The first week of the past three semesters were bearable but this time round, not so much. An endless amount of briefings and a handful of jobs to be done in a short timeframe. However I’m so excited to see what this semester has in store for us. It’s pretty darn exciting already!
Over the next five weeks, us communication designers will find ourselves designing and producing a magazine which is to be based on five categories chosen by our lecturers: Architecture, Interiors, Design, Fashion, and Food. It’s entirely up to us to design it accordingly to how we feel is best suited for our idea. There’s no restrictions, it just has to look ah-mazing. Along with magazine design we have to come up with an innovative promotional piece for YUPO, a Japanese paper company who are well-known for producing quality durable synthetic paper. The final product should be a 3D mock-up that has an end-use and clearly shows the functionality of synthetic paper. Fortunately for us our hard work won’t just be graded, our ideas could potentially be chosen by YUPO to promote their BJ Ball’s paper range.
Next we have readings/essays/group tasks that must be done every week for our media and communication tutorial (our only theory subject). Nothing much to explain there, we’re mainly learning about the mechanics of communication and how history and technology play a role in the way we live today. Lastly, we have our own electives and I chose to do Exhibition Design. We as a class get to design a complete end of year event showcasing what Communication Design has to offer. I chose the elective because I’ve never been a part of a large-scale project and to me it’s an exciting experience to work collaboratively. It’s actually like envisioning a big party that should be memorable for you and for the public. It’s all about working with the space around you much like an art installation.
At the beginning of each class this week we looked through examples of different types of print design to help inspire us (I think it’s also an indication that this semester is heavily print based ). It inspired me to collect and subscribe to magazines, books, flyers etc. The internet’s always chaotic, it’s better off to look at some hard copy for a change.