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BENJAMIN LEGGETT PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

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BENJAMIN LEGGETT PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION 2014 BEN LEGGETT FINAL YEAR PDP

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SECTION 01

UPON REFLECTING

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UPON REFLECTING

Where am I? I was fourteen yesterday. I am going to approach this reflection as a sequence of events, let’s start when I was fourteen. My older brothers friend made me a forum banner for my online games guild, I loved it and asked him how he made such a wonderful creation, he told me that he knocked it up in photoshop, to this day I remember that moment when I realised making designs on a computer was a “thing” that people did. In hindsight it wasn’t a masterpiece, a cropped drawing with a bevelled border and bright red text in god knows what font, but it was good enough to make me download photoshop, jump on www.good-tutorials.com and start learning how to make stuff in photoshop. Fast forward a year or two and I was making my own websites, using photoshop to create web “skins” as I thought of them and constructing the pages with basic html tables. Jump forward a few more years and I have decided to study a-level music, I.C.T and politics, I hadn’t realised at this point that design was something I could take seriously, in the end I dropped out of 6th form without any qualifications because I had no idea what I was even doing there, I didn’t want a job in music, in computing or in politics. Eventually I decided I should have a serious go at education and do something I like, so I chose Graphic Design. I studied design at BMC for 2 years and finished with a high enough grade to get an offer from my first choice of university course, Viscom at the Art College. I enjoyed it well enough but started to really think about the future -6-


shortly after starting, thinking about whether this was what I wanted, after all I am still to this day trying to figure out how I am going to become hugely rich and famous, but then again aren’t we all? I enjoy design but I also enjoy plenty of other things and I have struggled occasionally to dedicate myself due to this worry that I might be focusing on the wrong interest. Jump forward a bit to now, it is semester two, I have worked hard and have nearly finished my degree in viscom (as I still think of it, despite the name change), I have gotten to this point through a combination of working hard, which I do, despite my somewhat interesting relationship with attendance, and perseverance. I say perseverance because despite the fact that I don’t know for sure what I want to do after University, I am willing to follow design to a conclusion, to see if this is what I’m good at and what I want to do for my career, it can be hard to push yourself sometimes when unsure but I still did and I hope to finish my degree with a 2.1 and pursue my multiple interests, including design after I graduate.

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SECTION 02

FUTURE PLANNING

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Demo 2