Week 3 – Context

Whew, week 3 already (technically week 4). Time flies when you don’t feel like you have enough of it. I wouldn’t say that I’m stressed yet, I’m stressed somewhere deep inside myself. I know what I’m doing and I know how to do it, I’m just scared that it won’t move me forward. I think this is due to me not having a clear end goal in mind, I think I need to make sub goals so I can feel like I have direction. I think my project looks a bit like this moment:

This week started off with solo tutorials with Chris and Ewan. We spoke about how my contextual research around identity could be made into something actually useful. This was using the same method that I was taught by Ewan last week with insights instead of objects. I would gather this large swathe of contextual broad insights then pick three at random and see what pops out. This excites me because it kind of forces me to move forward, almost at random, but random in a nice way, in a way that has grounding in research and in my area of interest. After this discussion my project is a bit like this, which is movement in a direction, that isn’t around in circles (hopefully).

For the upcoming Converge Challenge awards ceremony on Thursday I also got my Open Ears business cards printed at the print unit in the University. I was amazed by how good it was, it’s the first time that I’ve used the service, and it was cheaper than buying them online, highly recommended. I’m happy with the way they turned out. It took me a while to realise that my ‘business card’ for Open Ears is a different object to my personal business card as an Interaction Designer. Once I managed to separate those two ideas in my head it became much easier to realise their true purpose. To drive people to my website and to provide a method of contact, in this case my e-mail address. Read more about my business cards here.

We also had our (weekly!) class meeting. This time we were discussing brand image for Social Digital (SD18). The visual team presented their ideas for branding and as a class we voted on our favorite color scheme and our favorite typography. It was fairly straightforward with stand out results. Now the visual team are to work on taking that information and turning it into our final SD18 brand.

Things are getting tough in our fourth year between doing our actual project, writing our dissertation, fundraising a huge amount of money in a short space of time and all of this on top of living our actual day to day lives. As a result of this added stress we are trying to become closer as a group of people, the first way we are trying to do this is to have a ‘tea in the studio’. People are to bring along their own food or order a takeaway so we can just spend some time together. Most of the time the whole cohort is in the studio is within working time and we don’t get to socialise much. Hopefully by taking some time out we’ll form a stronger support network to make it through the next year together.

After Monday and Tuesday was wrapped up I turned my attention towards Thursday, the Converge Challenge awards event. This was the culmination of a process I started in April 2017 and was held in Glasgow Science center. I was in the top 5 in the Social Enterprise category with my business ‘Open Ears‘. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was in attendance along with 200 other prominent figure in Scottish enterprise, read more about the event here. In the end I didn’t not win a prize but I gained valuable experience and knowledge from the people I met and the connections made.

Towards the end of the week I made a plan on how I was to complete the Project Identification Brief due on Monday 9th October. This involved writing questions for both survey and interview. Preparing myself to use the inspiration method Ewan taught me and considering the design of the visual presentation. Looks like next week is going to be really busy.