Author : Reporter: Project 3 Feedback 1

Welcome back everyone and I’ll shall now be returning to my current and (not exactly final), but final project!

To give a brief reminder, I’ll be basing this project on the Author side of the studio subject and my project will be based around the game series ‘Fable’. Over the break, I’ve been looking at different links and connections towards the different traits with in the game, for example, Fable 3 was set, or based on the Industrial revolution period, so I started to connect the real life aspects of that with the game and seeing where I could go from there. Following on, I started to look a very specific lines or quotes from the game intros, where I wanted to focus a narrative image on.

Here is an example,


“Deep in the forest of Albion, lay a small town of Oakvale.”

Referenced @0:08

I thought about the overlapping of trees, as if the town was tucked away inside a forest or landscape and I started to draw them out in two toned pens. As, I wanted to see where I could take this idea or even the method of using pens as a medium further, before developing it digitally or with another technique.


From the feedback, while it was very useful and helpful, I did have a feeling that I was progressing a bit too quickly and that I had leapt from the research and in to final outcome process, so from the feedback Susanna gave me, I thought that I could try and see how I can take specific quotes or even moments from the narrations, sound or even the in-game book content to help build a vision of the game, so it’s clear for those who haven’t played it.

I’m still not sure of how I’m going to develop this, but I would like to start testing out on how many ways I could translate the dialogue metaphorically and directly and see how I can take the game from screen to paper, and then to screen again.

However, these were some ideas that were suggested me, but I think I would like to see how broadly I can take this project.



CCS: Essay// Notes- Development: Notes.

I’ve had yet to talk about this or even mention it with in this blog, I wasn’t sure if I’m suppose to, but I wanted to share all of the neat discoveries I embarked upon while I was researching the topic of the Printing press.

I’ve decided to focus my final essay on the subject of Luther and how his translations, and many different sources which were created with the press helped to challenge the church, in not just communication and mass spread of information, but how it dominated their manipulation towards the people with in German society of that time.

At first, especially when it came to doing the case study, I was interested only in how a press operated and how it started off, but now I’m finding all of these interesting links and it’s left me with different questions to ask myself, so I wanted to share what I have so far.

Notes so far:

  • beginning of press- discovery, how it came about
  • Gutenberg’s plan and how it proceeded
  • how did the church react, how did monks react
    publishing of materials, pamphlets etc
  • How did his press affect those who were using letter press before?
  • how did everyone else with in society respond?
  • what was the over all transformation?
    Church, control. -Main body
  • Focused on Luther and church.
  • How did he come about and started to distribute, translate?
  • what languages? why?
  • what was the intention?
  • How did the people take to this?

  • what was they gaining ? what did they want from the people and were they controlling people the views?
  • Why did luthers views change the people and challenge the church?
  • what kind of people were interested and persuaded by the church and their views?
  • What am I trying to state/reflect on this? what is it I want to say?
  • How did the church manipulate these peoples views?
  • Did anyone else get involved?
  • What did Luther do in response to their dismissal?



At the moment, I’m bulking up a lot of my draft notes and trying to form it in to a well-structured argument, but the only issue I’m probably having right now is with narrowing specific info down, so it’s clear.


CIP: Collection// Development: Layout and Content update.

Going along with the idea I had previously, I did definitely find it easier to start placing in the content before the designs of the pages. It was less troublesome as well.

When I started to go through each page and started to add every little detail, or even the photographs/images I wanted to place, I could start to see the structure of the content building up smoothly.

CIP : Collection//Further Development- Part 1. Layout and content.

After my recent exploration in to how I can start lining up the content and thinking about consistency with in the layout in general, I found myself making a lot of changes as I went along.

The first couple of changes were with in the first set of pages, I found that there was a lot of information that looked too cramped with in the small space, so I had to find some time to organise the text and images a bit more.

When I also went back to look at the plan for the pages for the Author:Reporter studio projects, for example, I was a little intrigued at how different each layout for each project was. I could’ve stuck with the same consistent layout through out, but they were all very.. awkwardly placed.
I felt that I was looking at something that was a little bit all over the place, so my plan is, to try and get each project page set out, so they either look similar or the content is laid out in the same order to make it simplistic and presentable for the viewer.
I’ve decided to worry less about the design now and just focus on getting my content in first.

CIP: Collection- Development and testing

Going over the feedback again, I wanted to try and think more on how I wanted the content to communicate to the viewer. Of course, I had my original concept of it being plain and all, but as I started going to many different sources for inspiration or influence, or to get some more ideas, I found myself wanting to make the pages look less blank.


In my opinion, so far, as I started to lay out more and more content in to the document, I found myself feeling that it could use more interaction. I thought as I had a lot of prints or posters, that I’ve developed, it would be sad to not show that with in my portfolio and that I could have a page or some kind of pocket, that will help to contain a series of pull outs?  and that this method could be applied to the images for the thoughts of the week, or even with any of the tests/ideas pages. I was really limiting each project to just a couple of ideas and two or three of the final finished pieces.

But going back to the layout in general, I started to play around with the cover a bit more. The logo was too blurry in the first place and I felt that it could be spread across the page instead, considering it was quite difficult to see, but after re-drawing it by hand, I started to see that I shouldn’t keep trying to leave space around my image and that I need to think more about how the text can link to the image, or to try and think of a way that the text can link back or sync with the visual.


I decided to keep the design abstract and simplistic. I didn’t want anything looking too harsh, but I also wanted to reflect on my research and inspired designs that I had found along the way.

When going to places, such as pinterest or looking back at David Carson’s work for example, there were moments where I found myself really liking the way they had overlapped two different textures or colours and they worked well with each other.

So, this is what I decided to apply to the cover. I also wanted the effect to look similar to how an image would look, if it were to be printed from a Riso printer.



So, returning back to the title, I liked how my previous tests were handwritten, as it was a way of expressing how I enjoy creating by hand more than anything, but I felt it worked a lot more smoothly than the digital text. I knew I had to be very careful with how I decided to re-create the text, but well, I didn’t want my collection/portfolio book looking too formal. The ink drawn texts were appearing a little too blurry on the page, and when it came to the acrylic texts, they also had the same result. I was a little disappointed by this, but even when checking the scan options, they still appeared like this.

In the end, as I figured that the majority of my tests, ideas or even the drawing I contribute towards my projects, I tend to do them in pencil and pen. Testing out again, I used a specific range of colours in connection with my portfolio theme to see how well it worked out.



CIP: Kick Starter brief

//Insert cheer here//

Starting off with a new brief right before the end of term, I’ve been looking forward to finding out what this last brief was about and now I know.

Returning back to our Christmas creatures group, we planned out how we were going to approach our idea and how we were going to develop it.

While last time, Iwas a little concerned about time management, but I do get the sense that we may be able to reach our deadline goal, if we focus and work as a team. Being able to work together and co-ordinate what roles we have with in the group was a great start. I’ve been put in charge of the social marketing and powerpoint; something I have a bit of experience with from managing several websites in the past, but I do admit, that Ilove being in control of a webpage or a social media account and being able to try and put out our ideas and progress in to the world wide web.

Changes made to the project?We’ve decided to make the cards seasonal. So, instead of it being christmas creatures, we’re managing 5 different holiday seasons– Christmas, Valentines, Halloween and Easter. The last holiday is to be decided soon, but we each have our own role. Luckily, iwas able to snag Easter. To be honest, I like drawing Rabbits and bunnies, and any creature that has fluffiness to them, but it would be really intriguing to see how  I turn this ‘cute’ creature in to an actual easter-like monster.