Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Work In Progress - Student Newspaper Contiuned

Here are three spreads I am currently working on for our University Newspaper, I am enjoying the interaction between pattern, type and image. I feel the overlapping creates a sense of energy and pace that I want this publication to have. This piece still needs alot of work from small details but also the creation of a contents and front cover as well as some more layouts. Final versions to be coming in the next couple of days.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Work In Progress - Student Newspaper

Currently I am exploring the ideas for a new student publication at the University of Cumbria, here is work created from today. I wanted to explore the involvement of pattern within in an layout to create texture and pace. I really need to learn to free myself up and allow movement within my spreads and not to get everything in line, I feel this will give it an more personal touch but also feel more interesting.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Travel - Old Film

I hardy ever get my films developed the day after taking them, I normally leave them in the spare room for a year or two just too add to the surprise of getting the pictures developed. These pictures range from 2010 - 2011 and I believe they are taken across Wales and around my home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. I really love the quality of these pictures from how you get light leaks but also with half the frame overlapping. I have another six films to get developed, hopefully I will find some untold story when I collect them from the developers.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

My Dad

Sadly my Dad passed away after a long on and off battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. We found out four years ago that he had this disease and the doctors expected that he would not even get past the first week, however that was not the kind of man my Dad was. He got through the strongest chemos and treatments they could throw at him and then got clear of his first bone marrow transplant. Still he was making stupid jokes about digging an escape tunnel from his isolation room or putting bars on the windows. He was cured. 
        After a happy year of being away from this terrible disease, it came back. He was put on a trail drug in Birmingham to start treating it and Dad signed up to extra trails for the researchers to see how the drugs affected other parts of the body and so on. This lead to his second bone marrow transplant which took place over the summer which was successful for a couple of weeks. Sadly something went wrong and Dad was unable to win this battle.
        I am proud of my dad for everything he did and the ambition he had to do.

Order of Service
I set myself the challenge to create the program for his funeral. (As the funeral directors designer did not understand kerning for a start). I decided to go for a clean, understated design. As I wanted to explore my Dads treatment in my final major project at university. My dad kept a record of most of the treatment they gave him which I feel is a wealth of knowledge/data that just should not decay on a memory stick somewhere.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Work In Progress - Carlisle Photo Festival Website

Currently I am working on the Carlisle Photo Festival website at home (reason why I am at home will be explored at a later date). This web site is in the early days of the design process however I want to include a strong secondary colour to give some life to the framing of the image. As well this green is backed up with a light pattern background aims to give a bit of texture and energy to the composition, Which I feel works quite well with the imagery. The bottom dark grey bar will be hidden at the bottom of the page acting as a site map and secondary menu. At the moment I am finding it difficult to get the correct balance between the colours but also the image. More to come on this project.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Work - Monograph Layout 2

Front Cover
My monograph is exploring the word fragile and is slowly taking shape, here we have all the spreads from the booklet however the colours tones and positioning of some of the images need working on. The monograph is the development of a fragile seed through its life cycle. I am pleased with the use of pattern throughout this booklet and how it interacts with the imagery and typography. More coming soon on this highly dreaded monograph.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Work - Monograph layout roughs

Today I have been exploring layouts with the theme of fragile and with all the patterns, image and typography I have been playing with over the last week. I aimed to throw ideas at the screen and refine them more tomorrow (so thats why they are rough and ready). These layouts and other will put together into a monograph about the theme of fragile. The monograph current narrative will be exploring the cycle of life.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Work - Pattern day

Today I have been exploring pattern through type, line, circle and grids. I had the word fragile in mind whilst creating these range of patterns and I feel this really comes out in the thickness of line and choice of colour. I am interested in the patterns that dont follow right angles and the multiple layered patterns which I will be exploring them more in the coming days.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Work - Here to Serve.

Whilst spending ten weeks in North America I collected every receipt I was given in the aim to create a book about my travels. I thought it was interesting that not all receipts gave the employers names who served you, which I thought was ashame. So to celebrate the names I did collect I created this book. I limited myself to only creating the book from the receipts I was given. Photos of the physical edition will be uploaded soon.