Archive for November, 2010

7th

So I changed one of my manifestos, feeling it was not quite all right. Here’s the outcome.

6th

So I finished my manifestos (which makes me very pleased) and I’m submitting them here.

The first one is my typographical interpretation of a factual manifesto published in 1909. The second one is my own manifesto conveying my ideology, perhaps a bit exaggerated.

I hope I understood the task and didn’t waste my time doing something completely irrelevant. Well, let’s hope not.

5th

I would add some amazing photos from the letterpress workshop taken with my amazing camera if I a) had the photos b) had a camera. However, I allowed myself to steal some pictures from my friends’ blogs for the sake of all my fans who desperately need to know what the letterpress looks like.

My letter was “K”. K for teria. Get it? Well, I didn’t at first, had to say it loud couple of times before it clicked in my brain. I guess one has to be English to fully get cockney alphabet. Speaking of cockney alphabet… Here it is:

My feelings about the workshop? Well, despite being hopelessly sick and shaking from the fever (and fear of missing the plane I had to catch this day) I absolutely, utterly loved it. I’m now dreaming of printing my manifestos on letterpress. I’m obsessed with letterpress. The feeling of the workshop itself reminded me of the good old days when I was not born yet but oh, how I wish I were. I could smell Art Nouveau in the air. I could imagine myself having a chat with Alphonse Mucha on the latest play with Sarah Bernhardt.

Yes, I wish we go back there one day.

I’ll post my “K” as soon as I see it (provided that I have a camera by then).

4th

Passion. I am to make a presentation on what I am passionate about. Piece of cake. Well, not really.

I’m just in Cambridge, looking at my boyfriend doing his maths papers and I am kind of tempted to do a presentation on him. But then I’m thinking that would be quite creepy (although quite funny too, in fact).

What am I passionate about? Warmth, probably (especially now, that I’m freezing, I feel particularly fond of warmth). Or dinosaurs. Or alcohol. Or Poland. Or old Disney animations. Or books. Or Dostoevsky. Maybe I should do that on him and present this charming photo at the beginning.

Yeah, that’s right, I went to Russia because of him. Well, not only because of him, but seeing his house in St Petersburg was one of the greatest experiences ever. And it’s not just the fact that it was his factual house, where he worked and wrote most of his amazing books, but also it’s that the museum itself is so damn good. It was amazing for me to read his opinions on the european cities he went to in his life and to find that my views on them are exactly the same.

And yes, I am aware of the fact that getting that excited about quotations of someone who is already dead is somehow nerdy and weird.

Nevertheless, I am enclosing some photos of how the museum looks like.

The first picture is, obviously, an old photograph showing how it used to look. As you can see, the recreated version is almost identical.

The museum part that consist of his letters, photographs, artpieces, various small items and some historical information about the authors that Dostoyevsky found influential is a very modern- looking and interestingly layed out room. Even though in some cases I felt there was too little information and I craved for more, I was still very satisfied with what I learned about him and his life. It was all very visual, too.

On the top of all that, there was also an art exhibition going on at that time featuring various illustrations to Dostoevsky’s books. Unfortunately, taking photos was forbidden (and it’s better not to mess with Russians) and I, sadly, forgot all the authors’ names. Still, it was amazing.

Ok, I could go on for ages about his every book separately and about his literary output in general, but I won’t and let it be the end of this post. Suddenly it occurred to me that Disney will probably be much more interesting to the public.

3rd

So we are to choose an iconic photo and redo it, using ourselves as the models, in the photography studio in Chelsea College. I’m not sure how it will work out, who will take the pictures etc, but I like dressing up so I quite like the project.

For my iconic photo I chose Coco Chanel by Boris Lipnitzki/Roger-Voillet:

However, I’m also considering Marlena Dietrich from “No Highway in the Sky”.

No idea which one I’ll end up choosing, though. I still have time till 26th of November, so that’s all right.

2nd

Logo project. I guess I should reflect on that one. Let’s start with a 100 logos I found and nicely put together.

Then we were told to create 100 logos. Ourselves. Logos that would stand for a mission statement of our choice. It could not be just any mission statement, though (being a perfect housewife was not suitable, I was told), but one that described our approach to higher education. Or rather what we found was the most important part of it.

I chose growth, because it’s versatile and it sums up not only the gaining knowledge part of higher education, but also all the other experiences that come along when one starts university. It’s also relevant to my personal struggles and growing to certain decisions. But enough on that.

I started with trees. Obviously. Then I was told it was too obvious, which I couldn’t deny. I was advised to imagine squares growing. I did squares and then I started doing cubes for no particular reason. They were more fun to draw, I suppose. However, my spatial imagination failed me at one point and I had to build the physical cubes to be actually able to get it right.

So there they are. What I did next was taking loads of pictures. Then Photoshop –> Brightness/Contrast. Then Illustrator –> Trace. Then Photoshop –> Brush, Eraser and Lasso. I felt pretty lost and frustrated at that point to be honest and was not sure at all whether what I was doing was a)any good b)at least relevant to my mission statement. Besides, not having my own camera made the whole process even more painful, as I had to take as many pictures as possible whilst I had one, despite of me being not sure at all if my approach was right. Still, I did it and ended up with this lovely sheet:

I ended up choosing the 5th one on the bottom, after my tutor’s advice. I was enormously relieved when I got an email saying that what I did was all right. I should now reflect on what I learned, I suppose. Well, then:

1) First of all I learned that having your own camera is indeed useful.

2) Second of all, I found out that sometimes going with your gut is not a bad idea.

3) 3D models can be a huge help. Even though it’s a pain making them.

4) Too much details = not good.

Too much writing is not good either, so I’ll just go and have some sleep now.

1st

I am to write about me as a designer. I am to state what I expect from the course. I am to share my opinion on what design is to me. But I’ll start from the easiest bit – showing my previous works. Simple.

All the images above make it pretty self-explanatory that I am an illustration-based designer. I do find workmanship very important- that’s what I was taught to appreciate in my country. Therefore, if I were to state what design means to me my answer’d be: a combination of strong technical base and sheer creativity. I don’t see the point of just being creative, with no tools (one’s own skills) to express the ideas, to put them into life. Hence my main expectation about the course is that it will provide me with those tools.

That’s it for now. I still have to get used to the idea of having a blog. I must say I have some privacy issues, but then I need to get over it.