Football Brief.

’90 things to do in 90 minutes’ – Book outlining how your time could be better spent rather than watching football. – Silly things/ light hearted. – Could use vector based drawings to show activities, or little doodles, showing the lightheartedness. – Does football have its own visual language? Universal language to communicate. – No …

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Fire.

http://www.zyzxdy.com/product/?102_543.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/snowandski/skiing-news/11756113/Twitter-greets-annual-Sheffield-Ski-Village-fire.html Ski village once again set on fire. Becoming a tradition.

Natural elements.

I was thinking about how Sheffield is known as the greenest city in europe and how it is said to be a village even though it is obviously a city. This got me thinking about the natural elements. I noticed Sheffield has a lot of fountains, water surrounds the city and it is also known …

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Guides.

The fingerprint of Sheffield. What is unique to Sheffield, why do people feel so at home here? I had a thought (that I’m not sure if it would be illegal due to data protection) but getting peoples fingerprints and stories about sheffield and linking them, or somehow using all their fingerprints to show Sheffield’s identity. …

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Sheffield Population.

With a population of 551,800 in mid-2011, the City of Sheffield is England’s third largest metropolitan authority. Sheffield Population 2014 ‘Having two highly ranked universities in the same city isn’t common, but Sheffield is home to the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam, both of which are ranked within the top 70 universities in the UK. The result …

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A new way of thinking.

Trying to focus our work and think how our research can be focused in to find a question that we may need to answer. The thought process was created by ideo, and asked to write down key things found from your research and note them down. Through this patterns may emerge and things might connect …

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Economic Vitality and Financial Inclusion.

What do these terms even mean? Economic Vitality – A growing economy where people have jobs, pay taxes, and are buying and selling goods and services. – low unemployment, less people on welfare, etc https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110908233855AAmn9Lz Economic - relating to economics or the economy. Vitality - the state of being strong and active; energy. Financial Inclusion - Financial inclusion is defined as the …

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Foiling.

http://evolutionpress.net/printing/ After Tom and Alex’s talk about their experience with the council. What I really liked about the report they did was the embossed illustration that was the front cover of their work. They were going to make a book per section with a cover that also has an embossed symbol. Although I really liked …

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Sheffield Categories.

Ok I need to refocus onto the sections of the report and Sheffield. 1. Intro and summary. 2. Living and working in Sheffield. 3. Economic vitality and financial inclusion. 4. Attainment and ambitions in the City. 5. Health and wellbeing in the City. 6. So what and what’s to be done?

London Visits.

Pearlfisher. Pearlfisher is like the dream, so to go and visit was an honour. Set in the heart of a pretty residential part of London it’s very unassuming. Lucy Roberts showed us round the studio and and what work they did at the London studio. I think one of my favourite ones was one of …

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Sheffield 2035.

Looking Backwards, at what has changed in Sheffield over the last year; Looking Outwards, at how Sheffield compares to its peer cities around the globe; Looking Inwards, at how a range of national challenges are impacting on the city and the people that live in it; and Looking Forwards, at how Sheffield should respond to …

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Luke Prest.

  http://www.artpromotivate.com/2012/10/luke-prest-architectural-drawings.html   Thinking about simple architectural drawings, I wanted to see what was already out there. Luke Prest is a Sheffield artist that likes to draw iconic landmarks around Sheffield or that used to be around. I like these quirky little illustrations, they’re very simple and the line drawings makes them clear and fuss …

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Sheffield Architecture.

file:///Users/larysa/Downloads/Sheffield’s%20Listed%20Buildings%20January%202014.pdf https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/SCC-Home/planning-and-city-development/urban-design–conservation/listed-buildings Looking at the architecture of Sheffield and what is being done, I found a list of buildings in Sheffield that are listed. Apparently there were just under 1,200 buildings listed in 2014 around Sheffield. I thought this was amazing, as I think of the city as being quite small and intimate. I think …

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Annual Report (Simplicity).

Muji Annual Report via Lim Chevonn https://www.behance.net/gallery/15562475/Muji-Annual-Report   I like the simplicity of this Muji report, and the way the consistent line run through the whole book and cuts through each page but is also used as a layout guide but makes the page slightly more interesting by adding  some colour to the page. I like the …

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Annual Report (Unusual packaging).

Amnesty International Hong Kong Annual Report 2010 | via TGIF http://jayce-o.blogspot.com/2013/01/annual-report-design-ideas-annual-report-designs.html   Mid-Ohio Foodbank Annual Report | via Justin McDonald http://jayce-o.blogspot.com/2013/01/annual-report-design-ideas-annual-report-designs.html I love this design because I feel it has the same ‘throw away’ feel that I would want in the report but also has different elements to it that keep tit interesting. The material that is …

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New Brief.

Create content and design Sheffield City Council’s official 2015/2016 annual report. A daunting task, that seems mundane on the outside. This is exciting because I feel that the briefs that are more challenging and something that you normally wouldn’t pick, are the ones that turn out to be the most interesting as you try to …

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Research: Milk prices.

The dropping price of milk is causing this process to be pushed to the extreme, and is almost forcing farmers to keep going down this route. People don’t know the drastic difference between organic and non organic milk. The video shows a farmer protesting against the unbearably low prices of the milk and how it …

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Checkpoint.

Talking to James about the project he said I need to focus. It’s all about the making the invisible, visible. Making it visible? What needs to be made visible? ‘Zero grazing’ Cow theatre Show the facade Showing the cows in fields Process made visible Making us hear it? Make us think? Should it be subtle? …

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Research: Tesco.

I emailed Tesco to find out what they did with their waste, as a friend of mine used to work at a Tesco extra and said they disposed of it on site. I wanted to know what their policy was as there wasn’t as much on their website as any of the other supermarkets. I …

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Concept Map.

I initially wanted to look into waste and how supermarkets deal with the waste from the supermarket, and looking into what happens to the waste at home. But after creating the concept map I realised that linked to this, is the world that tries to keep up with consumer demand and what this has led …

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Jonny Durgan.

- Immerse yourself in inspiration. – ‘Creativity is all about connecting things’. – Use old things to create a new style, and recreate what has already been done. – Don’t think of using inspiration as copying, important to add your own mark on the work though. – Make the boring interesting, it shows skill and …

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Curated by… Paul Davis.

Paul Davis was not an illustrator I normally would have looked at. Creating controversial work, and even losing clients over it is both inspiring and something to take heed from. Although I aspire to be a designer that opens people’s eyes and gets people talking I don’t want to put people off my work. My …

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Reverse Archaeology.

Design fiction is defined as a method of critical design that uses fictional and narrative scenarios to envision, explain and raise questions about the possible future for design and society. For example, Kelli Anderson producing an exact replica of the New York Times and handing it out and convincing people of the foreseeable future. The …

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The Issue With Food.

Design and Intervention: Having explored your subject matter design an intervention that could make a positive solution to a problem/issue that you have identified. Following on from the Spin brief waste was a large topic, but that interested me a lot as I see it happening on a daily basis at work. The reverse archeology workshop …

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‘Presumption’. ***

A play at the crucible. Not normally one to run to see plays, this was a slightly foreign experience. The whole play was based around one relationship and the workings, and questioning the audience about what relationships mean and why we have them. The play showed a couple through the ups and downs of the …

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Statement of Intent.

Graphic design is often a misunderstood subject, generalised by people that don’t see that design is all around them, educating and informing them in their everyday life. Your practice is decided by what you enjoy, how successfully you can communicate without words. As a designer it’s important to be able to relay a message without …

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Annotated Bibliography.

Draft list of things to look into: – Wolff Olins. – Photography in design. – Mother (NY) – Packaging. – Branding and advertising. – Kelli Anderson. – Stephanie Prosavec. – Brendan Dawes. – Infographics. – Pentagram. – Martin Klimas. – Alexander McQueen. Final list: – Alexander Mcqueen. Why is it important/relevant to me?  Although not …

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“Disguising food.” Waste.

Between them, Asda, Co-operative Food, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose – accounting for around 87% of the UK grocery market – were responsible for the disposal of 200,000 tonnes of food in 2013.  Every year in the UK 18 million tonnes of food end up in landfill.   

Going skipping?

Thinking about going skipping but is it illegal? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13037808 According to the law in England and Wales: “A person commits theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.” Just because someone throws something away, does not mean they don’t own it. So if it …

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New Brief.

Food/Structure/Play. Required to create an edible response to the title food/structure/play. The food should be used to communicate a message rather than just looking like something. Should consider colour, aesthetics but also taste (whether it’s good or bad).  All processes should be documented and presented with the result.  I am excited to start on this …

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Mental Health spending cuts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32596748 Data from three-quarters of trusts shows from 2014-15 to 2018-19 income is expected to fall by 8% in real terms. The forecasts were submitted to regulators last summer – before extra money was promised in the last Budget. But NHS England said accurate predictions could not be made until a new government set out spending plans.The …

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Vagus nerve stimulation.

http://www.medicinenet.com/vagus_nerve_stimulation_vns/article.htm Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a technique used to treat epilepsy. It involves implanting a pacemaker-like device that generates pulses of electricity to stimulate the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is one of the 12 cranial nerves, the paired nerves that attach to the undersurface of the brain and relay information to and from the …

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What drugs do we use?

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/mental-health-disorders/overview-of-mental-health-care/treatment-of-mental-illness The most widely used class of antidepressants is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, and citalopram (see Mood Disorders:Drug therapy). Other classes of antidepressants include serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), such as venlafaxine, duloxetine, or desvenlafaxine, and norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors, such as bupropion. Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptlyine and nortriptyline are seldom used, unless people also have a disorder causing pain that interferes with activities and …

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The Civil War.

http://studymore.org.uk/7.htm#1754 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhouses_Act_1774 By the mid-eighteenth century, the common method in the United Kingdom for dealing with the insane was either to keep them in the family home, or to put them in a “madhouse”, which was simply a private house whose proprietor was paid to detain their residents, and ran it as a commercial concern …

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The Tudors.

http://englishhistory.net/tudor/mental-illness-facts/ Early Tudor medical opinion believed there were 5 types of mental disease: MELANCHOLIA (depression and apathy); MANIA (violent action); DELIRIUM (abnormal behavior accompanied by fever); AMENTIA (lack or complete loss of mental abilities); and PHRENITIS (inflammation of the brain.) Also, epilepsy was believed to be a mental illness. (Also, there was a disease called …

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The Middle Ages.

http://mentalillness.umwblogs.org/middle-ages/ Causes of mental illness included: Supernatural causes such as demons and demonic possession. Witchcraft and sorcery. Mass hysteria. Melancholy and stress. Treatments for mental illness included: Exorcism. Shaving the pattern of a cross in the head-hair. Believe that those suffering from mental illness could benefit from hearing mass. Drinking ice-cold water.

Suicides.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278120/Suicide_update_Jan_2014_FINAL_revised.pdf In 2010 there were 1,175 suicides by people in contact with mental health services in the year prior to death. The estimated figure for 2011 is 1,333, a 13% rise.

Evaluation.

I think overall the effect worked well. Things that I would need to improve – the way that the name is printed on the box. I like that it can be printed on with the design but in practical terms I don’t think this will work that well. It won’t be cost effective and is …

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Rationale.

Sanitary Owl – to improve the user experience whilst considering the restraints of cost, sustainability and delivery strategy. The initial concept of the design was to create a survival kit, aimed at students, to aid them through their period in a more sensitive, but caring way.  I also wanted to improve the packaging by making …

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More research.

http://theperiodstore.com/package Colours. Why is every better at this. This company have a much larger range for people to pick from, however, they have similar colours to sanitary owl (kind of). They have used a neutral background of brown on their website Sanitary owl also want to use minimal colour however the Period Store use it …

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L5 PPDP & Career Management.

London - During the London trip I visited Pentagram and The Sunday Times. The Pentagram was a very quiet environment, but I liked the way that they worked. They had small teams with one main leader that instructed them. I liked this because although it is a big and well known firm, they could still work …

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Failed prototype.

Trying to make a mock up of the net to make sure the sizes and tabs work in the way they are supposed to. Drew the net out but the laser cutter didn’t etch properly. After checking the document I couldnt see anything wrong. I think the material may have been too thin for the …

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Hospital Icons.

There aren’t many symbols used in hospitals. Just basic arrows and signs that you normally see. I want to do something in the same style like above. Very simple shapes used to represent things clearly, I don’t want to be vague.

Symbolism.

As I am not a massive illustrator vector based illustrations or symbols would be the most appropriate. I think that if I want to put it in a hospital then simple symbols will fit the environment thats its put in. Using symbols will mean that the time that everyone will be able to understand the …

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New Idea.

Instead of making a book comparing the then and now, after talking to Paddy, I now want to make a long timeline showing the progression of mental health treatments. I think this in itself will provoke as it will show the evolution of the treatments.

Placement of timeline.

I want to put the timeline in a hospital. Idealy I would want to put it in a psychiatric ward or something, where mental health is treated, or even a therapists reception to represent and provoke the viewer. I’m not sure how feasible this is because its not really acceptable to go round taking pictures …

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Chineasy.

Using basic simples to create bodies of texts and sentences in a really simple way. Chineasy uses chinese symbols and makes them into little images to help you learn chinese quicker and in a way that is more effective to remember.

Perspective Art.

Using this concept I was thinking of creating some kind of type image that only came together when you were at a certain place in a room to create the whole image to do with mental health, then the rest of the time it just looked like random things in a room.

Acetate.

Create an installation using acetate. Layers of acetate that line up at the front to make solid type but the typography on each layer will tell the story of past and present methods of the treatment.

Typographic ideas.

Using thermochromic paint to cover the type. I would use the ink to create small the type so it looked like the word on a page. The word would disappear and underneath it would reveal the equipment used or things that describe the word. the word would either be the a treatment that they used …

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Using type?

Instead of using images in a book could type be used with the imagery. By using illustration with the type to try and translate what I want to. http://www.creativebloq.com/typography/spot-hidden-tributes-these-celebrity-inspired-fonts-11514004 Patrik Svensson did these typographic names. I like the simplicity of the type and the way you have to concentrate on the words to see the …

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Gunther von Hagens.

Thinking about showing the human body and how others have done so. Gunther von Hagens is an artist who uses bodies that have been donated to science, and uses them to create art. These pieces are beautiful. The detail of the workings of the body are fascinating, and I could use such detail in my work. Shows …

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Prototype 1.

Thinking about the way that you would receive a box and it can split in two and have the 2 sides of the package, ie tampons and the treats. The tear wasn’t clean and it wouldn’t be effective in holding the tampons once it’s been ripped, nor would they be hidden, However, having it as …

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What did they think caused instability?

Menstruation-related anger Pregnancy-related sadness Post-partum depression symptoms Disobedience Chronic fatigue syndrome Anxiety Two major figures in the Victorian mental health field were James Conolly, author of The Construction and Government of Lunatic Asylums (1847) and Henry Maudsley, whose influential books included The Physiology and Pathology of Mind (1867). Regarded at the time as progressive and …

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Talking therapy.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/benefits-of-talking-therapy.aspx Research shows that talking therapies work just as well whether you’re old or young, male or female, white or black, gay or straight, rich or poor. Your educational background makes no difference either. Talking therapy is for anyone who’s going through a bad time or who has emotional problems they can’t sort out on their own. …

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Modern day treatments.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/content/assets/pdf/publications/starting-today-background-paper-1.pdf The story of modern psychiatric care is relatively well documented. Modern mental health policy could be said to have started with the introduction of legislation to control the governance of lunatic asylums in early Victorian times and has evolved from there. The central pieces of legislation were the 1845 Lunacy Act and County Asylums …

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Right or wrong?

In 1890, T. Claye Shaw and Harrison Cripps related the case of a male patient at Banstead asylum who was suffering from general paralysis of the insane – a diagnosis now believed to refer to neurosyphilis. Post-mortem examinations of these patients often found large amounts of cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) in the skull, and it was findings like …

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Trepanation.

http://mentalillness.umwblogs.org/stone-age/trepanation/ Trepanning is one of the oldest recorded surgical procedures and has been documented world wide. Although trepanning was used over many time periods, the procedure was first used in the Stone Age. Researchers have found evidence of trepanation used in North America, South America, Africa, and Europe (Missios, 2007). Trepanation in North America: -Gradual …

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Facts.

- Before mid 1800′s was common to believe that people with mental illness was caused by the devil. – patients made to live in unsanitary conditions. – Some people made to live in cages. – given minimal food. – careers thought the deserved to be treated like animals. Post 1850′s – science was progressing. – …

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More treatments.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/worst-mental-health-treatments-history/#01 Moral treatment – In the 18th century, some believed that mental illness was a moral issue that could be treated through humane care and instilling moral discipline. Strategies included hospitalization, isolation, and discussion about an individual’s wrong beliefs. “Despite its limitations, its respectful treatment of people with mental illness and its efforts to meet …

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Treatments.

http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/283/2/the-history-of-mental-illness-from-skull-drills-to-happy-pills When staff did attempt to cure the patients, they followed the practices typical of the time period—purging and bloodletting, the most common. Other treatments included dousing the patient in either hot or ice-cold water to shock their minds back into a normal state. The belief that patients needed to choose rationality over insanity led …

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Asylums in the news.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2386683/Bedlam-graveyard-unearthed-beneath-City-London-Crossrail-dig-reveals-bones-patients-notorious-asylum.html It is thought the works, for the £15 billion Crossrail project, will eventually yield up to 4,000 bodies, some dating back 450 years. The graveyard, built on the Bethlem Hospital’s vegetable patch in the 1560s after churchyards around the city started to overflow, was used to bury London’s poor and religious non-conformists as well …

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‘Bedlam’ notable patients.

Augustus Pugin – An English Architect best known for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style and his designs for the interior of the Palace of Westminster. In 1852 he suffered a complete breakdown, resulting in a four month stay at Bethlem Hospital. Located at St George’s fields, the hospital overlooked St George’s Cathedral, the …

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Bethlem ‘bedlam’ Asylum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlem_Royal_Hospital The Bethlem Royal Hospital is a hospital in London for the treatment of mental illness. It has moved three times from its original location, and is Europe’s first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illnesses. It has been known by various names including St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlem Hospital, Bethlehem Hospital and, informally and most notoriously, Bedlam. It …

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Why did the asylums close?

They had become to large, unwieldy and the system had opened itself up to abuse.  In 1961 the Minister of Health, Enoch Powell was invited to speak at the AGM of the National Association for Mental Health.  In his speech he announced that it the government of the day intended to “the elimination of by …

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About mental asylums.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27148737 The first recorded Lunatic Asylum in Europe was the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, it has been a part of London since 1247 when it was built as a priory. It became a hospital in 1330 and admitted its first mentally ill patients in 1407. Before the Madhouse Act of 1774, treatment of the …

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Mental disorders in history.

So after talking to Paddy about my ideas yesterday I’ve slightly changed my direction. From looking at schizophrenia I decided to go slightly more broad with my options and look into mental illness through history. How it has changed, how the treatments have changed, or just what treatments they used to do on patients. What …

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Schizophrenia Data.

In the UK about 1 in 5 people will need treatment for a mental health problem during their life. At some time during their life about 1 in 100 people will suffer an episode of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia occurs in all countries and societies of the world. Schizophrenia affects men and women equally and sufferers come …

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Reflect.

After some feedback, I realised that I have gone off on a bit of a tangent. I need to keep relating my research back to the lens and theme and make sure that I’m challenging opinions. I need to think how my research can change peoples perspectives and what they currently know, or what they …

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Revision of the wider context.

Using the theme of Science with the lens of truth, this essay will explore mental health and the truth behind the treatments, the validity of the things that we know about the conditions and the medicines. This essay focuses on the wider context of mental health, the causes and the treatments behind them, do they …

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Revisiting Semiotics.

Semiotics – all about the sending and receiving messages. It’s the transfer of communication between sender and receiver through different methods. For example oral, written, images, symbols, and body language. Written communication is a visual subset of visual communication, for example hieroglyphics. Shannon and Weaver model. Models like the Shannon and Weaver model help focus, …

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Proposal.

Thinking about what Sanitary Owl think they want and what they need are very different. My concept map was based on what the competitors are doing, and how they approach their branding and advertising. I intend to design something that will mimic a survival kit, used to empower woman and support them through their period. I …

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Brain abnormalities.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2416751/ An argument has raged back and forth as to whether the brain abnormalities in schizophrenia are either neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental in origin (Weinberger and Marenco 2003). The neurodevelopmental view held ascendancy until several recent studies which have now provided evidence of progressive brain deterioration (DeLisi et al 1997; Vita et al 1997; Mathalon et al 2001; Thompson …

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Schizophrenia – disease or genetic?

The brain differences found in people with schizophrenia are mainly the result of the disease itself or its treatment, as opposed to being caused by genetic factors, according to a Dutch study. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that significantly affects cognition and usually contributes to chronic problems with behavior and emotion. Along with a breakdown …

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The abandoned illness.

http://www.guerillapolicy.org/health/2012/11/17/the-abandoned-illness-the-schizophrenia-commissions-report/ It notes that “only 8% of people with schizophrenia are in employment”. Despite schizophrenia and psychosis costing society £11.8 billion a year the commission found “a broken and demoralised system that does not deliver the quality of treatment that is needed for people to recover.”  The report notes that “mental illness accounts for 23% of …

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A schizophrenic’s point of view.

http://www.viralnova.com/schizophrenic-art/ It was really interesting to see art done by people suffering with schizophrenia. It the drawings reflect how they feel inside, many showing multiple faces. Some showing how trapped they feel by it. I think one of the most interesting ones is the one shown above with the cats, its use of vivid colours …

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Exhibition work.

http://www.feelguide.com/2011/06/16/nathaniel-mellors-disturbing-hippy-dialects-merges-schizophrenia-and-art-at-venice-biennale/ Looking into existing work that was created with schizophrenia in mind, I came across this by Nathaniel Mellors. It struck me because it was so different from other art pieces that I had seen that all ran with a similar theme, but this 3D piece stood out. It’s first appearance is rather shocking and scary, …

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Specific Context.

What is required? What is it you are dealing with? What is the work you have done based on? Why is it important? You will need  sources to show that you are aware of this in context and knowledgeable about who is also writing on this subject and if there currently exists visual communication related …

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Medication.

In this prospective multicentre, open-label, 6-month study (Paliperidone Palmitate Flexible Dosing in Schizophrenia [PALMFlexS]), tolerability, safety and treatment response with paliperidone palmitate (PP) were explored in patients with acute symptoms of schizophrenia following switching from previously unsuccessful treatment with oral antipsychotics. This pragmatic study was conducted in a large, more representative sample of the general …

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Final Concept Map.

Although this doesn’t look overly different from the previous, I have tweaked some of the lines to make it cleaner and easier to read. I’ve added some of the connecting words to connect some of the topics, but some of the topics link anyway so theres a lot of circles. I got some really useful …

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Concept mapping.

Concept map 5 Something that interested me about the brief was the company. So I wanted to look at  different sanitary products/brands and how they are advertised.  It really interested me how sanitary products are advertised and the kind of message that the companies portray. I felt quite strongly about how the topic is swept …

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Revelations.

After doing a whole concept map on menstruation, we realised we were concentrating on the wrong aspect of the brief. Although it was a good insight into what happens and helps empathise with the target audience (although I think personal experience helped in that aspect!). Thinking more about the design from the perspective of existing …

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Sanitary Owl.

I chose this brief because although it seems really easy because it has so many restrictions (as in you’re practically being told what to do before you’ve even begun. But I just think it makes it more of a challenge. I want to challenge what the company already think they know and tell them how …

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Stories.

After Peter’s death, among his writings, I found a note he’d sent to a gallery curator about his life and art which gave me great comfort: “I am not a pessimist, because I know that all of us are constantly changing through the passage of time or from experience. I don’t know how long I …

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Misconceptions.

Misconceptions about schizophrenia Split personality It is commonly thought that people with schizophrenia have a split personality, acting perfectly normally one minute and irrationally or bizarrely the next – this is not true. Violent behaviour Some people mistakenly equate schizophrenia with violent behaviour, but people with the condition are rarely dangerous. Any violent behaviour is usually sparked …

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REMIX lecture.

Using remix as a creative strategies. It’s a way of; – Rethinking the use of things. – Recontextualising, conveying different meanings e.g DeChampe’s urinal. He remixed the urinal to have a different meaning. People then remixed his once again changing the meaning. – The ‘ready made’. – We associate objects with thoughts due to culture. …

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Wider context.

Using the theme of Science with the lens of truth, this essay will explore mental health and the truth behind the treatments, the validity of the things that we know about the conditions and the medicines. This essay focuses on the wider context of mental health, the causes and the treatments behind them, do they …

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Causes.

hallucinations - hearing or seeing things that do not exist delusions - unusual beliefs not based on reality which often contradict the evidence muddled thoughts based on the hallucinations or delusions changes in behaviour Doctors often describe schizophrenia as a psychotic illness. This means sometimes a person may not be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas …

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Evidence suggests that cannabis is a component cause in the development and prognosis of psychosis, in which mechanisms of gene-environment interaction are most likely to explain this association. Potential new methods to directly link genetic liability to the effects of cannabis are discussed. Cannabis is currently the most commonly used illegal psychoactive substance amongst young …

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Studies.

    Scientists have discovered a remarkable similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression in a breakthrough that is expected to open the way to new treatments for two of the most common mental illnesses, affecting millions of people. Previously doctors had assumed that the two conditions were quite separate. But …

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Science behind schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that targets the brain’s forebrain, hindbrain and limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for controlling moods and emotions. Therefore, individuals with schizophrenia have trouble telling what is real and not real, thinking clearly, conveying normal emotional responses and acting normal in social situations. Neurotransmitters, messengers of the brain who carry information from …

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Schizophrenia: caused by drugs?

While some people find their lives ruined by belief in imagined conspiracies that affect them personally – they may isolate from, or even attack, friends and family, and get diagnosed with psychosis – many other people believe in conspiracies on the basis of little evidence, yet have prominent places in society or even bodies like …

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ADHD and the flu vaccine.

http://www.babycenter.com/404_do-vaccinations-put-my-child-at-higher-risk-for-add-or-adhd_69858.bc There’s no evidence that vaccinations have anything to do with the increasing incidence of attention deficit disorder (ADD) or its cousin,attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Both conditions have been diagnosed more frequently over the past two decades. (ADD is a learning disability that inhibits a child’s ability to concentrate and focus, while ADHD adds …

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Electroshock therapy.

http://www.livescience.com/19154-shock-therapy-depression-treatment.html While “shock therapy” has been used in psychiatry for more than 70 years, researchers had little idea how the controversial treatment worked to treat depression. Now, scientists say they may have solved the mystery.The therapy, which provides electrical stimulation to the brain and is extremely effective in treating severe depression, appears to affect how …

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Controversial medications.

http://www.livescience.com/37117-controversial-mental-health-treatments.html Psychiatric disorders are usually treated with talk therapy or medications, but when these treatments don’t work, doctors and patients sometimes turn to less common, controversial procedures. While these treatments, which include sending electric “shocks” through the brain, may sound extreme, some studies suggest that in certain patients, they can be very effective. Electroconvulsive therapy …

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Mental Health medications.

Medications are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic-depressive illness), anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes medications are used with other treatments such as psychotherapy. This guide describes: Types of medications used to treat mental disorders Side effects of medications Directions for taking …

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Alzheimers?

Thinking about doing a specific disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. This factsheet describes the symptoms of Alzheimer’s …

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Curated by…

Derek Yates Book – communication design, insights from the creative industry. How has graphic design evolved? Used to be just logos, now it’s what you make it, eg droga5 and Jay Z’s book. Book promoted by creating works of art, using pages from the book and placing them in different places often in relation to …

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Draft.

Drafting out the wider context section of my essay. What should this consist of? What is the wider context of the specific aspect (your work explores) of your chosen theme exists? You should reference at least one or two sources to prove that this context is supported and not just based on your opinion. The …

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Homework.

For next week: -Have done a draft of the first section of the essay so it can be reviewed before next week at the latest. – Collate all the research done so far onto an A3 sheet of paper (or at least a USB) and identify research insights and the sources. Should include both text …

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How good is the idea?

I must be one of the few people in the world that actually enjoys getting constructive criticism, and this part of the session was basically aimed at that. Reading again through the brief and finalising what we want to do, giving us a direction to go in, it was useful to see what we needed …

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Reflection and projection.

Todays session was really useful (although I always hate reflecting on past projects, mainly because there’s always something to change that feels so obvious 3 weeks later..) reflecting on the last 2 modules, what we thing we did well, strength, weaknesses, how we worked and the kind of practice I might want to do, and …

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Interdisciplinary Practice briefing.

The brief Investigate and research hidden questions and perspectives to provide a basis for designed work that provokes an audience.  Choosing from only 3 different themes (science, economics, politics) and then a handful of lenses, I basically have to create my own project. Always having a very science based background and mind, my initial feelings …

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Change of plan.

After design a few lampshades using visualisations I had done before I was deciding how to make them. To make the prototypes I decided to laser cut them out of card, as I’ve always enjoyed working with card and I wanted the visualisations to be subtle and you have to look for them rather than …

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Zoetrope.

Making a really basic one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfAzr0GWknU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHmSG1j7hXM Or theres this guy that makes GIANT zoetropes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSW4YBxr3L0 A lot of people have made ones without the sleeve that has windows in so the animation is exposed and used strobe lighting to highlight the image at the right times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSy2JYkdn-c

Design.

I’ve begun to think about my design for the lampshade. I’ve been pretty distracted by Audience and Context recently, so unfortunately this kind of took a back seat. But now I’ve been thinking about lamp shades and different things, I feel like I’m getting back into it. The design above is just me playing around …

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Tutorial.

What a nightmare. I really needed this tutorial and I may have accidently cried, so embarrassing.  But it was really helpful – as you can see from the rest of the blog I was all over place and I didn’t really know where I was going with the project.  

Sketches.

I used my previous visualisations to create these options. I really like how the different sized circles (on the one above) show the data. It could be really interesting if the gaps in between worked as they were supposed to. Maybe I could also use the gaps to act as one of the solid strips, …

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Lamp shade?

After thinking about a the mobile idea, I like it, but I don’t think it’s relevant enough to me and would be hard to design if I was to do it probably because I would have to consider safety features as it would have to be realistic. Another way I was thinking about it was …

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Mobile.

  The other day I was thinking and I don’t think I’m getting anywhere with my current ideas. And I was talking with people and someone came up with the idea of a kids mobile. I quite like this idea because it’s an interesting object. I was thinking about each bit hanging down could represent …

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Food Colouring.

Although this was one of my original ideas, it didn’t work as well as I had hoped. The problem was that I couldn’t put the dye in quick enough and then get back to the camera. The self timer on my camera is like 2 seconds, which wouldn’t make much difference. Anyway, the dye mixed …

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Coffee test.

  So I did an experiment today as to how the coffee would react/ what it would look like and how it would photograph. These are very basic experiments – just in my room with a white background and just a far of water. I also didn’t measure the coffee, I literally wanted to see …

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Coffee?

So I had a small brain wave. Although dye is all well and good in water it doesn’t really relate but I was struggling to think of something that would, but would also mix with water. And then I thought (as I sipped my morning coffee) why not coffee granules? I took this picture a …

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Weights.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of weight and depth of sleep, or how the two relate to each other. I can’t measure the feeling of falling asleep and that moment where you go limp (most commonly noticed in when falling asleep on buses and trains – we’ve all been there), so just …

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Martin Klimas.

  Klimas uses paint and sound to create these beautiful shapes. The image above simply shows a piece that he photographed where he just spun a stick around in circles and left running paint on it, and photographed the shapes created by it. The result of this is fascinating because the paint remains in its …

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Ideas.

  Some concept drawings as to how I think using the weights could work in different ways. One of those was hanging the weights off of some canvas and using something like plaster of paris to form the shape created. I could also vac form the shape but I’m not sure how possible this would …

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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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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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What is ‘taxonomy’?

A question that faced me in the module induction on Wednesday. First thing back from the summer and already I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe not the best start.. Back to the point. So what is taxonomy? If you first type this into good old fashion Google, a strange biological definition comes up. However, …

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Exhibition.

  Some exhibition work I did earlier this year, based around the theme of Sheffield. I just wanted to do something quick, and actually this style was very different for me, as I don’t do much entirely computer generated work. I wanted to create something that was based on the idea of famous people of …

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Infographics.

Recently I collaborated with The Association of Ukrainians who produce a newspaper every fortnight with the latest news on what’s going on in both the community of Ukrainians in the UK, and in Ukraine. For this I had to produce some infographics in a spread about the presidential elections that were taking place. The client …

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Revelations.

After talking to Joe about my type dilemma, and after trialing a few fonts and photo combinations, she looked through my work again, and instead of making a whole new set, work into the type faces I had from previous work. I had never thought about this and as I had accumulated a small collection …

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Box.

Wanted to keep my box simple – rather than being a distraction from the work inside, complimenting it. For this I used some simple photography and bold colours. I really like the final outcome. The effect on the photo takes away the harsh edges of it and makes you stop to look what its of.

Portfolio progress.

I have a block with my first project, I’ve decided that I’m not going to make 3D type as it won’t show my skills set in its best light. So with the theme of derelict buildings (following my quote and Park Hill theme) I think I am going to make a set of types for …

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Group evaluation.

Tuesdays session was all about talking through what everyone was unclear about, doing D.I.E.T. again and making sure everyone knew what they were doing or at least what they needed to do. My group went off and discussed this. I was concerned because our music isn’t finished yet and everyone has clashing ideas of what …

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My 5 point manifesto.

I’ve called my manifesto ‘Small steps.’ Sounds quite cliche, I know, but personally with my work I feel that making small steps, or small design decisions, is the best way to have a balanced and thorough process and a good way of making sure many avenues have been explored. Design should be considered. Design should …

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Production week.

So my production week was not nearly as productive as I wanted it to be. I was ill the first half of the week (which I know probably isn’t an excuse) so couldn’t really do any work. Luckily, I had chosen both of my manifesto’s found some books on them, and pretty much planned out …

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Choosing manifestos

For my contemporary manifesto I chose Bruce Mau’s – ‘Incomplete Manifesto for Growth.’ We began to analyse this is one of the manifesto workshops, and thats partly why I chose it, because I found that although some of the points were really good and fit well with general design, some of the points contradicted each …

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Animal testing research.

Although its illegal to test on animals for cosmetic purposes in the UK, many companies still test overseas. Companies that still test on animals.  More companies that test on animals.  Companies that only test on animals when required by law, but still try and reduce and minimise the testing they do. (which I think is probably …

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Evaluating work.

Mondays group session I think this is exactly what the group needed. Some of us didn’t really know what to do or where to begin, but going through the work the way that we did helped everyone bounce ideas off of each other and gave them good stead as to what to do for the …

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Brand Identity Workshop.

Found this session really useful for the team, we’d got together the day before to try and discuss some key points, like finally deciding on a name, putting together some kind of logo and beginning to think about a style we could all stick to, to keep a constant theme. After hearing a short presentation …

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Conceptual Art: Ideas & Language

Conceptual Art. 29th January 2014. Found this lecture really interesting as I’ve never really understood conceptual art, and would probably not consider it to be art in most cases (in my opinion). Although I didn’t really understand some of the pieces shown, I like the concept behind conceptual art, thats it the idea of playing …

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