Monday, 19 April 2010

Died Young Stayed Pretty Lecture

On Friday afternoon I went to the lecture theatre to see this documentary on underground rock ‘n’ roll posters and the artists behind them. It was interesting to see why the artists did what they did and how influenced by each other they were. It was quite funny in places with some very interesting ideas being thrown around. Alot of them worked for next to no money and quite often let the artists have to posters for them to raise funds. A couple of the artists I struggled with as they were very opinionated and had a really obscure view on life. Some of the camera work was a bit erratic and was hard to watch at times but i did like the amount of different views shown when talking to the artists.

I think I enjoyed it but I thought it was also thought it was a bit too long. I don't think I'll be watching it again though.

If i were you I would watch "Exit Through The Gift Shop" instead!

New Threat Of Exposure

After the feedback from my title sequence piece I've re-rendered my final piece using a different piece of music and syncing it. I have softened the continuous camera movements to keep the momentum throughout the piece while keeping the mood. I wanted to keep the noir look but by using an occlusion layer the whole piece looks a lot more realistic. I'm happy with how it's turned out but if I was to tweek it I would hold the camera a little longer on the first name.

Thoughtful Lecture

The guys from Thoughtful came and gave us a talk as practice for the 4 Designers Conference which they were presenting at on 22nd February. I have worked with Stu and Chris in the past but it was good to hear abit more about them and their backgrounds. It was fascinating to see that they had come from nothing to what they are now. They kicked off their presentation by showing us what inspires them and what has driven to do what they are doing now. They didn't just stick to graphic design inspirations either, they also had inspirations from all sorts of disciplines such as sport and music. Chris also looked at Chindogu which we looked at last year. From here they showed us past pieces of their work and how they got to the outcomes they came to. This was interesting but the section that really stood out to me was the "Wise Words".

Chris and Stu Presenting at 4 Designers Conference

The was words were from a few different designers such as Patrick Baglee, Greg Quinton, Jonathan Baldwin and Michael Wolff. The guys asked them a series of questions to inspire students on how to do well in the future and how to get noticed. Quotes such as,

"Only work with the best even if you don't get paid."


"Change with the times"

really stuck with me and made me want to push myself. Hearing from the Thoughtful guys and all of the designers they had managed to contact really inspired me. It showed me just how important networking is and how making contacts is key to being successful. And finally the I thought the 5 P's were brilliant and so true to everything you do not just design...


Saturday, 17 April 2010

Shellsuit Zombie

When we were on our trip to London we had an evening with guys (and girl) from Shellsuit Zombie who are all postgraduates in the design. They gave us a talk informing us on what to expect when we leave university. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and learn a lot from them all. They all told their individual stories and where they ended up which showed that we couldn't just sit around waiting for something to happen and we need to get out and get on with things. They organised an activity for us where we had to design an ad campaign using controversial celebrities and controversial products which was a great laugh.

They also gave us this book to fill full of quotes and illustrations that came to us throughout the evening. All in all it was a good relaxing evening but gave us all alot of inspiration for our futures.