reflection week 28

Daily Action Plan



Monday 11th April

Reflective review


  • Reflect on the development of the project

  • Consider your viewpoint at the start and at this stage of the project

  • Think about your ambitions for the project

  • Consider what you intend to display, scale models, supporting 2D work, full size

    prototypes, test pieces...

  • Use descriptive language, how was it made, who is it for...

  • Use contextual information, what research inspired or influenced the work...

  • Write about your intention for your work, what did you want it to be...

  • Use evaluative language, do you think it is effective, how, why...

  • Action planning, consider how you navigated the projects in terms of time management 


At the start of the project I was not sure where my project title would take me as it was not a theme I had previously explored. However looking back at my work over the past 10 weeks, I feel as if I have learnt a lot. Not just in relation to my theme but also about myself, and the ways I work, what is successful and what isn't. 

I think initially my research was way too broad as it took me a while to develop my own personal interest within the theme, which meant I did a lot of research, but not al of it turned out to be very necessary, however maybe this was needed to find my personal interest. Throughout the project also I feel as if though my secondary research was quite weak as a result of my primary research being so broad. When assessing my ?ideation?, I felt quite proud of myself as I quickly made interesting models in response to my concept, as over the foundation course, I have found I am quite efficient when working with materials. Experimenting and problem solving with different materials for my final model was something I found quite rewarding also, as I learnt a lot about the properties of different materials. I feel as though I could have been more rough and experimental in my sketchbook however, as I can be quite precious over my sketchbook. This has meant my A2 design sheets look quite similar in the layout. I think I also could have explored more ideas in relation to my final proposal. I believe this was due to poor planning towards the end of my project. My time management was a lot better in the initial stages of the project as I feel we were given a lot more direction in terms of what to do. If I was to do this course again, I would seek more feedback from the tutors and base my action plans around the feedback I received. This may have kept me more on track throughout the course, as I did feel a bit lost halfway through. As soon as I had an idea for my final proposal, model making for the exhibition seemed like the next obvious step, and I had a clear image in my mind of what I wanted this to look like, and how I wanted it presented. Once my model was created however, I feel as though the personal narrative element surrounding the idea of home was lost, as the idea of rebuilding communities naturally took over. Therefore at exhibition to resolve this problem, I think I will present a small booklet to show this element of my project in order to fully present my project as a whole. 


Wednesday 13th April

Today I ran through my ideas for my model with Alastiar before I started model making. The feedback is below.



He felt as though my ideas were quite vague and I would have to agree. I have an idea in my head of what I want it to look like, however speaking with Alastair has made me realise that I need to get this down on paper, so I can form my ideas into an actual design.

To Do:

  • Research Materials - In relation to the above advice
  • Materials Testing
  • Early flight Exhibit at Science museum
  • Have a drawn design proposal to show Laoura for tomorrow. 




Self review workshop 

In small groups we analysed the Unit 7 assessment criteria. All these criteria need to be achieved  to pass, and the evidence must be found by the assessors. 

Translating the assessment criteria into our own language was really useful as I found it made much more sense afterwards. My discussing our ideas with the class, I got a much wider understanding of the mark scheme, which has enabled me to go on to assess myself against the criteria, and make any relevant changes to achieve the grade that I want. My translation is below 

1.1 - Proposal, broad and wide research, narrowing this down into a theme (it's a process)

1.2 - Brief writing, evidence, self assessment, critique 

2.1- Use a variety of primary and secondary research that is well thought out and analysed and is relevant to advance your chosen theme (process and development)

2.2 - Using the research collected, create a range of ideas to support your analysis and evaluation - evidence-notes annotation, drawn over pulled, edited elements - reflected about it. 

3.1- Test and create ideas, problem solving practically, scale - in relation to theme, real stuff, evidences, printed, made. 

3.2-Theoretical problems (in your brief) are present - dealing with scale, representing space, professional things, programme, user, site etc. 

4.1- planning your time so that you can complete your project, meeting deadlines,  action plan, reflect on what went wrong etc - why? rethink.

5.1- Demonstrating practical methods towards an outcome. Showing evidence. Different practical methods. Thinking through doing. Making testing reflecting. 

6.1- Evidence of reflection and evaluation - demonstrated.

6.2- The above but taking this further, about decisions, a process. 

7.1- Presentation, portfolio sheets, final model.

7.2- Professional presentation.

Although I did find gaps in my work my doing this self assessment, I feel as though it was placed at quite a late stage in the course and would have been more useful earlier on, as then we would have known the assessment criteria as we went along instead of having the stress of trying to fill in gaps with two weeks to go. 


Friday 15th April

Today I visited the Science museum after my Tutorial with Alastair on Wednesday. Firstly I visited the early flight exhibition in the museum to investigate the materials used for early aircraft. What I found particularly useful was to see that a lot of the structures were made my using a wooden frame, with a lightweight canvas-like material stretched over the top. What inspired me about this was that the fabric used to stretch over the harder frame was very flexible and could create almost any shape that the cage beneath it decided, this therefore solved my problem about tensile structures. I had it in my head that tensile fabrics only created spikey, sharp looking shapes, similar to the work of Frei Otto, however using inspiration from this exhibit, I will go away and experiment with different materials that will allow a form similar to the ones I have in mind.

In addition to this exhibition, I visited the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the same museum for further research into the same topic. This complimented the early flight exhibit really well, as it not only mirrored the same interests I had during that exhibition, but added depth to what I saw before. For example Da Vinci had looked at flight mechanisms also, but this exhibition provided lots of research evidence, such as biomimicry, and how his structures had been inspired my nature, such as birds and eels. This linked closely to my interests as I have previously made links to nature, such as with the cocoon and natures own methods of collapsing and reducing/increasing size. 



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