Changing Faces- Final print

After printing and binding my final piece, I could  finally bringing all of my work together and I am really happy with the outcome. I believe that the quality of the images are definitely the strongest features within my design, as well as the use of negative space. The feedback I received really helped me to push myself as much as possible to create a successful piece of design and I will continue to use the same techniques in other works. I decided to photograph the spreads on top of pink coloured paper so that the colours would stand out.

Within this project I definitely feel like I have pushed myself as much as possible and created a unique piece of design, using techniques developed throughout the course of the year.

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Updated ‘Designboom’ ephemera

Since receiving feedback at the end of term one I have made some changes to my ‘Designboom’ ephemera. In my feedback I was told that there was a consistent structure thought the ephemera, effective use of negative space and that it looked visually professional. However to improve the work he recommended that I experiment with a smaller print to create more negative space on each page.

I decided to make to make the body copy a point size smaller and found that it made a big difference. I noticed that this gave me more space to work with the text, to develop the pace throughout. As well as developing the overall layout I have also made improvements to the type detailing.

In comparison to the previous design I feel as if my ephemera has improved, particularly  in relation to the negative space. I feel as if the changes implemented have made the text easier to read.

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Last week we were invited to attend the CSAD degree show for Graphic Communication and any other subject in the university. In the exhibition we had the chance to talk to the third years’ about their work and the process they went through creating their pieces. I really enjoyed being able to see the third years’ work to get a better idea of what I’ll be creating in two years time. I was really impressed by how professional the work looked and it made me really excited for my future within design.

The three pieces of work that really impressed me were the work by Zuzanna El Tanbouli: Silky Way, Exposing Deviance by Jessica Zschorn and Printed Words by Callum Richards.

Zuzanna’s work impressed me because you can tell she had a clear idea of what she wanted to create so therefore all of her pieces compliment each other really successfully. I thought her imagery was really strong and gave a sense of culture and location, an interesting take on a unique tour guide. I really liked how she used Japanese symbols within her work because it made it seem quite personal and unique.

The second piece of work that caught my attention was Exposing Deviance by Jessica Zschorn. I thought the piece was very unique and the bold colours and quirky imagery  definitely caught my attention. I think that the layout works really well with the chosen subject and it creates a balance between all of the vibrant colours. Her imagery works really well to draw you in to the piece and this definitely made me consider how important it is to create a piece that’s unique and that stands out.

In contrast to the projects above, Callum Richards took a different approach to his Printed Words piece. Using a smaller colour palate he has created a very clear and sophisticated  looking piece of work. The quality of the images really stood out to me as they work well with the nature of the subject.

Callum Richards: Printed Words


My first constellation session was with Dr Martin Woodward, on New materialism. Being unfamiliar with the subject Philosophy, I was apprehensive but also curious to start. In my first session we discussed ‘The meaning of the social and cultural body’. I learnt how the social body is understood though the experiences of day-to-day living, for example, being with your family and friends, going to school, learning about different cultures and rules, therefore the body naturally changes and adapts to society. This is used within my practice everyday when I’m learning new techniques, researching different designers and working with other students. The social body is also used In my practice through the way I think, create and sketch. Whilst some students have done foundation courses and studied Graphic Design before coming to university, I have come from doing Art and Design as an A level, therefore my way of working and thinking might be different to others.

Another session we had that really inspired me was ‘How materials and tools hide from view’. I learnt that tools are moulded in practice, for example if you were playing an instrument it becomes a part of you. The way you play the instrument or hear it is an inseparable part to the act. Most importantly I have learnt that the boundary between the hand and tool vanishes whilst you are using it, an extract from Pallasmaa’s ‘The Working Hand’ explains that, a painter paints by the means of the mind rather than the brush as a physical object. Through out the session, my knowledge and understanding of how the object becomes a part of our body, shaping our creative practice. Drawn lines aren’t only recognised by my memories and experiences, but they also express the memory and expectancy of the materials in use.

This knowledge is essential to me as a learner as I am developing my practice and creative skills. It widens my ability and practice so that I naturally experiment with different ways to create and write. I am not yet confident about how to connect the working hand within my practices. I will need to gain a better understanding of the language of materials, to be able to fully realise how my experiences are expressed and relate to my practice. As a next step, I need to research the works of different artist who specialise in how experiences unconsciously shapes our movement, gestures and practices, for example Paul Klee who said that “Art does not render the visible; but renders visible“.

At the end of these sessions we then had to write an essay , using the information we had acquired over the previous weeks. I decided to discuss ‘Body modification’, and what drives people to do it. I split my essay into four parts and gave myself questions to answer for each section. Even though writing the essay was a challenge I found it to be rather interesting, learing and educating myself about the different subjects in more detail.

My second constellation sessions were with Dr Jonathan Clarkson, ‘After Modernism’. In the first session we discussed a variety of artists, their work and the meaning behind the images and techniques. The first image was of Jackson Pollock’s work, a portrait of V.I, Lenin in a cap, 1980. We were asked what we could see in the image and at first is wasn’t very clear. We were then shown another image of the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Llyich Lenin and instantly you could see his face being unravelled from the Pollock painting. The Pollock painting definitely breaks all conventions and rules of the traditional painting. The Pollock painting has the freedom of expression in his paintings compared the Petrov painting which is rather traditional and obeying  the rules of society.

When you put both images together you see that both are forms of propaganda for different countries. The paintings were created in this way so that the difference between American propaganda (Pollock’s painting) and the Russian propaganda (Petrov) was visually obvious.This then links in with Abstract Expressionism where  painters have to show the countries claim to cultural leadership. The artwork is also used as weapon of war, for example spy agencies used artists such as Pollock in the Cold War.

In the following sessions we had brief discussions on Cubism, Minimalism and Surrealism, however I didn’t feel as if I learnt enough about the different movements and their styles, and therefore didn’y enjoy it as much as the first session. What I did enjoy learning about was Fuluxus art. This was something new I hadn’t heard of previously, and was something usually created by musicians, poets and other individuals who didn’t agree with conventional art. It can be created in many different ways, for example, short films with moving images with a distorted and annoying sound effects.

For my constellation essay I have decided to modify “How did the notion of what painting is change during the sixties?”. Instead of discussing how painting changed I am going to discuss how Graphic Design and typography changed in that era. I have started to collect research into what type of things I could discuss within the text. I am also going to use my notes from the ‘Purple Haze –  Channelling Art Nouveau within 60’s Psychedelia’ Keynote session.

Constellation has not only been useful, but it’s inspired me to consider other subjects outside my course. It has helped me within my practice to think about the way I create and to widen my research topics. The sessions have definitely inspired me to think ‘outside the box’ when starting on projects and how my piece of work affects others. I will definitely be applying this to my work in the future. I will explore the many ways of creating and experimenting with different objects/ technology. I find I am now thinking in a different way about my work to before and will definately trying to express my individuality whenever possible.

Changing Faces

Editorial Design

After deciding on an appropriate layout ( two double page spreads and two single pages), I started to place the text and the images into Indesign. Prior to this I decided to pull-out quotes that would be really interesting to base my images around. As well as this I decided to use two of the quotes as my title, “Invisible Fire” and “my solitary fashion statement”.These titles work really well to represent my personal opinion about Anna Lyndsey’s story. I wanted to take a different approach to the design  and create it like it was a fashion magazine, using shades of pink, delicate text and quirky imagery. I wanted to portray how Lyndsey might be using her condition to get attention and therefore making it seem as something glamorous to have.

For my first draft I kept it very minimal, using white background and light pink pull-out quotes (using the pink shade from my images). At first I placed all of the body text in black for consistency, however this made the pages feel too repetitive and safe, so I decided to experiment with changing the body text on my third sheet to pink.

In my feedback I was told that the text and images worked well to create a visual for what I was wanting to present. I was told to place a stand first in my opening paragraph and possibly experiment with more pull-out quotes within the body text to create pace and hierarchy. Another piece of feedback was to experiment with changing some of the pages so that they have pink backgrounds.

In this second draft  I decided to give all of the pages pink backgrounds to see which ones  looked the most visually pleasing. At first I wasn’t sure about the pink because it attracted attention away from the images. I agreed that the third page needed something to make it that slightly more exciting, however because of the larger image on the previous page I thought that I needed to keep one of the pages very simple and clear.

I decided to show my work to some of my peers and asked them how they felt about the pink compared to the white background. I was told that they liked the last page in pink, because it worked well with the placement of the image, they had the same opinion about the first page too. However they agreed that the second page looked too busy with the larger image and the third definitely looked more successful with the white background.

Taking their advice I decided to continue to experiment with the backgrounds, as well as creating more pace within the body text. I then experimented with a couple of other background colour transitions,

To get a better idea of the colour the type setting and size I also printed several copies, making it easier spot mistakes within my body text and to see the quality of my images.

The final design

However none of the designs I had created really stood out to me, so I continued to play around until I ended up with the design below. Personally I think that the design has been very successful, none of the pages feel too busy, there is a clear consistency to each page and they’re not too repetitive.

On Wednesday we had our final feedback session. We were separated into two groups and presented our work so far. In the session I was given some very useful feedback and advice from my group and lecturer, that would help me to complete my editorial design and make each page slightly more exciting and experimental. I agreed with most of the feedback given, so I adjusted my images so that they weren’t too close to the text, Also moved the bottom quote on the first page so that it was clear to read. The advice I found most helpful was to pull out some more quotes from the body text so that it gives it pace and breaks up the paragraphs, this will make it easier to read.

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Changing Faces


After creating my layout, the idea behind my imagery changed and I wanted to create something quite unique and quirky. I had the idea to use feminine and simple colours to represent how Anna Lyndsey could be using her condition as way to get attention and so this can be seen as something quite glamorous. As well as this I decided to use this particular colour scheme because it made me think of flesh and skin, which is two important elements within the article.

Whilst creating my layouts I also decided to pull out quotes that stood out to me and that would be interesting to base my images around them. I believe my images are very implicit and they definitely make you question why I decided to create them this way. As well as this the implicit images grab your attention and make you want to read the article to understand their meaning.

To create the images I took several portraits of my friend, and then put them through Photoshop, adjusted the grayscale, contrast and brightness. Once I was happy with the images I then used a mixture of oil paints and ripped paper to create the unusual textures. With the first image I wanted to include the element of burning, I decided to burn a hole over the face in the portrait and then place that on top of the textured paint, to give the gruesome feel of raw skin.

I am very happy with the images, they’re all quite consistent and they go with the quotes successfully in my opinion. However I could have used better lighting to capture the images so that the different effects are shown more effectively in some places.  I also believe I could have experimented with more ripped pages and collage within some the images, for example I could have used more pictures of eyes in the last image to show the psychological effect even more.

“Invisible fire,” & “my solitary fashion statement”

maris burnt

“with a girlfriend who is rapidly becoming a freak.”

mars 2nd maybe

“the power and intensity of a laser”

maris 34

“physical, pharmacological, psychological.”

maris last

Editorial Workshop

For this small project we were given 2 hours to create a three page spread based on a provided topic. The Aurora Borealis was the topic for my group so we decided to use the National Geographic website for our information. Whilst searching the website we came across an article that showed you how to find the Aurora Borealis.

We decided to be as experimental as possible with this project and made sure that it was visible within our design. For the first page we used an interesting image that was created of the Aurora Borealis if it was seen as a pattern, we used this as our background and placed the text so that it looked like it was fading on top of the image. We also played around with the hierarchy, making the most important words stand out with a bigger text. We also decided to place tracing paper on top of the second page to give the idea that the Aurora Borealis is not always visible.

Even though our design was rushed in the time given, we were given some positive feedback. We were told, that there is parts of brilliance in the piece but also that some of the pages didn’t work together effectively. We were told that some of the styles made the text hard to read and hard to follow.

This project has definitely helped me and given me a better idea for what techniques I should be using In my new project. I have learnt that it is important to be experimental however I need to make sure that you are able to follow the text and that each page is consistent.