My Article Choice


After reading each article I finally came to a decision and decided on the Trump article, it was the strongest for me and liked the tactical talk and the hole idea of the truth, the other reason why I chose this article is because its very popular subject at this time, its every where Trump has just been elected as president and all the attention is facing him which comes a lot of opinions and plenty of content and inspirations and this is for me,  it gives new depths to the project, its very hard to find middle ground with Trump its ether a string of hate or a lot of love for him so its very hard to find a well grounded opinion on him, the article itself is the theme ofthe truth and how Trump hides behind his scandals and tactics to allow him to change the subject in question which leaves many people with questions and many opinions which will be my focus.


the 45th president of America, born in 1964 (age 70)

Before his Presidency he was a businessman and a tv personality in the US.

websites and articles I researched to have a better understanding of trump and the content around him.

As you can see there is so much content on Tump that it simply forces an opinion on him and its only a matter of preference at the minute because there is short space of him being president but looking through the internet helped me look and understand what the internet thinks about him and how he has already been painted in the global eye which to me he’s ether a joke or very much liked and many people have questions about him and his tactics. I also realise the theme of the article is about the truth and people are trying to put the puzzles together of what Trump been saying to see if he’s actually painting the right picture.


I think this is a very fun article to choose and I can play with a lot, I might base the entire design around Trump and the truth and make some puzzles out of the article maybe but what I am very excited where I could take this just sat to jump in the reason why I didn’t do to much research into trump himself is because the media has so much on him and so many different opinions on him so I didn’t want to be swayed by that i just wanted the article it self to speak to  me so thats why I done some very basic research.


Poster / App Ephemera

Poster process

After researching and gaining some inspiration I decided to jump into sketching my ideas and trying to see what ideas I could generate and  use the research to improve my poster designs, I then decided to base my ideas around ether illustrations or type, in the end most of my sketches came out more type based and was more experimental within the the space I had but here are my sketches –

I decided to then look through my sketches and see what had the potential to be moved forward and took on around 4 ideas, once decided I then brought them into illustrator and indesign to create the posters these was the 4 ideas I managed to create –

The first was very basic, I used our slogan about saving the A&E and just directed them more toward the help line, i used the colour theme that the animation used It was more reframed back to the animation and the style of it which was quick easy and nice to look at. The second poster was more an illustration of a problem the A&E departments that they are facing which was aimed at the over flow of patients that visits A&E departments and constantly wasting resoucers, including nurses and doctors time, which can be seen in the illustration I created, my idea was just to make a series of these that shows the problem in a minimalist eye catching way and draw attention to that. Third poster is more like a stamp format that its one colour and very simplistic design and was more just a through out there design. Forth and final design was more towards my experimental side of type posters and feel is very strong in graphic terms but doesn’t give to much communication, keeping again to the animation with the colour pallet so it links in with the animation but also creating an abstract image of a city from a birds eye view and making it look like a maze which links back to the app we were creating so it has the sense of the two aspect of the projects the animation and ephemera.

I then consulted my team, piers and lectures on what they thought of my posters and many they were all moving towards my experimental type poster, but David gave me more advice on giving it more context because it was a nice poster so I decided to direct it more towards the app and took away a small space to then add some limited text which then turn the poster into a more advertisement for the app but David also liked my first design because of the simple nature so I decided to include it, here are my two final posters –

App Icon process

After coming to the end of my poster design I then created the app icon for the app Ellie was doing, I started by looking back at my research seeing how others have produced their icons and how they played on words or the actual function of the app and so on I then looked at our app and what its function, name and what the hole subject of the app was and decided to look towards the function of the app which  was to help save are A&E and healthcare by helping people to understand the other services and where the nearest location of these services are to that person, I drew up some sketches –


Then following that brought them more to life by placing them into illustrator and creating a more detail version of the sketches to see what I could take forward –

app covers

I then decided on the logo, it has the location point with the heartbeat going through it after talking and then really considering what the app was about it was the best fit and summed up the app in its simplest form, I then took this forward and developed it further, you can see the development below –

So you can see I then made the image bigger and decided that that the heart beat wasn’t dominant enough through the location point and decided to create the two heartbeats more bigger within the location point to give it more presents because the location point seemed to dominate more, after I looked towards other apps and how they used colour to create a more vibrant design I noticed they have gradients in them which does add more to them so I decided to add one to my icon logo where it would go from a darker red to a lighter one which you can see, once finished I then decided to put it in a environment that it could be used and put it on a iPhone 6 home screen along side other apps –

iphone 6 app

Final Ephemera

I then started to reflect on the two poster more on the first design and decided to cut it from the final and the exhibit, I simply wasn’t happy with the design wasn’t comfortable putting it up so I then decided to replace that with the icon logo and the example of it being used on a iPhone 6 screen so it fits all in nicely with the rest of the board because Ellie put her ephemera of the actually functions of the app and how it would look on screen so here are my final ephemera’s


I was happy to contribute to my team by producing the ephemera pieces, I only wish I started on the ephemera much sooner and asked for help earlier on the animation so it could of been done quicker and that has shown me how it can have an knock on effect on the project if you just leave things and don’t address them sooner. It was unfortunate that I didn’t get as much time as I wanted because I feel it didn’t reach its full potential and I didn’t have enough experimentation or real grasp of the ephemera posters to really produce what I feel we could have achieved, but its a learning curve and one I have to be careful with in future to makes sure I address my struggles and ask as well it can help the project flows more for myself and the teamI am working with.

Guernica Lecture 


Guernica one of the most famous paintings in the world, it stands eleven feet tall and twenty five feet wide, it holds one of the most powerful political statements in history. Created in 1937 by Picasso who was a Spanish painter, he created this painting from his own outrage of the news of Guernica being bombed by Hitler in 1937, on the 27th of April in which is still considered to this day a crime against humanity. The painting its self is a visual response from Picasso which shows the horrific truth and events of Guernica in Picasso’s famous style of painting (Cubism), the pure size of Guernica makes you feel like you’re being wrapped in this horrific scene, but it’s not a clear insight, the oil painting seems more chaotic at first, but further analyses allows you to consider and piece together the painting, as if it is playing a game with you, which in effect makes you take in more and construct your own meaning of the painting.
There have been many interpretations of the symbolic content in Guernica over its lifetime, but some are more popular than others, starting with the forms and bearings of the figures in the painting which convey protest, the reasoning for Picasso using the colour pallet of black to grey was to create a more sorrowful atmosphere, the burning buildings are not an actual symbol for the bombing of Guernica, but rather to show the harmful ways of war, the news papers within the backdrop signals how Picasso found out about the bombings, the light bulb signifies death many believe this due to a comment he said when reflecting on his work talking about his influences when creating the painting, the broken sword is a symbol of the painful defeat of the people to their conquerors and finally the bull and horse are considered as one symbol, that they are involved in an ever lasting dance, the interpretation is that the bull and horse stand for the battle between the Republicans and the Nationalist in theory the bull is the Nationalist and the horse is Republicans, but Picasso used the symbols of the bull and horse in many of his paintings so this confuses the actually symbolic message they give in Guernica.
Finally Guernica was displayed at the International Exposition, Paris in 1937 for the world to see it quickly grabbed attention in which it then followed the painting while touring around the world with the intention to create awareness for the war and gain funds for the Republicans fight, the painting travelled for 19 years and ended up in USA for safe keeping, it now resides in Madrid at Reina Sofia, Spain’s national museum of modern art.
Do I like Guernica as a painting? 
Guernica as a painting is a very interesting piece of artwork, I consider Picasso’s work very creative and bold. When looking and reading about it, some elements confuse me in Guernica and others just make sense, I think this is due to all the research about Guernica and all the interpretations surrounding this powerful artwork which does show how it can be tapped into and how it talks to so many people with different backgrounds and thats why I think Guernica is a great painting because it fits more than one purpose.  I actually like the imagery, the tone work and how it is a sorrowful because of the pallet Picasso used, I also like the element of looking and searching for more, when looking at the painting, it size takes three or four looks to really take in the full image and to relate to it, this is clever, like refiguring a complex puzzle but I do hope one day I can travel to Madrid and really see the textures and pure size of Guernica for my own eyes, then I might be able to learn and feel more.
Do I think Guernica has importance?
In its own right Guernica has so much importance due to how powerful and historical it is, it’s a part of history that will never fade and has established itself as an anti-war symbol, not to mention its one of the most well travelled paintings in history, these stats alone show how important Guernica is, it literally has contributed to a war by funding the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, so it had a great purpose to serve, in this day an age it is more of an Anti-War symbol that shows the horrific elements of what war is and what  should be considered before creating/starting one, it shows what can happen when we loose humanity. 
Does it show the power of art?
I think Guernica is a fine example of what art can do, it’s sorrowful as well as powerful, its expresses as well questioned, it allows people to have their own opinion just like Picasso did on what happened to Guernica the town. This is what drives people to think of the painting as an anti-war symbol, Picasso never said it was an anti-war symbol, he wanted it as a big memorial but because of the statement and mystery it had, it became something else, it has evolved and became something more proud and powerful, but this is why I think Guernica shows the real power of art, because it keeps evolving, keeps questioning but also sustained a powerful feature of history that can never simply be chucked away, it’s so much of a powerful symbol for Spain and its history. 
Our Task 
After learning the influence Guernica had in the Spanish Civil war and how it empowered to push people to aid the Republicans cause were asked to create our own versions of Guernica to help us show and empower our manifesto, by changing and including our own symbols, which fitted rightly in our cause to stop poverty around the world. First as a group we decided what our visual side should be for our Guernica do we want it to be easy or keeping close to Picasso’s style, will it be more colourful or more angry and ugly, it doesn’t have to be angry, but strong, all these questions we were asking about our Guernica because at the end of the day we were creating an expressive piece of artwork to symbolise our manifesto, it was decided to let James take the lead since he was more excited about his idea and more forth coming about it and he did well on the start of our manifesto, but as time went on it lost its way and wasn’t what we planned, so after some thought I recalled a piece of art I did back in college which I could share with the group and fit in with the look we wanted, the idea was to take a plain white canvas then take black and brown sugar paper and use the sugar paper to loosely apply the figures/elements that we wanted in our Guernica and then fill them in using white and black charcoal but being more expressive when making marks and drawing in the detail, we looked more to the artist Basquiat who was a real abstract crazy out there street artist who really did have his own style which we wanted to mirror for our Guernica and create a look that could be linked to our manifesto in future times, using this style it could mean that anyone who had a voice or wanted a voice who agreed with our manifesto could collect any material and produce any piece they want to shout out their message, opinion and views in ugly, but a beautiful way, it doesn’t have to be pretty to communicate to people. 
so we started by drawing up the new symbols each person was given their own symbol to produce and after I needed to look, refine and see what needed to be done to each drawing while keeping to our style, once I finalised the drawings we moved on to the structure of the piece which myself, James and Callum composed together the finished structure is shown below… 
Once we knew where every thing was going, we decided to cut and add the loose sugar paper to our white canvas but realised their was to much white space so we decided to add a touch of Picasso by using newspaper to fill in some white space then we applied the loose figures on top which is shown below…
then came the final part adding in the detail and the real expressive part of the artwork showed, showing how we felt about the problem we faced, we were frustrated, angry and ashamed we really did show this by adding strong marks and what we felt was expressed  through our hard hitting marks and imagery this was what we needed for the final part of our process to create this Guernica, you can see the change below…  

The Epicurean Guernica  

the finished artwork which we have named ‘The Epicurean Guernica’.
Reflection on lecture
This lecture taught me some important skills and helped me enhance others that I was more scared to venture into, one skill was being team leader, after expressing my views and ideas, everybody taking them on board automatically I was made team leader, at first I was fearful, but as we progressed I started to roll with it, eventually finding my feet I started to enjoy the perks of being in charge and that everything needed to be checked with me first as well working as a unit to finish the work, being at the centre really made me feel part of the team and allowed me to be apart of every step that was made, this also allowed me feel like I have achieved more not just for myself but also for the team, another skill was decision making, due to all the views and opinions, I needed to make a decision on them, somethings were hard to say, but needed to be said this in a sense showed me that it can be difficult being the team leader and making those decisions, another thing I learnt about being the team leader is time management it’s actually my responsibility, we needed to keep free flowing and moving on course to achieve our outcomes but its easy to loose time when working with others so this is something I will defiantly have to consider in future projects, upon more reflection I realised its easier and a big pro to chuck your ideas in from the start because it can create issues later, but I also learnt that you do need to push your ideas sometimes because in bigger groups it can be easy to be overlooked and sometimes life is not fair and you have to play harder in ordered to be heard its never bad to have your own opinion or idea if you think it contributes, just chuck it in, but in this experience it was nice that my idea were taken on and that it lead to new opportunities that I enjoyed, it was nice to share my knowledge with the team and contribute to a main design which in result now has let me be more confident in expressing my knowledge and ideas in the future when collaborating or even helping my piers, finally in response to our actual outcome, I was very happy with the outcome it shows what our manifesto is all about and has fitted the style we wanted tremendously, we think this style can now be adopted as the visual style of our manifesto, it was really great finally to take are manifestos off page and really give it a face and is something I would like to consider taking it forward some time, reflecting on the group we were all inspiring graphic designers but it was also a nice learning experience to see how other people worked and how more than one view can really help you create a great outcome that relates to different people, it was fun creating these Guernica’s and gave me some things to consider in future projects.   

First things First Lecture 

I was ecstatic for today’s lecture, after reading the ‘first things first’ manifesto, doing research, reflecting and asking questions of myself I was really interested/excited to see where this lecture was going to take me, what things I would learn and how eye-opening the experience would be, it did not disappoint; It was a great lecture to be a part of and I only wish we had longer on the brief to extend more, but overall I did gain the concept of sustainable design and how it could be introduced into my practice in future projects. I can only thank Neal for the experience and for allowing me to be part of his research.

Talk reflection

Neal’s talk was very insightful and has impacted me more than I could imagine like he said “today is an important day” which confused me but further talks compelled me to believe that statement. Not only did his talk show me what the world of graphic design is pushing towards, it inspired me to look inwards and consider the real impact I could have on the working world and my future career, it’s the here and now that I can reflect on and decide what route I want my career path to go down, this is what compelled me to Neal’s earlier statement.

Moving forward I learnt how that in fact, design is pushing towards sustainability which is a step up from before, it’s more responsible, it’s more thought out, it’s no longer just design and then chucking it away; it’s taking responsibility for your design, creating something sustainable, that it can be built on and become everlasting. Graphic design has turned  back to communicate rather than demanding, which reflecting further into the ‘First thing’s first’ manifesto I can now see where Ken Garland is coming from, Instead of designing for consumerism, his giving back the design to the people, to communicate, giving them the choice and giving power to them.


In groups of 4–5, you are asked using your research and reflection surrounding the First Things First manifestos, to develop a piece of design work that promotes and provokes the design community to take responsibility for the work that they put out into the world.

It could be a poster, a banner, a short video, an animation, an installation etc. The piece of work can be hand-made or digital, but the outcome must be digitised for your presentations at 3:00 pm (photograph of an installation).

It must relate to your own personal observations and perceptions of the role of Graphic Communication in shaping the future – and the discipline’s place in the world in incentivising change for good.

My group consisted of five members, myself, George, Callum, Dan and Simeon, I thought this was going to be a strong partnership due to our comfort and that we all could chuck ideas out without no regard; I also feel that Dan and George are quite creative with thinking outside the box and it was great to see them chucking out ideas, it also worked well with Callum and Simeon who then made the ideas more achievable, which made it a great combination. Following Neil’s design process, we considered what we want from our design and what impact we want it to have in the working world, so taking this into consideration, we were aiming to create a campaign to gain more awareness for the ‘first things first’ manifesto. The reasons why, upon reading and reflecting on the manifesto, it was so eye-opening and allowed us to question our career before hand and we would never have known this if it wasn’t for Neil’s lecture. We wanted to gain more awareness on the manifesto and make young designers look inwards at themselves and ask the question earlier for them and the graphic design future.

Moving forward with this idea, we started to brainstorm, chucking out anything that came into our heads and writing it down on a piece of paper. We had many ideas and generated many words linking to consumerism, people and the design industry in which after analysing we took the stronger ideas/words into our mind-mapping session which started to bring out some very strong ideas and concepts that we could work with the brief. We decided to go with the idea of consumerism and graphic designers supporting consumerism by designing for these products. The idea was to target younger designers moving into their career from education and give them a question that they could find an answer to, by making a link to the ‘first things first’ manifesto and hopefully doing so allowed them to read, reflect and question what they actually want to achieve in their future careers. We moved onto creating concepts, then a design and this is what we managed to create in the 3 hour period we had.


This is the design in a poster and sticker format, as you can see it is subtle and not in your face, it’s just asking you a question and by doing so it creates curiosity, it attracts the viewers to the poster and the design. Walking through the design, the barcode in the design is a symbol of consumerism, but it’s not the only function it has, it can be scanned like a normal barcode linking  to the full ‘first things first’ manifesto, so it allows the viewer to interact with the design, which leading on shows how we have to consider the viewer, we gave them the power by putting the information there, it’s their choice to take it further, by this method we hoped that people would not just see the design and than forget about it,  but that they can take it further, come back to something, keep them thinking, consider the idea of our campaign and therefore think what path they want to take their future career. The whole idea was just simply to show the link between our campaign and the manifesto. Moving onto the question ‘ARE YOU JUST ANOTHER DESIGNER?’ (typeface – Helvetica), the aim was to ask the viewer a question and attract them by finding a answer, its a tool to gain the initial attraction by reading into the question we are asking do they want to be another designer who designs for consumerism, so the word ‘JUST’ makes them seem just like a cliquey, by using this we hope that the viewer wants to know further why they potentially could be ‘JUST ANOTHER DESIGNER’ and explore more, that’s the reasoning behind putting the barcode in the middle of the question it allows the viewer to venture more. Finally the colour pallet of just white and black, its cheaper in production, it’s easier for the viewer to process as they walk by and it creates a more meaningful message, shows its a more serious matter.

How could it be further developed?

The design could be developed not only to link to the manifesto, it could link to a full website/app showing new projects, events, exhibits, courses, work that is created in the everyday working world, so that it allows the design to be sustainable that it wasn’t created to be chucked away, it can be built on, having more meaning to the viewer, the future of the campaign and ‘first things first’ manifesto, which I think we did grab the concept of sustainable design.

 Reflection on lecture

This lecture was really enjoyable and has taught me something that I will carry with me throughout my design career, I felt learning the ‘first things first’ manifesto helped me to realise what I really want to achieve in my future career, I also experienced the new concept of sustainable design, which was more eye opening to me due to the expert level it takes, it’s no longer about designing and chucking away, it’s all about designing to be stainable, something that can work in a working world, something designed for the future. I think that learning this concept has allowed me to venture into something new and realise there always more than one way to design, I also really enjoyed the thought of designing for people this time round, to consider what they thought, how I would like them to react and how to go about achieving this, the new design process was great to explore starting at the very end never thought of that way before and is something I will defiantly consider in every project to come. Creating designs in this concept was challenging at first but got easier as we moved forward, I was very happy with the design/concept me and my group managed to produce and really did relate back to the brief, as well being happy with our design. I did feel that another group did have a strong concept and was very nice to see, I believe their concept was to take a brand and rip back the label that you can actually see what impact that brand had on the working world around them so people had the choice to see the information and act upon it, again allowing people to have a choice and power, which reflecting on was a very strong concept and enjoyed viewing the idea. To extend the concept/design they could have done a more interactive piece by actually having a section to rip back and unearth the actual effect that the company had on the working world-to extend on that, this would make the design more playful and allow the viewer to interact and retain more of the information. Experiencing this lecture/brief was truly inspiring for me, and believe that a wider range of students could benefit from this type of lecture who are hoping to journey into the world of design, as it was a beneficial activity to help identify potential career paths.



For this task I was asked to create an ephemera 16 page booklet for a fake event that would be hosted by DesignBoom. This event was called Super 7 and is about celebrating the best in graphic design, the book will be directed towards graphic designers and convey the meaning from DesignBoom, here is my design process for the book…


I knew what typeface I wanted to use,  because I was already inspired from the NMD project I saw on Behance, the typeface  I used was Futura, expanding from that I wanted to to experiment with spacing between letters and breaking up words. The idea was to see how braking up the letters effected the legibility and to how it conveyed to the reader,  understanding this, I wanted to see how far I could take it without loosing legibility, you can see the results later in my post.


Taking my research into DesignBoom magazines, I could see it was technical,  in a sense playful and modern, so I wanted to capture this in my design. My starting point was lines because it is modern and simple to read, but I wanted to have another look within the magazines to get some inspiration, looking through the architectural images I noticed that some of the designs had a thiner and thicker lines featured in the work, which I then took and start playing around with. After some successful compositions, I decided to mix my typography in with my thiner and thicker lines then started experimenting between the two, by using tension between the lines and typography. I progressed further by using  tension and putting it  into a composition, which became my front cover, which in my opinion shows that the event is modern, playful and technical, that fits into the idea of DesignBoom magazines.


For each spread I took components from the front cover and played around with them, using composition, tension and layering. This also allowed me to be experimental with each spread, by using components from the front cover it allowed me to stay consistent as well as being playful with my design, you can  see the effect of this throughout my book. The only issue I had with my book  was there was to much information, especially for Jessica Walsh, it really did limit the experimental side of the book, which frustrated me but I played around with the design and was able to find answers to the problems, I had the right balance of  page and information on each spread.


During my journey through the design process of this booklet I realised over time how limited and refined the actual design would be, which frustrated me, so I found a way to react to these frustrating limitations. I didn’t like the paper I was originally given, so I purchased my own pink paper, which felt had good value and liked. My second limitation was the colour pallet which I again I was not happy with, using black/white on coloured paper. So I rebelled against this rule and decided to use a darker blue which made a really beautiful partnership.


Printing my book was a real learning curve, due to all the problems I faced,  firstly being unable to print at home, then unable to do it in uni because it had the old version of indesign and then taking it to the print studio that kept jamming because the paper was to thick, only till I brought this issue to Neil, he was able to provide me with the answer to my problem for home printing, the solution was that I was printing on long side binding and really I should be printing on short side binding, learning this allowed me to finally print my book with no problems and move onto binding it with staples which is suitable since its a ephemera booklet, here is the final booklet for DesignBoom…..



Today I saw a video on Aaron Draplin that really inspired me, such a great guy and his work is simply just inspirational. I love the fact that he just does design for design not for prestige, he collects what he likes and puts it into his work and thats what I think Graphic Design should be about I don’t know how I haven’t seen him or his work before but heres a link to the video I saw of him….

So following this I then decided to look further into his work and saw all these crazy, cool designs that simply look like he just has fun producing work. It seems like he hasn’t done a piece of work that he hasn’t enjoyed doing, but anyway here are some examples of his work so you can see what I’m on about ….

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I say his website is a great way to be inspired so just take a look! :









Today we learnt about expressive typography which was for me a really interesting lecture, I have touched on this before but not to the extent of producing work the way we did today. So we listened to an audio clip of someone talking, Then listening to the way he spoke and emphasised things within his speech and to try to portray that into type by using ink and a paint brush and just simply listen to what he’s saying, Heres an example of what I produced while listening to a small dialog of audio from Oscar Wilde where he said “I have nothing to declare except my genius”

forgive my spelling…


As I grow as a designer I am gaining a stronger understanding of typography which enables me to portray meaning into my work and have the opportunity to create all these messages by simply making a word bigger than another which makes it dominant in a series of words on a page, which can really impact the viewers view on that word and message and gain a section from that which to me shows me as a designer what impact I could have on the world or a persons life style.