One Week Project
We were divided in groups and given a question to answer in form of an exhibition.
What is the purpose/value of self-initiated/personal projects?
As this is a question that all students & those in the practice, we easily related to it, and began mind-mapping with what we find the positives and negatives of personal work:
+ extend our portfolios
+ experiment with new ideas and push ourselves without the restriction of client requirements and deadlines
+ try new avenues in the design industry that we may have never tried before
+ learn new techniques and skills
+ our personal work acts can act as a reference for future projects
+ potential employers/clients would never see this part of a designer, and would perhaps benefit the designer in showing how far they can push themselves and their ideas
- procrastination with either paid work or personal project
- self-indulgent: we change the rules to fit to what we’d like, which is unrealistic in the practice world
We then individually spoke, emailed and interviewed designers, freelancers and tutors about what they felt about self-initiated projects. Many of them came back with similar answers, but justified them with their own experiences.
Personally, I find that aside from client-assigned work and/or college-assigned work, how much we do in our outside time shapes us for the future.Personal projects help you identify and push yourself to discover new things about what you like or don’t like. We divided our solutions into 3 categories:
- personal worth
- commercial worth
- negative aspects
For the exhibition, we found that generally, our personal work, which SHOULD be carried out outside of paid/college work hours, is done in our personal work space at home. We recreated a desk space with a laptop, sketchbooks of our own personal work and pens, and books ABOUT designers’ personal work. We found that we all had messy workspaces like this with various forms of inspiration, and put together booklets about what different designers from different subsections of the industry had to say.