I have enjoyed both of my field projects and I definitely have been inspired. For my first field project the brief was to create a ‘bespoke chair/stool or seat’, responding to a specific project brief based on the results from a client interview. We were provided with a 16 square foot, 4’x4’x12mm, or 1200x1200x12mm sheet of birch to create the chair, as well as using our own secondary material. We were put into pairs and together we worked collaboratively to create an unique chair for our client. I was happy with our final outcome, however I struggled to understand how I could combine my skills in Graphic Communication and bustling the chair. Throughout this field project I felt slightly pushed aside as I knew this was my partner’s subject area.
After completing everything I was proud of what we had achieved and was inspired by the design process, even though I’m not sure I could do it all again without help from a product designer. What I enjoyed most about this project was working collaboratively with a subject very different from my own, something that will definitely help me in the future. Within my subject area I am used to working with others to create my work, so I was happy working collaboratively. It was interesting to see how others work in their subject, for example, how their work is more ‘hands-on’ whereas my work as a Graphic Designer is slightly more computerised. Personally I thought that my partner and myself worked together really well as we had plenty of ideas to share and got things done fairly quickly. At first I found it difficult to incorporate my graphic design skills into the work, however I was able to come up with some ideas that would help the appearance of the chair.
For my second field project I had the chance of travelling to Morocco and spent the week exploring the city and culture, all whilst getting to spend time with others outside of my course. Whilst in Marrakech we had plenty of opportunities to sketch and take photographs of the different areas of inspiration that we thought would be helpful for our project. My group definitely had similar ideas as to what we wanted to portray in the project. We came up with the idea of creating a book, that would include a feeling for all of the senses, using the spices, orange blossom, tea and fabric dyes we bought in Marrakech.
Overall the most important thing I have learnt from field is how to work collaboratively with other students and finding new ways of combining Graphic design with other subjects. In my first field project I was struggling to find a connection to my course, however by the trip to Morocco I started to explore different ways I could include ideas from other subjects in my work. Field has also inspired me to think outside the box whilst designing as well as giving me the opportunity to build on new skills, that I possibly wouldn’t have in my subject.