Archive | October, 2007

Don’t judge a book by its cover…

30 Oct

But its so hard not too!

“The gift” cover shot

I was in Waterstones today, just having a browse in the art section of the store, and almost immediately “The gift” by Lewis Hyde caught my eye. Its a book about the importance of creativity in society today. It was orginally released twenty years ago, but it is just as relevent today. It has a lot of good reviews. So i brought it, cant wait to read it. Now all i have to do is find the time!

I really like this cover created by Pentagram, which is one of my favourite design firms.
I love the layout of the type and i really like the handwriiten type its a nice personal quality too add. This style of simplistic design with plenty of white space will be the style i will eventually produce my magazine in.

A nice piece of eye candy to stubble across on a Monday morning.


Alice! Alice! Who the f*ck is Alice!!?

23 Oct

Meet Alice a newspaper glamour model….


We were asked by Adrian to produce a human figure using newspaper, so i created this figure Alice. Whilst constructing Alice i thought to myself there must by some method to Adrian’s madness surely??? Once we had created the figures, Adrian mentioned how just creating something on the spur on the moment, you could create an intresting cover for a magazine without laboriously slaving over it. I thought this was a really good exercise, so i have developed it one stage further to a fictional magazine cover, i think it looks quiet good, its not an amazing piece of deisgn work by any means, but it just shows what is possible with this theory. Thanks Adrian!

Recycled into something Remarkable

23 Oct

I was browsing the net a few months back, looking for some cool funky “green” gifts, just a be a bit different, and i came across
Its a wonderful site you can get loads stationary type products, which have been all been manufactured from recycling.

I think they’d make great gifs and there good for the enviroment too!


Inner compass 11/10/07

23 Oct

In a lecture a few weeks ago, Adrian (one of our lecturers) told us we had to create ten magazine deisgns, just from old magazines and newspapers, nothing else. It was quiet a fun task, but really hard trying to find images an material which linked together. With the design below i was lucky to find a few magazine articles with nice illustrations, that featured the colours i wanted for my experimental design. I found it really difficult trying to create 10 different designs, i think i was too ridgid in my thinking, and i should have mabye been a little bit more expiremental.
Below is one of my favourite of the designs i created. If i have a chance i might try and create a few more deisgns mabye.


Spell with flickr

22 Oct

Just been browsing through a few of my favourite design blogs, and i found this on Noisy Decent Graphics quiet a fun way to waste some time.

P i N T s I Z E

Sunshine in a jar

15 Oct

So its that time of year again, i’m trying to be organised this year and get my christmas presents early. So i was searching for gifts on my favourite gift sites, one of them happened to be firebox i personaly love this site, i love gimmicks and gadgets and things that my dad says are a waste of money. Right well back to the story i was looking for some gifts and i came across the sun jar I personally think its a great sustainable idea, designed by Tobi Wong, its great.
The sun jar is a sustainable light basically, the idea is you leave it anywhere with good natural or even artifical light, and it will collected energy using the solar pannels within the jar. Then when it gets dark the jar will produce a light glow.

I think this is a fantastic idea, completly sustainable, a real ecological winner!


Advertising 180AD

9 Oct

A couple of weeks back me and my boyfriend went to a roman amphitheatre in Caerleon,which isnt far from the university. I really enjoyed it there, it was like i could imagine what the gladiators/slaves would have felt before they entered the arena, we read all the information on the arena and really got i feel for the place, my boyfriend mentioned i should watch Gladiator. I saw the DVD today and decided to buy it, i thought it was a really good film it made me cry at the end, but it was well worth buying. 
where-the-gladiators-would-enter.JPGdscf0071.JPGamplethitear.JPG    After i finished watching the film i looked it up on the internet, I came across the site and i found an intresting piece of information refering to advertising; There’s another historical reference that didn’t make the transition from the written word to the big screen, and I can see why. In the script, Maximus did a product endorsement for Olive Oil in the ancient Roman City and had his name plastered on billboards across Italy, but this might not be as far off as you may think. Today, in our sophisticated society that has seemingly evolved so far, we find ourselves surrounded by famous people pushing products, and this is actually how it all began.I couldnt belive there would be advertising around in the roman era, i dont know why, they were intelligent highly sophistocated people, but the thought of soul sucking advertisers corrupting people from this time just surprised me. Naive of me i suppose, it seems advertising is one of the most secure jobs out there. From growing up in the 21st century i cant imagine a world without advertising, how good would it be to have no adverts (although some are good pieces of design themselves), to open a magazine and not have a bunch of flyers land on your lap, to do away with spam and junk mail? That would be my ideal world lets bring it back to basics.We were asked to consider sustainability in the 21st Century, i think banning all advertising would be a good start.