Friday, 30 September 2011


DISSOLVING IMAGES-used as thought triggers to inspire my 'dissolve typeface:

Thursday, 29 September 2011


Dissolve-Dictionary definition:
  1. (v. t.) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as, to dissolve an injunction.
  2. (v. i.) To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
  3. (v. i.) To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
  4. (v. t.) To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture, etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.
  5. (v. t.) To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
  6. (v. t.) To solve; to clear up; to resolve.
  7. (v. t.) To separate into competent parts; to disorganize; to break up; hence, to bring to an end by separating the parts, sundering a relation, etc.; to terminate; to destroy; to deprive of force; as, to dissolve a partnership; to dissolve Parliament.
  8. (v. i.) To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up.
  9. (v. t.) To relax by pleasure; to make powerless
Looking at different ways of trying to make an already existing type face become effected by the word 'dissolve'.  The obvious idea is to have the letter become seperated and disintegrate, however there are subtle approaches that you might not even be able to tell has been effected by the word without an explanation.

Both taken from google images.  These aren't especially focusing on the word 'dissolve' but it does show some form of 'dissolving', to be liquefied- to break the continuity.  It focuses more on the impact of water and ink, running the colour etc.
Ideas I had to try and display 'dissolve' through hand made, black and white guidelines included a melting letter, using water to run the pen ink.  A fading letter, only half of it drawn.  Another was to break the letter into small pieces as though it is gradually seperating.
Another less obvious example of dissolving is this:
The text is being disrupted, it is broken up, it is fading into something indistinguishable.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011


1.  Jim Dine: 'Hot Dream'

I really like this piece of work by Jim Dine, the exhibition was called 'Hot Dream' and included books, photographs, sculptures, poetry and collages.  It also included 52 books, a book for each week of the year for one year.  In the installation Dine explores his consciousness and memory using poetry spoken and written, old photographs and books.
 ‘The fact of making a book a week and the sensual possibilities i.e. the act of making a union with humans through the smell of the ink on the paper, the feel of the images and words. Hot Dream tells a lot about me, Dine, and book-making.’
I really like this work from Jim Dine because it focuses on things like memory and thoughts which I find very interesting trying to portray through graphic design media such as photography, the use of book making, type etc.

2. Sarah Marks - Street Level

These are images taken from a book I got in Tanzania, Dar Es Saalam, by Sarah Marks.  I really like the style of drawing used in the images and I think it depicts the scenes of Dar really well, the use of minimal colour, I think works well and reminds me of the streets I walked down whilst I was there.  I just really like the style and design of these images.  I think its quite interesting and quirky and in terms of illustration detailed in a 'sketch' type way, I think the crooked style of the lines reflects some of the run down areas she was drawing.

3.Jamie Reid - Holidays in the sun
I really like the image of this poster designed by Jamie Reid, the colour scheme, the type face, the main focus of the poster, I think its striking, iconic, suits the image of the band and looks interesting.  I think it looks chaotic and busy, the speech marks intrigue the viewer further.  I think its very appropriate of the time and the punk culture, definitely a recognisable sex pistols image because of the typeface.

4. Dada
-Hannah Hoch
-Raoul Hausmann

I really like these photomontages, I think they look interesting,I like the use of colour and image and the design in general.  I've always been interested in this type of style and I think both posters are done well, I like the use of colour in both, especially the second one, the musty yellows and light browns with a subtle touch of blue in the top left hand corner, I would like to learn how to use colour more effectively.  I just think they're intriguing and I love photomontage when done well.


I like these posters, I don't know how to do anything like this so the method of design intrigues me, I think the use of colour is bold and it looks professional and sleek.  I am not usually drawn to this type of graphic design but something about this piece of work grabs my attention, I think the use of one dominant colour is used very well and the overall design is very modern.  I don't think I'd feel confident enough to produce a piece of work that focuses on one colour so much, I think its something that seems easy but could prove to be quite hard to do successfully.

Thursday, 22 September 2011


As a feature on our app we would like to incoperate voice recordings that will go off when certain alarms are set so for example if a lecture is at a certain time, a voice activated alarm will go off at the same time as a pop up symbol on screen:
We found an app that does a similar thing:
VoCal: The original, best and most trusted personal reminder app available.  Your reminders, in your voice, in your words, delivered on time, every time.  Speak.  Don't type.


Emily researched into calander lay outs, suggesting various designs until deciding that the more simple the more effective it would be:


Nathans App icon research:
For designing the app icon for our project I looked at existing apps on the itunes store and how the icons were designed on there.  I found that the majority of them were really simple and as the icon is so small there is a distinctive image/symbol on it which is relevant to the app, and most use a variety of colours to stand out:


For the 'How to' research I looked into the college timetable so we could fit our app around the Graphic Design BA first year timetable. This was obviously an important factor as the app had to coincide with our timetable.  I found the dates that run through out the year and a weekly timetable.

12th september-  Induction programme- Enrolment and introductory briefings

19th september - 24th october: first semester 
OUGD401 Brief-Part 1
OUGD402 Brief-Part 1
OUGD403 Briefing
OUGD404 Briefing 
24th October-31st October TUTORIAL/ RESEARCH VISITS WEEK
31st October- 19th December: 
OUGD405 Briefing
19th December - 2nd January CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
2nd January- 13th February:
Submit part 1
13th February- 20th February RESEARCH VISITS WEEK
20th February - 2nd April:
Brief- Part 2
OUGD406 Briefing 
2nd April- 16th April EASTER HOLIDAYS
Submit part 2
30th May
ASSESSMENT and show preparation 

Weekly timetable:
Monday 9:30 - 4:00
Tuesday 9:30 - 4:00
Wednesday: Studio Development
Thursday 9:30 - 4:00 (evening introductory classes for things like photography will also take place on thursdays)
Friday 9:30 - 4:00
Saturday: Studio open from 10:00 - 4:00