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.
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.
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.
“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
As part of my research into zines, I looked at a website called ‘Doodlers Anonymous’. The website was founded to celebrate the love of doodling and drawing. Everyone does it whether it be on the phone or just picking up a pen and some paper and drawing your surroundings. I took inspiration from the website where amateurs and professionals showcase their sketchbooks of random doodles.
In relation to the zine project, its encouraging to see other peoples sketches, and I want to be able to sketch my bird for the ‘MPN’ article.
I looked at several artists, but one that particularly caught my eye was Chris Piascik, who displayed his sketchbook filled with mainly interesting combinations of type. but also small little redundant embellishments that relate to the subject of the artwork.
I also drew inspiration from a a zine on fantasteek. A simple design that used different coloured papers and high contrast in the dark illustrations and the bright paper.
The design below on the left of the double page spread, has a really interesting contrast, and i like how all the text and imager inside the black box is the same as the yellow boarder. This gives the impression it has been cut out and I think looks really eye catching. There is also strong contrasts in every line of the text. This makes it really interesting to read and the different styles and weights compliment each other well.
Again there is strong contrast with black text on yellow paper, titled in red with strong left alignment.
The type on this page at the bottom is interesting. Relating to computers and looks very dated and old. very ‘blocky’ type, almost pixilated. the banner at the top has different depths within each word, strong contrast between formal serif type, hand written sans serif type, also noticing the difference in capitals.