Know Your Onions Notes

Fliss provided a helpful list of notes from the Know Your Onions Reading for the group as a .pdf


Here are all the notes that I made for the group which I think is going to be really useful to us when bringing our concepts and ideas together and the narrowing them down to two different ones for the presentation. I have also made a lot of notes and highlighted key point for when we present and how to present a successful concept.

At the moment all of us are working well and bouncing off ideas off one another which is a good starting point. We still need to put all of our research together which I said I will put into a pack., but it still needs to be finished.
At the moment we have all areas covered so lets see what we find out about all the areas we need to.

Alana again provided some invaluable guidance for us by linking our group to some great articles and reviewing them. While i was busy designing everything from Website to promos it was very helpful to be presented with this info.

“Make sure you encourage good feedback. Good feedback includes a good reason as to why they don’t think something will work.”

  • By doing this I will know how to put things right and actually satisfy the client. This means less work for me in trying to guess what they actually want. This will also save time on failed attempts.

“The physical look of a person who is going to make a presentation should also be attractive because, an attractive person can easily grab the attention of all the listeners, for this purpose your dressing and body language has lots of importance. To make your presentation effective you should make your body language smart, on the other hand the dressing should make you sense comfortably and in relax, and if it looks professional that’s great for you and for your presentation. These things seem like a minor but it has lots of importance in your professional career, being a professional design you should concentrate them very strictly, not only in presentation but in every matter of your life.”

  • I can see this point because I client wouldn’t be able to trust you if you looked so laid back in what your wearing as this would reflect your attitude to work.

“Every worker has his own techniques to done the work, and if you want to make a good impression in your design project presentation you should add your methods. In this regard to describe the methods of your work you can make it clear for your client about the difficulty of that task, and for this purpose don’t try to sound dramatic, because it is your source of survival.”

  • This is something I can take on board in both of the modules especially Typography as I will need to show how I got to the idea and my next action plan. This will give my audience the confidence that I’m going to do well at the brief.

“It’s tempting to act on the euphoria that comes with completing a draft design by sending it to the client straight away. You’re proud of it and you can’t wait to see if they approve. However you might benefit from taking a step back and waiting. You’ve had your head buried in that same project for some time and by taking a break and revisiting it later you might spot something that you missed in the haze of the creative process. This is a good time to spot silly mistakes that could end up embarrassing you.”

  • This tells me that I should take a small break from one of either mine our ideas before going ahead with it I can relate to this because whenever I create something I always find when I have a fresh eye and go back to it I want to change something. Therefore, this is likely to be the same for any idea or concept.

“Before the client has a chance to give their feedback, send your draft to a selection of trusted peers for a constructive second opinion. If you trust their opinion, their feedback will likely improve the design and create a stronger initial draft.”

  • This will give me and us a chance to put things right before the client notices it. Therefore, we are more likely to fulfil the brief sooner and give the client a much better impression of us.

“Don’t be afraid to go with your instincts, but prepare answers to counteract the obvious questions from the client. If you feel like an idea isn’t going to be approved easily, create alternate drafts to illustrate how the obvious method doesn’t work as well as your idea.”

  • This is a good point people in my group and myself need to analyses our ideas and ensure we have answers on hand for the likely and obvious questions and concerns our client are likely to have. This is a sure way to get our ideas approved.

“Make the client think they’re dealing with something exciting. Without creeping into arrogant designer mode (because nobody wants to be that guy), if you present your work positively and with pride the client will feed off your mood and hopefully go along with your ideas.”

  • My group and i need to ensure we sound enthusiastic about our ideas, showing we believe it would actually work, if we don’t believe it would work and it’s our ideas no way would our client believe it.

“The more impressive something looks the more the client wants it, and the easier it is to get approval.”

  • Presentation is everything especially as we are designers, if we can’t do a good design job for ourselves then in no way a client would believe we could do it for them. I already have a design up my sleeve for my typography presentation which is already getting me excited. For Design Practice we need to revisit our design as we did get some negative feedback on this, as it was too distracting.

“if the client thinks they got their way they’re more likely to sign off on a design. By acknowledging their feedback you can be clever about how you incorporate it in to your design. Avoid saying “no” by offering a variation on their suggestion that’s closer to your ideas. By compromising or offering constructive reasoning to your direction, the client will feel like they’re involved in the process instead of being ignored.”

  • Everyone likes to be listened to especially clients, as they are paying us to listen, they won’t want to think their money is being wasted, if so they would go elsewhere for the job to be done.

“Never present unfinished work to a client… if you present the project at this stage to anyone outside the development process they just see a semi-functional mess,”

  • Clients have a profession of their own in Design Practice case our client is an events organiser they aren’t designers so they may not have the ability to imagine something creative when it’s finished. Nether should they, it’s not their job.

Just after researching some advice I am beginning to feel more confidant both about presenting my typography idea and our Design Practice Live Brief solutions. I know what and not to do. Hopefully, the presentations will be more successful because of this.

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