I loved how this part of the module was so chilled and encouraged you to work at your own pace. It was a nice change from all the other hectic assignments we were given.
Another thing I loved was that every week I learnt something new and I can confidently say that, in the 11/12 weeks I have been at Uni, my Photoshop skills have improved immensely! Not only that, I am know so much more knowledgeable about theories such as The Rule of Thirds and Colour.
I feel that I am also being shaped well to developing a really effective design process: One that includes an effective research routine; creating a DeviantArt profile and creating galleries of others work and commenting and critiquing them.
What I Wanted To Do
The intention was to find something that embodied me as a person and then find a way to show this in a design: Show who I am through an image.
I thought about who I was and I decided on a few key things. Below is a list of suggestions and reasons for and against choosing them.
|Me||What I Could Do||For/Against|
|Love Movies||Movie Poster||Overdone, somewhat tacky|
|Want to be a Graphic Design||a G.D piece||Could produce a really effective G.D image, use text etc.|
|I enjoy Doodling||Create an image that shows me interacting with my pictures||Bright and Colourful image: reflects my preferred style?|
|I love Graphic Design from the 1950s/1960s||Design an image based on that style||Reflects what I enjoy|
I looked at other peoples profile images on DeviantArt and commented on them in the comment section of the DeviantArt collection.
Ultimately I decided I wanted to do something new and unseen, as far as profile pictures went. I didn’t want to do something without any reason for me doing it.
A profile picture is supposed to sum you up in an image.
What I Did
I had two attempts at taking images myself. The first time I was a little awkward about it but realised that with a rigid model the possibilities are limited, so I did it again, this time I collected a range of faces, angles, positions etc. until I had enough to do something fun and different with.
I put the techniques learnt in lessons into good use. I did a background removal on every high quality image of me (if I thought I might use that image) I also applied the basic touch up techniques to them.
I created 4 designs (with the intention of creating a fifth if I have time after finishing off other projects). A graphic design piece to sell myself: “Buy Me”, another to advertise who I am and what I do: “Turn It On Its Head”, one that shows off my background removal skills and employs other people’s stock images: “Leaning”and a 1950s inspired graphic design piece: “i am| graphic designer”.
I have spoke about them individually already but to summarise:
Buy Me: Needs some changes made to the colours
Turn It On Its Head: Needs completely redoing, the theories there, execution not.
Leaning: Doesn’t have any message, not what I wanted to do originally.
i am | graphic designer: I think this is a very sharp and powerful image, shows what I like as a designer, what I can do and it is clear that every aspect is considered.
I intend to make the above changes before the deadline.
The Mental Block
I wanted to do another design, something related to the definition of my name but couldn’t think of anything in the time span I had, alongside other projects and their deadlines. Which is a shame because I still believe that that design would have a great message that goes deeper than just the design or “this is what style I enjoy.”
I hopefully will get time to make the changes I pointed out above and do the hand drawn idea. But if I don’t or they turn out not to be as good as I would have hoped, I will be submitting the 1950s style “i am | graphic designer” piece as I feel it is the most aesthetically pleasing of the 4 (so far).