I have always been critical like every other design but this brief has offered an opportunity for me to expand my thinking and improve the way that I put my views across.
When I began the brief I did not fully take on the responsibility to put myself in a critical state of mind. As weeks went on felt myself gradually becoming more involved in the brief. I found myself analysing things during the day without meaning to which can some times spoil the moment.
Due to travelling I was not able to update the blog as I should have, instead of frequently updating it I began to take notes and analyse things that I saw as I travelled. The advantage of travelling during the time of this brief has allowed me to view other cultures in a critical way and create structured opinions on them.
I have looked into areas that are stated on the brief, and tried to link designs within each area. There were a number of deigns that I found, that cover more than one area; this did not come as a surprise as design today has to reach a wide audience and be seen on a number of levels. I may have taken them for granted previously but they have helped me to focus my mind and categorise designs into areas in my head. Each area has different aspects that I find more interesting than others, and has helped me to realise how my mind works, by seeing a trend in what I favour. As well as the areas that were stated on the brief I looked into others that I noticed whilst on my travels. In particular television adverts, which are different across the world as they are played to different audiences with differences in their behaviour and culture. I found them interesting as they did vary and met the needs of the Target audience; they may not have been so successful in other countries.
This critical thinking that I have developed during this brief has helped me to critically talk about something and do it in a structural way. Previously I used to criticise and not be able to express what I meant, which did not help people. Now I feel that I am more capable of offering advice into areas that I feel are letting down the design. This will enable me to work in groups a lot better and also help peers whilst in university or in a work situation.
I also feel that it will boost my own work because I have been more engaged with my surroundings so I have learnt from other designs. Appreciating what is around you also allows small details to become apparent, which shows how details can be important in work. More shapes and patterns that can be used in design appear more frequently, resulting in a bigger influence on my sub conscious. Apart from the more experience and knowledge that I have taken in from this brief, my critical analysis on my own work has improved. Critical analysis is a major part of a designers ability and once it is tuned properly greater results are achieved.
The blog entries are mainly about designs that I felt were good and had something about them that worked well. Maybe the whole design did not succeed completely but generally they are pretty sound designs. There were many designs that I encountered that I did not feel were good enough, and discarded them because I did not like to look at them. I felt that I should show designs that I enjoyed because it shows what I appreciate. Each blog is unique to the person and I felt mine should show current and past designs that inspire me. There are some that caught my attention and did not inspire me but I felt that they were nice designs that made me smile.
Once this brief ends it is important for me to continue what I have learnt and try to get better at critical analysis. The blog will still be a tool that I could use to express my opinions and get a response. My opinion may be completely different from an others and it would be useful to see how they view a design, to get a better understanding of the fuller picture. This brief has allowed people to compare views and discuss them, but I feel it is important especially at university to continue with this. As this is the learning ground and the chance to interact more freely, so the opportunity needs to be taken advantage of.
I have enjoyed taking part in this brief and as I have stated I will continue to use the skills that have used during it. Hopefully I will be able to notice how these skills influence my work and I hope that my results will be improved on all levels.