It’s the start of my final year at university, super scary, but I’m so excited to jump straight back in. Part of this year, especially this semester, is all about being experimental and thinking outside of the box. This is an example of a previous, third-year student’s body of work for this module: My first task for my new module called Experimental Communication was to create a 3D letter using a scalpel, white card, and super glue. I started this during my lecture and for some bizarre reason, I couldn’t do it. This was so frustrating because it was such a simple thing to do but my hands and my brain just weren’t processing it. I was sticking things in the wrong places, spending ages trying to visualize the structure in my head, and just getting myself confused. I’m someone who likes a challenge though so I finished my lower case ‘l’ and decided to pick a harder letter to try and master. I ran to the Pound Shop, bought all my equipment, blasted some Oasis at the comfort of my own desk and started to create a trickier lower case ‘p’. The amount of superglue on my fingers totaled… View Post

Visual research is the organisation, presentation, and design of information. I am learning to use mapping, data, and information design as a route to visually communicate a message. I have been asked to develop a visual language that could lead to useful and attractive designs. My challenge was to wander around my university researching anything food and drink related that could develop into an interesting infographic design. This was very vague and so I really needed to use my imagination, stretching ideas until I came upon an idea that was unique and interesting. I decided to focus on the cheapest location in university to use a contactless card because there’s nothing worse than trying to buy a coffee and having to buy some unwanted Doritos just to reach the minimum spend is there? There are five key places in university and strangely enough, they all have different minimum spends on cards, so I made notes of the facts and then headed back to class to brainstorm some design ideas. Infographics come in all shapes and sizes, some infographics are interactive and show you information through a sort of game -these are called flow charts. They start off with a feature question… View Post

Coming up with ideas when you’re suffering from creative block can be an excruciatingly painful experience. Sitting there staring at your blank piece of paper begins to drive you a little insane and it just makes you even more stressed. Sometimes the best ideas come into your head when you’re making a cup of tea or watching First Dates on Channel 4, not when you’re sat behind a desk forcing yourself to think outside of the box. This is when super simple tasks like writing on post-it notes with time frames, comes in handy. “Mistakes are inevitable, make them now.” As a class, we were required to visualise on post-it notes as many reasons as we could, as to why we were late this morning. Each post-it represented one idea and this exercise was designed to get us thinking quickly whilst exploring and developing scamping techniques. Using our imaginations, our solutions could be as realistic, normal, surreal or funny as we liked. The aim was to have a vast array of concepts, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, but also to experiment visualising quickly. Once complete we sorted, discussed and organised the ideas and stuck them up on the wall. There were so many… View Post