Monday, 13 December 2010

PORTFOLIO VISIT: DESIGN BY DAY, how my visit went!

My visit didn't start of too well as I was 40 minutes late as I got lost along the way. The studio is in Salford, I'd never visited Salford before, I had guidance from a map though this didn't even help to get me there on time. I gave myself two hours to get there and find the place though apparently this wasn't long enough. This then was the cause of sharing my visit with another lad while he showed his work. He was a graduate of Graphic Design from Liverpool John Moores so it was interesting having the opportunity to look through his work. The studio is run by two women Louise and Angela, both were present at my portfolio visit.

The work they were most impressed with was my Ted Baker Window Display. I explained my ideas and concepts around the whole cake idea and they loved it. They said I should carry on with this as my own personal project carrying the idea of the cake but to take it through different seasons for example a Christmas pudding created out of clothes for the winter season. They got really carried away with it getting really excited and wished they were doing it themselves. I think I will intend to do this to create a stronger portfolio for myself and will represent my interests and what I am really into. This also could be an idea for a part of my final major project however my window displays would be static images so I need to re-think working within the same concepts how I could incorporate moving image aspects.

They also liked my Audrey piece and the style that it presents that Angela said she wanted it to go on longer and once you got into it, it was finishing. I explained it was 30 seconds long and that 30 seconds is average for an advert, though this gave me the idea of creating something like that but as a purely design based piece rather than an advert.

I had my nature versus man project from first year in the file along with all my current projects and they suggested I show it. They really liked it saying they felt on the edge of their seats while waiting for the next buzz of harsh imagery within the nature footage at the beginning which was the intention and they said the first one was a real shock which was good to hear, my work creating a reaction.

To conclude my visit was a success as much of their advice I may take on. However I didn't find Salford too exciting and wouldn't want to work there. The last two studios I visited were in Manchester Piccadily and I would rather much prefer to work in that area.

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