Jo Greenhalgh MA Creative Education

I am a graphic designer, lecturer, student, amongst other things and love good design, type, vivid colour and things that make me laugh!
amelialangma:

Specialist Practice - MA Communication Design
INFOGRAPHIC POSTER - FINAL DESIGN
ABOUT:This is the final design representing a ‘Brief in the Life of Me.’ This was a smaller project to run alongside my main project for my first module. Its a reflection of me and my partners time on our first live brief.
This was an important little project for me to do as it is quite personal and used a lot of personal information that I needed to ensure I kept, and used. This is a design I want to keep forever, stick on the wall in my study, and refer back to when I am working on similar projects. It shows the harder times through a brief and the rewarding times (usually towards the end when you supply the finals!).
But it shows that, even though you think there is no end in sight when you are struggling through a hard project, you always come out the other side one way or another. You have to go through some of the emotional battering for the project to have been worthwhile, it doesn’t always come easy!
The circle also represents the lifetime of a brief. Its a circle, you take on a project, you go through the ups and downs, round and round ‘in circles’ and then once you have finished, you start alllll over again, on another. This is the ‘Circle of Design Life’ maybe??
REFLECTION:I decided to make each section of data as accurate as possible. This meant that planning was essential and took up about two thirds of the workload making this visual. The emails are accurate and the days and events are all reflected in the mood/stress/work intensity. The miles travelled are as accurate as I could get them and all the dates are correct. This took a considerable amount of time, more than I had anticipated.
I think its interesting to see how the intensity of the colours directly correlates with the dates and events in hand. They all get more intense aorund the time the 3rd and final drafts were being prepared, as the deadline was looming and the nights were getting longer and time was getting shorter. Also the amount of emails shows how much intense correspondence there was around this period and I think this refelects in a lot of the other data. Some of the correspondence was negative, and some positive, this is shown by the ‘stress’ level.
All the colours reflect the particular brief that I am detailing, they are the particular company’s colour palette  This is so it has a direct connection to the brief, without being obvious who it was I was working for. This is more for myself, I want to be able to remember this brief, start to finish, good times and bad - to show to myself and my partner, we are a good team.
If I had more time to do this project (instead of a day and a half!!) I would maybe expand it. Experiment with more type and colours, possibly using more infographics and expanding into a flow chart instead.
I would like to possibly do one for each major project I do. However, as I found with this, keeping track of the day to day activities on such a level, is hard! But as this was not only a personal project, but also a Uni one, it was easier to keep up to date.
I am happy with both this mini-project (poster) and my major one (the actual brief I am reflecting in the poster). This has been a successful first module in my MA Communication Design. :)

Just discovered Amelia doing a project that there may be some cross over ideas/work we can collaborate on!

amelialangma:

Specialist Practice - MA Communication Design

INFOGRAPHIC POSTER - FINAL DESIGN

ABOUT:
This is the final design representing a ‘Brief in the Life of Me.’ This was a smaller project to run alongside my main project for my first module. Its a reflection of me and my partners time on our first live brief.

This was an important little project for me to do as it is quite personal and used a lot of personal information that I needed to ensure I kept, and used. This is a design I want to keep forever, stick on the wall in my study, and refer back to when I am working on similar projects. It shows the harder times through a brief and the rewarding times (usually towards the end when you supply the finals!).

But it shows that, even though you think there is no end in sight when you are struggling through a hard project, you always come out the other side one way or another. You have to go through some of the emotional battering for the project to have been worthwhile, it doesn’t always come easy!

The circle also represents the lifetime of a brief. Its a circle, you take on a project, you go through the ups and downs, round and round ‘in circles’ and then once you have finished, you start alllll over again, on another. This is the ‘Circle of Design Life’ maybe??

REFLECTION:
I decided to make each section of data as accurate as possible. This meant that planning was essential and took up about two thirds of the workload making this visual. The emails are accurate and the days and events are all reflected in the mood/stress/work intensity. The miles travelled are as accurate as I could get them and all the dates are correct. This took a considerable amount of time, more than I had anticipated.

I think its interesting to see how the intensity of the colours directly correlates with the dates and events in hand. They all get more intense aorund the time the 3rd and final drafts were being prepared, as the deadline was looming and the nights were getting longer and time was getting shorter. Also the amount of emails shows how much intense correspondence there was around this period and I think this refelects in a lot of the other data. Some of the correspondence was negative, and some positive, this is shown by the ‘stress’ level.

All the colours reflect the particular brief that I am detailing, they are the particular company’s colour palette  This is so it has a direct connection to the brief, without being obvious who it was I was working for. This is more for myself, I want to be able to remember this brief, start to finish, good times and bad - to show to myself and my partner, we are a good team.

If I had more time to do this project (instead of a day and a half!!) I would maybe expand it. Experiment with more type and colours, possibly using more infographics and expanding into a flow chart instead.

I would like to possibly do one for each major project I do. However, as I found with this, keeping track of the day to day activities on such a level, is hard! But as this was not only a personal project, but also a Uni one, it was easier to keep up to date.

I am happy with both this mini-project (poster) and my major one (the actual brief I am reflecting in the poster). This has been a successful first module in my MA Communication Design. :)

Just discovered Amelia doing a project that there may be some cross over ideas/work we can collaborate on!

And 2 great ways of displaying random objects

2 lovely random objects drawers

Two images of controlled and well displayed items. 1. Alan Fletchers pencils and 2. Peter Blakes random objects

Thinking about the next phase of my collection. Interested in  looking at odds and sods drawers. Am going to do some primary research where I will look at others peoples odds and sods drawers and then think about what I want to do with the collection. Looked at my own - first photo complete mess - second one a reorganised mess!

thingsorganizedneatly:

Bones of a sparrow, by Dennis Spelt

Again - lovely organisation of bones - very aesthetic!

thingsorganizedneatly:

Bones of a sparrow, by Dennis Spelt

Again - lovely organisation of bones - very aesthetic!

tashatime:

businessboomcollective:

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO STUDENTS AIMING TO STUDY DESIGN AT UNIVERSITY?
Look around at universities, see where suits you best. Don’t have a ‘style’ that you’re limited to & find a university that specialize in computer graphics for instance. TRY & BE OPEN MINDED!!! You really will find that you like doing a bit of this & a bit of that & ultimately create unusual unique design combining all sorts of processes… isn’t this what we all want?! Don’t go to courses where they’re literally churning ‘designers’ out, producing briefs all exactly the same, this isn’t nice… & how are you supposed to stand out in the crowd?!
Become totally immersed with design. I asked Mark Farrow what piece of advice would he give to young up & coming designers & his reply really does sum it up….
“Take in everything, look at books, blogs & magazines, watch tv, but as a designer, not a couch potato. Look around you when you’re out & about, soak it all up, buildings, colours, nature. Digest it all & then let it come out in your work. Be influenced, but don’t copy. There’s nothing better than seeing a great piece of work & thinking ‘wow, I wish i’d have done that’ & then letting the thought lead you to somewhere even better.”
I think it’s important to eat, live & breathe design & if it’s what you want to do, then start early. I wish I had. (via Graphic Artist Rachael Cliffe Interview | Design Juices)

Beautiful type - Good advice…..

tashatime:

businessboomcollective:

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO STUDENTS AIMING TO STUDY DESIGN AT UNIVERSITY?

Look around at universities, see where suits you best. Don’t have a ‘style’ that you’re limited to & find a university that specialize in computer graphics for instance. TRY & BE OPEN MINDED!!! You really will find that you like doing a bit of this & a bit of that & ultimately create unusual unique design combining all sorts of processes… isn’t this what we all want?! Don’t go to courses where they’re literally churning ‘designers’ out, producing briefs all exactly the same, this isn’t nice… & how are you supposed to stand out in the crowd?!

Become totally immersed with design. I asked Mark Farrow what piece of advice would he give to young up & coming designers & his reply really does sum it up….

“Take in everything, look at books, blogs & magazines, watch tv, but as a designer, not a couch potato. Look around you when you’re out & about, soak it all up, buildings, colours, nature. Digest it all & then let it come out in your work. Be influenced, but don’t copy. There’s nothing better than seeing a great piece of work & thinking ‘wow, I wish i’d have done that’ & then letting the thought lead you to somewhere even better.”

I think it’s important to eat, live & breathe design & if it’s what you want to do, then start early. I wish I had. (via Graphic Artist Rachael Cliffe Interview | Design Juices)

Beautiful type - Good advice…..

tashatime:

michaelsiuprocon3:

gdsu:

Sat 19th- 12am Anthony Burrill
I first came across his work after the “oil and water do not mix” was heavily blogged about a few years ago. I thought it was very innovative to use oil from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster in his screen prints in order to make money for charity. Although he is probably most famous for his “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” poster. He started off with the story of discovering letterpress in his hometown of Rye. He collaborates with all kinds of people to bring his work to different platforms. Anthony also likes to google himself to see where his posters end up, and the results are quite comical. I’m rubbish at writing from my notes so you can watch the recorded stream here . One of my favourite talks of the Typo weekend
website

Useful research towards my project. Thanks George!

The wonderful and lovely AB - another excellent speaker at Typo London!

tashatime:

michaelsiuprocon3:

gdsu:

Sat 19th- 12am Anthony Burrill

I first came across his work after the “oil and water do not mix” was heavily blogged about a few years ago. I thought it was very innovative to use oil from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster in his screen prints in order to make money for charity. Although he is probably most famous for his “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” poster. He started off with the story of discovering letterpress in his hometown of Rye. He collaborates with all kinds of people to bring his work to different platforms. Anthony also likes to google himself to see where his posters end up, and the results are quite comical. I’m rubbish at writing from my notes so you can watch the recorded stream here . One of my favourite talks of the Typo weekend

website

Useful research towards my project. Thanks George!

The wonderful and lovely AB - another excellent speaker at Typo London!

(via jogreenhalgh)