Reflection on third year

This last term of my degree has been hard work and challenging. It has been my favourite term because it has been awarding as I can see how my work is coming together for the final degree show.

My final major project was one of the projects I enjoyed the most it was something that I wanted to do and got me to use a skill that I’d forgotten about. Using photography as one of my main strength for this project was daunting as I had previous experience with photography but never taken photos of people. I knew that getting models in a studio would be hard so I decided to trust the British weather and use the streets around me as my studio. It worked really well and there was a lot of a good place in walking distance that worked really well with the theme of the magazine. I think that using photography as the main part of my magazine worked well and felt very personal when I added an image of me and my sister to tie everything together.

The chance to design my dissertation was a challenge as I started to lose interest in my topic that I wrote about so I struggled to design for something that I lost interest in. I decided to keep it simple using colour for each page. I also drew images to link to each chapter to make it easy to visually imagining what I was talking about within my dissertation question. I used fonts that were different for each chapter trying to tie the font in with the year I was talking about.

Thinking about what happens after university scares me. Every decision that led me to university was really random and something I didn’t really think about planning ahead was never something I wanted to do so thinking about life after university scares me. I have always wanted to travel or live abroad so thinking about an internship abroad is something that I would enjoy. I have researched into internship abroad but struggled to find something that pays enough to really stay out there long enough to get a worthy internship.


Dissertation Design Final

This is the final dissertation design I wanted to keep it simple but also make it easy to tell between the chapters. I used 6 colours and grey as the main colour to make all of my chapters stand out from one another. Using the same colour to make each quote work the same. I used illustrated sketches that linked to each chapter. I wanted these to work with the chapters and also fill the gaps to make it read better. I will print this 148 -148 mm on to 170gsm and 350gsm for the front cover. I think that is will work the best to make it look like a book.

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Professional Practice

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Exit Strategy 

The third year has been one of those years that has really made me think about what I do long term and what my exit strategy is and what I plan on doing after university. I’m the type of person that has always winged things and allowed things to just happen. Following this year and the open brief we’ve had, it has drawn me as a designer to editorials and especially that of fashion.

Immediately after graduation, I plan on having a job or an internship abroad. I hope to be able to work further on my design skills and would love to work with fashion and social media companies. I hope to work on my typography and editorial skills, I want to be a designer because I will be able to work on so many different briefs and this will help me gain experience with different types of projects to focus on. I want to work in an environment where everyone is creative and have ideas to bounce off one another as that is how I worked when I was in University.  At the moment freelance isn’t something I think I could do but I think once working with a company as an intern or as a full-time job will give me the experience to go it alone. I want an internship abroad to not only to gain experience but also to live away from home as I study in the university and stayed at home so I think having time away to gain experience will be good for me.

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  • Applied for jobs in Bristol & Cardiff
  • Researched and applied for internships in Europe

Live application

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Portfolio examples 

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Website Portfolio

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Catalog Images 

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Website Portfolio

I have made a portfolio and also an online version. These clearly show all of the work I’ve done in the third year and I have also added the project I have done over summer within my website portfolio.

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This is my website portfolio it is similar to my real portfolio and It shows all my work that I have done over the past year and a brief description of what each project is. My other portfolio is similar shows page for page what I’ve done.

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I have also created a CV this shows my skills and give a brief description of who I am and what I can do as a designer. I think it sums up well what I have learnt along with the thing that I have done as design work and also retail job. I have designed it to work with my logo and also included a picture of myself.

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Catalogue summer show exhibition

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Graphic Communication


My project Generation fashion magazine is a project based around fashion on a budget. The street style looks included inside the magazine are all based around the fashion of today and all the photography of the models in these looks was taken by me. I felt that I could use the art of photography to really celebrate street style. It includes article talking about university struggles, fashion tips and culture within fashion.

Final Major Project – Reflection

My final major project is the one project I really related too and enjoyed researching and designing. I think that the fact that the brief was completely up to us really helped as I never really connected with any of the other projects as I struggle to design for an issue that I don’t feel strongly about. The start of this project was hard as I found it difficult to narrow down what I wanted to do and what I felt I was good at. I think after writing down thing I felt I’d enjoyed the most and also my interest really helped me come up with a rough idea of a fashion based project.

The idea of a fashion magazine came from the enjoyment of editorial and magazine design. The fashion idea came from my interest in fashion, clothes and shopping. I really enjoy fashion on high streets and online. I think that this is something I really enjoyed doing is making an outfit out of simple things. I also wanted to use a skill I had that I didn’t feel strongly about in the past. This was my photography I did an A level in it but never really enjoyed it as most of what I photographed was building and motion photography. This idea of portrait photography I really enjoyed and think that they worked really well. I think it is something I’d discarded but think I could use it in the future as it is something that I am good at.

The design ideas came from a few different magazines. I think that this has helped to come up with layout and page ideas. I think that this helped a lot with getting the layout and design ideas out there. I think that if it wasn’t for looking at other magazines I would have been stuck on how to start my magazine. I really enjoyed the development of my magazine and I think that having the photos really helped with the development of my magazine. I did 4 photoshoots with a different outfit and different model I think that having a lot of images to play with really helped as I could play around with different images and different placement of images.



Hand Washing – Changed

Further Feedback

After hand in we had further feedback that gave us an outlook of the whole project and how to improve from both the clients and the tutors. The feedback on my final project was that the word danger felt like a negative word and didn’t really fit the place this poster would be used for. I think that the original use for the word danger was the idea that they seen this word and knew that this task was needed to stop the danger. I think that I will use this feedback and change the word to make it more light-hearted. The use of the colour black was also something that was mention felt that it didn’t link to the other poster even know I was told to change the colour from green to black by my mentors. I then was told that the size of the poster was ambitious enough and didn’t work to grab people attention.

Reflecting on feedback:

I felt that the feedback was fair and that there was a lot more work that could be done to allow this project to work well. I think that the main point was changing the word danger I think I will try and find another word that doesn’t seem as harsh and maybe just used the word germ. I think that the background change will have to be a light colour that works with the poster to give it a light-hearted feel. I will also look at changing the size by making 4 posters that include each step being A1, A2 in size to allow it to be large enough to get the point across that these steps need to be read and paid attention.

Improved Poster

This is my updated version of my poster following feedback. I have changed it a lot and given it a comic strip feel to it. I have updated the text and changed the colour and size. These will be A2 poster that can be displayed in a long strip or as two posters depending on the space in the workplace.

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How it would work:

This is my updated version of my poster following feedback. I have changed it a lot and given it a comic strip feel to it. I have updated the text and changed the colour and size. These will be A2 poster that can be displayed in a long strip or as two posters depending on the space in the workplace.

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