There are no limitations for new discoveries for an Italian student who is not used to face design in an experimental and practical way. Since the beginning of my experience in England, I’ve started to develop my knowledge from the foundation. Everyday I am experiencing some little achievements. In Italy, my previous two years of studying have been based on theoretical design and development of thoughts. I have found that this style is a really old approach for this discipline.
This change is the reason why I have found the online blog really interesting and stimulating. This kind of writing has also come with issues and challenges as well. The aim was to be able to be critical through asking questions and through deeper analysis of design topics. There was space for critical response and the opportunity to support ideas with evidence. This created some really interesting links for me and they are intended to catch the attention of the reader. ( University of Plymouth,2010)
This assessment provided the occasion to open our minds to the audience. It was a way to express ourselves as well. People can not know you if you don’t show who you are and hopefully I have shown some of myself through this blog. I can’t hide that it was also a struggle because when I start to write, even if my English is not the best, I can’t stop and I felt the necessity to go further to explain deeper my ideas. Therefore the limitation of the world was a bit of restriction in my case. Also Snyder, at the same time, agrees to this idea saying that “Blogs combine the immediacy of up-to-the-minute posts, latest first, with a strong sense of the author’s personality, passions, and point of view”(D. Snyder, 2008).
If the blog was to be continued, I would attempt to make it more personal through it’s content, consisting of more than just graphic design. I would do this to avoid the limitation of links to build all around it. I love it when there is the possibility to show that design can be merged with everyday themes, so that people not familiar with the theme can understand the strength of our efforts.
This blog, for me, was really the first step in the right direction. Writing my post allowed me to fill in the information and add to the lessons explanations, but that’s not the only thing I’ve learned. It was also provided a way to gain inspiration finding new links to extend my skills in the professional world. My aim now, is trying to belong to a community of designers with shared interests as we can see in some shown at the bottom of the text (Fig. 1,Fig. 2, Fig. 3, Fig.4) where it’s possible to join debates of eco-design, show design works and also being contacted for jobs.
As I’ve learned, through talking with a photographer during my last internship, it is that the most effective way, nowadays, is to create a link of connection through blogs and social networks. These mediums can show who you are and are easy to find online. So, if pictures, design projects and profiles were not enough, why not add a design blog?
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Higher Resources on Critical Thinking, University of Plymouth (www) http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/resources/files/Critical%20thinking/8Criticalthinkingsummary.pdf [Accessed 24 December 2014]
Lovelypackage.com, (2014). VilkyÅ¡kiÅ³ PieninÄ— | Lovely Package. [online] Available at: http://lovelypackage.com/vilkyskiu-pienine/ [Accessed 24 Dec. 2014].
Snyder, D. (2008). The rules that rule their worlds.
Inhabitat.com, (2014). [online] Available at: http://inhabitat.com/products-2/ [Accessed 24 Dec. 2014].