Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Antelope Screenprint

So just before we finished for christmas i drew up a design that i wanted to screen print, this is of a Antelope.
Im now continuing the design and have just drawn it up on illustrator and added colour to it too.
When i go back after christmas holiday i am going to screen print the design in my spare time.

first sketch of the design

Scanned in version of the design, which i worked off in illustrator.

outline of design drawn up in illustrator.

colour version 1.

Final design, i changed it slightly from before so there was a separation between the antlers and got rid of the bit at the top as i think it made it look abit odd. I changed the background colour slightly as it was too orange before. Now i just need to screenprint it!! 

Monday, 12 December 2011

'How to…' Evaluation

What problem did you identify?
As a group we all had very similar 'how to' questions that we were initially given these were all based around travel. We also linked business into it too, this gave us the idea of doing a travel guide for a businessman. The problem we were solving was how to travel as a business man, the outcome was going to be a travel guide for a businessman. Inside the guide it would appeal to them by being all info graphs. 
What evidence did you find to support your decisions?
Like i said before the initial idea came from all of us having very similar subjects around our how to question. We didnt want to just go with one idea so we merged them all together. The research that each individual had done for there own 'how to' question was the evidence to start off with. It showed that there was information out there about it, but we wanted to collate it all together into one book for a certain audience; the business man

What methods did you use to gather your evidence and what forms did it take?
Primary research:
Surveys - Everyone had done a survey as part of there own research, this gave us alot of information on individual questions which we were going to involve in the guide.
Books - we went into the library/shops to look at travel guides already out there.
Business books - Eve had a business magazine which was full of ideas/ info graphs which we used for a lot of our inspiration.

Secondary Research
All general information for info graphs - for the research into each section for the guide, the majority of this was done on the internet from information available on there. This was to form the majority of the research for us and the main information we would use to form the info graphs. To make suer we had reliable information, we didn't use any unfamiliar websites.

- Survey results/stats
- distances between cities within countries
- time taken between cities within countries
- safest ways to travel in countries
- % of population that speak a certain language
- size of guide/passport
- economy of each country
- climate of each country

- all general research into sections - secondary research
- looking at books/magazines in shops and library
- looking at info graphs

What methods of research did you find useful and why?
I found that having gone and looked at previous guides online and in shops/library and also having the business magazine the best research to have. Obviously without researching into information for the info graphs we wouldn't have them. But looking at the guides/magazines gave me alot of ideas on the layout and how to design the info graphs, especially the business magazine, when we looked through this it had info graphs on similar subjects to ours so we felt that we were on the right track doing it.

How did these inform your response to your problem?
From looking at the business magazine it made the layout of the book alot better, I knew what the business class were looking for; clean simple design, straight to the point, with the information relevant and easy to find. I think this did have a big influence on our final guide, which i think does look very professional and laid out well. 
What methods did you encounter as problematic?
I dont think we really had any method that caused a problem, we got all the relevant information we needed to create all the content for the book. The only thing i would say is that when we came to put it together we didn't have anything to go with the info graphs, any text to explain or expand on the graphs, so we had to go back and research to get more. Other than that we got everything we needed.
How did you overcome this?
We went back and researched until we got the information we needed.
What research could you have carried out that would have proved more useful?
We didn't really do that much primary research, we could have done another survey finding out more specific information for content or the design of the guide.
We could have gone and spoken to actual businesses to see if this would be of any use to them and if they would want to use such a product, this again could of given us more insight in what relevant information to include inside the guide. 
But to do all of this i feel that we would of needed more time on the project as it was a push in doing what we have done now.

List five things that you have learnt about the design process over the last two weeks
- Research is everything - without doing enough/relevant research you cannot get the right outcome
- Primary research is the best way to get reliable and worthy research for a project
- Organisation is needed - plan out each step of the process to make sure you have covered it, and when working in a group plan this too.
- If working in a group, i found communication is very important. In our group we were always in touch with each other and knew what everyone was doing, i think thats how we got all the mass amount of research done and ended up producing a 30page book.
- Its always good/okay to go back a step and do something again/ more indepth.

List five things you would do different next time
- Make sure that everyone is happy with the idea we are producing.
- Spend longer on desgning/ putting everything together.
- Get the presentation up to scratch and on par with final outcome.
- Spend as much time as possible working as a group 
- Do more primary research.

Overall I did enjoy this brief, working in a group isn't my favourite because of certain reasons, which did happen in our group; clashing of ideas, people wanting to take control, people not putting as much effort in as other.
I feel that my role in the group was high. Towards the end of brief i felt that i was keeping the group together sort of and making sure we had the outcome done. I put together the booklet, from the designs and my designs everyone had done, i collated everything and made the final guide; the design of it. I designed it how i thought it should be and then showed it to the group and any criticism etc we sorted out and made sure everyone was happy with it. I then added little touches like page numbers and section heading along the bottom of the page, just to make it look more professional, which personally i think it did. There was some issues with the printing of it, it wasn't the best quality and some mistakes were made, but we can always print another better quality version.

The final Crit
The crit went really well i felt. We split the presentation up so everyone had something to say, which i felt we all delivered it very confidently and said the right things. Any questions that were asked we replied to and answered them well and confident. The only criticism we had was that the presentation didn't portray how good and good quality the guide was. When the tutors saw the actual guide they said they were very surprised because the presentation didnt make it look that good, but when looking at it in your hand they said it looked very professional within the layout of the guide and all the info graphs look relevant and well very designed.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Ryan Spacey

Ryan Spacey studied at Leeds Met doing graphic design and is now working in a agency in Leeds called The Vast Agency. I really like these series of poster he has done. The type in them is excellent and look so nice. Alot worked by woodblock letter; another favourite of mine.

Nicolas Menard


Analogue a design company based in leeds, came across this company when looking for designers for the design context workshop. I really like the style of the company, especially the print work they have done.

Monday, 21 November 2011

OUGD403 Evaluation

1. What skills have you developed through the module and how effectively do you think you have applied them?

From the beginning of the module i have learnt new skills within Illustrator mostly. I had used it and knew how to use it before, but i was never confident enough to use it in my work alone, throughout this module illustrator has been the main thing i have used and i am proud of the work i have produced using it. I have also developed drawing skills and learnt how to blog and use a blog effectively within my work.

2. What approaches to/methods of idea generation have you developed and how have they informed your design development process?

For my idea generation i have developed my own way of working. I first start by brain storming multiple ideas that could work, I then research into these ideas which i follow by deciding on the idea i think fits the brief the most. I then develop these ideas through design sheets to eventually reach my final outcome, through experimental work along the way. I have developed this way of working because i need an organised way to work, this keeps it in steps and easy for me to work with I think this process shows that my work develops though time.

3. What strengths can you identify in your work and how have/will you capitalise on these?

I feel that my strengths are using the software, U feel confident now with using Illustrator and have been confident using photoshop before. I feel i am producing good work by using the adobe suite. I also feel my time management and organisation helps alot to getting everything done and in on time.

4.What weaknesses can you identify in your work and how will you address these in the future?

My weaknesses are my drawing skills. Within the first task i did find it difficult as i know im not the strongest drawer. I have been trying to spend time developing this skill, but i still need to address this through the time im here. I do feel it has improved a little since starting.

5. Identify Five things that you will do differently next time and what do you expect to gain from doing these?

- Experiment with my work more - once having an idea experiment with the colours, layout etc more to get the best design possible.
- Design ideas - produce more; spend longer on thinking of more ideas - this will lead to better outcomes as things can merge and make a better idea.
- Research - research into more ideas/work which i am wanting to produce, this can inspire better ideas, giving better outcomes to the brief
- Experiment with techniques - instead of sticking using the adobe suite and digital outcomes maybe experiment my ideas with different techniques.
- Put my ideas into context - once i have done an outcome/idea try it out in context; put the design onto products, in shop windows etc to properly evaluate the use of the outcome.

6. How would you identify yourself in the following areas:
5= excellent 4= very good 3=good 2=average 1= poor

Attendance = 4
Punctuality = 4
Motivation = 4
Commitment = 4
Quantity of work produced = 4
Quality of work produced = 4
Contribution to the group = 4

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Ive been interested in zines for a while, just been looking at them on the internet, i like the whole concept of them being on anything you want not having to be related in any sort of way. Its a nice and quick process too. I think its something i could get into, especially within the music and design scene.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

pantone colours

red - pompeian red - 18-1658 TCX
orange - vibrant orange - 16-1364 TPX
green - green eyes - 16-0224 TPX
yellow - pastel yellow - 11-0616 TPX
blue - Ashley blue - 16-4013 TPX
violet - gentian violet - 19-3730 TPX

Tuesday, 1 November 2011