Reflection on formative feedback from my tutor (Assignment 2 & Part 2)

I received feedback from my tutor and would like to take a moment to reflect on it.

I received a ‘well done’ for thorough research, variety of examples, my skills are improving and will be useful throughout my studies. It was helpful that I chose to upload some photos of my notebook and sketchbook.

According to my tutor my mind maps showed understanding, ordered my knowledge and also communicated clearly my thought process. I improved my communication and presentation techniques both handwritten and digital. My tutor recommended to continue experimenting with them to gradually develop my own graphic style. I was pleased to learn that my tutor thinks mind mapping became my personal strength, once I overcame that barrier.

I am very pleased my tutor appreciated my observations of similarities of vortexes at Bloomberg and Reichstag buildings.

I should have included more information on Soviet Graffiti in Reichstag Building.

My tutor suggested that in future I should first search for information, and only after for relevant images.

I was told again to qualify big statements and give credible source for that information.

My choice of descriptive words in materials exercises got praised as a good skill for designer to have – I shall continue describing in that creative way.

I should form my own opinions based on information gathered, for example which architects are displaying truth to materials ethos.

Starting on using InDesign software was also noticed, I can see the InDesign uploads have better quality than other software I used beforehand. In my future InDesign work I shall leave a bit more break between elements, and should see magazines etc for guidance.

I should attempt to draw as well as take photos as drawing and sketching of details will make me notice them. Also the more I draw, the more confidence I will gain, which will create good drawings.

In future (if there is another exercise similar) I should create a drawn map of the place with materials pasted in specific locations. That idea is brilliant, it would be sort of floor plan/ collage.

It’s also good that I completed some study visits (sadly all I had coming up soon have been postponed for the time being).

I should pay attention to titles on my work, to make sure everyone knows what it is.

All in all, I’m pleased with the encouraging and constructive feedback I received, praising and setting me in a right direction.

Assignment 2 (Peckham Library)

Spend some time looking through all the information you’ve collated about the site. Decide which sketches, diagrams, pictures, maps etc. that you have made and collected are the most effective at visually communicating the key physical (geographical, material etc) and non-physical (historical, social, cultural etc) aspects of the site.
Use PowerPoint, InDesign or similar to compile a visual presentation document that summarises your research. Include notes and annotations to support the images.
Consider your audience. Does the information make sense to someone other than you? Is there a clear narrative?
Your presentation does not have to include every detail about the site but should touch on the most significant and interesting information from each of the exercises in Project 3. It should be set up using an A3 page size and should be no more than 5 pages long.

Reflection on assignment 2:

I found the task of collating all gathered information easy and enjoyable. I discovered that I memorised a lot of information about the site while completing prior exercises. The only information I needed to re – visit were the ‘number’ facts such as dates and square meters. The rest of information I just noted down from my memory on paper and typed it out later. Like in precedent research on Reichstag building I discovered again that it is impossible to apply set categories to contexts as they all mix and intertwine with one another for example historical will always mix with cultural, and both are mixed with geographical context. Information about sites must have fluid categories as one affects another. I found the process of researching Peckham Library valuable, I learnt how to select the materials that have impact on the users. I learnt and practiced selecting relevant information to include in my assignment. In my future projects I probably won’t concentrate on all materials so much, but select the ones that I feel are important. For example if I were to work on renovation project of Peckham Library I would concentrate first on the bits I would like to keep like the pods, the coloured glass and windows in general, the exposed concrete and steel. The rest of materials like the carpets, paints on the walls, furniture, work surfaces etc could be changed, without affecting the architectural style. I used indesign software to create my presentation and again I found it to be invaluable tool for presenting gathered information in a professional way with high resolution result. I hope my work is easy to understand for someone who learns about Peckham Library for the first time.

List of illustrations:

Fig. 1 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Peckham Library west side. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 2 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Peckham Library north side. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 3 All Design (2000) Peckham Library. [Photograph] At: https://all.design/posts/peckham-library (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 4 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Geographic location. [Drawing] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 5 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Sun path. [Drawing] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 6 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Location within the building. [Drawing] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 7 Peckham Peculiar (1891) Jones and Higgins, 23 Rye Lane, 1891. [Photograph] At: https://66.media.tumblr.com/1d37b0b70af0c45a4d9bde23bb0befc5/tumblr_oatk5hal9f1sevomso1_400.jpg (Accessed 14/03/2020)

Fig. 8 Municipal Dreams (1972) North Peckham Estate. [Photograph] At: https://municipaldreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/north-peckham-estate-2-sa-sn-watermarked.jpg?w=531&h=366 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 9 Shuttleworth, A (2020) View from One Stop Shop Entrance. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 10 Shuttleworth, A (2020) View from Peckham Hill Street. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 11 Laura Maguire (year unknown) Dolehouse Poster. [Poster] At:  https://lauramaguire207blog.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dolehouse2.jpg?w=487 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 12 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Weathered copper cladding. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 13 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Colourful Back of Peckham Library. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 14 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Steel column. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 15 Shuttleworth, A (2019) Steel columns and glass. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 16 Shuttleworth, A (2019) Steel columns and timber cladding. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 17 Shuttleworth, A (2019) Timber cladding and concrete. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 18 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Peckham Arch From Library Window. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

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