Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Brief 1. Tamarillo. Boards. Evaluation.

What skills have You developed throughout this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?

Project management skills are one of the most important ones throughout this project.I have learned how to collaborate and work with different ideas at once and how to set deadlines and meet deadlines. We got to show our ideas out there in the real world and I have learned the importance of team play and depending. Even though in the beginning of the year I remember having a comment from Amber Smith that working with that many brief in collaboration might be risky and I agree that it is and were and yet again I am proud to say that all the collaborations have worked out and saw the end line even though from within s**t might have happened. Tamarillo is one of them. Me and Suzanne found it easy to share responsibilities and communicate with the band. The band was so happy with the work produced that this collaboration will extend further in the future. The hardest bit was the last “Came&Went” music video collaboration that involved a lot of planning which I was responsible for. yet again everything worked out wel land we even managed to use social media in the right was of finding the dancer and were sponsored by sandwhich.co.uk and chiarafashion.com.

Concept development - the Tamarillo identity has developed through the year in so many different ways. It was probably the most conceptual piece that I have ever worked on personally. The concept itself was a concept within. It being innovative and interactive and requesting the audience to engage with the piece and the band.

Working with a client - Tamarillo is a start up band that is close to my heart and personally I dealt with the client as with a friend and in every step of the way tried to inform him about any decision making. It proved that having the ‘client’ on your side proved to be useful and less stressful. Also we could take more risks and have less stress if anything went wrong.

What strengths can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on them?

Collaboration is definitely one of my strengths. I love working with many different people. In the future I am planning to work alone a bit more just so I would be confident in working both ways as collaboration I do not find a struggle anymore I want to capitalise and gain confidence in working alone as I see how that would benefit in collaborative work as well. I also learned that logo design is actually one of my favourite parts of branding and identity which I only discovered through this project. I’m aiming to work with more start-ups in the future which will lead identity and branding skill development. I also realised that without note-making I could possibly forget and leave my head - more of that in the future (note making).

There are two types of people in the industry - the ones that start and the ones that finish. I am definitely the one that starts. I don’t find it hard to start and motivate a new project or in this case music video. At the beginning of the idea I’m the one who will arrange, meet, talk, find and make but once the end comes - I need a push to finish off. I should probably address this in my future career and not make myself feel bad about not being able to finish but constantly wanting to start. yet again I will not let this be an excuse to never finish anything, actually trough the summer I am going to finish off all my projects on my own so I can grow as a creative and push myself outside my comfort zone.

Identify five things that you will do differently next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?

1. Initiate more - talk less. It’s an important life practice that I have learned through the year. Talking can only be worth if you want to become a lecturer or a public speaker (which is a very useful skill that I definitely will practice in the future for the future TED talk) but if you want to get stuff done. Plan & action. In every project there has to be an initiator and I don’t mind being that as I do not give up after a defeat (Gold Again) and rather than feeling bad about an idea I move on and do an even better one.
2. Ask people for help even if you scared that you might not get it. The only way to move forward is to ask people. ask for help, ask for support or ask for money. I am still dealing with overcoming myself every single time I ask for help. Being brave and sometimes bold is not something that comes naturally. I think the only thing separating from asking for a favour and not being able to be confident about your abilities is when when people ask and if they don’t get the expected answer they give up or even worse fail. Always have a plan b and never ask people to do something that you would not be willing to do. That’s just lazy really.
3. Don’t control and don’t make up rules. As I got to work in collaboration I learned to let go and yet sometimes i do try to control and sometimes it doesn’t always end up well. I am still learning. I hope in the future I will do less control You need to trust the people you work with meaning the people you do the work for and the people that do the work with you/. Everyone has a clear idea of what they are doing. let them live their dreams as well as you're living yours.
4. Have arguments earlier. One wise person has told me that an argument is a way to check your friendship and if it crumbles - it was not strong enough. Once communication goes down - you lose collaboration. I wish I had more arguments with the people I worked with.
5. Make sure you notice peoples accomplishments and effort. Team work only works well if everyone is putting their full effort into it and trusts each other so it’s very important everyone get’s recognised for it.

5 being best, 1 being poor.

Attendance 4
Punctuality  4
Motivation  4
Commitment  4
Quantity of work produced  5
Quality of work produced  5
Contribution to the group  5

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