Introduction to Project Management 

I have always considered myself to be quite an organised person by nature. I have a diary, a calendar, emails organised by client, a notes list on my phone, laptop and desktop, a notebook or 5 and the ability to multi task. However, the seminar on Project Management on Friday made me think that even though my life per say is organised, I have to have a streamlined way of planning and managing my upcoming briefs around my ‘life’ due to the course being so self-driven.

I have a lot of thoughts, questions and ideas which I want to channel into my research and practice throughout this course both on a personal and professional level. In regards to briefs I am hoping to collate a solid plan of what I aim to achieve and how and then work a breakdown of needs, costs, external resources  (models and photographers for example) and any other challenges for example which may not usually arise if working for a client outside an academic environment, for example booking and interviewing people, models or brands for content.

By planning ahead I also hope so forsee any issues with time management, bookings and resources, as well as being able to allocate time for my freelance work, personal time and the development of my personal practice.

In regards to how I am going to plan my time, I plan on using a very detailed and broken down version of my calendar to allocate my time accordingly in advance as well as use GANTT charts for planning individual projects and research. I am hoping to start this planning in much more detail post briefing next week, however have currently starting logging dates of events, exhibitions, visits and MA sessions for example on my revised calendar. This will allow me to see where I have free periods of time in advance as well as allowing me to block off periods of time for research, development and supervisor sessions in relation to upcoming submissions or briefings for example. This is shown below for reference.

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MA Creative Practice: Objectives & Goals

I have decided to set myself several objectives and goals to strive to complete whilst undertaking the MA Creative Practice course. I feel by setting myself targets now, I will be able to look back upon these at various stages allowing myself to reflect on my studies, my practice and self-development whilst enabling myself to meet the set learning objectives.

I have chosen to undertake a study of the Fashion and Beauty industries, in an aim to understand how and why Magazines and Social Media within the Fashion and Beauty Industries affects our sense of body image and self-perception.

Therefore my objectives and goals can be found below:

  1. To understand the ways in which Social Media and Magazines can affect self-perceptions and issues:

A) With body image (Females, 18-24)/With body image on a cross-cultural scale (Females, 18-24; Tokyo, Japan).

B)I am to speak with both Vogue UK and Vogue Japan, and aim to carry out questionnaire’s or interviews with at least 10 females from both the UK and Japan, in order to gain quantifiable data.

  1. To understand policies and guidelines within the Fashion and Beauty Industries currently encouraging positive body image.
  1. To work with and interview those both actively working in the Fashion and Beauty Industries, and those on a consumer/follower/user basis, to compare behaviours and perspectives in relation to body image and self-perceptions.
  1. To prototype a range of design work targeted at 18-24 year old women, highlighting impacts of Social Media and Magazines on self-perceptions and body image, for example:

A) Critical Design led Instagram posts

B) Social media wellbeing campaign

C) Promotional posters and packs

D) Zines and publications

  1. To derive a National or International Policy for use within the Fashion and Beauty Industries, based on collated research, interviews and experiences throughout this project.

These are the objectives that I will continue to work towards throughout this project.