Friday, 19 February 2010

Hyoun Youl Joe

students at Yale unjiversity was asked to design a machine that could create a series of posters. The only parameter was that every poster would be different but produced with the same principles. In other words, students would determine the input, and the machine would create the output. Here you can see Hyoun's idea. I think its fantastic. I really like how every poster will be unique. I love the freedom of the concept and I think the outcome is brilliant. I really like the contrast of the think bold marks against the faint scribbles as when the marker would be slowing down back to its position.

check out the video

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

cool clocks

you'll never be bored of looking at the time with this beauty.
Designed for clock manufacturer Nextime, the “Insert” by designer Leo Yiu is a simple, but at the same time unique, wall clock, which is sliced from one side to create a flat edge for mounting in a way as if inserted in the wall. Protruding at an angle from the wall it’s mounted on, the clock by the Hong Kong-based designer alters the viewing angle to present “a simple idea to change the way we see the clock.”

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Bridget Riley

Ive always been fascinated with visual effects and I am intrigued with Bridget Rileys take on it too.
 " The eye can travel The eye can travel over the surface in a way parallel to the way it moves over nature. It should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift. One moment, there will be nothing to look at and the next second the canvas seems to refill, to be crowded with visual events,"

She first became famous in the 1960's for her distinctive, optically vibrant paintings, called "opt art". Her work appears to flicker, pulsate and move, encouraging the viewers visual tension.

Her subject matter is restricted to a simple vocabulary of colours and abstract shapes. The effect is to generate sensations of movement, light and space.


Amnesty International require a strong conceptual campaign and image for its continued promotion of free speech aimed at any country generally within the United Nations who censor free speech. This campaign aims to focus on the concept of human rights and FREEDOM. The brief ask us to produce an overall print campaign. A powerful memorable poster, lateral image and strap line with copy.


Amnesty International supports and protects those who speak up and express their opinios openly and freely around the world.
Freedom of expression has always been a core part of Amnesty International work and is closely linked to the right to hold opinions and the right to freedom of thought , conscience and religion.

I believe that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas without fear of interference.


There's no such thing as silence!!!!

I really like the idea of trying to capture the silence of an empty space. I stumbled across the realisation that there may not be silence, because there is always something going on.  My evaluation from trying to capture the silence of the field, is that I found that nature was creating its own artwork, from natural sources such as rain, wind, dust, dirt e.c.t.

To develop this further I wanted to take it into the city. How could the city create its own artwork? I chose to work with the phrase 'I AM THE CITY', which also works with my comparison to natue, 'I AM NATURE'. I really like these phrases as it tells the reader that its made by the city/nature.

I experimented by making a stencil of the phrase out of sticky adhesive plastic, and placing it on a wall outside.

I stuck the stencil onto the wall using double sided tape so the sticky surface was facing outwards so it would hopefully collect dust, e.c.t.
The results of this wasn't to great. Next time I will aim higher and possibly place it ontop of a high building. 

For my next experiment I again made a stencil of my phrase, but this time from card board. I then placed it Oxford road, as I know its busy.

It was really interesting to watch peoples responses when walking on or over the stencil. Some people didn't even notice it, and just walked over it which was good, and what I was hoping for.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

capturing silence

From my walks I began to think about how I would capture the silence of an empty space. I thought about how I could capture silence of the field. When I was thinking about emptiness, I thought about an empty page, a blank canvas. 

I placed pieces of blank A4 paper around the field. I was hoping to capture the silence of this space by using natural elements like the weather for example.

Below I have placed one next to some original graffiti, I feel that the combination between something that has purposely been put there, and something that's happened naturally will look interesting.


The pieces which I had put up on the trees and all fallen down........or had some one taken them down? As you can see the remainders are wet. The one on the wall has patches of wetness and also has collected some dirt.

silent walking

I have always been fascinated in the way our perceptions change, and what influences that change. Usually more days then not.... I walk around our local field as we have two dogs. Im quite lucky as my garden backs onto a field. I usually work walk the same route each day which takes about 30 mins. It became intriguing to see what changes each day. There are to schools very close to the field so you do get a lot of youth on it. I began to record various changes on my route each day. This contained the movement of object that had been dumped for example an old mattress and a broken lawn mower. The mattress was interesting to record as it left behind marks of dry, worn, bald patches of grass. So you able to trace its exact last place.

Iv also recorded all the different noises which I could hear when I was walking. I feel like there is almost never a silence because there is always something going on around us. 

I then developed this idea and compared the different noises I could hear in the city. I experimented by recording a 20 minute walk into Manchester using a Dictaphone.

I have come across Michel De Certeau, The practise of everyday life (walking in the city).
I did find this hard to read but managed to find some useful quotes.

"The act of walking is to the urban system what the speech act is to language or to the statements uttered".

"First, if it is true that a spatial order organozes an ensemble of possibilities (e.g by a place in which one can move) and interdictions (e.g. by a wall that prevents one from going further)      then the walker actualizes some of these possibilities. In that way, he makes them exist as well as emerge"


hmmmmm what are my responces to silence.......

body movement
physical contact
personal space
facial expresions

all of the above convey messages and reflect an element of intimacy or a feeling (or lack of) attraction. The exchange of messages primarily through non linguistic means, including body language, facial expressions and eye contact, tactile communication, space territory, environment and use of silence and time.

I believe silence is 'filling air time'.

Allowing silence in a conversation puts pressure on the other person. Silence can indicate hostility, and facial expressions during silence can indicate disagreement.

Rachel Whitread

This cast house by Rachel Whitread is a great example of capturing something that no longer exist.


Throughout the summer of 2009 I took a road trip starting from San Francisco and ending in Las Vegas . We drove through route 50 which is known as the 'loneliest highway' in the world. This was a long drive...literally through the dessert miles away from anywhere. So this is a great example of silence.

We came across this tree filled with hundreds of trainers. It was like some kind of unique landmark.

Whilst in San Francisco we visited Alcatraz. This is also silence to me because of its isolation from the outside by the cold, strong, hazardous currents of the waters of San Francisco's Bay.

Iv also visited Auschwitz in Krakow in summer 2008.
This place is breath taking in terms of sadness and loss, which again relates back to silence.

Dont Panic

My chosen competition brief was the D&AD Don't panic one. The brief was to create an image for Dont Panic that captures the theme of the Resistance.
Resistance is about going against the grain. Going left when everyone is going right. Resistance is radical for the short term, and revolutionary in the long.  The brief asks us to capture on paper the resistance to the politics of existence. The politics of existence is awareness of the identity of particular aspects of reality. We are also asked to consider sub-aspects of resistance - protection and armour (both physical and mental) aspects of survival, hardiness and determination.

I wanted to focus on making people raise there voice and encourage people to make a difference. 

brainstorm of my thoughts:

initial idea's:

I started to think about the way you feel when you make a difference.

  • excited
  • rewarded
  • happy
  • proud
  • confident
  • motivated
  • pleasure
  • satisfaction
  • dignity
  • heart warming
  • memorable
  • independent
  • worthy
  • fulfilling
  • worthwhile
  • enriching
  • beneficial
  • productive
  • positive
  • assured

I then began to think of ways which i could display the words in interesting ways.
I experimented by placing the words on balloons.

I also had the the idea of people carrying a different balloon each with a feeling on in picture of a busy city street.

Here I wrote the feelings on my friends chest:

Then I added the caption....'you can feel like this on the inside too'.

I really like this idea, but it need developing as it looks to much like Stefan Sagmiester poster for AIG, where he asked an assistant to carve details onto his body and photographed the result. I think i run with this idea abit more by maybe experimenting with other parts of the body instead of using the torso, such as the legs or arms.

What is lip service? express respect for something event hough it is the opposite of what one wants. To express loyalty or support for something insincerely (if you dont really care about politics, your just paying lip service to the candidate). Also to say that you agree with and support an idea or plan but not do anything to help succeed.


Here are a few designs for this idea:


I really like these two phrases:
'your voive has the power'
'your voice could save lives'

I thought of ways which I could illustrate the phrase 'your voice could save lives', and the idea of using a blood bag popped into my head.

I placed the text ontop of an image of a blood bag and it looked bland so
I experimented at linking the text together on illustrator. I felt abit limited as my illustrator skills are abit poor..... but i gave it a bash and im happy with the results.