BRIEF: Design a unit of time be it a “month” or a “page” of a concept based calendar. It is up to the team how they want to define a month as a month how you know it may not exist.
In this project we were asked to select our own groups as they had decided it was better this way than the tutors randomly selecting them for us. I disagree with this as when you are put in groups with new people you learn more from each other and sometimes have more respect for you fellow group members (at least at the start anyway). Also I would like to get to know some of the others in my class a bit more and this would of allowed me to do this in a less intrusive manner.
I immediately tried to pull in some of the people I would describe as the more conscientious, hard-working designers in our class knowing (hoping) that they would pull through a bit more than my last group did. In the end it turned out to be Rick Giles, Bradley Davis Griffin Snape, Joe Watson, Nick Topping and I in the group which we tactfully named: Tulisa Contostavlos’ Film Crew.
The group dynamic was mostly successful in that I took charge and they listened… (joking of course but in a way I think they respect the fact that any team needs a leader and I thoroughly enjoy taking on this role whenever possible). Our brainstorming sessions were slow starters but once Bradley and I knuckled down to it on the second day we really started to generate some fantastic ideas that we could pitch to the tutors on the coming Friday.
The pitch was almost entirely carried out by myself which I think the tutors picked up on and tried to engage the other team members in a bid to get them to speak up a bit and work out whether it was a group idea or just Mathew Scott’s idea!
From then on the project went swimmingly and we all took on a different section to complete, essentially displaying the same theory or concept all through a different medium depending on our skill sets and personal ambitions. In the end we had 2 A1 posters to display, a laser cut wooden board and a high quality animation (After Effects).
I thought Bradley and Joe did an exceptional job under the circumstances and time restraints. The presentation of our final concept was a triumph to cap off a wonderful 2 weeks work and a great team effort. I look forward to many more group project like this – can only imagine what we could of produced with a little more time and skill.
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