Determining the Audience
I first drew a mind-map to organize my thoughts. I divided it into three categories; audience, colors, and format. I determined my targeted audience as English/science/math learners. I got feedback from others that my audience is too broad to define. So, I narrowed down the range of the audience as ISB students. This made me further develop the format/template of the study planner.
Selecting Colors for Study Planner
I then tried to figure out which colors and style I would use. I first thought that using blue and white might be necessary as it symbolizes ISB. Besides, I considered using pink and purple to create a balanced and harmonized color scheme in the study planner, but as I determined the style of the planner to be simple, modern, and tidy, I decided not to use it.
I divided the format category into five little sections; stickers, basic template, English, science, and math. According to the survey I conducted to 20 of the 10th-grade students, most of the students wanted a time recording section, stickers, a well-structured template, large spaces to write, bookmark, less rigid structure, listing homework with priorities, and description about functions in the study planner. I tried to put all of them into the format section where most of the requirements are put in the basic template. I also tried to put some additional templates for specific subjects just for aesthetic purposes. While most of the basic needs are achieved in the basic template, I put other specific requirements in stickers which is to provide a variety of options to the audience.
The picture above explains how I am going to display and produce a design product. I would like to produce my design product with 14cm x 21cm size with 6 ring note. The design would be displayed by putting various templates near the study planner to show the options. I would like to display it by either printing out my plan or creating a real product and display it in PTA. If I have to decide which materials to use in producing a study planner, I would use imitation paper. When I searched on the internet, I found that many people use thick imitation papers to produce a book which I thought it would suit my product as I need papers that are easy to write but not slick as A4 paper is. Also, the label stickers would be necessary to make my design as the stickers would have to be able to write on it. With my prediction, creating a design would take approximately 7days.
Techniques I use
The picture above is the Padlet page that I made last time. According to the picture, I referenced several videos to make a study planner. As this project is completely different from what I have done before in Graphic Design, I approached this project in a different way as I decided to use InDesign, Photoshop, and IPad (Procreate) to make it. Several special skills I need is to get used to using Adobe apps.
I think I can get help from my friends and classmates as they are the targeted audience. I would also ask for help for using specific techniques in Adobe apps to teachers as they are professional at using it. Videos on the Internet may also help me to further develop my skills.
These designs are the prototype of my design project. I first developed my first prototype before I created a detailed plan which is the first picture. I thought that the first design does not fully fit with what I pursue as it contains lots of shapes and aesthetic elements but does not seem to function as the study planner. I then developed a second prototype as it contains specific details. I emphasized function rather than decorations and added functional stickers on it. I later also developed the template for ISB students where it specialized into clubs, exams, schedules, etc.
- When students feel eager to use a study planner without any external forces, and burdens, then the project is successful
- When people actually get satisfied with their grade after using the study planner (better score/GPA than before)/ actual targeted audience feel satisfied) the the product succeeded
- How many study planners students took in PTA (If possible that I can give study planner to students/ not for earning money)
- Surveying 2 or more students to use the study planner and ask for truthful replies. When they have positive comments, it would be a successful product.
Put the plan into practice and to find several flaws in the plan to revise.
Try to revise my plan after the first attempt to make the product.
Prepare every material that I need (ex. IPad, mouse for using the computer, a piece of paper to further develop the plan)