I found researching the first task ‘Conversations about interaction design’ quite difficult as there is so much information on the internet now a days it is hard to tell what is true. In doing this assessment I have found 5 lessons that I wish to take forward.
Always fully research a project/product.
when doing this assessment I found many projects that I wished to talk about, I started to write about one designer and a project that they had done. Further on I looked at a lot of other websites to see that it wasn’t just one designer who had made this project. I feel that you should look on a lot of different web sites to make sure that you are double checking the information you have is correct. In this case If I hadn’t done this I wouldn’t have given credit to all the people involved.
I found that planning out what I was going to do first was a lot of help. It gave me better structure in writing it. It also gave me a place to go to, so that I didn’t have to search through tons of internet websites, I knew what I was supposed to do and did it. It saved me a lot of time.
I used a word document to type up my piece first, this helped with the layout and spelling errors. It was much easier to edit the writing on word before I went ahead and pasted onto a blog post. Although reading over and editing it myself was useful, sometimes you miss out things in your own writing, so I got someone to double check it before it was published.
When writing this piece, I kept forgetting to write the websites down from where I had taken my information, so in that I had to waste time typing into google what I thought I had the last time. Learning from this I started to write down the websites I had visited and I also kept them on a word document for future in case I lost the written one. It was also helpful that the internet lets you bookmark the websites you want to remember, although sometimes this isn’t the best way as it can get confusing if you have so many bookmarks, you still don’t know where you got your information from.
Stick to the breif
I have a tendency to ‘waffel’ as they say. I often go onto talk about things that aren’t really relevant to the current topic. In doing this I found myself cutting parts out at the end. The brief was only meant to be 500-800 words, to be clear and concise. Sticking to the brief is hard sometimes when you want to talk about a million other things, but it produces a more accurate piece of work if you do.