Reflection on Creativity and Design


When it comes to creative flair it is clear to see that lots of people are naturally creative at a specific time of the day where they are most creative. For me I personally find I am the most focused and creative around the evening hours of 7 – onwards. Other individuals take longer to develop creative skills and need more time to enhance these skills. many people tend to keep a pen/paper/Dictaphone with you at all times so they can record ideas as they think of them or see something they think will help them later on.

Leaflets are a good example of what can spark inspiration or ideas for a design. Leaflets all have specific typefaces from there fonts, layout, colour scheme etc. every design we see over time doesn’t always stick in our brains so by following the three main skills to becoming a more organised and prepared designer will help us in later life. In the real world of work we could be asked to write, design, present on a topic that we know very little about and by keeping a record of things may help to influence the piece to success.

There are 3 stages to aiding creativity


Collecting things that are raw material can be useful and they are not always inspiration or ideas but maybe handy to take influence from the written styles, house styles like colour pallets etc. There are a number of sites that are really useful when keeping collections in one place. Pinterest, Google +, one drive are all great for collecting. You may think that things are useless but most things will be relevant at some point


  • Observing life – drawing or photographs/videos
  • Books
  • Magazine – keep up with what’s going on, look at all genres too – you might not always be working in the area you would like
  • Found typography – Appropriate fonts for the story, shop signs
  • Stuff off the internet – Pinterest, google+, Deviant Art, YouTube, Blogs, Be aware that a lot of things online are opinion and not facts, look at colour schemes
  • Freebies – Flyers that get handed out on a night out, look at design
  • Leaflet racks – content of leaflets – how have they been written, how is it marketed to their intended audience
  • Clothing Labels/Tags – some are nicely designed – makes you think about it if you have to untie it, extra detail – makes it seem higher end
  • Packaging – is sells based on designs and products but the packing can reflect the product.
  • Photos – even one that have gone wrong, photos using other objects
  • Doodles


Cataloguing can be extremely useful as it is a visual aid that allows you to see exactly what you have saved for an idea. Google+ is visual through images instead of just a list like the favourites list are. In favourites it just saves the link and doesn’t show what it is actually about, this means it will be harder to find something useful when needed.

There are many different ways to keep a catalogue, for instance;

  • Sketchbook/Notebook – keep it on you all the time
  • Binders
  • Box files – to put things in
  • IPhoto/Flickr – some have lots of info on them e.g. date etc.


When creating a product, piece of writing or whatever needed it is important that we work to deadlines.

However, if the creative juices just aren’t flowing then you could change the environment you are in. Possibly go out for fresh air or go to somewhere where you can focus more Peace and quiet maybe key. If you have a mental block then there is no point just spending hours and not getting anywhere then Go to bed get some rest. In the morning something may come to you.

Brainstorm and mind map is a good way to get ideas onto paper, once ideas are down then it is easier to make better choices. Ideas will develop and possibly merge.

The use of mood boards can work to our advantage.  The advantages of a mood board is that it narrows it down ideas, clients can make them if you ask. Mood board are how it makes you feel. Key when trying to make an emotion.

Style boards are also useful this can layout ideas on how something will look. For instance, Colour Pallet can be chosen from an image that gives the feel you would like to portray.

As a journalist it is imperative I take these three skills and put them into my own practice. This will help me become a much better designer and keep up with current styles, whilst putting my own spin on a topic. The skills will help save time as I will have things that will give me direction when struggling. Over the next few weeks I hope to develop my own catalogue.



reflection – Storify

I was absent due to ill health however, i went to see the tutor to find out exactly what i needed to do for this task. I was asked to sign up to ‘Storify’.

In my opinion, Storify is a great platform for journalists as it gives them the ability to gather information on a specific subject. This is through having the means to look at all different online platforms like websites and social media. social media is incredibly useful as people write thoughts, ideologies and random things. Storify is a useful tool for me as a practitioner as it is simple, and a positive flexible way to visualise data. This link sends you to multiple amounts of information gathered about the new James Bond film ‘Spectre” this helps to create newsworthy stories as it gives opinions about the cast, film and the overall success. it also tells the audience more about the film and makes them come up with there own opinions. This way of processing data may help to promote and sell a brand.

Reflection on Social Media Verification

This was another session I missed so caught up with the tutor to find out about the task. He said that I needed to identify why social media verification is extremely important to me as a practitioner of journalism. Also how I can make sure something is true, accurate and put out into the public in a factual and professional way.

I honestly believe that social media verification is extremely important and that you can’t take it lightly. When developing my skills as a journalist and media processional, I learned how you can’t always take things at face value, it is imperative to find out if something is factually true. If I publish something that hasn’t got any factual evidence then it can really damage my professional statue and reputation. In journalism you should follow the NUJ of the national union for journalist’s codes of conduct. It is to how and what you should do to be a good quality professional in this industry. People in this line of work (Journalists) have to maintain high professional profile. This means they have to follow good morals and principles of journalism. This will help journalists to retain and build a profile for themselves and with make them more credible and trustworthy. The NUJ code of conduct is a guide to whom journalists should take into account for instance, by following these guidelines will help to keep them safe whilst in the industry For instance, the guidelines are there so that they know boundaries and so they know certain rules and regulations. The NUJ is really basic common sense but put into writing. If a writer has good morals then they are sure to follow the codes.

Some of the rules that the NUJ states that journalists should follow:

  • They should ensure that all information that is publicised is honestly conveyed, fair and accurate
  • Holds confidentiality and protects identities of sources who give information in confidence.
  • They should make sure that no material is made/ publicised that could lead to isolation/discrimination of an individual. For instance, age, race, gender etc.

Social verification is crucial as an individual’s job is on the line. From learning that you can’t always trust the media especially social networking, finding out the false to the real is crucial. However, social networking can also open many doors, it’s a quick and fast way that I can discover breaking new stories and uses these newsworthy data pieces within my studies and line of work. As a journalist you always want to keep ahead of others and keep knowledge fresh. There are many ways I can make sure the information I find is accurate and true: for instance, contacting the source identifying the 5W’s and H, also see what else is happening in that field. I would also see what is trending, checking things on multiple of sources not just going on what one person has said.

These method are imperative if I want the content I distribute to the public, to be as factually correct . If I dont use these methods when practicing my work then I wouldn’t be doing my job properly, this could land me in a whole heap of problems. People could sue if something is put out in the public domain that wasn’t genuine, this would damage there reputation and my own,

Reflection – Google Alert

I was absent due to ill health on this day so missed the session. However, I left my Dictaphone with a fellow student and she recorded it so I could listen back to the session. From listening back to the recording, I think ‘Google Alerts’ will be great to use as I could set it up to things I want it to alert me about. For instance, it could help me become a better practitioner at journalism because I know what has already been covered, this is a really important aspect of journalism, the news has to be original or fresh or to take a subject from a different angle to what has been covered before. If I don’t get this set up, then it could definitely have implications of me being a journalist and could definitely make my job a whole lot more complicated and harder.

In a recent assignment and task we have been given specific patches to cover in the area for the fairly recent supplement ‘Your News in the Hull Daily Mail. My patches are ‘Beverly Road, Dunswell and Leconfield’ which is why I now need to set ‘Google’ up to alert me whenever they are mentioned.

Importance of Social Media

In a recent session with John Baron as a group we set up a LinkedIn account, and put our basic information in to it. LinkedIn, is a professional social networking site, where you add CV, work experience and qualifications. I discovered that other people can recommend you and back up things that you say to be true. For instance, your skills ect. Also, within this session we were told about the importance of social networking. Also how it can help us as practitioners of journalism to make contacts, groups and tap in to what is happening as it happens. I personal have learned how important it can be. This is crucial as Journalists have to keep in touch with what is happening and contacts to help them be able to create newsworthy stories. having the correct contacts is important as it makes the job so much easier and less time consuming. By having the knowledge of how social networking is important, i can use this to my advantage when conducting my own research and skills. I will be developing my social media news gathering skills over the next year by tapping into Facebook groups and creating Twitter lists. I personally do not have Facebook, this is the more informal site, where individuals talk to family members and friends. Therefore, as I don’t have Facebook, means that i am at a disadvantage to other members in my group as this restricts me making groups, valuable contact which could really help me with the course because of this it means i will have to find other resources to help me gain the information i require for my course. Twitter in my opinion it is a lot more formal and is an easy way to connect you with others with the same interests as myself. Also professionals that can help you within your line of education. I do find twitter a fairly easy and fun way to express what is happening and to find out news. I like it as I can follow people who you may not know well or at all and they can follow you back despite not knowing each other. However, there are certain times your posts have the biggest impact, this is at tea time and lunch as more people are using there social networking site.