Wednesday, 30 September 2009

'Broken Britain'

A cheery new start of term project about how Britain is broken. For me, it's turned into a bit of an alcohol rant... For anyone who doesn't know, I'm teetotal. People always ask why... well, numerous reasons.
I fail to understand how people find it enjoyable to drink stuff which, often, they don't even like the taste of (I certainly don't), in order to get to a point where they can't remember what happened, vomit freely, stagger about, incapable of finding their way home, all because they think it's impossible to have 'fun' without drinking...
Rant over.
Well actually no, not rant over, rant just beginning. I'm going to make a beautifully bound book full of pictures of Brighton after the fresher's pub crawl. Next to these pictures will be quotes I took from a Facebook group for people who like to get 'fukin hammered'. It should also be entitled 'a facebook group for people with limited grasp of grammar and vowels', but that's another rant entirely...

I hope that by contrasting these horrible pictures with the stupid quotes, it will bring to light the sheer ridiculousness of this obsession with poisoning our bodies.
I would like to state - I'm not anti alcohol... I'm perfectly in favour of a civilised glass of wine with a meal, a couple of pints after work with friends, it's not for me, but that's fine.
What I'm against is the culture of drinking for no reason other than to be drunk.
This is only one element of 'broken britain', as the Sun defines it, but I believe it to be a very central aspect.

Here are some of the pictures.

My plan is, as I said, for them to be incorporated into a beautifully bound book, with quotes, page spreads along these lines:

Incidentally, I have a phobia of vomit. Going out around the streets and taking pictures of the remains of last nights drunken puke is one of the last things I'd have imagined myself doing - normally I skirt round them and feel my heart beating faster (I know, it's an illogical fear)... but oddly, by disassociating them with what they are, and looking at them from a purely visual angle, I didn't actually struggle to do this too much. Still, most of them have been cleaned up a bit... I still run at the sight of fresh sick. Ugh ugh ugh.

Friday, 25 September 2009


More about copyright infringement... only another two days to work on this project, so this idea's not going to get finished into anything worthwhile... I really wish I'd thought of it earlier on in the project...
I was thinking about the message that if you steal an image online, remarkably often, wind of your theft gets back to the original creator. Like ripples. Copyright ripples. Should be self explanatory from here... (Although I know they look a bit like bubbles. Try and imagine them like droplets rippling out on water surface...)

I went to get these printed out for my worksheets, but the uni printer malfunctioned (Ugh, surprise surprise, but don't even get me started...) For once though, I quite liked the happy accident result after the technician fished it out from the depths of the printer...

Friday, 11 September 2009

The 405

A couple of headers I've done for the wonderful 405, and their features 'Fourum Watch' and 'Cloud Corner'. I enjoyed these :)

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Final LT Moquette Designs

A competition to design new fabric for the seats on the London Underground.

I want to WINNNN!
Although I think I'm unlikely to win, I've given it a go anyway. Click to view at higher quality for more patterny goodness.

I've always been fascinated by the tube/London Transport, and the design the surrounds it (I know it's sad, but I remember travelling on the underground when I was little, and spending ages staring at the fabric and calculating the number of squares in a certain area, the pattern repeat frequency etc...)
I'm actually writing my dissertation on the LT poster designs, and hope to incorporate this element of design into it too.

There was a LOT to consider with this - there's a particular colour palate we had to stick to, with Pantone references for the main London Underground colours. (I probably wouldn't have chosen this colour scheme, given free rein) Also, had to consider the effects of wear and tear, combinations of natural and artificial light (on above and below ground lines)... the pattern had to be small enough to have frequent repeats, but not to small/complex as to cause 'strobing'/moire...

The designs had to be submitted in a layered Illustrator EPS file format, I almost broke my brain doing this, as I'd initially constructed the patterns using individual shapes... then realised I had to group them all into separate layers which took HOURS, and I had no idea how to do it when I started, so I'm quite proud of myself. I never understood the point of layers in Illustrator before, but having seen how much easier it makes it to select and change groups of shapes, I'm extremely grateful for them!

We also had to create alternative colourways to indicate disabled/special access seats, but I haven't submitted these here.

We were allowed to submit a maximum of two designs, so these are my two. Which do you prefer?

That was a bit of a ramble, but I'm quite proud of myself, as this was a real technical achievement! (For me anyway, my knowledge of Illustrator was non existent just a few months ago.)