Can I just say something about mess?

Mess is amazing!

Mess is chaotic.

Mess is strange.

Mess is messy!

Mess shows personality.

Mess is organised.

Mess is misunderstood.

We are told mess is wrong.

We are told that mess should be tidy.

We are told that everything should have a place, yet with mess everything does.

We are told to put things away once finished with, kept clean and in it’s own space.

Mess is beautiful.

Mess is a way of life.

A kitchen is supposed to be clean because of food preparation.

A bathroom is supposed to look sanitary.

A space is supposed to look clean and tidy.

…………

 

I say

Embrace mess

Embrace the chaos that comes with mess

And say fuck the other people’s standards and live to your own

The end!

 

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Today’s Design Antics….

As part of my Professional Practice: Promotion and Employability unit, I have to design my own identity and promotional materials. Now those of you who follow Hotham Designs, you’ll notice my current icon. Yeah…. I am scrapping that from College…..

After four pages of sketches, and one page full of typefaces I have decided to stick with this circus / fairground style character. ‘J’ is the start of my name, I am part of a Circus Society, and I love to be playful and experimental with my design work so this is the perfect style for me to go with.

Obviously it needs work, so separate print layers with the cut out. I will also be digitally crafting this and hand painting it too, to see how the effect works. Then I can focus on the promotional materials, colours, and of course my portfolio site which I hope to hand code in HTML and CSS with a small amount of Java Script if I can get to grips with it in time.

Using woodblock printing inks and Greyboard this is today’s messy fun time!!! I enjoy using different mediums and I am finally getting back into it with my Major Project and this one too!

Watch this space for developments on my identity as a Graphic Designer!

Letterpress Fun!

This is what I got up to, today!
As part of my Visual Culture Research Project, on the evocative natures of Vinyl Records, I pressed some type with some words I asked a few people for. This turned out really well and once they’re dry I can scan them and change them up for my outcome, (such as colour, size, position etc.)
Of course I am covered in ink, on my hands, arms, clothes and face. If I came out clean, I wouldn’t be working hard enough or having fun at all!

More ‘P’s | An Inky Experiment

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This time, I spent a few hours in the studio messing around with indian inks, paint brushes and a dip pen. I am going to scan these in, and mess around with them some more, in order to create an innovative and exciting poster design.