To plan and generate ideas for tyh create a timeline showing our journey in our course so far. It would need to represent us and our thoughts on our development as well as show the skills and techniques that we had learnt. I felt that it would be important to keep the layout visible, with a good balance between text and images. I also wanted to give the timeline a formal visual style since I feel that it is important to set a good impression. Since I moved course at the start of 2017 I wanted to show my thought process behind my decision and how it benefited me.
Above is the design that I created. Overall I am happy with the outcome since it shows my development throughout the time I have spent in Canterbury college. I felt that I accurately represented my journey by showing each new thing that I have learnt as well as describing what has been most beneficial to me. I am also happy that I have been able to show what I have learnt on the Digital Design course since I am able to see my development. As well as this it adds to my thinking that it was a good decision to change from Film and TV to Digital Design.
In terms of design, I’m confident that it has represented my thoughts and feelings well in that it gives a formal impression. Whilst working on the design, I wanted to include more colours to try and make the page more eye catching, however I struggled to keep its formal approach when trialing this. Another improvement that I think would have been good to include would be incorporation of gif animations. I feel like this would be a good way to showcase some of my animation work that I have done over the year, however I felt that it would be more time effective to work on a static design since using gifs would take up a significant amount of time.
Despite not being able to include gif animation, I am happy with how I represented my development over the year. I have been able to describe in comprehensive detail what I have learnt and how I have improved my skills and techniques. I also included a detailed description as to what software I had used as well as what ones I thought had been most beneficial to me.
I started by showing images of myself doing practical work in the Film and TV Production course. I felt that this was a good point to start at since it would allow me to carry on with the timeline in chronological order. I then went onto explain what I had learnt in the Digital Design course. I described how I worked with pixel art to create tile sets and sprites as assets for our games. In doing this I wanted to emphasise how much I have been able to improve my work with Photoshop and the illustration skills I now have. After doing this I explained my process behind working with GameMaker. I wrote about how I hadn’t used the software before and how I felt that I had greatly improved after spending some time using the program. With each piece of text I gave screenshots to give evidence and context of what I said. I feel like I was able to implement a good balance between the text and images.
For my mind map I wanted to show what represented me as a person. One of my main intentions was to show my thoughts with images rather than just using words. I wanted to use a very visual style that would easily show what has impacted me and has contributed to who I am today. At the top right of the mind map I have given reference to my influences. Out of the three, I feel that Gary Vaynerchuk has been the most influential. Gary Vaynerchuk is CEO of Vayner Media, a marketing agency that helps brands get the most out of their marketing campaigns. Over the last year I have been watching Gary’s YouTube content that shows his day to day life as a CEO of a multi million dollar company. As well as this he is host of a show called ask The Gary Vee Show where he answers wide variety of business questions asked by his online followers. This has helped me become more knowledgeable of how I can use social media to get freelance work.
To the left of Gary Vaynerchuk, I have included an image of Casey Neistat. His work has been a huge influence since it has allowed me to get a different perspective as to how expensive equipment isn’t always needed in creative places. He is a huge preacher in that equipment is the last variable needed for a good video/content. In 2008 Casey and his brother has a HBO series called the Neistat Brothers, a show where they would make several short films about there lives and would compile them into 30 minute episodes. The entire show was filmed on small digital cameras that were at the lower end of production quality at the time. Despite the low production quality, HBO brought the series for 2 million dollars. This is one of the main reasons why I have learnt to work with what I have so I can become as good as possible until I have more resources to work with.
The last influencer that I have chosen is Chris Do. Chris is the founder and CEO of branding consultancy Blind. Founded in 1995, Blind is a pioneer of Motion Design. As well as running Blind, Chris also has a YouTube channel called The Futur. In some ways he is very similar to Gary Vaynerchuk since he as a very similar show where he answers questions asked by his audience, however Chris is much more specialised to motion design which is one of my main interests. He does also answer business related questions but they are almost always linked in with design since that is his field of work. Over the last few months I feel like my work has improved since I have been able to listen to Chris’s advice given to other people and apply it to myself.
Under inspirations I have included some images of work that have really inspired me to keep working on my own motion design skills so that one day I’d be able to produce work to a higher quality. The two images on the right are from motion designers that do similar work to my own. These two designers in particular have been a big inspiration and by analysing there work I have been able to push myself to improve my own. The two images on left are screenshots from longer animations that have been my main focus within the last month or two. Ideally I’d really like to expand the variety of my own work to be able to get a larger amount of clientele and experience.
Next I included an area for my own work. I wanted to show this since I felt that it was necessary to show what I had been doing so much over the last year. My main focus has been on branding animation/motion graphics so I have been freelancing over the last year to try and improve my own craft and knowledge to help me get a better idea of what I want to do as a career. I started out working with YouTube channels but have recently transitioned to working with small startups to help me get a wider variety of work to put on my portfolio. I also included the logos of the software that I have worked with over the year since I felt that it would be important to show both the final result and the skills I have learnt. After adding in my work and experiences, I focused on background and values. I included images of places where I have previously lived and where I live now. I felt that this was important since it would give a sense as to where I come from and how my surroundings have contributed to who I am.
This week has been very interesting since I have been able to reflect on what I have done throughout the year. I feel like have made a good start on the final major project since my reflections have allowed me to think about what I’d like to improve on and explore within the next few months. I am happy with the work I have been able to accomplish since I took extra time to work and the visual and graphic design behind each piece. Now that I have done this work I feel much more confident as to what I’d like to work on in the final major project and in future projects.
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