In this section I shall summarise my personal progress this year. This year has been quite a daunting and scary year. The reason for this is because I was not expecting the level of difficulty and I really had to focus. I found the year challenging and had to raise my game to ensure I kept ahead of my tasks. I have learnt a lot about myself & about design this year and have done things I have never done before. This has been extremely interesting for me. I have been sparked with new ideas and created visual pieces that reflect the work at hand. At the same time I have also been keeping true to myself which is an achievement and I feel is very important to my personal and professional journey.
There are a number of key highlights this semester. Even though the holocaust brief was a very delicate subject for me, I found a way to stay true to myself & work hard on the task. At first I was overcomplicating everything & did just need to slowly figure out what I wanted. I took my time and allowed my ideas to shape and develop naturally. This was crucial to the design process and I allowed myself this luxury as the brief was one of great intensity. I feel I was in a slow thought process but overall was still happy with the finals I have achieved.
Challenges are to be embraced and feel I faced them head on. Being scared within my work designs is a challenge knowing if it’s right. I often feel dread, not wanting to show it to others when it’s not finished. I feel as though it has to be finished because I don’t want to show something that still is in thought process. I think it’s just being judged or underestimated with what I am capable of doing by other people. I feel still this is a challenge for me and I aim to grow in confidence to overcome this challenge.
The strengths I would like to highlight are having had much food for thought; I can create what’s in my head & be proud of what I have done. I do work hard & should really give myself the benefit of the doubt. I think I can come up with ideas & show my individual design flair naturally on paper. I also feel as though people can catch onto my style of work & can stand out in a non boring way. I guess I’m still on a journey to find who I will be.
Weaknesses I’d like to discuss are that repeatedly, I find typography hard to use in my work. I create such an image that in my eyes, I don’t know how to use hierarchy with type. I know slowly I am finding my way with type but still I can do a lot better with how I place it.
Recommendations for areas to improve on are to focus on skills with typography, doing more research & really getting involved with how to use it combined with graphics.
What are my hopes, fears and opportunities for the upcoming year? I am in fear about finding a placement because I don’t know if I am ready for the industry or maybe not even capable. I don’t want to be rejected & would be disheartened on actual designers not liking my work because it might not be up to date with the niche that’s going on trend “right now”. I do hope to try & get feedback, good & bad, which I can work on. I know what I need to work on right now and I do feel as though I try but can be tweaked to be how I feel as though is best for me to get hired one day. I want to become more confident with my work and let go of insecurities but I don’t want to be defined by the negative. I should know I am good because I am moving on to the third year.
I have learnt about my own professional practice to be able to present myself confidently to people in the design industry. I feel by visiting the Pick me up festival gave me a massive boost of opportunity to be able to talk to agencies and designers. As I did an interview with one of the members of we are fatherless was a great experience in itself, as the work struck out to me I was eager to compliment and talk about how I felt towards the work. I think to have a normal conversation with designers really creates what a person holds and a real life experience which is communication, this helps to get too understand a designer for who they are. We are fatherless were happy to help me do my interview and interested in what I had to say, I feel as though I portrayed myself confidently which helped me critically in the creative industry. I experienced a huge learning curve during the experience of the interview, because an involvement coming from a design practitioners view is something that the designer has practiced himself, while also embracing and appreciating the opportunity at hand. Overall I really enjoyed taking part in the interview, as it has allowed me to communicate with professional designers, on a professional basis.