The Stages of a Project
It’s no secret that studio projects within Graphic Design courses can start to take on a life of their own after a while. Perhaps one of the great things is realizing afterwards that every single project seems to have the same stages…
Ah, the first day of getting a project, there’s nothing quite like it. You feel super confident and ready to tackle on the world with an innovative, never-before-scene, portfolio show stopping piece that is going to be done in a timely and efficient fashion. Your mind flutters with ideas and your behance game is strong as you leave the studio.
Let’s get it together
Ok now that you’ve had a few days to think about this project you come in ready to share amazing bits of inspiration. You feel like you’ve slayed the world when your idea gets approved and you start getting notes and sketches into your notebook. Gasp, you even start making a production schedule, look at you go!
Put your headphones on, do some light research to further develop your ideas, heck get feedback and share ideas in classes, this is going along pretty smoothly, you even have a few weeks left on this project, heck you might just take a small break from this…
Treat Yo Self
You’ve worked hard enough, your production schedule is looking really good, heck, treat yo self. Go binge watch a show, work on other projects instead, take a mini vacation to Bora Bora, the sky is the limit for you!
Wait, this is due soon?
Oh crap, you say to yourself as you realize you haven’t done any process recording, you’re behind by a week on your schedule, you’ve started dedicating more time into other classes and seem to have forgotten what you were doing on this, well it might not be as ground-breaking, but it will still get done right?
Never before have you had such a gigantic plot twist as the initial critique shows you still have a long way to go and you realize you have a few days left to turn everything around, ok, take deep breaths. You know that as long as you spend a good amount of time dedicated to this project in the following days, send everything to print early and email your professor for last minute feedback, you’ll be perfectly fine.
Crap there’s a new season of the show you love on Netflix, it’s dollar beer night at the local pub, and you seem to have forgotten you also have a midterm to study for, a social event you clicked ‘Interested’ in on facebook, and an upcoming existential life crisis, how ever will you fit in time to finish this?
The Day Before
Oh crap, you’ve done it again. You need to finish up the entire project, document it, document the process, write a thesis statement, print it, and
I woke up like this
Well there you are, at 8 in the morning waiting impatiently in the print shop. You look a mess and forgot to brush your teeth, you’re surviving off pizza leftovers and black coffee, you probably went temporarily blind at one point looking at your screen and you just realized that the person in front of you in the print shop just broke the last remaining printer. As you start to contemplate dropping out and joining the circus you quickly snap out of it and realize that you’re in the company of twenty other stressed out, panicking, last-minute procrastinators and, just like your high school musical fantasies during middle school, you’re all in this together!
Critique has come, you can either talk about the lack of time, or you can come in like Beyoncé dropping Lemonade and flawlessly dominate the critique. Judging by the coffee stain on your shirt and your extremely warped last minute print… we’ll just pretend it’s the latter option and take a good long nap afterwards.