Week 8 – Guru’s Day Prep

It’s Guru’s Day next week, which means this week is Guru’s Day Preparation! A requirement for Guru’s Day is to present three A3 boards of information. These boards are Context, Research and Concept. I renamed these to Understanding, Investigating, Designing. The purpose of my boards was to start a conversation between myself and the guru. I will have gurus assigned to me based on their own interest in my topic so I’m quite relaxed about having a conversation with someone who is already excited about my presentation.

I felt that making just three A3 boards was not enough. Some of the Gurus are travelling up from London so I wanted to offer them a little bit more. I chose to cover my desk in paper and supply the gurus with a collection of felt tip pens. I also have little prototype identity monitors to give them something to play with. The idea would be that my desk would act as a visual notepad during our conversation with the aim to make the conversation more satisfying for both of us. I’m also going to cover the page with little skittle sweets so we can keep our energy up throughout the day.

This week had the University host two Open Days for prospective student applicants. It’s basically a time where the university opens its doors and displays work for people to see. They also employ student ambassadors to promote their course and host tours around the facilities. I was employed as an ambassador for my course, Digital Interaction Design. I was really excited about this opportunity as I think the way our course is presented in the University prospectus is not the best.

I manned our stall for two days and also ran departmental and facility tours. Interaction Design is an often misunderstood and overlooked course so we didn’t get to talk to too many prospective students. However the people I did get to talk to were very interested in what I had to say and I have conversations lasting between 30 minutes – 1 hour.

On top of being able to say all the nice things about my course of study, I also got paid which is absolutely fantastic and I will definitely be volunteering for future opportunities like this. It was also Halloween this week so I thought I’d take advantage and wear some black lipstick and spooky contact lenses. I’m all prepared for Guru’s Day and can’t wait to see what insights will come from that day.