Friday 8 February 2013

Major Project: Book Sculpture "Plagued by Doubt"

This is the second of my book sculptures for my final-year project. It uses a visual metaphor to convey the emotions of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and embodies my research by visualising an expression used by a sufferer of OCD. The expression was ‘plagued by doubt’, because the person repetitively sought reassurance and kept checking things.
I wanted to convey this idea by making a plague of insects. I decided on moths because I wanted to suggest that the book has been hidden and left, and the moths have eaten away at the pages of the book. This shows that if you don’t seek treatment for OCD, it can become both physically and mentally damaging.
Also, typography was used to show the idea that these moths have made a nest within the book – representative of the fact that OCD is usually with a person for life. It lives within and is not noticed until the book is opened, releasing the moths and solving the problem to demonstrate that with proper help, OCD can be treated.

Monday 15 October 2012

The Medium is the Message (Major Project)

This project was to describe aspects of your project theme and primary research made as a 'vehicle'. Where you had to visually describe and re-imagine your ideas using wonder as the design premise. My major project theme is Addiction primarily looking at obsessive driven addictions. Looking at OCD where I want to create a voice for the sufferers and the emotions felt by them. The book firstly is closed hiding the addiction from view in the same manner as those who hide these addictions from loved ones and friends. However when the book is opened it reveals the chaotic emotions felt. Panic attacks are heavily associated with Obsessive Compulsive disorder and I wanted to convey this through the metaphor of a sinking ship in a vortex drowning from the obsession. Also the symptoms of a panic attack include loss of breath in the same way as drowning in water. However I wanted to add the anchor and typographic rope showing these problems can be solved and the ship can be saved in the same way as those who suffer from OCD when they receive proper treatment.

Thursday 11 October 2012

Alter Ego: Pierre Blanchomme

My first introductory project for 4th year, where the brief was to create an alter ego of yourself. I decided to create a french version of myself named Pierre Blanchomme. 

Through using a series of photographs I wanted to convey the style and attitude of my french alter ego. Who is very confident and sophisticated resulting in a complete flip on my own shy personality. To portray these characteristics further I created a poster featuring this character with the aim of advertising his own brand of cigarettes. The cigarette being an iconic trademark of his character as he is never seen without one.

Sunday 19 August 2012

Insects Book: The Butterfly

A project done whilst in Paris for my Croquis de nu class. The brief was to study an insect and create a metamorphosis from that insect into something else.

Friday 25 May 2012

Generative Design: Pin Point

Here is an example of generative design which was created using an interesting method. The process used to create the design included dropping a number of pins to the ground, then plotting their position on a set area. This method was highly effective due to its random nature in each scatter pattern. Afterwards the design was photographed then each pin was linked to each and every other point. Thus creating an interesting geometric shape all unique to this part of the process. Then a random colour gradient was added across the shape using an online random colour generator taking the first two colours generated. This again took away any design influence to the design. This process is recorded in the booklet below. 

Using the above process a series of 10 posters were created.  

The Posters

Pin Point detail / CMYK values used for the gradient

The booklet showing the process used for the generative design