Friday, 19 November 2010

Construction: The Great Wall (Part 2)

...To Finish!
The end product after everyone submitted their work :) Pretty good I think.

Construction: The Great Wall (Part 1)

From start...
Everyone's characters have been submitted throughout the day. The wall has been made and taken down about 3 times and eventually it has been completed. Part 2 shows the final thing.

Finished my 'e'!!

The Final Outcome.
This is my larger 'e' made for the Great Wall of Type. My tutor introduced me to a wonderful technician downstairs in the textiles department and she allowed me to use the industrial type sewing machines. It took over 9 hours to produce using the machines but I finished :D The Great Wall is being constructed as I write... Let's see how it turns out.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Typograph'E' Final

At tea-time today I completed my 'e' for the Great Wall of Type!! Pics are to come but just wanted to let you know it's done :D Wooooop woop!! Bring on the Great Wall tomorrow... There are some great designs going on, it's fab! I haven't a clue how they're all going to stand up. Ha!
Will get photos up asap :)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

D90s and the Photography Studio (Part 2)

Feeling Colourful!
This was at the third and last studio set we had to experiment with. Here I used a light and gels to filter the light different colours. I liked this effect. Was gutted when I found out there were more colours to choose from! The orange one is my favourite because it looks warm in this cold weather! :) P.s. I only chose to photograph my 'e' because I had it in my bag. It was either this or an empty water bottle.

D90s and the Photography Studio (Part 1)

DSLR D90 Studio Workshop.
Man it's been so long since I was in a Photography Studio in charge of a camera (and not being in front of it). We had a 3 hour tutorial yesterday with 4 groups rotating around 3 studio stations and a coffee break. Luckily me and the girls I was with did the 3 stops all way through so we got to download our images and go earlier :) That's always a bonus! Anyway, the first set was for practising portraiture, the second and third sets were for product photography. I didn't want to upload pictures of people on here without permission so they aren't on display. However the ones above aren't amazing but they show I'm trying. This set was one which was possible portable if necessary. These aren't the best images I've ever taken but it shows I played around instead of sticking with a plain white backdrop...

'E' is for......?

The Great Wall of Type (Year 2 Project)
Our mission is to fill the massive C.A.B building window with a 3D alphabet - created by each Communication Design student making a character (randomly picked out of a box) between 50cm to 100cm tall. I picked out an 'E' :D Yeay!! (Although I have decided to do a lower-case 'e' - Here is my Mock-up. The design is inspired by a dude called Pierre Di Sciullo. It took me over 8 hours to sew by hand as I didn't have a machine at home on Sunday night. This is 14cm tall (25% of final outcome). My deadline for the final 'E' is friday lunchtime when everyone will come together to build "The Great Wall of Type"... Let's hope it doesn't all topple over :) More photos to come when we finish the first part of brief. I also used my Dads DSLR (finally) to take a few more professional pictures). Hope you like :D

Monday, 8 November 2010

DSLR Re-training!

These are my attempt at a group 'outing' set by our tutors. We were given the task of experimenting with shutter speeds and the DSLR camera settings. I haven't used a DSLR for a long time (since college in 2006/7). I'm so excited to be able to get my hands on one again! I had a great friend explain all we were told in the classroom again out on campus so it was great to try it out myself. These are just 4 of the ones that featured as my workshop examples. I'm really happy with them. They may not be ground-breaking but they are a mile-stone to me :) Thanks guys for helping me! You are fab!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Dare I say the 'B' word???

Website Design.
The last project we did has become a sore subject on our course. The 'Defining Britain' project caused many 2nd year student s a load of stress however I just wanted to show you the website design I submitted as part of my 3 final pieces required to submit. If you read one of my previous posts you may recognise the great old slide photographs from my Great Aunt which I ended up using for the bulk of this project.... Glad it's over!!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Slides in a Box

Blast from the Past.
A close relative of mine recently passed away and she left behind all her old slides of photographs throughout her life. Here are a few I've scanned in already. I'm shocked at how nice they are. So old skool. It's like everything has frozen in time! I love them so much. I'd like to feature some in one or more of my Uni projects sometime :) Whitby really is timeless. Love it. So much British history and family history. It was interesting to find these shortly after visiting Whitby with Uni. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Technical Workshops - Flash Week 4

Well it's not the actual flash files uploaded (I still don't know how to yet) but these are a few print screens from the making of a few sample animations - learning the ropes.
Top: Mr Jelly - whilst learning the 'bone tool' Mr Jelly goes on an underwater adventure.
Centre: Count-up - Morphing characters from frame to frame.
Bottom: Crazy Bunny - Moving a graphic around the stage using the 'classic tween' tool.

Thursday, 14 October 2010


I've sent my photo of Castle Hill (taken on 7/10/2010) in to the BBC and also posted it on the Great British Life site. I've called the photo 'Over the Hill'. This is a much better picture than the ones I put up in the summer. Anyway I'm still waiting to hear from BBC but take a look at the G.B.L site and let me know what you think :)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Christmas Card Competition

OK so I got to Uni today and was told that my card was wrong and "too simple." So I have until next Wednesday to re-design a new one. So let's see what I can come up with...

Monday, 11 October 2010

Christmas Card Competition

This was my entry to the University's Christmas Card Competition 2010 that I handed in today. Hand-made. Only took an hour and that was because I made it on the spot with extremely limited resources. Nice and simple :) I'm quite happy with it. The judging commences on Wednesday 13th October.

Technical Workshops - Flash Week 3

For the past 3 weeks every Monday we Graphic designers have had 6 hour training on the software Adobe Flash. It took a while to understand, however, slowly but surely I'm getting to grips with it. It's interesting. I've already made a few small animations using basic shapes and morphing numbers which was pretty kool. I also created an Octopus and taken him on a journey through the sea (an extremely simple flash animation I did last week). I named him Mr Jelly.

This week we began to create our banners for the technical file side to our course this year. Although I had a few technical problems I managed to overcome them and get the file back to a stage where I can easily pick what I was doing back up and complete the task I set. First half (frames 1-60) will be finished this week ready to complete second half (61-120) next Monday.

Unfortunately I do not know how to upload these onto the blog which is a shame because I'm quite excited about them. If and when I can do this I will so you can have a look for yourself :)

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Fenay Bridge Views

Top Image: Taken on 29/09/2010 at home. Couldn't believe how beautiful the sky was that evening. It was bazaar but so calming.
Bottom Image: Taken on 07/10/2010 at bottom entrance to the estate. I was taking a photo of the tree. It was only when I looked at it on screen I realised it had catch the sun ray and also captured Castle Hill in the background :)
Surprisingly both were taken on my phone!

Friday, 1 October 2010

ROAD TRIP!! To Whitby! :)

Wet Whitby!
What a day. We all set off at 8:30am from Uni campus, drove 2 hours or so to then be told "OK, see you back at the coach at 3pm!" Now on normal sunny days Whitby is amazing. I love it :) There is LOADS of family history and British history which is why I'm guessing we went. But this particular Friday it decided to throw it down (see last image). Yes I was very happy. So after taking a few shots before the worst of the weather exploded we (me and my great friend Gemma) decided to quickly eat our s/w wherever we could find cover then run to a tea room for a lovely cream tea :D Soooooo English. Love it! We dried off in there whilst discussing peoples choice of clothing outside in the rain. Board shorts? In October? And also began counting how many times the girl wearing fluorescent yellow shoes walked past the window within the time we ate our scones. Once we plucked up the courage to venture out again we headed for cover in the arcade with 2p machines and crazy pirate golf! Argh!! When we eventually got back to the coach every single person was soaking wet through! But for some reason, not only were we late back, but the air-con was on!! It. Was. Freezing!
So, point of the day? I still don't have a clue... I'd like to re-visit Whitby when the weather is clearer and get a better range of photographs. I'm not happy with the ones I got as it rained so much I couldn't take many. It's gorgeous when it's sunny and bright - not necessarily hot but just clear to enjoy the views. We'll see what happens...