1. What skills have you developed through this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?
Throughout this module I have looked at two key movements; modernism and postmodernism, focusing on the latter. This process of informing myself on postmodern and modern theory has informed my practice as a graphic designer, and by observing methodologies and aesthetic in relation to the theory looked at, I now feel that I have a rounded knowledge of graphic design in general. I feel that the work I have produced shows praxis in relation to the written element, and my practice as a designer, showing synthesis between the two. Postmodernism has been a very interesting subject to focus on, and although it covers a wide range of subjects and themes, focusing in on my own practice has made it fun and allowed for a successful practical outcome.
Although academic writing is not a personal strongpoint, learning about postmodern theory and how this has shaped contemporary graphic design practices has improved my creative thought process, and I now look at graphic design in a completely different way. This entire process will inform my next upcoming briefs. As I have produced a critical blog based on 'postmodern formula' and how theory can inform design, this will be carried on throughout the next few months and hopefully this will engage in a kind of dialogue with other creatives, and this will additionally
2. What approaches to/methods of design production have you developed and how have they informed your design development process?
The practical element to my context of practice 3 project works to synthesis postmodern theory in relation to graphic design, and because postmodernism is often dismissed as a made up term to describe a plethora of aesthetics and methods, I aimed to convey a satirical and objective take on the term. It is additionally associated with trends in graphic design, and key words used to describe postmodernism in graphic design are used to create a certain 'style', and so in order for this to translate to an audience, I created a platform from which designers and creatives can choose to interact and offer personal opinion on postmodernism in contemporary graphic design. The printed collateral is meant to feel satiric and parody postmodernism in general, though it is up to the audience to translate however they choose.
The printed material is small in comparison to the digital aspect, and comprises of postcards, sealed in a secretive envelope that the viewer can interact with and rip open to view the content. Each postcard is double sided, that required precision printing methods, and using card put through a laser printer to achieve a coated effect. The digital platform takes the form of a critical blog, using my own personal take on graphic design trends and individual pieces that could be described as postmodern. I learned to make gifs for the first time (and found the process to be far easier than pre-thought) and used them for the blog to promote it. Tumblr has been used for the blog, and although it is flawed in its interactivity, exposure is easily achieved, and so many people have already seen the blog. Development in both print and digital aspects have been achieved.
3. What strengths and weaknesses can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on these?
In regards to the written element, I have improved vastly in terms of using theory and applying it to my subject. I have learned to understand the theory I looked at, and although postmodernism is difficult to define in its nature, I managed to apply it to graphic design, and so this made it easier to understand. Looking at the practical work produced, it feels relatively small, but in hindsight, it makes sense when looking at the brief and what I needed to communicated. The overall project feels far more organised than that of past briefs I have done, and the large amount of research undertaken has has positive effects on the entire outcome. Saying this, theres always room for improvement, and I could have experimented more with the practical element, although it was thought of quite late in the project, and I needed to have finished my dissertation in order for the brief to be written in the first place.
By way of designing from theory, to create praxis, my design process is more informed, and the research methods used for this project will be used for others, as it is thorough, both with primary and secondary research. I used more qualitative than quantitative primary research as this made sense in relation to my chosen subject of postmodernism.
5.How would you grade yourself on the following areas?
Quantity of work produced- 4
Quality of work produced- 5