Archive for the ‘A to Z of Graphic Language’ Category

Summary of the A-Z project

January 27, 2010

After writing about it, posting pictures and various updates for a while now, our A-Z Graphic Language Project is now over! I still can’t believe that its over, I think I have become so used to working on various aspects of it and constantly having it in the back of your mind that you have to do this for it or do that for it. We handed in the final PDF yesterday. I think many students had very little sleep, if any at all.

Previously I new that I was interested in hand-made designing but this project has really enabled me to discover that this is the type of design I enjoy the most and if lucky enough would love to be able to do in a future job maybe.

Regularily looking at different design websites, magazines, books and random blogs is such a great way to develop a project and to keep your mind flowing with ideas. It helped me progress my project by giving me new ideas of design techniques that I could incorporate into the project.

The project has also helped me improve my blog, as I have been creating much more regular posts and sharing much more of the whole process. Also one of my posts showing different design techniques made it onto the homepage of WordPress, so this was a wonderful achievement and something that gave me more confidence in my blog.

I new that layouts were something that I definitely needed too improve on and from my first draft of my A-Z I think there definitely was some improvement but I know that I have a long way to go. Practising layouts and looking at different sources for inspiration is something that U will continue to do, so hopefully I can imrpove on them much more.

I enjoyed the fact that we could bring alot of our own work into the project and show work thats reflects us. Some pieces I know now that I would have liked to have done differently but this will now provide me with a solid basis to work on and use as ideas and inspiration for future work. I also wish that I had included even more of the research and work that I created along the way into the PDF.

However I feel that this project has been a great learning curve and something that I will really take with me into the future as being a great experience. I know for next time what ideas I may want to develop on and what I would improve for next time.


Creating and developing A-Z pieces

January 24, 2010


More Inspiration for layouts

January 20, 2010

I am just trying to find more layouts that can inspire me. I really do want to improve my layout ability, by creating more energy and interest. I am just worried because I have so many pages to work on… 100 pages to be exact and I want to try to give each one an interesting layout. I have been looking alot at childrens book layouts, taking on advice from Philipa to look at childrens books like the ones in the Tate as they have some fun, beautiful layouts. Looking at the layouts of childrens books will provide me with some fun, playful layouts, which will work well with the fairy tale theme of my A-Z project.  A few of the pictures below are from books on the Tates website.



New Inspiration

January 20, 2010

I saw this work probably just over a month back and absolutely fell in love with it. The work is by Rob Ryan and it appeals to me so much because the stencils are created by hand. They are so detailed and well crafted and then the final presentation is what finishes it off.  He uses the same type of white paper in each of his pieces (it’s a thin, smooth, large-format Bible stock) and colours each one using spray paint. For my A-Z project I have already created a stencil of a wolf in the forest, where I then spray painted the white paper black, this was before I even saw this work.  There are already pictures of this spray paint work up on a previous post for the A-Z project. I am going to try, hopefully if I have enough time, to create my own delicate stencil but that may be easier typing it than doing it in real life.

Brighten the Corners has published a set of three posters, created from 10 years worth of incoming messages to the studio. The posters don’t just show off the positive messages but the angry and the dull ones as well. I have written about this work as a contemporary example in my VCT essay of using the vernacular.

To coincide with this idea I am going to create another piece for my A-Z using found type from a real life fairy tale story. Instead of it looking like these posters, I am thinking of using illustrated type and then either to create an illustration to go alongside this or to create the type to end up looking like the shape of a castle when it is all laid together.

Below are beautiful illustrations by Maija Louekari. She uses varied media to create her artwork. I found the ones below from the website:

and these ones from her website:

From the Inspiration lab:

The deadline for this A-Z PDF project is close upon us!

Looking at Layouts

December 22, 2009

Some beautiful layouts

All of the layouts I found on

They are by London based design studio Ah.

The two layouts above by

I like the illstrated layouts because they have this great style and feel to them. They use the space in all different ways. The colourful layouts really catch your eye and give the spreads great energy. The two last spreads I put in as they are using the letters of the alphabet as a spread, just like my current project.

Different PDF spread layouts

December 21, 2009

These are some of my layouts I tried before the hand in of the draft PDF. Now I will be putting more energy and life into these spreads, to keep an interesting and good pace when viewing the PDF.

(Photo quality is quite bad)

Steves layout drawing

Now I will be looking at different spreads, that have more variation and energy, so that I can get some more inspiration for my own spreads, to improve them.

More work and experiments

December 19, 2009

Work and experiments

December 17, 2009

Pieces of work and experiments for the different spreads of the alphabet. Some I will be using for the actual PDF and some I will just show as experimentation and development work if I decide not to use it. Creating all these different pieces helps you to develop though, as you can see what works and it helps you to create new ideas.

Tutorial for Draft PDF

December 9, 2009

I had my tutorial on Monday where we showed a draft of our A-Z of Graphic Language PDF. I was really nervous before as you just hope that the tutors like what you are doing and think your doing well. My tutorial was with Darren and Philipa, who I hadn’t shown my work to yet.

The tutorial went well though and it was much more laid back than I thought it was going to be, as we just went around looking at other work individually and then the tutors looked at it a bit more while we went out of the room to fill in a questionnaire.

The main point of the tutorial seemed like an analysis of where we are and what we have been doing, viewing others work, sharing opinions and giving each other feedback and generally on just where we should go from this point to develop it. So overall I found it very helpful.

I new I had to improve my layouts which is one of the main feedback points that I got from the tutorial. I had miss interpreted the meaning of consistency, I thought this meant keeping everything consitent in the layouts but it means more to keep 1 thing in the same place and maybe have the same sized column bars but move them around the page and make the pages more varied with more energy.

Other points:

  • layouts-more asymmetrical and dynamic
  • Type-look at more big letters and smaller captions.
  • Look at reducing the script font use, its good on the huge capitals. Look at Vaughan Oliver’s book Viseral Pleasures for good use of decorative type
  • Not enough pace and change
  • Look at Children’s books, good ones at the Tate Modern
  • However really nice ideas and images, keep going

So now I really feel excited to have more direction in which to take my ideas and progress with the PDF. I will look into different layouts, typography, continuing creating new ideas and finishing off the pieces for my PDF.

Paper folding Inspiration

December 4, 2009

I have been influenced by many different designers and just other peoples work through the project, which has then help me develop ideas and concepts.

I was going to develop part of a workshop I did with David, with our shoe box collection, by creating a screen print of one of our line drawings. Then I remembered a piece of work I had seen by Helen Musselwhite, created by paper folding.

I had seen it in Creative Review and had also read a bit about how paper folding has become popular. So instead of creating a screen print for this certain piece, I decided to try a bit of paper folding.

Then funny enough just a day or two later I read some more about paper folding in the current issue of CR and there was some beautiful work!

Created for the front cover of Form magazine.

For fashion brand Hermes.

For Starbucks ad.

The three above are by Yulia Brodskaya, a Russian born illustrator. They are so intricate and beautiful. I love it because it is a bit more unusual and still looks so well finished. I definitely want to create another piece using paper folding, with more of this kind of style, for my project. I have a few more letters free to create designs for.

Below Jeff Nishinaka. Paper sculptor, who has been working with the material for many years. Most of his work he creates is in pristine white.