Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Reflective Practise

I'm a firm believer in learning my mistakes and have found that failure is the best way to learn. In all honesty I haven't done as much work for my course as I would have like to so far. This is mainly due to me not being able to download any software that I need. Although this problem should be resolved soon as thankfully there are nice people on my course who I'm able to pike it off.

Until I manage to sort my computer out with what I need I'm going to be using the equipment that the university has. This obviously isn't ideal for me as I find it nearly impossible to concentrate in computer rooms.

Okay, done with the excuses section and now back to the topic at hand. I think reflecting back at my time at college has made me realise that I need to be much more serious when it comes to my education. I'm determined not to re-live the mistakes I made during my college years.

What I Want Out of My Course

Being the youngest of three children, and the last to go to university I feel that there is a bar that has been set for me. Considering that both my brother and sister graduated with firsts this bar is set considerably high and I hope to reach it by the end of my time at NTU.

I really want to achieve, and use these years I have at university to the fullest. At the moment I'm hoping to improve my skills with a broad range of software packages and finally go into a career in Web Design.

Web Design for me seems to have perfect blend of design and technical aspects. Also I like the idea of something I create being interactive.

As I said I really want to achieve and improve my skills on my course, but I also came to university to enjoy myself as well. I just hope that I manage to find the perfect balance between the two early on as I feel the time I had at college was wasted due to
lack of self improvement to my skills and general loss of enthusiasm in my course.

I'm determined to not let this happen again now that I'm at university. Thankfully after meeting just a few of my lecturers I don't feel lack of enthusiasm will be an issue for me.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Freshers Week Lessons

As you might assume lessons during the freshers week weren't too taxing, but they were still fun. It was a really good opportunity to get to know some people on my course and see more of what it had to offer. In my first lecture we made a white board animation (see below). At first i thought my group was getting ahead of itself with the introduction of so many abstract things that we needed to animate. But now I know that it was a really good thing that i was grouped with them because it just made our animation interesting. From now on I'm going to be much more open to random suggestions and ideas during group work as they can turn out to be really good.

My groups contribution is the first one to be shown.

My second lecture was about pin hole cameras. We made our own cameras out of beer cans, card and tape.

My first and second attempts at getting a picture failed. But I was lucky enough to get one on my third try:

Monday, 8 October 2007

Previous Work

Here is some of my previous work that i've done at college and in my own time.

Design project for my first year in college. My assignment was to create a games cover that would fit on a dvd cover.

I also did some animation work in my own time. Here is an example:

Saturday, 6 October 2007



My name is Geoffrey Jay Jackson-Hicks, but everyone just calls me Jay. This is my NTU Multimedia Blog. Over the next few years I will be displaying projects that i'm working on. I hope for both the readers and my sake that it gets filled with intersting and origanal work.

There isn't really too much to talk about in this first post, but if you would like to get to know me better:



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