I will start as I usually do after having a break from blogging by saying that I have been meaning to write this post since May, it is now July! This year is flying by at an extreme pace, quite scary! Since my last blog post featuring my final press images, the degree show is sadly over, I am now a graduate (really not liking this status at the moment!) and I am blogging from London, my home for the next week as I exhibit ‘Reassure’ for possibly the last time!
Degree show review
The degree show was a mixture of feelings, after months of being in the workshop and finishing projects, by the time degree show preview night arrived, I was really pleased with how my space looked but was also really tired! Laurie, my classmate, was kind enough to donated his spare fridge. As for my cartons, I was (and still am) a little disappointed with the light sensor, as the fridge door requires a swift movement for sensor to work properly and for the twin carton to react and change colour. During the degree show I watched people having two/ three goes at opening the fridge before any colour change happens. What’s more annoying is that I think it’s a coding error that needs work on. I’m also worried that because I haven’t changed the code since the degree show I will find my self with the same problem at new designers.
From the people I spoke to about my project a lot seemed genuinely interested and had a story to tell about how they could see the product working in their family, one comment questioned if the older relative would confuse the carton for a real one and dispose of it, but in this case, which I’m presuming is full dementia, the project would have to be completely different as I am designing for people with early signs of dementia. I received lots of nice comments in my book from people in various sectors from design to medicine to architecture. Online I didn’t receive a lot of coverage but I did had a lovely write up from ‘The Future Perfect Company’ blog. I would also just like to say in this post how supportive Phillipa has been from ‘The Future Perfect Company’! One of the most amazing comments I received was from a man called Dev Patnaik. Back in October time when I was starting my project, we were asked to bring in an a5 sheet of paper describing your role model. This was quite an easy choice for me, by that time I was deep in dissertation writing and referencing Patnaik’s book ‘Wired to Care’ which writes about designing with empathy. When the project was over I tweeted Patnaik with my project link and received this tweet
“@Fiona_Harper Reassure is beautiful and moving! You’ve tapped into a deep cultural narrative by choosing a milk carton. Nice job.”
He then tweeted his followers:
“Beautiful project called Reassure by @Fiona_Harper. Taps into the deep cultural narrative of the milk carton.”
And the icing on the cake…… I was in my local newspaper!
Id like to round up my degree show reflection post by giving a shout out to the following people for helping me through 4th year and for all their support (in no particular order) : Ro, Ali Napier, Sean Kingsley, Christine Kingsley, Polly Duplock and Graham Pullin.
So that was degree show over with and now I am here in London ready for the next week to commence, I am not gearing myself up too much or naive in thinking it will kick start my career (I wish!) but I do hope I get to speak to lots of interesting people and do a bit of networking! I also hope it might help me think about where to go next!