Saturday, 19 December 2009

Cat cam I

(only just realised there is no # symbol on a mac keyboard)

One of my friends in Falmouth gave me this camera and a pack of out of date film - in exchange for a picture I drew of a scene in Watchmen. I call it 'cat cam'. It meows. I just got my first film developed. I still take pictures like I did 10 years ago. ie. out of focus and badly framed. But there are a few interesting results anyway.

As my scanner is in Falmouth, I've had to photograph the photos! When I return I will scan the actual photos.

Each of these photos are blurry but I like the colours in them. Also on the first two, the rain drops on the window (I took these photographs through my flat window) seem to be in focus while the main image isn't. Photo one and three are of the same location but a different boat in the dry dock!

I love how the colours have come out in this photograph. It sort of reminds me of how old photographs look today, ones from the 80s or 90s. The blue sky is beautiful. But yes, that is a baby hanging upside down in front of my balcony door. Some friends of mine decided it'd be fun to bungee jump it off the balcony above and left it hanging at my window. Pretty nice photograph anyway!

The only photograph which was perfectly in focus! My bamboo plant.

I've got 9 more out of date films, plus 3 or 4 other films, so the cat cam will get much more use in future. Unfortunately, although the camera and films were free, it costs £4.95 to develop a film each time. Especially disappointing when there are only a few decent photographs.

Friday, 18 December 2009

The future of print

I've had a pretty busy last two days, working 9 hours days. Today I even managed to squeeze in Starbucks coffee with a college friend, on my lunch break, who I hadn't seen since the summer. She's doing a degree in Graphic Arts at Leeds  - very far from Falmouth! Plus went out to dinner with my parents, after work - now feeling well and truly stuffed.

Somewhere, over dinner, whilst talking about graphic design, master degrees, future work etc, dad asked "but, will books still be around in the future?" as I'm thinking I'll want to work in design for print/publishing. Of course I said yes, they're not going anywhere just because technology is growing. A topic we have discussed many times in HACCS (I can't remember what this stands for - history of graphic design basically).

I have now found this video and article on the Creative Review blog.

Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

“London-based BERG demonstrate the potential of tablet devices to deliver a rich experience for magazine lovers. Magazine publishers are getting very excited about the potential of iPhone Apps, but far better experiences may be on the way with the imminent arrival of tablet devices. In this hugely impressive video, BERG walk us through their ideas for how magazines may work on such a device.”
- Creative Review blog.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Canon & Stefan Sagmeister

I've just completed my first essay at university.
1200 words on 'Which designer do you think should be canonised?'.
Choosing a graphic designer who is well known now, and looking at it 20 years in the future (so, with an aspect of creative writing).
So, who will still be around in 20 years time?
Who deserves to enter the "graphic design canon"?

"The canon is a group of highly regarded people within a certain field of expertise. New people can join by doing something which makes them worthy of their place. The public can decide who belongs in the cannon, generally those who are most popular or successful." - the first couple of sentences of the essay.

I chose Stefan Sagmeister. Some may argue he is already a part of the canon, but I think in order to write about someone well enough and express why they deserve to be canonised, they have to be relatively canonised already. If that makes sense. 

Also as we are graphic designers, we don't just write an essay. We put it into the format of a book/ magazine spread, as if it is in some kind of graphic design canon compilation.

Here it is: