Thursday, 14 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

I love researching

because I find things like this Niklaus Troxler's legendary jazz posters of the 60's (he's still going!) and I get to listen to Free and Bad Company for hours..

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

what does it mean to 'respond'?

This week we were asked to make a couple of responses for uni. It made me think what a 'response' is? It's something that I tend to struggle with. Do you simply interpret the information your given, or do you put something of your own opinion into your 'response'? Do you edit the information? Or is it simply going in and then coming out in a different form (like a meat mincer).

I looked up the dictionary definition;

1. To make a reply, answer.
2. To act in return or in answer.
3. To react positively or favourably.

In graphic design terms, or simply just design, I think these should be more;

1. To visually make a reply.
2. To visual act in answer.

The third isn't. As a designer you defiantly shouldn't like everything. Even the opposite, it's important not to like everything, and to react to that.

I think this is something I need to explore more. Watch this space. For now here is my response to the film 'Hell is a city'. Which was a British Noir film, made in 1959.

After this evening, this is going to change, but I'm not too sure how much.

first job

all done and dusted

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

a quick note.. say that has gone a bit strange, I wanted to put up a few snaps of offset2010, but alas not now. Here are a couple anyway,

Saturday, 25 September 2010

I'm off

go here, it will be much better

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


This was in the front of 'by the way side' which I found in st nicks bookshop the other day.

A book of 'little tales and legends'

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Monday, 30 August 2010

Sunday, 29 August 2010

by jove, I think she's got it

I think i've finished my positioning statement, I've been tweaking it for the last month and a half, and I'm sure I'll keep tweaking. But for now at least I'm happy with it.
Plus I havent posted any of my own work for ages,

Saturday, 28 August 2010

more books

I found a new bookshop today, its in the middle of an old quarry which is now a nature reserve, its very big and very strange. Its part bookshop part natural history shed. I'm going back with my camera. These prints (etchings?) were 50p each..

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

disneyland paris

Yes it was magical, but I have worked it out. Disneyland is everything that is bad in the world.

Disney land Paris cost $1.9 BILLION to originally build, since then it has been bailed out twice by various people with more money than sense. How can people still be dying of dirty water? And how can something so horrible come out of the simple want to make cartoons?

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Art as experience

I've started to read 'art as experience' by John Dewey, who I believe is/was a philospher. It's all about how only the experience of the viewer makes something art, and how aesthetics work. This is the first line;

"By one of the ironic perversities that often attend the course of affairs, the existence of the works of art upon which formation of an aesthetic theory depends has become an obstruction to theory about them."


Alan Fletcher

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Saturday, 7 August 2010


These are a few little treasures I have found in the last week or so,

Graphic Design: visual comparisons
by Fletcher, Forbes and Gill

Last printed in 1969, I have rummaging the internet for months for this, Berwyn Public Library THANKYOU

These are all hand screen printed by an illustrator Andy Smith,

Also, in my search for what is graphic design? I have re read Paul Rand: Conversations with Students, which has helped a bundle.

Friday, 6 August 2010

dirty habit

The Happy Hypocrite

I found this magazine in the Saatchi today, its really lovely. Its layout is really experimental and reflects the subject matter, 'for and about experimental art writing'. I'm not really sure what that means.

Anyway, I looked up the publishers

'Book Works is a registered charity, set up to advance education for the benefit of the public in the visual arts, particularly in the form of books, which may be recognised as art forms in their own right'

What a great idea.


turn the sound down it looks better

saatchi gallery

Thursday, 22 July 2010

offset 2010

Bought my ticket, booking flights soon.
Girls trip to Dublin with some inspiration on the side.

milo says

fish eye fun

15 mm