Monday, 25 April 2016

Gdes2014 Chocolate & Prototypes Session - Student Progress

Below are the short reports from students on the module as to where they believe they are progress-wise in relation to the 'live' brief about children's bushcraft set by client Rob Delahay from UW Lakeside.

Client Rob Feedback:
All look great!


Anna Solcova
Stunning work; love the character in the ‘kids survival kit’ fantastic idea, double page spread with tick off features is brilliant – I can see these being used already..

Especially liked Katie Ledgewood’s design – and incorporating ‘what you will need’ and ‘instructions’ is great as can serve a multi-purpose  when used by children and as training tool for new staff.

Anna Perkova’s ‘make a map’ idea is great, definite and easily seen links to curriculum.


CHARLOTTE BULLOCK


















Development blog at: http://charlottebullockgdes2014.blogspot.co.uk 

A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

I went into the primary school that my mom works at as they have a large amount of books in their library and they have a selection of forest school equipment and activities.

I went to Little Owl Farm Park and they have a nature walk/bushcraft area with a large amount of activities which are in the form of signs.

Internet research and the children’s books that we looked at in the lectures also gave me inspiration.

B.  Explain why you feel that your final design ideas are both suitable for the site at Lakeside, how they link in with the wants of the brief.

I think that my final design concepts are suitable for the brief and the audience of 7 to 11 year olds because it is bright and colourful and it gives instructions on how to do the different activities successfully with appropriate illustrations with them. I think that my eBook and its style fits in with the outdoor style that we are trying to sell to the children.

C. How might you gain basic feedback from people who don’t know the project to feed-in too (some form of user-testing)?

I plan on taking the pages of my eBook to the school that my mom works at in order to get the opinion of the school children and then their teachers in order to see if it is suitable for the audience in question.

I also plan on creating a questionnaire/survey in order to get opinions on my work from loads of different audiences and age groups.


TOM HODGSON
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Development blog at: http://thodgsongdes2014.blogspot.co.uk/

A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

These three books really inspired the look I wanted to replicate and take forward with my designs. I wanted it to look very hand made and diy. Like something a child themselves would make. I found using different textures like wood and mud really help set them apart and gives the feel like a child has made it. These books have different target age groups and fulfil the hand made feel in different ways, this shows me that there are multiple ways to achieve this look. It also showed me features used to keep the audience visually stimulated and this has been written about in my blog.

B.  Explain why you feel that your final design ideas are both suitable for the site at Lakeside, how they link in with the wants of the brief.

I feel like my design is suitable for the lakeside site, and in general because I believe that appeal to people of the target age range because the stylisation of the overall book is aimed to replicate a book a person of their age would theoretically will be able to put together themselves. With the diy, scrapbook look, I think it replicates a messy and dirty self-assembled book. I think the activities and challenges are appealing to someone of that age and are something they would like to do themselves. I think also the 3d elements also appeal to them.

C. How might you gain basic feedback from people who don’t know the project to feed-in too (some form of user-testing)?

Ideally, a testing session to a tester group of children of mixed gender in the target age group would be a perfect way to test to see if they are engaged with the book itself. A better way to test this would for them to also take the book out to the site, with an adult and physically undergo the activities and use the book to its intended purpose.

Similarly, to do the same test again, however this time with the perspective and feedback from the adult’s opinion would be another good way of gauging whether they feel the child is fully engaged and stimulated by the book.

Other means of testing can be orchestrated through surveys and questionnaires based on the books visual and aesthetics to test to see if they feel the book is appropriate for the age range, and to see if they believe the book is adequate for its purpose.


JACK HUMPHRIES

Development blog at: http://gdes2014bookdesign.tumblr.com

A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

THE EXAMPLES IN WHICH I RESEARCHED INTO WERE EXSITING PICTURE BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED BY COMAPANIES THAT TAKE ON THE SAME BRIEF IN WHICH I AM CURRENTLY UNDERGOING.
101 THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO OUTSIDE – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE – WILD ADVENTURES HAVE INFLUENCED MY ORIGINAL DESIGN CONCEPTS AS IVE LOOKED INTO LAYOUTS, TYPOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATIONS AND CONCEPT IDEAS HAVE ENCOURAGED ME TO LOOK INTO HOW I CAN MANIPULATE MY OWN WORK INTO CREATING A PROFESSIONAL AND SEEMLESS WORKING DESIGN THAT WILL WORK EFFECTIVLEY. I HAVE ALSO LOOKED INTO WAYS IN WHICH PICTURE BOOKS AND ILLUSTRATIONS HELP GUIDE A VIWER / READER THROUGH THE BOOK AND CREATE A ENCHATING EXPERIENCE GIVING THE MEANS OF LAYERING OF TYPOGRAPHY, POSITIONING AND COMPOSISITION AND EVEN GRID METHODS AND FORMATS

B.  Explain why you feel that your final design ideas are both suitable for the site at Lakeside, how they link in with the wants of the brief.

I FEEL MY FINAL DESIGNS ARE SUITABLE FOR THE MAIN PROJECT AS I WANT TO CONEVY A SENSE OF INDIVIDUALITY AND UNIQUENESS WITH MY WORK, COMBINING PRECISE GRAPHIC DESIGN AND WILD OUTDOOR  NATURE INTO A PROFESSIONALLY EXCECUTED AND WELL THOUGHTOUT PRODUCT IS SOMETHING THAT I FEEL MY DESIGNS ACHIEVE.
CREATING TEXTURES, DEPTH OF PERSEPTION AND DEVELOPMENT WITHIN DESIGN IS SOMETHING I WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS WORK, ENCOURPORATING TEXTURES OF PAINTS AND PATTERNS INTO MY ILLUSTRATIONS WILL PROVIDE MORE READABLITIY AS IT HOPEFULLY ENTICES THE CONSUMERS AND TARGET AUDIENCE TO REALLY DELVE INTO THE BOOK AND EVALUATE AND EXAMINE THE PAGES AND GAIN A PERSONAL ATTATCHMENT TOWARDS THE PRODUCT AS MY ILUSTRATIONS CAN BE COLOURED AND ADAPTED FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE. MY CHOSEN IDEAS ARE WELL SUITED FOR THE LAKESIDE  RESORT AS I FEEL AS MY IDEAS REPRESENT THE PLACE AS A WHOLE. A FUN ENVIRONMENT WITH EXPLORATION AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT THAT HAS THE CAPABILITY TO ADVANCE THE LEARNING ASPECT OF THE TARGET AUDIENCE REGARDING FUN ACTIVITIES THAT TEACH NEW AND INTERESTING WAYS OF LEARNING THAT BRANCHES OUT FROM THE NORM, I FEEL THAT THIS SUITS MY DESIGNS AS I HAVE TRIED TO PERSUE THIS SIMILAR CONCEPT.

C. How might you gain basic feedback from people who don’t know the project to feed-in too (some form of user-testing)?


IN THE TERMS OF USER TESTING, I WILL BE INTERVIEWING MY TARGET AUDIENCE AFTER THEY HAVE HAD A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF TIME WITH THE DESIGNS AS I WANT A COMPLETELY UN BIASED AND REALISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS MY CRITUQUES AND FEEDBACKS. EXAPNDING INTO ADULTS WHO WOULD POSIBBLY PURCHASE THE PRODUCT FOR A YOUNGER AUDIENCE AS I WANT TO GET THE KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO APPEAL TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF THE YOUUNGER GENERATION.
PRINT OUT DOCUMENTS WITH BOXES FOR ANSWERS AND GUIDANCE WOULD BE SOMEHTHING I WANT TO PRODUCE SO I CAN HAVE A CONSISTANCE SOURCE OF READBALE KNOWLEDGE WHICH THEREFORE ABLES ME TO REFERENCE INTO MY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON MY ONLINE BLOG AND PERSONAL SKETCHBOOK.


KATIE LEDGERWOOD

Development blog at:  http://kledgerwood1.wix.com/gdesmodules


A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

I took inspiration from the gruffalo activity book as it was similar to what we are doing and I quite liked the style they had used. I was also influenced by my trip to all things wild and I saw a bushcraft area where they had a bug hotels and a bug garden, this gave me an idea of the sort of thing I was designing for. Also seeing exsisting childrens books from my research has influenced me.

B.  Explain why you feel that your final design ideas are both suitable for the site at Lakeside, how they link in with the wants of the brief.

I think my designs fit with brief as they fit in with the age range of 7-11 as my designs are too childlike so I think it is better suited to this age range. I have used a ‘rustic’ style throughout my book, I think this fits in with the ‘outdoorsy’ style. I have also got little bugs scattered around the page which again adds to the rustic style and adds a childlike element.

C. How might you gain basic feedback from people who don’t know the project to feed-in too (some form of user-testing)?

I plan to get feedback by making a survey and then getting a range of people to fill it in so I can get a range of age, gender and get a good variation to make my findings wide ranged. 

I also plan on maybe showing a group of people my work and getting feedback first-hand as well as from the online survey. 


ANNA PESKOVA

Couldn't attend session but has updated her blog at:

https://annapeskovagdes2014.wordpress.com/


NOA RACIC
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Development blog at: https://childrensbookdesignsite.wordpress.com

A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

My idea was to make a book design for children from age five to seven years old.  The design would include illustrations and collage. The colours would be pastel and light and would include the whole colour spectre. The text would be minimalistic with a playful and big font. The interactive part of the book would include a simple build that would teach children about nature and the importance and taking care of it.

B.  Explain why you feel that your final design ideas are both suitable for the site at Lakeside, how they link in with the wants of the brief.

The design would fit in well because its most important task would be to show children fun and education that nature provides us. It would be light hearted and fun, inviting children to do various tasks in a nature environment while having fun and learning at the same time.

C. How might you gain basic feedback from people who don’t know the project to feed-in too (some form of user-testing)?
For user testing I would choose to print out the designs, that I would take to various schools and playgrounds showing them to children and teachers to hear from first hand their opinions, critics and suggestions.


LENKA SIMAKOVA

Development Blog (presently password-protected) at: http://lenkasimacovablog.wordpress.com

A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

The idea make it illustrated with infographic aspects came from one poster, which I have on my blog “Make a stick man” and I think, that work quit well and you can see the illustrated background separately from the infographic elements, I mean good contrast between them. I used my own illustrated background, which I colored in Photoshop, because I think, that for children it is more friendly to see something drawing, because they can make it as well, not like photographs. I used typeface “give me some sugar”, which I found on the dafont.com and I used it because of the curls, which look playful.

B.  Explain why you feel that your final design ideas are both suitable for the site at Lakeside, how they link in with the wants of the brief.

I used forest background, which should symbolize the bushcraft, where they can try to find things, which they will need and try to make for example the fishing rod or whatever from the e-book. I create simple designs, not too much text and images, which shows, what they will need to prepare and how to make it. I think that all these things work well for children. For the cover I used my own illustration as well, it shows activities, which you can find in the book and try to make it, I think, that children chose things mostly because of the look than what they can learn from it, so I wanted to take their attention by using this illustration.

C. How might you gain basic feedback from people who don’t know the project to feed-in too (some form of user-testing)?

Final Q not completed.


ANNA SOLCOVA

Devt blog at: http://annasolcovaa.wix.com/uowblog

(Waiting on other wording)














BEN WHITE


Devt blog at: http://benwhite883.wix.com/photography-blog/


A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

(Book: Going on a Stick Hunt) This was probably one of the most influential pieces of research I look at because it helped me choose my final working style in which I would layer Photographic images with hand rendered, naïve illustration techniques.
I chose to go with this style as I felt the photography would promote the vibrancy of nature, this combined with my illustration style would work to create a visually interesting environment in which kids could get lost observing the individual stylistic techniques on the page.

(Books: Camping With Kids & The Boy’s Book of Outdoor Survival)
The camping with kid’s book was also a very strong influence with my work; this is because of its simplistic visual components, which influenced
Me to explain the activity process in an info graphic manor.
I choose to illustrate in this style as I felt it would be appropriate for kids with learning disabilities. i.e. dyslexia.

(Camp Jobs USA Booklet)
This was a crucial piece of research towards my final design because on analysis of this image I realised the layout of my current design was boring
And it forced me to be more creative with my current layout. It was also a good piece of research because it influenced me to play with signs and textures within my own work.

It also made me realise that the outdoor sign itself sold outdoor activity and for this reason I chose to include it in my own design.


(Other Q's not answered).

ALEX WILLIAMS

Devt blog at: (None supplied).

A. What 3x key findings or examples linked to 'Bushcraft/Children's Outdoor Materials' from your research undertaken for this project have influenced your final set of designs?

An origami scene first inspired me because I wanted to use this to create my environment then lay the text over the top. This then turned into ‘poly art’ illustration because it was far easier for me to digitally create my work. I then found a book called Rosies Walk, which has a fox in that is hiding on each page. For my final piece I will add a fox on each page to give the illustration more depth.

B.  Explain why you feel that your final design ideas are both suitable for the site at Lakeside, how they link in with the wants of the brief.

My designs are simple for the kids to read and understand, yet detailed enough to capture their attention to the background. I created a ‘world’ illustration so that it would be easy for the children to understand the book and how it flows from one thing to another. The text on the piece will be clear and dyslexia friendly so that it’s easily understandable (ran out of time).

C. How might you gain basic feedback from people who don’t know the project to feed-in too (some form of user-testing)?

I’m going to print out my work and test it with parents & children that I know, to test various ages (especially with my 3D artefact). I will also give out a PDF version to see which is better.

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