Constellation Level 5- Reflection

In constellation, we are to start thinking in more of a critical manner to our work and what we learn in the study groups. I think I added more depth to what I learnt in constellation last year in level 4 when we were I looking more at the meaning and a number of different ideas. It was great to expand upon this and look at an idea then to take my own meaning from the theory rather than just being that’s an idea and here’s another. In the study group, we would look at a theory then read on what others had to say about this and what they took from it. I found this helpful as if I didn’t quite understand what the original piece say someone else could say it in a way I can understand more than before and taking ideas from a number of different places to create a well-rounded opinion.

I found the study group, for the most part, a positive experience when it comes to the content. I partook in “Transdisciplinarity and the Experimenters: explorations on methodological practices in Art and Design” we covered subjects from the multiverse to wunderkammers to how one person’s reality is not the same as another’s even if they were experiencing the same thing at the same place. This is something that I have tried to take into account when doing work in both the field and the subject module.

I wrote the essay for this study group on “How Does Doctor Strange Explore and Represent The Multiverse?”. I did not really know what I was going on about when I compleated, there was no plan that I followed or structure. This is something I tried to improve upon when I was writing my dissertation a few months later. Another problem I faced was that the film I was referring to had only just been realised into the cinema so it was difficult to refer back to scenes as I was limited to what was realised in the promotion of the film.

For my dissertation, I am going to write a critical essay looking at political posters. Looking a theory on visual language, historical examples and those from the two Brexit campaigns.  I knew in what sort of direction I loosely wanted to take my dissertation in from the get go. I found that limiting the subject down to find examples from Soviet/Communist and Brexit helped my when I started to complete the reading. Whereas before I was swimming in a sea of examples and this was completely overwhelming. I then search for books in the library that focused on visual language theory and the posters as separate beings so that I will be able to apply the theory to my own analysis of the posters (while trying to look at a number of different views points of the posters). I found it quite difficult to find anything that was truly academic on graphic design in the Brexit campaigns, as it was an extremely recent event.

Writing about Brexit came across from a group research project I compleated in the subject module where we were given a word and we had to find several examples of design for persuasion and our word was “Politics”. We focused on  Brexit and Donald Trump. I found that having something that I had lived through helpful as I was able to find a persional connection to it and is more relvent to my practice today.


Dementia Friends

I started the working process in this project by taking the online Dementia Friend course so that I was aware what I was designing for. They then sent me a small booklet that is designed in a friendly and cheerful way. I wanted to keep this tone in the work I created later. There are some parts that look like they’ve mocked up a style of paper cut out which I really like.Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 01.14.28

  I came up with two main ideas for animations or GIFs.

One idea focuses on that the course only takes an hour to complete and saying what waste of time/dull things you can do then change. The other is looking at a number of people who live with dementia in Wales and try to be emotive to people. I wanted them to be short and snappy to be shared on their Facebook page as people only have a short attention span when it comes to Facebook photos.

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  I had decided to go along with the idea I had of having a hand drawn video of someone drawing as it’s filmed. I tested different pens to see which showed up better and it was a sharpie as it shows up clearly but it is not too big.


I am really unhappy with how the video turned out I feel like it is like someone’s GCSE project. It is just poor quality and jumpy. The music is annoying and repetitive. Harriet the client seemed to like it but I think she was most likely just being polite.  The whole video just greats on me and I hate it so much. She suggested it to be in colour.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 02.29.41I designed a poster to go along with the video so that we would be able to communicate to the residents that would not use the internet and would miss the video and it’s message. I played upon the second idea of the emotive message saying it could be someone they know.  I don’t feel like theses two pieces fit together and are two totally different things instead as part of a set.derwin poster derwin poster final finalThen looking back at the booklet from Dementia Friends I wanted to create something that is more in that tone than what I created. So I didn’t totally rethink the idea I just changed the way that I approached it. Using the illustrations from the original I created a GIF that is much more professionally produced and I edited the poster to be in the same style as the GIF.right-spelling