constellation PDP

After completing my previous 4000 words essay last term, was really hesitant and apprehensive about starting my dissertation proposal. I have by far found this the most difficult essay to complete because I have struggled with other personal factors that have effected my work. Initially whilst filling out the form, i wanted to do my dissertation on a completely different topic, I had a few general ideas about what i wanted to do but was overall unsure of where i was headed with the ideas i had so far. My initial ideas after my meeting with Martyn was to do something surrounding the idea of biology, history, psychology and design, however, no matter what i thought of regarding these subjects, i just found them really uninspiring.

After the initial struggle of trying to figure out what i was going to write about in my proposal, i took a step back to re-think my ideas because clearly what i currently had wasn’t really working for me. For some reason when i was trying to think about what i liked and what inspired me in my work, i just hit a wall and couldn’t think of anything that interested me. I didnt want to chose a topic that i knew i would get bored of, i wanted to do something that i had an interest in so that i found my work fun and interesting. After alot of back and fourth with my ideas, i decided that although my last essay was something completely new for me, i was really interested in the research i did for it and it was quite refreshing to look at different ideas from a new perspective. For my dissertation propsal i decided to expand upon the ideas i already had about animating the inanimate because i feel like its a topic that i could really get stuck into.

After finally identifying what i actually wanted to do, i was somewhat enthusiastic and happy about what i had so far and generating new ideas. Looking back at my reflection sheet from my last essay and recapping what i did was a massive help as i gave me a refresh in what i already knew and also left some gaps in my knowledge which i could explore further. Due to personal reasons and massive set backs in my mental health, i found this dissertation proposal incredibly difficult to get stuck into. Although i felt enthusiastic about my topic, i found that for a good few months i was completely drained and just lacked motivation towards everything which obviously had a huge impact on my work. I also think that i put it off alot because i was mainly panicking about the fact that this is towards my dissertation and its a big thing and spent alot of my time worrying that i hadn’t chosen the right topic to focus on. This then also made me think about what I wanted to get out of my dissertation and how i could relate it back to my practice and link it back to my style of working and my ideas. Because my this is a dissertation proposal, i also had to spend alot of time thinking about which format i wanted to do it in. Given the subject ive chosen, I feel like the 8000-10000 word format would be the most appropriate for me because there is so much that i could write about and i feel like this will allow me to going into the detail needed.

I was satisfied with my dissertation tutor, however i felt like the format of the sessions would have been more beneficial to me if they were similar to the seminars from last term. Because last term we were in our rooms and had the whole day to learn something and ask questions, it motivated me to do work where as this term it was very self led and i really struggled with getting into the swing of things. I also found that during my tutorial in the heart space, i got really easily distracted so it wasn’t entirely beneficial to me and my style of learning. Due to my set back with my mental health, i didn’t manage to make it into uni to have as many contact hours with my supervisor as i would have liked. I also think that this is another reason why i struggled, however at the time getting into university was very difficult for me. Another issue that occurred with seeing my tutor was the snow which stopped me from attending a couple of my tutorials.

Whilst I am still very nervous about my dissertation and what im going to write for it, i now feel like i have a plan and ive made a step in the right direction. Although it wasn’t particularly something that i wanted to have to do, the deadline extension was incredibly beneficial to me and i found that i meant that i could spend a bit more time on my dissertation proposal whilst i sorted out other personal issues. This also gave me time to expand on my ideas and have a good think about what i wanted to do for my dissertation before rushing into anything that i might have regret. Despite all the stress throughout the duration of this module I didn’t stay in contact as much as i should have so my communication skills with both my tutor and my peers will definitely be something to work on for my dissertation as a personal goal if nothing else. Although it took a while, im pleased with the path that i have taken for my dissertation proposal and although the idea of writing my dissertation is still terrifying, its a little less scary now that I have a plan and a direction.




Digital: me – Careers seminar and tutorial

The first half of today we received a careers session with Es George. We initially talked about our skills as designers and what we feel that we need to work on over summer to improve our work and prepare us for 3rd year. We discussed in pairs what companies and potential clients look for in us as designers as well as skills we had learnt and things we enjoyed within this project so far. After picking out some key elements that i need to improve on such as time keeping, organisation skills and communicating to large audiences, we were set a task of writing a mock e-mails to apply to work placements.

Mock e-mail 1


  My name is Lorna Simmonds and I am an undergraduate student currently studying Graphic Communication at Cardiff Metropolitan University. After thinking about my future and potential opportunities, I have taken an interest in working in industry and the work that you produce has really stood out and inspired me. I have a passion for helping others, whether that be within my field of interest or not and working closely with clients to produce the best possible outcomes. Not only am I enthusiastic but I am also eager to learn new skills, techniques and ways of thinking through new opportunities that await me. I aim to pursue my love for design, putting my own “stamp” on the world around us, working as hard as possible to do so and gain experience along the way.

Mock e-mail 2

Dear (),

  I recently came across your online portfolio and was inspired by your ( )  project. I am an undergraduate at Cardiff Met studying Graphic Communication and I’m looking for some work experience over the summer in industry before I begin my final year. I wish to gain some valuable skills and techniques that will be valuable to my work and future projects. I am passionate about helping others and ensuring that I meet my goals as well as learning new skills and techniques. I have attached my portfolio which includes recent projects and would be grateful if you could have a look and give me some feedback. I look forward to hearing back from you.

After completing this, we then talked about some vital elements that we could include in our emails and topics surrounding them.

  • Ring to find who to address the email to
  • Mention why you like their work and why you’re inspired by them and want to work with them
  • Be aware that people may not get back to you
  • Be confident
  • Write down what you’re going to say beforehand if you ring (make notes)
  • Chase them up
  • Ask about available internships and work opportunities that they could give you
  • Attach portfolio and work examples
  • Discussion passions and interests
  • Who you are as a designer
  • Chat to find out more about the company and what they do rather than asking upfront about internships
  • Clarity and availability
  • paid/unpaid
  • Think about your work and style

this session was extremely useful to me as I had not thought about different qualities and skills in this way before. I had also not thought about how I would go about composing an email about a placement so being able to have some time dedicated to this was very useful and made me motivated to start thinking about my future.

Tutorial notes – ideas about manifesto and thoughts about current project

  • General introduction about practice
  • interests in design
  • Design it in a visually interesting way
  • What motivates them and inspires you
  • Opening statement about who you are
  • Values and point of view
  • Portfolio and cv all in similar style
  • Look at existing examples of portfolios and creative CVs
  • Consistency
  • Manifesto is sprinkled within the CV
  • manifesto/creative brief/PoV
  • What can we say about ourselves for other people to understand
  • Tell others who you are
  • Impact on people
  • Aware that we’re responsible
  • Rewarding jobs
  • Considerate and compassionate
  • Bullet points things about me
  • Help people to make things easier for them to understand
  • What aspects of design you like, skills and styles you like working in
  • Open minded and original, able to come up with own ideas
  • Statements can be backed up with what you’ve said
  • Honest, say what you believe and don’t make things up


Flu – initial research

Before diving into existing campaigns, i decided to look at flu in general to get a feel and idea for what this project is going to be about. For this I visited the NHS website and had a look at a few different causes and cures and what can be done about it.

Some flu symptoms include:

  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry, chesty cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick
  • A sudden fever
  • The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.

How to treat yourself:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water

In most cases, a pharmacist can help with flu by giving advice, recommendations and remedies. However its important not to take these remedies if you’re taking paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets and to seek advice before giving medicines to children. Its important to seek more help and professional advice from your GP or the NHS line if you are particularly worried about symptoms, you’re 65 or over, you’re pregnant, you have a long-term medical condition, you have a weakened immune system or if symptoms dont improve after 7 days. Antibiotics are not recommended for flu as they wont relieve symptoms. It is also recommended to call 99 or go to A&e if you develop sudden chest pains, have difficulty breathing or if you start coughing up blood.

How to avoid and prevent the spread of flu

Flu is very infectious and its most likely to spread within the first 5 days. Its spread by germs from coughs and sneezes which live on surfaces for 24 hours


To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible
The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.

It’s more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season (December to March).


The flu jab is available every year on the NHS to protect people from flu. Flu can be really severe to certain groups such as the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and health conditions and pregnant women. People in these risk groups are more likely to develop serious complications of flu, so yearly vaccinations are recommended.

The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:

  • adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
  • pregnant women
  • children aged 6 months to 2 years at risk of flu

Recently there has been a new development in Flu vaccinations via a nasal spray, this is mainly aimed at young children aged 2 and 3 and children up to year 4, as well as children who are at a risk of flu. This type of vaccination has very few side effects apart from a runny nose and is a lot less threatening and scary compared to normal vaccinations.

 The flu jab can be given at a GP surgery, a local pharmacy or midwifery services for pregnant women.  Some community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (but not children) at risk of flu including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers. If you have your flu jab at a pharmacy, you don’t have to inform your GP – it is up to the pharmacist to do that. Serious side effects from the flu jab are rare, you can have a fever and aching muscles and soreness around the jab area.
The flu vaccine is the best protection against the virus. Studies have shown that the jab will help prevent the flu but it wont stop all of the viruses and the level of protection varies from person to person. Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains often change. So new flu vaccines are produced each year which is why people advised to have the flu jab need it every year too. The best time to have the flu jab is in the autumn from October to early November.


The flu jab for 2017/18

Each year, the viruses that are most likely to cause flu are identified in advance and vaccines are made to match them as closely as possible.

Most injected flu vaccines protect against 3 types of flu virus:

  • A/H1N1 – the strain of flu that caused the swine flu pandemic in 2009
  • A/H3N2 – a strain of flu that mainly affects the elderly and people with risk factors like a long-term health condition. In 2017/18 the vaccine will contain an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 H3N2-like virus
  • Influenza B  – a strain of flu that particularly affects children. In 2017/18 the vaccine will contain B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

The nasal spray flu vaccine and some injected vaccines also offer protection against a fourth B strain of virus, which in 2017/18 is the B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.