Monday, 10 October 2011

Today realised, after a talk with John about the overall scheme of the course (notes below), that how I am going about this journal is not currently conducive as a reflective journal.

I will therefore spend a little time this week rectifying this and typing up the scattered notes and though from my notebooks and sketchbooks over the past 3 weeks in chronological order, as I feel this will help also collate my thoughts on the postgraduate course thusfar.

Also, I feel that I have been neglecting my own practice in place of "creative procrastination" (something myself, John, Pip and Oliver talked about at length following the session). This has to stop. Now.

Tutorial Notes:

(AM) Neil

Design Research Primer

> Cross Disciplinary MA

> Requires a generalist approach, but it is individual specific.

> (Neil introduces model for research, see handout)

> Focus on your own practice at the core of this.

> the 4 elements discussed are each important as the other, and feed into one another, but one or more may be more pertinent to my own study.

> Rigor and polish are the things expected of me. This course is both practical and research based.

> This process, and the interactions of the four elements, may become the focus in and of itself.

Further notes:

> Reading list: Must make sure to follow up on at least the most relevant sounding of Neil's selected reading list.

>positivism: Term is cropping up a lot. As far as I understand, it means only taking what you see and experience in life as truth? Bring this up at next tutorial opportunity.

> The left handed breadknife debate.

> John recommended to us that we take the most useful elements discussed by himself/Neil (theory/practise) and find the best way to implement this into out methodology.

> TASK for 13/10/11 The model in action (see handout) I think it may be interesting to try my response to this in comics format.

(PM) John

Design Process: What is it?

> Unpick and look at your work in a post mortem fashion

> what process do you go through to make it?

> Steve Jobs' sound advice: Don't live someone else's life. This rings very true for me. Currently my work feels, personally, too derivative.

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> Make this happen.

Quick chat about the course structure

> The Journal: every day you push things forward: write it up. Reflect on it. You document the highs, lows, notes, tutorial sessions.

> The Design Process: How you get there. The clue's in the name:
It's a PROCESS not the END PRODUCT (remove the noun, look at the verb)

*Task set to come up with, in groups, how we typify the design process, with varied, yet linked results) Then collated all thoughts into a single diagram of Design Practice flow*


* a client will usually have a problem, but not enough knowledge to supply the brief itself. we will often write our our own brief.

** the brief is always worth writing as though in stone. It is your cotrol. The parameters of your project.

*** being clever and maintaining the use of a non-design vocabulary is useful here.

**** getting viewpoints, testing, experimenting: this improves your practise.

> The process is often, despite this, Non-sequential.

> There are stages, but some are more linear, some more cyclical, some parallel.


Go back to what you know. Work from there. The more I show, the better the final grade (not that it's all about that)

> DESIGN PROCESS and RESEARCH PROCESS will run parallel. Some weeks will be taught more intensively that the other, but it is up to me to choose how they inform my work.


> remember that this is not a PHD, the area of study doesn't have to be somewhere new to human understanding: just new to me.

> note that Sue will be more interested in hearing about progress in design process than anythig else: it's what she's there for.

> Demonstrate what I do at every opportunity.

Further Notes:

> We are all on this MA because not only do we solve problems, we have a problem in our wn practise we each want to solve. what is this problem for me?

> Concepts and evaluation are a cyclical process that go on continuously.

> commercially speaking: Ideas are not viable currency. Solutions are.

>rationalisation is where we become more scientific. The more you talk about the work, the more simple and elegant the solution will become. (do not use this as an excuse not to work)

>2nd Year Part Timer talk next Monday opportunity to scope out fellow exhibitors.

> TASK: Read through 2 sections of Visualising Research

> Talk with John, Pip and Oliver Discussed the structure of the MA, shared issues and problems with regulations of workflow and balancing both sides of the course. Much of what was discussed has already been typed up above, but it was useful for mental clarity and peace of mind (insofar as is possible, now the safety net is gone). Also discussed the dangers of creative procrastination. will make a concerted effort to combat this.

> Quick beer and conflab with Ollie and Pip at Varsity. Good to unwind and talk things over with the guys.

> Finished off Neil's "Tomorrow's World" task, not sure as to how well answered in an academic sense my responses are. Will write more on Thursday when we review it.

> Read through first section of Visualising research. Information has seeped in, but too tired to properly articulate. Writeup to follow tomorrow's tutorial.

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