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09:10 am, by cristinachapman

infiniteappetite:

Stephen Fry on Everything

04:57 pm, reblogged  by cristinachapman 1

The Green School

A school made entirely of bamboo located in the jungles of Bali.

The gong announces the beginning of class, where students learn in bamboo pavilions without walls. A hen and two chicks scuttle across the earth floor of the ampitheatre. The staff has just cleared the remaining banana-leaf plates used to serve the organic lunch. ”

Beautiful architecture and ethos for a school.



(Source: domusweb.it)

05:15 pm, by cristinachapman

cristinachapmannmp:

Final Boards

12:37 pm, reblogged  by cristinachapman 2

cristinachapmannmp:

Storyboards at the ready, not sure if they need annotating or not yet so will wait and see before they’re sent to print.

11:16 am, reblogged  by cristinachapman 2

typemotion:

Count on Me

Contando de 1 a 12, combinando tipografia e outros elementos gráficos. [pt-br]
Counting from 1 to 12, combining typography and other graphics. [en]

Design: Gentleman Scholar

07:54 pm, reblogged  by cristinachapman 1
On thursday evening I went to the Erik Kessels talk at the Manchester Conference Centre.  I found him very down to earth and easy going but quirky and one of those designers who’s able to do whatever the hell he wants and leaves me wondering how he managed it.
He’s the co-founder of agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam but admits he wouldn’t have had the courage to set up the company if he hadn’t moved to London in 1993 to work for Chiat/Day, he was fired after two years for giving a presentation to a client in a chicken  suit. Those crazy Dutch.
Work from KesselKramer which most of the attendees of Amsterdam 2011 can relate to is their campaign for the Hanz Brinker hotel which the branded as “The Worst Hotel In The World” and surprisingly it worked out really well for the hotel and increased their bookings year by year.  


Erik is also a passionate collector of anonymous photographs and spends his free time searching through flea markets around europe. One of the most interesting collections he found was of a Dutch woman who went to a fairground shooting gallery every year and every time she hit the target it triggered the shutter of a camera which photographed her creating a chronological photo album beginning in 1936!




I’m pretty sure he said she is now 93, and still shooting. These photograph collections can be found in their “In Almost Every Picture” photography magazines by KesselsKramer publishing.
Another funny collection he has is In Almost Every Picture 9 which is of a families collection of photographs of their black dog and how every single photograph they have of it turns out like this…



Until the final picture where they manage to turn up the exposure and finally see the dog

The collections wouldn’t be appreciated as much if you didn’t know the story behind them and both are lovely, if not humorous narratives and even heartwarming.
I wanted to go to the talk to find out the explanation behind kesselskramer.com because their website changes to a more hideous website every time you click on it.  Their reasoning is that every agency website is the same and they find it boring so they created 200 different websites which are are really awful but relate to a piece of work they have produced. Amazing.

On thursday evening I went to the Erik Kessels talk at the Manchester Conference Centre.  I found him very down to earth and easy going but quirky and one of those designers who’s able to do whatever the hell he wants and leaves me wondering how he managed it.

He’s the co-founder of agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam but admits he wouldn’t have had the courage to set up the company if he hadn’t moved to London in 1993 to work for Chiat/Day, he was fired after two years for giving a presentation to a client in a chicken  suit. Those crazy Dutch.

Work from KesselKramer which most of the attendees of Amsterdam 2011 can relate to is their campaign for the Hanz Brinker hotel which the branded as “The Worst Hotel In The World” and surprisingly it worked out really well for the hotel and increased their bookings year by year.  

Erik is also a passionate collector of anonymous photographs and spends his free time searching through flea markets around europe. One of the most interesting collections he found was of a Dutch woman who went to a fairground shooting gallery every year and every time she hit the target it triggered the shutter of a camera which photographed her creating a chronological photo album beginning in 1936!

I’m pretty sure he said she is now 93, and still shooting. These photograph collections can be found in their “In Almost Every Picture” photography magazines by KesselsKramer publishing.

Another funny collection he has is In Almost Every Picture 9 which is of a families collection of photographs of their black dog and how every single photograph they have of it turns out like this…

Until the final picture where they manage to turn up the exposure and finally see the dog

The collections wouldn’t be appreciated as much if you didn’t know the story behind them and both are lovely, if not humorous narratives and even heartwarming.

I wanted to go to the talk to find out the explanation behind kesselskramer.com because their website changes to a more hideous website every time you click on it.  Their reasoning is that every agency website is the same and they find it boring so they created 200 different websites which are are really awful but relate to a piece of work they have produced. Amazing.

07:52 am, by cristinachapman

This is a promotional video for an online bookseller called Good Books who give all their profits onto Oxfam. Agency ‘String Theory” teamed up with director “Buck” to create a digital campaign called Good Books Great Writers.  The gonzo style of the video pays homage to the brilliant Hunter S Thompson with spectacular imagery and creative script. The animation beautifully blends the use of ink illustrations and exotic colours. The fictional Thompson like character also speaks of Franz Kafka’s masterpiece ‘Metamorphosis’ which is another tribute to an amazing writer.  I like that the video is advertising great writers more than the good cause of the website, it steers people to the website because of its stunning visuals and String Theory have really done the company justice. 

As Good Books has no money to spend on marketing, the video must be spread virally for it to get seen, so reblog reblog!!

http://usegoodbooks.com/PageRender/home/index.htm

06:51 am, by cristinachapman 1

Chetham Library - Manchester

Founded in 1653 Chetham Library is oldest surviving public library in Britain, making it a hidden treasure in the centre of Manchester.  The entrance door oozes antiquity with its ornamental doorbell and bold hand painted lettering.  The first sight once ascending the stairs to the library is of the huge letterpress draws which is an inspiration to any typography enthusiast.  Walking down the alphabetised corridor feels like you have been swept back to the 17th century with hundreds of ageing hard bound books with their titles slowly fading over time.  Running along side the gated books are cabinets full of interesting snippets of manchester’s history such as the vegetarian movement which was surprisingly born in Salford.  The library is absolutely stunning and has inspired me to try and do it justice with this description. It sits on the doorstep of Victoria Station with thousands of people passing it by every day without ever knowing it exists. 

07:08 pm, by cristinachapman 5

Morag Myercough

I went to the Manchester Design Symposium on Wednesday at the beautiful Manchester Town Hall. The symposium explored the relationship with design and the economy and brought up the question of whether the UK’s place at the top table of world design is under threat as emerging economies invest more in their ‘knowledge economy’ and whether design and innovation has the potential to power the UK out of a recession.

There were some incredibly inspirational speakers at this years design symposium including 28 year old Will Hudson, the founder of It’s Nice That and the brilliant Adrian Shaughnessy, author of How to be a Graphic Designer Without Loosing Your Soul. The person who inspired me the most was Morag Myercough, she has been a designer for the past 20 years but only in the last 10 years she has been doing exactly what she believes in. 

Her main passion seems to be boosting community spirit and making people feel good within a space.  This signage in the image above was for a youth-led venue called Platform in her local community a few streets from where she was brought up.  The quote was written by children who go to the community centre.  Her designs are quite eccentric and off the wall but well executed and considered within a space.  She does a lot of work for schools, such as bold signage and uplifting wall designs for children’s hospitals.

Westminster Academy school

 

Dagenham School world map

Hand-stencilled stools for the new Royal London Children’s hospital

She doesn’t care about making profit, she makes the most of the budget she gets for projects especially with her passion for making things.  Whenever she has a hands on project she aims to do all of the work herself, whether its painting stool tops or constructing huge structures out of blocks of wood. One of her most exciting projects was asked to convert a train into a cafe, the Deptford project which brought life into a community which needed a creative output.

Her main message was to stay true to who you are, however I believe that she must have been doing work she didn’t want to be doing to get her career started.  She mentioned that she never wants to design a logo ever again, which gives me the impression that she used to do quite commercial work.  

I think its very hard for a designer to do exactly what they believe in but as long as you are aware of your ethical responsibility and your own morals and be proactive in trying to change something you don’t believe in, it will pay off in the long run. Morag’s talk has inspired me to make more hand crafted work and to work in collaborations, which considering I live with 4 other graphic designers it’s pretty ridiculous none of us have ever collaborated before.

05:26 pm, by cristinachapman 2

RESEARCH + PRACTICE

On Wednesday 29th Feb I went to the Typo Event-Reseach and Practice talk organised by Tim at media city.  The talk covered the following questions:

How important is research in practice?

Do designers still use sketchbooks?

Is there enough time to work on projects that are not profit driven?

The main speakers at the event were Nick Hard and Jeff Knowles for Planning Unit, they are also ex student from Salford.  They took us through the background of their company, before Planning Unit they were at Research Studios. Their style was informal and down to earth and a good mix of humour and were really interesting to listen to.  They talked through what projects they had worked on and were very honest about the amount of work put into each, such as for their Somerset House brief, the client needed to see the design literally so they put the logo on a huge flag and photographed it around Somerset house because they wanted to capture the beauty of the architecture, and admitted they weren’t very successful but the client loved it and still use the images today.

They have also worked on book layouts such as; “Eye” the story behind the London Eye, planning to construction and the life of the eye so far.  They also designed the Global Visual Language of the BBC website which they worked on full time for a year, deciding on fonts, grid systems and colours.  Another interesting client was Bonfire Snowboarding Company where they expanded their knowledge even further by designing fabric patterns and snow boots designs.

Research Studios designed the custom typeface “New Deal” for the title cards for Public Enemies.

Jeff and Nick them teamed up to follow their dream of launching a leading creative design studio in 2011. The name Planning Unit came from Nick’s Grandfather who ran a design studio of the same name.


The first project they took on as a studio was for Knoll Furniture because this is the company Nick’s grandfather found success working alongside. 

They brought back their classic style and repackaged them, they gave them a simple recognisable language, which made it much more beautiful.

A client which they went into quite a lot of depth about was Salomon wanted a new logo which could be used across all of their product range.  The amount of work they showed was astounding, research into the company, worked out what was going wrong with the original S, looked at hundreds and hundreds of different S’s, seeing if they look like an 8 when its small, sans serif or serif.  All in all the project took 6 months and won’t be released until 2013. 

Their advice for students was

  • show enthusiasm and passion for the project, which is what got them a lot of projects over other designers
  • understand who you are working with
  • research the company, what will bring the company forward
  • contextualise what you do
  • learn by doing

The inspirations they listed were very broad, but every designer should be inspired by a wealth of areas.

09:29 am, by cristinachapman 2

App Design

This morning I went to the “Designing for app/tablet” workshop with Jason Mayo.  I found it really useful,  a lot of the information was common sense but you can get carried away when designing but with an app it is more important to have usability over design.

There are two different types of app 

  • Native apps - those which are downloaded and installed/ contain special features such as camera use, GPS use
  • Web app - those which are available on the web only such as a portfolio site which you wouldn’t want people to download

He talked about the different interaction types

  • Urgent now - instant information such as train timetables
  • Repetitive now - such as Facebook which continuously updates and people keep going back to it
  • Bored now - when people have time to waste such as to play a game

The most important factor with an app is to consider the user, who will use it, what will they use the app for, when will they use it, what type of mobile device will they use…

The task for the day was to design an app for the BBC site adopting the techniques we had just learnt.  The buttons need to be easy for a finger to press for touchscreen phones, the cancel button needs to be out of the way such as top left of the screen because its the furthest away for a thumb to reach if someone is using a touchscreen phone in their right had, show what the user will want to see first, navigation is usually at the bottom and keep the design simple.  I think I’ve covered most of these points in my design, I’ve chosen a colourful navigation using the BBC’s branding colours, the layout is simple and doesn’t show too much information, buttons are all well spaced apart, the cancel button is well out of the way.

(Source: bbc.com)

  04:32 pm, by cristinachapman 4

Self employment Talk by Robert Shadbolt 6/02/12

Really interesting talk by Robert about Tax and National insurance.  I wouldn’t have known anything about it if I hadn’t gone to this talk.  He spoke about all the things we can claim back if we were self employed, such as use of your home as an office, you should expect to claim back as much as 50% of your rent back!

Also other unexpected things like laptops, software, printing, postage, traveling to clients, car running expenses, telephone services, theatre, cinema and concert tickets,  television hire, magazine subscriptions….

So its really important to keep receipts, invoices and any other records of income and expenses. 

You have to register as self employed within 3 months of trading, or else you will receive a £100 fine. Register via http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/

Self-assessment tax returns need to be sent around 5th April.





  03:10 pm, by cristinachapman 1