Category Archives: Folio

Here you will find information and tips regarding what your folio should contain in each stage of the design process.

Drawing from Observation

As part of your research and inspiration for your folio, highly effective drawings from observation need to be completed.  You should have a few drawings relevant to your Presentation One topic and a few drawings relevant to your Presentation Two topic.

It is expected that different objects be brought into the classroom relating to each presentation. You may draw the same object a number of times on the one page. It may be shown from a different angle or a close-up view.

Drawing from observation by Ellen Hatton
Drawing from observation by Ellen Hatton

Consider appropriate materials (papers) to draw on and appropriate media – for the topic drawn. (eg: copic markers, watercolours, coloured pencils)

Drawing from observation
Drawing from observation
Drawing from Observation
Drawing from Observation

Research & Inspiration

Research & Inspiration for your Design Folio:

*Try to collect research from at least 3 different sources!

Acknowledge the origin:

Include-

  • The name of the work
  • The author/copyright owner’s name
  • URL
  • 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

Analyse:

  • Explain reasons you have selected the material shown referring to your design brief. What is the link? (audience?, purpose? Context, elements, principles, materials, media?)
work by Ellen Hatton
work by Ellen Hatton
work by Ellen Hatton
work by Ellen Hatton

 

Collecting Research:

Research the client-
  • Who are they?
  • What is their background?
  • Their location?
  • What previous designs have they used/created?

work by Ellen Hatton

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.

Click here for web link for creating Mood Boards

 Research existing and past products that are similar-
  • Which are most effective and why?
  • Where are possible points of difference?

 

Work by Sam Purdie
Work by Sam Purdie
sarah lin
Work by Sarah Lin
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?
Work by David Sookum
Work by David Sookum
Work by David Sookum
Work by David Sookum

 

Useful Links  

http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/design-process-of-the-phoenix  – example of a communication designers short brainstorming example