Writing a Bachelor Thesis - Week One

Bachelor Thesis, Project Management

On Monday or Tuesday, August 17 or 18, 2020, I will be on stage talking about Atomic Design 2.0. If you'd like to know what I'm going to talk about, you should read my (this) blog! During the coming months, you will be able to follow the progress of my bachelor thesis. If you'd like to know more, have a look at my exposé.

There will be some personal blog entries, such as this one, and entries with findings and other info on my progress. So, let's get started:

What did I learn this week?

There is this image, which has been attributed to many different authors and is available in many different variations. It sums up my main learning for this week pretty well:

Cartoon-like illustration with two scenes. Scene One depicts a person on a bicycle facing an uphill road with a goal post at the end. Scene Two shows many small milestones with the same person on a bicycle. Instead of a steady uphill road, there are pits with boulders, a lake, a slip line, and many other obstacles to overcome. There will not be a steady uphill battle.

I realised I should stop sprinting and start hiking. Considering the illustration shown above, you might think I should have known. I agree, but I was in a mental space that didn't include this reality, and I needed my supervising professor to remind me by sending me this picture.

With my mental picture of my bachelor thesis changing from the uphill road to the exercise trail, my mindset changed.

Instead of trying to work on a list of sequential tasks, I've begun working on a pool of problems that need solutions. Of course, these problems still have some dependancies and need to be solved before others become "available." Overall, this feels much more productive, and I'm able to work on more than one thing in parallel without making an effort to do so.

What happened this week?

Exposé

I wrote my Exposé – again. I don't remember which version I'm on now, and I don't think it's important. In case you read this to prepare for your bachelor thesis: I'm probably on version 25 and I also wrote two more for other topics before deciding on this one.

I edited it to depict the same problem to be solved and be less specific on how to get there. You can read it in my Exposé blog post.

Website

To be able to blog continuously and not be limited by third parties, I installed Kirby on a rented, shared hosting server and bought an SSL certificate to enable https. At this point, there is almost no content, and it's still running the default theme.

I plan to have this website evolve into my portfolio and use the blog to document my creative life.

Seminar

There is a seminar we (the students) are obligated to attend while we're "writing" our thesis. I've put "writing" in apostrophes because all participants will be designers and our work will most certainly not be based on text, but only include about 20 pages.

We were informed how we would be graded. There will be two grades, one of them stemming from two sources. The first grade will be coming from the bachelor thesis (80%) and the colloquium (20%). The second is 100% seminar attendance and how well we are able to incorporate feedback into our design process.

We will be allowed to hand in our work in more forms than text, which, for a digital design track, makes total sense. However, how we might do so is unclear at this point.