Field Final Review (3)

I feel that this year I have enjoyed the field projects most of all, they provided me with new skills across the board as well as improving my problem solving and communications skills. I feel as though I am much better at working in groups, and can communicate with team members a lot better.

The projects have provided me with translatable skills that I will be able to further implement into my subject and constellation modules. The mind your own business project provided me with a better understanding of how design work would be used after I create it, which also helps me tailor the way I approach the creative process to the project that I am working on.

Mind your own business has helped me an incredible amount with my organisational skills, which will help the way I approach business ventures in the future, I feel as though I will be able to plan my process and follow out my plans in a thorough manner that will improve productivity and efficiency when designing as well as planning.

The Designs n’ Snow project helped me learn plenty of new digital skills that I will be able to implement into future designs that I create, learning the unreal engine would help me to create interactive designs that I can learn to code and distribute online would be an innovative way of displaying work, and something I intend to complete.

Also the designs n’ snow project gave me access to virtual reality, and three dimensional design spaces, which were very inspiring, the ability to contribute to a collaborative design at the same time as other artists in real time, seeing how other’s create and express themselves is something that I would really like to see happen more often in the future of design itself.

Overall I think field has been the most productive and useful set of projects that I have experienced as a designer and as a person, they have provided me with necessary life skills as well as the ability to create in unique and different ways than I have previously been used to. I will carry forward all the skills and techniques I have learnt into my future graphic design work, as well as using the product design, textiles, and architecture skills in innovative ways to boost the previous skills I possessed.

I feel that being able to merge disciplines in my own personal work as well as when I work with others will be good practice for creating unique ideas and pieces of work throughout my career as a graphic designer which should hopefully open up new possibilities for me as I progress forward.

I have also found that personally, I prefer working with members of other disciplines opposed to graphic designers, because looking at the way other artists process and think helps me get past any creative blocks that I get when I start to find my projects a bit stale, monotonous or uninspiring, which makes me a lot happier, and brings out the best of my creative senses.



Digital Me – Application Email


This is my speculative email that I will be sending to my tutor as well as my CV as a application for work experience in his hypothetical design company ‘Portobello’

Hi Ian,

My name is Liam Mullen, I am a second year graphic communication student currently studying at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

I have found myself incredibly intrigued by Portobello design over the recent weeks, and have been following your work on Instagram and twitter religiously.
I love the innovative ways you combine landscape photography with quirky typographical designs and illustrations, and feel that I could learn so much by working alongside you.

I have studied, and become extremely passionate about design over the past four years and would relish the opportunity to gain experience working with a professional design team, therefore I wanted to enquire about the possibility of gaining a workplace opportunity at Portobello.

Below I have attached my CV and a link to my online portfolio which displays the work I have created throughout my second year at University, any feedback would be heavily appreciated.

I look forward to hearing back from you,
Kind Regards

Liam Mullen