Sign Writing

In this workshop, we had the pleasure of having “Steve Millington” a local sign writer and illustrator that specializes in extravagant typefaces for local businesses suchas; pub and bar signs, tattoo parlours etc… I loved this workshop and has got me sign writing my own name, girlfriend Rebecca and my sister Shayla. It found it was a trial and error skill …



Banksy is a pseudonymous English graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour withgraffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. His work contains a number of subliminal messages relating to politics, government, crime, entertainment, social networking and humour. …


David Shrigley

David Shrigley Born: 17 September 1968. Macclesfield, England, Education: Glasgow School of Art 1988-91… Shrigley as part of my practitioner research is more a theoretical, illustrative, visual artist rather than an ordinary one… His work is very simplistic yet it attracts attention, displaying humour, aggression and confusion. I like the style of his phrase and the …


Semiotics 101

In the lecture, i found the term “semiotics” very interesting.. Signs and symbols surround us, we subconsciously take this information in and an every day basis. I enjoy the information and in depth analysis you can extract from a shape / symbol…

Heres a Wikipedia definition of the word “Semiotics”:

Semiotics (also called semiotic studies, not to be confused with the Saussureantradition called semiology) is the study of meaning-making, the philosophical theory of signs and symbols. This includes the study of signs and sign processes (semiosis), indication, designation, likeness, analogymetaphorsymbolism, signification, and communication. Semiotics is closely related to the field oflinguistics, which, for its part, studies the structure and meaning of language more specifically.Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 18.07.22


The Telephone. The symbol for the telephone has not changed one bit, yet the shape and design of the telephone has. Today we have mobiles, not many of us own a classic telephone anymore. But why do we still symbolize this left image as a mobile device?

Here in the middle there is an image of todays mobile phone design. It is the mobile I currently own (iPhone 5) of this date – December 2013. The mobile has evolved not only to be able to communicate with people but as a miniature handheld portable computer. Giving the Internet, information, games, movies and music etc… right to our fingertips.

The right image is what I have edited in Photoshop, giving us an example what a mobile phone would look like as a symbol. Yet this symbol corresponds correctly to the device it doesn’t come across as a mobile / telephone if you saw it.

So ask yourself this. Why and how does that symbol mean telephone?

Surely the symbol only portrays a communication device, but not anything else. This not being an updated symbol doesn’t really stand for our today’s mobile phones. So what symbol could be used or created?




Autodesk 3ds Max, formerly 3D Studio Max, is a professional 3D computer graphics program for making 3D animations, models, games and images. It is developed and produced by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. It has modeling capabilities, a flexible plugin architecture and can be used on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is frequently used by video game developers, many TV commercial studios and architectural visualization studios. It is also used for movie effects and movie pre-visualization.

In addition to its modeling and animation tools, the latest version of 3ds Max also features shaders (such as ambient occlusion and subsurface scattering), dynamic simulation, particle systems, radiosity, normal map creation and rendering, global illumination, a customizable user interface, and its own scripting language

Above is a screenshot of what I got up to in my first 3DMax modelling session, learning how to use the basics… scaling, orientation, format etc.

A very good and informative session and skill to learn, I definitely would like to look into more of this and become a Pro!

3D Modelling – IDEA!

statistics idea

During my session I came to the idea of visualising data in a 3D format. Whilst learning the basics of “3DMax” when you create a shape depending on how complex it is, you can alter the values of the sides, sections, width, scale and length etc…

This manipulation idea gave me the concept of creating an ornamental piece of a data format relating back to my theme of “Marvel/DC Comics”. In contrast I thought of combining the popular card game of “Top Trumps”, these are statistic data cards you play based on high and low values. If your card has the higher value you then take the other players card, the player who runs out of the cards first looses. The winner will be the one who acclaims all the cards in the pack.

This sparked the idea of changing those data values into statistics and creating a shape depending on who the comic character is according to; Strength, Speed, Intelligence, Power etc… Here is a photoshoped image I combined to show my idea visually.

3D Modelling – 101

3D Modelling – A mathematical representation of any three dimensional surface. Almost all 3D models can be divided into two categories. Solid – These models define the volume of the object they represent (like a rock). These are more realistic, but more difficult to build. Solid models are mostly used for nonvisual simulations such as …


Raspberry Pi / Arduino – 101

This workshop had me on the edge of my seat, honestly I was amazed my the simplest of ideas can make a big impact via small electronic devices such as: raspberry Pi’s and Arduino circuit boards. We had guest Saul Cozens that presented a very interesting power point regarding his small creations, which was funny …