Reflective journal

Week 9

Monday 3rd November

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This week I did a one week graphic design project, I enjoyed being able t have more time to work on something, as previously we only did 1 day projects. After being split into small groups on the first day, we were given a quote, our was "ID RATHER BE DEAD THAT COOL" in which we had to create a piece in which people had to interact. My group and I had to come up with an idea and the technicalities of making it intractable, to then pitch it to a tutor the following day. After going round our class and the neighbouring class asking them what they thought of the quote and whether they would rather be 'dead' or 'cool' we decided to continue this idea and ask the public the same question.

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Before doing the actual interactive piece, we were asked to create a photographic image that would act as a 'statement of intent' for out idea and final outcome.

For our interactive piece we decided to ask the public whether they would rather be 'dead' or 'cool'. We decided to document it by taking a photograph of them with a label or sticker saying one of the two. In the end we though it would look really stark and effective for the person to hold up a sign in big, bold letters saying 'dead' or 'cool', similar to criminal mug shots. This would also create a consistency though all of the photos as they will hold the sign relatively in the same place, whereas with a sticker it can be put anywhere on the body.

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We decided to take the photos in Camden because it is known as being a 'cool' place so we thought we would get an interesting mix of people. We also found many more people said 'dead' than we expected. I were to continue the project it might be interesting to see how different places get different results.

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I really enjoyed working on this project, the amount of time we had in comparison to the one day projects, allowed us to develop and refine our ideas more, creating a more successful result. At first we thought it may be challenging to get enough people to stop and take a photo, but we chose to go at lunch time as people would of been more relaxed and the market in particular would of been busy, on the whole people were willing to stop and answer the question and let us take a photo, perhaps because we had a very short question that didn't consume much of there time. overall I enjoy the final piece, in which we combined all of the photos in a grid, the bold, black and white, simple lettering stand out and looks very effective. I also like the way in each photo the persons individuality comes out, creating even more visually interesting images.

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