Sunday, 26 June 2011

Lines

I intend to carry on developing my projects as I see them as on going projects in there infancy and this project was one of my most thought provoking, one that lead me to produce the Con artist short film.

For this particular project we are required to go on a metaphorical journey on the theme of connections. I found myself looking at various ways to communicate my thinking.
A particular book i have read, Lines a Brief History, fueled my though for abstract thinking and i found that i started to look at how lines affect peoples lives and are often imposed upon us through our institutions. Our hospitals, homes we live in. Decisions we make about holidays, journeys, how we view information, how we write, how we queue.
We in the Western world think mechanically, our lines are static, logical linear thinking, as compared to the sensitive, flowing lines of the East.
Lines of inquiry leading to knowledge.
This brought me to poetry.

I started with conceptual visualisation a meaning point that i could understand.

Looking a bit inside me i realised that what i think and feel is better said in words.

The Line

Like birds in boxes on echoing corridors, nihilism imposed in

the architects office. Linear existence of modernist dreams.

Row after row.

Line after line.

Dichotomy creating social delinquent.

Hedonistic in culture, a briefly but tragic

mirror is broken.

Abstract secrets revealed.

Quite but brave.

Lines electrified preventing intrusion,

creating protection, isolating, controlling,

commuting the bride to her well thought

out wedding.

For movements sake!

Let me be free to wonder...!

I was hear long before you and

will always be.

Let your eyes follow the path

as the hand that created me.

In the land of the dead there

are no traces for lines to appear

on surfaces.

Only threads in labarinyths where

all is vague and void of reality.

I sit upon my line, some of it has surely gone.

Its withered, torn, its confused me. But i don't

doubt it.

How much will lie before me...

Its early days yet and having looked at the works of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
i aim on developing this further and looking how to present in a visually stimulating way through more research and thinking.



I started to think of the imagery i'd like to use but i am finding it difficult how i can
take it any further design wise






The Line.


It starts with light lines entering eyes,

Adroit in perception.

Flipped in an instance,

Now electrical impulses.

Secrets of the world revealed.





Like birds in boxes on echoing corridors, nihilism imposed in

The architect’s office.

Linear existence of modernist dreams.

Row after row.

Line after line.

Dichotomy creating social delinquent...






Hedonistic in culture, a brief but tragic

Mirror is broken.

Abstract secrets revealed.

Quiet but brave.





Lines electrified preventing intrusion,

Creating protection, isolating, controlling,

Commuting the bride to her well thought

Out wedding.





For movements sake!

Let me be free to wonder...!

I was hear long before you and

Will always be.

Let your eyes follow the path

As the hand that created me.





Critical, unconscious, unaware of

Lines of laser beams penetrating my

Brain for connections of malice.

Prognosis excellent, relief for the

Family, helplessly waiting.





In the land of the dead there

Are no traces for lines to appear

On surfaces.

Only threads in labyrinths where

All is vague and void of reality.





I sit upon my line; some of it has surely gone.

Its withered, torn, its confused me. But I don't

Doubt it.

How much will lay before me…


This was my final presentation. I decided to use my own imagery to make my work more complete.

It starts with light lines entering eyes,
Adroit in perception.
Flipped in an instance,
Now electrical impulses.
Secrets of the world revealed.

Like birds in boxes on echoing corridors,
Nihilism imposed in the architechs office.
Linear existence of modernist dreams.
Row after row.
Line after line.
Dichotomy creating social delinquent.Hedonistic in culture,
A brief but tragic mirror is broken.
Abstract secrets revealed.
Quiet but brave.
Lines electrified preventing intrusion,
Creating protection, isolating, controlling,
Commuting the bride through
Her well thought out wedding.



For movements sake!
Let me be free to wonder...!
I was here long before you and always will be.
Let your eyes follow the path
as the hand that created me.
Critical, unconscious, unaware of
Lines of beams penetrating my brain
For connections of malice.
Prognosis excellent.
Relief for the
Family, hopelessly waiting.


In the land of the dead there are
No traces no lines appear on surfaces.
Only threads in labyrinths where
All is vague and void of reality.I sit upon my line; some of it has surely gone.
Its withered, torn, its confused me.
I don't doubt it.
How much will lay before me....



Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The Refinery



This is my most recent visit and final one required for this module. My confidence with these visits has shown a steady improvement this semester from the previous one.

I produced high-end quality printing for The Refinery during the 90's and 00's and this would prove to be a topical point when I met with, although not a creative person his business acumen allowed for a diversion from the normal portfolio visit.

I was given David Price's contact number by an ex colleague and he explained that although he had worked at our ex firm Qualitech ten years previous to myself that it would act as a good platform for conversation.

We looked through my folio and David explained that he was not really qualified to give a professional opinion but his knowledge of photography allowed him to express an interest in the quality of my work that he was impressed with the general diversity and layout. Interestingly they are one of the few design agencies that have an in house photography studio.

We the went on to discuss one particular job that Qualitech printed for The Refinery for a company called Perstorp a manufacturer of kitchen surfaces. This job was every printers nightmare, ten colours each side, that’s four passes. The client would bring a sample of each surface and check every one. This proved to be amusing for us both had a good laugh about this and the conversation ended with David offering me the possibility of a placement when I finish my course.

A very positive end to my required visits, each of the three companies have offered me sound advice, confidence and possible work experience that has gone beyond my expectations.

Monday, 25 April 2011

True North Design



True North is a Manchester design agency that helps transform organizations, create and re-invigorate brands and make things better. This is where they aim to channel their business energy in the future in what Martin Carr, the managing director of True North considers to be difficult times in the design industry.

Indeed I have found this to be a common factor throughout the companies I have visited during these economically testing times of austerity in the present.

This has been the most senior person I have met at portfolio visit and Martin warmly received me as he explained that he was interested in my change of career and he wanted to discuss this with me in person. Which is very positive to hear of course. We discussed the changes within the design and printing industries in the previous 20 years and the importance of the idea in recent years rather than the medium used to deliver them.

This was a very insightful and constructive discussion due to the changes that have evolved in technology over this time period and the environmental and cost issues that are increasingly squeezing profit margins especially within the printing industry.

This was one of the most influential reasons that a chose to pursue a career in design.

Martin is more involved in the commercial side of the business and leaves the creative side to Alan Heron whom he invited in to our discussion to peruse my portfolio. Alan joined my visit Martin asking him about his opinion on what Martin and I had discussed about change and business trends.

Alan explained that five years ago print was between 60% and 70% of True North's business. That figure he now put at an astonishing 30%, and that innovation had become an increasingly more important trend adding the creative consultancy and innovation has become ever more import.

Moving on to my portfolio it was well received by Alan for presentation and layout. He did not go into great detail as we had been in conversation for one hour by this time. He liked the variety of different disciplines, which I had involved through design, illustration and photography. However he suggested that more graphic design should be incorporated into my portfolio.

He suggested that the Orion book covers were strong and interesting but he would have liked to see them at a bigger size and more of them. This is a good point as everything looks good small, it would be much better to include the covers at a larger size this I will consider good advice.

Alan also suggested that he wasn't quite sure why I had put the two interruption posters together as in his opinion they where not a pair.

The Three's a Crowd project was applauded as a self-initiative brief but I needed to include a little less of it. This advice I have took on board as I have reduced the Three's a Crowd project and included other projects since as I have tried to get a more diverse portfolio together.

Overall this was a very positive and interesting visit that was not formal in anyway a very relaxed chatty and refreshing experience! I hope I get more like this.

On the strength of my portfolio Martin offered me a placement visit and also discussed if I would be interested in project management due to the experience I have acquired. This of course I would be interested in. Another bridge built as I begin to see the importance of these visits they are a vital link to industry. More importantly I feel although finding employment will be tough that I have began to get my face known to a few agencies which could proved extremely useful after graduation.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

999 Design


In January I visited 999 Design with my portfolio. This is an agency situated in Salford just outside the city centre of Manchester. They are a design company typical of a city agency offering a wide spectrum of products to their clients for example, packaging solutions, web design, branding and communications.

I was particularly interested in the feed back I would get from this visit as I try and refine and get the best portfolio together that I can before I finally hand it in for marking. It is paramount at this stage of my studies that my portfolio has developed into a good body of work that is well received by design professionals.

Dave Sedgewick who I have met previously as I was asked by him to produce some screen prints for a project he was developing received me. This never became live, as Dave was busy with other work at that time. When I started to present my portfolio Dave stopped me and said I needed to be more precise and explanatory when discussing each project so I took the opportunity to start again and be more professional which Dave felt was a much clearer approach as it gave him confidence in my clarity of what I was trying to achieve. This is advise that I have taken on board and I now spend thirty seconds for each project explaining what each one is about which allows for much clearer communication.

We discussed my portfolio in great detail as Dave analyzed my practice with a fine toothcomb. Indeed this has proved to be the most thorough and detailed visit that I have had to date. Dave discussed the project I produced, The Con Artist, and he felt that a disc was not needed and that a link to the video (on YouTube) would have been a nice touch. He also suggested that I present a portfolio page of maybe twenty images in a storyboard style that would allow the viewer insight to the project.

Moving on to the project for the third year photography final show Dave felt that the image of a woman smoking that is obscured by a block of colour was very strong. Dave explained that he would not have positioned the typography any different himself which was positive comment. The FF din typography editorial spread was also well received, as was the Manchester Literature Festival poster. Dave did comment that he was a little tired of seeing the same generic photographs used to present the poster, however he did appreciate the
use of form.

The Three's a Crowd project that I have now developed for my final major project was very well received, as was the layout of my portfolio. Dave liked the fact that I had taken the initiative to produce my own work and suggested that if I had the time I may add for example a re branding exercise. During my placement at The Chase this became possible, as I was involved in two live branding jobs that I believe will enhance my portfolio.

One particular area of interest was the Waggamama end sting project in which I produced a flick book Dave suggested that this was a nice touch. Dave said that he was very happy to discuss with me my work and that he was picking through it because he felt it was at a high standard and wanted me to get the best out of it that I can. He suggested that I keep in touch as the design community is a small one and he is setting off on a personal adventure as a freelance designer. This I felt to be good advise as it is so important to create contacts within the design industry as a student one really needs to get out there and make oneself known. Overall this has proved to be an important visit for my confidence and knowledge of what is required to succeed!


Sunday, 16 January 2011

Final Major Project





Well this is the beginning of the very last semester. During my studies its quite remarkable how quickly the past 4 years have passed me by. Just to get my creative thinking into operation I visited centralstationdesign gallery display at the Richard Goddhall gallery in Manchester. This visit was to take in how the paintings that celebrate 50 years of coronation street have been presented.
I wanted to get a good overview of the frames used, continuity, light etc that have been applied and to catalogue the display photographically. I just felt it may help me focus on my final major brief as it needs to be presented on return to uni tomorrow. The use of colour and expression has been very successful on this series of images. There is a cohesion between the characters of the past and those of the present and they work collectively as a well balanced and dynamic series of 23 images that will eventually consist of 50 images the examples about show a range of the images from different eras and I hope to show the continuity within the series.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Life!






I think that over the last few years
i've spent my life observing people
rather than being with them. Maybe that is the
path to becoming a grumpy old man. However
we are allowed to ponder!
Yeah think im getting that grumpy old man thing
and really, its not too bad:)
I love people and how they look so i guess
this is a tribute to my fellow human beings:)
Who always inspire me.

Look and watch




I found these pics funny and also appropriate for
this tittle, see the faces:)
If you can not imagine a guy sticking his tongue out wearing glasses:)
Often as creatives we do have the fundamental floor of
just doing the things we need to.
Who's the wiedo in the right hand corner?
I hope I have crossed that
barrier now, This has been the most interesting area of
my professional development. During my final
year of my studies it has become apparent to me that
during the second year of my
studies I needed to develop my design
in a way that I felt comfortable with and that
is not meant in a totally subjective way it's
just that I often find that my ideas get blocked
with confusion due to my thought direction.
Maybe this is just me finding a voice
and getting over that block I that often descends
on my brain. So I guess that I can say that during
the previous months of my final year I'm learning
to play to what I believe are my strengths and that
is keeping it simple!