Pictograms and Ideograms

This afternoon we were looking at pictograms and ideograms and how we can create our own using Adobe Illustrator, on a more professional level. Pictograms are images of nouns; they can be seen in history as far back as prehistoric times, in cave drawings, and they have since evolved into ideograms i.e. a men's toilet sign.  … Continue reading Pictograms and Ideograms

Illustration Styles

For one of my outcomes for the Genius Loci project, I'm going to create a book of illustrations. I am currently experimenting with different styles of illustration I could possibly use. The illustrations will be of people who have been willing to let me photograph them at my location, Trafalgar Square, which so far has… Continue reading Illustration Styles

Holding Text: (Un)Creative Writing in the Digital Age – Andrea Mason

Prior to Andrea Mason's lecture today, we were asked to read an article from The New Yorker by Kennth Goldsmith, titled 'Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet”'. This argued against the criticisms of people, students in particular, being distracted by the internet, and suggests that this 'distraction' is still… Continue reading Holding Text: (Un)Creative Writing in the Digital Age – Andrea Mason

Bleached Dreams – Troubling Places, Greta Hauer

"Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and the America surrounding it are no longer real, but of the order of the hyper-real and of simulation." - Jean Baudrillard It was after this quote came up in the slideshow of… Continue reading Bleached Dreams – Troubling Places, Greta Hauer

POSE! ‘That’s Not Me’ – Mark Ingham

"It's just a photograph" This was my argument when suggesting to our lecturer today, Mark Ingham, that some of Roland Barthes theories on photography were 'wishy washy'. Barthes talks about 'photographs being invisible' and 'the subject experiencing death when the photo is captured', both I can understand, and I follow where he is coming from, but… Continue reading POSE! ‘That’s Not Me’ – Mark Ingham

Another ‘I remember’

Today's lecture was, to me at least, the most engaging in terms of theories discussed. I followed the ideas proposed by our lecturer, Mark Ingham, with interest, despite me not agreeing with all of the 'wishy washy' concepts offered by Roland Barthes in 'Camera Lucida' (of which we were asked to read 13 pages of, prior to the lecture). After the… Continue reading Another ‘I remember’

Crimes Against Design – Feedback from other group

As a homework task, we were asked to seek feedback from another group on our concept. After writing and sending them these questions; this is the feedback we received from our peers Max, Filipa, and Andreia, who are working on the same project in a different group. We then did the same and commented on their concept… Continue reading Crimes Against Design – Feedback from other group