A little while ago I wrote about becoming too immersed in design that I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Well in search of the forest, and more time with friends and in a design-free (head)space, I seem to have tilted the scales a little too far the other way. While most of my peers in term 3 are stressing out over the amount of work that we’ve barrelled through this term, I somehow feel the opposite. Almost as if I’ve barely done a thing at all that is worth any greatness.
Of course this can’t be true. Up until this point I’ve handed everything in, although some were a tad late. A recent Facebook status update sums it up: I think my expectations of productivity need to be lowered so I actually feel as if I’ve done something. I’m always working, all of my assignments get handed in, yet I feel I do nothing outside of class. This is obviously not the case.
Why do I not feel as stressed out as my friends. Well, I don’t think I have the answer to that. Due to the fact that a recent migraine that I’m still dealing with, has taken me out of a productive state for four days, contradicts my previous statement. The only answer I have is I’m human. It’s taken me a long time to admit to it, but I’m not a super hero, I can’t save the world with spandex and a cape. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try some other way. Trial and error and enjoy the ride.
Hopefully term 4 will be a better balance of all things, design and otherwise.
Last Friday we were handed a design brief to tell a story through the medium of a staged photograph. At first thought, it seemed like just another project added onto what already seemed an insurmountable pile of work. After the initial sigh of despair, I actually thought about it and saw it in the exact opposite light. This was an opportunity to do something I was already good at. There was no learning curve on this project. It was fun, I got to work with two different groups by the end of the week, and I had a great time meeting new people and playing with different concepts.
You can see the process I took in one group in my storytelling case study.