Unit 5

Non teaching week. Preparation for Assessment.

View the presentation here.

Full PDF Presentation

I’ve just noticed some white gaps above the red boxes on some slides!

So happy to have finished this presentation and actually happy with how it looks to! Now I have to get what I want to say sorted.


**Update** I had to edit my presentation further more as I received some feedback. My presentation now has a light grey box/frame around the images as the red distracted the attention away from the work. Also the layout was more continuos and more organised through out the presentation.

I’ve written up my notes about what I wish to speak about, at the moment I’m hitting around 4mins 30 secs which is good, incase I mess up I have some extra time to correct myself.


Non teaching week. Preparation for Assessment.

Today i’ve been making the changes that were recommended to me by my group. I’ve been going post it note crazy and I have no literally ran out out them all. I decided to do this to my sketchbooks as another girl in my tutor group did this, its a great idea, so that when tutors are looking through my work while i’m not there they can quickly jump to any section they need to. Plus in one of my sketchbooks I have 4 projects, so I hope this will stop the confusion about what project is what. *Note to self; in future do all work in separate sketchbooks, it will make life a lot easier in the future.

Also my website that I had to create for web typography are now live but will only be online for two weeks due to me using a friends server space!

 I’ve also been creating my template for my PDF that will make the presentation a little bit more interesting but nothing that will take away the focus from the work. Above is some shots from the mock presentation I did on Thursday. From these I’ve managed to come up with a identity (I guess) for my slides. I’ve kept it simple and used the colour red as that is the colour of the uni’s branding. Also I heard a weird thing that if you go for a job interview you should wear red as its a confident colour and will help you make a good impression, so hopefully this goes the same for my slides.

Now that a lot of the hard work is done. I just need to rephotograph my sketchbooks and rescan some pages too. Add them into the Indesign file, then practice my presentation. I have an extremely exciting weekend ahead.

Non teaching week. Preparation for Assessment. 

It’s that time of year again that puts the fear of god in me. ASSESSMENT.

However this year I was much more prepared. Usually I leave editing my work after crits up until the last minute and then end up rushing the presentation of my work as I end up spending to much time on making the work better. So I made a conscious effort that after each crit I end the work and make the changes recommended while the work and the thoughts are still fresh in my mind. This has helped a great deal as this week all I have had to concentrate on is actually finishing and printing my work. However thats not been an easy task in itself.

I went to ABC printing in Farringdon to get my work printed. I went there in the last term of first year to get work printed and they were fantastic, they are open until midnight and the quality of their prints are really good. Only down side is that there is a limitation on their paper choices, therefor on one of the booklets that I really wanted printed on coloured card I had to print myself (it didn’t come out to badly considering its an inkjet!)

I chose to mount my work on mounting board. I chose card that was far to thick for my needs, therefor this made my evening of preparation a living hell! The card unbelievably thick and I literally couldn’t cut through the card. I ended up getting fluffy edges and wonky lines. A due to getting frustrated cutting my last piece of work this is what happened.

Snapped in half. Very annoying. However I was actually happy with my final pieces and I think they actually don’t look to bad, however this whole experience was far to traumatic for me.

I have also had to make a PDF presentation to show. Today I did a mock presentation but I only created a rough version of my PDF. I’m aware it looked awful but i’m happy that I had something to show as then I at lest got feedback and now know what to improve.


– Web typography; The pages must be live/viewable online!

– Plan what I want to say, use flash cards and key words.

– Design the whole PDF. Create a template that runs through the work. Use grids for consistency.

– Explanation of research needs to be reduced, only speak about what the research aided me to do.

– Good use of opinion, Have an opinion about all projects.

– Reduce image sizes, make sure all work isn’t pixlated, create better scans.

– Original final pieces & New final pieces. Give them a slide each so it doesn’t look like design development.

– Label all sketchbooks so examiner can flick to pages quickly.

– Make use of thumbnails in project. The presentation is time for me to talk about the work not for them to read everything that is on screen.

Mediums & Messages. A two week project.

Intervention 14.

Our final intervention. We decided to go sort of opposite in the direction that we had been during the previous intervention. We thought that it would be interesting to see what people would write on Facebook if it was totally private and not even their friends could see what they had wrote.

We created a box that people could post there status’s in that would be private. We left a box, some blanks status’s and a pen. When we visited the box the next day it was really full. However someone knicked the pen…

We did open up the box to see what people felt the need to write a status about. Some were silly but generally they were quite interesting.

Final Crit/Presentation.

We selected images from all the interventions we done as we felt for the crit that we needed some printed work to show, to make it easier for people to comment on all 14 interventions.

**spelt security wrong – rushed it!**

We created this book at in the computer suite at uni first of all, saved it. Then realised that you can’t open CS5.5 files in CS5. Therefor we had to do it again, Thats why it looks rushed and includes spelling mistakes.

During the crit we received reasonable feedback. None of the comments were particularly bad. Most people wrote about which piece they favoured which suggests that in this project that there had to be multiple outcomes as you can’t please everyone so more than one outcome is needed.

On reflection of the entire project I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed creating a high turn over of work in a short amount of time, it really helped me push myself as I had no choice but to create work as if I never then I couldn’t progress. I also liked working in a group, it is really beneficial to have someone to bounce ideas off of. I do feel though that I have had enough of this project and do not with to currently push it any further. Perhaps sometime in the future I may revisit it and work on some of the feedback given.

Mediums & Messages. A two week project.

Intervention 12.

After the photo album intervention we looked into the newish feature on Facebook which is its “check-in” or “places”. We spoke about where people check in and it seems a lot of people check in, in really stupid places. For example I’ve seen people check in at their boyfriends house, or their own house, even in bed! These are really ridiculous places to let people know where you are.

We put our check in symbols in various ridiculous areas to try and encourage people to think that the area they are placed are stupid therefor causing them to make better choices when they check in some where.

We found that people did take notice of them and it was the most unusual ones that were noticed e.g the traffic lights. All of the check in points are still in their original locations, perhaps people may think that they are connected with the mobile app?


Intervention 13.

The idea of what people would write on Facebook if it was actually public and they writers were more consciously aware that people were around them and could potentially read what they had wrote.

We put up 3 posters which were screen shots of a Facebook profile that was completely blank so that people could add whatever they wished to it.

One was placed in the canteen, in the lift and one in the toilets. We chose different locations as we wanted to get a range of responses.

Reflection; We could of used better material to stick up these posters and they kept falling down e.g the lift was a pain!

Some people did write on them, but perhaps where they were located wasn’t really in a convenient palce for the user. As if your in a lift, who has a pen just in there pocket ( I assumed everyone at my uni would considering its an art & design uni… )  After coming back to uni the next day the lift poster had gone but the other two remain up still.

Mediums & Messages. A two week project.

Intervention 10.

After looking at Facebook photos and status’s we chose to look at wall posts, quite a neglected piece of Facebook but its main purpose. We still we looking at bring the digital into reality. A wall post is more social than a status as it is a direct message to some one in particular; like a letter, however its just public for everyone to see.

 We decided to bring the wall posts into public and write them on an actual wall. The post says “OMG! FB’s privacy settings have changed again! Scary! LOL!” We wanted to put out the message of Facebook’s privacy settings as well as it seeming like something someone would actually post.

Reflection; Maybe we could of used a different colour wall, one that the chalk would show up on. Its abit like a poster, no one really notices it. Its just saying something not really calling the reader to do anything. Perhaps it could work better as a series?

Intervention 11.

Continuing the theme of Facebook in reality we wanted to look at photos and the albums that people put up on Facebook. We got the idea from this video on YouTube –

This brought up question about what did people do with photographs they took before? Just put them in an album for no one to see?

We left this piece in the Uni’s canteen on a table as we felt that photo albums could been seen as piece of coffee table wear. We did revisit it later on but it just looked as thought it had been “tidied away” so it may have been looked at.

We also went back the day after, the corners looked a bit more used, but its hard to tell if anyone has interacted with something if your not there to witness it.

Mediums & Messages. A two week project.

Intervention 8.

This next piece after the crit we looked at juxtaposing the information that was already given. We also decided to refrain from being to broad in the subject and focused down a bit more. e.g Facebook features people use most.

Pictures are perhaps the main purpose of Facebook. I would not stay people would use flickr as a social media site to post their holiday or party pictures. The images that people post online are either holiday snaps, partying/clubbing, or there profile pictures of themselves.

We tried various pictures in difference areas. Most of the time we tried to put the images in places that would juxtapose the meaning of the images, however on the image above I wouldn’t really say it was a juxtaposition due to the image being placed outside an ambulance station. Perhaps its more ironic as the image is of a person smoking drugs.

After reflection on these images we felt that the images could of been bigger. Some people looked at the images but this could of been due to us standing there taking photographs. Also we felt that it maybe difficult for people to understand, maybe not clear enough on our meaning.

Intervention 9.

This intervention was the next step from images, by looking at status’s people post on Facebook and how they are truly pointless. A lot of the time the status is either boasting or bragging about the poster in an attempt to grab others attention. However there are some status’s that differ from this but mostly these are where people post every though that comes into their head.

We looked at the pointless status’s such as “Watching tv. lol.” people do write these things. We felt that if we took them out of Facebook and into the real world then people may understand how silly these posts are.

 Reflection; people did interact with these, the best one was outside the house (see above) also one we placed at a bus stop. People genuinely wanted to read what was said. We could of created even more, in more locations, however the one we placed at the pub never worked. Perhaps due to it not being on the front of the pub so if we moved it to under the pubs name or on the front doors perhaps it would of worked better.