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Kylie – White Diamond

Have just started a new project inspired by those song lyric + photo pieces of design that are pretty common online. These pieces were firstly inspired by “White Diamond” – an unreleased ballad track by Kylie – which I decided would be the perfect title track to an alternative Kylie album of ballads, from album, b-side and unreleased tracks to reworked hits such as “I believe in you”.  To develop this idea as a design project I started experimenting with imagery and typography, which I hope to expand into packaging and promotion design for my “White Diamond” album concept.

The photo used is from an exclusive poster of Kylie from inside the “White Diamond” documentary DVD, which I photographed using shards of mirror to create an abstracted, fragmented diamond-like image, complimenting the similarly style “White Diamond” text used on the DVD. As well as my own minimal diamond logo concept, I started designing typographic elements using lyrics from different tracks, the “I believe in you” type based on a found font, which I experimented with decoratively by hand then re-created digitally – one of my first developed attempts at hand-drawn decorative typography made digital, which I’m actually pretty proud of (however much my hand aches from incessant pen clicking in illustrator).

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Categorising People – Exhibition concept

So this is part of the concept for my exhibition/campaign piece on categorising and labelling people – developed from my final major project theme on stereotypes. Inspired by the use of categorising and stereotyping in graphic design and advertising (from toilet gender symbols to Lynx adverts), I decided to question the process of categorising other people, and even ourselves, and how such a process could be considered to undermine identity as far as it attempts to create it.

The first exhibition piece was inspired by the type stamping/printing process that the term “stereotype” originates from, questioning the application of name labels to people, and confronting the viewer with the idea of labelling themselves (the centre image will be a mirror). The last two designs were inspired by tick-boxes and drop-down-list forms that deconstruct our identities, intended to be more subjective, questioning and interactive – created as a hand-out postcard format.

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Designer: Super Serge

Thank you to Emily (fantastic blog here) for introducing me to this great designer; Thomas Girault – whose CSS Award-winning portfolio website you should definitely check out here. His work is a  mix of photography, digital illustration, bright colours, patterns and text – creating some stunning compositions and visuals that feel both incredibly abstract and modern, while at the same time quite retro and aged through the black and white photography and textured backgrounds. I would absolutely love to see some large prints of his work.

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Reflections #3

A cover/poster design concept I made for my next (planned) experimental film, Reflections #3 – inspired by the idea of distorted reflections of reality, and representions in different media from fashion photography and mainstream film to pornography, that affect our own views of ourselves, image, relationships and sex – and influence our obsessions with “beauty”, romanticized relationships and manafactured sex. This idea first inspired me to experiment with scanning mirrors – in creating the abstract, fragmented image that I decided to use as the dominant image, with the red-shard motif something I hoped to carry on into the mise-en-scene and framing of the film. Definitely one of my favourite cover designs 🙂

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What Are You Really Being Sold?

Another final piece for my project on Pants – the brief being to research and protest the item/theme we were given (mine being Pants) – this concept was a development of pieces revealing the questionable ideas that underwear packaging and advertising promote (through the focus on half naked, sexualised, visually “perfect” models and celebrities), this piece moving from 2D designs imitating advertising formats, predominantly posters/billboards, in appropriating and subverting actual underwear packaging.

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Photographic and typographic experimentations developed from the theme of place – these pieces considering the importance of home and belonging, from a less literal, physical and more emotive and ethereal perspective.

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Designer: Mika Mäkinen

Really love the work of Mika Mäkinen (Art Director at the Great Apes Ltd) – At times feeling both digital and handcrafted textured (absolutely love the creased paper in “Lake”), and with a feel of both graphic design and illustration through fantastic, quirky collages and textures, and considered colour, compositions and typography. Especially love the surreal mixture of collaged photography (from modern to quite vintage-looking images) and digitised images. Definitely worth checking out his portfolio here.

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Two experimental photographic/typographic spreads developing the concept and aesthetic of my book project – looking at how light, colour and pattern can be more dominant than the physical structure of place in creating atmosphere in the experience of a place.

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We Are Here.

This is the final piece for my uni book project on “place” – this piece inspired by the idea of capturing the visual atmosphere, emotion and experience of being within a place – rather than a conventional, structural or informational record of physical space. By slowly reducing and abstracting form within place, focusing instead on pattern, colour and light, the open narrative suggests an appreciation of being and experiencing a place – rather than considering place as a physical space we have been in.

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Magazine Deconstruction.

A little book I made as part of a task on deconstructing and remaking books, this one made from an Asos magazine, from which I cut cubes to rearrange and re-combine to create different, interesting small compositions of text and image, in an unconventional concertina-format. Really love flicking through all the little, abstracted articles and adverts – quite a collaged feel which is quite inspiring in terms of composition.

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