A dog walk proved to be another opportunity for gaining experience with my camera. I played around with settings and experimented a little with my shots. I am still on a learning curve regarding exact best times for developing negatives, and also had a couple of issues with chemicals when printing. That said, I am happy with the progress I am making. I am extremely interested in structures as well as enjoying creating images that I feel have a slight gritty mood to them. I can’t wait to get out again with a couple of rolls of film.
I’ve been out with my vintage camera again….a stroll across the Humber bridge. I am still very much a novice regarding settings, and it was a fine sunny day. These are a few images I shot. The development process has also been a learning curve. After being used to the Uni’s equipment, it was an experience setting up a makeshift darkroom in the bathroom! I managed to mix the chemicals successfully and printed these images with more vintage equipment (an eBay bargain!). I used an old Durst enlarger which has no colour filters. I still have much to learn and experiment with but am happy with my first attempt. I will take these into the Adobe suite next to see what I can do with the images next.
Deciding I needed to further skills with the Adobe suite, I wanted to experiment with something new. I found some interesting tutorials on how to create a low poly illustration from an original image. I generally try to work with my own original images where possible, but for the purposes of learning I used a nice image of The Joker( The child in me loves superheroes!). I spent a couple of days between working my day job, finding my way round this technique. I am enjoying getting to grips with new skills.
An interesting and valuable read. Just flicking through the pages on a short car journey, a few thoughts came into mind about designing products:
I feel it’s imperative to understand the products fuction when designing. It is also important to understand the users perception of the product and how it functions. This also extends to the aesthetics of the product.
I was also thinking about themes that products take on….I wonder if the themes relevance to a product is important? Does the theme need to be linked to the product,or the products environment, in order for the user to understand it better? Or whether it is just about how aesthetically pleasing the product is that is important? Maybe it’s time to research and experiment further.
Having rested up after finishing my second year of uni, I realise, on reflection, how much I actually tried to cram in to the last part of the semester!! I have been somewhat exhausted, but have to say, that I have thoroughly enjoyed this year. Having been like a child in a sweet shop and wanting to take on absolutely everything I could, I am now settling down and doing some relaxed learning. My interests are very varied, but 3D work is an area I wish to explore alongside Graphic Design. I am fascinated by my own contrasts of enjoying the ‘hands on’ approach that utilise traditional crafting methods, as well as being intrigued with the use of digital 3D software. Today I am allowing myself some time to try and get to grips with the basics of using Autocad. I may resurface unscathed!!!
I offered to produce a logo for an old school friend. She was looking for a quick fix in order to apply for local fundraising for the dance school she works with. The school is a completely non profit organisation which enables a diverse range of people to learn, have fun, and for some, gain important self confidence, which can be carried through to all parts of their lives. The way this school works is something to be admired, and something I hope continues for many years to come within my local community.
I had very little to go on for this logo, only that it was for a dance school and should be contemporary. Also, a red/black colour scheme had been suggested. The logo is needed as soon as possible.
I had a play around with a few sketches before taking my strongest idea into Adobe Illustrator. I then played around with some effects and different colour schemes. I wanted to give variety, but didn’t want to spend too long on something that may not be what my client wanted. I wasn’t sure at this stage whether a stand alone logo was needed, or whether text would need to be added, so I decided to come up with the visual ideas first.