Project 2 – Combining visual elements

Exercise 1 – Mixed messages What are the above messages conveying, both through the text and the chosen typography? The typeface chosen for the "Enjoy your stay" statement suggests that this place considers itself a bit fancy but is, in reality, almost certainly a bit dated or old-fashioned. You might expect to find a typeface… Continue reading Project 2 – Combining visual elements


Assignment Two: Reflection on feedback

I received formative feedback on my second assignment. This entry comprises my response to Dr. Rees' comments and suggestions. Once again, I've organized my thinking according to the sections in the feedback form. Overall comments Dr. Rees' overall comments reflect my relative comfort with close reading. I tried to be as thorough and detailed in… Continue reading Assignment Two: Reflection on feedback

Project 1 – Looking for visual communication

Designing messages Visual communications are purpose-driven. Visual communications can be loosely grouped into several categories: Persuasive design Informative design Identity design Authorial content Interactive design Alternative messaging Exercise 1 - Identifying visual communications Examples of persuasive design Hillary Clinton for Democratic President of the USA The Hillary Clinton-endorsed video ad "Mirrors" [accessed 29/07/17] hoped… Continue reading Project 1 – Looking for visual communication

Project 1 – Looking for Visual Communications

If graphic design is about anything, it is about culture. (Barnard, cited via Downs in CAT p.109) Notes: Looking for visual communications Visual communications cover a vast range of practices and disciplines Technology is blurring the boundaries between disciplines; practitioners can mix and match a range of media, tools and approaches, and are often highly… Continue reading Project 1 – Looking for Visual Communications

Introduction to Visual Communications

Notes and initial reflection on Part Three - Visual Communications:  In 2013-14, I completed a certificate in Visual Communications at École Supérieur des Arts Modernes (ESAM). I was hoping to come away with a solid set of graphic design skills. Unfortunately, the course wasn't mature or thorough enough to afford me mastery in that domaine,… Continue reading Introduction to Visual Communications

Jesse Gassongo-Alexander’s “Bloom” at Galerie Chappe

I recently checked out a multiple-artist exposition prepared as an accompaniment to a short coming-of-age film by London's Jesse Gassongo-Alexander (and sponsored/presented by Deli Paris Club and the magazine Paulette). I am often drawn to figurative representations of women and interpretations of femininity, which is what compelled me to step inside the gallery in the… Continue reading Jesse Gassongo-Alexander’s “Bloom” at Galerie Chappe

Virginie Roux-Cassé at Galerie Chappe

Personal notes, with reference to course themes of time and/or place: Recently, I visited a small exposition by French visual artist Virginie Roux-Cassé [accessed 20/07/2017] at Galerie Chappe. The exposition, "Eau fil de l'Eau" (a play on words from a phrase meaning "continuous flow" or "with the flow") comprised a series of medium to large-scale… Continue reading Virginie Roux-Cassé at Galerie Chappe

Part Two: Learning Outcomes

Last week, I submitted my second assignment, a 1,500-word close reading analysis of the first few paragraphs in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. Before moving onto Part Three, I wanted to reflect on my work and learning these last few months against the course learning outcomes. Can I demonstrate an awareness of a broad… Continue reading Part Two: Learning Outcomes

Project 4: The Road

For this final project, we're asked to consider the following extract from the beginning of Cormac McCarthy's The Road (2006): "He pushed the cart and both he and the boy carried knapsacks. In the knapsacks were essential things in case they had to abandon the cart and make a run for it. Clamped to the… Continue reading Project 4: The Road

Project 4: The Road

Itinerancy: Notes on Chapter "Room 7: Itinerancy (pp. 148-163, Dean and Millar, Place) Generally, the projects detailed in this chapter touch on the concept of (subtle) movement or gestures as (metaphorical or literal) journey. While I really enjoyed the part of this course where we looked at the Hero's Journey, I didn't find the intersection of… Continue reading Project 4: The Road