August 2–6, 2021

I had the pleasure of presenting my final brief to DAAP faculty professors Todd Timney and Dennis Puhalla who gave insightful closing remarks that I will take with my into my research semester this fall. After internalizing their critiques, I have decided to move forward with researching and categorizing my information to create a module-system for users to work through as they develop their photographic literacy. I’m thankful for all the support and guidance given by Muhammad Rahman throughout this semester and I’m even more excited to watch my capstone develop legs and watch as it takes its first steps! 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️

Final Project Stat

July 26–30, 2021

Time got away from me this week and I almost forgot to check back in to illustrate my weekly capstone progress. This past week has been spent reflecting upon not only this semester, but my final week of being twenty-one. It was nice getting to celebrate my hard work this semester while ringing in a new year of life. With that being said, I’ve been working diligently on my final presentation so this entry will be a tad more on the reflective side as I condense a semester’s worth of material into a 13-page presentation. Below I have included my updated Gantt chart as I put the finishing touches on my final presentation.

Cheers to this semester and rolling into a final semester of co-op!

Updated Gantt Chart

July 19–23, 2021

This week’s entry is going to be a bit more on the visual side as I begin to accumulate inspiration and sketches for potential design directions. I focused a lot of this week on exploring identity and how to communicate the idea of technical photography with a fun twist that would appeal to younger audiences. With that, I’ll let my sketches speak for themselves!

Wordmark Exploration

July 12–16, 2021

I had the pleasure of speaking with Roderick Vesper — high school photography teacher and personal mentor — to gauge photography habits from the perspective of an educator. …

January 5–9, 2021

Rounding out the round robin presentations this week, I’m feeling more confident in my capstone’s direction. I was able to use these one-on-one meetings with my peers as primary research for my pitch, receiving direct feedback from my defined audience and understanding their personal experiences with photography. From these meetings, I was able to articulate my problem statement:

Candid a digital toolkit that explains traditional photography principles through the context of mobile applications. Designed for aspiring creatives of the internet-age who want to capture powerful images without needing to invest in formal education or equiptment.

June 28–July 2, 2021

Conducting primary research this week has been very affirming in compiling the scope of my capstone. I sent out a preliminary survey aiming to gauge daily photography habits across different demographics and the relationship between image-making and digital platforms.

June 21–25, 2021

There isn’t much more to say — I’ve reached my mental limit. Portfolios were sent out this week for our last co-op rotations and the stakes have never been higher. …

June 14–18, 2021

This past week was spent analyzing my initial research findings and making connections between my secondary resources to move forward in defining my audience. I’ve started compiling a list of questions to send out for a survey on the role of photography across different demographics to help narrow my target…

June 7–11, 2021

Faculty reviews are in and I’m feeling much more inspired than I was anticipating; the feedback I have received has placed me in a great starting place for my primary and secondary research. …

May 31 — June 4, 2021

This week especially took me by the reins as we had to submit our first faculty review. It’s always a little off-putting having to hear back your own voice for asynchronous presentations, especially when you can hear the shutter in your cadence as nerves break through. I guess what doesn’t…

Sydney Sebastian


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