After the presentation Fred gave us on higher education and feedback, we were told to gather into our blog groups for a quick task to start us off. We were first asked to write down the things we would appreciate feedback from in regards to our current work, we each had something slightly different but they all really consisted of the same main points. Mine were the following:
Quality of work I have produced - as I think I need/can improve an awful lot!
The way I discuss my work on my blog - because I talk about my work quite light-heartedly to make it seem more fun and less boring.
Ideas - are my ideas full enough? thorough enough? different enough?
Time management - Am I organising my time well enough now? I really struggled to get to grips with things when we started and I fell behind really badly.
After we had all listed our own thoughts on the question we got together as a group to discuss them and make a list as well as a way to record evidence to evaluate the work and provide feedback to our peers. Feedback:-
Amount of work
Whether blog is labelled appropriately
Use of media
After finishing these lists we made yet another list! This one would define the assessment criteria of what we wanted feedback on. This consisted of the following:
The use of our blogs:
Time and project management
Academic writing skills
Critical evaluation (myself and others)
Standard of work
Understanding of design
Ten Questions were then made in regards to this list which would help us evaluate and give feedback to each of our group members as well as ten ways we will assess them.
1. Is there evidence of successful time management? - The time and date of post in relation to when the task was set.
2. Is the content of each post clearly identifiable in each title? - Check PPP, design context, and design practice blogs.
3. Is there annotations on each post or is it just pictures? - Check PPP, design context, and design practice blogs.
4. Are posts in the correct place? - Check all the appropriate posts.
5. Has all of the set work been blogged? - Check briefs and all of the blogs.
6. Are design decisions thorough and evidenced? - Read through all the blogs and assess through opinions and knowledge.
7. Is the writing style academic or informal? - Use of vocabulary in all bodies of text.
8. Are all images linked? - Check image links.
9. Are all posts labelled/tagged? (orange link) - Check all posts on each blog.
10. Are all blogs linked to the homepage? - Check homepage for links.
And last but not least, the end task is to go away after identifying five of the above questions we wish to receive feedback on and then each of our blog group members will comment on our posts. The questions I chose were the ones i most struggled with to make it a fair feedback listing.
1. Is there evidence of successful time management?
2. Is there annotations on each post or is it just pictures?
This week we had our first power crit! I really enjoyed it and found it immensely helpful. I already knew the direction of where I wanted to go and I had visuals to show people my direction and explained what I wanted to do.
Firstly I explained to them how each font represented Andy and why I liked them. And then went on to explain why I chose Reklame Script as my base typeface, pointing out the annotations I had made. After I was done with everything I had to say about what i was planning and what I'd done, the critique started. And the following reflects what I learned from it.
Firstly I need to keep account of timescale. What I want to do is actually create a typeface with lots of work that would need to go into it, as well as mathematics to make them all join up and things will get insanely complicated, so possibly dull it down a bit.
Secondly, I need to have everything produced by Friday, so basically.. hurry up and get it done asap! haha.
And the last is to possibly think of changing my glyphs, or be more creative than use the bog standard full stops and stuff.
Here we got into our blog group and showed each other all the work we'd found since the last time we saw each other. Typical me forgot to bring mine though so I had to send mine in an e-mail to my group later on that day. We all made notes on each others examples in reference to their interests. We really learned a lot about each other and what inspires each other. Turns out I actually have a lot in common in regards to interests which is always a positive thing! ...................................................................................................................................................................
The notes I made were built of key words which came to mind when listening to each of them speak about the work they had chosen:
Negative Space, Clean, Few Colours/Black and White, Lots of detail, Humour, Strong meanings, Focal points, Shapes, Basic, Professional.
Illustration, Humour, Clever, Natural Form, Informative, Development, Cartoon, Pop Art, Strange, Unique, Realist, Pure, Personal Reflection, Psychedelic, Colours, Broad Range of Mediums.
Tattoo Style, Illustration, Clean, Stylish, Different, Phrases, Scripted logos, Retro, Vintage Feel, Line based illustrations, Lots of detail, Large scale, real, unique characterisation, dark but contrasted colours, screen prints, stranger and stranger, creepy.
Fabien Barrell, Lots of different vintage mediums, simplistic, black and white with little colour, modernistic, clean layouts, in your face, effective, symbolism, unique, different, branding.
Illustrations, colours, packaging, street photography, sagmeister, unique, insane, lots of bright colours, street art, eye-catching, logo design, reproduction, shapes, crack magazine, portraiture, radio head, cover art, spray paint.
Negative space, faint pastel colours, humorous, serious subjects, unique use of typography, info-graphics, simple illustrations, dark motives, effective colour schemes, pixelated.
As a group we then needed to talk to each other and discuss the areas of design in which we have come across in our presentations to one another and this is what we discovered:
- CREATIVE USE OF TYPE
- VISUAL QUALITY
- TONE OF VOICE
- SIMPLICITY The task we were given was
- MESSAGES to identify five of the categories
- ENGAGEMENT and then find five examples of
- AESTHETIC each.
- MEDIA AND PRODUCTION |
- FORM/FORMAT |
- PERSONAL INTEREST |
- VISUAL CONTENT |
- LANGUAGE |
- STRUCTURE AND LAYOUT |
I decided to choose the following: <-------------------------
Creative Use Of Type, Visual Quality, Detail, Simplicity, and Personal Interest.
Creative Use Of Type:
My first example of creative use of type would be this poster designed by Goncalo Leite, a designer I discovered on graphic Exchange. His use of objects laid out in the shape of type is effective and very well done with illustrations and meaning.
Number two is by a designer named David De La Fuente, expressing a letterform as an object, the complete opposite to the post above, I love how clean and neat it is and how well it works perfectly. Very clever!
This artist named Tom Jaeger specialises in layout with type to make effective pieces of artwork, abstract or with meaning. Here is an example I really appreciated due to the nature of the 'A's acting as a form of wave.
This artist Andre Beato is an illustrator who has created pieces of work used in advertisements by all sorts of companies. This example shows the phrase Part Time Lover but without a typeface, just illustrated borders to make the letters seem apparent.
Here I have a portrait drawing by Ben-Ashton Bell, The quality of his work absolutely amazes me. He is my favourite artist by far and his design work is spectacular too. You will probably see a lot of his work on my blog because absolutely everything he does amazes me.
I found this picture on the graphic exchange website of some bottle design incorrporating marvel comics into product manufacturing. These bottles have such a great idea behind them and are top notch on detail in each bottle!
This poster was done by Peter Crnokrak, it represents roughly what the title says: every person who lived and died on the planet, from 3200 B.C.E. to 2009 C.E. The total paper area represents the 78 billion people who lived over the past 5000 years. The gaping hole in the center represents every person who died in a major war, genocide, or massacre: approximately 969 million people, or 1.25% of the total number of people who have ever lived on the planet..
Another thing I have a love for is simple shape designs. The combination of two circles, or a rectangle and triangle or anything like that. I don't know what it is about them but they have always appealed to me!
I am very into my alternative music and have recently developed a love for a band called La Dispute. They tell stories through the method of song and I find it absolutely incredible as they are so talented and different to anything I have ever heard. Here is some album artwork for their newest release 'Wildlife" which is built from a vintage style photo overlapped by a scripted hand drawn logo with their band name displayed below in Times New Roman.
I absolutely love going to gigs and events and bringing along my SLR cameras (Digital or film). Photographing events, especially the gigs I go to see is always a great experience because of the energetic atmosphere of everyone having a good time which I adore capturing in image.
Screen printing is a form of art which I would love to learn/experiment. I see posters in shops knowing how they have been done but desperately wanting to do it myself! Here is an example of a screen-print in the style I'd love to create in.
I am fascinated and obsessed with photo/image manipulation. Changing a photo or image into something completely different would be one of my main strengths on this course but i want to develop this further and become able to produce very professional work with it.
Illustrating is something I love to do both in my free time and for work. I am not the best drawer in the world but I try my best to practice and get better so my work is more professional and a higher standard. I love either doing simple doodles or adding tonnes of detail into single pieces. Here is an example of the sort of thing i'd like to try and do if I have the time to. Lots of small illustrations on something massive.