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Censorship for Sam





For Christian – Raised image of temple for the blind (Bath)

Remains of a story


This is the cover of a german magazine, comparable to the Time Magazine.


1. New York once has been the proudest city of the world: big, strong, intangible

2. Then came 9/11

3. Ten years later the question comes up: Where to put the wreckage?

Her is the link to the article where (can/`t read about it) but see images of how the wreckage has bee stored and categorized so far.

audio & visual: graphics in music industry

hey all, sorry for the late arrival. I’ve been writing down ideas on my own blog if anyone is interested…

Research Question: My project is to develop a system to document space.

‘An interval of distance or time between two points, objects or events.’ [Acsessed 1st June, 2011]
Research Question:
•    My project is to develop a system to document space.

Aims and Objectives:
•    Express space in an innovative and engaging way
•    To use descriptive techniques when looking at space that is used daily.
•    As well as documenting places that are not usually seen, allowing the viewer to envisage the unseen.
•    I aim to study the boundaries of space
•    I aim to construct a tangible representation of a space
•    I aim to experiment with different systems in the mapping of space.
Potential Audiences that will want to have a space to be mapped:
Anybody that passes through a particular space
Anybody that likes a particular space
A user of a particular space, for example:
•    Teaching staff
•    Guest lecturers
•    Hospital patient, or staff
•    Fire service
•    Library users
•    Potential buyer of a place
•    Potential resident of a place
•    Or a potential user of a space for leisure (like a park, restaurant)

•    Anybody that is simply interested in the visualisation of space
•    Anybody that has an interest in such graphic design pieces
Context: Field of Study
•    Mapping
•    Documenting
•    Interaction within space
•    Functionality of a space
Context: Survey
•    I have studied texts by Georges Perec, and studied his descriptive technique of visualising a space with words
•    By reading a book called Materials Structures and Standards I have been made aware of why materials are chosen in a particular space, as well as the qualities they offer.
•    Through reading a lot of architectural literature I have found many symbols that exist when mapping a space
•    I have looked at how people map space in interior design and exhibition design.
•    Requirements for signage when put in a particular space
•    Navigational systems and way finding
•    Information design
Context: Review
•    The resources I have looked at as of yet have shown me the breadth of the subject area I am proposing to work in
•    I have been able to review other mapping conventions to allow me look at what things work and how I can bring about my individual out look to the project
Research Methodology:
Primary Research:
•    Participatory survey about maps and space. Questions may consist of finding out what the user believes a map is, what they believe a map should be, when they would use a map…
•    Mapping space myself (tests and experiments)

Secondary Research:
I will look at existing mapping conventions and definitions within such areas:
•    architectural plans and sketches
•    interior design
•    building plans
•    theatre sets
•    film sets
•    virtual tours
•    way finding
•    signage
•    Collecting maps.

This will give me an indication as to how other people describe space.
Action Plan: Methods
•    I will need to continue my experimentation into different ways to map and describe spaces
•    Experimentation on how I can visually map a space. Evaluating these ideas as I go along to see if they should be taken further and what changes could be made to strengthen my ideas.
•    Detailed mind maps of spaces I could investigate.
•    Locate interesting spaces, research and think about context of the space. Should I be aware of its users? What is the space used for?

Action Plan: Resources
•    When looking at what space is, and what a map is I will need to compare different dictionary definitions. As well as philosophical outlooks on space
•    I will need to continue research into how others document space
•    I want to look into how other designers make use of generative systems

Action Plan: Schedule

•    I will consult my peers
•    I will show relevant work to people that make use of the space I have documented, and question its effectiveness
•    I can conduct surveys to see if my ideas prove to be useful
•    I am interested in using the form of a book to express the form of a space. The book itself may be as experimental as required when reflecting the experience of a particular space.

Seminar 2

Research Question
A study of graphic design and scale in relation to the human body and how graphic material has to be adapted to work at different sizes.

Aims and Objectives
Using large scale experiments and small scale graphic material to compare and evaluate the legibility of type and different graphic treatments.

How to scale down graphic material to bare minimum and take minimal information and make big.

Area of Study
Typographic form and communication
Human interaction?
Exploration of graphic form, methods, materials

Research Methodology
Continue with typographic experiments: different sizes, scales, media, substrates, crops, environments.
Primary research – display type and how it is influenced by:
Where it is placedHow it interacts with those who will view it
How suitable it is for the environment
Secondary research:
Proxemics, the use of space and various differences between people as they interact
Laban and Banesh movement notation
Large scale graphic design
Experimental typography and legibility

Action Plan
To bring the subject of study into an area of interest I will be looking at graphic material related to music graphics and in particular the British punk scene. Starting with a series of experiments related to badges, small scale graphics and their relation to people:

Break down badge artwork to vector and separate, colour, type, image – categorize and compare

Compare similar band poster graphics to smaller scale artwork on badges

How people wear badges, location, quantity

Continue with the large scale experiments in different environments

Working with Type EXHIBITIONS, Rob Carter, John DeMao, Sandy Wheeler
Typographie, Emil Ruder
Type Treatments, Wilson Harvey/Loewy
Experimental Typography, Rob Carter
About Face, David Jury
Large Scale Graphic Design, Chris Foges
Labanation: the system of analyzing and recording movement
Special Variations
Shape, Design, All

for Julia

D-Bros cup sets – DRAFT Co., Ltd

Anamorphic Cups -KK Normal

Everything in its right place – Felix Lobelius

There are better images in the book “Design Play – An array of Quirky Design.”

Irvine Welsh book for Sarah

Glue by Irvine Welsh

You can see inside the book and read a couple of pages on Amazon to see the written language.

Catching Up with Group R

Hi All,

Thought I should send out a message to catch up with everyone. Apologies to anyone still waiting for Blog feedback from me – I will try to get on to it as soon as I can. Meanwhile, how are the Electives going for you all? Christian, HyeJee and Elisabeth have been working with me on Music Graphics, but I’m also interested in what everyone else is doing and how they are finding the workshops.

We have a D+R crit next week on Monday/Tuesday. I will confirm rooms asap – we will be sharing with one of the other MAGD groups. Any last minute questions please shout/email/drop in to ask me.

Meanwhile, can I please encourage you all to fill in the PG Survey if you haven’t done so already. It is important that we get a high level of returns on this, as it does reflect on the ways that the University views our PG Programme, and ultimately how much support they give to us!

The reminder I got from the University reads:-

Students should be directed to the University PTES website <> to complete the survey. This year all students completing the PTES will be entered in to a prize draw for a chance of winning one of three £500 Short Course vouchers. 

OK see you all next week if not before.


Graffiti reading for Jay….

Hey Jay

There is a whole chapter called Unofficial Language in the book Visual Signs by David Crow….all about graffiti. It talks about the codes, sociology, the language and visuals and also has some great examples and quotes from people. I know you talked about perhaps interviewing different artists or associated people…if you haven’t seen it already I think this chapter could be really useful.