PR Publications was a perfect mix of learning and creating. In the first couple of weeks, we took the time to evaluate designs and learn about the elements of design, which I think was so beneficial to do before creating anything for ourselves. After learning the basics, as frustrating as it was at the time, I can now say that there was no way better way to begin our first project than just going for it. This course not only taught creativity, but also trial-and-error.
Personally, I believe the amount of projects we had in this course was perfect. It allowed us to have ample time to create something awesome, but not enough time to be bored or become lazy. There was always improvements to be made, which made coming to class exciting. Lastly, the "complete or incomplete" grades in this course made me enjoy this class that much more. Instead of worrying about adhering to A-worthy designs, I got to focus on learning and creating. Not having to worry about my percentage throughout the course was refreshing, because it gave me the opportunity to focus on other things rather than making an A. This course's grading style was definitely unique and effective.
Blogging at the end of each week was interesting to look back on. Although a couple of times I questioned the motives behind blogging, I now realize that it was a timeline of our emotions throughout the course. Now that I'm pretty knowledgeable in using InDesign, it's hard to believe I ever didn't understand that the frame and the picture are not in the same box. However, according to my blog, there were so many little things I overcame throughout the semester. I think blogging is effective in this class, because it's a nice contrast from designing projects and it gives students the opportunity to reflect.
My Site's Future
As you can see, I already have a personal website started. I began this website [because it was a requirement] in Intro to PR, but I didn't originally have much to put on it. Now, in the process of learning Adobe Programs in this class and applying what I've learned through my internship, I have a good number of designs in my "Experience - Design" tab. This class opened the door for me to start designing through my internship and PR Pubs gave me the opportunity to begin a "Design" tab that I will continue to add to in the future.
Before this class, I didn't really see myself as a creative person. I have been told I am creative, but I have just always seen my ideas as being effective rather than creative. However, there was a turning point where I realized I have grown creatively. The day that each of us had to go around the room and talk with three different classmates about our business card designs opened my eyes. I got a few comments such as, "How did you think to do that?" that really motivated me to continue thinking outside of the box. The business card was just the first design of many to come, so I like to think that I've come far since then. Here are some examples of creativity I created and am proud of:
Thanks, Croom, for a great semester. PR Publications is a class I'll remember!