Project X – Display Day

Today was the day our display would be showcased to the college in the canteen. Looking at how everybody had presented their information on their chosen topic, I found it interesting how everyone had collaborated and generated different ideas to entice the audience in and engage them in debate. I think it’s important to reflect not only on our own design piece, but everyone elses too, as there were some interesting styles and techniques used that I found interesting, and also felt quite jealous that they were able to execute them so well!

Other Groups

One particular display I think everyone enjoyed was “Say no to recycling”. The group adopted a Andy Warhol pop art style, which didn’t necessarily link to the topic, but did entice the intended audience with bright, vibrant colours and interesting visuals. They created leaflets that were handed out to from the stall, and also created a bin to illustrate the problem. I thought the halftone effect was very eye catching, and married well with the pink and yellow type, and the blue background. The colour palette was well thought out and is something that I will remember and use in future projects!26295306_1920207174962072_385637008904552448_n.jpg

Another display that was quite under appreciated (in my view) was the eco building, showing how plants could cleanse the air in built up cities. The interesting element of the display was the 3D model created by Dan. I know how much time and effort goes into 3D modelling, and it’s by no means easy. I think because it has become expected in modern design, it often gets overlooked and under appreciated. However, I think he did a fantastic job and has a lot of talent! I asked him what software he used, and it was Cinema 4D, a program that I had previously encountered from tutorials on youtube. Its certainly an area I want to explore and feel inspired by his design. The display its self was clear and easy to understand, and I thought it was a nice touch that the feedback was handed out on clouds, which were later tied to the table to further strengthen the purpose of the design.

Our Group

Overall, I think the design was well received. The issue itself has been quite prominent in the media recently, yet I don’t think people understood where and how plastic waste ends up in the ocean. People were shocked with the amount of time it took for a nappy to biodegrade in the ocean, and this shock factor could have been exploited further. It was a good exercise to gain initial feedback, and one key point was that we only focused on the negative aspects of the issue. Many people wanted to know how they themselves could make a difference, and this is something we had missed.

Also, it was clear that other groups had focused on what the audience could take away from the design to remember the issue, in the form of leaflets and cards. Again, this could have been added to our display with more appealing visuals that could have encouraged a positive reaction.

Our idea was to “fish for fish”. Initially, I pushed the idea of fishing for facts, which was overlooked by the group. However, feedback suggests that the plastic fish were distracting from the overall purpose of the design, and perhaps I should have been more forceful in pushing my idea if it was to benefit the group design.

In term of the group dynamics, I’ll admit i’ve found it difficult to communicate with them effectively. I’ve found that a lot of the time, someone may suggest an idea and it is too quickly adopted and the ideal solution, without exploring all possible angle, despite how ridiculous or unachievable they might be. I think it’s important to always push the boundaries, especially in the development stage, and consider the intended audiences needs. It was clear to see other groups had worked well together in collaborating ideas and working to each others strengths.

Many times during this project, I’ve looked looked around the room and noticed every group conversing and generating fresh ideas. Nothing was dismissed straight away. I don’t want to seem like I’m moaning about my group, however I do want to get a better grasp in the final week of this task and try and lead the group to achieve the best possible outcome possible. A lot of negativity seems to be in the air at the moment about the overall purpose of the subject, but that’s just design. Often as designers, we won’t be able to pick and choose who and what we work on or with. So I think this is an exercise of perseverance, and I think the group attitude needs to change in order to achieve a good outcome.



APP – Testing Ideas

Following my ideas and sketches, I started to implement ideas in a digital design, testing ideas visually. At this stage, I’m not worried about producing the finished product first time, but simply having fun and creative, implementing intelligent fast failure. This will give me the chance to discard redundant ideas quickly, and move forward with ideas that may work.

My intended theme is to create a link between smoking and mortality. My research has lead me to use signifiers such as skulls, bullet holes, guns and other symbols of death. Composition is something that I struggle with on projects like this, so trial and error is always a massive part of the development stage in my design process.

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Using what I had learnt during my work experience, I started to look at blending techniques to merge smoke to signifiers, such as images of skulls and a guns. Also, I’ve been fearful of working on multiple layers on previous projects, however, I’ve understood the importance of layering to create a complex image. Using images of textures and paint-over techniques, I aim to create an exaggerated illusion of the negative impact of smoking in the form of shock advertising.

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G.F Smith

It was great to have G.F Smith come in as a guest speaker to talk about all things paper! It’s a fundamental part of design, and something I have great interest in.

They handed us loads of different samples explaining how and why they were designed as sheets, and what reaction each material has with ink. They also supplied small printed books which illustrated different printing techniques and finishes, with a key on each page telling you exactly what has been used in the makeup of the design.

One of the most interesting sheets of paper he spoke about in my opinion, was “heaven 42”, a ultra white sheet of paper. To demonstrate, the paper consultant held up a standard sheet of a4 plain paper. The difference was quite dramatic. The consultant outlined the history, mentioning it was originally produced for a well known luxury car brand. They wanted a white sheet that had a very slight tint of blue. They thought that this would make metallic and shiny images to pop right out of the page. I have to agree, the printed results were incredible! The carmaker however didn’t retain the license for long, so the printed advantage wasn’t for very long as other producers began to print their catalogues on Heaven 42.

I also learnt the difference between coated and uncoated papers, and how the ink reacts to different fibres and weights of paper. G.F Smith are the luxury end of the market, and a lot of their sheets are very adaptable in terms of the printer used. However it was still great to hear local knowledge of printers around, and having dialogue about what type of printer will deliver the best results, for example digital vs litho.

Siva Cycle

I looked at alternative methods of power generation in order to better understand how my design would work. Siva cycle generates power through kinetic energy. A fan is attached to the back wheel that spins when the wheel is in motion. This in turn spins a motor that produces electricity, and then is stored in a small black box. This black box can then be detached and plugged in to your phone in order to charge it.



My initial idea is based around the generation of kinetic energy. I wanted to find out what other products are out there and being developed that are along similar lines to what i’m proposing.

I came across this football that is kicked around, and within the ball is a pendulum that moved to rotate a motor, that in turns generates the electricity. Kicking the football around for half an hour can produce enough energy to light a LED bulb for three hours. This design is a simple solution to the production of energy. A lot of energy is wasted with everyday activities that we should be utilising. The whole idea of the football has been re-thought in order to solve a problem, which is darkness in third world countries, and poverty as they cant afford the electricity to power lightbulbs. This also ties in with gamification, where the user has fun with the product without necessarily noticing the underlying purpose.

For my own project I can draw inspiration from the design of the generator that produces the electricity. It stems from a pendulum placed in the centre of the ball. As the ball is kicked the pendulum swings, giving the movement that is required to turn the motor and produce the energy.


Peter Kennard – Imperial War Museum

On the 11th of January we travelled to london again to visit the Imperial War Museum to look at the work of a political artist, Peter Kennard. His work aims to instigate debate about art, politics and society. it attempt to bring together different issues to stimulate the development of new forms of art that deal with everday global theames.


Below are a few examples of his work. The artist has tried to encapsulate the world from a negative portrayal of war. In the image below, you can see the world from a distance with a bullet passing through the centre. This perspective makes the audience wonder why is there a need for war?


This piece is interesting as it tackles one of the most common forms of discrimination, racism. I like the contrast between the black background, the photocopied face. There is clear segregation between the black and white features. The most prominent part of the image is the layered broken wooden plank with the writing “WHITES ONLY NET BLANKES” meaning whites only and no blacks in afrikaans. This shows the black person breaking through this barrier in society.


The piece below is also striking. The world is covered with the gas mask, with two big super powers, the USA and the UK in the eyes. The mouth piece is stuffed with bombs, signifying war instigated by these two countries.



Inspiration – The Drinkable Book

“More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene- related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.”  World Health Organization.

I drew inspiration from this particular project called the Drinkable book. The designer has clearly addressed the problem of dirty water being consumed by people in Africa. Part of the problem is people aren’t educated enough to know what they are putting into their bodies, and the harm its doing to them.

The designer has combined an educational book with practical purpose. The books pages are printed on filter paper that purifies water and educating the people in poverty. The paper can provide clean water for 30 days, and each book is capable of providing clean water for up to 4 years.

The designer has also thought about the impact it has along the materials  economy, producing a method that not only solves a problem but also is cost effective and cheap to produce, revolutionising water purification.

The Drinkable book