I was working very during the whole and some of the made things I just don’t feel like sharing with anyone, but the stuff I have produced the last day of the course I am actually very happy with.
During past we week we were mainly focusing on making the design by hand to start with and I actually enjoy this way of working very much. I always had an impression it is much quicker on the computer, but that it is not true the results are better with the beginnings of the design process done by hand.
On our our last last day we were given brief to design a Tate poster for all 4 locations. We were provided with material such as a text and some images. I have always lived with impression that graphic design is something I can easily do, but hand on a heart I have never really done it the proper way and this course has just showed there is still lots to learn.
I have taken a photos of the whole group posters so you can see them too. Below is the photo from the group.
It is always striking to see how many different ideas people have I think they are all absolutely great “design frenzy”.
This post is not about graphic design theory ,but about being playful and looking at generating inspiration applying very basic methods.
I have recently discovered that although I have spent past two years trying to learn graphic design I don’t know much about it yet. I am coming from art background and doing creative things is something I do since I was seven years old.
Two years ago I have finally discovered that to remain in creative field and survive I need to do something what can generate income. Shortly the graphic design became my main focus and I wanted to learn it and retrain myself.
I have done several course and since money were and still are bit tight I couldn’t afford to go to university. I am than improvising and doing max 1 year courses and now I went for something even shorter and that is one week. It is a Graphic Design Summer School at City Lit, where anyone can try anything and maybe make a career change after.
Now I feel I have written enough and it is time to show what we did the first day.
We started with this a creation of letters from a geometric shapes. If you wonder what they are they are all ice cream flavors. I think it looks really cool. There was about nine people so this is what we created.
In the afternoon we did something else which was also brilliant. With the previous exercise we couldn’t choose the flavor it was random pick and same applies for the second exercise.
All the words above are consisted from nine letters and all are a collage of letters from magazines. I think this idea is just great when one is stuck over some design work this can really help to get moving.
Last task was slightly different each of started with one letter and than passed it on to the person sitting next.
I love being creative and sometimes I simply go over the top. This project you are about to see is only about patterns. The initial task was to create a gift packaging featuring a pattern inspired by object in The British Museum collection. I was walking around thinking about what can be used as a base for my pattern. I was lucky in North American Gallery – room 26 featuring pottery from a culture called Sky City. The featured image is actually the jar I took the inspiration from.
The initial drawing can be seen too. I used simple method to trace it in Adobe Illustrator. I then opened this in Adobe Photoshop and used the define pattern options and there it was.