1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your work during each step of the graphic design process?
This is the title page of this unit, I used colours to classify all parts. All titles for each page are related to the colour here.
This is the page where I have my mistakenly trimmed peer reviews.
Throughout this unit I think that my process is well designed. I think I was capable in using space effectively. I added a unique design for all titles. All of the colours of my titles were linked to the first page with all of the main aspects of the unit. For my first, define the task, I think I wasn’t able to show any design. I think I should have added some kind of pattern or illustration of each word. For example, for the client, I think I should have drew a simple outline of a person which I have done for the following processes. And for the “which application we can use” part I should of had drew the icon of the application which would create the visual of the application and would easily resemble the application. For the “what I have to include in the design” it would of been better if I drew the basic outlines of the main aspects of the YIS logo. For the Research part I think I do have a great composition and interesting layouts of each word, but I think that I lack in colour. The front covers from past years work make it look a little delightful, but I think I should have included more colour. For my Brainstorm and Sketching, although it seems like it contains a lot of colour, I think that the pink outline itself attracts more attention than the actual work I have done. For my peer review and my tight sketch, I had forgotten that I had the peer review on the other side of my tight sketch and I had cut it to adjust it to fit the page. After I realised I thought of how I can change it as some kind of design. I came up with the idea of gluing the edge of the peer review, and pasting the peer review for the tight sketch on the actual page. I think it turned out to be better than just pasting either the tight sketch or the peer review on a page. It looks more interesting than just looking at a normal peer review.
2. Evaluate your final work. Discuss color scheme, font, composition, spacing, mood and target audience.
This is my final design
I think my final work is a well balanced work. I think I have used positive and negative space effectively. Although the objects aren’t symmetrical by placing the title and the year at the place located where it is, I think it balances the composition. Although I had some worries with the blank red space on the shield of the his logo, overall I think I have use space effectively. I think the font matches the mood of the cover. The whole entire mood of the cover is cartoon like and think that the font is also cartoon like, which makes it match it to the cover. I think I don’t have a specific age range for my target audience. I think it is adequate for a wide age range.
3. Explain how you used feedback when identifying strategies to develop and improve your work.
This is the page where I had my client review
For most of my feedback I mostly got positive feedback from both my peers and my client. I got some advise to make my front cover more balanced. My client told me that I do not have to include a complete logo of YIS since it is obvious that the design itself is a design of the YIS logo, I had some space and titles to configure. I moved the year to the bottom right corner.
What my clients and my peers helped me the most was with the open space on the red emblem. I was unable to decide whether I should cast the shadow of the torch or not. Both my clients and my peer told me that casting a shadow is unnecessary. Both of these advise had helped me to make the decision to not cast the shadow.
4. What two things did you learn that will most help you as an artist and two questions that remain unanswered?
What helped me the most:
Tutorials: Photoshop tutorials on Youtube helped me develop my design. It gave me ideas of what photoshop is capable of, and helped me develop the ideas of my design.
Sketches: By sketching my idea, I was able to visualise what looks good and bad. This helped me further on in the process in the create stage. I had a good idea of the must dos and the don’ts.
Two questions that remain unanswered:
Psychological aspects of a graphic design: In this unit we focused on the art phase of a graphic design and we haven’t learned how graphic designs have a psychological effect on people.
What is the difference between art and design: I think everybody would have a different answer for this question. I don’t think I can’t answer this question with just one unit of graphic design.