Tutorial.

The tutorial today was so useful. I’m always sceptical about tutorials because I’ve never really got much from them to be honest, probably stemming from the timing of them (being too close to a deadline) or my inability to notice my strengths and weaknesses. So first we completed a self assessment form and did a plan of action then talking to Lee (Ford) about progress with the modules, the presentations and where to go with the project next.

Some of the things that I put as my poorest rated thing were interactive design. This seems to be easily solved though. Lee told me about lynda.com¬†which has loads and loads of tutorials about pretty much any programme you want to know about. This’ll be so useful because in reality the only way to get better at programmes is to play around on them and spend a lot of hours getting to know how to do everything. Another thing I rated myself poorly at was presentations. I hate them, always have always will – and to some extent I guess everyone does. But Lee assured me that I’m alright with presentation and in fact I’m good at articulating my ideas.

Issues highlighted and need addressing regarding development of the project in Task 2:
- Need to look into how humans could interact with the design.
- Need to learn how to present better and more confidently and need to learn how to effectively articulate ideas with confidence.
- Look more into the movement during sleep. Could look into how people move on their own and as a couple.

What other info do I need to inform and develop design process for this module? Where could the info be found and what are the weaker areas that have been highlighted?:
- Need information on sleep patterns.
- Need the raw data to properly analyse sleep as people may exaggerate or underplay how much sleep they get.
- Must already be some data out there – find it. Look into movement.
- Could get primary research, film myself asleep? track movement.
- Still need to narrow down ideas within the subject area.

PLAN OF ACTION
1. Need to start collecting data, both primary and secondary to start pulling together patterns from the data which may help me start designing.
2. Looking deeper into sleep designs – based around how people move/ sleep/ scientifically shown. To see how I could make my designs more interesting but informative at the same time.
3. Investigate sleeping patterns more, how it links to moods and chemicals.
4. LIBRARY.

I was also really pleased with the feedback from my presentation. We haven’t got our grades back (still feeling pretty nervy for that), but Lee said I did well, and that my blog was good, with extensive research. I’m really hoping I can now just get my head back into this module after concentrating on A&C for a while, and can buckle down and push for a first, as Lee said I was more than capable and I was in good stead from where I left the project.

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