A:R: Research||Book binds and more box design ideas from Pinterest.

After looking at all of the information collated; plus the photographs and sketches etc. I’m starting to now consider more ideas towards my box and book. I need to keep in mind that both of the objects will need to show CLEAR communication to my audience of the experience obtained at Brick Lane. So, I had some ideas which I already discussed with a few peers with in our studio in the first week, but I’ll say them now:

  • For my box, as people associate Brick Lane mainly for it’s Brick structures, art pieces and graffiti, I’ve been thinking about producing a box that either resembles a brick or a known structure with in the area.
  • Perhaps making a diorama of where I went in Brick Lane or Brick Lane is, but instead, I can pinpoint with in the 3d structure, where I had my experiences and put them here.

    So, as these were the only few ideas I’ve thought of so far, I did a bit more searching around Pinterest for ideas about Boxes again.


This was a nice example I found. It helped me to think more about the size of both the book and the box, but also, to be considerate about how the book needs to have a link to the box in its design.


Recreating a building on Brick Lane? but having it as a 3d model kind of box? I could also add a adjustable flap to it, where the brick wall opens up to the book?

As the location is quite.. filthy, messy.. there’s junk and little or string lying around in most alley ways or side streets down there, it feels extremely gritty. I could reflect on this through the book binding, by having the book bind be not so clean and tidy?

I may consider binding it by string/thread.

I’ve created another board on Pinterest, just for the thought of this idea.






A:R: Reporter: Development +Research| Brick Lane and its history.

As I’ve collected quite a bit of interesting images, drawings and notes on this location, I feel that this is most likely going to be the place that I’ll focus on for this project. It’s got so much inspiration and every day, there’s always something new to discover.

I did a bit of background checking on the place itself, I looked in to how it became the place it is today and it’s hard to believe that Brick Lane wasn’t even known as that from the start, nor did people start settling in to the place until the Romans had left.

“Places outside the wall became gateways for migrants into London. The incoming communities brought the trades for which the street would become well known, and in one particular case, the trade it was named after.” —LONDONIST

I’s quite an interesting article because it starts to give a very detailed story about how the name originated, what kind of communities came in and populated the area and how there was a major change with in that one part of London.

A:R: Lino cuts

Developing from the illustrations based on my observations at Brick Lane, I followed on from the task I missed last week by cutting the drawings in to lino.

Each one took between 10-30 mnutes to cut, but the reason I chose these images in particular is becuse I noticed a pattern during my experiences, and that was mainly linked in to the people of Brick Lane. They don’t ever seem to face or look where they’re going. They’re usually on their phones or looking down. It’s quite unnerving and frustrating, but from this, I also tried to pick out a drawing that had some sort of direct link to the place as well. Something that anyone who has ever visited the place would be able to say, ‘Oh, yeah. I know where that is’ and I chose the drawing with the Vintage Market sign in it.

What I found interesting about this task in particular, is that you have to figure out while you’re drawing your image in to the lino, where you want the printing ink show up or not. It was a hard decision when it came to having to think about it at first, but gradually, I found myself forgetting about the worry of that and proceeded to look more in to where the shades, or curves of the expressions or faces would be instead.

CIP: Collection: Checking Blurb details and creating/testing colour pallets.

After figuring out, that I may need to look more in to the production and figuring out how I would like to manafacture the design/outcome for the portfolio book. I thought it would be a good idea to go check out Blurb. I figured out, that from the pricing and with the magazine-like portfolio books I would like to construct, I worked out that they would provide what I need and would be able to put the book together cheap and more professionally than I could ever could.

Other than that, I did some more exploring of their website and found some portfolios that have been created by other people.

There are some layouts that work well o tell the story of the work produced, and the ideas and thoughts put in behind the creators work. I feel that a couple of them wer very clear, even through the lack of text, but I noticed that even with text and image placed together, they were able to make it presentable and readible.

After careful thinking about these aspects, I wanted to start thinking about what kinds of colours I would like in the content of my book. Yes, I would include colours I use or that would relate to me, but I started to put together some pallets of colours that I thought worked well together or would be nice to work with on individual pages or even a whole book, as I’m considering of splitting up the books in to categories.


Pallet 1, 4 and 6 were definitely ones I was most fond with, but I would need to test them first with in a document to see if they really do work well with each other.

A:R: Reporter: New found artists

Let’s cheer for the new found artists for this week!

Katrine Brosnan

As I feel it would be unpolite to distribute her drawings without her permission, just go nd visit her portfolio. I discovered her blog, while I was searching around for observational and reportage ideas for my sketchbook o Pinterest and I’m very fond with her onservational sketches. Even though they’re very simple, it’s quite nice to see how clear they are. You can easily tell and re-create a visual representaion of what the scene it’s based on must be like with in your head.

Lynne Chapman

Another suggestion to go and check their portofio out because I cannot share the images, but I was left feeling very intrigued by her way of working. The use of tones, colours, detail and lines is a quality I do like to see in illustrations. I thought this particular artist would be a nice person to reference, in connection to the reportage project. Her use of colours on the page create emotion with in the images, so I could take this in mind.


Another blog:

I started to think about ways in how I can portray sound visually, and after a bit of searching around, I found a blogger whose composed a little project of their own.


After reading their process in how they’ve recreated sound, but as an entirely new visual. It really made me think about the different ways that I could capture or record sounds and recreate them as an image, or even try to replicate a sound by wiggling  line while drawing.


A:R: Second Brick Lane visit- Friday 27th Jan.

It wasn’t at all  good day. It was freezing and there was a strong draft of wind runng all the way through out the city. I wanted to capture more experience and note down any of the changes made to the city in comparrison to the last trip.

The song I was listening to was ‘My way’ sung by Seth McFarlane, but the song was sun in the film, which I absolutely adored called ‘Sing’. This helped to brighten the mood, as I was passing through.


I did over hear some conversations, even with my headphones in, but they were faint. As if the people were trying their best to keep it more private, and with that, I noticed that a few of the shops were completely shut down. Even for early morning at that time, it wasn’t very busy. It was kind of odd, but I could smell this strong stench of curry from the resturants as I moved on.