have you found the experience of researching and generating ideas without the internet?
The generating ideas part is quite easy without any previous research however, your ideas are quite limited and you don't expand much. To research without the internet was the hardest, because most of the books i wanted to use were already being used by someone else who I didn't know who it was so it was really limited.
How did the visualisation process evolve the idea?
When trying to visualise the idea, at first all of our research didn't really come together, however after some discussion we got to an agreement and from there everything evolved. By taking parts of each others research and brainstorming our ideas, the visualisation came clear when we started to put it on paper (illustrating), which made it easier to see how we could make it aesthetically pleasing yet have a big impact and, in a way, make those who interact with the installation feel uncomfortable.
We also realised that the scale and location were going to use were of extreme importance as we wanted to create a big enough piece to fit even the tallest and largest person and the installation should've been located in the right area so that a lot of people would have free access to it and it would reach the right target market.
When doing the prototype of "The Womb" we realised that it needed to be alive so by using the cameras on our phones, giving light from bottom to top it not only created what we had in mind but it also represented the life inside of a womb when it's seen from an hysteroscopy.
Explain the role of both primary and secondary research in the development of your idea?
From primary research we found the many uses of rubber and it's different types and in addition I did a Q&A to people about their associations to the word rubber and when/where they felt the safest. Then, with the help of the internet and books we found a reference on the movie "The Matrix" where they incubate humans in these capsules which we associated to a womb.
How successful was your groups presentation? How could it have been improved?
In my opinion my groups presentation was okay, we managed to speak about the lead up and the final product clearly however, we should've practiced it a bit more so that our ideas would sound more clear and thought of about putting a warning sign on the outside of the installation in case someone who suffers from panic attacks, claustrophobia and other phobias was warned and only entered at their own risk.
Today has involved working with restrictions. To what extent did this affect your design process (positive & negative)?
In a way it made me become more creative with the way I produced my letters. It made me accept my mistakes and evolve from them, not letting them stop me from progressing. It also freed my imagination because there was no previous plan and I had to do it right then and there. The fact that we were restricted to using a single rectangle to produce the letter made me think in a more economic way. However, some of the ideas I had were too ambitions for the restrictions given so I had to change the design.
How did you select your location for your photo? was it the right choice? Did it communicate the way you intended?
I associated my letter's shape to the organic form of a shell, especially the one lobsters usually live in which is called conch. The structure of a conch reminds of the golden circle which is formed by curve lines that in a swirling movement create a circle.
From searching around the Archway campus, I found a wall made out of wood plaques where you can see the knots of the wood and I thought that would be the perfect location, however when trying to put the letter near it the background was too light and the colours fused, instead of contrasting. Since I had no more time to look for another I opted to take a picture of the letter on a black background and work on the picture on Photoshop.
In conclusion, if I had managed my time better and found another location, the message would've been better communicated.
How have today's tasks made you think about your letterform in a different way?
What did you learn today?
I learned the basic skills of adobe illustrator, and how it is about creating shapes which made the work of creating my letter slightly easy.
How will you use that learning to help you in future?
TOMORROW : who will you work with ?
how will you finish illustrator task?
photograph letterform on location
THRUSDAY: bring all work for crit - poster, letterform, photo (tumblr), sketchbook also updated
What was the purpose of the crit? How has this benefitted you for future projects?
The purpose of the crib was to present and explain our work and in order ask or be asked question about it. Crits help me to have confidence when presenting my work, the feedback was quite helpful and it was also nice to hear about others people's projects and ideas.
How effective were your outcomes? Did you add meaning and feeling to your letter successfully?
From the feedback I received, the outcome was effective but needed small twicks to it. (...)
How would you improve your outcomes if you were to revise them?
boost outline of letters
try to put poster in landscape
use texture of shells on letters or background
redo sculpture with proper materials
How does a design context change the nature of our work?
How might we evaluate the success of our work?
What potential role or function might our work have outside this project?
How do our on lives + experiences inform our work?
What did I learn from the success and failure of others?