4th year has begun! That means I’ll be working a lot on my grad project for my bachelor’s degree in Communication Design at Emily Carr University. Basically I will have a two semesters to work on the project, starting with defining a problem space and a lot of research. Then I’ll move into prototyping and have to present my project focus. Followed by finalizing the project and then creating an exhibition to showcase the work. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m really excited to get into it!

First thing’s first, over the summer I spent my time narrowing down my ideas, and picking two ideas to present to my teacher. With her help I decided to choose the—admittedly broad—topic of “Building more inclusive queer communities.” I was really happy with both of my topics so this was a difficult choice, but in the end I wanted to choose it as it seemed it had more opportunities to create something a little more unconventional than a series of posters or a handbook.

Next we had to design a poster to communicate our topic to the rest of the 4th year design majors. We wouldn’t be there to explain the poster, so it needed to convey the essence of the project to the viewer on its own. I kept this simple as I was primarily interested in getting good feedback, and so I just focussed on communicating the information as quickly and easily as possible. We all put up our posters, and spent a few hours leaving post-it critiques on the different ideas.

Grad Project Topic Poster

Poster to communicate initial grad project topic idea

I got some really helpful feedback, primarily that my topic was a little too broad at the moment, which I definitely agree with. I also got this comment which I thought was pretty funny, because *ahem*.

Poster Comment on a post-it note

Of course no one would have known that I’d worked on Totally Outright for a few years, but I thought it was pretty funny.

So what’s next? Oooph, a lot. Recently I met with some friends to casually discuss where I might take this, or how I might focus my idea down. That was helpful, but I still have a lot of work to do before my next class, and having a more specific topic or approach to focus on. Have any ideas? Let me know in the comments!