HOW HAVE I GOT HERE? (Novella)

As a great procrastinator i was postponing that moment again and again.

But it couldn’t last forever, right?

So self-reflection minute.

Which projects have you enjoyed? Why?

My favorite projects were ‘Blind Date’, ‘Type’ and ‘Three Extraordinary Books’. I think i will add ‘Re:Work’ project to that list too.

Why? Firstly, i was excited about all of them. I was very curious during my research and had feeling inside ‘yes, i could do that in my future career’. And i  liked that all of them are about experimentation and trying new things, new ways: what else photography could be? how i could place these words so it will be interesting and freshly? what else book can be? how can i put my drawings further? Just loved the process going through project from beginning to the end.

Which projects have you loathed? Why?

‘From A – B’ and ‘Make them laugh’ projects.

‘From A – B’ seems interesting. But i don’t why i had feeling of being stuck most of the time. And it was quite long project, so i had a feeling ‘omg, outcome should be good enough!’ and i was waking final piece on the last day.

‘Make them laugh’ – hated it. Firstly, it was group project. So people with who you work play role. My group was good, but i didn’t feel excitement going from them. And when there were moments to develop idea further no shit was given. Didn’t enjoy it, although to see final results of other groups was truly loads of fun, that part i enjoyed.

Is it more important to you that your work is humorous, informative, shocking or beautiful? Why?

For me important that my work is beautiful. I am in some kind perfectionist so yes, it is quite important.

Myself i like humorous and shocking work. It is not yet in my own work enough. But it is what i would like to bring in.

During the course of Part 2, has your approach to a brief changed? How?

My approach is more serious now. After i heard a brief i always read it carefully and check all links possible going with it. Discussion in studio helped a lot to improve my approach. Clear understanding of a brief makes first steps way easier.

When presented with a brief, how do you get started? Are there other ways to get going?

As i mentioned, i firstly check artist stated in a brief, research their work. Go to library to check books related to the topic. Or go to make some photos or to a gallery for inspiration. Other way is to start doing something before you’ve seen stuff. It is also works. Because when you read a brief some ideas will pop up in your head immediately. Maybe it is better to document them first and then to see what else was already done. I think i should keep more with that scenario as sometimes after seeing a lot of stuff in the beginning it is possible to get stuck with your own ideas.

What are some of the best ways to develop your initial ideas?

I think i mentioned it in previous answer. For me: to see other artist’s stuff, to go and to make some pictures, try new things in workshop, open a book or to see a film at the long last, something to get inspiration or idea for further step. Or to hear from your peers! After you normally should understand if initial idea is potential and where to move with it.

What are your particular skills? Do you draw on them all? How? What other skills would be useful to learn?

Didn’t get the question to be honest. Try to answer the way i understood it.

Yes, normally i draw to visualize my ideas. I also like to use collage, it is great way to experiment. Take pictures. Go to workshop to test some ideas. To use Illustrator or Photoshop (not my strong point).

How much use do you make of the research you do?

80%.

Do you find contextual research useful? Why? Why not?

I find useful. To see what have been already done by people from the same field is vital. You can see how other people work and see things. It can be very different or similar to you. So it can give you more variations how you can move with your idea or maybe to see it from different angle.

Other moment you can think ‘oh, it is already done!’, but why not to modify idea further and make it, OK, similar but in your own style!

Which have been your most successful ways of visualizing your ideas and developments?

Collages and workshops.

How does the way you show your thinking help you to take your work further?

It gives you a chance to look back. To analyse work you’ve done and give it a critical view. Or maybe to see gaps you have, like it was’t enough experiments etc.

Which parts of your design process would benefit from greater attention?

I think final part. You need a lot of attention when you do your outcome. I should ask myself more will this source make my work communicate right way? And of course final piece should be done as professionally as you can, it demands attention as well.

Who do you go to for the feedback during a project? What effect does this feedback have on your work?

Normally, group discussions in class and talks with tutors. And it has great effect on my work! It helps to test ideas. After such discussions i have less doubts which idea, i see weak points where i should pay more attention. I see impression my work does so far. It is so so useful.

What would you like to achieve in the course of your FMP?

I would like to show myself as a designer, to present strong work which will show my style so far.

I would like to correct my weak points. Turn them in strengths.

I would like to gain new skills, new knowledge.

I would like to show serious project. I would like to do my best.

Where will you go from here?

GOOD QUESTION!

Mapping the City

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Shantell Martin

Map of Bicycle Accidents in Chicago, 2014

Map of Bicycle Accidents in Salt Lake City, 2014

Map of Bicycle Accidents in Seattle, 2014

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Sixe Paredes

Barcelona, 2013


 

I picked up these two works from the “Mapping the City” exhibition at Somerset House where street artists were showing their ‘intimate relationship’ with their chosen cities.

I loved how artists interpret the places they know so well.

Especially, Paredes’ map of Barcelona.

I want to experiment with that and to make my own map of London. Maybe i could transform it into type?

First thought was to document all turns of my usual bus to college and to see the outcome.

Start of FMP project

Yes, it is already time to think what i want to do for the major project of this course.

But i must admit that nothing make your brain freeze as phrase ‘do whatever you want”.

First thing i thought about was typography. Experimental typography if to be more precise. I thought about street art and typography.

Below are some pictures of my first research and inspiration search.

Street art:

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Branding typography:

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And i found new graphic designer which work is quite inspiring, Anthon Beeke:

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My next step is to go back and answer questions from the list ‘HOW HAVE I GOT HERE’.

 

i will just leave this here

I think we all have a book that could be opened any time at any page with never ending appetite. And you will look through the pages still finding new things or things you’ve seen will be something new or different.

I have several books like that. Lucky me.

One of them is Kalle Lasn’s ‘Design Anarchy’.

The following paragraph made me stop and think for a while:

‘We laugh at recorded jokes instead of joking around together and drool over internet porn instead of having actual sex. Slowly, we move toward a goal that Swiss author Max Frisch once described as ‘arranging the world so that we do not experience it.’

Sounds like future a bit, isn’t it?

Cyanotype process

I am so excited to tell you about cyanotype printmaking technique. which i occasionally discovered when was visiting The Curve – Walead Beshty’s exhibition in Barbican centre. He made an epic work comprising more than 12,000 cyanotypes (picture below so you could see the scale).

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There is an idea:

1. prepare cyanotype emulsion. you should first mix up A and B separately and then together.

A – 25 grams ferric ammonium citrate + 100 ml water

B – 10 grams potassium ferricyanide +100 ml water

2. coat sheet of paper with the emulsion

3. let paper to dry in the dark

4. place objects whatever you want on the paper and expose the paper using light (sunny day is the best way, we used light box as weren’t lucky with sunshine)

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5. after 10 min on good sunshine wash the paper in the tray of water

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6. dry

It is so amazing to see how your object will expose on the paper. I will put my result below. I would definitely would like to continue experiments with cyanotype at home in future.

So here it is:

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Pushing further

Idea that your photograph can be pushed further, that image you took doesn’t have to be the final result, you still can play with it – it is such a fun and new ideas can be born that way.

I always make collages out of magazines, don’t know why i ignored photographs.

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Critics

It is not easy to receive critics of your work.

Definitely, it helps you to grow. Especially when it is constructive. By that i mean when person can explain why he/she thinks so. And i am totally for it.

But when you receive just written things people didn’t like – it’s harder. You start to think why and somehow it brings down. Especially, when no good feedback is there.

People should criticize you, but they shouldn’t be lazy to say why.

Always be wide in your thoughts, you help people to grow.

 

The word “delay”

Yesterday i went out to take pictures for my word “delay” given on communication project. I just took the first bus that arrived to Paddington station. It was so rainy day and i wish i could keep moving in the bus forever. Bus was moving really slowly, with a lot of stops during which you could see after people almost killing each other with their umbrellas… If i was going any specific place i would delay 100%, so below you can see how i would illustrate the word delay.

welcome to the blog of graphic designer in the making. would like to start with slogan i try to apply to my life everyday: 'wherever you are, be there entirely'

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