YOU ARE A VISUAL LEARNER!
Below are 5 top tips to help you make the most of your particular learning style.
1. Refer to pictures, videos, posters and slides to help you take in information.
2. Use colour coding to help you stay organised.
3. Use mind-maps, graphs or diagrams rather than lists.
4. Use symbols, initials, illustrations or other visual cues to help you remember material.
5. You may be more susceptible to visual distractions so keep your working space as clear and tidy as possible.
I took part in discovering my own learning style as I felt this would be helpful to me not only with things such as aesthetic, but with the continuing of my PDP.
I am a visual learner which suggests that I engage more with things that are shown, illustrated, coloured etc. Thinking about this in a professional manner towards the completion of my PDP, it is important for me to include visuals within the learning process and the document itself to ensure that I take something away from the experience and not take part in the process purely because I must.
I feel this will help me when exploring things such as exhibitions, as it will maintain and engagement between myself and my surrounding environment, allowing me to take away more from the experience.
The suggested 5 tips have been useful to me when trying to think about ways of tackling this module. For example, the PDP is a heavy text document, so using colour coding will allow me to stay focused and in control when completing.
Skills Audit – Results
Thanks for completing the Careers and Employability Skills Audit. Below you will find a summary radar graph which highlights your strengths as well as areas you may wish to work on.At the bottom you will find some helpful suggestions on what you could do to improve your abilities but make sure you also look for other opportunities for self improvement.
Remember this is just a snapshot of your skills and abilities so keep checking back to ensure that you have the most up to date information and results. If you wish to discuss any aspect of your Skills Audit Results, please email email@example.com to make an appointment.
(A higher number is better)
Key Areas for Self Improvement:
Ability to network easily with other people.
Tip – Improve the mood of the group. Be positive. Be fun. Be appreciative of other people. Be full of good ideas. Do your part to make the environment a good one.
Ability to express yourself clearly and talk about your work to a group of people.
Please take some time to discuss this with your lecturer or program leader.
Ability to effectively listen to others views and ideas and understand their point of view and what they require from you.
“There is a difference between listening and waiting for your time to speak” – Simon Sinek
Using linkedin was something new for me – I found it quite difficult to use at first as I found the process to be quite confusing – what I have at the moment in a work in progress; things are still to be added to and updated with new experiences.
I approached this as an online CV, using it to create a creative CV purely about my experiences within photography. I felt it would be unnecessary to include information about previous jobs as a waitress when my goal is to gain a job within the art world. I want to use this profile to create a strong network of people, to learn, and to potentially help with my career within industry. Networking is one of my weak points, so I hope this platform is something that can help me to build confidence in that area.
I used basic information at the start of my profile, using a short artist statement, similar to the one on my website, to stay consistent. I also stated exhibitions I have been involved in to gain immediate attention from my audience in hope to gather interest. I also included links to my Facebook, Instagram and website to exhibit a sense of professionalism.
My profile views at the moment are very low, but I feel I should use this profile as an opportunity to actively LOOK for individuals to network with, which in turn will give me more page views as I gather interest into my work.
I chose to include details about my education as proof of my experiences and existing knowledge about art and design subjects having studied various. I want to be able to show myself as someone who is knowledgeable as well as creative, in order to build a strong sense of passion towards my area of study.
My experience area needs to be updated as I have taken part in various other volunteered experiences during my studies, however, I wanted to use this as part of my profile to demonstrate how active I am within the industry and my willingness to learn. I feel it is crucial to reflect experiences to potential audiences/employers/etc to allow them to see the existing knowledge and skills you have acquired from the working world and not just through study.
Finally, I have highlighted areas I feel I am skilled in, in hope to reach out to someone who may be scouting for an individual who is strong within such areas. I also included awards I have received – although only small, they are still recognitions for my work. Essentially, I am trying to promote myself to a potential employer to help me get a head start to a career within industry.
My online presence is an ongoing thing that I try to stay engaged with on a regular basis to maintain a strong connection with my audience. Having more than one profile on various platforms can often be quite difficult to keep updated but I feel this is one of the most important ways to advertise and promote one’s photography in the modern world.
All my accounts are simply named Dannielle Hand Photography. I have had feedback saying this name is too long and could work better as DH Photography. Although I have taken that criticism on board, I have consciously decided to keep my original name. Although the length could be somewhat intimidating, I feel that it is important to brand yourself and use something that clearly defines who you are.
I chose to use my logo as the profile picture on all of my accounts to stay consistent within each platform, creating a strong sense of professionalism, and maintaining a separate relationship between my profession and my personal life.
Facebook is so vastly populated with people from all over the world, it would be questionable not to make a profile on this platform. I regularly update my ‘cover photo’ with some of my favourite recent imagery in order to keep the profile fresh and visual.
Facebook allows others to ‘share’ my page and content to reach further afield, which enables me to connect with a larger group of individuals than I could without this function. This is proven in my page statistics – of the 383 likes, only 239 of those are friends of mine of Facebook, showing that my name is beginning to be known within groups of people unknown to me. I will continue to engage with this profile in order to increase this number.
I created a separate Instagram account from my personal one to make a more professional area for my images to be displayed. I use Instagram to promote my images in a simplistic way, using minimal text and maximum visuals – something I feel is important when trying to promote photography which is heavily based on visuals.
I have a short description on my account, with links to my Facebook page and my website in order to keep a relationship between the accounts and allow my audience easy access to each one.
I use as much ‘hashtagging’ as possible within my posts to reach out to a larger scale of audiences within Instagram. This has begun to catch me more followers, so I will continue to do this.
I feel the most important way of promoting is with a website. Without a website people could underestimate my professional abilities.
After creating my website last year, I have gradually begun to understand the dynamics of using a website provider when designing and updating the website. I have kept the simplistic and easy to navigate design to keep the easy accessibility of my website.
I have kept writing to a minimum throughout the website to keep this a visual area. After finding my learning style to be a visual learner, I felt it was best to keep myself in areas of visual language to keep myself inspired and maintain a website which would engage others like myself.
I have tried to keep my website consistent through design. The white background remains to enhance my imagery to the eye. In the top corner of every page it has my logo. At the end of my menu I have included some hyperlinks to my existing online presences to show my existence in other areas and try to gain more following. My main point throughout my profiles is consistency to project myself as a professional.
In my about me section I tried to keep the artist statement short but informative to make the website less word dominating when the website is for photography which is visual. I used part of my more detailed artist statement to do this, pulling out the most key aspects to keep the dialogue concise. I included a photo of myself to create a personal relationship with the audience, exposing myself and becoming known.
As a photographer, I enjoy capturing realities that surround us, with the intention to educate others and myself about the world. I approach this with a documentary style, inspired by memory, emotion and identities within society. I aim to follow the idea of never directing an image, but just letting it happen to allow my images to speak volumes of truth to my audience.
The work I create is intended to educate others about injustices within society in a hope to give them a voice. As Tom Hunter once said, ‘art can change the world’, and if I can change the view point of the audience to a more empathetic and understanding one, I will feel a very strong sense of accomplishment.
One of my strongest influences has always been Nan Goldin and her ability to shine light on areas of society that are often shunned. I strive to do the same, projecting a voice for them through visual language in search for justice and dignity. Some of my most successful projects have explored the LGBT community and mental health disorders to deepen the understanding of these subjects within the ever-growing world.
Week One – 19.10.17
For our first meeting we decided to lay down the foundations of the print auction by choosing the roles in which we would take during the run up to the event, creating google drive folders for said groups to enable us to keep continuously updated with each other outside of the set lectures.
We decided collectively to pay £100 before the 7th of December 2017 to raise quick funds to help towards potential costs for the print auction and free range.
To collect work for the print auction, we decided to contact professionals asking for donations for the event. We considered a sellable price, for example £70-£200, to keep people interested. We agreed to keep all of the donated work photographical in order to keep a theme.
We collectively decided on a date for the print auction being the 7th December 2017, with a venue currently being discussed and to be confirmed next week.
This week the location was confirmed – Boringdon Park Golf Club, 55 Plymbridge Road, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 4QG. We discussed potential transport to the event as it is quite a way out from the center of Plymouth – potentially borrowing a mini bus was mentioned and is in the process of being contacted.
We also decided on deadlines to be sure of exactly what’s going on – for example when the work is going to be delivered to uni, when social media needs to be uploaded and so forth. This was uploaded to the google drive to enable everyone the chance to access and update the file.
As part of the writing group we were asked to create a template email to send to practitioners to help individuals email to ask for donated work.
Week Three – Paris
After the break in paris we came back and split into the groups of roles to discuss changes, plans etc.
As the writing group we decided on dates to enable the creation of the catalogue for the print auction –
- Photographs of the delivered work to be sent – 1st December
- Catalogue printed on the 4th
- Distributed on the 5th
- Information about the work to be written in the catalogue – 30th November
We also decided to contact people in order to help us
- Josh Huxham – ask about catalogue design, advice on design etc
- Neil Jones – how to use indesign, best way to print, costs etc
Tiah offered to write a press release which she wanted us to edit and proof read by the 4th December.
As the photography group we decided on dates and things needed to be done consistently –
- Photographing the work delivered – 1st December
- Maintain photographing the meetings ongoing
- Decide on an event photographer for the print auction
- Maybe a moving image of the progress of all events to be shown at free range