Critical design thinking

Being able to refresh my mind with this subject again was very rewarding and constructive. Going through the basics, and defining what critical design thinking was about, I’ve come to learn that it involves: Knowledge, analyse, comprehension, evaluation, breaking down and reflection. Being able to reflect and go through a series of process helps to gain an understanding of the work or objective that may occur or at mind.

From this, I may have to consider engaging myself more with the work set and the projects I’m involved in and setting more tasks or a time table to let myself be able to be more organised and co-operative with the tasks at hand.

Task 1:

Connecting the dots!

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A tricky, but fun task. We had to connect them all in five strokes/lines.

The later tasks were very straight forward, but before I did find them just as tricky, due to over thinking about the idea and going for a very simple design for the book. Afterwards, I decided to just be more creative with the outcome of the book by making it a book that folds out in to many books on the inside.

 

 

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Portfolio workshop

Just going to briefly put my input/opinion about the portfolio session I had last week with Ricardo.

At first, I was pretty panicked about not having enough work or not having my final outcomes for the workshop prepared, but luckily, I didn’t need them in the end. From this session, it allowed me to think about how I would like to present all of my work for the final hand in.

While, I thought at first form what had been suggested to me previously; I thought that presenting all of the work in a presentation box was the only answer. NO. It wasn’t. I was allowed to think in more depth about how we must consider how the work itself is presented as a piece on it’s own, so from this, I thought about how the majority of my work is large drawings or prints; they could be pinned together between two sheets of nicely designed card? or they could be put in a folder or a case? they could even be bind a certain way, which allows them to them be pinned up?

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There were so many different ideas floating around in our group, but I had to take a moment to consider how much work I have and how I could separate it.

The same goes for the sketchbooks. I’m planning on re-binding a couple, due to the spine falling off and the fact that all of them are plain black, I’ve been thinking about possibly covering the covers with textured paper and stamping my hand-made logo lino printing stamp which I made. I want them to have an essence of my own self brand/representation in a way. I feel that I could present the work in some sense, where it’s able to maintain it’s structure, than just placing it in a box or a sleeve.

A while ago, I had composed a folder on Pinterest with portfolio ideas, that I had interest in or to provide me some ideas in how I could present everything: Here.

 

Kinetic typography with Michelle– Agree, disagree and help.

The workshop for kinetic typography proved to be very useful towards my project; it let me find new methods and discover some techniques that I could use to start making or editing my motion type. I figured out that there were some transitions with in my short story, that I hadn’t quite figured out yet, and I started to play around with the objects I was given to help come up with some.

I started off playing with words as simple as ‘Help’ in the doughy substance. I wanted to think about making the word look warped and difigured, as if the doughy had been beaten up and was calling out for ‘Help’ by changing its form to become that word. At first,  it didn’t seem like such a good method to do with stop motion, due to the lighting and how many snapshots I would have to make for each movement, but it later proved me wrong when I tested it out. Having enough patience and being able to put up with, the fact that this may be a long task was all worth it in the end.

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Critical thinking — 2/2

Welcome back to another update on the Critical thinking rotation. This time I’ll be quickly whizzing through the last half of the work I’ve accomplished so far for that week; I would like to also let you all keep in mind, that this is a on-going project, so it is not totally complete yet.
I would also like to put forward what I had discussed yesterday; I started to talk about the subject, and my thoughts on the term ‘Critical thinking’, I mentioned that for the fanzine project, I would narrow the theme down to Ethics and the saying ‘It’s not the end of the world’.
Actually, talking about this saying, it could of been stated in so many ways, but I found myself stuck with a similar saying which highlights the wrong doing, but then ends in a positive outtake: ‘If it’s wrong, only YOU can change it.’
it’s quite a true ethic which I look up to and follow myself. I had a quote from a manga series that particularly influenced my style of writing and drawing now, and it goes like this ‘Dream exist to be realized. If you don’t do it, who’s going to?’. It’s true. Not only when you find yourself stuck or hoping to do something that seems impossible; only you can be the one to accomplish the thing you want to achieve. No one else. It’s you who has to pick up those pieces at the end of the day.

Taking this idea forward, I got some ideas down. I wanted to do something humorous, or try to play on the word ‘change’. Change can mean plenty of things, depending on the person using it. Change can be money, change can mean a process or form that is different from it once was. I had three things I wanted to do for this, but I had to consider that it needed to make sense to almost everyone who was going to possibly look at it.
So, the idea of having someone in the drawing go to a change exchange store was out of the picture.

Rubbers/Erasers are often use to erase the mistakes we make and I thought this could possibly be a good method of communicating to the person looking at it. I had some advise from Sara about considering the style of text and making adjustments to the hand, to make it look as if it’s hand drawn to fit in with the idea. This was pretty helpful advise because it opened my thoughts on how i could think about publishing this; I need to keep in mind of how I’m going to do this. I was planning on producing the text in the screen printing room, or drawing it down and scanning it in for Photoshop. On the other hand, I could link this project back to what I’ve learnt in mark making and use mediums such as, charcoal or pencils.

This saying wasn’t the only one I had; I also had another saying I wanted to work with, but coming up with ideas was tough. I did, however, make a very draft ideas, but really, the first idea stood out in my opinion.

Critical Thinking rotation– 1/2

Starting of the week, I was placed in to group B and this was our chance to do some Critical thinking. In my opinion, when approaching this subject, I always make the assumption that critical thinking allows us to ask our selves questions on the things we do or what has been presented. Asking ourselves questions, such as ‘Why’, ‘How’, ‘What’ and ‘When’. It goes much further than this; we have to always consider including the special three W’s and the H words, though, we need to take it to other places. You have to put in a lot of thought in to the production, progress and reflect.

As an illustrator, I often find myself thinking about whether or not does my image strongly reflect what I want to get across or does the stories I write make any sense to other people? what can I do to grasp their attention?

Being given the last task, as I was not in on the Monday of that week; the task was to create two pages for the Zine– The center page and the front page. I also had to select one pillar from the following subjects: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Metaphysics and Politics.

I was tempted to go with Politics, as my family discuss it quite a bit. I’m usually sat in my chair in the middle of it, just nodding my head and pretending that I understand every single word my sibling and father have to say. Then again, I gave the decision more thought and went with ethics. Ethics usually fit in to morality and what’s right and wrong. I found this amusing because this reminds me of the subject I chose to do for my poster project, so I had some ideas already for what I could do.

What I’ve started to do in my sketchbook is, I’ve begun to break down what Ethics is and what examples could be given from it. I also began to draw quick thumbnail ideas for the front cover, which will be based on the title ‘Thinking it and saying it’. By being playful with the words ‘thinking’ and ‘saying’; the first two images that came to mind were a head and a mouth. The head contains the brain/mind which is thinking so many things, while speech comes out of your mouth.

Another page used for some ideas or quotes I’ve come up with. I wanted to try and narrow my ethic subject to be based on the saying ‘It’s not the end of the world’ because I always find that I tend to over worry about things not going the way it should, or that there’s no going back to undo or redo it, but that’s all wrong. There’s always time, there’s always a way of mending your mistakes.

I will discuss this subject further in my next post. That will be posted up tomorrow.

Typography: Letter Press

Being placed in to the second group: Group B. We were given a list to find and draw all of the typographical terms that we’re given. I found this task pretty straight forward because it was simply using some common sense with some of the terms,  for instance paragraph positioning (Right, left, center and justified.). It was a very enjoyable and relaxing task to do actually because I got to draw and practice drawing down different types of fonts. I don’t often do this, but I will consider doing this again and again until I can draw each font face perfectly.

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I chose to separate the tasks on to four A4 pages, so the images weren’t so cramped up on the page; in doing this, it allowed me to see each term with its image clearly, which I thought was a good thing, but as I’ve mentioned, I would like to try looking at working on adding some more detail to the type faces and practicing them. I perhaps may add some colour to the drawings to brighten the pages up a little more to make them more attractive.

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Came back to the workshop Monday afternoon and began to set up the metal letters needed for my given sentence. I had to double check several times to make sure that everything was there. By the first glimpse of it, it appeared to be all good and set out for printing, but then… –It was printed backwards on the paper. It looked like a completely different language, although it was pretty interesting to see it like this. The print was perfect in terms of the amount of ink placed on to the set and yet, I made the silly mistake of getting it all set out in the opposite direction. (I need to remind myself later on to post )

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