When looking at the brief for speaking from experience, the first thing that comes to mind is, what would I have changed about my first year if I were to do it again, and what questions would I ask to make the course more manageable.
- Living at home
- Making friends
- Procrastinating, what to do, what not to do
- Blog guide
- Inspirational posters
- How to deal with the work load
- Blogging on a daily basis
- Going out whilst commuting
- Guide to Leeds night life, where to go, where to avoid
- Student diet, how to cook, easy meals
- Overall guide on how to survive the first year
First years need to know all of these things, therefore I will make a kit that will help people to do the work and get it done on time. My biggest problem this year was procrastinating, and getting distracted by everything and everyone, therefore my publication and kit will be a procrastination guide. Showing people what they shouldn't be doing with all of their time, and how they can change their ways to get the work done on time, to their best standard. I have created three boards showing my method of delivery, concept and production.
Mock ups for desk tidy;
Cutting out and making all of these mock ups took a long time, this could be seen as a distraction, and may allow the first years to procrastinate from their work, attempting at constructing these desk tidies. Also my procrastination kit will be quite flat, therefore I may not be able to fit the desk tidy in, especially if it has to be made of thick card. This may not be able to make it into the kit, although there will be something in there which says you should have a clean desk, or something along those lines, so the students will know to clean up, they just wont be provided with a desk tidy, which could be better for them, as it will save them time not building a desk tidy, and they can do more of their own work instead.
The procrastination publication;
Starting to make the publication itself, I first thought about the content that should go inside, what the first years shouldn't be doing and what they should be doing. As I have been there and done that, I know what people are doing when they sit down to do work, they are getting distracted by everything that could possibly distract them. I am going to try and show them what they are getting distracted by and how they should change this. I decided to draw some thumbnails of possible layouts, this is so that it can help me to get my ideas down, then when I try to make it digitally, I can experiment more with the layout and content.
Googling pugs is one thing that personally distracts me a lot, I think that a lot of people will be able to relate to this, as they may not google pugs, but there will be something they have a weakness for, as everyone googles something at some people, just to distract them from doing what they should be doing. The pug is just representing everyones weakness at some point.
This is something else at this time that everyone is talking about and using, it is the new exciting app, it distracts you from your work as it is interesting and funny to use with your friends, this would be a good one to use, as I know that I personally spend too much time checking snapchat, as it doesnt make a sound or notify you very well if you have a snapchat, therefore people have to check it.
After a crit;
Going into the crit I wanted to see if the amount of text was appropriate for my audience, or whether I should be including more, what colour stock I should use, also I had the idea that I was going to have a kit with many different things in it, including a publication, post it notes, pens, pencils, desk tidy, to do list and motivational posters. Coming out of the crit I found that I should use the antique white stock, also that the desk tidy might not be a viable idea for my kit, as it may make the kit too bulky and may not be successful, therefore I think that I will forget about the desk tidy and concentrate on the publication. Also the people in my crit said they thought I should do my pug as a screen print, where as I was going to do a motivational quote screen print.
Layouts for poster;
These are the different solids for each screen, ready to expose.
How to bind the publication;
Designing the publication;
I know that I want to include the blogs which the first years should be looking at, as I think that that is a very helpful thing to have in this publication, but I first thought about having just the names of the blogs and the websites where they could be found, but that it might look too dull and boring, also if I want to have the students tearing the pages out and putting them on their walls, they will need to look appealing. So instead I am going to experiment with using the logos of ech of the blogs I want to tell the first years about.
To do list;
I want to produce a to do list which is simple, in the same style as the publication. Something that can be disposable so that when you have finished with the list you can just bin it. Because in little notebooks which are to do lists you find that it doesn't rip out very well, and you end up with pages full of old lists.
To get the measurements of the box I have to make a plan of where everything will be going in my kit and then measure the height, width and depth that is should be. I want the kit to be the same coloured stock as the publication and to do list so that it keeps consistent.
Final publication, to do list, kit and poster;
If I were to do this brief again I would have done more screen printing. It is a print process which I really enjoy, and although I did use screen printing in this brief, I would have wanted to use more, maybe produce a few more posters, or maybe print the whole book, although I would have to change some of the colours and make it a bit more minimal, so that it would be more simple to print.
What I like about this brief is my choice of stock, I think that the antique white and navy blue works really well together, it also doesn't offer a suggestion to a certain gender, it is very neutral. Also my intentions for this brief was to use a limited range of colours, and I actually used quite a lot of colours, although it worked well, and wouldn't have had the same effect if I were only using a few colours. Although it would have been easier to screen print with more limited colours.