It is well worth a visit, not just to see how Pam is researching, recording and reflecting on her work but also the way she has used her IT skills (Pam describes herself as a ‘freelance IT person’) to produce stunning slideshows – her Visual Diary is mesmerising – rich in sources and interesting juxtapositions (I spotted Omar Camilleri’s feet had made it in).
It is so good in fact, that I rather fear that drawing attention to it could lead some students to become concerned about the standard of their learning logs – so don’t take it from me, this is what the Visual Communications Curriculum Leader, Christian Lloyd, has to say; ‘Pam’s is an exceptional blog – there’s a lot to praise in Pam’s blog in terms of how she’s using it as a learning log; all the blog posts are clearly tagged to make it easy to follow assignments and themes, there’s a clear sense of evaluation throughout and Pam has presented her creative working process, mistakes and all. But what I particularly like about it, is the tangential steps she makes, connecting the projects and assignments to her own interests. For example the posts on vernacular typography in Northern Kenya and Heptonstall that connect the typography exercises to her own experiences. Learning, like creativity is rarely a linear process, so this sense of visual exploration and additional research is great to see.’