Research & Inspiration for your Design Folio:
*Try to collect research from at least 3 different sources!
Acknowledge the origin:
- The name of the work
- The author/copyright owner’s name
- The origin of the work if found in a secondary publication (name of publication & date)
- Date of the work
- The date of access or download.
Organising your research:
- For text based materials, highlight most relevant information
- Sort and group images/information. Eg: audience related, layout ideas, design ideas
- Explain reasons you have selected the material shown referring to your design brief. What is the link? (audience?, purpose? Context, elements, principles, materials, media?)
Research the client-
- Who are they?
- What is their background?
- Their location?
- What previous designs have they used/created?
work by Ellen Hatton
Research the target audience-
- Who are they?
- What do they look like?
- What do they do?
- Where do they live?
- What designs appeal to them?
- How will they use the final design?
- Research your audience’s interests etc by completing a mood board A3 page.
Research existing and past products that are similar-
- Which are most effective and why?
- Where are possible points of difference?
Research other designs that have a similar purpose and context-
- How do they achieve the purpose required?
- How are they placed/used/displayed in their given context?
http://pixabay.com/en/ -stock image gallery that you can use without breaking copyright
http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/design-process-of-the-phoenix – example of a communication designers short brainstorming example