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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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