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Patricia Loto, St Mary's College

My plans for 2015:

I plan to study a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Social Science for Public Health at the University of Auckland.

Information about my work: 'The Kiwi Overseas Experience'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I love the idea of travelling around the world and experiencing a culture outside of my own. The Kiwi OE caught my attention while I had been searching for possible future plans after I finish college or university. I wondered what people who took up the opportunity to travel overseas would take with them, so I wanted to design the different products given in a travel package. I wanted to go for a kind of quirky, fun, bright theme in my work to catch the attention of young adults who, like me, would be interested in contrast to some travel designs with basic looking work.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The majority of my work was created on Photoshop with the use of the skills I've developed throughout my two years of taking Design. I was inspired by many other works found on websites and in books which worked with the changing of opacity, layering and imagery, geometric lines and shapes, and contrast with bold colours. I also took my own photos of maps from different map books and of my own made map and with these I edited and worked around with them on Photoshop.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Thinking up new ideas was definitely a challenge for me throughout the course, especially finding ways to create my own imagery of countries I've never been to. I did not quite like the fact that I had to rely on google images to find high quality photos, instead of using my own. A lot of changes were made - an entire pop-up I had made was left out due to the fact that I was unable to complete it in time, and also because I wasn't sure where I was going with it. A high was definitely the completion of the entire work, and seeing my work all stuck down and ready to go.

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Leanna Lindridge, Epsom Girls Grammar School

My plans for 2015:

My plan for 2015 is to attend Auckland University of Technology (AUT), there I will be majoring in Digital Design and minoring in Digital Fabrication. In my spare time I will continue to draw and paint for leisure and inspiration.

Information about my work: 'Modifica' (Italian for modification)

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I developed my ideas by brainstorming things I am interested in. For instance, the different animals and creatures for the character concepts in my design work were inspired by researching different animals and movies that I like.

I bounced ideas and some of my draft work off family, friends and teachers to receive feedback which helped me figure out how my ideas might be interpreted by viewers of my design board.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I would hand draw parts of each work and then scan them, and work on the computer with Illustrator to clean up the lines and then Photoshop adding in my colour and to arrange each piece into place. Printing on high grade glossy paper helped to give a good finish.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

It took a long time for me to pin point a brief that I wanted to explore because I wanted to try so many different ideas. I also found it a struggle to come up with a name of my event, as I was focused and spending a lot of time on hand drawing work. Even though the character drawing took some time, this was the high point for me throughout this board.

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Georgia Richards, St Orans College

My plans for 2015:

I will be attending the University of Auckland, studying towards a conjoint Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Commerce. I hope to continue design at a postgraduate level, but during my initial studies I hope to continue working on a variety of design projects and gain more experience in the design industry.

Information about my work: 'Nettle'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

For my Level 3 folio I wanted to choose a topic that allowed me a lot of freedom with my designs, where I wouldn't be restricted by the topics related to images/symbols etc. I decided on a stationery/craft magazine due to the fact I love magazines like this, and to choose a topic you are genuinely interested in makes designing it that much more exciting. I set out to design a range of products that I would want to use and buy, and this resulted in the blue/grey colour scheme and the inclusion of the brown cardboard paper element used in a lot of my concepts. I was very influenced by the style of Frankie Magazine and Kiki. K stationery, which can be seen through the illustrative design style and my use of patterns across the 3 panels.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

For the majority of my designs I start off by doodling and drawing a whole section of images, then I would scan those drawings onto the computer and tidy them up using Adobe Illustrator. From there I would open the drawings in Photoshop, and I would play around editing them along with other elements such as colour, type and layout until I was happy with the concept.

Most of the images used on my board I created. I drew all of the characters and their surroundings, took my own photographs, put together the typographic element on the double-page spread and made all of the craft examples in the concepts for the front cover of the magazine.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I had quite a few very long nights a few weeks out before the folio was due, redoing work I was unhappy with, and tweaking stuff to make the 3 panels flow better and more coherent. I was quite pleased when my vision for the board started to come together near the end. I also enjoyed switching around the covers I designed onto my diary, because the diary covers fit inside the clear pocket of Kiki. K diaries.

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Sophie Doyle, Christchurch Girls' High School

My plans for 2015:

Upskilling dancing technique in hopes for a job dancing on cruise ships. Working at Red Bull and doing P.A work to save some money.

Information about my work: 'BIYO Skincare and Cosmetics'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I wanted to create a natural skincare and cosmetics range that used aspects of nature, mainly plants, water, flowers and desert sands to promote the natural qualities of the product. In my design brief I describe how I used the film 'Desert Flower' to influence my design ideas.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Took photos of my friend Victoria after doing her makeup. I then edited the photos and used other images I had taken photos of to blend the panel together. I mainly used photography and Photoshop.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I started out with a clear idea of how my panel was going to look, but along the way I ran into issues and mind blocks with creative ideas for my work. It came close to the end of the year and I was considering not submitting my work, seeing as I had hardly completed one task. A friend convinced me to just do it, and the ideas came flowing. I enjoyed spending all of the very little time I had on it.

 

 
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