The (almost) Finished Product

Even though the Senior Project time period is technically over, I’m writing this final post as both an update on the most recent progress on the physical product as well as a reflection on the whole project experience. First of all, I want to acknowledge how wonderful and supportive my “clients” have been throughout this whole project. From the very beginning when this project was merely an idea, T. Nathan was very enthusiastic about and full of ideas for the project. I am so lucky to have had a sponsor who was as invested in the project as I was, from start to finish. I also don’t know what I would do without the photographic advice from T. Tim, who helped me get the best out of some tricky photographs along the way.

Today (Monday, April 6), I met once again with T. Nathan and T. Lynette to go over the final production of the finished poster and the notecards. The finished products have taken a different form from the first draft, and I made quite a few design changes. Although I had some harsh criticism on the first version, I can learn from this experience by understanding how to take constructive criticism and use it to my benefit, and also by getting a taste of the real world in terms of criticism for my work (even though I don’t plan on going into the graphic design field). While Admissions liked both the notecard and the poster, they found that they could make more practical use out of the notecards and would rather have one poster to hang if/when they get printed. They are also helping me take my project further by connecting me with members of the Alumni Office and the School Store as they are more suited to printing and using/selling the poster as well as the notecards. For anyone who is interested in a poster or some notecards, keep your fingers crossed that we are able to produce them!

Alex 🙂

The Last Week

So, I am writing this post in the final stretch of my project. This week has been a blur of meetings with admissions, editing the poster, and even more meetings. On Monday, I went in and met with T. Nathan and T. Lynette to show them the first draft of the poster. With a couple of suggestions and some new ideas for windows to shoot, I went home to plan out the next two days of photography.

On Wednesday, I met with T. Tim to check in with him in regards to the photography as well as the layout of the poster, since he is my “artistic director.” He gave me some great advice as to how to handle some tricky situations with the lighting of some photographs. He also gave me the idea to also make this poster into a notecard or postcard, which is something that I have decided to add on to this project as well. I then got to share with him how I am so glad to have chosen this project so that I could really focus on my photography and nothing else for two weeks; this makes me feel much more comfortable with my decision to pursue a medical degree in college, which would mean not having much time for my other passion, photography. Even though we were sitting in the Biology 2 classroom, he got up and grabbed a book off of the shelf which turned out to be a photography book that focused on photos of surgery. It was the coolest thing I have ever seen, and I will definitely find some time to look through the entire book. Although I am not as interested in becoming a surgeon as I am in other medical professions and I most likely won’t become a photographer who takes pictures of surgery, this book made me realize that there are definitely artistic sides to medicine and this made me feel that I won’t be giving up on my creative side completely. I also realize that I’m very lucky to have teachers like T. Tim who are so amazing at what they do, and especially someone like him who is as knowledgeable in the sciences as he is with photography!

Here are some of the photos that are featured in my poster/notecard:

On Thursday, I had another meeting with Admissions; they made some final corrections to the poster and seconded T. Tim’s suggestion of making this concept of “The Windows of Westtown” into a notecard as well. I went home and spent the rest of the night on Adobe Illustrator on the computer arranging all of the photos into an additional layout. The next day, I clicked save on the final versions of the project, and it was nearly complete. It would seem that I was finished, although my computer had a different plan. The files were eight times too large to send in an email, so I decided to burn them onto a CD and deliver it to Admissions on Saturday. Neither Admissions nor the Front Office were open, so I am going to have to send the CD in the mail to T. Nathan (I am leaving for the airport at 7am tomorrow).

That is what has been going on this week, and this is where my project stands at the moment. I hope you all have enjoyed reading about my project! I’ll write more when we produce a finished, printed product.

Alex  🙂

More Snow!

Today (Thursday) marks my fourth day working on my project. On Monday, I met with T. Nathan from Admissions to discuss the logistics of the poster as well as schedule another meeting with the Admissions team for next Monday for us to go over the first draft of the poster. I am so excited to work with such a great group of people in Admissions; as I walked in for my meeting I was greeted by lots of friendly faces who are as enthusiastic as I am about this project.

As some of you may know, we are getting even MORE snow here in Pennsylvania right now as I type this entry. I am lucky enough to have taken some photos earlier in the year in preparation for this project, so I will have photos from the fall to work with as well as the ones that I will take during these two weeks. After Monday’s meeting, I spent the next two days taking more photos of our campus; I specifically focused on the Arts Center and windows on the girls’ end of Main Hall. I spent today editing the photos I have as well as starting the layout for the poster.

My schedule for the rest of the project includes taking more photos over the weekend; hopefully I’ll be able to take advantage of our most recent winter storm and capture some snowy windows. It also includes Monday’s meeting in which I will meet with Admissions to share with them the first draft of the poster. They, as my “clients,” will be able to then make any adjustments they like to the poster so that it meets their needs for advertising the school to prospective students and their families. We will also discuss details about printing the poster. For the rest of the second week, I will be making final adjustments to the poster and then we will send it to the printers!

I’ll update you all soon, probably after Monday’s meeting with Admissions.


Windows of Westtown

Hey everyone! My name is Alex and I am a senior at Westtown. For my senior project, I am going to be working with the Admissions Office here at Westtown and with the artistic support of T. Tim Loose to create a poster entitled “The Windows of Westtown” (a take on the Doors of Dublin) that Admissions can use to advertise Westtown to prospective students and their families. I am so excited to take a break from school work and be able to focus completely on my photography and graphic design!

I will be using the skills I learned in graphic design courses to design the layout of the poster using Adobe Illustrator. This is where I will create the layout, the type, and arrange the photos to create the finished product. I will be traveling all around campus for this project, and I am excited to photograph our gorgeous campus and buildings. The focus of the poster will be the windows of the buildings, but I also plan on accompanying these photographs with other aspects of our school.

For the technical details, I use a Nikon D60 DSLR camera with an 18mm-55mm lens, a 55mm-200mm lens, and a special 85mm portrait lens, as well as a flash and a bunch of different filters. I plan on using all of these lenses for this project so that I can make the school look beautiful on the poster. I will make sure to keep you all updated with some of the fruits of my labor as I work on my project, and I will hopefully be able to present the poster when we all come back after Spring Break.

I’m so excited to get started, only two more days until senior projects begin! I’ll update you all once I start my project.