CIP: Collection: Thought of the week and Alan Fletcher.

Alan Fletcher. A graphic designer, who’s iconically known for his use of type with image.

You may be able to easily spot any of his works, and also, I recalled having one of his books… or the book with the front cover that he designed, It was one of many of my fond reads as a young child and I also remember being very fond of many of the contents with in that book, and the thing that attracted to me it was the front cover.


Moving on from that, his more iconic works, in the way that he can manipulate type and position it in such a way is very intruiging. Not only that, but clever.

You have to have a very broad sense to be able to understand some of his concepts. In terms of layout, during the video, he gave a talk on how his intention for the book that he had designed was to look at things sideways and to be always thinking outside of the box.

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A;r: What is beauty to me?

Lines. Boldness; structures, quirks… memes… nature and things that are fictional and 2d.

Those are a few of the things, but from this work shop, we were spoken to about the elements and principles of design. Taking this in to consideration, we journeyed to our locations to find compositions that had at least one or two of these aspects.

I tried to reflect my experience in my chosen concepts, but I tried to find things that weren’t the most typical and had this unique sensation to it.IMG_20170326_203058[1]

Following through the brief when I had returned to the studio, I found it difficult to explore further when trying to create posters using our found or created sources. I just felt uninspired somehow, so I decided to play around until I came up with something. I tried repeating the image; moving it and scaling it to all sorts of sizes to try and obtain one element and a principle.

While they did appear bold to me, I wasn’t too keen on them. AT ALL. They just appeared bland and unappealing.

Photoshop/ Screen print preparation

Pretty straight forward. I pretty much swam through this set up, but it’s always nice to guarantee or check up on the correct settings etc.

When editing my images, I wanted to see if I could collage my results together and see where it’ll get me. I wasn’t too quick on the editing or removing of the backgrounds, but I was very enthusiastic towards wanting to layer up each object in to place to create a new scene. Doing this exercise helped me to generate a few ideas and see if it works or not, but sadly, it felt a bit too ‘digital’ or it wasn’t quite clear on conveying my experience that I wanted to show.

A:R: Animation in a box.

Let me just put it like this first: I really enjoyed this lesson. Even if it was just a test to see how we explore our idea, or testing out the images/sketches we’ve collected over the last two to three weeks, I found it to be a good exercise because I’m now able to see a direction of where I want to take this project. Even if it’s not entirely clear, I’m starting to pull together a narrative from my dérive. We created a short storyboard for this.

Starting the session off, we took a quick visit to Central house to check out the animation studio, but also got a neat discussion about a software called ‘Dragon frame’. A program which I’ve used before, but at the last University I went to. The program is a stop motion capture program, which is set up to help capture the image/photo of something that’s set up from the camera. Though, this wasn’t new to me, I do find it interesting to see if there’s a possibility for myself to once again improve on the last time I used a specific program for a lesson.

When arriving back, we cre-visited the story board we made before leaving. Made some changes. I wasn’t particularly keen on changing mine, as I felt that this was a clear narrative, which was: “Travelling down to Brick lane; steadily, quietly. Passing the faces with in a harsh, cold wind. Bumping in to them as I go on past, it was irritating. The distraction. The mobiles.”

I sketched down these ideas, based on the life drawing I did when I visited the place.

I decided to try and test these out in the box by using the stop motion capture app on my phone and trying to pick up on re-animating the movemnt of the people with in that journey I took.

CIP: Portfolio presentation talk

Fig Taylor, who consults with illustrators and designers about how they need to prepare and construct their portfolio came in to give us a talk about what we should be doing or should consider doing for our very own portfolio, in terms of presentation.

Her advice was very straight forward, clear and concise. I’ve learnt a lot from the presentation, but I also found myself feeling very positive in where I should take my design ideas further from here, to help build up some more plans in how I need to lay my work out with in the diagrams for the book pages.

When it comes to a portfolio, there needs to be consistency and what you need/want to show needs to be direct and clear to the person you want to show it to.

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