We were given a brief which stated “Work with your classmates to create an interesting design to be an alternative to the current boring or muddling prevent posters. The winning will be made and used within the college“. The context of the brief was “The government requires all education institutions to deliver training on the Prevent campaign. This is the starting point of the government’s anti-terrorism agenda. West Kent College is aware that the posters for Prevent are boring and they have created a competition for all year groups (FE and HE) to deliver an alternative that will catch the interest of the audience“. (The audience is the students of West Kent College).
We started off this task by doing a divergent thinking exercise with random objects to find ways in which we could try to improve them (to get our minds working). I find this exercise very helpful as it allows me to be as creative as possible, without feeling stupid for putting an unrealistic idea down. I also find that it helps me come up with more realistic and achievable ideas quicker and they help build and develop my ideas further. We also talked about an easy way to help evaluate and discuss a piece of art or graphic design piece:
First you say what you like about the piece, why you like it and why it is effective. Secondly you say what you don’t like about it, why you don’t like it and how it could be improved. Lastly you say what you find interesting about the piece, you don’t have to like it but something you find interesting. Here is the image we were given to evaluate:
PLUS: I liked the contrast between the precise digital design and the sketchy feel of the drawing (possibly trying to portray s meaning). I also thought that the slogan was quite good.
MINUS: I hate the colour choice, it has no relevance to the topic and in my opinion its a horrible colour. I think they wanted the image to link to the title then maybe the image should have been an injection as they prevent illness and tablets don’t necessarily cure illnesses.
INTERESTING: What I found interesting about this poster is its approach how it’s straight to the point and simple. This makes it easy to understand for a wider range of age groups expanding it’s target audience.
After discussing what radicalisation was we were asked to go online and take part in E-learning prevent to learn more about radicalisation and how to spot it. The link was http://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk. On this online learning platform we watched videos and completed interactive tasks to help our awareness of what radicalisation is and how to spot it amount fellow classmates and teachers. The following information is what I learnt from the Prevent program.
Terrorism starts by finding recruits and filling these people with ideologies which how they can help change the world and make it a better place and stand up for what they believe in. These recruits are usually very vulnerable and they are easy prey. These vulnerable people usually feel alone believe they don’t belong in society. The members of terrorist groups provide and friendship comfort these unstable people to make them feel like they are the only one who understands them. Radicalisation makes them feel important, gives them support, feel loved and cared for but the worst thing is that it takes a hold over them. They then start pushing them towards hate, anger and violence. However by finding out this information out earlier we can prevent people from supporting or becoming terrorists themselves. There are many signs to look out for but are some examples that should be made aware to help spot radicalisation. Asking in inappropriate questions, isolation from friends, unhealthy use of the internet and sudden interest in their religion. We must be aware that terrorists can come from a variety of backgrounds. To help spot radicalisation there is a check list: NOTICE, CHECK, SHARE.
After receiving these facts we had to come up with an interesting way to help present this vital information. To help generate ideas we use divergent thinking and came up with over 100 ideas as a group.
We then tried to narrow down our realistic ideas using convergent thinking. Here is the list we came up with:
- animals (cute)
- mean animals
- negative and positive space
- matt pastel colours, charcoal grey
- pixelated / 8-bit
- consistent colour scheme
- consistent logo
- using a variety of different mediums
- use of emojis to relate to modern technology
- coffee cups
The photos below are of the group discussing ideas.
After discussing who would do what we started mocking up possible ideas for the logo, we sketched them on a piece of A2 paper where anyone could contribute. We experimented with shapes, colour and layout. These were are original ideas which we later developed and ended up with our end result.
These images above show the development process of us all working together , researching and trying to produce the best possible outcome. We split into groups to divide the work load and to speed up the process. By working as a team we were able come up with more ideas and bounce of each other. We received both positive and negative feedback which was all helpful. However there was one downside to splinting into groups which was that some people went into different rooms meaning sometimes it was quite hard to communicate with them. At the beginning we weren’t communicating as well as we could have done and found it hard to start as I think some of us had different ideas on what we were trying to produce. The crossed paths cost us time however we pulled together to finish the project. This wasn’t defiantly a learning curve and will help us in future group projects.
Here are some of our final outcomes. I only have a few as I don’t have screenshots of the app and the website.
Overall I found this surprise project very interesting and insightful. It has taught me what it is like to work on a short time scale and how to work efficiently in a group. I have also learnt about what radicalisation is and how important it is to spot these signs early. It was an interesting and controversial topic which made the task more exciting. I enjoyed working with my peers as the ideas came more naturally due to the ideas bouncing off each other. I also thought the use of divergent thinking helped us a lot in the early stages of our ideas. Another thing that I liked about this project was discussing with older year groups as their experience and knowledge was very useful and inspired us in our own work. It helped us think in new and creative ways.