Dissertation Editorial – Final Outcome and Review

This is my Dissertation editorial design. after a frustrating process of deciding on a idea I enjoyed designing the dissertation, it made me stick to a theme throughout a large document and made me consider how consistent I needed to be while designing.

I think the experience of designing a large multi page document was a positive one. although it felt tedious at times I had to stay focused when designing so many different layouts, making sure all my text read well as well as making sure the rag was presentable, and that the body text would flow well when quotes were implemented.

I am happy with my overall design and I am eager to see how it looks when I print it physically and display it at the CSAD Exhibition.

Diss Editorial

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Design for Real – Magazine Improvements

These are the improvements I made with my group member Connor, we addressed the issues that were raised in our formative feedback to make a better quality final outcome for submission.

We updated the location of the Gaer to the contact details, changed some questions on the tear off form, made the magazine more exclusive to the Gaer by adding the new logo, and we addressed the issue of a lack of Derwen branding by adding the logo to the front cover as well as updating the colour scheme to incorporate Derwen colours and making the design more familiar to the residents.

We created a new design for the magazine to create a more consistent theme throughout, this was much easier as a group of two, opposed to the 5 contributing to the original design. I feel as though this new design is more balanced and less ‘all over the place’ like the first design.

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Design for Real – App improvements

After consulting my formative feedback, I made a list of the criticisms I received and tried my best to resolve the issues as effectively as possible.

I needed to add Derwen branding to my application, which is retrospect was something that I should have already done. I wanted to make it completely clear that the app was a Derwen by adding it to the log in page of the application. A criticism that we received for our magazine was that we didn’t specify which community that it was targeting, so I decided to change the logo showing that it is a Gaer specific app. I also changed the buttons on the application to the Derwen purple to provide some more familiarity and better contrast, because the pale buttons I had before may have been hard to read.

Welcome

The second criticism that I needed to address was the contrasting issues with some of the options not being clear enough on the application. I increased the opacity of the Icons on the tick boxes from 30% to 100% in order to establish better contrast, so that it is clearer for an elderly user that may be visually impaired to navigate the app without selecting the wrong option. I also changed some of the detailing on the application to purple so that I could make the contrast stronger.

 

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Criticality – Final Outcome & Review

Overall I am quite happy with my new criticality design, and feel like the experience of experimenting helped me improve this project. After reading my feedback prior to these improvements, I felt disappointed in myself for not trying something more ambitious, and think that this poster set is an improvement and could redeem my previous poor effort.

Criticality has inspired me a lot, even if my original design may not have shown it much, I feel as though my improved work does, I love the Idea of being critical through design, because you can use satire, sarcasm or just directly oppose an ideology, but still be intelligent about it and use design elements to pick something apart and make a structured argument against something.

I intend on creating some more critical design in the future, but I would like to experiment with different mediums when I do. The sculptures and other  physical creations I saw when researching really inspired me, and made me think that  I would really enjoy creating tactile outcomes for a personal critical design project.

I like the striking effect of these designs, and feel as though the critical aspect of these designs stands out, and the improvements I made to the design much more accurately fit the brief.

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Competitions – Final Outcome and Review

This is my final outcome for the competitions brief

 

 

 

The user would start by logging in by pressing the ‘Sign In’ button and entering their username and password which would take them to the
home page. They would then select the three lines tab at the top left of the page, opening the menu and select the ‘Tailor your Route’ button. This will allow them to select the categories they wish their route to contain and when finished press ‘Show Routes’ to receive the result.

They can then pick the desired route from the ‘Running routes’ page and begin by pressing the ‘Begin this route’ button and then complete the run or end it prematurely by pressing the ‘End Route’ Button.

 

I was  happy with the outcome of this project, I felt as though my application design skills improved throughout completing this project, and it was nice to try and accurately design for one of my favourite sports brands. I had a lot of practice designing to a style specification with this project, and I felt as though I made sure I kept with the Adidas theme didn’t stray off and create something that looks like it was intended for a different company.

I feel as though I developed a solid application with an appropriate message behind it, that encouraged exercise with discounts as the incentive, as well as the features in the application providing running routes anywhere, providing access to sport for those who may not know where they can go running.

Competitions – Improvements – Journey Map

To improve my work, I decided to demonstrate how the Application could be used and created a journey map that displays the process of searching for a specific type of route, beginning this route and then ending or finishing it.

The user would start by logging in by pressing the ‘Sign In’ button and entering their username and password which would take them to the
home page. They would then select the three lines tab at the top left of the page, opening the menu and select the ‘Tailor your Route’ button. This will allow them to select the categories they wish their route to contain and when finished press ‘Show Routes’ to receive the result.

They can then pick the desired route from the ‘Running routes’ page and begin by pressing the ‘Begin this route’ button and then complete the run or end it prematurely by pressing the ‘End Route’ Button.

Criticality – Improvements (3)

After I had taken my images, I decided to take them into Photoshop and make some lighting/contrast adjustments so that they looked as bold as possible in order to try and make a bigger statement with my work.

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I felt as though these contrasting changes positively enhanced the images and decided to add some quotes that were contrasting opposites to vegan viewpoints.  I chose to use Red, the most common colour associated with meat in my text along with white to try and create even more contrast, whilst displaying connotations in the same way vegan posters or branding tends to incorporate a lot of green to represent vegetables.

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My next step will be to muck up these designs for my final submission, and make and tweaks if I feel anything needs to be adjusted.