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Summer Project: Travelling

[August 21st] – I have had quite a lively summer since finishing the first year of my HND. I have visited Italy, stayed in Rome experienced most of the popular sights as well as some smaller ones, visited the famous colosseum and walked around the remains taking in all the history behind it, knowing that around 50,000 spectators would of once occupied the space around me; and in the years games were played inside it was estimated around 500,000 peoples live had been taken, and over a million wild animals. Also experiencing Italian cuisine and the art inside the city was another highlight of my trip which I took a lot of information from.

Visiting the Vatican was also an experience in itself. It was another world from what I had ever been used to, the sights, the smell, the people and the atmosphere was something that I had never felt before. Walking down the street down to St. Peters Basilica was an incredible sight.

Now for a slightly different travelling experience in my summer break; going on a rally with 60 other high performance cars, travelling from London to Paris, then Lyon and finally ending in Monaco. This was one of the best experiences of my life to share with two people who are like brothers to me. Cars and anything automotive is one of my biggest passions alongside my graphics and photography work, so I really like combining them as it gives me pleasure to work on all aspects of the work, from content, to design / page layout and finished outcome.


Design Volunteers – Sketches

IMG_6331.JPGWe had two hours to come up with a logo idea for ‘Design Volunteers’. Firstly I wanted to create some sketches for the logo before going onto the computer, this was really helpful to do as it let me quickly explore all the ideas I had roughly without spending too much time on them and not worrying about accuracy like I would have on the computer.

Keeping the idea of design and volunteer I thought of all the imagery that surrounds them:

Design: pens, pencils, computers, adobe applications, pen tool ect.

Volunteer: hand raised, hands together, hearts, check box, IMG_6300.JPG

So I decided to combine the two together. I wanted to create a raised hand holding a pen/pencil to show the aspect of volunteering and also offering design work.

I decided to use my own reference imagery and take photos of my own hand using holding a pencil. Not only did it give me control of how I wanted it to look but also avoid using online reference imagery.


Arabic Characters

Arabic typefaces is something I want to research as the brief asks to look at non-latin letterforms. This lettering is very ‘alien’ looking to me as I have no sense at all what they could possibly be saying. Basing my lettering on some of the techniques used in this lettering, such as the dots above and below letters, the straight lines and sharp curves and looking at the joining of characters.

The brief states for 5 characters to be design, however this could also be a phrase if I decide thats how its translates as Chinese letterforms often represent a whole word.

Zapf Dingbats

TC Zapf Dingbats is one of the more common dingbat typefaces. It was designed by the typographer Hermann Zapf in 1978

This is an interested typeface to look into for the Alien type brief as it is a typeface that isn’t legible to the reader however each symbol does have a corresponding letters, something that I could design myself in a similar fashion.

David Carson, radical editor of experimental music magazine Ray Gun, lent the font a degree of notoriety in 1994 when he printed an interview with Bryan Ferry in the magazine entirely in the symbols-only font – the double-page spread was of course, quite illegible and would have to be interpreted like a cryptogram for those unfamiliar with the font. He said he did it because the interview was “incredibly boring” and that upon searching his typeface collection for a suitable font and ending at Zapf Dingbats, decided to use it with hopes of making the article interesting again.’


Final Print – Epson Paper Lustre

Today I have printed my final spreads after having them proof read by Tim and Sancha. Using the Epson printers in our room and A3 lustre paper brought from the college shop I started to get my files ready to print. Saving the Indesign document as a print .pdf to retain all my text and images as they are in the document.

Before printing there are a few different setting I have been taught to change when high quality printing.

Print Settings

Change paper to premium lustre

High Speed and Finest Detail selected


A3 – Scale 100%

For some reason preview likes to change the scale of pdf documents when opening so this always needs to be checked.

Ideas Before Half Term

Before I go on half term there is a few ideas I have in mind for my Environments brief. I am travelling to Cyprus in the half term so there will be lots of new and interesting things for me to visit and photograph. I have already booked a tour to visit some of Cyprus’ many monasteries which I think will be something that would be worth exploring in a double page spread for environments.

I also have planned a couple of car show events over the few weeks such as Japfest and BHP Performance show at Lydden Hill Race Track. I could create an environment around the cars that I will see and photograph, from one of show cars, drift cars and track cars.


Indesign Recap

Today we done a quick recap of some of the fundamental tools and technique you need to understand for this editorial brief. Firstly we created an A5 document with two pages to create our spread. Then I added 3 columns with a 3mm gutter between.

I then made a text box across the page and filled with place holder text (type≥fill placeholder text). I then made the text to 10pt and resized the text box to the first column. This hid the rest of the type at outside the revised area. I then could shift click on the small red box at the bottom right of the text box, which allowed me to draw out another text box and keep the text flowing.

We also recapped looking at creating drop caps in the text. This was done by selecting the text, opening drop caps and nested styles, (alt + cmd + R) and creating 4 lines for a drop capital.

To create a text wrap around the duck we first went into Photoshop, selected the white background, inverse the selection, went into the paths menu, make work path, double click and create path, then create clipping mask. This was then saved as a photoshop eps and placed into my Indesign document.

Once this was in I resized it, then opened window≥text wrap, I needed to let the software know that there was a clipping mask around the image, this was done by going to the contour options menu≥type>photoshop path. I could then change the offset to effect the text around the object.

I also took off hyphenation on my text, and experimented with Justification (alt + shift + cmd + j) menu. The settings that helped were:

word spacing: 80% – 100% – 133%

letter spacing: -5% – 0% – 5%

glyph scaling: 98% – 100% – 102%




Research Cut Flowers


Last year, 19,000 tonnes of flowers were imported into the UK from Kenya, racking up 33,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Over the last 40 years Kenya has become the largest exporter of flowers to Europe. Unfortunately unsustainable farming practices, pollution, habitat loss, declining wildlife numbers and an increased human population have all attributed to the serious problems caused by the flower farm industry in Lake Naivasha.

The farms now cover huge tracts of land alongside the lake and these giant farms pump water directly from the lake into their greenhouses at an alarming rate which is much greater than the lake can replenish itself. Since the start of flower farming the lake has lost four of its five metre water depth.

The lake is further damaged with all the runoff of pesticides and chemicals used to grow these flowers which is drained right back into the lake. The once crystal clear waters have now turned a murky brown due to the toxic runoffs which includes sewage waste from the town.


Different Browsers

I needed to test my finished web portfolio in different browsers.

I started with Safari. This ran the website as I wanted it too, however some of the parallax transitions were slightly jumpy especially when scrolling past multiple pages.

Google Chrome however handles it a lot smoother during transitions and it felt a lot more reliable on Chrome than Safari. This two browsers I have tested it on are the most popular browsers used to date.


Finished WIX Site

Here is my finished experiment WIX site. This was interesting to do as it gave me a lot more ideas heading into Muse to create my website. I felt like WIX was not challenging enough to use and could be to create a similar outcome by anyone who uses it. I want to try and use Muse as it will allow me to learn another programme that may potentially be useful later in my design career.

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