Archive for May, 2009


May 25, 2009

I have been creating some development work from the workshops that I have been doing. Not only by the creation of this blog, my contribution to the blog ‘this is who we meet’ but also on Flickr where I have been uploading and sharing photos and descriptions. Using blogs and Flickr were all new to me until the other week but I think that I have learnt and adapted quickly to them and now enjoy sharing my work.

I have also created some collages and drawings from the workshops. Here are some of them so far:



For London Voices I created more graphic responses to some of my own music and also created more type responses to the piece of speech that we heard in class. I used stencils, black biros and pens and rub on letters as well as creating some in different colours.



Above are two developments that I made from the workshop Quiet in the City with Joe and Jimmy where we were looking at scale and also saw the contrasts between different places. We went to the Barbican at the beginning and ended in Postmans park and these developments just document by journey in different ways.


London Voices and Research Narrative

May 25, 2009

These two workshops were with Susannah and both had different aims to them.

London Voices was again looking at London in a different way, this time it was through music and sounds. We were reacting to these sounds graphically, through drawing collage and type.



It was really different letting yourself free to the music and speech. At first everyone kind of hesitated and then after the first few seconds we all seemed to get into it. I really liked representing the sounds with type and these are all great ideas to take into the future with us.

Research narrative was more about planning, which was extremley useful for the development of our research book. We created flat plans, which at first seemed really hard to our whole research book down onto paper but once you got started it was really helpful to get an idea of how you wanted it to look, the order and what you might include.


We also looked at different books and what the pages were called. I really didn’t know alot of this and have now found it so helpful as I will be able to include some of this into my research book and improve the quality. For example; the half title page, the inprint and the frontis page. When going to the library and viewing different books you can see how all of their front pages are different, include different things and laid out differently.


I really liked some of the layouts in the different books. This was one that I liked, with the large picture on one side and then the blank one on the other. I think this looks very clean and professional and will definitely be using soem blank pages in my research book, if it looks right!

The Actor

May 25, 2009

This workshop was with the designer Marit. It was great, again, to work with someone new. We were mainly focused on ‘the page’ this workshop. We looked into different elements that make up a page and then at the hieararchy of these elements, which is obviously so important for when we create our research books.

We even acted out the parts of the page!! This sounds som random but it was to show the hierarchy between the different elements and it was fun to see what the other groups acted out as well.



Afterwards we created layouts on InDesign. Marit looked over them as she went round the class which was really helpful as I no my layouts can always improve, as I haven’t done much magazine and book design.

Publishing and Hierarchy

May 25, 2009

This workshop was with our tutor Orlagh and magazine expert Niall O’Shea. I really liked this workshop as we looked at both designs from the past and creating our own layouts, which are both things I could still improve on.

Looking at design from the past, we analysed what we thought they were for or about and when we thought they had been made. A depth of design knowledge is key to design and will always be needed as a reference and for inspiration.

We created four layouts based on; order, imediate, asymetry and subversion. We only had a small amount of time to create each one of them which meant we had to throw ourselves into it and not cut around the edges. This exercise got me to let loose more and create some more unconventional layouts which looked great. Viewing your fellow class mates work is always great because you can then compare, see what else you could have done and what else you really like.




To develop from this workshop I will continue to practice with layouts and create some more of my own. This workshop will really contribute to the making of my research book, as I definitely want to take some of the parts from my layouts and use them in my book.

Pattern and Texture + Scale

May 25, 2009

These were the two workshops that I did with Karl Foster. A main aim of several of the workshops was to see London through different eyes and this was definately what the workshop Pattern and Texture was all about.

We discussed a non-visual London, a non-aural London and a non-verbal London. For example, if we had a ipod on and the ear phones in our ears we would be viewing London in a different way. This all obviously gives us the idea that we could create our final outcome around this type of idea. We also developed ideas about London by talking about it as time, sound, words, space and smell. Looking at London in all these different ways creates countless ideas.

In partners we had to narrow the idea generation down by chosing just two words; one to describe London as a personality and one to describe London as a City.

For my partner, Lena, she chose the word unpredictable, for its personality and created this collage:

IMG Lena5

For my word I chose culture, to descibe London:


 I enjoyed making the collages and it was different as we were jsut focusing on one word and creating the collage around this. Therefore this workshop again helped us with our idea generation.

I found the workshop Scale a little more confusing towards its aim but as our course leader says, confusing is good. We can develop our own perception of the workshop. We did look at scale in some places but others not so much. It was interesting to again go to some different places and hear some of Karl’s extensive knowledge.

The Building Centre showed scale in different ways; the scale of the city and the scale of the projects to come. There are so many plans and very extensive ones.




These were in the Building Centre. They are a great way for people to have there opinion and leave comments. I really like the idea of getting people involved and letting them have their stamp on the work and exhibition:


St Pancreas:


Happily Ever After

May 25, 2009

We had to all go on one design visit and my design visit was to Happily Ever After.

I had such a great time here and really loved the company, well it is made up of two women; Sara and Leah. They are just interested in being happy and working for clients who they want. This is why they do alot of work in education, arts and community.

We got to see some great work and also hear and see how they produced these pieces of work, which it is always most beneficial to see the whole process. It is really inspiring to see the company and its work that just the two of them have created!

Again from this I felt really inspired to bring people into my project and get them involved. Maybe by getting them to write an opinion down, to ask them questions or to take my work out onto the street. Such nice people and such a great visit!

Flickr and Group Blog

May 25, 2009

There are alot more pictures from Joe and Jimmy’s workshop on my newly made Flickr account.. IMG_3970mod




Also our tutors created a blog where we have been uploading pictures, videos, links, sounds and writing about the experiences:

ico Design

May 24, 2009

ico snogico work

Above is some of ico design’s work. There is such a range of work that they produce. They have a successful 12 year history! Creating work for clients in the arts, leisure, property, interior design and museum sector.

Below is their website if you would like to see more of their work:

Steve also showed us some of their research books which they show to clients. Inside will be pictures of drawings, experiements, computer work, ideas and people. A research book is what we will be creating after all of the workshops. We will be creating it about the workshops that we will have completed, showing pictures of our work, what we have learnt and develeopment work.

ico designs research books:



Seeing these books gave us more of an idea and insight into how ours could look. It obviously has to have a great finish but the work inside can be of rough sketches and ideas we have created, it is more about showing the development of idea processes.

Steve Lloyd

May 24, 2009

My first workshop was with Steve Lloyd from ICO Design and I actually did another one with him 2 weeks later. The workshops were called Further than the Fimiliar and Assimilation and Organisation. The main aspect I felt I took from the workshops was a widening of ideas and some great idea generation. My mind opened so much more to new ideas and new places, I think I had restricted myself before. In the first workshop we created spider diagrams looking at the PEOPLE of London, the PLACES of London and the EVENTS in London and discovered……. there are soooo many!! I wouldn’t have thought of focusing and beginning my idea generation like this but it is such a great way as you end up with so many possibilities to look into and work with.

Spider Diagrams about London


We also got to look at some of the work that ICO have produced but not only the end result but the processes behind it. This was the most beneficial part. I liked how they actually went out there and interviewed kids to find out what they actually liked about the Science museum, as ICO were going to be creating an exhibition there.

Overall I no it was not only me that felt inspired but alot of fellow students felt Steve had really helped in their ideas generation. I have taken from these workshops the motivation to just get out there into London and keep developing on your work everytime you try something; interview people, ask them random things and photograph them. Thanks for the workshops!

Final Major Project Intro

May 20, 2009

For my current project, on the FdA Design and Graphic Communication course, we are looking at London. During the Easter I collected lots of leaflets, booklets, postcards, tickets, newspaper articles and information about London for a starter. This has now developed into us taking part in a minimum of 12 workshops at University.

These workshops get us working with layouts, type and planning, as well as looking at London through different eyes, scale and new places etc. Alot of the workshops have been really helpful and have helped me to develop ideas for the research book and final graphic outcome that we will be creating. I just want to show and talk about some of the workshops that I have taken part in.