It’s the last day of my PDP. Since the 11th of March I have written 40 articles on different issues in regards to my pathway and main project at the Arts University Bournemouth. When I look back at this PDP experience I get the clear sense that I made the right decision when I decided to produce it in the blog form. I have written each post as it was meant for an audience and not just for me, thus it has been way more than a student diary or a private notebook, it has become an editorial body of work I can build on in the future by inviting the public to participate. If it becomes an open document it will also develop into a living document, which in turn is a positive extension of my study.
I wanted to write about a selection of topics that on different levels affected my major project, that meant touching on a plethora of issues that lead me to a greater understanding of the challenges at hand. As mentioned in my introduction text website prototyping contains elements of different design theory and science, I have tried to incorporate some of the known challenges to raise my own awareness of these. The five PDP blog categories contain the articles and quite often an article is attached to more than just one subject. For instance my post on web icon fonts is categorized in both prototype design and graphic design.
Sources and references
My bibliography ended up being somewhat different than I initially imagined and that’s a plus in my book. The reason is that I ended up reading material on more topics than I thought I was going to do, I wanted to hold an open mind because design as a creative discipline holds a plethora of theories. In such a short time span I needed to be as selective as possible and make my own opinion, but when it comes to digital design it also needs to be met with a trial and error approach, especially since I covered new ground and followed a process that was somewhat new to me for this MA project. In this context I would like to mention my encounter with new tools such as Axure as that represented a substantial challenge.
One of my best experiences during this blog period was when I made a field trip the local digital agency Redweb where I got the chance to see up close how they prepared their user tests and also how they worked with ideas and problem solving. Although I have substantial professional work experience I think it’s interesting and rewarding to seek foreign work environments and experience the differences and similarities. I also would like to mention my email correspondence with legendary art director Mike Salisbury and also the experience of reading his book on graphic design in the context of branding and advertisement. Another great experience was investigating the opportunities and advantages of web icon fonts with the Font Awesome concept.
My academic PDP has served as a catalyst for my desire to learn and it drove me steadily forward towards a greater awareness. Not only because I chose a very different approach than I normally would do to challenge myself, but also because I don’t usually do academic research at work.
I felt that I made important improvements, both in the field of my chosen project area and in the realm of graphic design as whole. By seeking broad knowledge I have made myself more aware of the existing design challenges. In many ways I have re-fuelled my awareness of the complexity and the techniques that makes things work…