Research.

How are other people showing sleeping patterns in 2D? I found this work on someones portfolio on Behance named Mark-Jan Bludau. I really like this simple info graphic and the combination of colours used and they contrast each other well. I was considering doing this but I don’t think that my work would suit this. I …

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More visuals.

(the larger the circle the deeper the sleep, the smaller the circle the more awake.) I like the use of green in this. I wanted this to be a calm piece but still use a colour that contrasted with the background. I kept the dark background throughout because I still think it makes it easier …

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Visuals.

This is one of my favourite 2D outcomes. The contrast between the dark background and the blues works really well. I used the blue as this is generally known as a calm colour and associated with peace and relaxation and a lot of existing things to do with sleep (including the app that I’m using …

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Inspirations.

After having a bit of a block I was looking for inspiration and came across this BBC article all about visualising data with some really stunning and interesting results. I picked the one above as its my favourite but take a look for yourself. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29915801 This particular one depicts the commuter pattern of London. Obviously …

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Visualising ideas.

So part of my end thing is that I want to create 7 visualisations basically, 1 for each night represented. I wanted to start somewhere simple when it came to this because I’m finding it a lot harder to get my head around than I thought I would. Not that I consider myself the greatest …

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Writing session 2.

I find these writing sessions with Jo really useful and was looking forward to it after the first one especially. We were basically reflecting on a piece of writing we had done and brought in. I misunderstood so basically wrote 500 words reflecting on the project instead of the theories that I could use but …

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Breakdown.

I’m having a phase where I am having a serious lack of motivation, and everything is just too much. My insomnia has been really bad and I’m panicking because I know I haven’t done enough. I need to step back. SOMEONE SEND HELP.

SRSB Visit 2.

After the session with James saying that the research we need to be doing needs to be more immersive, me and Chris decided we should go visit SRSB again, have a look at their archives and chat to some of the people there and see what they think of SRSB and what they do – …

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Monday.

Monday’s session was not all that useful, the reflection we had to do was only used within our groups, and although this is fine, we had already discussed our projects the week before. It would have been better if we had an actual tutor to talk to about our work. I know we could have …

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Type?

Something that I found that was really interesting was when I was looking to see if anyone had done any kind of art or design using weight I found this really simple diagram (above) and it was about the weight of fonts. I’m a sucker for some typography and I hadn’t really considered anything like …

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Corey Holmes.

Corey Holmes is someone who’s been testing and playing around with food dyes and other things like water and oil to create some beautiful designs. The ways its been mixed/placed has created a beautiful effect, it almost looks like molecules, or bacteria or something under the microscope. The different tones and shades work really well …

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Phillip Brown.

After looking at dyes, I wanted to look into artists or designers that also used dyes and stubbled across Phillip Brown. He uses dyes to make intricate tapestries, but also does a variety of fashion items, like tops for both men and women. His work is still very intricate even on the clothing, and the …

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Dye research.

Another way I’m thinking of representing it is by using dye, the more dye, the deeper the sleep, and see what kinds of patterns it makes, by photographing it, then even making a screen print of the patterns made. I was thinking, dye may mix too quickly with the water and during the search to …

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Reflection.

Overview of project so far. Project needs to speed up in reality and I need to concentrate on a solid idea, I have a couple of things that I want to try out along the same theme, and then I can see what turns out best.  I’ve aim is to show the variety and change …

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Weights.

I’ve been thinking about weights and that feeling when you fall into sleep. Want to use this concept to translate the data. I was thinking about dropping weights or something into a tank of water at intervals and to represent depths of sleep over the night over a course of a week to see how …

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SRSB.

About SRSB and what they do. Their services are used by a variety of ages, from children that have had sight problems from being born, to older people that may have had sight problems all their life to developing them at some point. They put on activities to suite ages, and to help people get …

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Academic tutorial.

My academic tutorial with Matt was really useful and actually helped me realise how to get better and make a plan of action. One of the things I knew I needed to improve on, was my time management (classic student), but I never really knew how to do this, I just knew that I was …

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Braille fonts.

After the meeting we also discussed making a typeface with braille in mind so I decided to look into it. Some of the fonts are created on the same wavelength, some have used braille to physically create the type.   This is just some braille, and to be honest I have no idea what it …

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Braille research.

As I said before, somehow incorporating braille, whether we decide to actually emboss and use it, is something that I think is key to our research. A major problem that we realised quite quickly, is that if we did use braille, we couldn’t use it on every page as obviously it would go through the …

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Meeting.

Had a really useful meeting today about the project with Chris. We had been treading water and didn’t really know where we wanted to go with it. We wanted to clarify where we wanted to go, how we wanted to execute the brief and just some minor details. We want to visit Cairn Home, as …

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Confusing.

Something that stood out from the client visit was the need to distinguish the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind from the Royal National Institute of Blind People. They were concerned that people often thought that they were the same thing and therefore received the same funding or had the same kinds of facilities, whereas this …

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LATCH

Finally had a second session on latch after a few complaints that no one understood it, but after this I’m pretty clear on it all, and I’m confident I can apply it to my project and maybe even future projects now. Location – position relative to other objects. – doesn’t actually need to be shown …

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Block.

Another feedback session and talking through problems is definitely what I wanted, even though it was extra painful considering I still haven’t got a focus and I feel like I’m just going round in circles. I’m going through a lull in concentration on this and this is increasing my panic on it. We talked through …

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Results.

I got a mid 2:1! Pleased with this but I’m not going to let it lull me into a false sense of a security and feel like I can just sail along. With this I feel like I could push my mark up into a first hopefully, well that’s what I want to aim for. …

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Survey.

As part of collecting data, I originally wanted to do a large survey with people to get a mass of data, but now I’m thinking I may need to do a survey that is more general to get more detailed results. To do the survey I would use SurveyMonkey. Now I’m not sure if I …

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Finding datasets.

Ever since the assessment I’ve got to admit, I’ve been really out of touch with this module and I feel like I haven’t got back into it at all which at this point, scares me a little. Back to the point. Found an interesting article with some interesting datasets. It covers a lot of different …

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History research.

Currently the SRSB only have a short history on their website that pretty much just consist of a timeline. This isn’t greatly informative if you wanted to know more about the history and therefore emphasises the need for them to shout about their past and the great things they’ve done. The charity was started over …

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Client visit.

The visit to the SRSB was really interesting. I went in with an open mind as I didn’t really know what to expect at all. I must have walked past the building a few times but had just never noticed it (which is probably pretty bad in itself). Jane and Dyane gave us a brief introduction …

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Collecting data.

So I’ve been tracking my own sleeping pattern as an example to use to visualise. I haven’t decided if I want to compare it yet, but my mum is also using the app, and I don’t know if to compare the 2 patterns to see how different it is due to the age difference. Obviously …

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PPDP.

My academic progress / results so far: We haven’t actually had firm results back yet for either of the modules, however Lee said I was doing really well so far in Tools and Systems, and if I buckle down I could get a first. I was really happy with this as thats always been my …

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Live Brief.

So we had to pair off a couple of weeks ago to do the live briefs. Me and Chris chose to work together. We’ve known each other for a while, have worked together a few time, and we both respect each others design opinions, so I think we make a pretty good team. Our first …

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Tutorial.

The tutorial today was so useful. I’m always sceptical about tutorials because I’ve never really got much from them to be honest, probably stemming from the timing of them (being too close to a deadline) or my inability to notice my strengths and weaknesses. So first we completed a self assessment form and did a …

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Review.

After the lecture this morning I’m feeling a bit panicky. Although it was a generalisation, it was made pretty clear that most of the group didn’t have enough critical reflection – or even enough posts – and therefore couldn’t be graded that highly. I’m desperately reading back to think if it’s good enough. I was …

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