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

Contemporary Practice – Week 2: Industry Today

Workshop Challenge Part 1: Design Practice Leith Agency – leith.co.uk The Leith Agency is based at Commercial Quay in Leith, an area of Edinburgh, Scotland, which is a hotbed of creative agencies and design studios. Their motto is “bold ideas that work” and they employ around 110 people, with steady growth since they began in… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 2: Industry Today

Contemporary Practice – Week 1: Introduction

Workshop Challenge Who are you? My name is Cat McLaughlin. I was born in Scotland but I spent time living overseas in Europe growing up, which has shaped me and broadened my horizons. Being exposed to different cultures and learning new languages at a young age had a massive impact on how I view the… Continue reading Contemporary Practice – Week 1: Introduction