Saturday, 29 January 2011

The evolution of Photoshop

You're going to have to enlarge this image, by clicking it. But it's pretty cool/interesting. I can tell from the start up screen that I used to have Photoshop 6, on my Windows computer a long time ago. Since then, I've jumped right up to CS3 and now CS5 - the whale.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Japanese typography

"Designer Masaaki Hiromura has combined typography with symbols and signs in this wonderful Japanese food type, which replaces specific portions of kanji words with the food ideogram that the word embodies. The result is a clean, iconic look that communicates ideas without a need to understand Japanese characters– in other words, type that has replaced words with symbolism." - jeaniejeanie

I am so surprised no one has thought of this before, or if they have I have never seen it.

Great stuff.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Revival tour with Chuck Ragan

This has got to be one of the best touring acoustic musician collaborations. Founded by the brilliant Chuck Ragan, The Revival Tour features other amazing musicians such as Frank Turner, seen in the video above, Tim Barry and Ben Nichols. And soon, Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem.

I read this this morning, which makes me very happy.

Chuck Ragan: We just did a European tour with Gaslight, and we had planned to try and record the record on that tour. We were all so busy on the tour and just running hard that it was tough to record [a full-length album]. We messed around with a little bit of stuff and started doing some songs together, but the two of us decided it would be better to hold off because we want to write more together. Brian will be doing the Revival Tour this fall over in the UK and Europe, so we’ll probably put something on the Revival Tour compilation or maybe do some seven-inches." - The Rebel Yell

Gotta love that loads of my favourite musicians/artists are friends and make music together. Reading this extra detail on
Wikipedia makes me think that if it's true I will be overcome with happiness.

"A revival tour with Brian Fallon and Frank Turner is planned for late 2011." Eeeee! Please be true. And please be somewhere I can get to, at a suitable time.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Essay submission

Essay is due in this Thursday. I had pretty much completed it over the Christmas break, so there was very little that I need to add to it. I basically just added an extra quote or two, shuffled some bits around and made any grammatical/spelling corrections after two of my friends read it through. I am pleased with it anyway, so I hope I get a decent grade.

A few people mentioned laying out their essays in InDesign, which I hadn't planned to do, but this evening I thought "hey, why not?"I didn't do anything over-the-top, just set a simple grid and four columns. Keeping certain information to the left hand side on each page, in its own larger margin.

Note the similarity index - the lower number the less you have copied and the
less "plagiarism". I'm impressed, that means I wrote an awful lot myself! Haha.
2551 words

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Tree book

I have been working on some graphic design work for myself, yay! As you no doubt are already aware, I really like trees. I have quite a collection of tree photographs, most of which probably aren't great by photographic standards. But they show the shapes, colour and general interestingness that I found in the tree in the first place.

So, I'm making a little book with them in. At the moment, I'm designing it season by season with 20 photographs per season. I have started with Spring which looks pretty good and varied at the moment. Hopefully by the time I get to Winter the variety will still be there.

Some spreads.

Not sure what to do for season pages, yet.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Alternative route to Tesco

I took rather a long detour to get to Tesco Express this morning, but it was intentional as it is such a beautiful day in Fal town. And it actually has been for most of this week, it's just I have been stuck inside my daylight-less studio at uni (which is not actually a bad place to be), for the majority of it.

I walked along the seafront, all the way past Gylly, off up through one of the side roads towards Melvill Road, then across in Fox Rosehill Gardens. I walked through the gardens, ending up at the centre of Woodlane (uni) and then off up a hill onto Woodlane (the street). Towards the church, up some more hills, to where you can see across the bay (if that's what you'd call it) from Flushing to the Docks. Then picked a random road and walked down into town, and back to little ol' Tesco. And home from there.


Never miss a tree opportunity.
 I swim at this hotel.

I was interested to see how far I walked, so I calculated the route! 2.5 miles – not bad!

Now I need to do some work...

Friday, 21 January 2011


We had a lecture from Slightly Different today. They are a web design focused studio based in Falmouth. It was alright, not really my thing 'though, but twas at least interesting to see a Falmouth design studio. As you would be able to tell from my (minimal) lecture notes, or doodles, my favourite part of the presentation was the vegetable characters in a campaign to get kids into gardening.

And thus I decided these must be re-created with my vegetables and some googley eyes. The veg has since been cooked and eaten.

Unfortunately, the mushroom was a failure and does not
belong with these fine creatures.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Augmented technology

My group and I are looking into augmented reality technology for our app design. There is some incredible stuff out there, and the technology is being developed everyday. It's so current and the possibilities seem endless. If you don't know what augmented reality is, check out this.

Some cool apps/technologies around now:

A bit scary, but pretty cool anyway.

This one is crazy. We printed out the piece of paper with a kind of QR code
on it and it really did work - pretty fun!

And talking of QR codes, I made this:
If you have a barcode scanning app, you can work it out.


I want to draw some letters/numbers/characters.

Not that I ever finished Twilight Princess...

But new Zelda!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Asha: Guest lecture

Yesterday we had a brilliant and inspiring guest lecture - Mark Steen from Asha, a "London design studio, outside of London." (Cheltenham). They have worked on a wide variety of projects, big and small, which you can check out on the website. But the project that really stood out for me was their 'brand refresh of' WWF.

"The world’s leading conservation organisation have been working with ArthurSteenHorneAdamson in a global brand refresh, aiming to clarify the public's understanding of the breadth of its work."

WWF is a worldwide known environmental organisation with its iconic panda logo. But the panda was all it was know for, "Noone really knows what it [WWF] is for." Which is where Asha came in.

One of the key things that Mark kept stressing was the importance in separating the science and emotion - science being the facts and figures, and emotion - the cute cuddly toy animals. And it's the sciencey side that I really liked, how the facts and figures are displayed so clean and simply.

"WWF is a science-led organisation, but it is important to recognise that the emotional aspect of what they do helps them to engage with a wider audience. To ensure their science-led approach is given appropriate emphasis, and to enable WWF audiences to understand and engage with the science quickly, ASHA developed a signature style for portraying scientific information."

Asha even designed a new condensed typeface specifically for WWF.

Really great stuff. The sort of thing I'd like to be a part of, something meaningful - science, environmental, geography, information etc.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Tales of the Otori

I am currently re-reading Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn, for what I think must be about the fourth time. It is the first book in a three part series which I guess you could call Tales of the Otori – as it's centred around the Otori family, particularly Takeo.

I am pretty sure these are my favourite series of books.

The author has also written before and after books which are also excellent.


My parents bought me these miniature versions of the books. Each book is split into two episodes. They thought I'd like them for the Japanese prints on the covers, which I did. Unfortunately they didn't realise that the books being miniature meant there should be six and not just three. But I have them all now.

"Tales of the Otori is a series of historical fantasy novels by Lian Hearn, set in a fictional world based on feudal Japan. The books follow a young warrior named Takeo in his struggles to avenge an adoptive father, escape the legacy of his biological father, and pursue the love of his life in the midst of an enormous power struggle involving dozens of clan lords and thousands of warriors.
Five battles to fight. Four to win, one to lose." – Ta, wikipedia.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Stacey Rozich

These illustrations are incredible. Reminiscent of fairytales and folklore, and like author of this post said strangely like Hayao Miyazaki. Created by Stacey Rozich.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The Supermarket

I started my essay today, 2400 words later, I've also nearly finished it.

There was a particularly interesting and useful documentary on a few weeks ago, I watched it whilst it was on but also recorded it to watch back – taking notes. It was a Panorama special, 'SUPERMARKETS: What Price Cheap Food'. (I'm pretty sure that title doesn't actually make grammatical or logical sense.)

I have found said documentary on YouTube if anyone is interested:

An extract from my essay:
“Salesmanship isn't the science of selling people goods they do not require – it is more the art of teaching them to require and buy the goods you have for sale.” A quote that is as relevant today as when it was published in Grocery, a grocer's journal, in July 1924. It is our way of life, we have to consume to survive, more so in terms of food than any other industry. We get our food where we can, most of us from the local supermarket as it is the easiest and most reliable source of food consumption. There are more food products on offer to us now than ever before, but when did this begin? And how did it become so easy for the consumer?

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Lego album covers

I came across these by accident, looking for a large image of Muse's Absolution artwork to use as my desktop wallpaper – as designed by the graphic genius Storm Thorgerson.

These are pretty genius too.