Reflective journal

Week 4

29th September

Today was our first day of Graphic Design and communication. We were given a group task to select two words from two different categories, then we had to create a piece in relation to our two words.

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We chose the words "industrial" and "text", we particularly looked at advertisements. Our final idea was to create a wall of advertisements and posters, like you see in the street. We each made a poster advertising a car, then photocopied them multiple times, finally we pasted them onto the lockers. It took a while to come up with an actual idea because of the language barrier between each of us, however when we chose our final idea, it allowed each our individual skills and styles to come out, we also each wrote the posters in our home languages, this was another nice addition to the aesthetic.

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30th September

Today, we were looking at typography, a particularly enjoyable topic for me. Our task was to create different typography styles and then model them out of paper. I really enjoyed doing paper craft as I was able to add another dimension to my letter designs. I also really enjoyed not just drawing lettering on paper but being able to create the letters from paper as well.

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After creating our lettering, we then were told to make a word out of a chosen lettering design, and create a word that explained the design of the letters. I found that all my letters look like shapes, and i decided to use all of them, not just one of the designs.

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2nd October

On our last day of Graphics, we did poster and print making, looking at, block letter printing, lino and screen-printing, to make a poster. I was particularly inspired by the Russian constructivists. I really enjoyed the task as it was a lot more independent than the other ones we had done during the week, and i felt more free to do what I wanted. I also enjoyed the process of creating the poster and practicing using the different printing methods, and different compositions, and experimenting with colour, scale and different combinations. I enjoyed the act of just making, with minimal designing in the sketchbook, and just creating, by eye, what i think looks good.

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