Week 14 – Reflection

Before the Christmas break I gave my final concept presentation to my supervisors. This allowed me to bring together all my ideas and research I had in semester 1 and present it in a format that other people could understand quickly. To do this I decided to make a storyboard as the visual representation of the idea is a really quick way to get the idea across.

The idea that I presented here was called Identify, this was a collection of designed activities that helped the users discover things about their own identities. It was envisioned that these activities would be presented in a workshop setting with facilitation. The aim of the workshop would be to provide long-term value to the user, allowing them to change their behaviours in order to live happier lives. I was happy with what I presented but over the Christmas break my idea began to change.

I’ve always believed that the skills that therapy typically teaches people in order to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety were useful to everyone, not just those who suffer from mental illness. I realised that what I was trying to achieve with Identify could be much stronger if it was grounded in psychological theory. Before I could begin to transform my project though I had to take stock of the work I had completed so far.

This is the reflection I produced, it has four categories, strength, improvement, blog and what next. The sub categories are research, clarity of brief, idea sketching, concept development, prototype exploration, presentation and overall quality. I took the time to review where I was and then decided where I wanted to go next. I thought that my research was the strongest part of my project so far and it would carry my design in many directions. I was proud of my project outline and storyboard as I think the effectively communicated my current idea. However I am definitely lacking in concept development, I’m afraid of pushing the idea too far forward and I’m very anxious about failure.

I am happy with how my blog has developed so far as it is part of my final project assessment, I’m not so happy with the way it looks but I don’t feel like I have the time to restyle my blog page. I need to take more photos of everything but my phone camera is very poor and is a pain to use. I’m looking forward to physically prototyping things and being more free with my ideas. I think the making will help combat the fear and give me the confidence back that I can do this.