Working together in a group is always an interesting dynamic just because of differing opinions, priorities, aesthetics, etc. However, I think our group dynamic was very in-sync. I think going into the group, we all knew our strengths and weaknesses, and therefore, were able to fill in gaps and also take charge of certain areas. This created a really aware group and made it so we all felt comfortable asking for help, clarification and being honest when giving crit to one another.
In addition, I think it gave me a better grasp of how quickly you have to pivot your ideas and how important it is to have back up plans. I am a firm believer in trying to make things work as best as you can, but during this project, we faced many forks in the road that involved back-tracking, reflection, re-evaulation and prompted us to maybe change our path a bit. It was definitely a huge learning experience in that sense because it made me always try to think two steps ahead and try to find quick fixes for problems we were facing, while still satisfying everyone’s vision and respecting everyone’s opinions.
In terms of looking at AIGA Census data, I think it was a nice way to get a better grasp of how real designers are in the industry. Often at school, we’re stuck in this bubble that only opens us up to certain aspects so it was great to see what people weighed as important aspects of the future, how many times they’ve shifted their focus, etc. However, it again raises the point that design is not a very diverse field in both gender and ethnicity. It’s been nice to see this slowly shift and take a change, but makes me realize that for us, designers, to effectively wield our power, we will need to up our diversity in order to get new perspectives and better understandings of how to tailor our designs to suit the needs and appeals of different groups.