For 5 weeks my classmates and I took on the role of portrayers, producing a series of portraits of four different subjects through four different medias.
The portraits were part of a graphic design skills course that ended in a final web exhibition of all the works.
The exercise also allowed us to know each other enhancing group dynamics, that came in handy for future projects and team work.
We interviewed each others critical friend in order to develop written portraits. Written portraits describe and analyze a person giving deep insight that goes beyond superficial. We used the ethnographic research method of in-depth, open ended interview.
This stage started a peer reflection process and re-enforced group dynamics.
The image is an abstract of the portrait I wrote about my fellow classmate and critical friend, Jess Myra.
Here our design subject changed. We portrayed in a picture a fellow student using the techniques of the photo essay: addressing a certain issue by capturing the essence of a character.
Here, I took the picture of Alexis based on the text that a fellow student had previously written about him. I tried to capture Alexis' as I saw him: driven and focused; technical and artistic.
Yet another change of design subject for portraying a classmate took place. This time in a poster, using the previous created material (the written portrait and the photo); as well as new graphic elements.
In this poster I tried to convey Clayton and his quest for change.
This was the last stage, and here there was a final change of design subject. This time we had to create the illusion of movement of graphic elements, for the conveyance of a fellow student.
The concept is based on a poster based on a picture based on a written portrait about one of my classmates, Linus (aka "The Runner").
The methodology had us portrayed 4 times: by 4 different people and in 4 different medias. This opened the question: are this portraits conveying who we really are?
Later on I chose this project to write a paper for the SIDeR conference on the topic of research, and I gave it the title of interpret the interpretation.
IxD MA1 students
4 weeks project
Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden 2010
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