Graphic Design will save the world right after rock n roll does.David Carson
My week in scraps!
I’ve been super busy over the last few weeks so i spent today catching up with all my weekly scrap photos! Journaling is hard.
YEAR 1 - TERM 2 - GRAPHIC DESIGN
I have learnt so much from term 1 (particularly what NOT to do) so my second term went a lot smoother. I didn’t have as much last minute work to cram in the night before and i even got some SLEEP. Progress!
TIP: plan plan plan organise plan. STICK TO YOUR TO DO LIST!
This term at uni we were set a packaging task. We chose a theme and had to design a package that contains our theme. I researched contagion - a latest category for this is ‘social contagion’ which means social networks drawing you in to use them excessively (e.g. Facebook)
After playing around with ideas i decided to package medication that contains drugs to help peoples addiction to social networking sites. The posters i made can be interpreted in two ways; the drug cures your addiction or social networking is as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs.
With the second interpretation it made me look into the psychology behind this type of addiction and how dangerous social networking can be. With this i made a series of posters for my final portfolio in response to my research. (more pictures to follow)
James Bridle found out that the iPhone actually stores your location. Everywhere you go or where the iphone thinks you are is actually stored - and people have found out how to access this information. With this, Bridle published his own book called ‘Where the fuck was i?’. The book consists of maps and highlighted spots from where he has been - or where his iPhone thinks he’s been. Some of the maps show that he’s literally been walking around circling London city. After research he found out that the location is inaccurate due to the iPhone being connected to over 30 different satellites!
James Bridle came to visit us today and gave us a very interesting lecture. Bridle is a writer, designer, publisher and has a masters degree in Computer Science. He told us about his history in publishing and shared his opinions about the physical book vs. E-books debate. He also went through the process of translating books and how theyre processed digitally for E-books.
Through translation and sending books around the world to different companies (mainly india) he found out that theyre not all accurately processed. A lot of books have had words changed, incorrect character names and even different endings (these include old classics and even Harry Potter).
Above is a picture of a famous novel, one is the original the other is a copy thats been around the world for processing and translation. This copy has mistakes and a changed story line.
Types of translation between books to E-books:
OCR: Computer scans book to a word document that you can edit.
Double Keying: A hand typed copy. The next stage which is most reliable and accurate is when more than one person hand types the book and then compares to find mistakes.
Bridle made his own set of books that are the same story but every copy is different. Some just have changed words, others end completely different to the original. (Picture on the right).
Gero Grundmann & Julia Lohmann
"Attachment to habitual ways of thinking are especially hard to break" - Tony Fry, Design as Politics
These two fantastic artists/designers visited us to share their work (they were also previous students of the uni i’m studying at). Lohmann explained a recent project and exhibition about cruelty to animals and how far along the chain of slaughterhouse to meat do we finally find the process acceptable.
First she shared some sculptures and lamps she made from a stomach of a sheep. She wanted people to see the beauty of something that we find disgusting. (picture on the left).
Next she showed us some installation sofas that she made which symbolise how we take cows for meat and leather which we see as acceptable but when seeing a cow get slaughtered we ignore how horrible it is.
She took a trip to a slaughterhouse to research what happens. From her experience, it is not until the cow is in slices of meat and an empty bone structure is the only thing left that she did not feel so disgusted. To represent this, she sculptured a set of skinny cows with no head and legs and then covered them in expensive leather. (picture on the right). Further on the did the same but with just a cows ribcage and called the installation ‘The Lasting Void’. This symbolises what we see when the emotional values are gone.
Aaron Hillel Swartz was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after systematically downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR.Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution and supervised release.
Two years later, two days after the prosecution denied his lawyer’s second offer of a plea bargain, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment, where he had hanged himself.
"Sharing isn’t immoral - It’s a moral imperative" - Aaron Swartz
To read the rest of his manifesto click here: