Following on from a University project around Southville, I returned to the location along Beauley Road to hone my research. As the first day I went there I was distracted by rain and teammates and I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing.
My focus was “Visual Pollution” and this second trip I sought out broken things – cracks, missing tiles, broken cars…etc I found a wealth of all this, especially broken side mirrors on cars, as my location consisted of narrow roads with many cars parked on both sides of the road. This is my favourite photograph of the day – you can’t get more elements of visual pollution than that (unless there was a side mirror lying somewhere in the scene).
I am also planning to start some sort of record of the many many lists I write. I have always known I write lists to de-clutter my mind, but recently I have noticed myself writing an excessive number of lists. I personally find them interesting because they are supposed to help you get work done and sort things out, but for me I find them piling up to become another problem.
I’ll probably write a list of how I’m going to achieve this new project.
On Thursday I attended Sweet Talk 38 at the watershed in Bristol. The speakers included Andy Council, Maria Mochnacz, Gabriel Solomons & Ian Anderson. It was really eye opening to hear these people talk, and find that they are just normal people – with talent. I really enjoyed it and I hope there will be another one while I am in Bristol.
As for work, I’ve finally calmed down in my frantic-headless-chicken-type work style. I’ve spent my morning designing nice title pages for my module file. It isn’t the most important part of my work, but it keeps my mind focused when I don’t feel like embarking on a bigger project. So this is my title page for the project named “now form a band”, which consisted of us recording sounds over the summer and creating a sound piece from it.
Now to start rigorous practice of CSS, XHTML & layouts…
I’ve revamped the blog, green is the new blue. I like this cleaner feel to the blog, less melodramatic.
There is also another project I’ve been juggling around my head: to create an affordable student based “take away life drawing” pack. I have found that students often cannot make the life drawing sessions put out for us (on tuesdays – when I have class), or it just doesn’t work the way I want it to. Us graphic design students have this problem, as class is always on a Tuesday, and animation have this same problem.
So I’ve looked into producing packs of 20 photographs of models in either life drawing positions (for traditional life drawing) or action poses (more suited to animation). This could expand to hand & feet packs as well as ‘odd perspective’ photographs. It isn’t quite the same as life drawing but I think it’s definitely an improvement. It’ll be a minimal fee of £2 per set of 20 photos to practice drawing or actions.
I’ve asked tutors in uni and students, most students seem to think it’s a good idea. Not got a reply from tutors – hopefully they give it the go.
I’ve just rearranged my room and it is great. I realized that I had been swimming in my own pit of despair. Feeling a lot better.
It does seem a bit stupid. But I have made myself a few inspirational posters to keep reminding me of things I think are important. One particular quote struck me strong.
“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”
And that really gripped me. I always feel so swamped with work and that it is taking over everything I do. This quote reminded me, that I honestly wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I love design and advertising and everything that goes with it: really really hard work. Nothing else would suit me quite as well.
This module in university has really hammered that into me. While I am researching the industry I am really getting sucked into it, and loving it. I really do enjoy what I am pursuing. Which just makes everything worthwhile and better.
Saying that, I really want to redo the banner up top. Feels so emo at the moment.
Either way, have a look-see at some photos I took on a Helina Panorama Camera (film) for a uni assignment. Was great fun and I am definitely going to explore much more with this camera. Once I get film.
It’s been a long long time since I have posted anything on here. It has been a rough summer and the start of the second year at University has not been soft. I am already backlogged and going slightly mad; but nevermind.
I have finally officially picked my avenue in Graphic Design that I want to take: Advertising. I’m not 100% sure why, but I just know I’ll love it. The competitiveness, the psychological side to it… I find it the essence of Graphic Design. A design that I can measure. I am big on Numbers and Stats. Being able to know that a design did something: raise awareness, raise sales/revenue… etc
While going through many interesting and inspiring firms and their work. I came across these two Videos which are pretty amazing. Not much to do with advertising. But fun and interesting none the less.
Maybe I should make a scheduled update every week or something? Adding posts whenever I feel like it seems really unorganized and I’m a bit of an organization freak.
Good new : I just got my grades for my second term of the First year. I got a 2.1 for both modules. It was irritating for me because I was 2 & 4 marks away from a 1st. However, I am very pleased with my grade. My work is being kept back to show some external examiners/people outside of the university because my module file was so well done. See what I mean by I am an organization freak. Nice compliment though.
We also got given our summer assignments, which consists of research of the current Design industry in a field you are interested in, and writing a positioning letter. Also to create a piece of music which embodies our summer, as well as buying and reading and quoting a book. It sounds very exciting. I’ve already started the industry research. I’m planning to look into the Advertising side of Graphic Design. I’m hugely interested in that side of things. I find it very rewarding, I don’t like working without a goal or a countable reward. I find it difficult to work just for the sake of working or my own pleasure.
Anyways, I’m going to enjoy the summer. Here are a couple photos from a recent gig I went to, a friend was playing. Very nice music!