This week certainly feels like a milestone. All of my deliverables are complete. My book is at the printer. My site is done, everything is printed or mocked up, photographed and documented. My presentation and video seem to be in their final states. I have worked hard over the last couple of weeks.
When I started on my thesis, it took me awhile to wrap my head around all of these little deliverables. I knew that I had a lot to do, but now it seems like most people create a few really large things while I created a whole bunch of smaller things. Creating this work has been hard enough, but managing it all has been a completely unique challenge. Making sure I had stuff to printers on time, making sure my visual system was being applied, and even checking colors to see that they were within my brand standards all became part of my routine for getting things done. I do feel that because I have so many “things”, it has lengthened my presentation and video because each deliverable gets mentioned, sometimes twice, depending on if it is used in one or two kits. I had a lot of redo during this process, but I think that the results are overall good.
I have learned a lot from people about how their personalities and demeanors can affect how they interact with materials, be those materials physical or digital. I have also learned a lot about how casinos really do bring people pleasure, regardless of the fact that casinos prey upon weakness. I have also learned that not everyone falls prey to addiction; Some people can just casually gamble for fun and have the ability to stop willingly.
I took a couple of years off during my thesis to take some other courses, so it was interesting jumping back in. It definitely changed in many ways, although to be quite honest I think that my earliest visual system was more successful. Regardless, it feels great to be closing in on completion and I have benefitted immeasurably from this journey.