Analysis.

Overall I think this project went ok. I came up with the idea quite early which actually worked in my favour because it meant I could spend time working out how to make or how I would create my bed. As shown through my dramatic blog posts, nothing went right, and I had to overcome …

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Reactions.

There were varied reactions to the piece. I don’t necessarily think it’s a failure because of this, I don’t think you can predict something so varied as the publics reaction, but I am rather disappointed. I placed it in the amphitheatre for about 6 hours and sat and waited for peoples reactions, as I felt …

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Where to put it?

So I think I have finally decided where to put this troublesome bed. The main spot I want to put it in is the amphitheatre next to Park Hill. There’s a few reasons for this. Although a seemingly innocent place, it actually has a few different meanings for different people, or people that know the …

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Typeface.

As I made a stencil I decided I should use a clear bold typeface, because otherwise the writing won’t come out clear once the paint is on. This means that I also want to use a typeface that is either all caps or I will just use all uppercase. This is to prevent type getting …

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Tracey Emin.

Although Tracey Emin doesn’t (arguably) put actual messages into the environment, she creates art. And in reality, what is art, if not just a message that the artist is trying to translate in a different form that we are accustomed to. I picked to look into Tracey Emin more because she is known for her …

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Jenny Holzer.

Jenny Holzer is known to put her messages out into public in unusual ways. She uses pre made methods which some people may seem wrong as calling it art because people argue that she didn’t make it. But the way that she uses the text, the places that she put them and the way the …

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Paint verdict.

As my last ditch attempt to complete my idea I started to spray my duvet, and although the effect wasn’t as I expected it turned out quite well. The quote is readable, and the spray went through the duvet a bit but thats fine. The colour also isn’t solid, it’s slightly spread and held in …

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Going crazy.

Sooooooo, just as I thought I have had my fair share of problems and hurdles… something else that I could not have predicted has happened. The bed I ordered has literally disappeared. I’m going to try and chase it up, but I now need a plan C. I’m beginning to wish I had just kept …

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Spray paint.

Spray paint and stencils are always something I like working with, so as I couldn’t screen print anymore I had to think of an alternative. I feel my only option now if I want to continue with this idea is to either spray or just paint it on using fabric paint. If I use fabric …

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Yet more problems.

So my day started pretty well. I bought the dye and bed covers I needed for the main part of my project and I’ve also bought a double inflatable mattress to put the cover on which solves the problem of not having a bed or the logistics of moving it around. (the dye and salt …

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Logistics.

So logistically I can’t use an actual bed so I’m using just a double mattress instead. Hopefully this will have the same affect, I just can work out a way that will work, and I cant afford to spend hundreds of pounds on a bed.

Sleep cycle.

What Happens During Sleep? Sleep is restorative, yet it is an active state that affects both your physical and mental well-being. Sleep is prompted by natural cycles of activity in the brain and consists of two basic states: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, which consists of Stages 1 through …

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Research.

I think these images are amazing. The impact is strong and sudden. They’re shot on a long exposure and monitors the movement during sleep. It seems very simple but it translate the message it set out to and I think the results are beautiful. http://designtaxi.com/news/355566/Fascinating-Long-Exposure-Pictures-Reveal-Movements-Of-Sleeping-Lovers/?interstital_shown=1 This is a visualisation of a second by second visualisation …

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Foreseeing Problems.

As part of the writing session the other day we had to write for a solid 10 minutes about things we thought worked well with the project and struggles that we might face or have come across today. As I was writing and not really thinking I surprised myself with the amount of problems I …

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Sleep Art.

So IBIS Hotels have created a robot that creates Sleep Art. It’s created by having motion sensors in the mattress and it tracks how you sleep, they’re heat sensitive, motion sensitive and can monitor sound.. This is then translated into rather beautiful art through some high tech stuff basically. http://www.gizmag.com/ibis-sleep-art/24344/ They even have an app …

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Writing Session.

Had a writing session to help with our essay writing skills. As someone who hates writing essays (well who doesn’t lets be honest) but struggles a lot as well (why is that word count always so far away…) I thought this session was really helpful. Jo turned essay writing into something that didn’t seem so …

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Condé Nast.

So today Condé Nast came in to do a session with us. The session wasn’t really what I was expecting, I think I was expecting them to talk about their work and what they do more and maybe teach us some tricks of the trade. But I think everyone felt a little unprepared when they …

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Inspiration pt. 234

Artist – The Sleep Design Album – All That Is Not Music Is Silence I found this album cover by chance whilst just browsing google images (as ya do). It just happens so that the band is called The Sleep Design, but I think this album cover is gorgeous. I like the overlap of colours …

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Random.

So in reality this has nothing to do with my project, kind of, it’s to do with sleep. But it reminds me of the thought process of someone who can’t sleep. Random things going round and round. It was commissioned by the tate online, completed by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries called The Art Of Sleep. I watched it …

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Micah Purnell.

I think one of the only ways to describe Micah is someone who does whatever he want, which from a graphics/art perspective is so lucky. Today he came in to show us some of the things he’s put out into the environment. I like the fact that a lot his work wasn’t signed, so it …

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Narrowing it down.

After a feedback session today I feel pretty confident that I’ve narrowed my idea down to two. The first is my bed idea. I’m either going to screen print the sheets or possibly sown on the writing but I think the effect of the screen printing will be more effective and the way the paint …

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Ideas for messages.

Here are just a snapshot of some of the ideas that I’ve had relating to a couple of the quotes. Since doing them though I’ve decided to narrow my focus and only do the quote “pursuing pleasure for the sake of pleasure will ruin you.” This idea played on the fun side of being ruined …

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Possible progress.

Originally I wanted to look at sleep related to concentration levels, but after looking into it I think looking at depression related to sleep or how lack of sleep makes you act. So I brainstormed some ideas about the words and drew down some sketches of random things that I had thought of: Sleep movement …

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Laser Cutting.

I used to love laser cutting, and still do I guess. I did it a lot in 6th form and even foundation but to be honest I never really considered using it last year and I’m not sure why. Although the session was fun I’m not sure if I would use it for the project …

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Idea.

So after exploring the internet I had a small brainwave. I wish to emphasise the small. Previously I was thinking about what chemicals help us sleep but although that interests me I don’t think I could take that very far, and looking back as to what I’ve looked into I want to look how lack …

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Brick wall.

So I’ve begun collecting my own data but I’m slowly feeling very overwhelmed. I feel like there are so many paths to go down and i’m not really getting anywhere I’m just going round in massive circles without ever really getting to a conclusion. I don’t know if this is ok but with the deadline …

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L.A.T.C.H

How do the following relate to the design process and data visualisation? Location Comparing information from different sources. Alphabet Used for very large bodies of information. Not always the best organization method – forced organization rather than natural. Time Used for events that occur over a fixed duration. Easy to understand, easy to draw comparisons …

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Idea generation.

During one of the sessions we went over the concept of closed and open circle information. We were shown some advertising examples and it’s basically all about how much information you give to the viewer and how much you want them to work out themselves. This was so we could think about how we could …

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Banksy.

Banksy is pretty well known for putting out his message into the environment and I’ve always loved his work. The image above is my favourite work of his. As much as we don’t like to admit as a society, or even just a generation we all crave the attention of the internet, some more than …

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David Shrigley.

So I’ve been neglecting this module a little bit. Not by choice, I just feel like we’ve been packed with info from both sides and I instinctively jump for one thing. Anyway, after a session the other day I’m feeling (as) refreshed (as I can feel) and want to get stuck back in. I was …

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Ideas.

So along with my sleep app, and the survey I had an idea, in a non creepy way, I was thinking of videoing my sleep. This is to compare my sleep patterns and cycle along side with how much I move or what I do in my sleep. I could also analyse what kind of …

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Collecting data.

So I’ve been struggling to find the kind of data that I want online. To be honest I haven’t looked in the library to see if there’s anything like that in there, so I still need to do that, it’s somewhere on my to do list.. Anyway, so after discussing my options with some people, …

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Charting.

I worked out the weights of some data about animals and how long they sleep for per day. I thought that I could scale the circles, relative to the weight of the animal and compare it to how long they sleep for a day to see if there’s any correlation. I put the table into …

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Sign writing.

Today we did sign writing and I feel like I’ve found a new obsession. The session was taken by Steve Millington, who showed us a snapshot of his work around Sheffield and showed us his book that’s coming out. To be honest, I think all this time I’ve taken sign writing for granted. It’s one …

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Basic data play.

So I found some basic data about how many hours different animals sleep for per day. I know I haven’t really looked into this aspect yet but I wanted to start playing around with some data. Just playing with excel to begin with. Species Average Total Sleep Time (hours/day) brown bat 19.9 python 18.0 owl …

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Sleep Cycle Diagrams.

Man sleep data is boring. I know it has to be informative and all sciencey, but all the diagrams are very rigid, all very similar with the same layout. I find these bar graphs quite hard to understand as they appeal more to people who already understand the stages. For example, what on earth is …

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Melatonin.

Sleep is regulated by exposure to light and dark. light stimulates nerve pathways from the retina to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This signal then goes to the Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which send signals around the body that regulates hormones, body temperature and other functions in the body that awaken or send …

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Adenosine.

So looking into this chemical a bit, theres not much evidence behind it being competently linked to helping regulate sleep. As it’s come up in a few articles I’ve read I still read into it. Because it’s not such a known chemical that is known to be in the process, all the language is very …

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What makes you sleep?

You have an internal “body clock” that controls when you’re awake and when your body is ready for sleep. The body clock typically has a 24-hour repeating rhythm (called the circadian rhythm). Two processes interact to control this rhythm. The first is a pressure to sleep that builds with every hour that you’re awake. This …

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Insomnia stats.

Forty-eight percent of Americans report insomnia occasionally, while 22 percent experience insomnia every or almost every night.* Women are 1.3 times more likely to report insomnia than men. People over age 65 are 1.5 times more likely to complain of insomnia than younger people. Divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia. sourced: http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/insomnia/sleep-aids-and-insomnia Around 1 …

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Programming.

So these are my notes from the programming session. I was thinking about deleting them, but then.. I couldn’t really describe my experience. As someone who did A level maths I consider myself alright at it but this was like a whole different ball game and I came out of the session with a freshly …

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More charting.

Another quick exercise to get us thinking about how to visualise data. By doing it really quickly and using what is to hand is really useful because sometimes you can come up with quick yet effective ideas. I think this will come in useful later on when thinking of ideas/trying to experiment with different methods …

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Stefanie Posavec.

So the other day Stefanie Posavec came in to talk to us about her work. If I am honest I had never really heard of her before, probably through my ignorance more than anything. Anyway, I found the talk really interesting. I love hearing designers talk through the work, because sometimes when you see the end …

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Type and Kerning.

The session started in a really interesting way. I appreciate type and in the back of my mind I probably realised that I couldn’t get by without it. Simply from a simple quick exercise to jot down how we had simply used type that day. Your computer, my alarm, simple things that obviously use type …

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Brendan Dawes.

This guy is incredible. I fell in love with his work when he did a Curated by… lecture last year – which included my favourite the happiness machine. But his infographics are incredible and beautiful. I saw them full size when they were they were in an exhibition at uni at the same time. The …

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Theme.

So I think after much thought I’m going to do something on sleep. As someone who suffers with insomnia the whole topic fascinates me. Things I thought I could look into: – How long do people sleep for/actually need to sleep for? – How does it affect mood? – How does it affect general health …

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Jessica Hagy.

Jessica Hagy is a designer that used simple charting and humour to get the point across. I like the simplicity of her work but how it works so easily. It’s easy to read and understands and plays and concepts already known and maybe what is known but no one is brave enough to say. They …

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Semiotics.

After learning about semiotics last year (and having to write an essay – traumatic), going over it again just rang some bells and blew off the dust on the topic in my brain. Semiotics is basically the use of signs and the interpretation of them. It questions what we already know to be objects and …

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Type walk.

Having an untimetabled day is something that barely ever happened. So I took the chance to go around taking pictures of interesting type, ugly or beautiful. As long as it stood out, I took a picture.  To  be honest the images and type that stood out to me the most were the really tiny ones, often …

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Day 1 take 2.

We went over the brief in more detail after the module induction just to clarify what we have to do. Address an audience with a text-based message in a public environment.  Initially I really like the sound of this brief. I completed a brief that was kind of similar on my foundation course that was to …

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Inspirations.

  Although some of these aren’t about the topics I have been thinking about I like the styles of them. And I’m back on the circles.. I think this works so effectively because it shows the emissions of countries relative to one another.  This was done by the Stanford Kay studios and I think it …

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Narrowing down a theme.

So I think I’ve narrowed it down to one, as I write this just thinking about it makes the most sense but I may as well talk you through all my ideas. Sleep, that thing no one can ever get enough of. I was just thinking about subjects within the general topic (starting with the obvious): – …

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Ideas and charting.

We started off in the seminar by trying to brainstorm some random ideas or things that we thought we could take forward and use as an actual idea. We also looked into drawing out some basic charts to get us in the mind set of visual representing the data and some fun and simple yet …

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Day 1: Briefing.

“Represent information or data in a creative visual form that expresses a narrative to an audience .”  Sounds easy right? But where the hell do you start? The beginning, right? That’s like saying where is the beginning of the sea. Always the daunting feeling when getting a brief, it’s easy to say dive in but …

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David McCandless.

In the module induction we watched the start of a David McCandless talk on TED, which shows him talking about the relationship between data and visuals. He talks about how information is nothing really without some kind of perspective. A number on a page will always look small, no matter how large the figure if …

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