To begin unit 10 we had to do research this consisted of using UCAS to look into university courses and deciding what was right for me I decided on looking into going away as its an option I would always consider. In the end I had five choices these where: Hugh Baird, Manchester Metropolitan, University of Arts London, John Moores and Leeds College of art. I picked these as my five choices because they all study mostly the same thing along with other areas that I haven’t yet come across that I’m particularly interested in. I also decided after doing thorough research that studying at home would be more suitable for me however having two choices away meant hopefully one of them will accept me and then I can go to the interview and gain an understanding to what living away would be like and if I felt the surroundings would be right for me
To back the reasons for my choices up I looked into work which students have produced as well as researching the teachers and seeing their work has given me an insight to how they would like me to produce work and what they could do if they taught me. I have used my Unit 10 file in order to place all of the information in especially my five choices along with this I used my blog so that I could also evaluate my work on there. This was helpful to do as finding work mostly came around from the internet so it was easy to screenshot and evaluate fully why I liked it.
I then moved onto doing my physical portfolio, I had to look into types of layout which I liked to produce my physical pages this meant finding a style which suited me, taking it on to help o co-operate with my work to make it look more professional. I did this from using Behance I looked at different examples of Layout I took into consideration the way I work which many of my pieces have a lot of colour From this I knew I needed to keep the layout simple such as only one to two colours on the page so the background didn’t overshadow my work.
While developing my portfolio pages I have learnt about using grids within Photoshop this has helped me keep all of my work aligned, neat and still have a border around the outside even if it was just a white page I used to keep white space on my page almost as if your eyes can relax looking at it even though there is a large amount of colour on the page. The fonts I used for each page where different as well as my layout creating awareness that when turning a page your going onto a different project.
I have did my ten sleeves to the best of my abilities using the best work I have. Along with using existing work I also created monograms which I have decided to put into my portfolio as during my next individual project I want to use the monogram in order to create packaging design. The focus for my packaging is going to be colour so I can have a clean cut outcome which will show a wider variation within my work and highlight I can work independently to produce a variation of outcomes and it doesn’t always have to include mixed media.
I have placed my monogram on the last page of my portfolio I did this by downloading a template of business cards I want to add to my portfolio to make sure I have a clean cut outcome in there and once my individual project is done will be added into my portfolio. However for now this isn’t completed but a work in progress I am going to aim to have sketches in this project along with simple coloured outcomes for a different outlook on the way I can work.
Even though I have an interview on the 20th January this still shouldn’t be a massive problem even though my works not completed I can talk about creating the business card and using a template to see if my monogram is effective to progress with as well including what I will be doing in my future project and how I am going to add it into my portfolio from creating this business card.
My front cover came about during the end of completing my pages I wanted to make sure I included mixed media on the page as this is one of my strongest areas in Graphic Design because of this I traditionally made a pattern and used Illustrator to manipulate and then add it back into Photoshop where I have finalised the editing and placed it on the right side of my portfolio page. On the left side I wanted to make sure I got the point across that I have a clean cut to my work I kept this simple by using sharpie markers placing them evenly and taking a photograph which I then edited in Photoshop to bring back light and shine finally adding it to my front cover. The most important part was also showing me within my front cover not work wise but personality or feature. I have a lot of hair and its what people notice about me when they first see me. I knew throughout doing the project I somehow wanted my hair to be a texture amongst my front cover but I came up with a better idea. Using the scanner with the help of Bart and Izzy I was able to scan my hair I then opened this image up in photoshop and used the free transform tool to spread it across the page to work around. I changed my hair colour by creating a new layer and changing it to colour and using different colours to add into my hair. For me personally I think this is a strong piece because people will know who’s portfolio it is from the front cover and I think its effective because its intriguing not many people will have there hair as there front cover for their portfolio.
The third task we had to was UCAS this consisted of working throughout UCAS online putting in personal information, Education for example what GCSE results I have and current education as well as this I had to write a personal statement this was hard as we had to have 47 lines of text. At first this seemed like a lot to have to write about myself but in the end I ended up with 70 lines. This was because I followed a structure basing of an introduction, Research, study skills, Extra curricular, and Future.
Using this structure was effective to follow especially when showing my skills in a positive light as well as this I researched into my universities and circled what they all study so I was able to write this in my research I shown this in my unit 10 file as I used sticky notes to understand what each university studied. To further develop my knowledge about the universities I also took words from Manchester Metropolitan and University of Arts London’s websites as including this within my personal statement to show knowledge, understanding and research about the course
When writing the projects I had done I also included a project which I want to study in the future I based this on history as I feel as a Graphic Designer its important to get serious messages and feelings across within your work. Furthermore I haven’t done any extra curricular because of this I wrote about work experience or jobs I am in. From this I have explained what skills they have gave me such as working under pressure to have to have food out by a certain time and be quick thinking. To conclude my personal statement I talked about the future what I want to gain from university such as becoming more independent and deepening my knowledge further about Graphic Design. My personal statement took me five times to write as I wanted it to be perfect and show universities my skills and my personality in the best light. Overall I am happy with my personal statement as I was able to say what I’m good at and how I’m going to improve. When uploading this to UCAS at first I had 60 lines on microsoft word and only 50 only UCAS this was good as I didnt have to delete much. Deleting a sentence or two which wasn’t the most important piece of information helped me to complete my UCAS at 47 lines and be able to send off my UCAS which had no problems. All that there is to do now is wait for replays from my chosen universities and in the future decide where I want to study for higher education.
To complete this project I have used wordpress where I have made a category called Unit 10: Portfolio and throughout used this to show any research or changes to my work. I also have a vimeo which doesn’t have any work from this year on but during my moving image project I am going to use this to showcase my work at a higher professional standard.
During the start of this project I first set up a Behance so I was able to upload my portfolio digitally as I was completing it instead of all at once. I have also created a flickr where I will show any photography or illustrations I have done to get my work to a wider audience
As well as this I also have a Pinterest where I take inspiration and pin work which I like or is going to help me for a particular project. Lastly I have created a tumblr so I can look at other work and put this onto my tumblr blog.
Lastly, last Wednesday I was able to have a mock interview with a woman from John Moores university I didnt have my physical portfolio but was able to understand the situation of an interview I now understand that there not as bad as I thought the interviewer just wants to know more about me and my interests. I have also taken on board not to be afraid of asking them questions it could be about the course or it could be personal such as “Whats the best thing thats happened to you this year?” This highlights interest and lets the interviewer know your interested in them helping you to seem more of an interested student to them.
In conclusion this brief has opened my eyes to the opportunities I have not only in Liverpool but different city’s I think I have also progresses as a Graphic Designer learning new skills in Photoshop and have noticed even though I have simple layout it looks good within my work. I am happy overall with my five choices and look forward to hearing back from each choice and still using my blog and my file to update on my decisions or feedback from universities.