Friday, 25 September 2015

Type Hunting

“Look!!! Typography!” #typeintheenvironment #typography #typeallaround #gravestone #graphics

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Yesterday we took our HND Graphic Design students out on a little typographic tour of their college town of Tonbridge. We wanted to stress the point that we spend our lives bombarded by messages and thousands of these are typographic. As such the purpose of the walk was to help enable students to reconnect with type at a more conscious level; thinking about its style, location, purpose, context, what it’s made of and whether or not it’s good or bad, etc.

As well as the usual high number of ugly plastic shop signage to be found in every high street we found some little gems, one of which was finding professional sign writer, Ollie Stone, at work in a local pub. It was perfect timing for us but I suspect Ollie was not expecting so much attention!

The images collected will form part of their research for a current poster project and next week we’re heading to Bexhill to gather more whilst visiting the De la Warr pavilion.

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#typography #gravestone #lettering #lettercutting #m #scriptlettering

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Thinking About (design) Thinking

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Designers with souls!

So begins the new term at West Kent College and this week and my colleague and I have been introducing the new students to aspects of design thinking. We’re keen to stress the importance of thinking and approaches to the design process, trying to reiterate that using a computer as the exclusive means of problem solving is not what design is about. Yes, Google is great and so is Photoshop but so are our brains along with our ability to communicate and it’s these that need exercising as much learning how to make slick designs on a Mac.

We want to demonstrate—or rather have the students demonstrate to themselves—that planning and discussion are essential in design and for them to appreciate the importance of remaining open and receptive to new ideas and to be able to develop the means to explore approaches to thinking and the range of possibilities that such thinking can yield.

This little group activity requires the building of the tallest and most elegant tower of shoes possible. In doing so the participants discuss, build, take down, rebuild, and essentially explore possibilities. It sounds and looks a bit quirky but if it helps students consider that design is about possibilities, communication, interaction and collaboration then maybe they will rapidly appreciate that this unusual activity serves a very meaningful purpose.

And the winner is…

 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Typography e-book

Typography by Tim Bones

In the summer of 2014 I wrote series of blog posts for the Interactive Design Institute (IDI) on the theme of typography and typeface design. The posts are very much aimed at those wanting to gain an insight into the fundamentals of type and some of the approaches to its design. IDI have now collated these writings and put them into a nice little e-book which is available for all to read on Issuu.

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

K College Summer Shows 2014

O'Reilly's Whiskey flavoured drinks design by Jamie O'Reilley
O’Reilly’s Whiskey flavoured drinks design by Jamie O’Reilly

A
s ever the HND and BA (Hons) Graphic Design students of K College pulled off yet another another successful end of year show. The show was well attended and the feedback was great, with some students getting interviews for jobs and internships. Some of the work can be seen on our Pinterest page. One  of our BA students, Alex Greenhead, put together a good little review that cab be read here.

Well done to all and best of luck for the future.

Book of quotations by Liz Owen
Book of quotations by Liz Owen
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Some of this year’s student sensing the relief of a job well done!

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Monday, 16 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Designs of the Year 2014

Design of he year 2014

Having been at the briefing for the new ‘Design Factory’ at the museum’s tutor bruncha briefing for an annual Higher Education competition—my colleague and I were then invited to take a look at the current exhibition: Designs of the year 2014. As ever, the work was a mixture of the fun, the utilitarian, a mixture of the two and as one might expect the design there were highly innovative solutions to very specific problems. I felt that this was the best collection to date and wanted to share just a few of my personal favourites.

‘Chineasy’, a design by ShaoLan Hsueh and illustrated by Noma Bar is a illustrated method of helping people learn Chinese. Bar’s illustrations incorporate the Chinese characters helping make the connection between glyph and visual definition. It’s beautifully simple concept and following tests has been further developed into both a book and animation.

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As someone with a lifelong fascination with handwriting and the construction of letterforms, I was particularly drawn towards Type Family commissioned by the primary school head of Castledown Primary School, Neil Small and designed by Colophon Foundry designers, Anthony Sheret, Edd Harrington and Rupert Dunk. The requirement of the font was make reading easier, particularly for dyslexic children. The typeface has been used as the school’s signage  and another developed to assist with the learning of handwriting. Given the frequent talk of handwriting’s demise I was glad to see that it’s future was still being considered within the most innovative and forward thinking design solutions.

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The next design I felt was pure genius.  Dr David Swann designed ‘A Behaviour Changing (ABC) Syringe’ This syringe is designed to help deter the reuse of syringes among those who are at risk of doing so. Once a syringe has been taken from its packaging it and exposed to air it begins to change from clear to red. If removed from its packaging it is unlikely to remain sterile for long. This at least gives the potential user a visual indication of its potential sterility.

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There were many great designs here; too many to put into this post. There was the Chair 4 Life, a wheelchair that can be modified and adapted to suit the requirements of a growing child. One of my favourite illustrators, Chris Ware had a piece here. A graphic novel about life in a building.

Chair 4 Life. Designed by the Renfrew Group for the NHS Innovation Centre
Chair 4 Life. Designed by the Renfrew Group for the NHS Innovation Centre
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They do exactly what it says on the boards!

 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Design Museum Visit—Design Factory

Today my K College colleague and I, who also teaches on the HND and BA programmes, took a trip to the Design Museum to attend the tutors’ brunch and to receive the briefing for the forthcoming ‘Design Factory’ brief 2014/15.  Now in its fourth year K College students have managed to rise to the occasion by producing some great entries, and each year we have had students produce winning entries with two of our who were selected being judged to be in the top 10% of entries. Fred Sirman, who is a current HND Graphic Design student with K College was one of these, and his work can be seen below. This was a response to the ‘Designing Identities’ brief which examined an aspect of British culture. Well done, Fred!

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Work by Fred Sirman of K College (University of Kent)

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“Design Factory is the [Design] museum’s annual HE project for BA design students, spanning product, fashion/textiles, graphics/illustration and architecture/spatial design.”

“Design Factory enriches academic curricula by offering students a range of unique opportunities including:

• cross-over into the creative industries
• the motivational factor of external deadlines
• professional feedback on short-listed work
• input from practicing designers at the Design Factory Student Symposium
• cross-college networking

Students work to an exploratory and experimental design brief. Participation includes 2 museum research visits, a competitive judging process and the Design Factory Symposium for selected students.”

The forthcoming brief looks great.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

CS6 Screencasts

I’m a big fan of screencasting as a means of reusable instruction. This is a link to recent screencasts that I have made for Adobe’s CS6 Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. They are largely generic software instruction movies but were made with modules in mind for The Interactive Design Institute‘s BA (Hons) Graphic Design. There are more to be added. Please check them out and let me know what you think. 
Vimeo Screencasts

 

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Graphic Design student work at the University of Kent (K College)

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This week I have finally begun to collate much of the great work produced by my students at K College. Since the BA (Hons) began in 2007 we have seen the work, and the approach to designing, constantly improve on both this programme and the HND.  Year in, year out we have had fantastic feedback from our guest speakers and our examiners—who see a good range of work from many universities—to industry professionals who were incredibly complimentary and supportive about our students’ work at the summer shows. The acid test of this ‘quality’ is the fact that not only do many of our students go onto get good grades, but many of them have gone on to get good jobs in some great agencies.*

Take a look for yourself here on our Pinterest page.

* From our last cohort alone we had Alex Gamble who gained a 1st Class degree then secured employment with top London agency Leo Burnett

Karina Monger (1st Class degree) is a Junior Graphic Designer with marketing and communications experts Ferrier Pearce

Rosie Basten, who also gained a 1st, is a Junior Designer with 3monkey design.