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factfile2.16 Planning and Review Cycle


First steps
Read and understand! When you are given your assignment brief, read it through carefully from beginning to end and make sure that you fully understand what you are being asked to do. Make notes. As you read make a list of all the tasks that you are set.

Planning cyclePlan
Draw up a project plan. Your assignment sets you specific tasks that will have to be accomplished in 40 hours by a fixed deadline. It is advisable to produce a plan for the project that will help keep you on track. You will need to note down your first ideas, explain what you finally propose to produce, what software and equipment you will use to do this and when the deadline is.

Brainstorm your first thoughts about the brief in a group if possible, then use concept mapping websites such as Popplet or MindMeister or software like MindGenius or Inspiration to help visualize, organise and extend your own ideas so that you have a range of starting points. You can also use the ReadyShapes in Serif PagePlus or the AutoShapes in Microsoft Word to map out or storyboard your ideas. Even though many ideas will be discarded, it's important not to get fixed on a single theme or one idea too soon. Use small drawings or "scamps", pasted collages, storyboards, mood boards and written notes to help you too. Collect examples of existing products for a similar audience or purpose as inspiration. Record your sources.

Try to keep to your timescale and refer back to the original brief and to your project plan frequently.

When you think you've finished a task, show your work to others and ask them for constructive feedback – what do they think is good about it and how could it be improved? If possible find one or two people who match the target audience for the product. Make a note of what they say. You can use the feedback and review form to help you do this. You should also get feedback from your teacher at key checkpoints while working on the assignment: for example, after each main task on your plan.

Take what your reviewers say into account and make any changes to the product that you think will improve it.

The final stage is for you to review your work realistically against the original client brief explaining how your final outcomes meet the brief and where you could develop or improve them further.

Final Product: presentation
There's no turning back at this stage, so be sure that you have cycled through the earlier steps as many times as necessary before outputting your final graphic products. But preparing a presentation that really showcases your work will also take time, so remember to allow for this at the planning stage.

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