Monday, 25 March 2013

OUGD404- What is a book?

Produce a body of work that explores the form, function and construction of a book. The starting point for this brief is the research that you have gathered in response to the study task asking you to identify '10 things you need to know about design'.

10 things you need to know about graphic design
  1. Semiotics
  2. Anatomy of Type
  3. Key Fonts
  4. Typeface/Font 
  5. A good rule when working with type is to use a maximum of three fonts.
  6. Colour Modes
  7. Colour Wheel
  8. Colour Harmonies
  9. Complimentary Colours
  10. Pantone Colour Matching System

Layouts and Spreads

This publication caught my eye because of the clean minimal visuals used. I think I want to design my spreads in this style to clearly and simply communicate.

I like the use of hierarchy of type by highlighting one word with the colour red. This is a technique I could experiment with when designing my layouts.

These layouts make good use of utilising the DPS by having sections bleed onto both pages. This helps to guide the eye smoothly across the page.

This publication is my favourite out the lot. The modernist aesthetic really excites me because of the simplicity, limited use of colours and functionality of grid systems and layout. Something like this is what I am wanting to achieve with my own personal touch.

I like the pagination systems used in these two images. The colour co-ordinated tabs work well and catch the eye, making the viewer want to further explore the book. 

The image below had a simple cut out section with the page numbers clearly displayed with a large point size with a bold font.

This is the kind of simple vector illustrations I am wanting the design to work along side type.

Images above sourced from 'What is publication design' by Lakshmi Bhaskaran

Network Magazine

The images on the left hand page direct the eye to the starting paragraph.


I like how the columns go from left to right in a step sequence, this guides the eye to the top of the right hand page making you want to turn the page and read on. 


I like the scale of this book. I dont want to use conventional paper A paper sizes so I will use the fibonacci sequence to create my own paper size.



I like the stock used in this publication. This has made me think I would like to print onto an off white stock.






Wednesday, 20 March 2013

OUGD406- Speaking From Experience

I am required to produce a graphic response that gives advice to next years design students. 


I intent to create a guide to procrastination using irony to suggest how to be good at it to highlight the things people do when procrastinating. I intent it to be informal and make the new students aware when they are distracted and act as deterrent to procrastination.  

Method of Delivery 

The format I want to display the content will be a poster that folds up in a challenging way to represent the idea of being distracted and procrastinating. I have chosen to create a poster because I think the new students could have it on their wall were they work to remind them of the un-productivity associated with procrastination and motivate them to keep focused.

Method of Production

I will create my poster digitally and in A2 scale. This will allow me to have more folds in the poster and i will be able to print double sided if needed. I want to design the poster in a minimal style using sans-serif fonts and a limited colour pallet of no more than three colours for maximum impact. I will print the poster with a matt finish on a light stock to allow me to fold the paper without it cracking.

After my crit on friday some good suggestions were made to how I could improve my project. This means I will need to further research methods of deliveries. It was suggested that I create a digital output to offer some productive means of procrastination such as links to design blogs and anything relevant to the course. This has made me think of creating a blog with design related topics to work alongside the printed material I am going to design.

Primary Research

I have conducted a survey online asking people what are the most common ways they procrastinate. The data collected will inform the content and the order. 

From the 29 responses to the survey the top 10 ways that people procrastinate in order are:

  1. Internet 
  2. Social Network
  3. Youtube
  4. Listening to music
  5. Making food
  6. Daydreaming
  7. T.V.
  8. Talking on the phone/ Texting
  9. Tea/Coffee Breaks
  10. Checking emails/ Cleaning 

Poster Research









Fold-Up Poster Research 

Images above sourced from the book, 'Choosing and using paper for great graphic design.'

Additional research into methods of distribution 

This has given me an idea to create a clock with blurred numbers to represent time consumption. 


I found this and thought I could make a sketch book pack that encourages the students to draw more when they procrastinate. This is something I wish I had done a lot more of so I think it would useful.


The sketch book could have pages in with little puzzles like the image above.



I saw this image and thought I could design a to do list that wipes clean so it can be re-used to help students organise their time better.

I found these fridge magnets and thought I could design something similar with stickers relating to the course. For example, relating to colour theory or typography. This would brighten up their rooms and get them interacting to embed the information subconsciously.


10 Funny Procrastination Quotes

Procrastinator Quote #1
“Procrastination is like a credit card, its a lot of fun until you get the bill.”
Procrastinator Quote #2
“I do my work at the same time each day – the last minute.”
Procrastinator Quote #3
“Procrastination is like masturbation, it’s fun at first but then you realize you just screwed yourself.”
Procrastinator Quote #4
“I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.”
Procrastinator Quote #5
“Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW.”
Procrastinator Quote #6
The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.
Procrastinator Quote #7
If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.
Procrastinator Quote #8
“Work is the greatest thing in the world. So I always save some of it for tomorrow.”
Procrastinator Quote #9
Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Procrastinator Quote #10
If at first you don’t succeed, give up, no use being a fool.


Design blogs

I have sourced a collection of design websites and blogs that I have found useful throughout my first year. I had to source these myself throughout the year so I think it would be really helpful to the new students and give them a head start.

Online Games For Graphic Designers 

I have found some geeky designer games that are really simple and fun to play but also improve and test your knowledge of graphic design. I think this would be a nice little feature to supply and hopefully encourage the 1st years to play relevant games instead of building a farm or poking people on Facebook :s

Another thing that was suggested in my crit was to look at self control. Its a program that allows you to block percific websites for a chosen period of time to deter procrastination. This is something else I could have on my blog to help students that have a deadline and really need to focus without any distractions.