More of it, except ive been developing a little
I bet 99,9% of my fellow classmates will agree on that. It’s actually been so… fugaz? (Here is where i start ranting in Spanish because of the amount of stuff that i want to say). I think the word in English is “Fugacious”. But yes, anyways. So much information to take in in so little time. Ive been running a race for the past 8 months and it’s only just started, but I mean that in the best possible way.
So something that changed my perspective on the idea of Graphic Design is a quote from one of my tutors. I’ve had it stuck in my head since the Mapping project.
“Designers are not absolutely necessary for society but if we didn’t exist, we’d have to be invented” (Karl)
That was one of my biggest “AHA” moments, and this year has slowly taught me the reason behind those words.
MY EVOLUTION – From bacteria to….. Bigger bacteria? Maybe a bug? I hope i’ll get to at least develop the ability to breathe outside of the water one day.
While looking back at the development captured through my blog I have come across a specific post that really represents the way my work has evolved. I actually burst out laughing when i read it again. Have a look .
I came onto the course without ever having touched Illustrator or InDesign. Ever. (Is it obvious..? Yes..? Damn it) I remember doing this and looking at the computer thinking “If this was written in Mandarin, it wouldn’t actually make a difference for me”. However, and as the course progressed, I was forced to, again, adapt myself. The different projects that we were set and the help i got from tutors and fellow classmates allowed me to become a little more relaxed about using those computer programs, and by the 26th March I was able to make this:
Something that really describes me is that I am very much down to Earth, just not this Earth. I hate routine, yet working under pressure is usually what gives me best results. Most of the projects that we have worked on so far have seemed rather vague at first, until you manage to make the necessary connections and develop the ability to create yourself a new brief. The Major Project, on which we are working on now is especially broad, which forces you to create yourself a series of different briefs. The fact that I’ve had to get through very different projects in a short amount of time has actually forced me to adapt myself, both personal and professionally. And as i mention here, success is very much determined by it.
In regards to teamwork, collaborating with such different and inspiring people has made me more open minded. The best possible way of learning from them has been to work with such people closely. The best example is the Industry based project group. The people I was working with in designing the phone app weren’t the ones I was the closest to, yet we were all able to adapt ourselves to the rest of the group. We automatically and almost instinctively embraced other ways of thinking which taught us to be more tolerant.
THAT specific project is by far the project I valued the most. Working so closely with people in the creative industry was a demanding, stressful and competitive experience, yet very rewarding. It opened my eyes to the idea of creative ability having nothing to do with technical skills.
One of the things I am most grateful about is being able to look back to it though this blog. It has been such a big part of my year.
Maybe i should use all sorts of different colours and glitter and stars along with every post.
I sometimes (ALL the time actually) find it difficult to express myself vocally, especially in english (If I could only start ranting in spanish…) and writing enables me to capture an idea so much better. It makes such a difference! The ones that have inspired me will always have a little corner reserved for them (Chema Madoz, Choi+SHine studio, Minilogue, Joe Rogers, Benjamin Heine, David Mccandless, Steven Johnson, Catpeople, Johan Thörnqvist, Daniel Pink, Eric Fischer…)
Working on an online platform not only enables you to talk about something as important to you as it is your passion, but making it a little more light-hearted
You either love it or hate it (its like marmite, except i absolutely cannot stand the smell of it and would rather stay as far away as possible from that ear wax tasting poison), and i have definitely learned to love it. (Will this happen with marmite aswell? Ok ill shut up now…).
Blogging has many positive aspects and one of them is that it allows you to talk not only about your projects, personal aptitudes and professional skills, but also captures thoughts and situations that you have been through. (My passion for texture and double exposures for example). You can also really see when I’ve had a bad day. Ha. Want to see an example? Click here.
So yes, thank you, sharpenedges.wordpress.com. You’ve been a great companion.
On another note, the PDFs that we were asked to create also helped me clear the rush of ideas, thoughts, situations and feelings running around my poor little exploding brain. Instead of panicking and running in circles waving my hands in the air I just had to sit myself down, make use of the thinking processes and idea-generation techniques (see a note of that here) that we had been taught in the beginning of the year and analyze the information piece by piece.
GET YOURSELF OUT THERE –Make contacts, and sell yourself
I had never actually presented my work in such a public manner and it’s taken a while for me to get used to it. But this is another thing this year has taught me: Its crazy how much marketing of your work you can do through a blogging platform. Many writers are not good at selling themselves but if they want to share their work, observations and messages, whether fiction or non-fiction, they need to have a presence.
So as design students, websites are a good marketing tool. But the information is just that, a kind of virtual CV, which is regularly updated with current work and skills.
I think I know have a clearer idea of where i am, and where it is that i want to get. Above all, adapt, adapt, adapt. This first year as a Graphic Design student could be defined as the process of learning how to become water.
I’ve been working a little more on that idea I had about visualising different types of sound.
I have selected specific places and written down the different sounds i heard. Some of them have been done from memory but doesn’t really matter, they are still very accurate. Each shape represents a different sound.
It interesting to see how the images that represent places such as the beach or the countryside are a lot more simplistic, the other ones are a little crazy but i really like that.
(scanned images, ignore the one on the bottom right, thats for the Small people idea)
And these are the edited images.
On another note, an image ive been editing
Woo ive been productive this morning
I had the amazing chance to go to Iceland in Easter. What an amazing place. Its like a gem, no one actually knows that much about it, its just that island lost in the middle of the Atlantic.
It really captivated me, and actually, one of the things i liked the most was that they firmly believe in the existence of what they call “The Small People”. These are gnomes, elfs, fairies ect ect. Seriously, one out of five people say that they have actally SEEN one. It so funny, we would be driving around and suddently see small houses that the local people had built for those creatures to live in, and they just leave them on the side of the road.
So ANYWAYS, i took lots and lots and lots of photos of landscapes while i was there. And was thinkng of re-creating some of the imaginary? cities that the small people live in.
Ive only made one Illustration so far, and its quite simple. I wanted to see how it would look. I just scanned it and overlayed it on the photograph. Ive always liked illustrated photographs and would like to do something like Johan Thörnqvist (see post from the 24th of March).
Other interesting facts about iceland:
The most poplar restaurant in Reykjavik is actually a HOT DOG STAND. They love fast food
On that note, they are the 1st worldwide consumers of Coca Cola. Yes, even more than Americans.
Pretty much all of the energy that they use is renewable due to the geothermal activity.
I have a problem, and its that as i get incredibly excited whenever i have an idea but then think too much about it and come down to the conclusion that its actually shit. So i never end up doing anything with it.
But hey, I didnt this time! So just went to bricklane and spent about an hour and a half recording eeeeevery single sound that i would hear in eeeeevery singe street in the area. I drew myself map and put it all on there.
Then re´drew the map properly, represented each sound with a different symbol and placed them on the map. Theres quite a few more of these.
But using only markers is boring. Ive created a sort of collage, i have no idea what im actually going to do with it, we”ll see. I’ll probably scan it and play around with it on photoshop.
Recently, cartographer Bill Rankin produced an astounding map of Chicago, which managed to show the city’s areas of racial integration.
Eric Fischer saw those maps, and took it upon himself to create similar ones for the top 40 cities in the United States. He used a straight forward method borrowed from Rankin: Using U.S. Census data from 2000, he created a map where one dot equals 25 people. The dots are then color-coded based on race: White is pink; Black is blue; Hispanic is orange, and Asian is green.
The results for various cities are incredible: Just like every city is different, every city is integrated (or segregated) in different ways.
For example while some parts of San Francisco are very, very white, large tracts of the outlying bay communities such as Oakland are quite integrated — perhaps partly because no one minority totally dominates a single area.
That’s not the case with New York, however: There are areas of extreme racial concentration. But the sheer number of people in those areas means that the boundaries become intensely rich areas of cross-cultural ferment:
“Originally, Rankin created the mapping methodology because he was frustrated with the way racial boundaries continue to be mapped. Usually, ethnic neighborhoods are shown as homogeneous, sharply bounded swathes of color. But obviously, living in a city tells a much different story — and the nature of the boundary areas are at least as important to the identity of any city.”