"I’d never seen anything as chaotic or as exciting and rebellious" - Peter Hook on seeing the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall
Experimenting with punk style, newspaper type and my scanner for the music dept, type mural brief.
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It’s a Shape Christmas
So yesterday, I submitted my final design to It’s a Shape Christmas , which is a digital advent calendar, that shows a shape based christmas design, each created by individual creatives, everyday on the run up to christmas.
The project, which is run in collaboration with Made By Shape, allows users to download each design for their devices, as well as offer donations to Manchester based charity, The Wood Street Mission, who help poor children and families during the festive period.
The Project goes live in just 2 days, so to get involved and donate to a great cause, make sure you visit the Shape Christmas Website or any of links listed below.
Once the project is live, I will post up my final design in full, along with mind maps and sketches from my design process, but until then, heres a little sneak preview of my design on Instagram.
Shape Christmas Twitter
Shape Christmas Instagram
Shape Christmas Facebook
Shape Christmas Pinterest
Branding focus group session at Creative Spark On Friday morning, a small group of us took part in a branding focus group down at Creative Spark in Manchester. As the session began we were told about the brief that Creative Spark had been given and which we would be discussing. The brief in question was given to them by a the high street pawn store Cash Generator, with the aim of rebranding the company I’m order to appeal to a younger, more youthful audience. After we had been told about the brief we were then asked to discuss our thoughts about Cash Generator as a brand as well as their competitors within the market. As we were the intended audience for the rebrand, these thoughts provided James, who was running both the session and the project, with the information that would help back up his ideas for the rebrand. After this we then began to look at the logo ideas that Creative Spark had worked on for the rebrand, again we then give our thoughts and opinions to each of the designs by writing on the logos that were posted around the room. We also did this for potential colour schemes, before coming together and discussing our thoughts as a group, much like we would when giving a group critique in uni. After this we ended the session by rating what we felt were the top three logo and colour scheme ideas, which again provided James with our thoughts as the intended target audience. Overall, I am very pleased that I attended this focus group, because although this is something that we do at uni, its interesting to see how it’s done by a successful design agency for a live brief. It’s also interesting to see the kind of briefs that design agencies are given to them. Altogether I’ve learnt a lot of valuable points from this session that I can take away and use within my own projects in order to improve their final outcomes. I would definitely recommend taking part in a branding focus group such as this one, which I would happily take part in again.
Typographic brief for the music dept
After our talk by David Bailey last Thursday, myself and Lee popped down to the Adelphi basement to see the proposed space for the music department mural.
As mentioned, one thing that I took away from the talk by David Bailey was about how he interacts with and used the environment around his murals to benefit them, so the aim of this visit was not only to get a sense of the space we would be painting, but how we too can use the space to benefit our designs.
So after having a look around, there were a few features, like vents and doors that maybe the illustrators could consider using directly, however in my case, I think I need to consider how features like this could effect how my type could be laid out and displayed. For example, my design could run underneath notice boards and up walls or spiral around vents or doorways etc.
Within this vast spaces, there’s also a lot of turns as you come along the corridor from the stairs, so the position of the designs could effect the order in which they are read or viewed, which could be a good point to consider.
However, as well as all these features throughout the basement, there is also a lot of simple, big flat bits of walls perfect for big and bold type (and illustration) designs, so it’s the best of both worlds.
Overall, it’s a big bit of space with plenty of possibilities, so now that I have an idea of the space and the quotes I want to use, I can now start to draw up my design ideas, which I’ll start to post up this week.
David Bailey Talk
Last week we were lucky enough to be given a talk by Manchester based illustrator, David Bailey, who came in to discuss his mural work with us.
During his discussion, David talked us through a handful of his mural projects, were we looked at the briefs and the process and techniques in which he used to tackle them.
One project that David discussed at great length was a recent project that he had done earlier this year for a London based investment firm called Tyndaris, we’re he painted an impressive white on black mural across the companies bathroom and kitchen, which took David a total of 16 days.
Within the bathroom, like with most of David’s work, the mural invites people to interact with it by suggesting that each toilet cubicle will offer a better experience than the other, which in theory, means the person has options to choose from.
David’s murals interact with the audience a lot of the time through the words that he paints, which provide people with stories to follow or jokes or little quotes to read.
As well as this, one thing I took away from the away from David’s talk was that, his murals aren’t just about his illustrations on a wall, he interacts with and involves the environment around his murals in order to benefit them, which is seen a lot within his Tyndaris project.
Another thing that I took away from David’s talk was how the scale drawing that he produced, for both the Font and Tyndaris project, helped to clearly and effectively show and pitch his ideas for the murals.
Overall, I found the talk by David to be very helpful and inspiring, but most importantly, the talk has given me a lot to consider and think about in terms of the music dept type brief.
Davids work can be found here
Typographic brief for the music dept
I’ve been looking at potential quotes that I could use for the focus of my type designs, and I’ve found about 8-10 strong quotes that I’m going to draw designs up for, which, even though we’re only presenting 2 ideas, will give me more options.
So in terms of the quotes, I’ve opted for ones that I feel can be effectively represented through how I illustrate them. For example, I have a quote that uses the word chaotic within it, so I plan for that word to be represented by a ‘chaotic’ typeface.
The majority of the quotes that I’ve chosen to work on are based directly on, or can be tied back to, Salford in some way or form. For example, the majority of my quotes are based around Joy Division and Tony Wilson and that era of music, which I feel is one of the most iconic eras in The history of Manchester and it’s music. However, although we associate that era with Manchester, a lot of bands and important people around at the time were from salford and that’s how my quotes tie back to salford. I also want my quotes to kind of say “it wasn’t just manchester, it was salford”, which I think is important for this project. What I also think is important is that, several of my quotes, I feel, would work nicely in a recording studio/music dept environment, as they are quotes that a based around Martin Hannett and the recording of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures.
Overall, I’m happy with the quotes that I have chosen. I feel that they’re probably far away from enough that they’ll stand out and no one else will have them, but they tie directly back to Salford. I also feel that these quotes will give me some really nice typographic outcomes, now I just need to get drawing.
Last week, despite not being much of a drawer, I took part in the very first Draw Crawl. The event took place across 3 pubs, starting at The Eagle in ‘the oldest part of Salford’, before moving over to The Castle and Gullivers within Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Despite being a bit of a learning curve, the day was really good.
Initially, I’d always planned to draw type inspired by the pub, but on the day, with time and everything, I just drew a letter from each pubs signage. The E and the G are both taken from The Eagle and Gullivers sign, whilst the C, whilst resembling a disco ball, is inspired by the mosaic within the pubs entrance. Overall though, I’d definitely take part again and the days outcomes have inspired my own little aim. Starting tomorrow, I plan on drawing a letter a day, inspired by things that I’ve seen or done within that day. This will get me back into the swing of drawing and experimenting with hand drawn type. This will also help me build up a range of sketches that I may later build a full typeface from.
Layout pages from my ProCon 3 sketchbook