Field Year 2 reflective post
- Ideation and realisation
- Contextual understanding
- Evaluation of my own learning
- Cultural understanding
In the first term of field the project I chose was ‘Are you sitting comfortable?’ this was a project that was client based to build a chair for there personality and need. The project was partner based work together intensely throughout the whole project this partner was someone I didn’t know and from another field to gather our different strengths together. I got paired with josh who was a product design student this project taught me how to work together and how different it is to pair with people from other fields. I felt like me and my partner worked well when we were together but I found the contact out of uni difficult.We interviewed the client together and brainstormed and design the chair together mixing both of our ideas together. When it came to making the chair I thought that process worked well we both knew our strengths and made the work load less by working separately when needed.
I learnt a wide range of skills that I wouldn’t have learnt in graphic communication. The skills came especially when coming to making the chair as I did do GCSE product design but my knowledge was limited. Dealing with a client and having meeting was also a different experience and really helped when coming back to subject. I have struggled with being quiet and not leading things but I think in this situation it helped because we both has different strengths so when it came to speaking we had different things to say.
Overall I think this project went well I think me and my partner worked well as a team and came together more when it came to the actually making of the chair. At first I found coming up with idea based of the clients interview hard. When I got into it I found it easier to come away from using the obvious. As a pair we wanted the chair to hint at things but not be obvious to other people. We also decided we wanted to include more than one of the thing she mentioned. I picked up on the fact she loved Indian Beaches so when it came to picking a design I wanted it to have a beach like chair feel to it. We used bo-house architecture for the side of the chair and the pattern was inspired by Lead singer of LED Zeppelin.
For the second term I chose something very different and something I’ve always wanted to do. I chose to go on a two week trip to Rajasthan where we went to two part of the city. This was an amazing trip and it was really nice to spend a whole two weeks with people we didn’t know before hand and get to know them and there field over the trip. This trip was a cultural experience and certainly opened my eye to how other people way of lives. There way of creating things from so little really changed the way I look at design.
I have always wanted to travel and to see other cultures and it was nice to feel part of there world. I have really enjoyed the workshop and how they have made such amazing things with so little. They don’t need factories to make there products. They work fast but there work is precise and neat. I am really enjoying work in my artist book and how this trip will change my work in the future. India is a crazy and chaotic place but it is also full of kind and caring people who want you to learn from them and also learn from you.
These two experience have really helped in different ways to influence my practice. It helped me developed within my course and gave me a understanding of other practices and the work they do. I have learnt that graphic design is a big part but when I was in Rajasthan the graphic communication was still the same even know I was in another country and i believe it is a key ingredient in everything.