feedback

Feedback on my book.

Once my final book had arrived, I brought it in for people to have a look at. Without asking, I wanted to test each person and see if they mention anything about the book that would inspire them to want to go and explore to the places in the book. It was a great relief that every person I had given the book to seemed fascinated by what I had found. A lot of the comments I was received were “I really want to go here”, “where is this? I had no idea it was there despite I go here all the time!” and “this is really cool, how did you find that?” which was the responses I was hoping to receive from my book. What I was concerned about with the book was receiving comments about the size of the book, or any general information about the places and questioning why there was so much blank space. Luckily, the only questions were to question whether some of the places actually existed! I certainly felt that my book achieved its purpose to the public.

Feedback from my Pecha Kucha.

We had to present what we had done so far in our FMP to give the audience an idea of what we are doing and where we are at in our projects. The feedback I got with my project were generally quite good, the main points were to focus on the pages to make sure that each page is as good a standard as the rest.

It was suggested I make my boxes look more faded on the page to stop them being so vivid on the page, which I thought was a really good suggestion, as I hadn’t thought about doing that. Personally, my favourite was to reduce the boxes down to 40%, giving them the depth they need but not standing out quite as clearly as before.

I also thought about making my own bullet points smaller on the page, because they can appear quite large on screen, let alone on paper. All of these comments are easily adaptable to what I have done so far, and with this, I hope it will help me to produce an even better outcome than before.

Feedback.

We were given the opportunity to present what we had done so far in our projects to a group of people. Despite not having finished the product, anything we still had to do, we had to explain what our next steps were.

I was really pleased with how my presentation went; although I had to cut a lot of information out, people appeared to understand the concept of my design, and how I got there. The feedback I got I was able to construct well with also. I agreed with all of the advice, and I had taken them on board. For example, I tried to explain well how my design is different to anything else in my PDF’s.

I had looked at some app designs, but this was not presented in the presentation as I did not have enough room, and therefore that was risky in helping people to understand by development of research. I did like the idea of presenting a tutorial, and I had written a paragraph explaining this in one of my previous blog posts, to show people how to work the app.

The photography aspect I had not yet done when presenting my project. And although I took on board what one of the feedback suggestions was saying, I felt it was still appropriate to use a clear background to present my product at its best.

Feedback on my website.

Good points:

  • Nice and simple design
  • Easy to read and look

Improvements:

  • Consider using a more professional photo
  • Contact menu can have more links like Facebook etc.
  • Maybe on the portfolio page, the pictures could go in a slideshow to show more of them
  • Spell ‘Fotography’ correctly
  • Be careful on the slogan at the top – may look like I am limiting myself to just photography?

I took on board with these comments, and I changed my photo to a single one of myself and made sure the other person wasn’t showing.

The feedback about the contact, although it would be nice to do this, I would need to set up a Facebook profile link first. Because I don’t want to have my personal Facebook linked to my website, I think it would be better to make a Facebook ‘like’ page people can click on and write on.

The third comment I wanted to do for my homepage, however there was not a setting available for this unless I perhaps upgraded.

I put Fotography because it was almost like a mini saying for the page, however because I want to keep it professional I put in the correct spelling for now.

The slogan at the top I considered taking out, but I wanted to also keep it, because it was a mini saying that I think relates a lot to me. Although it may look like I am purely interested in photography, as you look through my work you will see that I do far more than just this.

Evaluation.

Historical piece:

back design PS historic

My historical piece I wanted to show how symbols are also a way of language and communication. The book I chose I personally found the most interesting because of the stories behind the symbols. From all the research, I thought it would be better if I made my own symbol that would fit in with the rest of the theme of the book and recreate one as well.

I thought quite carefully of the image itself. I liked how I have taken parts of the actual symbols as well as creating my own to create something that already existed, but I had made it my own. The colour as well compliments the design, going along with the idea of nature in the symbol and peace, other than red, which could create quite a misleading opinion.

I like how I have designed the layout, in having it quite bold and very minimal to the colour, along with the font used in the title. I wanted to make sure that the title did not overshadow the whole design itself, but I wanted it to still be seen by centring it, keeping the whole layout in proportion. I know I could have improved on the refining of the images, making the curved edges a lot smoother. I also would have liked to play around with more attention to detail in each part, or even come up with a hugely detail symbol alone.

I think the back design could have been a little more decorated, but I like the simplistic style used for it. If I had enough time, I would have maybe added more detail to the other side and the type, arranging it in certain ways that could have possibly linked to the format of the book itself.

Type piece:

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 I still like both of my final designs, but I think this one would be more effective as a post card. I decided to stick with plain background instead of adding texture, because I think less is more. I really like the slogan I have used and the way I have arranged the text, making the slogan makes sense with the type. To me, this is really effective because it does attract people’s attention as it is so ‘up-front’ and makes you look twice at it, but it is not so aggressive than if it was a full-stop.

The faded part of the font I would like to emboss it when I print it, the fading of it works well against the bold statement, especially when you read the blurb at the back, which briefly explains the whole design at the front.

The whole colour scheme of it is very neutral, but that I think, works well than when I tried adding colour to it. The font itself has been known to be boring and simple, therefore I think I have conveyed the meaning well with the design of it in a post card.

I think this is my favourite design out of the two, because it is a classic example of ‘less is more’. The back design I purposely added nothing but what the information was required to give, and the quote from Neville Brody to back one side of the debate about the font. I think it’s better that I never added a little decoration such as a stamp outline design, because this post card I wanted to have the text as part of the ‘image and decoration’.

 Overall, I like both of my designs. I think the historical design could be tweaked a little more and refined in certain areas, but I like the whole concept of it and the idea of recreating a symbol. Moreover, the type example is by far my favourite; the layout works really well and the simplicity of it is what make it so effective.