Creative Thinking Module Evaluation

During this module I have been challenged to think quickly and creatively on numerous different project briefs. The variation allowed me to develop my skills and ideas and have a taste of all things Graphic Design, from a newspaper article illustration to expressive typography to toilet signs.

I have mainly been working in Adobe Illustrator, and have become quite comfortable in the programme. I have seen my skills improve in this programme, from my naïve vector drawings that I did for my initial ideas of the toilet signs, to the more complex drawings of the droplets and characters in our water infographic poster. I believe that my technical ability in the software has allowed me to execute my ideas successfully, and it is clear that as my competence increases so does the quality of my final outcomes.

I have also done a bit of photography, which I enjoy very much. Since the letterform photographs project, I have found myself finding letters in all sorts of places and noticing shapes in the environment.  It has certainly opened my eyes to design everywhere, whether it is intentional or not. However I would say one of my weaknesses is editing photographs for maximum effect. I would have liked to be able to edit the photographs that I took in London in December, but I am not confident at all in Photoshop, so this is an area that needs some work.

As this module was run as one day a week over two semesters, it has been difficult at times to manage my time properly, especially when a deadline from another module was in the same week as a deadline for Creative Thinking. However, having said that, I have submitted each project for both modules on time and have been happy with the results. I have learnt how to structure my time properly, and to dedicate a certain amount of time a week to different projects when more than one brief is running at the same time.

This module has also taught me to have ideas quickly. With new projects from week to week, we needed to have an idea, develop that idea and design an outcome, all within 7 days. The importance of a good idea or concept has been the main thing that I have got from this module. As the timeframe was so short, it was more important that the thinking behind our idea was strong rather than the execution although we must always strive to have a well-designed outcome. I think that I have managed to do this in the majority of the projects.

For example, for the brand parody project I chose to mock Hollister for their badly lit stores. My idea was to make the logo hardly visible, with some spotlights only to reveal the logo from the dark background.

Another example was the picture and caption brief. My favourite is probably Rapunzel’s tower. Everyone thinks this is a sweet fairytale, but they fail to remember that the old woman actually kidnaps the young girl. I decided to keep the script typeface for both words, as I felt that it highlighted the fact that this crime is hidden in a children’s story.

I have enjoyed this module, and I will take everything that I have learnt about time management, idea development and technical skills with me for the next modules, and hopefully improve on them further.

Found this little game where you can kern words and then be scored by a pro typographer on your attempt.

If you sign up to the site there are loads of Graphic Design Challenges.

Other members give you feed back on your completed briefs and you can crit other people’s work aswell.

March 2013

Environmental Infographic Poster


As pairs we were to choose an environmental topic to create an infographic  A2 Poster.

Liz and I, decided to produce a poster highlighting how much we spend here in the UK on bottled water when there are so many people in Africa without a free running taps like us. We showed how this money could be better spent on wells and how this would effect the lives of those it provided.

The worst thing is, is that bottled water is no better than tap water in anyway!

February 2013

Pangrams


six javelins thrown by the quick savages whizzed forty paces beyond the mark.

I used every letter that appears in that sentence.

Also for the ‘Six Javelins’ I used those letters only, for the man I used the letters in ‘by the quick savages’ and so on.

January 2013

Seven Deadly Sins

We had to choose a character and typeface which represented each of the 7 deadly sins.

January 2013
Expressive Type in a Box
Taking two words and explaining their meaning simple by changing typeface, size and position within a 15cm square box. Also hand-rendered.
Rejection: A backward facing Bodoni R is rejected by the swiss sans serif of the rest of the word :(
Crowded: Gill Sans Ultra Bold compacted as closely together as possible while still being decipherable and starts to repeat. January 2013
Expressive Type in a Box
Taking two words and explaining their meaning simple by changing typeface, size and position within a 15cm square box. Also hand-rendered.
Rejection: A backward facing Bodoni R is rejected by the swiss sans serif of the rest of the word :(
Crowded: Gill Sans Ultra Bold compacted as closely together as possible while still being decipherable and starts to repeat.

January 2013


Expressive Type in a Box


Taking two words and explaining their meaning simple by changing typeface, size and position within a 15cm square box. Also hand-rendered.

Rejection: A backward facing Bodoni R is rejected by the swiss sans serif of the rest of the word :(

Crowded: Gill Sans Ultra Bold compacted as closely together as possible while still being decipherable and starts to repeat.

January 2013
Pictures and Captions
With this short brief we were supposed to take a few images and by using one word change how the viewer may perceive the image. January 2013
Pictures and Captions
With this short brief we were supposed to take a few images and by using one word change how the viewer may perceive the image. January 2013
Pictures and Captions
With this short brief we were supposed to take a few images and by using one word change how the viewer may perceive the image. January 2013
Pictures and Captions
With this short brief we were supposed to take a few images and by using one word change how the viewer may perceive the image. January 2013
Pictures and Captions
With this short brief we were supposed to take a few images and by using one word change how the viewer may perceive the image. January 2013
Pictures and Captions
With this short brief we were supposed to take a few images and by using one word change how the viewer may perceive the image.

January 2013

Pictures and Captions

With this short brief we were supposed to take a few images and by using one word change how the viewer may perceive the image.

January 2013
Keeping busy over the holidays
Over the Christmas break there was the terrible news of a school shooting in America.
I decided to design some ideas that came to mind when I heard a member of the NRA say: 
"The only thing that stops a Bad Guy with a Gun, is a Good Guy with a Gun."
I totally disagree and designed these typographical solutions with a campaign poster in mind

January 2013

Keeping busy over the holidays

Over the Christmas break there was the terrible news of a school shooting in America.

I decided to design some ideas that came to mind when I heard a member of the NRA say: 

"The only thing that stops a Bad Guy with a Gun, is a Good Guy with a Gun."

I totally disagree and designed these typographical solutions with a campaign poster in mind

December 2012
Christmas in London
In early December we went on a trip to London.
Here are a few photographs I took of the Christmassy goings on December 2012
Christmas in London
In early December we went on a trip to London.
Here are a few photographs I took of the Christmassy goings on December 2012
Christmas in London
In early December we went on a trip to London.
Here are a few photographs I took of the Christmassy goings on

December 2012

Christmas in London

In early December we went on a trip to London.

Here are a few photographs I took of the Christmassy goings on

November 2012

Newspaper Article Illustration

We received a random article from a recent newspaper and had to illustrate an image to coincide with it.

My article was about families struggling with their weekly shop, and not being able to afford premium brand foods. Therefore buying own-brand products instead.

Heinz beans was an example and I decided to take the cost of a pack of cans of beans feeding into the can as though it was stealing all of the money.