Inspired by

Scribble pen.

 

The Scribble pen is an amazing piece of technology that allows you to pick up to 16 million colours worldwide and draw with that colour before your own eyes. Working on both pen and tablet, you press the end up against the colour you desire, and it will save the colour, allowing you to go to new levels of drawing.

I thought this idea was amazing. Knowing that you can use almost any colour in the world, and be spoilt for choice when you begin drawing. This reminded me of the idea of me scanning the QR code on my tag to feed back to the app; the ideas are similar that it picks up that specific code of that product, and it saves it for you if you wish.

What I found interesting was that the colours converted for Scribble are converted to RGB, CMYK and HEX, the 3 colour conversions that give that shade its identity.

I thought this was inspiring to include in my project and the clothing. When an item of clothing is saved, I could show the colour identification(s) within that clothing item, which essentially could help those who are colour blind match even closer to other groups of clothing to make sure that they are not getting confused with similar tones.

https://getscribblepen.tilt.com/a-revolutionary-pen-that-draws-in-any-color

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Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps challenged the perception of different buildings and the beauty within them. Over 15 years, he went around the UK taking pictures of different iconic, and mostly concrete, buildings. Inspired by the work of Le Corbusier, he wanted to show people there was more to the overall appearance of some architecture that may not necessarily be to everyone’s taste. He experiments with perception, capturing a different angle in all directions on the buildings, giving them the abstract feel and appearance.

What attracted me to attending this exhibition was the inspiration of his abstract appearance to his work. I love how he has angled his picture deliberately, ensuring there is no straight line or perfect shot. Architecture photography is something I am becoming fonder of, because of the pattern you can get out of every shot.

The black and white contrast adds depth to every picture also, which is something I would like to play around with in my pictures, rather than using lots of colour for a change. I feel inspired to try and use his work as ideas to how I can incorporate that style into my pictures, and possibly ideas for a project on giving a sense of abstraction.

Colour and Vision exhibition.

The Colour and Vision exhibition is an exhibit taken place at the Natural History Museum, London. The exhibition explains how vision and colour has evolved over the duration of around 500+million years. It goes through some of the oldest fossils of organisms that lived around that time, to animals today.

The exhibition was fascinating in understanding the knowledge of how complex the eye is. As you walk around, you get an understanding of how the eye originally was ‘flat’, and the retina and the shape of the eyeball evolved over time to allow us to see what we see today.

Showing eyes from different animals, interacting with our personal views and finding out why we see what we see today, it makes you wonder how much more we as humans, as well as animals, will be able to see in the future. The connection of colour and vision has led us to where we are today, going down the food chain in how predators had to try and find their prey to hunt.

How to get a good night sleep.

As I was exploring around the heart of London, I decided to extend my personal research in exploring somewhere different. Inspired from the workshop with Carlos, he mentioned the idea of drawing things out and opening your mind to different things, so I decided to walk from Kensington to Chiswick, a good hour or so, instead of grabbing a bus to see what I could find while I was travelling. I was amazed with what I had discovered, despite London is right on my doorstep.

As I was walking, I noticed that the Thames was not looking as built up as it had in the centre of London, people were punting and the housing was looking more like regular streets. Some streets reminded me of small villages. As I was walking, there was a small part of the journey that made me forget I was in London, because I could not see any more office buildings, and the landscape reminded me of scenes that I would find in places like Cambridge.

Although the walk was draining, I managed to get some really good pictures and explore new parts of London that I never knew were around where I lived. I’m really enjoying producing pictures with an abstract feel to them, and incorporate them in my design work.

Magical Lantern Festival.

The Magical Lantern Festival is a festival to celebrate Chinese New Year. Usually it only occurs abroad, but London was fortunate to have this fantastic opportunity held in Chiswick. The lights displayed magical light displays, exploding with colour and decoration of animals and objects, showing a fun side of lanterns and art.

I thought this exhibition was worth travelling to see, the hour long walk showed lights, patterns and beautiful displays as you walked through, giving you something different to look at all the way through. Although this did not link to my book, it definitely was worth going to have a look at this one in a lifetime opportunity. This exhibition will benefit me however, as it was inspiring to see such a beautiful show entirely out of lights in the dark, making you feel like you are in wonderland. I really enjoyed how they managed to keep you engaged throughout the journey with the exciting designs; a real treat for a family ‘night out’!

This is my London.

As shown in previous posts, I enjoy going to London and taking snaps. I came across this book while waiting for my phone to be fixed and I thought it was one of the best things I had seen in a long time. The book presents a journal of suggested places to go, as well as giving interaction to the buyer on the book, allowing them to be creative and search for other things as well as by what the book says.

The book is completely different to any other travel guide I have seen, the simple illustrations allow room for colouring, writing and anything else that you may want to include in the book – a little bit like a travel scrap book!

This book has completely re-inspired me to think about the possible interactions in a book. People respond better with interactions and therefore embed memories for them. The idea of creating memories for people to enjoy, look back and reflect on travel opportunities is something I would like to think about incorporating in my project.

Inspiring quotes.

I carried on finding quotes that I felt were inspirational and presented the point of people being encouraged to go out, take risks and enjoy seeing the world beyond walls.

Chris Todd is the Eastleigh football manager who 7 years ago got diagnosed with leukemia. The change in this completely turned his life around, creating new opportunities for him such as writing, singing and acting. I saw this interview on the BBC channel this morning (5th December), and one quote stuck in my head, which was the definition of my whole project:

“You have to get out of the bubble, a lot of people get stuck in doing the same thing day-in, day-out and they got through life like that.”

This particular quote really inspired me, and it is definitely a quote I will be putting on my poster. Although none of the quotes are in relation to each other, they are all quotes said from different people, all addressing the same topic. This is what I find really interesting when I research the quotes, finding what different people are saying or how they are putting this message across to people, trying to get everyone to understand.

My method for making these posters (and hopefully a book later) is similar to this. The posters are addressed for everyone to see and realize there is always time in life to go out and explore no matter what age/where you are; there’s always somewhere new to look, an infinite amount for us to see in a lifetime, and that is what makes adventuring so special.I also found a quote from Walt Disney, and a quote that had always stuck with me “We can stay where we are and hope your dreams come to us or we can go out and find that better place”, who I could not find a reference to.

Ref: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34984919

http://brightdrops.com/inspiring-walt-disney-quotes

“It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.”

I bought a book a while ago by Paul Arden, known as the creative genius in his works and advertising, made a book to inspire and influence people to create and design based on their own ideas and intentions that following the rules. The book explains how to be successful and tips on what makes someone so successful.

The book really inspired me when I first read it, and as I was reading through it again I picked up on elements throughout the book that reminded me of my project. All through the book he religiously explains how you have to do what you want yourself, and that it has to be down on your own intentions to be successful and push the boundaries.

When I was reading this, I was constantly thinking on the fact that people should take more risks and go against what other people do, whether it be exploring or anything else. The basic element from this book that I picked up on is to do what you wouldn’t expect to do and that is how you find success in anything in life.

How to take photographs (?)

Personally, I don’t feel there really is a “way” to take photographs. Photos taken can be of any angle, size and composition. A way to take good photographs however does not require skill, but requires the basic knowledge that stems from those categories mentioned.

Composition.

How I got into taking photographs, was that I took images of anything and everything that I thought was interesting to look at in my eyes, and to store them all as memories. The only way you’re going to be able to recognize this is the composition of your pictures. This can be of different elements such as colour, pattern, space and perspective. You notice the different shadows and tones that appear in the different angles. Henri Cartier-Bresson was the master of compositions of photography, taking pictures in the ‘decisive moment’.

Rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds is an important factor to consider when taking good photographs. On a digital camera, you can often get this feature up so you can help measure your image while you take it. The rule of thirds allows you to focus on a single point of the picture, or an area where you may want the audience to focus more on.

Cropping.

Cropping helps you to control the composition of your image. If you found something you did not want in the picture, you can edit it out to allow anything else in that image to become the ultimate focus. Cropping your image can give a whole different perception from the picture, and can almost tell two stories judging by the change in the images.

Perspectives.

Perspectives correlate very nicely with the composition. The viewpoint of the picture can again tell a completely different story if you were to take an image from a bird’s eye view, to it being sideways. Your eyes and your lens see the different perspectives of an image very different when you play around with this. Bill Brandt is an excellent example of someone who played around with perspectives; he gives his landscape images an abstract feel to them.

Light.

Lighting in an image is as important as any other factor above. The lighting in an image can completely change the mood of the image, as well as the quality you wish to produce. You can abuse the use of light you can to show very surreal, eerie places, or use light to make that same place look mystical and brightly coloured. During the day, the light changes depending on the weather and position of the sun. Usually, the hours where the sun is rising or setting appears to be the most popular time to take photos. The sunlight tints the sky in reds and oranges, shading trees and buildings as well as highlighting their features also, giving the image a very pretty and scenic feel.

Character.

I thought about this point, and I thought of the idea that you took that picture at that time for a reason. Because you took that image for that reason, in that time, is what gives the image its character. The image you look at has been positioned in such a way and developed in the chosen way to how you prefer. If you take images that are interesting to you, it is likely others will be interested in this too. Often you have to question to what draws you to taking and looking at that image after; what is it that stopped you and made you take that picture?

As you can see, there is no specific way to create photos. As long as you have a general understanding of these guidelines, you can create anything striking. Photography doesn’t have to be taken from the best cameras around, they just have to mean something to you and have some underlying reason to why you took that picture.

Ref: http://www.rookiemag.com/2012/11/a-very-very-basic-guide-to-taking-a-better-photo/2/

Stefan Sagmeister: The Power of Time Off.

“So I challenge those of you who are employers, self-employed or social entrepreneurs: take a sabbatical. We do the work we do so that we get to be in control, and yet we often find the pace of that work controlling us. If you run your own initiative, you know what it is like to take risks. I expect that you’re even comfortable in the face of risk. So I challenge you: take the risk of stopping.”

I read up on an article about taking time off and allowing us as people to do something that we want to do, and not have to feel obliged to do. Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most influential designers out there, and every seven years, he closes his entire company for a whole year so everyone can go off and explore, do what they want and clear their heads from everything.

Stefan has the idea that people get bored of looking at the same things day in, day out. Despite in design, everything may seem different, you are still in the same mindset every day and you are not allowing space for your brain to breathe and take in anything without too much care and attention. This is when he talks about taking time off – to recuperate and do what you want to do, to live your life.

“We spend about in the first 25 years of our lives learning, then there is another 40 years that’s really reserved for working. And then tacked on at the end of it are about 15 years for retirement. And I thought it might be helpful to basically cut off five of those retirement years and intersperse them in between those working years.”

What he says in this speech is really captivating, and it is fascinating to see that people are not robots (yet), and we do need time to ourselves to reenergize and allow our minds and senses to become free and enjoy what is around us other than worrying what time we will be heading home.

His speech demonstrates exactly what I am trying to portray in my poster designs, and how you can take time out in your life to stop and get out of a building. Whether it be going to the local park or booking the next flight to Amsterdam, taking time away from work and your daily routine is essential for a happy lifestyle, because it means you are not putting constant strain and stress on your body… which also leads to ageing.

Ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zahra-ebrahim/work-sabbatical_b_3808152.html

https://www.ted.com/talks/stefan_sagmeister_the_power_of_time_off/transcript?language=en