For the past three months, I have been working tirelessly on a 4000 word report, that explores the evocative natures of Vinyl Records and how they create an experience for the listener. This was intensive and a lot of research was needed to compile into a report and a visual response. The aim originally was to look at album covers, and how they have created an experience but with much discussion and self directed study, it became to looking at the records and the covers as a whole, in how and why they are evocative and culturally popular. This was enlightening and really interesting to read up on, seeing as how vinyl records are now becoming popular again. They’re a old format, but new to the generations today.
I am extremely pleased with my outcome, a 12″ x 12″ book titled ‘Going Round in Circles’, which includes self produced photography, letterpress, interview and quotes from my research. I have also included a mini 7″ x 7″ book, featuring my interview with one of my course mates, and friend, Dan Bass. Another feature to this book as a double sided A2 poster, with letterpress type expressing a word visually, with the images.
I want to share this outcome to show how proud I am, of what I have managed to achieve in three months!!!
I designed my own record label, to add character to the packaging
The cover of my book
The title, is a play on words as well as a figure of speech
A small letter press feature
An example spread, with a quote and image
Some more letterpress and a full double page spread
Part of one side of my poster design
The full side
The other side
Little pouch for my ‘Interview with Dan Bass’ book
The cover for this design
An example spread
Full double page spread, as a page break
Letterpress and an image feature
The back cover
Okay so, currently for the past couple of weeks I have been figuring out this Research Project and Visual outcome (Which will be my dissertation) So instead of the reaaaalllly long essay, I am taking the shorter option: it’s over by the 10th of December!
(Well…. you’d think so wouldn’t you?)
I have found a few articles on my topic that I chose, which is Vinyl Records, Album sleeves / art work etc. I have had a couple of tutorials on the subject, with my supervisor.
Only thing is, now I have a question and a bit of a direction to go in. Now I’ve not been a map reader, but forming this whole design process in my head, is starting to get to me.
BUT I know I can get there, (with other units at the same time….. hmmm…..) in my mind right now, is those little fluff balls you get when you go brain dead? And they run about making it all fuzzy?
Yeah… that happened today. However, I will be exploring the evocation of records, and how designers design this around three formats, so Vinyl, CD and MP3. And within that the experiences of albums themselves. So, how different is the experience with Vinyl compared to a digital download? Does the artwork get forgotten or do we actually look at it?
it’s something I want to explore and hopefully produce a rather interesting outcome from this research.
Only issue is the time scale AND my self, thinking about it too much.
I can over–think and it’s an issue which I need to get over.
So, this week has been an interesting one.
I had my induction on Tuesday, introducing me to my final year units and dissertation. (Research paper and visual outcome)
I have decided to go on the shorter option for the dissertation, so from Monday I have 12 weeks to write 2500 – 4000 words and produce a visual outcome. Planning my time has never seemed so important and mind blowing. My other units this year look interesting too, Major Project in Graphic Design is in two parts over the year, the first being research and development and the second being the outcome. The others aim to get me work ready for the industry.
In all honesty, I am anxious not to mention a little scared of the future. It’s my last year so I got to make it count as much as I can. Beating those 2:1s from last year will be a tricky one. I know I can do it but it’s the problem of executing it.
The other bit is I spent two days at Freshers Fair, recruiting new students into the Circus Society. This was a good opportunity to meet people and sell our society. I also got a few freebies such as a sombrero, and some student vouchers for restaurants.
I hope these nerves and terrors go away when I get stuck into things.
We shall see