Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Mindmaps and idea generation!

(Animation mindmap)

(Initial idea sketches)

After weeks of learning the basics of Adobe flash, I have finally been assigned my main brief for the Dynamic Imagery module - Animation! I am required to produce a video that is a minimum of 1 minute in length, and has a narrative with accompanying sounds. I began by brainstorming 'Narrative' and all the things I could associate with it. I sought inspiration from the internet in terms of youtube videos, and found some that captured my attention. 

I also created a sheet of initial sketch ideas with a small mind map, further communicating my intentions for the animation.   

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Magazine layouts for inspiration

In order to gain a sense of how architecture magazines are structured compostionally, I went out and purchased a copy of 'Blueprint' architecture. Here I have selected some of the most inspiring, colourful examples of layouts which I will use for inspiration within my work.

I like the contrasting elements within this piece. The thick coloured borders suggest a more modern style of design, which looks quite effective. Also I like how some images are kept boxed and constrained, whereas others are almost free-floating on the page. This ensures the layout doesn't appear too chunky or tightly structured.

(Thumbnails for DPS)

Here are some of my Initial thumbnails. I selected various elements that I thought were interesting in the Blueprint magazine, and recreated them on layout paper. During feedback sessions I was advised to do more free-hand layouts to allow for more flexibility with my design work. I find working free-hand quite difficult, however I will try to get into the habit of not using a ruler!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Exploring Wolverhamptons architecture...

('The Royal London' pub)

(Railway station carpark - Modern Brutalist)

(Old post office - Victorian)

(Chubb's Lock - Victorian)

(Molineux Hotel - Georgian)

(Observational architectural sketches)

For my 'Experimental Type' brief, I am required to produce a front cover and 2 DPS layouts for a magazine called 'Arkitekt'. It is based on architecture and aimed at aspiring architects and designers, and my aim is to create a display of contemporary pages. I started out by exploring the local city of Wolverhampton's buildings, and studying the various architectural elements within them. Above are some of the best photographs I took, and I also did some observational drawings of some key features.