As a great procrastinator i was postponing that moment again and again.

But it couldn’t last forever, right?

So self-reflection minute.

Which projects have you enjoyed? Why?

My favorite projects were ‘Blind Date’, ‘Type’ and ‘Three Extraordinary Books’. I think i will add ‘Re:Work’ project to that list too.

Why? Firstly, i was excited about all of them. I was very curious during my research and had feeling inside ‘yes, i could do that in my future career’. And i  liked that all of them are about experimentation and trying new things, new ways: what else photography could be? how i could place these words so it will be interesting and freshly? what else book can be? how can i put my drawings further? Just loved the process going through project from beginning to the end.

Which projects have you loathed? Why?

‘From A – B’ and ‘Make them laugh’ projects.

‘From A – B’ seems interesting. But i don’t why i had feeling of being stuck most of the time. And it was quite long project, so i had a feeling ‘omg, outcome should be good enough!’ and i was waking final piece on the last day.

‘Make them laugh’ – hated it. Firstly, it was group project. So people with who you work play role. My group was good, but i didn’t feel excitement going from them. And when there were moments to develop idea further no shit was given. Didn’t enjoy it, although to see final results of other groups was truly loads of fun, that part i enjoyed.

Is it more important to you that your work is humorous, informative, shocking or beautiful? Why?

For me important that my work is beautiful. I am in some kind perfectionist so yes, it is quite important.

Myself i like humorous and shocking work. It is not yet in my own work enough. But it is what i would like to bring in.

During the course of Part 2, has your approach to a brief changed? How?

My approach is more serious now. After i heard a brief i always read it carefully and check all links possible going with it. Discussion in studio helped a lot to improve my approach. Clear understanding of a brief makes first steps way easier.

When presented with a brief, how do you get started? Are there other ways to get going?

As i mentioned, i firstly check artist stated in a brief, research their work. Go to library to check books related to the topic. Or go to make some photos or to a gallery for inspiration. Other way is to start doing something before you’ve seen stuff. It is also works. Because when you read a brief some ideas will pop up in your head immediately. Maybe it is better to document them first and then to see what else was already done. I think i should keep more with that scenario as sometimes after seeing a lot of stuff in the beginning it is possible to get stuck with your own ideas.

What are some of the best ways to develop your initial ideas?

I think i mentioned it in previous answer. For me: to see other artist’s stuff, to go and to make some pictures, try new things in workshop, open a book or to see a film at the long last, something to get inspiration or idea for further step. Or to hear from your peers! After you normally should understand if initial idea is potential and where to move with it.

What are your particular skills? Do you draw on them all? How? What other skills would be useful to learn?

Didn’t get the question to be honest. Try to answer the way i understood it.

Yes, normally i draw to visualize my ideas. I also like to use collage, it is great way to experiment. Take pictures. Go to workshop to test some ideas. To use Illustrator or Photoshop (not my strong point).

How much use do you make of the research you do?


Do you find contextual research useful? Why? Why not?

I find useful. To see what have been already done by people from the same field is vital. You can see how other people work and see things. It can be very different or similar to you. So it can give you more variations how you can move with your idea or maybe to see it from different angle.

Other moment you can think ‘oh, it is already done!’, but why not to modify idea further and make it, OK, similar but in your own style!

Which have been your most successful ways of visualizing your ideas and developments?

Collages and workshops.

How does the way you show your thinking help you to take your work further?

It gives you a chance to look back. To analyse work you’ve done and give it a critical view. Or maybe to see gaps you have, like it was’t enough experiments etc.

Which parts of your design process would benefit from greater attention?

I think final part. You need a lot of attention when you do your outcome. I should ask myself more will this source make my work communicate right way? And of course final piece should be done as professionally as you can, it demands attention as well.

Who do you go to for the feedback during a project? What effect does this feedback have on your work?

Normally, group discussions in class and talks with tutors. And it has great effect on my work! It helps to test ideas. After such discussions i have less doubts which idea, i see weak points where i should pay more attention. I see impression my work does so far. It is so so useful.

What would you like to achieve in the course of your FMP?

I would like to show myself as a designer, to present strong work which will show my style so far.

I would like to correct my weak points. Turn them in strengths.

I would like to gain new skills, new knowledge.

I would like to show serious project. I would like to do my best.

Where will you go from here?


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