Wednesday, 2 October 2013


At the start of the session we were put into small groups. We then were asked to compose a group list of ten things that we were successful in last year.

10 Things that were Successful... Group 3 List

  1. Successfully learned to screen-print.
  2. Learned to work in a group.
  3. Started to recognise and develop mt own graphic style.
  4. A Brief history of... brief was successful, quality of work was high.
  5. Gained confidence in presenting.
  6. Gained confidence in delivering constructive feedback.
  7. Improved work ethic and consistency.
  8. Started applying design theory to work.
  9. Learned to use software to a higher standard.
  10. Ability to generate ideas/resolutions quickly.

We then refined and revised the list as a class;

10 Things that were Successful... Class List  

  1. Ability to apply knowledge learned in practical skills workshops.
  2. Ability to give constructive feedback.
  3. Confidence when presenting to a group.
  4. The ability to learn and work independently.
  5.  Research/ Development.
  6. Understanding time management.
  7. Working in a group or with specialists.
  8. Self confidence/Motivation.
  9. A deeper understanding of the theory and context behind design.
  10. Developed an understanding of style and personal taste.

10 Things that I will need to be successful this year.

  1. Confidence when presenting to an audience.
  2. Design vocabulary - I want to vastly increase my design related vocabulary so that I can communicate my ideas in a more professional manner.  
  3. Practical skills - I want to develop my knowledge and further my experience with various print processes such as; screen-printing, letter press and etchings.
  4. Time management - I want to improve the organisation of my projects and how I progress through the brief.
  5. Ideas generation - I want to improve my ideas generation by spending more time generating ideas to create a more diverse range of initial concepts. 
  6. Communication - I want to improve my ability to communicate ideas and concepts within a group.
  7. Software knowledge - I want to improve my knowledge of the adobe software to help improve the aesthetic quality of my work and the time in which I complete it in.
  8. Research - I want to improve my research by looking less at internet sources of information and focus on primary sources.
  9. Design theory - I want to further my personal research into design theories to help improve my design practice and the functionality of my work.

After lunch we took turns to present our summer brief presentations to the group. Each person had five minutes to present their work after which the other members of the group had a minute to write constructive feedback.  

Below are the feedback notes that I received.

After everyone had finished presenting we reviewed the feedback we had been given by each member of the group. Then as a class we discussed the different types of feedback that could be received, some comments made were useful, some could be useful and other comments simply gave an ego boost. 

Which Feedback is Useful?

  • Maybe do less history. (the majority of my presentation was history related)
  • Would have been interesting to know other things about the sport - tricks/video.
  • Cover both modern and historical information.
  • Could have ranged the look of the slides.

Which feedback could be useful?

  • Good links made to graphic design.
  • Engaging use of facts - interesting to know the boards were originally screen-printed.
  • Could have brought in physical props.

Which feedback is good for the ego?

  • In depth research, good understanding of topic.
  • Good links to graphic design made.
  • Confident speaker.
  • Good historical and contextual knowledge.
  • Good use of imagery to support information.
  • Engaging presentation.
  • Good chronological history supported with imagery.

After discussing how to improve our feedback we picked out three objectives that would have helped improve our Summer Briefs.


  • Vary the information communicated in the presentation, don't focus too heavily on a specific piece of research.
  • Range the look of the slides to make the presentation more visually engaging.
  • Vary my sources more, don't rely too heavily on internet based information.

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