What it means to be a designer.

March 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm (Uncategorized)

For me being a designer means creating something that people will find interesting and fun. Its great to have the power to create something that will impact on people lives whether it’s for fun or for a purpose.
As a designer I really enjoy manipulating photos and images and creating something different and visually interesting. I have designed wedding invitations and cards for friends which I love doing. If I have time I enjoy, making photomontages and scrapbooks for family and friends. It’s so nice to give a finished product to people and see their reactions to things you have spent time and effort creating.
Something I would like to do more of is video. I don’t have a lot of experience with it but I’m learning more and more as this year goes on. It helps having great creative people in the class that are always willing to help out.
Web design is another hobby I really enjoy. Ideally I would like to get some industry experience in this area and improve my skills as a web designer, although I wouldn’t hold me breathe in the current environment!
I find designing very challenging because as a designer you have a certain vision and want to apply this to your design but your customer may want something else. You have to have the ability to relate to what your doing and put yourself in their shoes. You also have to be able to really listen to what they want and create something representative of this. The biggest challenge I think is trying to find a middle ground to merge your ideas with theirs without compromising your vision or their expectations.

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Mindmapping

March 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Mindmapping is an extremely handy way to organise your words and ideas around a central keyword.
I had a look at mindmapping and applied it to this semester in college.

I find this very useful as I work in a very visual way and I like to see things represented using words, colours and images. It gives me quick and easy feedback on a certain topic. With college it helps me to gather and organise my thoughts and see what tasks need to be performed and how many. It also gives me a way to clarify and solve problems with things in general. The real beauty of the mindmap is that it’s so easy to learn. Anybody can use them and cheaply. There is no need for technology or particular software even though these are available.
Here are a few other examples of mindmapping….

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Hello and Welcome to my blog!

February 15, 2010 at 11:17 am (Uncategorized)

Hello this is my first blog on wordpress. More to come….:)

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