Week Three|Project 3

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Since I last blogged myself and my team had been working hard on our magazine and handed it in today.  Morgan provided me with excellent research which enabled me to easily write the articles for the magazine.  I have actually enjoyed the Star Wars theme with this project as it enabled me to learn more about something I was not originally interested in! During last week we met up as a team and discussed the design of the magazine, although Alice seemed slightly unsure and I don’t really think she took our ideas on board.  I suggested, since it was a Star Wars magazine, to use the iconographic rolling credits thats at the beginning of Star Wars films as the contents page.  Before suggesting this I even tried it out on photoshop at home to see if it was easily done, and it was.  We left the meeting confident that the magazine would turn out great.

However, during the final week there were a few mishaps.  Although I asked Alice in the beginning if she had photoshop, and she assured me she did, it turns out that it was only a trial and ran out before she had finished the magazine! Although myself and Sam offered to help with the design if she sends it over as we both have photoshop, she declined and continued to design the magazine on word.  When we finally got a look at the magazine, Alice had put the title as ‘Empire’, which we were all slightly confused by.  Although basing our magazine on the magazine franchise Empire was our initial idea, it was never to be called Empire and we couldn’t understand why she didn’t call it Star Wars as it was solely a Star Wars magazine.  This did make us all worry slightly as we don’t know how much attention Alice was paying in the group meetings and if they were wasted on her.  I also found out that she did not read any of the research.  I understand that it was not her job to read the research, however she was designing a magazine on something she had never seen and I think the research would have definitely helped her in the long run! 

The night before the deadline, Alice messaged the entire group and asked if it was all to be printed out on A4, to which we all replied quickly, no! Again this was shocking as she was in the lecture when the project was first introduced and in the group tutorial with Jane when Jane showed Alice on a piece of paper how it was to be printed out.  This again makes me wonder if she was paying much attention at all.  The confusion over the printing then led to Alice not printing the magazine until the morning of the deadline and when she turned up at the meeting we discovered it was all printed out on A4.  Although the rest of us reassured her it was fine (as there was nothing we could do now!) I think we all felt a little bit let down as we all put in a lot of hard work.

Despite the disappointment with the printing, I did thoroughly enjoy this project as it is something I would like my career to be in once I have finished university.  I learnt through this project that communication is key and although someone may turn up to meetings and say they understand, they may not.  I feel this was a valuable lesson to Sam, Morgan and myself.  Our group worked well together and Sam was a great PM, organising meetings and booking tutorials in advance and making sure we were all free to attend the meetings.  Sam was always there to answer any questions anyone had.  I would not have been able to complete my task without the thorough research that was provided to me by Morgan.  It was definitely the boys in this team that made this project successful. 

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Week One¦Project 3

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For this project our task was to create a magazine with a front cover, contents page and two articles.  This project seems quite fun to me as I would love to work for a magazine after university.  The roles in my group were:

Sam Heron – Project Manager

Morgan Murphy – Research

Content Creator – Myself

Production – Alice Briggs

After the project was introduced we all added each other on facebook and began a group chat.  We decided to have a meeting during the following week on the Thursday as this was when we were all free.  During the meeting we discussed our options for the magazine and we decided upon a film review magazine, similar to Empire.  However, after our first group tutorial with Jane on the Friday, we discovered that a lot of other groups had also decided on a film magazine and Jane advised us to either come up with a different topic, or create a fan based film magazine.  During the meeting, where only Sam, Morgan and I atteneded we decided upon doing a magazine based on the Star Wars franchise.  Although I have never watched a Star Wars franchise, we felt as a group that the Star Wars franchise would prove an interesting magazine and Morgan (the researcher) had watched plenty of Star Wars films and felt confident he could provide me with enough research to write the articles.  After the meeting Morgan set about his research and we filled Alice in with what she had missed. 

Overall, I felt that this magazine would turn out successful as it would be a fun magazine to design, as even I know some of the iconography from the Star Wars franchise!

Week Three¦Project 2

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Throughout the first two weeks of the project, Nikki Vanessa and I were working closely together however we found it difficult to contact Cameron as he was not turning up to any lectures and rarely any group meetings we had together.
During the second week we all advised Cameron on what days during the third week we could all meet up and record our voices for the presentation so he was well aware of our availability in advance. Despite this, he emailed us all the night before he was going to create the powerpoint (towards the end of the third week!!) and asked if we were available. Me and Nikki were not available to record as we had told him in the previous week that we had other commitments and the PM Vanessa was fine with this.
I was told that during the week Cameron was creating the powerpoint, Vanessa met with him just to go over the powerpoint and see if any improvements could be made. Vanessa told me that she suggested improvements and that he just shrugged it off.
When Cameron finally uploaded the powerpoint for all of us to see on the Thursday evening before the deadline, we all suggested a number of improvements that could have been made. These improvements were small but would have aided the presentation and increased the continuity. Cameron’s attitude to this was less than negative and his response to the improvements was along the lines of “meh, I can’t be bothered to walk back down to the library in the rain, it’s my mark that affected so whatever”. This angered both Nikki and myself as we felt that we had worked hard on our roles and although yes it was Cameron’s grade that would be affected, we wanted a presentation to be proud of and displayed the amount of work the rest of the team put into it!
Cameron’s attitude throughout this whole project was lazy and negative and I would not work with him again.