Posts Tagged ‘Graphic Design’

Some of my more recent work

July 5, 2012

Please click on the link below to view some of the work that I completed from my time spent at the London College of Communication, until I graduated last summer.  I hope you enjoy 🙂

Design Portfolio


Behance Network and Friends of the Earth

May 3, 2010

Some kool research from Kate Slaney’s blog:

Click on the poster above for a link to the website.

These posters appeal to me through the use of different materials. I enjoy the play with surfaces, textures and materials.

Another nice post:

I like how the poster transforms and changes over time. This poster reminds me of other posters, such as Stefan Sagmeister’s billboard poster where the typography fades away in the sunlight, transforming the poster. The change over time from these posters and how the 2D poster seems to grow and transform on its own, is what I enjoy from these type of posters and how people may view different stages of the posters transformation, therefore taking away a different opinion or memory from it.

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Irma Boom

April 28, 2010

I first heard the name Irma Boom when reading Experimental Formats and Packaging, just last week. The name was then mentioned again in one of the groups presentations on Monday, when they were sharing some of there resources so I decided to conduct more research on Irma Boom.

Irma Boom is an Amsterdam based graphic designer specialising in book making. ‘With her use of unfamiliar formats, materials, colors, structures, and typography she makes the book into a visual and haptic experience.’

Above is the first book that I saw of Irma Boom’s in the Experimental Formats and Packaging book. The book took five years of her life to create and in this time she even invented her own paper for the project. The book contains found images and text but no page numbers or index.

“It started out as a dream project,” Boom said, “but became a nightmare, because of the time.”

“booms designs always bring a lot more than just reading pleasure, they are a feast for the eyes and works of art in their own right. Boom designs more than 50 books each year, her first steps are to decide on the size form and weight of the book.”

A quick, emphasis on the quick, look into a number of Irma Boom’s books. It would have been nice to have seen some of the clips where book pages are unfolded, a bit slower, so we can really see what is happening:

The AV Studio

April 19, 2010

I found this very interesting article on Creative Review while researching last week. The AV studio show is a collaboration between 14 designers.

‘The students have taken over an old audio visual shop in Bath, creating work in response to objects that might have been sold there when it was open.’

‘To promote the show each of the 14 designers involved created a custom letterform that could be read as an A or a V depending on its orientation. The UWE designers’ letters are in red and Bath’s in yellow. The letters were then screenprinted onto A (or V)-shaped paper with the details of the show, so that the posters could provide 49 different combinations when paired together to create an AV in normal poster format.’

I have just picked a few things from the article but have chosen to show these invites as I love how again the design can change and how different pieces of artwork can be created. Also I like the selected colour pallette, as the red and yellow really compliment each other. It makes it much more interesting not just having the same invite given to everyone and you can see the range of them together here:

A gaming competition was even being held, with the prize being a selection of limited edition screen prints:

I like the work below as it relates to the projection idea that I had for the book.

Luke Archer and Jack Maxwell presented a carousel of over 200 miscellaneous 35mm slides which were edited, sorted and reissued as Rotary, a projected magazine.’

I like the open format of the piece below.

James McCann created an eight-page silkscreen publication called Gulliver’s Travels which was based on an old 8mm film reel he bought. The piece is a visual journey exploring the four voyages of Gulliver in the story by Jonathan Swift.’

Below is my favourite piece, relating to the smart inks that I have been looking at. I love the concept of everyone making their own artwork, with it then fading to allow rom for someone elses creativity. Its this constant movement and change and how everyone will view the artwork differently.

Robin Cox‘s piece, Dusk Till Dawn is a pair of light sensitive silkscreen canvases. A UV torch was supplied with the poster so that people could create their own artwork that would slowly fade. Here Ollie Kay, another Monograph contributor, is seen tracing his hand.’

Stefan Sagmeister

April 19, 2010

Just the other day I rented from the Universities library two of Stefan Sagmeisters books; Things I Have Learned and Sagemeister- Made You Look. Not only do both of the books involve very interesting information, stories and recounts of different projects but the formats for both of the books are extroadinarily unique and very interesting.

This book is Sagmeister- Made You Look

You can see that as the book is removed from the casing, the image of the dog transforms. The tinted red box doubles as a red filter, so we only see the full effects of the whole image as it is brought out from under the red casing. Also you can only see the writing on the side of the book at a certain angle. I like how the writing on the side also overlaps onto all of the pages in the book.

The second book, Things I Have Learned, again involed a unique format. The book casing has a unique cutting to it around the image of the face but even more unique is that inside the book casing there is not just one book, but a number of smaller books. Adding to the design aesthetic is how the book cover/casing can constantly change by altering the order of the different smaller books. Placing each of the different mini books behind the stencil on the book cover, each time, allows the cover to gain a different look and style to it, filling the stencilled face with different colours and patterns.

Some of Stefan Sagmeisters work that really appealed to me in connection to the research for my Final Major Project:

This first project was a collaboration with Ralph Ammer. To begin with I was very intrigued by just the still images of the spider web, before then reading about the project finding out the full extent of it. The digitally woven web sees the viewer as they pass it, resulting in the viewer ripping the web wherever his or her reflection touches it. Everytime, exactly how a spider would, the web reconstructs itself.–PIzSuOv8

I love the hand made elements, the play with materials and the evolving changes to many of the designs that Stefan Sagmeister creates. This is an example of one of them:

For a full week, stencils and plants were laid out on newsprint and were exposed to the sun, in the end the areas underneath these objects turned white, while the surrounding area turned yellow. After this the newsprint was shipped to Lisbon where it was then put up onto a billboard in a sunny spot. Within a week the typography had slowly faded away.

This is what I love; the change to the design and how the artwork evolves. Viewers will take away different things from the design depending on what stage they see it, or if they have been lucky enough to have witnessed the slow fading throughout the week.

This is Stefan Sagmeister’s business card:

As you pull the card from the casing it reveals the simple trickery of the writing having been covered up. The deception is simple through the eye becoming distracted from the movement.

Another nice business card, this time Sagmeister designed it for Anni Kuan. Again it is just a simple technique, yet it makes the card so interesting and unique. The name is revealed until the card is closed and only when it is closed. These elements may be what keep potential clients from throwing the cards away, as they probably stand out from alot of others.

A very different poster:

Hand-made, body carved poster! What more could you really do to intrigue viewers and to create something unique. It involved 8 hours of cutting! A studio intern ended up doing the cutting into sagmeisters body, I bet he wouldn’t forget that design experience for a while!

Packaging work for Mountains of Madness:

CD packaging with the same technique as the cover for the Made You Look book. Stefan Sagmeister:

“The little plastic jewelcase not only had potential for exploring surprises, it offered the interplay of moving surfaces and materials.”

I picked this quote out as this is also what I enjoy and like; the play and exploration of materials and interplay.

FingerPrint by Chen Design Associates

April 17, 2010

 FingerPrint; The Art of Using Handmade elements in Graphic Design. So as you can guess this book is right up my street. I scanned just a few pieces of work from it that I feel relate to the project and to my research.

The book is really helpful as it tells you the materials and the processes used for the different pieces of work, which to me I feel is one of the most useful things to be shared with viewers. This way we do not have to be left in wonderment on how the hell the different designer actually created the different designs. Also I want to use a range of processes and materials for my own work, so it is great to have all these different examples to relate to and be able to see what you can actually produce using the different materials and processes.

Meat Club Cookbook. It relates to my research as I am not only going to create a book but one of the ideas for a book is for it to be a craft book (this idea was inspired by Darren). So the work is in relation to a craft book by the sewing created on the front cover. All of the artwork for the book was created on fabric and then scanned directly onto a flatbed scanner. I like this style as I like the different look and the great textures created by he fabric, this is like my Okido work where I did all of the gameboards and childrens book on material.

Luanne Martineau Catalog. Again I like the material element to this catalog. The knitted wrap around the outside relates to the artists style or work, which involve hand-labor-intensive works.

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. Kevin Carroll uses letterpress and lithography to create a book full of texture and natural materials.

Reduce Waste book. The pages of this book were printed on one thousand posters that were undistributed due to poor timing. They worked with existing materials to extend their life cycle. Here I like the recycled element to the book and how materials have been re-used instend of wasted.

The Bridge Fund Annual Report. A first look the book seems to be a simple two colour text narrative but once you tear the perforated signatures, it reveals beautiful four colour imagery of the people, places and results of The Bridge Fund’s work. I love this factor of revealing a surprise in the design, it creates a lot of interest and awe.

Just because I have chosen to show these pieces of work, it doesn’t mean to say that the others are not of interest, use, or inspiring to me, they definitely are. I will be relating back to them later in the project as my ideas develop more and the project moves on to the next phase but at the moment we are just gathering the research, so a final topic has not been decided.

NZ Book Council

April 15, 2010

I saw this video a while ago through Creative Review and as I am looking into books and pushing the boundaries of books I have added it to my research. It is so beautiful and intricately created, you can imagine how much time it took to create the video.  

Animated Optical Illusions book

April 12, 2010

Its great finding and looking at  all of these different techniques that can potentially be created for use in a book or if not are just brilliant sources of inspiration. I need to generate lots and lots of different initial ideas to really get my project going, so all this research I have been doing is coming in much use in my ideas generation.

The Victoria and Albert Museum: Decode

April 10, 2010

 Decode is a collaboration between the V&A and onedotzero.

“Digitial technologies are providing new tools for artists and designers.”

“Many of the exhibits here defy traditional design categories. They blur the boundaries between practices, between programming and performance, creator and participant.” 

The exhibition looks at three main themes; Code, Interactivity and Network.

Decode was most definitely a very inspirational and interesting exhibition. There were so many amazing things to see, were you literally were like ‘WOW’ to some of the different pieces. I think the exhibition appealed to many different people, as there were not just designers enjoying it but families as well.

I think if I had to pick one piece to be my favourite it would be the VideoGrid. The VideoGrid was a great interaction design piece, which was very fun and kept everyone very entertained. It was great as we were making our own artwork and our own videos, so the design was constantly changing. I think the beauty of it is the constant change. There were so many other amazing pieces too though.

It was a great exhibition to see and where we are looking to push the boundaries of our formats, this exhibition is pushing the boundaries of the traditional design categories and between programming and performance, among others. I was thinking about creating my final piece to possibly be interactive so obviously this was another great reason for having seen this brilliant exhibition.

Augmented Reality

April 9, 2010

Continuous research into books, I began this time looking at interactive books which then brought me to augmented reality books. Great designs, pushing the boundaries of the traditional book by far.

To find out more about augmented reality there is a nice article on the website below.