Sunday, 14 February 2010


1. What skills have you developed through this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?

I think I have learnt how to time keep better this module, increasingly more so towards the end and with the 'collection 100' product part. I didn't think I found it hard working in groups, but I seem to have found where I fall down. Communication within group work is vital and no matter what methods we attempted they didn't seem to embrace the whole group. In this sense I think i have developed survival skills, in that you do your best with what you have to work with and everything seems to pull together in the end one way or another.

Having chosen a subject which interested me for the 'collection 100' project I found myself much more engaged and wanting to get my head down and work. By choosing a subject I enjoy I found interesting research because I wanted to learn more about it. In previous projects I have normally started off with a subject that interests me but then decided to go somewhere completely different which doesn't interest me so much, I'm not quite sure why but it always seems to happen; so for this project I tried to stay as focused on 'me' as possible to create a final outcome which used my full potential.

I thought long and hard and decided reasonably quickly what I wanted to create and realising the huge work load I had set my self I think I panicked slightly which put me into turbo work mode to collect all the materials I would need and research more thoroughly what I wanted to achieve. After this brief panic I realised I had enough time to manufacture these chocolate shoes with precision and passion and not in a mad rush, making my time management at its best.

2. What approaches to/methods of research have you developed and how have they informed your design development process?

I have been a lot more hands on in this project, because it is mainly research based you have to get out there and see the issues for yourself and not just put yourself in a cocoon of ideas which may or may not be true. Approaching the target audience and going out and recording the issue in hand for the 'what if' project made our design decision much more informed ad valid. For the 'collection 100' project I tried to look at every aspect I could think to do with shoes. I went out to Leeds main shopping street to tally types, styles colours, etc of shoes people were wearing, interviews with cobblers and shop sales persons, photographs of shoes in their advertising environment, the history of the shoe etc. Getting a wide range of information helped me decide what my next step would be for the project.

3. What strengths can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on these?

I think precision and detail are two of the main things I enjoy focusing on in work. Crafty and fiddly things interest and encourage me. Seeing a clear path of what I have to create and where I have to get helps me plan and work to my best ability. Although research can be somewhat tedious it is in the long run the backbone for every project so I will ensure to thoroughly research every project to come.

4. What weaknesses can you identify in your work an how will you address these more fully?

I think one of my main weaknesses is finding an idea that I like and not wanting to change it once I have it. Obviously with short time scales fast paced thinking is necessary but looking into other ideas could improve my final outcome. I can sit and think about what I want to do but I wont write down idea which I have though of and scrapped, I should write them down as evidence.

5. Identify five things you will do differently next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?

1. Experiment with more ideas before I stick with one to carry through.
2. Work on presentation skills for my work to give a clearer projection of my idea.
3. Assign individual roles when working in a group.
4. Think about costs of an idea and practicality of producing it.
5. Look at more resources such as books to get inspiration.

If I do all of these and work to my full potential my work should be of the highest standard.

6. Grading...

Attendance: Very good
Punctuality: Excellent
Motivation: Excellent
Commitment: Excellent
Quantity of work produced: Excellent
Quality of work produced: Very good
Contribution to the group: Good

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