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February 2017

LightMaker – “World of Tanks” Website (Bomb Project)

Today we have begun a brand new bomb project presented by a very professional design company known as LightMaker, who have asked us to help create mock website designs for the “World of Tanks” computer game.

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They have asked us to create a dock/concept design of a suitable website which hammers in the main message to potential players that the game is free-to-play. The way we show this message and website is entirely up to us, as we can (like a pair of trailers shown to us during the prevention of the project) make the website either about the shooting and fighting part of the game, or give it a more sympathetic design that shows the conditions of the soldiers themselves.

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We have also been given the option to choose how we wish to present our ideas, as we can show them as either a concept sketch, storyboard or an actual website. I am currently thinking of solely concentrating on creating the concept and storyboard design presentation style as having only one week to think of, design and create an entire (or even just most of) a website seems far too pressuring as of the moment, not to mention that I do not think that I am currently capable of creating high quality websites as of yet.


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FMP – Mock Brief Proposal & Feedback

Recently we have created our own mock versions of briefs for our new project, which were handed in to our tutors to be given feedback to help us obtain final ideas.

FMP Brief <— Brief Found Here

I was able to put together a brief idea fairly quickly using some example sources provided by Moodle, as well as using the ideas mention from the results of my mind map and conversation prior to the project. I decided to use the illustration page(s) ideas with the fantasy/fiction theme and see how my tutor would give feedback on the idea and how I planned to learn to use a graphics pad for the end project.

After having given my brief to much tutor, they later returned with some very useful feedback. The feedback itself actually turned into a conversation between me and my tutor. The first piece of advice I was given was to possibly stray from the idea of using the graphics pad so suddenly, as they said that trying to do so now would take too long to learn effectively and may result in an unfinished or lacklustre piece. Instead, it may be better suited to try experimenting with simpler/familiar techniques, such as pencil and pen work.

An idea which spawned from this may be for me to return to the design method which I used for the Conspiracy Theory project not too long ago, where I used aged looking paper and a fine-liner pen to create doodle looking sketches, but this time with colour (possibly using water-colour pencils/paints).

With this method I can then move onto my current (new) idea for project. Instead of focusing on a vague and random fantasy based design theme, I have combined a few of the other ideas from my mind map to create a more focused theme. The new brief I have created is based around two of my favourite topics: mythology and animals. Since before this course, I have loved the ideas and themes of mythologies of different cultures, whether it be the classical tales of dragons and knights of British history, to the more ancient legends of monsters and gods from the greek mythologies. Due to the countless amounts of monsters, gods and spirits spawned from so many stories, there is a great amount of potential for designs within this project, as any of these mythical creatures can be depicted in a variety of ways. For example, I could depict the monsters in either a more realistic style by trying to design what I think they would look like in real life, or I could draw them in the style of a child’s picture book, with a friendlier and/or wild design.

The use of animals within this project is probably one of the most fitting choices I could make as animals have had a massive influence on many of the cultural folktales of practically every culture. For example, some animals (e.g. wolves, crows, black cats etc.) have negative attributes places upon them, labelling them as symbols of bad luck, evil and destruction, spawning stories such as crows being messengers/deliverers of death and black cats being the familiars of witches.

My personal favourite animal within mythology would happen to be the fox, or more specifically the Japanese fox spirits known “Kitsune”. Because of such, I will mostly likely be using foxes as one of my choices of animals to draw for the project. The current other ideas for animals I am likely going to research would be my other favourite animals: cats, wolves and owls, as I am sure that there will be a large abundance of folktales to choose from.

I feel that this new idea I have created is far more solid and potential filled compared to the previous plan, as I can almost clearly see some outcomes for this idea, while it was somewhat difficult to see what might happen with the vague idea of fantasy. In terms of how I will layout the designs for the project itself, I am thinking about continuing the idea of book styled illustrations

I am very happy with this and am hopeful that this project will turn out fruitful within the end.

FMP – Mind Map

Today I have finished off a mind map of as many factors as I could think of for what I want to do for my FMP.

The subject part of the mind map was mainly created from ideas and themes that I personally enjoyed as I wanted to make something that I had some love towards. The most notable subjects that I included were mythology (as I have always enjoyed foreign stories of creatures and spirits) and fantasy/fiction (as this could range from drawing strange landscapes to drawing characters/creatures like I do in some of my spare time).

I feel like these two subjects poke out to me the most as they were a personal favourite to draw back before this course, and that I may have drifted a far bit away from drawing them anymore due to not being relevant with my projects. This may be the perfect chance to go back to what led me here and push myself to improve my skills with those subjects by trying out even more methods and experimenting with what I can now create.

In terms of format, I have mostly been thinking about maybe doing an art book of my sketches in either a storybook/educational/gallery (art book) fashion, as that would be a good way (reason) for me to create a varying selection of sketches and images for the FMP, each with a whole page or two dedicated for them. The only idea I have for displaying these designs would be stapling individual illustrations together to form a makeshift book/folder, so that the designs are not only secure, but also neatly available for viewing.

Final Major Project – “What I want to Achieve”

With the Final Major Project (FMP) now introduced (not yet started), I have begun to use my time in order to begin some personal research on what I want to do or obtain during the course of this project.

The reason why I say “do or obtain” is because due to this future project being a large freestyle based task with the goal of creating an enjoyable piece(s) to present professionally, I want to make this project my best one yet, using 101% of my abilities to create a design that I am not only proud to look at, but one that may also develop how I work as designer in general.

One thing that I want to make clear now is that I truly want to a leap of faith with my art style and techniques, to be a bit more adventurous and push myself into trying and putting into practice new methods and ideas. In other words, I simply want to try a new form of design within this project and improve myself as a designer, as for the majority of my final works within this course, I have only been using a mix off Adobe Illustrator and InDesign for creating fairly basic vector images. Now I want to create a more complex piece that moves far, far away from vector images and becomes a new stepping stone for me entirely.

One idea for design which I have always been tempted to try (but never pull together the bravery for) is to give an attempt at using a graphics tablet for putting my sketching techniques into a digital format. In terms of what I want the theme of the design to be, I have mostly been thinking of doing a mythological or fantasy theme possibly for a book or illustration collection, as fantasy,mythology and fiction have always been my favourite subjects, and the idea of an illustration collection (book) may suite me fairly well as I enjoy creating multiple pieces of work to put together.I may go further into these ideas in detail pretty soon within their own posts.


In summery, my current rough idea for the final piece is to create a collection of fantasy/mythology themed illustrations and put them together to create an illustration book, or maybe even a story book of sorts. These designs will be done using a method that is not vector image (Adobe Illustrator), such as graphic pad art.

Return to the Design Museum (Design of the Year + Fear & Love)

Final Major Project – Introduction

G.F. Smith Presentation

Design for a Complex Future World

Today we have had several lectures along with a presentation for upcoming project(s) and essay, the first of which was this presentation about the possible future of both us and the design industry as a whole.

Conspiracy Theory – Final Presentation

Today we have had our final Presentation for the Conspiracy Theory project in front of our tutors and classmates. Bellow is the presentation itself:

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Final Works


Results of the presentation:

The presentation itself was actually not too much different than the previous attempt, as I received fairly similar responses from the audience and the feedback was quite positive as with before. The main differences compared to the previous presentation however come from how there is now an actual final piece to show and receive comments on.

The piece itself received a pretty good response from the audience with them mentioning how they liked the use the tea stained paper for the design, and how they were also glad that I managed to find a new design method for the end project, as using practical design methods has been something that have not done since the Zine project last year. Just like me they were proud that for once I have moved forward into new design and have developed new techniques.

They did have some improvements on mind for my work however, which they told me during the end of the presentation. The first comment was that they thought that a little more practice with line density and thickness could improve the detail of my designs (this was namely pointed at my code and symbol pages), which I had attempted on the alien page. The other comment that they had was to maybe try adding color to my designs to make them look more appealing, noting that other designs that use tea staining often have (such as watercolors) paints or pencil colors used within the gaps.

Overall, I am very happy with both my final pieces, and the comments that I received, which I have a feeling will come in very hand in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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