Thursday, 12 November 2009

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Powers Of Ten

I watched this for the first time at the beginning of my first term and have forgotten about it till now. It shows to an extent (and pretty unfathomable one) how everything is connected. Keeping in mind the brief that Christian Kusters has set us. I am going to explore connections through a journey, i have been heavily inspired my the work of walking artist Richard Long, i want to see how i can develop a journey into something that can be communicated.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Poster For Print

This is the PNG of the image file type that actually works for this blog after days of trying. It show the colour and how the dictionary should be used.

Mark Wallinger The Russian Linesman & Sentence

Annoyingly i cannot find the photos i took at this exhibition they are lost somewhere in the depths of my hard drive, however this image taken from, shows the russian linesman at the 1966 world cup final. Victory or not.

In this exhibition at the Hayward Gallery i found the juxtaposition of image and language quite compelling, to extent that their was no relationship. I would be listening to a piece of writing by James Joyce and be looking at scientific photographs of heads from the 19th century. The idea that i am looking at is the juxtaposition of language. The power of two different sets of thoughts placed together as one. In this case i have used a 'The Ballad Of Persse O'Reilly' by James Joyce and an article from this saturdays guardian about 'OMG: Kirstie Allsop Caught on Twitter'. I have used the first four words of each alternate line and placed them together. This can also allude to the surrealist automatic writing technique, but i am interested how dfferent sets of languages from completely different context and times read together. I want to explore this for the exhibition on the theme 'Sentence'.

Timeless Toy

Grand Day Out

Pop Machine

Thursday, 4 June 2009

40 Paper Dimensions

The project at hand was to design a dictionary. The dictionary had to contain forty words, in whatever way i chose to represent. I wanted to keep literal and in focus upon something that can be used and is useful. Paper and paper sizes are something that have always been of a concern in terms of what size i want to work with and what would be best for the printed outcome. I wanted to represent paper dimensions physically. Within this poster i have taken an image of the installation an represented it as a piece of information. The information follows the same system as the installation itself. I have also used the typeface DIN Mittelschrift for its clarity.

Poster held by Alexandra Victoria Connor

Wednesday, 3 June 2009


Project by my friend Rokas Rach which i was asked to model as a modern day dandy. Check out his other very impressive fashion Photography at

Photographer: Rokas Rach
Models: Symara & Alexander Martin Hough
Hair & Makeup: Kenny Leung & Joana Espargo
Styling: Hannah Louise Murphy
Assistant: Alexandra Victoria Connor
Courtesy of

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Mothers Day Card

I found this image of the card i made my mum for mothers day. After a large amount of vector based work it felt good to get out the inks again. I did an ink drawing of the south downs that has been occupying the desk in my room, its just one of those photos that are always just there.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Scale Models

These were the drawings and the scale models i made that were the basis of the composition i designed from the plot. The drawing shows ten drawings in ten different compositions.

Mapping Dungeness

Each poster is responding too (from top left to bottom right): Degradation, Colour, Weather, Dimension, Geology, Sound and Objects. They are all a personal response to what each person in the group was investigating. By taking the dimensions of the shacks i decided i couldnt represent the plot in anyway realistically, so i made scale models of the shacks at 1:40 and drew studies of them in different positions. What i wanted to communicate is the idea of scale, taking drawings directly from proportionally correct models showed what the area could be.

Dungeness: Mapping A Bleak Landscape

A graphics trip to Dungeness earlier on in May, we were given the brief to explore a 10 X 10 m spot among the huge expanse. All the information had to be recorded, sound, dimensions, colour, structure, terrain, objects, relationships, geology and the effects of weathering. Individually we investigated a different subject where i was recording the dimensions of the structures in the space. The shacks and the winch that can be seen in the photographs. What was interesting about investigating such a small plot in such a huge area was that it was an attempt to understand something about Dungeness. Its completely bleak landscape, with only an ominous power station in the back drop and the few houses to line the road.

Destruction and Use Of The Dictionary

Charlie was considering how my dictionary could be used in the wider context. The wider context being how the viewer can interact and play with the dictionary. We discussed how if a fan was used how the paper would react with one another and if this were filmed for however long, would communicate the relationship more physically. Shame i didnt get round to trying this out, but it would have produced a comparison between the paper sizes, moving in between one another that the viewer could have engaged with more interest.

Dictionary Of Paper Sizes

The brief was to design a dictionary of 40 words on any theme that i wanted to choose. I began by considering the functionality and the purpose of the standard dictionary, the fact that it is plainly useful. What i wanted to explore was how to create a dictionary that can actually be used and be of use to someone. Secondly it was important to consider how it would communicate visually. The idea of paper sizes is general and obvious and choice, but i felt that i hadnt ever seen a true comparison between the various paper sizes that are available to us. There is true physicality about paper and the way it feels, prints and responds a huge amount of tasks.

By creating an installation i felt i could compare the paper sizes i had collected, ranging from 458 X 648 mm (C2) to 31 X 44 mm (B10). What needs to be developed is an actual system for this piece and how it can be used.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

A Book That List Words

Peter Saville created this colour coded alphabet taken from 19th century Fantin-Latour flower painting he had spotted as a postcard in the National Gallery shop. The colours where taken directly from that of the flower.

A dictionary is a a book that list words of a language in alphabetical order and gives their meaning. These words can be perceived as images as well as typographically. What Saville has created is away of seeing these words. Words: a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

A means of showing these words, describing these words. What do the words relate to and link to?

Wednesday, 18 March 2009


This is nothing other than brilliance by the incredible Robert Brown-john for the title sequence of the James Bond Film Goldfinger. Its a combination of such a simple idea involving projecting the film on top of the models body with the heart warming sound of Shirley Bassey's voice over the top make this 2 minutes 50 seconds the best. The gold colours and the juxtaposition of the models body are all just purely sexy which also add to the allure. Also the san serif which is quite possible Helvetica is clear and legible through out.

One Minute Of You Time

Alex Reuben a film maker based in Brazil has a set a 4 day film project 'One minute of your time'. The idea of creating something precious. We have been considering how perspective in terms of scale and depth can be used how it will be perceived. How you can use perspective has just a means of expression. Have a projection on top of a projection with no level of depth what so ever. This is one of his short films, i will be researching moving image alot more from now on and how it can communicate different ideas and on what sort of scale.

Watching Graham Norton being filmed earlier at the South-bank Studios (also the home of Loose Women and GMTv) it was interesting to experience a live set and how cameras, lighting and movement all fit into one space to form a program. It is clear that a hell of a lot more prior preparation went into creating the set and post production then the filming of the show itself. To see a system that work efficiently and productively. Inspiration for some work experience i hope this summer.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Glimpses Of The USA

Set in the Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome Charles and Ray Eames produced a film over seven screens exhibiting North America as a humane,productive and socially inclusive place. They didnt focus upon the american supremacy but more as an utopian world. A country as an idea, providing an alternate view not right or wrong about society (their society). How does it relate to the rest of the world?

Monday, 2 February 2009

Charles Meecham, Joy Division Atmosphere

Saw this cover for the original 12" release of Atmosphere by Joy Division. The photograph that looks like it is taken at the edge of motorway is expressed in two halves. I find this photography that focuses on these peripheral subjects extremely engaging as a part of the everyday.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009


Gropius drove a Ford / The car park at Dessau

I wonder if Walter

Monday, 19 January 2009

Design Process

I should have put this up a while ago, but never the less this is the example of my design process. I have designed it so i can use it myself as it provides me with some clear guidelines to how I should approach each new problem. By linking up the points that i feel are most important they provide a more accessible reference. I have used Orator Standard italic which only comprises of uppercase letters, initially used on IBM typewriters, it is used for technical documentation. I just think it is brilliantly legible almost 80's with its tabulation.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009


Space, systems, structure

Bernd and Hilla Becher

They wanted to reject the post war subjective, sentimental aesthetic returning back to the industrial, scientific representation of systems established within the 1920's and 30's. It is an exploration into a world built by humans and run by them, they look like futuristic cities. Quite desolate though, empty and unused reflecting a bygone time where these machines would have had use. Im not interested in their original but their anatomy. Not as illustrations either but as an idea of form. I cant help but remember how i felt when i drove past one of these structures on the journey to Amsterdam, i just stayed within view for about half an hour as we drove through Belgium. Like in the photos they were still lifeless objects. Shame i cant find my original photographs

Pitheads 1974
Subjective photography, based on personal feeling or prejudices? There is nothing much here but objectivity, what both Bernd and Hilla  .

Image And Paper

I found this whilst in the old Griffin of Fletching, I always knew that all the best sources are found in pubs. In europe there are places that i dream of living this is one of them. This photograph for the Financial Times is printed CMYK straight onto their beautiful pink stock, making the whites a salmon pink and purple (wish i knew the pantone mixtures) combined with the use of the Miller Display Light typeface really does wonders for this article.
i could dream