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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Third Year

Now in my Third and final year of Graphic Design.....sad times :( how fast has it gone ahhh!!

Anyway more importantly on to the work if you want to see how Im getting on with my third year briefs, research, dissertation, PPD, Final Major Project etc.

Then look here which will take you to other links that will link you to my work....enjoy!

Friday, 12 June 2009

Portfolio Evaluation

Reflect on your relationship between your portfolio of work and your creative ambitions as a designer.

My Portfolio shows a range of skills both using Type and Image. My main interest lies in Type and Layout, to show more about me and who I am as a designer I need to show more of this in my work over the summer I will be building my portfolio with more Type and Layout work to show my greater interest, but at times I do like to work with both image and type which I still would like to carry on with.

Relate your own work to specific areas of contemporary design.

I think that I have my own unique style, for inspiration I tend to look at other design blogs, flickr, Paper Cut Panic. A designer in particular whose work I follow is Domenic Lippa his typographic work has been an inspiration to me since a young age. Im always constantly looking around at billboards, posters, flyers for inspiration and get a rush of excitement when I see something that catches my eye, I like to collect typography to, and document it to look back to when I need it in my work.

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses against identified intentions and areas of contemporary practice.

My strengths lie In Typography and Presentation for example presenting my work on boards and in photography. I have noticed that Im fairly confident when applying this skill in my work and not afraid to work with other ideas. Ive also noticed that I have become more interested in creating logo design and would like to carry on with this in third year along with magazine design. I have an interview for Ink publishing in London where they create all the in flight magazines and travel brochures, fingers crossed I get the placement here as I think it will really show if my heart lies in layout I am also looking forward to seeing what it is like to work in a professional enviroment so this is why I am going to Elmwood in London to visit and talk with the art directors.

Clarify areas of design, skills development and professional concerns you aim to investigate further from this point forward.

I want do develop my software skills further and work more on my layout skills in InDesign to help me improve my knowledge and skills for the field that I wish to go into so I feel more confident with it.

Briefly clarify the relationship between your creative practice and your proposed dissertation.

My dissertation is looking at how guerrilla advertising is more effective then mainstream advertising. I have a strong intrest in advertising and I am always looking around for inspiration mainly advertisiments to help me with my work. I want to furthur my knowledge in advertising so that it become more useful in my work that I produce next year.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Paper Cut Panic

BA (Hons.) GRAPHIC DESIGN - Evaluation

Module Title Design: YCN KLEENEX Packaging Design

Level 02

1. What skills have you developed through this module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?

The skills I have learnt in this module is to focus on working as a team and to focus on who my audience is and how to get my message across using our personality and knowledge to create our pieces of work to create an impact. I have learnt to organise and plan the work that needs to be done for the week. I’ve also documented my work with every improvements and changes I have made and also photographing my products into context. For this module research was a big part of it and getting other peoples opinions so this was a big foucs to organise and document this well to help with idea generation ideas.

I have also noticed that I can communicate a little better and take time with my work to make it a quality piece for example the A3 boards they have helped bring my designs together to create as a set.
I tried packaging design for the first time where I have learnt and found new skills for that which I enjoyed doing but is something that I wouldnt focus on doing again.

2. What approaches to generating work and solutions to problems have you developed and how have they helped?

I have experimented a lot with colour, layout and type it has helped to show my improvements and to see what design is effective for my audience it also helps show the weaknesses and strengths in my designs. Regular crits and talking to piers about my designs have helped by getting good feedback and more focus on what I need to improve or carry on with.

3. What strengths can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on these?

The strengths in the briefs I think are my documentation, and research. These you see by my annotations and ongoing development design showing improvements along the process. I think the time management and planning shown in these briefs was something that needed to be improved on and communication with the partner. My designs created on a computer has improved a lot more and I have been using it a lot more with more confidence then I did before and it has helped with my work to create it more visual.

4. What weaknesses can you identify in your work and how could you exploit these more fully?

My weaknesses lie in time management as at the time it was a difficult stage as well it was difficult to communicate and plan with my partner to make sure we were doing the right work for that day or week, I think that maybe the documentation needs to be a bit more clearer at the end of it where I was trying to do a lot of things all at once.

5. Identify five things that you will do different next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?

The first thing that I would do differently would be to collect more primary research to work from so I have a bit more inspiration to communicate with, create a time plan of what I need to do each night. Document more of my work on the blog so I can get feedback from other users it also helps when I put it on my blog to evaluate and annotate my work so I can get a clear understanding. I will also make sure I communicate more with my partner to make sure we are working at our best ability.

6. How would you grade yourself on the following areas:
(please indicate using an ‘x’)

5= excellent, 4 = very good, 3 = good, 2 = average, 1 = poor

Attendance 3
Punctuality 3
Motivation 3
Commitment 3
Quantity of work produced 3
Quality of work produced 4
Contribution to the group 3

The evaluation of your work is an important part of the assessment criteria and represents a percentage of the overall grade. It is essential that you give yourself enough time to complete your written evaluation fully and with appropriate depth and level of self-reflection. If you have any questions relating to the self evaluation process speak to a member of staff as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009



When browsing the internet I thought I would have a look at Ilovetypography as I hadnt looked at it for a while and wanted to see what was new on it.
I came across this font which was under best fonts of 2008 its a very voluptuous, fun, and sexy font. Looks as though it should be in a magazine or on a funny or rude birthday card.

This is one of the IPhone wallpaper backgrounds.
Using Helvetica, signs and braille I thought this looked really clever and that the designer wasent only thinking about people that could see. The colour really brings out the designs to making it nice and easy to read.

This is another from the IPhone wallpapers.
I so so so would like this on my background if I ever had an IPhone :-( I just think its really cute and the colours are bright and contrasting and remind me of sweets. The typeface is very suitable and looks quite playful. 

This type looks really sharp and crisp then goes out to be delicate contradicting the swear word which you would have thought would be bold and there right in your face but instead its quite suttle but still quite sharp.

I love this type so much so very eye catching. I love the thickness of the lettering and the curvy ends, I really think the shading brings out the white lettering from being flat on the page.

These you can buy in Urban Outfitters they look great and think I might take a trek down to go buy one! There created out of metal also using recycled paper.

These look so tasty but you just wouldnt want to eat them they look that good! :D I would so buy these if they were on sale reminds me of when we made the cake out of type wish I thought of this!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Research on Hair Typography and Illustration

These letter forms are created with real hair shown above which I think is quite effective and creates a clear form to show a clear outline of the letter.

These patterns look like they have been illustrated on the computer to create a equal and artistic pattern, I think these are lovely pieces of artwork and doesnt really look like strands of hair.

From the website SHCH graphics group most of the art work is very similar to one another using different weights of lines. I like this piece of work, a letter created around with lines and shapes to form a letter form it reminds me of flowing hair in the wind spiralling.

This poster I found on Google images when typing in Hair Illustration it came up with this as I think the small illustrations are fairly appropriate to my Christmas research of the outline illustrations that I did, I really like the different colours and hair styles and I think that this style of drawing is a good way to show a style of hair.

Shown below is an image that I found from Flick r It was showing a style of hair using arabic lettering which at first was something I wanted to include in my animation to not reveal to much to the viewer until the end frame I think this is a clever way of showing the subject of Hair Styles not only is it showing an image but it is showing type as well.