Week 5: Critical Reflective Journal

Seminar with Laura Gill

In our seminar this week, Laura Gill came on to talk more about her work. She seems to have many hats on! Her Keep It Complex, Make it Clear project is a grassroots poster campaign that allows people to engage with politics without it being overwhelming. I like that the name suggests that we should stay away from soundbites and keep focussed on the complexity of politics, whilst making it easier for people to understand.

The main thing that resonated with me the most is how she creates design frameworks that others can come in and add their own experiences, for example migrants, and have the living design framework celebrate concepts such as human movement rather than stigmatising migration.

A Study of the Design Process and Eleven Lessons: Managing Design

Divided Brain by Iain McGilchrist

Thinking too much, and Thinking too little and Exercising the Mind by Alain de Botton

Alain De Botton explores thinking and exercising the mind in a short animated film Thinking too much; and Thinking too little, and a chapter in the book of life on Exercising the Mind.

Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience

This week I didn’t engage as thoroughly with the materials as I could have done, and this is the cause and effect of struggling with the challenge this week. I read and watched the materials, however I didn’t make notes, which for me is key in my understanding and retention. So hands up, I could have done much better this week.

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