In this design unit, our task is to create an educational app for a client of our choice. This app should be created within the mind of the client and it should also almost be entirely their ‘idea’.
Through my research I have found a lot of aspects that I will have to have in mind while I create my app. In a nut shell, I need to have my app look aesthetically pleasing, make sure it is stable and fast, it should survive in most extreme conditions, it should know it’s audience and be helpful etc.
The first thing a person does before downloading an app is seeing the icon that the app represents, obviously if it did not look aesthetically pleasing then no one would want to buy it. Also when the person opens the app, there should not be a clash of colours or a messy look because that would make that person delete the app no matter how good it might work. If the app looks aesthetically pleasing then the next thing a person would look for is if it is fast and follows all of their commands. The app should definitely not crash every time the person clicks a button. This then connects to seeing if the app can survive in extreme conditions, these conditions include clicking all of the buttons at the same time and maybe even turning on airplane mode and seeing what happens. If the app crashes every single time it means that the app needs fixing but if nothing unwanted happens then the app is perfect! Lastly, a great app should be able to know it’s users, what I mean by this is that the app needs to be unique, it should be something new that the user has not seen before. The app should be helpful and meet the user’s specific needs. A great app is an app you would want to use every day.
In this design project my target audience were the people who gave me feedback in the final criterion. This project can contribute to my classmates environmentally and economically, economically because if they buy my product, it will not very expensive since I did not use a lot of materials. If I used more materials then it would most likely be more expensive. Also it can contribute environmentally because my product does not use many materials that can harm the environment. My package uses blue tac and some pieces of tape which is not extremely bad for the environment so it means that I have a some what small environmental footprint on my package. The limitation of my package was that I had not thought about making the height of the equilateral triangle on my triangular prism shorter than the height of the rectangles on the triangular prism because, that would make the triangular prism be the same height all the way along when bending over the rectangles. So when I made my net I made the mistake to make it the same height. This effects the design part of the package because it results into making the handle of the package looking not like a handle exactly because of the top of the triangle sticking up. Luckily what I did in the end was just bend the tip in so it would not be noticeable. The benefit of my final package was that it was a unique and creative irregular shape that I do not think anyone else in grade 8 did, “I think your package it very creative and unique because you combined 2 3D shapes together, there are also handles which I think is also really nice.”. When I look back on my disciplinary approach towards the final product, it did not help me much because I needed more information to create a smart product. For example when I worked with the aesthetics, my product looked good but it was not smart because it had a large environmental footprint. On the other hand, when I looked at the aesthetics and the environmental consequences in an interdisciplinary approach, it did help me because I could then create an aesthetically good looking package without using materials that could harm the environment too much. These helped me create my final product because it made me think about not using many materials that could possibly hurt the environment in some sort of way. I had to think about materials that could be reused or recycled after making the product which was quite difficult in my opinion. In the end I came up with blue tac because it can be reused as many times as possible. This also helped me create my final product because I had to come up with an idea that would look good and irregular in my target audiences eyes. The final shape I chose almost looked like a handbag which I thought looked attractive because it is not a shape you would see a package look like out of the street for example. If I had to do the project again, I think I would have tried to focus on making a package that would not have any empty space inside. Because my object does not have a specific shape, it was difficult at first to find an irregular shape that could make sure that the package would not move around inside of it.
Before I began my composition I decided that I wanted the rhythm to be upbeat and a kind of fast tempo so that it would be catchy for the the person who is listening. The time signature was also apart of the decision to make the tempo faster because the time signature takes a big part of that. I chose the flute and the piano as the two instruments because I think that the two sound very interesting together. Also I understand the flute the most out of all the instruments since I play it so that is why I chose it.
My Feedback for myself:
What I like most about my composition is that the song is very cheery and its catchy which are types of songs that I enjoy listening to. The rhythm sometimes repeats which adds on to the effect of repetition. Something that I think that I could have done better is that there should be a more new notes to the bars, maybe try a new rhythm in the middle of the composition so that the whole music does not get boring. Overall I am very proud of my piece.
Feedback from others:
I really like all of the different rhythms, and it flows very well. The notes and the chords all match, giving it a very nice sound. I also really like the tempo, as it is not really fast, and not too slow. Especially in bar 14 and 15 when there are a few rests, giving it a less upbeat feel. As it gives the song more of a storyline, and makes it less repetitive. Although you repeat a couple of rhythms a lot which sometimes may get a little repetitive. Something I would change would be in bar 3 and 4 where there are only quarter notes, as it feels like it’s missing something, and could be more interesting.
I like how you have a similar rhythms which makes your song flow and sound good, all of you notes also match each other in every bar which makes it sound complete. I also like how you used a variety of different notes with different beats as well as different rhythms because it adds another level to the song so it doesn’t sound flat even though different notes are used. I also like how you made your ending note finish on the tonic but I feel like your song should also start on the tonic instead of on F. The last thing is that I think you should add something to bar 3,4 (like what Leila said) as well as 6,7 because it seems boring compared to the other bars. Otherwise good job 🙂
I really like how you included lots of rests and made the piano play notes while the flute had rests. All of your chords are very good and not too repetitive. Something I would change would be the second to last not in bar 16 of the base line. It does not fit with the chord or the note that the flute is playing. This causes the end of the song to sound weird and kind of ruins the niceness of the rest of the song. The tone of your song is very clear and it is very nice to see you being creative with the rhythms. Overall I really enjoyed it 🙂
(I don’t have a photo of the iPad box deconstructed but this is basically what it looked like)
In my investigation and research, I found out that when making a box I should focus on the sturdiness first. This is the most important factor because if there would be a situation when you had to ship your package, the package has to survive the trip. It is therefore important for the box to be secure and not break on the way. If the material used is thick and difficult to break then it means that it is a good enough material to use. When investigating the iPad pro box, something I learned was that Apple uses a lot of cardboard for their iPad pro boxes, I found this out by calculating the surface area of the box. The reason why this effects the environment is because of the large amount of materials wasted for a package that will only be used once. What the Apple company could do when transporting their boxes to the iPad pro factory is to take of the lid, turn it and put it inside the base. That way the amount of wasted space is reduced to a minimum and more empty boxes can fit into a vehicle when stacked, than if the boxes were transported with the lid on. This is clever because it reduces the environmental footprint because you will only need a small truck compared to if you had the lid on top.
What did you learn about Finale?
I learned that Finale is a very precise application which is very helpful for when you want to make a song and hear it without actually playing it yourself.
Did you find Finale easy to use?
I found it easy after I figured out where everything was.
Is there anything you found frustrating or difficult to do or find?
I didn’t think anything was frustrating to find, it was just a little difficult to find small specific things for the “Greatest Song Ever”.
Is Finale easier than writing out the music using paper and pencil?
Definitely, it is a lot quicker and it helps you make everything easier in song writing because it can play it back itself without you actually playing a million times.
1. Explain how you believe you are progressing on your instrument so far this year.
I believe I am progressing on my instrument this far into the year because I now understand how to play more songs and notes that I did not know before. In the beginning of the year, I had to write down the notes names above each note because I forgot what they all were, but now I don’t have to do that anymore.
2. Explain specifically what you are currently doing to improve your level of skill.
I am practicing at home more often and I am trying my best to understand how to play each note and every new note that I have learned. This helps me in class to try not to ask Mr. Dacho if I am playing the right note all the time.
3. How often do you practice?
I wish I practiced more but I think I practice maybe once or twice a week. I could improve this by practicing maybe 15 minutes everyday when I don’t have any other homework to do and I have some free time on my hands.
4. Which of these are you most successful at: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?
I think I am most successful at note accuracy, rhythm accuracy and tone quality because I believe they are the easiest to take control of. I am a perfectionist so when I practice I practice until I get a song completely correct because otherwise I kind of feel like a failure.
5. Which of these are you the least successful: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?
I am least successful at articulation, dynamics and breathing/phrasing because I don’t practice them very often. Breathing is my least successful out of the three, I find it difficult to take control of my breathing especially because when you play the flute you need a lot of air.
6. What can you do to improve as a musician?
I believe that as a musician I can first of all (at home) practice more when I have free time, and second of all (in class) practice my fingering on my flute when someone else is playing so that I don’t just sit there doing nothing most of the time.
1. Discuss your rehearsal process from when you practiced the song for the first time until recording it. (Consider the following: With what frequency did you practice? How many minutes did you practice each time? Did you play through beginning to end or isolate parts of the song? Did you practice at different tempos? etc. ) When I first practiced this song ever, I thought that it would probably take a while for me to get used to it and play it perfectly. Now after the recording I think that I could have still done better, for example sometimes I went a little too quick and went a little off when playing with the metronome, and my breathing definitely was one of the huge struggles. In this song I have to play long notes and it makes me very tired and in some of the notes where I have to hold it, you can hear I bit of shakiness. When I practiced this song before recording I felt like I could not get it perfectly because I kind of wanted the pressure on me so I could feel like I wad recording. So I decided that I would make multiple recordings, and I would save all of the ones that I thought were decent, showed it to a friend, and see what they thought. This helped me because then I got someone to tell me my mistakes and what was not noticeable etc. I practiced a lot because every time I recorded and did something wrong I wanted to correct that mistake and try to at least come close to perfect. Practicing for me was mostly playing the song over and over again because there wasn’t a specific part in the song that I messed up, it was mostly my breathing. To try and fix this mistake I played the song with less breath but I then realised that was even more difficult because the computer did not hear me.
2. Was this assessment more challenging than you expected, at an appropriate level for you, or too easy? I don’t think that this assessment was specifically difficult because I did play my best in class, so I believed that I could do it which then helped me with my self confidence. I think that this overall was an “appropriate level” for me because it did not make me stressed and it did not make me tell myself that I could not do it because I HAD practiced at home and I HAD done my best in class.
3. What did you learn about the rehearsal process? I learned that when rehearsing you need to believe in yourself to achieve. It is weird to think that way and it is quite cliche but it is true. Also I learned that to perfect the controlling of breathing you need to practice, this included holding notes etc.
4. Were you satisfied with your performance? Why or why not? I was satisfied with my performance because I practiced hard and I tried to do my best at all times. I did not give up but I kept trying which is mostly why I was satisfied. I believe I did well also because I played my notes correctly and I slurred when I needed to etc.
5. What did you learn about yourself as a developing musician? I learned that to be a musician you need to practice your breathing depending on the instrument you play. When you practice your breathing you need to try to hold your notes for as long as possible, this includes to blow with a little air at a time. This helped me when I had trouble with my breathing.