WEEK 13- FINAL REFLECTION
I have learnt many skills in VCD101 which I am excited to take into my future assignments, projects and career. While learning about the different components of VCD was thoroughly enjoyable, it is safe to say many challenges were faced along the way.
The first skill I learnt was to be more observant in every-day life. When required to find letters of the alphabet in architecture and objects in Assessment 1, it showed me how to become creative with ‘everyday’ things. Following off of that, it was excellent learning skills in Abode Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to create graphic letterforms. This assignment also highlighted the importance of composition, colour and size to create a poster which captures the eyes of an audience.
Learning how to create a monogram in Assessment 2 also taught me great skills on Illustrator, particularly the pen tool. It was fun experimenting with different fonts and placement for my initials, however it took many hours plating around the tools until creating a monogram which suited my booklets overall theme.
Creating the ransom quote was a highlight of VCD101. It was interesting finding different text shapes and colours to use for my quote. The most stressful part was navigating what to use in my background against the text. I wanted the ocean to be incorporated, while maintaining a chic look. I ended up dividing the background images into quarters, where two were filled with face shots of models, one ocean and one with black and white type. I decided to use the type against where the quote was so it could be easier to read. My aim for my booklet was to be simplistic, clean and sophisticated, which I believe was achieved through the colour and image use from the ransom quote.
I wanted my booklet layout to work harmoniously with my ransom quote. To do this, I made each page black, white or blue. I also used certain images from the ransom quote throughout the booklet creates a sense of continuity. A tricky part of this was cropping the images without stretching or distorting the image. Another part which was helpful in creating my layout was the use of margins and grids to organise my images and text.
Text composition was another element of this project which I enjoyed but was also extremely time consuming. I wanted each composition to be unique while maintaining a ‘neat’ and simplistic vibe. I believe I achieved this through making each composition a different type of Helvetica, different grids, different point sizes, justification styles and colour of font. A huge aspect of this which will stick with me is how to create a good text composition which is aesthetic and easily readable. Learning about justification, point size and fonts taught me things I had never thought of.
The main challenge of this semester was learning the functions of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator online. This was tricky because if I couldn’t figure out how to use a certain function, I would have to learn it myself. It took many hours and lots of failures before learning how to use each function.
Overall, VCD101 has taught me many great skills and proved that graphic design is a path I am keen to head toward in my career. I have learnt how to create an eye-capturing and visually aesthetic designs from different functions on the creative cloud. I am keen to continue my VCD journey in the rest of my degree!