Graphic Design and Animation Graduates 2012

Online portfolio and print on demand catalogs for Graphic Design and Animation graduates from the Department of Design 2012. On this page you will find our conference presentations, and by hovering over the menu groups on the left you can read contextual documents. You are welcome to attend our Grad Show, opening on 29 November 2012 at 6pm, and daily from 30 November to 6 December 9.30am – 4pm.

Helen Jarvis

Critical discourse is an important substance of creative learning. However, a space in which to participate and practice such discourse within a wider tertiary setting, is not easily accessible to visual arts students.

The function of the website that I have been developing this year is to enable critical discourse between creative students from around the world by developing a virtual space through which creative and peeragogical support networks will form. This idea was sparked by a need of several students within the Unitec Graphic Design and Animation degree for more accessible exposure to collegially based critical discourse and feedback around creative ideas. The subsequent outcome of this need was a small scale virtual space located within Facebook occupied by a dozen students within the degree. This space has been used to share work, start critical discussions, create focus groups, answer theoretical questions, and share links and other critical information. Seeing the success of this group and the benefits of the self-directed peer to peer learning that was taking place, I decided to take on a project which would enable this same environment, but within a specifically designed website.

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A live trial displaying the initial click zone of the splash page.

A live trial to see if the ‘posting’ box is user friendly and accessible.

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About Helen Jarvis

I am a Graphic Design and Animation student studying in my final year at Unitec. www.helenjarvis.co.nz

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