A Mahoooooosive update!!! + Messy Fun Time(s)

Well, I spent some time in Berlin recently and what an incredible trip that was! Such a wonderful cultural experience, the East Side Gallery and all the street art were amazing! The Bauhaus was even more impressive (although, it did seem a little orderly and way too clean). It is a trip I shall remember for a while.

BUT some sad news, I didn’t pass the ISTD Awards, which is a shame but I have an incredible piece of work for my portfolio and that’s what matters. Other news, is I have deadlines fast approaching, so the pressure is on to complete my projects.

One of which, I spent THREE days in the screen printing room, producing these little post card prints, depicting the phrase, with nautical origins, and survey responses in connotations. I wanted to use bright colours, layers and typography to show this. Next I would like to choose the best 10, out of the 30 prints (1 of each) to print on a large scale and maybe chromo blast / dye sub onto some fabric. AND make some packaging for it all.

(Images below are enhanced in photoshop)

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!

Ummm…… Dissertation Stuff and Uni?

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.