In this graphic design group assignment, I really learned a lot of knowledge and skills of designing an art. Creating a design with a professional design software is not as easy as I expected. We need to have many lessons about the instruction of the software to utilize all the advance features that available in the software. After the finishing all my design for the project, I feel like that I had mastered the basic skills of Adobe Photoshop and Abode Flash CS6. In the design process, when I have some modification on the design that require some advance or special editing tool that I not very understand about the use of it, I will search through the internet to find the instructions to solve my problems and that is the reason that I keep learning new stuff in my design process. The animation also really took me a lot of time to finish it perfectly as I requested. Now, I can really felt that being an animator is not an easy job because it takes me approximately 17 hours to finish a 2 minute time length of animation. It is also not simple to use the Adobe Flash software because there are thousand kinds of features and tools waiting you to learn and understand it if you want to be a professional, but at least I managed to clear all my challenges through the process of my animation.
On the other part, as being the leader of the group, I improved my leadership skills. I properly managed the time and schedule for all my team members for the design to lead them all to success of the project. I also improved my communication skill and behavior while commanding and discussing with my members, even though sometimes they don’t listen to me. Because of all the group members are Chinese, so we interact and communicate with each other very well. When there are problems, we all just meet up and have a small discussion in a café to solve it. Speaking about problems, we also encountered some problems in the assignment process like all of our members sometimes didn’t understand about the coursework information or important points about the project, so we gathered up on a specific time and meet up with our lecturer to solve the problem. Any problem can be solved easily and fast if the team work and communication between each member are good. About the performance of my group, I rate it at 6 out of 10 because our communication and team working spirit are excellent but all of our members are very lazy sometimes to proceed our design progress.
On another side, the difference of the learning environment of this design course and other courses is that when we having class or doing homework we can search through the open world for improvement and knowledge. I very prefer and appreciate the learning environment of graphic design because that everybody has different design ideas when doing the design tasks that given by the lecturer, after it all of us have the chance to share our design ideas to everyone else in the class, then we can made a learning improvement and gain more creative design ideas by looking on others creation. Teacher also allow us to search through the internet for design ideas when we are dealing with the assignment or given design tasks. We also can access to pricey design tools and technology that contributed by the university to improve our design efficiency when we has classes in the multimedia lab. Back to the group part, it is very important for all the members to collaborate and work together in a group project, because it determines the performance and problem solving skills of a group. The leader of the group should organize and assign all the tasks to each members in order to perform efficiently. Unfortunately, sometimes all of our members are very lazy and like to procrastinate the tasks to the next day and next day, it slowed down our performance critically. But anyways, we still finished assignment at last, I liked my group very much and I learned a lot from this assignment and from the lecturer.