Thursday, 29 September 2011

WHY are WE here (10 reasons that the blog group agreed on)

1. Small year intake
2.To develop a unique style
3.Intense and competitive course - encourages hard work
4.Develop workshop skills
5.Start our career networking
6.To gain better knowledge of graphic design
7.To prepare for professional work
8.It's a studio bassed course
9.Good reputation-hands on tutors
10.Good resources and facilities

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

MAX KISMAN (something I came across)

I found his poster in Typography Design: Form and communication by Rob Carter, Ben Day and Philip Meggs. I found it really interesting.
I was doing some research about type. Looking trough the book hoping to find something I could relate to. Though I didn't find what I was looking for, but still this poster attracted  my eye. I was wondering was it the simplicity, the colour or the type that made the poster stand out. I really like that the composition reminds me of a triangle. The front is bold but every letter  relates to a symbol.

Max Kisman: In a paper bag, I save all kinds of small objects, which somehow make me think of letters or otherwise intreguing symbols. Cardboard hands for gloves holders, plastic bread bag clips. hinges, can openers, spark plugs, wooden ice cream sticks or ice cream spoons, nails, file separators, fishing weights, and so on.

Shapes, now out of context, which have lost their meaning. They are orphans of an forgotten language.

The WE LOVE YOUR font is an experimental set of characters derived from my 1986 TYP/Typografisch Papier contribution "What every Dutch boy carries in his pockets", an alphabet composed of small found objects. I used this idea in an extended form for my typography workshop “A LETTER CAN BE ANYTHING CAN BE A LETTER”, at the CCA, San Francisco, June 2003

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

PPP1 (task1) Why Am I Here - What do I want to Learn?

1. Identify and explain 5 reasons why you chose to study on this programme:

  • It's a small course. So we'll be able to know everyone on the course in spite of the the second years and third years. That's why we'll be able to calibrate and create amazing pieces of work together and as individuals. The tutors may also know us better as individuals and they can give us individual critiques and advices.
  • It's a studio based learning environment. It's more professional than in other colleges or universities. We actually will learn how to work in groups and how to use studio spaces and workshops.So we will gain practical skills and theoretical skills together. 
  • It's intense and motivating. We have an intense work pressure but it's only for the better. We'll be able to be professionals in the path we'll choose. It's also competitive. Because we all are trying to work our best. In the end it'll pay off.
  • The course gives me opportunities to develop practical skills on adobe sweet. 
  • The uni gives an opportunity and a strong background to find  work placements. We are being thought to be professionals.

2. Identify and explain 5 things that you want to learn during your time on the programme:

  • An awareness and understanding of what is graphic design. How does it communicate the audience and how to present ideas and solutions to problems in a visual way.
  • A broad range of digital skills and the right ways/places/concepts in use them.
  • I want to learn more about type-faces and to understand how do they work in relation to salving visual problems 
  • How to use workshops (photo studio, screen printing, bonding and so on). I used to be scared of using workshops, because of the things I don't know  and being afraid to ask questions. I think in this course I won't be scared of that at all. 
  • Time managment. Not to be late at deadlines and crits. 

3. Identify and explain 5 skills that you think are your strengths:

  • Photography. I've been interested in photography for a long time now. I think I'm doing something right because people intend to get my ideas and the things I want to say trough pictures.
  • Line drawing. It's more a satisfactory of the drawing 'demon' I have inside. I'm not even sure am I good at it. I just really like it.
  • Combining image and type together. 
  • Researching stuf. I really like going beyond the obvious and looking for serious answers to simple questions.
  • I like experimenting with mixed media. It doesn't matter if it's in a digital or in a more crafty way.

4. Identify and explain 5 things that you want to improve:

  • My photography skills (understand the functions and things You should know in order to produce good quality pictures)
  • Adobe skills (quit obvious why)
  • Time management (I just want to b really good in organising my time in order to be more productive)
  • Communication skills (I have a language barrier, but I intend to to improve my writing, listening and speaking skills to the point where I don't even need to translate stuff (thoughts, sentences, phrases) from my  first language)
  • Learn to creating type-faces (I don't even know how to do that)

5. Identify and explain 5 ways that you will evaluate your progress:

  • The work I'll produce will speak loudly of my improvement. Looking trough the work that I've done earlier and the work that'll be produced in the future. Comparing. Critiquing.
  • Feedback from the tutors and course/group-mates.
  • Reflecting everything I do on my blog or in a notebook/sketchbook. Looking through it and critically  evaluating myself.

6. Identify 5 questions that you want to find the answer to:

  • How can I get a work placement?
  • How to use a professional photo-studio?
  • How to create a website?
  • How to use illustrator? 
  • How to screen-print? 

Friday, 16 September 2011

10 Things


1. Improve my english skills
2. Work more in Workshops than I did during the Foundation year
3. Understand Graphic Design
4. Find new ways to visually solve problems
5. Get to know everyone on the course
6. Lear and improve new skills
7. Learn to play pool and get good at it
8. Study hard and get everything I can from the college
9. Get the student ID (soon enough)
10. Improve photography skills and use the photo studio at least few times to produce professional photos


1. Achieve a personal style
2. Experiment with workshop stuff
3. Do one outside brief
4. Improve Adobe skills
5. Be committed to the course
6. Be committed to the blogs
7. Time management
8. Sell a piece of work
9. Work collaboratively & get feedback from group
10. Pass the year - with a decent grade