Contemporary Practice – Week 12: New Steps

Week 12 Lecture & Resources Thoughts on Resources & Lecture Listening to this week’s lecture, I was interested to hear about Simon Manchipp from SomeOne‘s holistic approach to rebranding a football club. He talked about how they identified the strength of the existing club symbol and using this as a basis for taking the brand… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 12: New Steps

Contemporary Practice – Week 11: Trends & Environments

Week 11 Lecture & Resources Thoughts on Resources & Lecture I thought the Breaking News 2.0 installation that Patrick Thomas developed (as part of the London Design Festival in 2018) was an interesting take on the idea of an exhibition, as well as a comment on how we digest news and visual information. From watching… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 11: Trends & Environments

Contemporary Practice – Week 10: Type & Page

Week 10 Lecture & Resources Typography I found the lecture on typography interesting, and in some ways it was also a trip down memory lane. As a child I spent time living in Antwerp, and was completely enthralled when I was lucky enough to visit the wonderful case room full of lead type at the… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 10: Type & Page

Contemporary Practice – Week 9: Message Delivered

Week 9 Lecture & Resources Thoughts on Resources & Lecture Making Ideas Material Listening to the podcast where Susanna Edwards discussed ideas about message and medium with Sam Winston provided me with a lot of food for thought. I liked the idea put forward by him that designers should face their fears (which he believes is… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 9: Message Delivered

Contemporary Practice – Week 8: Skills & Making

Week 8 Lecture & Resources Side Projects It was really interesting to hear the design practitioners talk about their views on side projects in this week’s lecture. I think allowing your creativity to explore different media and (potentially non-commercial) self-initiated projects can be extremely valuable. Giving yourself the freedom to create and making space for… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 8: Skills & Making

Contemporary Practice – Week 7: Research & Theory

Week 7 Lecture & Resources Thoughts on Resources …Design is… a means of organising ideas. Design is thinking made visible.” – Andrew Howard In reading the extract from Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methodologies in Graphic Design, I came across Andrew Howard’s “Manifesto for Higher Learning,” originally published in the Design Observer in 2013.… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 7: Research & Theory

Contemporary Practice – Week 6: Noticing the Ignored

Week 6 Lecture & Resources Thoughts on Sketchbooks I really related to Paulus M. Dreibholz’s comment in Sketchbooks; The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators and Creatives that his sketchbooks form a kind of personal visual history. I have been keeping sketchbooks since I first began studying art during my secondary school days. Many of them… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 6: Noticing the Ignored

Contemporary Practice – Week 5: Thoughts on Ideas

Week 5 Lecture & Resources I particularly liked the idea of “thinking through making,” as highlighted by Kristoffer and Tom from Regular Practice, that Thomas Heatherwick uses as a method that’s central to his design and idea generation process, and also a way to overcome getting stuck in a creative rut. I think there’s a… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 5: Thoughts on Ideas

Contemporary Practice – Week 4: The Self & Identity

Week 4 Lecture After watching the guest lecture this week, I found a Ted Talk about the infamous Rorschach inkblot test and how it works: I also discovered an interesting podcast which touched on the topic of how the Rorschach perception test, used in psychology, has an overlap with the dawning of Abstract Art. German… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 4: The Self & Identity

Contemporary Practice – Week 3: Fields of Practice

Lecture 1 – The Effect of Globalisation on Design It’s clear that globalisation comes with both advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, it’s possible to collaborate in a much broader way than ever before – a cross-fertilisation of ideas, language and culture can result in some really interesting design. One of the negatives can… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 3: Fields of Practice