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25 NOVEMBER 2014

The Notebook: A Place for Thinking

Filmed at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland. "Notebook Material" Des Ward Student artwork in notebooks – 1st year groups on the IADT BA Art programme: 2009 – 2014.

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2014 • a place for thinking • art and design practiceattunementbookcommonplace bookcommonplaces • Des Ward • discernment • drawingdrawing as enquirydrawing ideasdrawing on paperdrawing studiesDun Laoghaire Institute of Art • experimental speculation • experimental thinkingfirst year art and design • IADT BA Art • idea generationideas start on paper • Irish Museum of Modern Art • making processmark makingnotebook • physical experimentation • place metaphor • poetics of creative research • poetics of thinking • poetics of thought • Republic of Ireland • Seamus Heaney • sketch-thinkingsketchbooksketching ideas • skilled practice • thinking places • thinking processthinking through drawingthinking toolstracesvisual problem-solving

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Simon Perkins
07 FEBRUARY 2014

Advice on preparing your art and design creative portfolio

"A portfolio is a collection of your work, which shows how your skills and ideas have developed over a period of time. It demonstrates your creativity, personality, abilities and commitment, and helps us to evaluate your potential."

(University of the Arts London, 2013)

Videos include: What is a portfolio; Preparing a digital Portfolio; Preparing a portfolio; Why is a portfolio important; What should be in a portfolio; Applying to MA; Applying to BA; Applying to foundation.

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2013 • A3 • A4 • applying for art and design study • applying for BA study • art and design portfolio • art portfolio • artists journal • collection of work • colour studies • creative abilities • creative ideascreative journey • creative portfolio • creative practicecreative problem solvingcreative process journalcreativity research • design degree • design development • design inspirations • design portfoliodesign practitionerdesign workbookdocumenting design processdrawing studies • examples of research • how to make a strong portfolio • idea generationmaterials investigation • personal commitment • portfolio • portfolio assessment • portfolio of artwork • portfolio requirements • portfolio review • postgraduate portfolios • practice-based art and design course • preparing a portfolio • preparing your portfolio • reference materials • series of projects • showreelsketchblogsketchbook • sketchbook plan • sketching ideas • skills and ideas • student interview • studio diary • studying designUK • unfinished work • university applications processUniversity of the Arts London (UAL) • visual diary • what is a portfolio • workbook

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Simon Perkins
30 JULY 2012

Communicating and discovering insight through reflective journals

A reflective journal is both a communication tool and a design method for developing professional practice. Such journals allow designers to publish their projects as they progress and provide a platform for critically reflecting on creative works and the design process.

Reflective journals can be used to discover insight about how designers approach their creative problem–solving. This is commonly understood as a central requirement for designers to develop their professionalism and to become experts in the field. They do so through reflecting on their work – characterising common features and critically analysing successes and failures.

Reflective journals also help designers situate their work within the broader creative industries and contemporary visual culture context. Designers might use their journal to document developing trends and to collect examples of inspirational works. These collections might be made as part of the research phase of a given project or contribute to a more general understanding of a design field.

Such journals should take an appropriate form so that they communicate effectively and provide necessary insight. They might exist in a singular form e.g. a workbook, a weblog or they might exist as a collection e.g. as a workbook of sketches with notes/annotations and as a weblog/Tumblr of photographs/videos with associated critical reflections.

The following are examples of art and design reflective journals:

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Simon Perkins
06 MARCH 2012

Sketchbook blog of illustrator and cartoonist Jillian Tamaki

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ack to the future • blogcartoonistcreative industries practitionercreative practicedesigning womendiagramdrawingfemale designerfreelance illustratorgraphic representation • graphic story • illustrative styleillustratorinfographics • Jillian Tamaki • Jillian Tamaki Sketchblog • Parsons The New School for Designposterreflective journalsketchblogsketchbook • sketchbook blog • the year ahead • timelinevisual communicationwomen illustratorswomen in art and design

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Simon Perkins
28 APRIL 2011

Visual Directions: reflective writing (and the design process)

"Reflection is an ongoing process of thinking about your development in relation to your work. Reflective writing is both a record (description) and a review (analysis and evaluation) of your work. Reflective practice is a 'sorting out/clarifying process' (Moon 2004) giving you new perspectives on yourself and your work."

(University of the Arts London)

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analysis and evaluation • artistic practiceblogging • Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design • Centres for Excellence in Teaching and LearningCETL • clarifying process • CLTAD • conceptualisation • Creative Learning in Practice • Creative Learning in Practice (CLIP) • creative practicecreative work • descriptive • design educationdesign processe-learningelearning • Jenny Moon • learning journalonline journalspedagogyreflectionreflectivereflective journalreflective practicereflective writingreviewsketchbook • sorting out • theory buildingthinking processUniversity of the Arts London (UAL)

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Simon Perkins
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