Archive for October, 2009

Some brief CV information

October 26, 2009

Name: Emma Wilson

Date of Birth: 11/07/1989



2008-2010 London College of Communication. Course; FdA Design for Graphic Communication. (2010-2011 wish to carry on to the BA course)

2007-2008 Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication. Course; Foundation Diploma

2005-2007 Coopers Technology College. Course; Sixth Form. Grades; three A levels and one AS Level. Product Design A; History C; ICT D; General Studies (AS Level) C

Work Experience

01/2009 Chesapeake Printer, Nottingham

06/2005 Pearl Fisher, London

10/2003 Sainsbury’s Graphic Design head office, London

Here I did a lot of work with POS displays and some of the works that I produced for these displays were featured in a number of their stores.

Voluntary Work Photographer; contributing photos to Flickr where they can then be selected for use by the charity Youth Net.

A number of my photos have been used on website now and also in the newsletter that they send out regulary. I also won photographer of the month in January.

From my own Flickr site one of my photos has been used on the website Schmap London and another for The Barbican Group.


I was a runner up in a blog writing competition for ECCA London. I will be writing two blog posts that will feature on ECCA London’s website, the first one will be published in March.

Software Skills

Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and In Design. Have also previously used Flash and Fireworks.


Catherine Smith;


Graphic Design Portfolio

October 26, 2009




Two photographs from a group project where we were given a random piece of text which we then graphically represented with an installation.



Two pieces from a summer project before starting this course in 2008. The project was called ‘Me Map’ and the top collage represents a map of my future life and the bottom one shows a map of my life in the past.




The two pieces at the top are part of my research towards this Graphic Design Manifesto project and above is my own final manifesto.



Two of a series of six pieces from another summer project completed before starting my current course in 2008. I asked a number of people 6 questions about design and then responded to these graphically.



Above are images of my Fundamentals Journal, which was a reflection on a number of workshops that we completed at the beginning of the course.



Above are two collages I created when thinking of ideas and styles for the Fundamentals Journal. The top one is a retro style and the bottom an industrial style.






I took my Final Major Project out onto the streets of London to find out the publics opinion on ‘what they love about London’.



These two posters above are the responses from the public showing what they love about London.






As well as the work above we also had to create a Research Book for our Final Major Project. This was responding to a number of workshops we completed, developments from these workshops and our own work.

Love Kinetic Typography

October 16, 2009

My first workshop for this terms project involved kinetic typography. Firstly we looked at a few little clips that our tutor had already put onto our University website. I have put up a few below to share some of the ones we watched. I really loved them, there so creative and found the Technologic-Daft Punk one really amusing. Also I like the concept of creating them to parts from films and after the lesson, this is something that I would like to develop on. Definitely take a look, at least at one, I am sure you will love them too, if you haven’t seen them already.

Originally I didn’t really know about kinetic typography, obviously I had seen work involving it but was quite ignorant of the whole subject. In the workshop we started to create our own, using Flash, in response to 1 out of 3 speeches. I chose to create mine to Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. We didn’t have too long, so mine is only at the beginning of its creation at the moment. Even though I have used Flash before I still felt that I was learning and maybe re-learning in some cases and I still have alot to learn.

Later that evening I sat at my dads showing both him and my younger sister the kinetic typography clips that we had seen in class and they both really liked them, my dad loved them. So then we started to look at more on Youtube, until we had to eventually stop as it was about time that we went home. They kind of get addictive because you see a different movie title that you know and like, which then leads you on to wanting to see what has been created in response to that film.

After this I will be having more of a look on Youtube to find some more that I like to add onto here. Also it has left me thinking, what film excerpt should I attempt to create a little kinetic typography movie for in development for my current project..

An A to Z of Graphic Language

October 10, 2009

This is the title for our project for this 1st term. It involves making a 100 page PDF document, (kind of like a book) as it needs a cover, title page, contents etc. This term is covering Research Methods, Context and Ideas, as well as assessments for VCT and PPD, where the work for these will be included in our PDF document. So the PDF document will include; our studio, VCT and PPD workshops, the work we produce in response to them and it will be informed by our summer research project.

Our interests should show through in this project, so for me I think this will include a number of different things. Just because we are developing it as a PDF, we can create the foundations of it by hand. I want to try new things, develop on already used programs and techniques and definitely use alot of print.

For the alphabet we have to create 26 spreads on our PDF, each A to Z spread should feature one letter of the alphabet and say something visually interesting, entertaining and/or informative about our ideas and understanding about visual communication design. For example; ‘A is for Alphabet’ and feature a typeface we have designed.
Ok it might sound unusual or confusing at the moment. Theres alot more information on the brief but I don’t think you will want to see it all! Basically the tutors want to see clever thinking regarding what we pick for each letter of the alphabet.

Obviously I have been thinking about ideas… one idea was for the theme to be make-believe/fairy tale. I could encompass different designers, rules, tales etc. into the alphabet and create a kind of overall story. This will just be something that I will keep in mind but for now I want to see how all the workshops go. I am sure after this I will have more ideas and work to influence this process.

Pop Life: Tate Modern

October 9, 2009

Firstly, £11 (concession price) for an exhibition, quite a bit of money but willing to pay if theres a good varitey of work and alot to see and there was alot to see but I felt that some parts of the exhibition didn’t stand up to my previous expectations. Don’t get me wrong there was definitely some great work to see. The exhibition is all about the various ways the different artist’s that they show, have engaged with the mass media since the 1980’s and how they have created there own signature brand. 

Good points:

A mix of work from a number of leading and different designers/artists. I liked how they showed different aspects about the designers, for me this included Andy Warhol’s mix with celebrity’s, obsession with social interaction and the real extent of his involvement in being the actual face of many different advertisements and even his one-time guest appearance in the TV show Love Boat. Previously, involvement in mainstream popular culture was felt unfit for a serious artist. I hadn’t really known about this part of Andy Warhol’s career previously.

Some of the rooms gave a great atmosphere and had a great look to them. Like the re-make of the Pop shop. I loved the black and white patterning around the room and the music that was playing. The Pop Shop was created by New York artist Keith Haring and opened in 1986. He collaborated and became friends with Andy Warhol. Pop Shop was a fun boutique, where Haring’s work became accessible to everyone; clothing and gift items.



Personally I think that the Pop Shop in the tate exhibition, which was actually selling stuff, could have been a bit more interactive, with more products on offer.

There was alot of sexual content but the positive thing to this was that there were good explanations behind it all, which didn’t make it out of place, just interesting to read about. This included Jeff Koon’s work; Made in Heaven, where he actually photographed himself with a hungarian pornstar. The purpose of this work, I guess, was to gain wide recognition, which it successfully did and it swept him into tabloid fame. However, apart from this, the unusual part to this was that this sexual fantasy actually developed into a relationship and then into a marriage. I guess if you were just walking around looking at the images and a video (shock horror) that you would all think it was a bit strange but there is so much reasoning and interest lying behind the purpose of the work.

The identical twins for Damien Hirst’s work were there, which was exciting as I had never known that they were actually going to be there. They sit infront of two sets of his iconic spot paintings. I have watched the You tube video of the appeal for identical twins, which has helped me to understand more. Damien Hirst believes that twins are a crazy aboration, they are connected and make you look again. Sitting behind the twins are the two sets of spot images; random arrangements but the same dots, where from far away they look the same. I guess that both the twins and the art from a distant looks identical, from up close you start to see a few, maybe minor, differences.

The exhibition room for the rising stars in the New York art world in the 1990’s; Rob Pruitt and Jack Early, was another greatly designed room. It was covered in gold foil with some paint splashed onto it and with big wooden shapes showing different work. Again with music playing.

Below is a picture to show the shaping and style of part of the work in this particular room. The paint on the wood was much brighter however:


Plus there was definitely alot going on in the room displaying the work of Takashi Murakami. Something your never be ready for, a Japanese styled music film with Kirsten Dunst playing the lead role. This will definitely keep you entertained for a while. Murakami has worked with celebrities like Pharell Williams and Kayne West, designing jewellery and accessories.

Another artisit who some of his type work I really loved was the German artist Martin Kippenberger. I couldn’t find a picture of my favourite piece of his that I saw in the exhibition but it has definitely influenced me in his style of work and it is something that I still have in mind as inspiration for a part of my next Uni project. Below is another piece of work that I found on Google that I liked. The illustrative style of type, the different sizes and the different fills are all what appealed to me in this piece.


Bad points:

I thought there was going to alot more of Andy Warhol’s work, which I was previously excited about seeing.

There was a great mix of work but it all moved quite quickly, from artist to artist. It is hard to explain but I think it is best to say I didn’t feel that much of a flow through the exhibition.

I would have liked to have seen more of and a wider range of some of the artists work.

I loved the Pop Shop but I think that it could have been brought to life even more, with an even more enjoyable atmosphere and a bit more happening. I would have loved to have seen this shop when it was open.

There was only one piece of work by the artist Maurizo Cattelan, which didn’t really appeal to me. It was a stuffed, dead horse with a sign coming out from the middle of it. After finding out that the horse was actually real and going for a closer look you could still smell that animal type aroma coming from it, nice. I appreciate that Cattelan is part of a long tradition of artists who have made names for themselves by courting controversy but I would have liked to have known more about this actual piece; the ideas behind it and the reasoning. Maybe it is just confronting the theme of death and causing controversary but it isn’t really exciting and new. Maybe I would appreciate more the work if seeing it in a wider context and looking on the Internet I can see some more examples of work. Still not appealing to me that much but I will give it a chance by finding out more.

I think a good way to describe Maurizo Cattelan’s work, is where Damien Hirst said that theres alot of theatre in art,  you can clearly see this in Cattelan’s work. It is a personal theatre of the absurd. He provokes and challenges the limits of contemporary value systems through his use of both irony and humour. 

After the exhibition I read an awful review on the way home in the Metro. They gave it a sum up of 2 stars out of 5. They say how; “There are plenty of contenders for most depressing piece, but perhaps the prize should go to Murakami’s Hiropon, a wide-eyed girl in blue ponytails bursting out of her bikini top. Her huge nipples are spurting jets of curdling milk, which functions as a skipping rope.”

Personally I did think it was a bit weird but I mainly found it quite amusing and very unique.


The review then goes on to say;

“All these pieces make up an unweidly show- it’s too big, diffusing the focus of what is undoubtedly an interesting conceit.”

So as you can see not everyone loved the exhibition but atleast liked parts of it. I would say there was something about it that felt a bit disjointed but there is some good work to see, some unusual work to see and some great tales behind the work. I felt that I definitely learnt a think or to from the exhibition. It would be interesting to see what others thought..