So, it’s been about 4 weeks since I finished my first year of Uni and handed all my work in. I wanted to post an update and my plans for the coming weeks a long time ago but I just haven’t got round to it. In short, I handed in my work on time and thought I had put in plenty of work to sit comfortably within the upper boundaries of the grades. Apparently my tutors didn’t think that. There are two distinct styles within our group: The messy arty bullshit work and the clean linear precise work. I fall into the latter of the two groups, however two out of the three tutors prefer the former. Work that is made on the spot with “open” thoughts and lazy excuses applied as an afterthought is the key principle to this style and the preferred choice when marking. Whereas the more precise, clean-cut, typographically perfect and aesthetically talented work is shifted to the side as being “too well developed”. Ok. Taking a breath here. I fully appreciate the fact that everyone has their own style/fits into a category of design; but that does not mean that the tutors can’t think like that. It seems across the board with a lot of people that they appear to only mark highly of of this bullshit. Now I’m not saying that I should have gotten a higher grade because the others did. What I am saying is that I should at least have been recognised for a style that maybe they didn’t like personally but understand that some industries will. Maybe I’m being bitter about it, but I know from a large group of people that I’m not the only one feeling like this. It puts a bit of a downer on the end of the year but the only real thing that it’s done for me is make me more determined to push myself further next semester and prove that not all design has to have this artistic thought provoking excuse applied to it at the drop of a keyword from whoever is looking at it.
That’s all I have to say on the topic.