Wednesday, 30 November 2011

How To... Grow Fruit and Veg Research.

With these pieces of information I have decided to look at growing fruit and veg information that is targeted to our chosen audience of students...

I feel this article shows the relevance of our idea to focus a project towards students becoming more self sufficient and growing their own fruit and veg. The main focus is towards the saving's in cost and also how to become involved with limited space, so I think these are things to consider whilst developing our plan.

These two examples focus on the growing of vegetables when you have no outdoor space, perfect for students. I was surprised when I discovered this as I always thought of it as an outside experience only. I think the growing in containers is really interesting and is definitely something we can think about further.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

How To... Initial Research Task.

Interview with Lauren Chinn: 
  • Take foot off accelerator.
  • Put foot on clutch.
  • Change gear.
  • Swap peddles back.

Interview with Lauren Danks:
  • Put your foot on the clutch.
  • Move it.

Interview with Katie Winter:
  • Keep clutch dipped.

Interview with Lynda Morse:
  • Change fast.
  • Rev, change, rev, change.

Interview with Rob Morse:
  • Once you reach a certain amount of revs before engine starts to scream move up gears quickly before you loose revs. Make sure you have the right amount of revs to avoid jerks.

Interview with Emily James:
  • Make sure clutch control is a good transition, not to fast to slow.

Thursday, 24 November 2011


Here are five examples of design that I find aesthetically pleasing...

I was really attracted to this image, I love the surreal style that has been created with colour, mirroring and shape. My favourite part of the image is the kaleidoscopic pattern in the centre, I like how the clever use of shape and colour help to create the three dimensional appearance.

I love the creation of texture in this collaged piece, with how all the separate layers combine to make a really interesting composition. The colours also really appeal to me and I like how they have been overlaid on the imagery.

With this piece I was drawn in by the interesting concept. I also like the style of type and simplicity of appearance with leads you to focus no the main information being communicated.

I really love the contrast in this piece with the shape, colour and pattern. It creates a lot of levels and points of interest around the composition and really defines different areas. It is also very surreal which I think adds to the effect.

I was really drawn to this illustration because of the strong colour and how it has been used to portray such a detailed structure, with light and shadow also working to give a three dimensional appearance.

Five Most Important Aesthetic Qualities...
  • Colour
  • Texture
  • Collage
  • Contrast
  • Mixed Media
Five Experience to undertake...
  • Try different types of new food.
  • Undertake workshop to learn new skills.
  • Meet new people.
  • Visit a new city.
  • Sky dive.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Essay Question and Initial Bibliography.

Focussing on specific examples, describe the way that modernist art and design was a response to the forces of modernity.


  • Laclotte, M, (1987), 'The Musee d'Orsay', London, Thames and Hudson.
This book was picked because of it's topics on French Modernist art, as I'm interested in focusing solely on the development or art in France. Classification: 708.44
  • Gablik, S, (2004), 'Has Modernism Failed?', London, Thames and Hudson.
This book will be relevant because it will give an insight into the changes that occurred and the impact it had, whether it was for the good or bad. Classification: 701.1
  • Johnson, D, (1987), 'The Age of Illusion: art and politics in France 1918-1940', London, Thames and Hudson.
This is another book which focuses on Modernity in France. I like this one because go how it is already linking the two subjects together, which will make it easier when gathering information. Classification: 709.44
  • Bernard, E, (2004), 'Modern Art, 1905-1945), Edinburgh, Chambers.
I though this publication would be of use because it gives a general overview on Modern Art. The time period is also quite small which will hopefully lead it to give more detailed information. Classification: 709.06
  • Meecham, P, (2000), 'Modern Art: a critical introduction', London, Routledge.
Because this book is an introduction into the subject I think it will be helpful to look through to help brush up my understanding of the topic. Classification: 709.06

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Proverbally Yours Message and Delivery Gun and Knife Crime Research.

After thinking hard about the aspect I could go down for this brief I have had a new idea. After listening to rap music I have noticed the strong link with it and the gun and knife culture, I now think I would like to make a piece warning young people about the dangers of this trend. Here are some facts and figures relating to this topic...

  • During 2007, nine young people lost their lives in shootings, including the killing of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool.
  • According to Home Office figures, there were 59 firearms-related homicides in 2006-07 compared with 49 in the previous year. That is an increase of 18% in just one year. There were 507 serious injuries from firearms - more than one incident a day.
  • In the 12 months to July 2007 the Met saw a 3.5% rise in firearms offences in London - up from 3,485 to 3,607 incidents.
  • The most common weapon used in violent crime in England and Wales is a knife.
  • There are four times more knife-related killings as firearms-related killings.
  • between 22,000 and 57,900 young people could have been victims of knife crime in 2004. However, it says without better official data it is impossible to know for sure - and that we need that data to improve the public debate.

Here are some current examples of anti gun and knife crime posters...

It was interesting looking through all the different approaches to this topic. I have noticed that a lot of them include imagery of either knives or guns and some even include graphic images of what carrying a weapon could lead too. A lot of the text is in the second person, as if it is speaking personally to the audience. Bold colours are often used with it mostly being red and black. Another similarity between them is the including of websites, I think this is what I will do to link it to a real life item.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Proverbally Yours Message and Delivery Type Research.

I have decided to look at typefaces with a graffiti street style, here are some possibilities that I could use...

I think this font clearly represents the graffiti style but I don't think it would work very successfully with my ideas, especially if I try and incorporate it into a tattoo as I think it would become unclear.

I really like this type as it has been kept simple and readable whilst still having a stylistic appearance that would be easily recognised by the audience.

I picked this type to look closer into because I thought it had quite a youthful feel that would link with the target audience. Although I still think this, I'm not sure it will fit well with the serious issue I will be discussing.

Modernism/Post Modernism.


Here is my chosen piece for modernist design. I picked this one because of its use of block colour, sans serif type and geometric shapes.

Post Modern

For my Post Modern choice I have to decided to use this. It is a response to modernism in that it is a sans serif typeface but it also has unnecessary decoration proving form over function.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Proverbally Yours Message and Delivery Tattoo Research.

After doing my initial research I found that a recurring feature found in design associated with rappers is that of tattoo's, so I have decided to look into it further...

After looking through these it appears that they are quite strongly text related which I think will be useful for me. There is also limited colour and made up mostly of linear strokes. The designs also seem to follow contours of the body and mirror the shapes that are already there which I think is something useful to consider when drawing my own.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Proverbally Yours Message and Delivery Initial Research.

Here is some initial research for this brief, at this point I'm still quite unsure about what route I'm going to go down...

Album Covers

After looking through these images it is clear that they seem to have a style that is constant throughout. They all focus on the artist through photographic imagery which makes them the main focus of the piece. The photo's are often black and white with one bold colour which I think looks effective and gives a powerful overall appearance. There is also a common theme of graffiti and tattoo's which refers directly to street culture, there is also another example of this in the top image where a city setting has also been included. The typefaces used also have a strong appearance.

Music Promotion Flyers

I think these promotion posters appeal to me a lot more than the previous album covers, especially the final two. I feel they are more gender neutral so will therefore appeal to a wider audience. I also think the use of symbols on the fourth fits in well with the pictograms I have already done. The second examples aesthetic fits in the most with album covers.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Lecture Three - Graffiti and Street Art.

Graffiti/Street Art Definitions
  • Comes from the Italian word meaning ‘scratched.’
Street Art through history
  • The first known cave drawings were found in Lascaux, France. They show scenes of livestock and are thought to document and represent everyday life.
  • Ancient Roman graffiti came after and is thought to be more of a sign of rebellion.
  • During World War Two came the creation of Kilroy/Chad found in Washington and the UK. It was a character that always appeared the same, which meant it was very accessible and could be used by anybody.
  • During 1968 in Paris there was a civil unrest that inspired a lot of cultural, creative material.
  •  Urban graffiti was born in 1970’s New York and created by groups of people making there mark who thought they were under represented in the community. This era of spray can graffiti was usually found on carriages on the subway as a moving message. There was often a backwards and forwards motion of making and cleaning up the art.
  • In the 1990’s graffiti was taken on in the commercial world. Some people think that this has devalued the art form as it no longer being used in the way it was intended to.
Graffiti Artists
  • Basquiat was the creator of SAMO, a signature used on his work and a slogan for ‘Same Old Shit.’ His work was that of rebellion and started off as a private joke. In 1977 it started to appear in Manhattan, but just two years later was the ‘death’ of SAMO. His style was very neoexpressionist and he was part of the celebrity movement of the time where he in the end died of a heroine overdose.
  •   Keith Haring was an activist and artist. He used bright colour, graphic bold outline and he also liked to incorporate found objects into his work. Later into his career he opened ‘Pop Shop’ which turned into a celebrity hangout. He was criticised for this but said that he did it to make his work more accessible.
  • Invader was a French artist. His permanent style of graffiti was made from mosaic and his first space invader character appeared in the mid 1990’s. The positions of his pieces were very significant and in their entirety covered twenty-two countries.
  • Banksy, perhaps the most famous of street artists showed a movement from street to gallery.
  • Paul Curtis (Moose) uses a type of reverse graffiti. He uses a stencil that is washed out causing the dirt to be removed, causing the design to be visible. It has an environmental approach as it is cleaning rather than defacing and is only visible for a short period of time as it is non-permanent.
  • Sam 3 uses only black and white paint in a silhouette style.