Saturday, May 8, 2010

Semester reflection: kind of off base.

Coming to an end within the second semester at the KCAI graphic design department it has definitely been a trip (like I said earlier). I know coming into this department I was warned of the workload, and the intense scheduling. And the warnings were valid, I especially know this coming to an end of this year. I felt that this year I have grown as a designer in a way I never thought I would before. I never thought to myself when I was in high school, "oh, I want to do design". NEVER did that come up. I don't even really know how I came upon the idea of wanting to be apart of this world. I was always so wrapped up within black and white film photography. (I'm getting off base, sorry) BUT, what I was getting at was the idea of how far I have come as a person within the department. I've been tested in many ways. Especially questioning myself for why I'm doing what I'm doing, and what I'm putting myself through. All the loss sleep and slight anxiety attacks the night before a critique I sometimes question if this is worth what I'm going to end up doing with my life.

Anyways, for the most part I have discovered a lot of new things that I think have always interested me, just never knew what they were really. Such as the idea of having a narrative within my work, I think looking back at all the work I've done throughout my life it has always involved a narrative. It's always been something I've been interested in, just never had a word for it, or that connection. Another thing I've noticed that I do is comment slightly on social issues within the narrative I've played with. Especially in my museum exhibit, and dot book that I did at the beginning of the year. It's becoming this idea of feminism that I've never really FULLY explored. And I really enjoy the idea of moving deeper within a subject and finding a conceptual way to ironically tie two different elements together.

I'm not sure if this is the idea of "semester reflection" that we were supposed to do, but I feel that when I do think about my semester and year as a full I've learned, and discovered new ideas, and new theories to base my design off of now. To take it to the next level, because I'd like to take it to the next level, but also keep myself within the next level.

1 comment:

  1. "sometimes question if this is worth what I'm going to end up doing with my life."

    Only you can answer this for yourself, but as your teacher, I can tell you that I have confidence in your ability to be a successful designer, and moreover, as a design leader.

    It is challenging, but if you put your trust in us and make a commitment to improving yourself as a holistic designer, good things will come.