Alan Kitching is a practitioner of letterpress typographic design and printmaking.
His work is known across the globe and his design sensibility makes him part of remarkable projects such as Royal mail stamps FT magazine cover or even London Design Festival poster. Continue reading Dialogue:Relevant practitioners
This link explains what is a riso print.
It is a printer where you have to print by layers.
For that it is important to structure the file accordingly so that it comes of on the colours that you want to create contrast.
For the exercise we based our print a previous typography workshop but this time using a poem that we have done weeks ago that was based on what we thought about the city of London.
These two files will then be added on to the riso print each one with it’s own role of ink.
Beacause I was one of the last to do the print I ended up with a nice print.This is it!
A new project or shall I say experience has started. I am now working for the Hot House, what is it? a studio space with in the university environment.
It answers to the University creative needs as well as contribute for industry briefs. Continue reading Hot House-The begining
On the last Tuesday 15 November, We had to explore different interfaces and understand the process of the user while using them.
Interface: a point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc. meet and interact.
As a group we looked at defined interfaces of the brief, such as, the lift, a vending machine or the printer.
Functional, or not functional, simple or complex, digital or physical, the interfaces can proviede data to understand the purpose of such interfaces.
After going through a mandatory list we had to think about other interfaces to document for further discussion on the afternoon.
These were all the interfaces that we have documented. I felt that the exercise can be useful once you need to understand how you want to build up your own interface.
It means that all the evidence and tools are close to us and we just need to carefully observe and break down the information provided.
The discussion was really interesting and overall all groups had a really interesting approach of the brief.
Down below I represented the process that i am following to develop my app.
My idea of the app is nature navigator where people can read now more about the park in the city and follow a journey represented through illustrations.
1step- brainstorm about the parks, this will help me planning the journey as well as doing a selection of the most interesting ones.2nd step- understanding the sort of visuals that I would like to represent on my illustrations
3rd step( no image associated) understanding the sort of interaction that can be used to interact with the app
4th step-Mapping- how can I show my journey.
5th step-Planning journeys- final stage before going to the actual one
6th step- Main ideas, manifesto, tone of voice and typography brainstorming/ research
7th step-Logo type: doodling for the logo design
After this I am building a board with the screen layout of my print explain as well the interactions within the app.
I need to do the journeys make the drawings paint them and put all together.
This last Friday, the 11 November, me and my peers had a workshop about typography enhancing the importance of it’s use as well as the layout of the text with image.
On the first stage of this workshop I went from Aldgate East Station to Tower Bridge ,capturing images that could help me onto defining my grid on the second part of this workshop. I can’t say I fully answered to the brief at this stage because I should have had inside images as many as outside. This could eventually help me on finding different grid sets.
After going around and collecting the necessary imagery for the workshop, we started designing .
As an appropriate tool for publishing and editorial, InDesign was the program that we had to use to successfully complete this brief. By the use of the imagery previously I started tracing on top of the main lines that I wanted to use as my grid.
The typeface I decided to use was Bebas Neue because its a sans serif it looks condensed so it is really easy to play around without going out of the grid.
I definitely put my effort in to this, however there is still loads of work needed in order to achieve more cohesive outcomes.
Down below are my 6 “typographic posters”.
I tried to keep more informative playing around the different boxes that these pavement provides.
I felt that pavements could be interesting to work because the lines are mainly vertical and horizontal.These one less informative than the one before also has bigger differences on the character size.This image allows a million different grids. Because I am a rocky when it’s about typography I did felt confused so I feel that I tried to many ideas and it doesn’t quite work. I left it here so that I don’t forget for the next time.
On this one the change is barely seen, in fact the angles are all really close to 90º.
Technically, at this one I am already trying to break the rules which in fact I should not.
I felt that rather than lines all these different building offered a really interesting combination of “layers” so than I had to try and explore beyond.
Really simple grid system here. and the leading is not really good.
Anyway at the end I really enjoyed doing it and I think it might be helpful towards my main project.
Fears that the UK would “sleep-walk into a surveillance society” have become a reality, the government’s information commissioner has said.
Richard Thomas, who said he raised concerns two years ago, spoke after research found people’s actions were increasingly being monitored.
Researchers highlight “dataveillance”, the use of credit card, mobile phone and loyalty card information, and CCTV.
Monitoring of work rates, travel and telecommunications is also rising.
There are up to 4.2m CCTV cameras in Britain – about one for every 14 people.
But surveillance ranges from US security agencies monitoring telecommunications traffic passing through Britain, to key stroke information used to gauge work rates and GPS information tracking company vehicles, the Report on the Surveillance Society says.
It predicts that by 2016 shoppers could be scanned as they enter stores, schools could bring in cards allowing parents to monitor what their children eat, and jobs may be refused to applicants who are seen as a health risk.
Produced by a group of academics called the Surveillance Studies Network, the report was presented to the 28th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners’ Conference in London, hosted by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The office is an independent body established to promote access to official data and to protect personal details.
The report’s co-writer Dr David Murakami-Wood told BBC News that, compared to other industrialised Western states, the UK was “the most surveilled country”.
“We have more CCTV cameras and we have looser laws on privacy and data protection,” he said.
“We really do have a society which is premised both on state secrecy and the state not giving up its supposed right to keep information under control while, at the same time, wanting to know as much as it can about us.”
The report coincides with the publication by the human rights group Privacy International of figures that suggest Britain is the worst Western democracy at protecting individual privacy.
The two worst countries in the 36-nation survey are Malaysia and China, and Britain is one of the bottom five with “endemic surveillance”.
Mr Thomas called for a debate about the risks if information gathered is wrong or falls into the wrong hands.
“We’ve got to say where do we want the lines to be drawn? How much do we want to have surveillance changing the nature of society in a democratic nation?” he told the BBC.
The Smell of Data fragrance bottle releases a metallic scent when a user encounters an unprotected website or Wi-Fi network on their devices.
Leanne Wijnsma and filmmaker Froukje Tan created the product in response to concerns about data security on the internet. The project aims to educate users about what is going on with their data.
Wijnsma and Tan evolved the concept by researching the human response to gas leaks.
“Compare the Smell of Data with the smell of gas,” said Wijnsma. “We were taught to find this smell dangerous – and we know exactly how to act when we smell it.”
The designers were particularly inspired by a 1937 explosion in the US state of Texas that was caused by an unnoticed gas leak. The incident prompted the government to artificially add scent to odourless gases, making them more readily detectable.
Wijnsma and Tan received an e-culture grant from the Dutch Cultural Media Fund to develop Smell of Data in 2014 and launched it in September 2016 at the Science Museum in London.
Stockholm Design Week: Swedish designers Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff exhibited the Surveillance Light lamp at Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this month.
The floor-light is modelled on surveillance cameras.
“Recent discussion about surveillance in society inspired the creation of a piece of furniture with an Orwellian ‘1984’ feel to it,” the designers say.
“Blending the typical appearance of a surveillance camera with a standing lamp is an ambiguous refection of our thoughts about the political future. Using cold metal strengthens the relationship of our lamp to the character of surveillance cameras.”
This jacket by Seoul design studio Shinseungback Kimyonghun is covered with camera lenses that can record assailants and broadcast the images on the internet (+ movie).
Shinseungback Kimyonghun placed the different-sized lenses all over the tailored Aposematic Jacket to serve as a warning to potential attackers that their actions might be recorded.
“Aposematic Jacket is a wearable computer for self-defence,” said studio co-founder Yong Hun Kim. “The lenses on the jacket give off the warning signal, ‘I can record you’, to prevent possible attack.”
The wearer pushes a hidden button to record images of their environment, which are automatically published on a designated web page via a wireless network.
“Cameras make people act ‘properly’,” said Kim. “It’s because once someone’s behaviour is recorded, it will exist beyond time and space so that it can be ‘judged’ by others anytime and anywhere.”
Although the lenses are positioned all over the garment, only four are actually hooked up to camera modules. Located on each of the four sides, the cameras create a 360-degree panoramic snapshot of the surroundings.
Instead of surveillance, which implies a group watching an individual, the designers describe the concept as souveillance – where an individual is watching others.
“The jacket is a kind of sousveillance camera that protects its wearer like surveillance cameras are used to protect goods in shops,” said Kim.
The Aposematic Jacket is named after the colouration displayed by organisms to alert predators that eating them will bring consequences. For example, poisonous frogs often have brightly coloured skin.
“The camera lenses on the jacket broadcast the possibility of being recorded to repel attackers,” said Kim. “The ones who ignore the warning will taste toxicity of the recorded images.”
The project is a response to the increasing amount of cameras in our lives, including CCTV around buildings and public spaces, Google Street View’s incessant capturing of the environment and drones that can photograph scenes from the skies.
“How will people act when everything is recorded all the time? How is the ethics of humanity going to be in the age of ubiquitous veillance?” asked the designers. “Having these questions in mind, we wanted to spark discussions about this new environment.”
This range of anti-drone clothing was created by New York designer Adam Harvey to hide the wearer from heat detection technologies.
Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, can be equipped with thermal imaging cameras and deployed by the military or police to locate individuals using heat signatures. The metallic fibres in Harvey‘s lightweight garments reflect heat, masking the wearer’s thermal signature and rendering them undetectable.
Three pieces make up the collection including a zip up cape with a peaked hat, which almost completely cloaks the body, and a scarf that can be draped where needed. “Conceptually, these garments align themselves with the rationale behind the traditional hijab and burqa: to act as ‘the veil which separates man or the world from God,’ replacing God with drone,” says Harvey.
The cropped hoodie is designed to cover the head and shoulders, areas that would be exposed to drones overhead. Pieces were designed in collaboration with New York fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield. All images are copyright Adam Harvery/ahprojects.com.
In his lastest opinion column, Sam Jacob discusses how US surveillance programme PRISM and the impact of digital culture are influencing design thinking.
For my new project I am collecting the meaning of colors so that can use them for my illustrations in a much clever way.
By mixing them I can create meaning and by the use of them in my app I can give to the user a much more complete experience as well as creating a tool which will make me easy to convey my message.
Warm colors- Thy can be associated with Fire, Sun, Light, Leaves falling.
They can transmit, energy, love,positivity, enthusiasm and happiness.
Red is a very hot color. It’s associated with fire, violence, and warfare. It’s also associated with love and passion.Physical effect on people, raising blood pressure and respiration rates.
Orange is a very vibrant and energetic color.It can be associated with the earth and with autumn. Because of its association with the changing seasons, orange can represent change and movement in general.
Brightest and most energizing of the warm colors associated with deceit and cowardice.Yellow is also associated with hope and danger (but not as red).
Bright yellow can lend a sense of happiness and cheerfulness. Softer yellows are commonly used as a gender-neutral color.Dark yellows can sometimes look antique and be used in designs where a sense of permanence is desired.
Cool colors are more subdued than warm colors. They are the colors of night, of water, of nature, and are usually calming, relaxing, and somewhat reserved.Blue is the only primary color within the cool spectrum, which means the other colors are created by combining blue with a warm color.
Greens take on some of the attributes of yellow.
It can represent new beginnings and growth. It also signifies renewal and abundance. Alternatively, green can also represent envy or jealousy, and a lack of experience. Calming attributes that blue some of the energy of yellow.It balances and harmonizing effect appropriate for designs related to wealth, stability, renewal, and nature. Brighter greens are more energizing and vibrant, olive greens representative of the natural world. Dark greens are the most stable .
Blue is often associated with sadness in the English language. Blue is also used extensively to represent calmness and responsibility. Light blues can be refreshing and friendly. Dark blues are more strong and reliable. Blue is also associated with peace.The exact shade of blue you select will have a huge impact on how your designs are perceived. Light blues are often relaxed and calming. Bright blues can be energizing and refreshing. Dark blues are excellent for corporate sites or designs where strength and reliability are important.
Purple sometimes takes on some of the attributes of red.
Purple was long associated with royalty.It’s associated with creativity and imagination, too.Dark purples can give a sense wealth and luxury. Light purples are softer and are associated with spring and romance.
Neutral colors often serve as the backdrop in design. They’re commonly combined with brighter accent colors. But they can also be used on their own in designs, and can create very sophisticated layouts. The meanings and impressions of neutral colors are much more affected by the colors that surround them than are warm and cool colors.
Black is the strongest of the neutral colors. On the positive side, it’s commonly associated with power, elegance, and formality. On the negative side, it can be associated with evil, death, and mystery.It’s also associated with rebellion.
Commonly used in edgier designs, as well as in very elegant designs. It can be either conservative or modern, traditional or unconventional, depending on the colors it’s combined with. In design, black is commonly used for typography and other functional parts, because of it’s neutrality. Black can make it easier to convey a sense of sophistication and mystery in a design.
White is often associated with purity, cleanliness, and virtue.
It’s also associated with the health care industry, especially with doctors, nurses and dentists. White is associated with goodness, and angels are often depicted in white.In design, white is generally considered a neutral backdrop that lets other colors in a design have a larger voice. It can help to convey cleanliness and simplicity, though, and is popular in minimalist designs.
Gray is a neutral color, generally considered on the cool end of the color spectrum. It can sometimes be considered moody or depressing. Light grays can be used in place of white in some designs, and dark grays can be used in place of black.
Gray is generally conservative and formal, but can also be modern. It is sometimes considered a color of mourning. It’s commonly used in corporate designs, where formality and professionalism are key. It can be a very sophisticated color.
Brown is associated with the earth, wood, and stone. It’s a completely natural color and a warm neutral. Brown can be associated with dependability and reliability, with steadfastness, and with earthiness. It can also be considered dull.
It helps bring a feeling of warmth and wholesomeness to designs.
Beige is somewhat unique in the color spectrum, as it can take on cool or warm tones depending on the colors surrounding it.
It’s a conservative color in most instances, and is usually reserved for backgrounds. It can also symbolize piety.
Beige in design is generally used in backgrounds, and is commonly seen in backgrounds with a paper texture.
Ivory and cream are sophisticated colors, with some of the warmth of brown and a lot of the coolness of white. They’re generally quiet, and can often evoke a sense of history. Ivory is a calm color, with some of the pureness associated with white, though it’s a bit warmer.
In design, ivory can lend a sense of elegance and calm to a site.