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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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