As the last official week of uni comes to a close, there is still much to be done to prepare for both our assessment and our final pitch to Auckland International Airport.
We have made a list of expectations to meet every week for both of our deadlines. I’m happy to report that we are currently meeting all of these. One of the best exercises I organised was the construction of a 3D prototype of the space at the airpot that we are designing our play area for. While it was incredibly rudimentary and rough, it really brought to light some issues that our vision may entail. Some of these were technical, while others were a matter of flow and function.
A major concern for me is that we overdo it with too many items, and end up with heaps of cool ideas not executed well, instead of having a limited few ideas that are polished and that work well together. This is going to be brought up as we conclude prototyping various elements.
In terms of assessment, I have enlisted the help of two of my team mates to curate and design a book that we are using to show our processes. I am still struggling to catch up on all the work I missed while sick and I remembered the importance of asking for HELP, instead of suffering in silence. And sure enough, reaching out to others has gifted me a network of support and people willing to assist me to help take the pressure off.
From my point of view, it’s been a very unusual semester. Working with a client brings all sorts of new challenges and considerations. This has meant that work on our studio project has been at a slower pace than we’re use to, and it also results in not having a tactile, polished artefact to show at the end, but instead a tight concept that needs others to use their imagination to understand it in its entirety. Also, having an NDA in place means that a lot of our work can’t be talked about in full, so to our peers at Colab, it may seem we have little to show for 12 weeks work, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.
And being sick for 6 weeks has found me struggling to find the momentum I had prior to being knocked out of action. But sometimes we have to struggle through and just accept that we are doing the best we can – eventually things will fall back into place.
This is the last blog post about this project, but the work continues at least for another 3 weeks, and if the Airport likes our idea, it may continue well into the new year.
Finally, I just want to say again how fabulous it’s been working with my team. There was some concerns that a team of 7 wouldn’t work and we would tank amidst differing opinions, motivations and personalities. But we rocked. Why? Because we fundamentally had great respect for each other, we communicated well, and had a team with such diverse skills that we trusted one another to know their stuff allowing us to listened and learn from each other.