Archive for March, 2010

VCT seminar: Fonts

March 31, 2010

In this seminar we were mainly talking about the research process of an essay. Here are some points:

  • Focus on an aspect, e.g type as digital
  • Research is messy
  • Postscript- font files have different information. The computer screen shows you one form but when you send it to print it gives you another font file.
  • Opentype- this can accomodate 94,140 characters enough for any world language. Opentype system developed to reconcile the differences between Post Script and True Type.
  • When you are designing a font, one of the first things you would think about is where you are designing the font for and why.
  • For part of the research you could look at the bibliography of different related books first to see what different sources that author/designer etc. has used to create their book.

Some books, websites and typographers:

  • Type and Typography- Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam
  • FontLab
  • designers, fonts, font inspiration
  • Matthew Carter- was taking old fonts and digitilsing them. He takes the past fonts as inspiration and develops them.
  • Carol Twombly
  • Shire typefaces (Jeremy Tankard)- 6 different fonts that you can use together. You can take different letters from the different fonts and use them together.
  • fonts, art and design, essays etc.
  • Handmade Digitial- e.g Barry Deck, Jeff Keedy and Ed Fella.
  • Zuzana Licko-  Lo-Res font, appears on till shopping screens and receipts. It is probably one of the most seen fonts.
  • Other website resources: Atypi and Linotype

Some of my VCT poster notes

March 30, 2010

VCT seminar: Posters

March 30, 2010

Is the poster alive today or is it dead?

This was a very interesting seminar, with alot of great points to think about and some great work that was made reference too.

Below are some of the posters that we were referring to in the seminar:

Uncle Sam, James Montgomery Flagg, 1917

  • Uses the colours of the American flag
  • Directly at YOU: eye contact, pointing and the word YOU
  • Symbolic, mythical character (but is a real person in the army) American Patrionism

Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, El Lissitzky, 1919

  • There was a massive amount of illiterate people in Russia at this time, so the poster is trying to easily communicate to them also.
  • They contacted them through mass printed images, mass reproduced very cheaply.
  • The reds (communism) piercing the whites (the Tsar)

Fuck the Draft, Dirty Linen Corporation, NY, late 60s

  • Mass reproduction of images
  • Anti war imagery, anti Governement. Posters produced by ‘the people’.
  • Upfront, every day peoples language, uses visual imagery of the everyday.
  • Poster making was really excessible and cheap, plus you could walk around the streets and post them up.
  • There is an immediacy to the whole thing (speed, printed, streets, cheap) 


End Bad Breath, Seymour Chwast, USA

  • Iconic posters retained in your memory
  • Vernacular imagery of screen printing

From the seminar… In an Internet era of ambient, distributed and virtual media the humble poster’s efficancy has been called into question. Instead of now having to paste up the posters, it is much easier to just upload onto the digital screen. Once the technology is there, you can’t stop it.

For me I do not believe that the poster is dead. A poster can be conceived in many different formats and even if we are just looking at the poster in the printed form, I still do not believe it is dead. Think of the posters we see around us all the time, that catch our eye on the tube or walking along the street, to me, these still do definitely make an impact. However it is just that nowadays the poster is devloping into different areas, think for example the moving image poster that you see as you are on the tube escalator. Yet it is true that nowadays there may be other formats that can reach a wider audience, such as a website which can reach globally. Yet if you think about it you can upload/scan posters and show them on websites, therefore reaching the same global audience. There are definitely many points and arguements that can be addressed when considering if the poster is dead.

Another subject we talked about was the Sheoard Fairey poster ‘Hope’ that he created of Obama. Fairey created it just for an image for the street but it was picked up to be used for the election. It gave people new optimism. So I tried my own version:

You can try it too at, the link is below…


Links from the seminar:

VCT essay

March 29, 2010

About the brief:

As part of the Final Major project we have to complete an essay about our chosen format, exploring examples of historical and contemporary design practice that have had an influence and impact on our own world.

  • The aim of the supporting VCT essay is to consider how our Major Project is framed and informed by our research.
  • We must consider the history of the format, contemporary practice in this area and potential future developments.
  • Our essays will additionally be included in our final year exhibition in either print of web-based format.


We will have a series of VCT seminars which will help support the creation of our essay. They are intended to be a guide for us in our approaches to researching.

The Big Final Major Project

March 28, 2010

The brief (shortened)

Project title: Final Major Project: Formats

Start date: 19th April 2010

Summative deadline: 1st of June 2010

Project overview

To choose a format from the list to work with:

Posters/Folding Broadsheets, Books, Websites/Screen Based Design, Maps, Font, Printed Matter (stationery, leaflets…), Magazines.

Project Rationale

To produce a piece of graphic design and supporting research document that shows off the potential of our chosen format and our creativity and skills as a designer. We are not to just simply produce a piece of graphic design in our chosen format.


Visually communicate how creative and innovative we can be with our chosen format. How the format can be used and applied in new ways and showing off a range of appropriate skills and processes to achieve this.


To be something about the format itself, historical facts of technical information for example. To be interesting to the target audience and be based on our research into our chosen format.


Me, myself and I

Target Audience

The design industry and people attending our end of year show. Also people we will be showing our portfolio to in the future.

The Goal

To highlight our creative thinking, research skills, and practical ability by showing the design world how the format can be used, applied, manipulated and pushed in ways never thought of or seen before.


  • Secondary research
  • To be resourceful, innovative, experimental and inquistive throughout the project.
  • To make use of the Universities resources To explore our format and related techniques and processes as effectively as possible.
  • To produce an outstanding body of research and final outcome.
  • To experiment with materials and media.

We are also to submit a 15-20 page PDF or printed and bound research book that shows and tells the story of the development of our project. The main points are:

  • Analysis, questioning and personal interpretation of the brief.
  • Secondary research about the chosen format.
  • Analysis anbd evaluation of these resources.
  • A range of research methods.
  • Reflection on our working process.
  • Technical competence and application of practical skills.
  • A clear narrative.

Some key words/phrases I have picked out:

examine, push the limits, format, skills, creativity, potential, design, process, research, experimentation, analysis, evaluation, techniques, innovative, experimental, wow

Munch and twigs final pieces (from sketchbook)

March 27, 2010

 We handed in our final pieces and research on the 16th of March for assessment. Rachel took all our printed work and we also sent her the jpeg versions, so these are just a few pics from my sketch book of the final work for now…

Above was my favourite game board. I think it was because of the colourful, bright friendly squares of colour and images. Yet all around the edge of the colourful squares, the design is quite clean and simple. Also there wasn’t the need for a lot of type, so there was easily enough clear space for the needed sewn type.

I created 6 final pieces in total, so 6 board games. Rachel seemed to really like them but her main criticism was the screen printed, stencil like type that I used on 2 of the games (luckily only 2!!!!). I was worried at the time that Rachel wouldn’t like but it is best to experiment and it is also extremley difficult to sew small font, especially in some of the really confined spaces I had to work in. However I will sew this type on a seperate piece of canvas and scan it in to change on the 2 games in the near future.

I created 3 finger puppets for the project. I wanted to try my own ones from being inspired by Soju’s finger puppets that I saw in the Okido Pop-up shop. 2 of them are felt the other one is screen printed.

Home-Start Leaflets

March 26, 2010

Below are images of the two leaflets I handed in at the end of the Home-Start Camden charity project for the final pieces. I need to take some better pictures of alot of my work. 

Leaflet one, info on the charity, volunteering and donating:


The idea is that the way you open the leaflet creates surprise as you don’t know what is to come on the next page, which all helps in keeping the readers attention. Also it is a fun and different way of unfolding a leaflet to most of the folds used. Seeing little bits of the heart also allows it slowly to be revealed, yet connects all of the pages together.

Second leaflet, for gift aid, donating and a little info about the charity:

Since then I have seen Philippa who has given me advice on how I can tweek and improve certain bits of the leaflet, as Home-Start Camden are interested in actually using my leaflets which is great news. Therefore I have been playing around with the designs, tweaking bits here and there. Also I have been trying to sort out a price with a printers.

Experimenting with improvements:

I have changed some of the sizes of the type on both leaflets, am palying around with the layout for the front of the A5 leaflet and trying different illustrations for the front of the larger leaflet.

Some fellow students final work

March 20, 2010

 A few pictures of peoples final work for the Okido project brief. We had to create either a game or story to feature on an Okido magazine page.

I love the work above, it is so intricate and beautifully done. It is definitely very visually interesting both for adults and children.

This is Kates work below where you had to find the body noises:

Below is Andys work. Also really love his work, it has such a great look and style to it. He firstly hand drew the images and then scanned them and over drew them in Illustrator, which he said took a very long time! Then he modified them in Photoshop, adding colour etc. The kind of dirty, old brown paper look he created by scanning in some old paper, layering it in Photoshop then bringing down the opacity of his images so you could see some of the paper. I thought this was such a great ideas!

the balloon is so cute!

Izzys work:

Jamie Rostants work, Breakfast time!:

I will upload some pics of my final work soon….

It was great seeing everyones work at the end of the project as we have seen it progress and then to actually see the final piece is great too, so we can see the whole development of the work. I think seeing your fellow students work is definitely one of the most inpirational things for our own work and it is great as we can all talk about it and share how we created the work. There was definitely some great work produced and some great ideas.

Screen printing: round 2

March 19, 2010

 Here are some pictures of me screen printing the different characters, objects and writing to appear on the different game boards. All of them were printed with hand made stencils.

Creating the game boards

March 17, 2010

 Here are a few pictures of the creation of the sewing part of the game boards. In total I created 6 boards all hand sewn and then screen printed different parts to feature on the games.

We had to create the page to 20x20cm to fit on an Okido magazine page. So I cut the canvas just a little bigger than this just for the edges and I ironed all of the pieces of canvas before starting to sew.

The hardest part was sewing some of the smaller writing that had to go in the shapes or in small spaces. It was very difficult to get it small but to still look clear.

I also created a few finger puppets. More pictures of these to come later…