Process Board Information and Guidelines
the process board as a conversation between you and the portfolio
that allows them to understand how you think, how you make decisions,
well you responded to the DSN S 102 assignment objectives. Remember that
reviewers won't have witnessed each stage of the project and won't be
tell from the final piece just how much effort and good thinking went
In this sense, the process boards are similar to the presentations
in class at final critiques, when you've succinctly explained to the
what you intended, what you tried, and how you arrived at the final
process board(s) should accomplish several things:
- Clarify your understanding of the project by
describing what you were asked to learn, and how you approached that
- Explain (with visual information) the
research you did and the visual sources of inspiration you considered.
clear about which were required sources vs. which are unique to you
everyone looked at assigned precedent examples, but what additional
sources did YOU look at?)
- Document the various stages of project
development, with clear explanations of how YOUR experiments and
- Include self-critique. Why did some ideas NOT
work? Can you recognize situations where you were taking the wrong
direction? The reviewers want to know that you can learn from your
failures as well as your successes.
- Show that you tried more than one idea, and
explain why you selected the one that was developed for the final
- Remember that the reviewers will see your
portfolio as a series of stacked pages. They won't know, for example,
you intended your sequential section pages to be presented. Explain
like this on the process board.
- If there was a written component in a project
(like the tool essay in the pattern project, for example), briefly
summarize or excerpt your writing and include that on the process board.
in setting up the process boards:
clarity and highlight the ideas at work in your projects.
collage or cut-and-paste method of presenting the elements is fine;
there is no
expectation that you copy or scan everything onto a single surface. Just
sure the elements are well-adhered to the page and are in no danger of
off as the pages move around.
self-assessment notes and explanations of sketches should be typed so
easy to read. DO NOT go smaller than 9-point type. Use a standard,
font (NOT a script, decorative, or ultra-bold font). If there are brief
handwritten notes directly on the sketches, they can be included, but
handwritten notes should be typed to ensure that the reviewers can read
- Give the
board titles and subtitles so that we know which part of the work is
ideas" and which part constitutes "refinement."
board should be clean, well-organized, and complete. It should NOT
extraneous elements that merely decorate the page and/or distract from
content of the work.
- You can
use your original sketches—cut from sketchbooks—or good quality copies
them. Keep in mind that originals may be too big for the space you have.
team projects, use copies of the originals. Consider making color copies
sketches that have finely detailed pencil work.
addition to sketches, the "refinement" stage might include photos of
haven't yet documented your process work, you're asked to develop this
documentation now, looking back on the assignment and how you solved the