Design Museum.

I went to check out the new Design Museum that is now located in Kensington, and whilst there I had a look at the exhibitions that were going on.

Fear and Love.

Fear and Love explores what is going on today, and designers have come together to create all different design pieces that helps to relate to what the issue around the world currently is going through.

My favourite exhibit from this was Mimus, a robot that detects your movement through sensors. The exploration of how humans could potentially be taken over by robots could be evident with this piece, considering that Mimus can find who you are without the help of humans to show where we are.

The whole exhibition explored various ways of showing how design is adapting to the world today, and potentially for the future. The example of the staples was really interesting to find out how some of the most basic food groups that we eat can be used to not only feed us, but to produce all different fuels, materials and mechanisms.

Designs of the Year 2017.

This exhibition I found really inspiring, especially with the graphic design concepts. What struck me most were the iPhone advertisements, the postcards of data and the info graphic displaying a refugee camp.

The advertisement of the iPhone photography is shot all around London. The advertisement runs parallel with the simplicity of the overall concept of Apple and its minimalistic approach. Minimalism is something, which I particularly am influenced by. With these advertisements, the simplicity of them is what makes them stand out against other posters, as well as their clean approach.

The refugee camp I thought was really interesting because it showed the map of text and basic illustration, but the map is depicted in a way that you can almost visualise what it is like by reading each piece. The map shows facts and information about each area, and why it is so significant.

The postcards of two pen pals writing to each other were one of my favourites. What I really enjoyed was looking at what they were discussing each week, and writing data about it in a new and creative way. I found this very influential with considering my FMP and how I can present data (if I were to choose that path) in fun and creative ways.


Science magazines and their layouts.

I had a look on the WHSmith website to find some inspiration for science magazines that I could write my article in. I thought a science magazine would be the most appropriate source to put my article in, considering my campaign is for the Science Museum, relating to science and art.


The first magazine I had a look at was Focus. The layouts of the pictures appeared very scattered. The designs of the layouts I thought were really effective for the magazine itself, considering there was a lot of information displayed on all of the pages. The use of multiple imagery helps to create a creative contrast between the amount of text and imagery. The use of design and information is apparent in this magazine, giving the layouts a modern and vibrant appearance. Although I could incorporate my design into this magazine, I feel that my layout would not mix with the other pages, as all of the pages consist of multiple photographs from various sources, whereas my article would resemble only one source – the cut out design for my poster campaign.


The other magazine I had a look at was How It Works. The pages were filled with diagrams to demonstrate the overall purpose of the magazine. The magazine layouts appeared to match the title of the magazine, which works in their favour, but still I face the issue of how I could incorporate my design to fit with the layout scheme of the rest of the magazine. Unless I were to put information around the image however, making it almost like an info graphic, it would not work in this magazine very well.


Lastly, the magazine New Scientist appeared to be the best suited for my design piece. The layouts of the magazine are fresh and minimal, keeping the image and the text separated to allow breathing space for the audience to read the information, and take in the imagery before/afterwards. What stood out for me more with the layout of New Scientist was some of the pages allowed a whole half of the layout to be purely imagery.

I thought this would work perfectly with the idea of my article, if I were to have the poster on the right to indicate the advertisement, but have the article about the exhibition on the left to explain what it is, and why it is significant to the magazine, audience and the Science Museum. I noticed that the front covers were kept very simple also, with the majority having a detailed image showcasing at the front with the text on the edges.

The benefit of writing an article in this magazine is that it would tell the story about the exhibition, as well as give a detailed analysis about how it has changed. Because the magazine is specifically for people who are interested in science or the stories behind it, my design idea would fit well with the project theme, as well as the magazine theme. This also helps to solve my previous issue of how I would incorporate all of the elements I wanted to include, as everything would be able to tie in together.


It is clear that New Scientist are enthusiastic about their art and illustrations, looking at some of their articles, it appears artistic with a lot of clever design pieces included on the covers. The relationship of science, art and design is something that I feel should be noted more about, which with this project, I will be able to show as the message in my final piece.



Science Museum posters.

I decided to research previous posters that the Science Museum have advertised in the past to get an idea of their layout. Each poster is designed differently to represent what the exhibition is about. Looking at the existing Who am I? poster, I can see the clear link of the use of a person’s head, but with the ‘inside’ part missing, which has been replaced with text.

 What stood out for me with this poster was the simplicity of the message, but the attention to detail for the message was extremely significant. The missing faces clearly indicate the idea of someone not fully knowing everything about them, making them look and feel incomplete. The fact that the rhetorical question of the title replaces the details of the face further shows the message and the link of what the exhibition is about and where it is taking place with the logo and the title clearly being evident in the same font, and written boldly across the page.

By creating a paper cut piece of something that resembles a person’s mind in layers can creatively link to the old style of this poster. By taking this design and incorporating my ideas, I can create a fresh new appearance for the exhibition, to show that the exhibition has developed since 2010, looking at your mind in a more complex way than ever before, further showing as well how the Science Museum is ever expanding it’s knowledge to educate others who are interested about the mind, science and the art combined.

By choosing this idea, it will also show my theme of A Short Story by displaying how your mind is a story in itself through science and the journey that your mind goes through. Because we go through thousands of thought processes everyday, which individually is what makes us who we are as a person, which initially is what this exhibition was/is about. This idea has really helped to tie together all of the components of my research together so far, and shows a clear link of how the story of your mind is part of science, which is also a piece of art. If you look at the layers of what goes on inside your head, you are able to visually see yourself as a person in the very basic form of paper, which initially is how every idea begins with – a blank canvas.



Design Science.

I wanted to take a look at how graphic design is applied with science, and I found the website Design Science as I was researching. Design Science shows various projects over the years showing science being advertised in different ways through graphic design.

As I was looking through, I noticed that the advertisements ranged in various mediums and the posters were represented in all different ways. One of the examples was the Hunterian Museum, which I have visited before. The museum is an intense study about the bodies of living organisms especially for surgeons. This was interesting to look at because it gave a good insight to the different organs and bones in different bodies. What fascinated me the most when I visited, was how similar but different everything was, which I thought related well to my project about how an individual’s mind can be so different from another, but how the physical part of it is similar in the appearance, as well as the emotional part that everyone experiences similar emotions, but in different ways.


Litmuspaper is one example of using patterns to create an image at the front of their covers. Looking through the articles also, I noticed that everything had so much information to be told, it made me think about using the ideas that I have come up with, to produce an article advertising about an upcoming exhibition at a Science based event such as the Science Museum in London.

The Science Museum continuously has a lot of exhibitions going on that run periodically. One exhibition that started in 2010 was the Who am I? exhibition, which focused on who we were through objects and technology. The exhibition reminded me a lot about my idea, and how science has the ability to really get into the core of people’s brains without them consciously realising.

I think this title has a lot of potential for my project. I would like to use this exhibition for my project as if the Science Museum was updating the exhibition to what they are continuously finding out. With this, I can create an article to explain the changes over 6 years from the previous exhibition, and discuss how it is making a comeback, using the new advances of technology and latest innovations, focusing even more on the individual’s mind and the thought processes that people experience everyday. I could also create a poster to advertise this, which would target all audiences who are interested in science and art, and how they both come together to conclude the way that we think today.





Who am I? exhibition.

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Templates for my poster.

I went along to the Science Museum to take a look at the Who am I? exhibition to gather research for my project. The exhibition is full of interaction and information, making you understand how your body works and what could make us who we are today.

I spent a long time at one of the computer desk screens, where they had a series of information and questions that are frequently asked by the public. I thought this was really interesting, especially on the questions about emotions and our personality, and how our genes determine this, as well as our surroundings.

Our surroundings I found were to be a huge factor to who we are today. The influences we have around us with social media, as well as the rapid formations of science and how we could possibly be half robot in the ‘near’ future. My favourite area was the interactive screen, which asked you a series of questions to help narrow down who you are as a person. At the end, your details are saved, and you become part of an interactive wall at the entrance, almost like you are part of the data they are collecting now.

The exhibition shows an excellent process of how we could be who we are today, which has inspired me to think about what goes on inside someone’s head and to try and come up with a new poster to advertise this in a different perspective.

Because the Science Museum, as well as the exhibition, is continuouslty developing and expanding, I would like my final piece to show a more personal approach, showing the public how personal research can get.

I want my final piece to also show individuality, and to present it as part of an add-on to the science museum, similar to the pictures and quotes that are dotted around the area.



Pick Me Up, SONY World Photo Awards and Dutch Flowers.

We were given the chance to explore the annual exhibitions, Pick Me Up and the SONY World Photo Awards 2016. Both of the exhibitions show a variety of work from all different people around the world. Pick Me Up is an exhibition that presents graphic arts from new and upcoming designers. The work that I saw I felt this year was much more illustrative and showed a lot more typography in the styles than the previous year. Although typography is not my greatest level of interest, the artwork presented with this was astonishing.

Rachel Lillie’s work was a series of illustrations of the woods where she had gone exploring. What she is trying to show people in her work is to look at the details in what is around you. I felt this was a perfect example of what I am trying to demonstrate with my activity book. Her work is the perfect example of making the audience think about looking in the box, other than looking at the box as a whole. At the end of the exhibition, I noticed a book by Rob Ryan with his cut outs. Rob Ryan was a huge inspiration to me in the past, encouraging me to want to cut out in his style. The level of detail and concentration needed was intense, but the outcome was worth the time! The reminder of his incredible work has got me thinking about possibly coming back to do this style again at some point in another project.

The SONY World Photo Awards 2016 in my opinion was so incredible. There was not one single photo that I would say I liked the most, because every picture told a different story, and each photo was completely different. What I did pick out as I was walking around was that I particularly enjoyed looking at the photos that showed a different perspective on things. Taking Philip Joyce’s image of the horses at the races as an example, the photo of the horse from above caught my attention, because it is from an angle that you are not used to seeing from a horse.

Similarly, Cheung Yin Fang’s Creation of Love using the effects of a fast shutter speed was beautiful. I prefer split second shots than long exposures, because you can capture something that the human eye may not have picked up on when you look at it.

Lastly, I had a quick walk around the Dutch Flowers at the National Gallery. The paintings from the 17th/18th Century display realistic looking flowers of all types. The ‘Dutch Flowers’ include paintings from artists such as Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Jan van Huysum, and Rachel Ruysch, who each display a picture perfect scenery of different flowers and objects around them. The attention to detail was to a point that I could not even make out the brush strokes, confusing me to how they even painted it so perfectly!

What I noticed about each of the exhibitions that I went to was the attention to detail in everything that was displayed. It was clear that the work was made for a purpose, and that everything had a reason behind it.

Big Bang Data.

For some of my research, I thought it would be a good idea to check out the exhibition Big Bang Data in Somerset House, London for some ideas and inspiration. The show exhibited an overwhelming display of how data is shown in its natural state, and gives you a full perspective of how vast technology is, and how quickly it has grown in the short period it has been around; computers especially.

What caught my eye the most was the polaroid’s by Horst Adameit, he took pictures in his last 40 years of his life and documented everything from smells, to objects, to discoveries and wrote them on the polaroid as well to remind him of that moment. This was something that I felt really linked with the idea of my project in helping people to go out and interact with their surroundings, noting things down on the book I would want to make to create fond memories, other than be ’drowned’ in technology and working without exploring.

The idea of technology watching our every move made me think about the debates on how private are we in ourselves with technology, and whether we can do anything without it today? This exhibition definitely made me think more about how I can show people that you do not need to always rely on technology when it comes to wanting to go out and explore.

Saul Leiter.

I thought I would make a quick visit to the Photographer’s Gallery to check out Saul Leiter’s photography work. His work consisted of street photography in cities, showing a variation of colour, as well as black and white prints. The freedom in his photos of the people I found really inspiring.

I loved the way that he took the pictures in certain compositions, filling every corner of the page. A lot of his photography looks like it was taken from him having to hide behind windows or objects to capture his shots, and this shows off a complete natural feel to the images themselves; the idea of no one being still in the photograph allows movement in every shot. His style of photography is something that I would really love to incorporate in my work, the feeling of nothing being still and to show that cities are always changing and moving, alongside with the people.



Design Museum, Imperial War Museum and Rich Mix.

I decided to do a day of exploring 3 different exhibitions that is currently going on around London. The first one I went to was Peter Kennard’s artwork based at the IWM. Peter Kennard is a political artist who expresses his anti-war views in his passive-aggressive images. His images I noticed varied in all different mediums, from charcoal, to collage, to photography, to paint.

His dark images are clear to what his views are about war and the government in Britain and around the world. His artwork is a classic example of making something different. As I was walking around, I was thinking about my project and the brief. Peter’s work may seem like a very dark series of paintings, but he communicates his views through this in such an explicit way it stays with you. His work made me think more about my project, and how I will need to try and get the audience’s attention, as well as make them feel as much emotion as possible in order for my idea to be successful. Personally, I feel that if I try pushing the boundaries more with my idea, it will force me to think more about what I can do that more people will relate to.

The second exhibition I visited was the Design Museum. The Cycle Revolution was an exhibition that is currently being held, showing four main categories of the types of cycling and cyclers – The high performers, the thrill seekers, the urban riders and the cargo bikers. Each section shows examples of the different bikes and how they have adapted and changed over the years. The exhibition even has an area with a bicycle-making workshop with companies who have recorded videos on how to make bikes, as well as a glimpse of bikes of the future. What I noticed from this was the use of wood on the bikes than metal.

Because of the reduction of resources happening for our future, the bicycles of the future are considered for this, and puts into perspective of how we need to ration luxury materials such as plastics and metal. 21st Century cyclists have the needs of wanting to lead a healthier and sustainable lifestyle, and this puts into perspective of how my project should be.

There was also another part of the exhibition, which we had to pay close attention to with this project. The designers of the year 2015 I noticed had a lot focused on sustainability and modification. What really stood out for me was the lamppost that plays with your reflection, and the app that helps people choose what to buy when they are shopping. The posters about deformed fruits and vegetables also took my interest. I loved the simplicity of the designs, and the layout is direct and straightforward.

There were a lot of objects that were also relating to your health. The CardioArm was designed to monitor people’s blood pressure while they exercise as well as their heart rate. The lightweight design really inspired me to want to think about making a technologic device of my own that would be easy to carry around and store away also.

Most importantly, the app for mindful shopping demonstrated a clever cycle of the consumer’s priorities when they shop. This got me thinking on to whether I should consider this when I have to think about my target audience, because I would want me product to be useful as well as available to everyone. This really made me have another think about the machine I am designing. I thought I could make my product more useful for everyone, and I decided to think about how I could reduce the resources I am using. I got this idea from the app when they considered the usage of the materials used on each packaging, as well as the benefits of each product.

The app has really inspired me to think about making an app for my product. It would be different in how the idea concept will work with regards to nutrition and the idea of getting people to know exactly what they need in their body, instead of going by what society estimates people should do/have.

Thinking about my idea, this exhibition has really inspired me to want to think about our health mainly. Because obesity is growing, as with wastage of food and products, we need to think about what we are buying and using. It is clear seeing the evolution of the bikes that for over 50 years, the overuse of luxury materials was seen as the best option, especially when selling a produce, but it appears that the design concept of “less is more” is becoming more apparent.

The third exhibition was an exhibition that is only running for 10 days called Zealous X. Every day they hold different workshops, but they present works from artists, designers, photographers, film makers etc. what I loved about the exhibition, was despite it being a very small one, it had some bits of design that was different and unique in its own way. I really liked the light that reflects itself, which I thought was clever. As well as all of the exhibitions, every one showed something different to another. I feel really inspired to think more outside of the box with my ideas, and try to combine more than one idea together to create something else that is different and out of the ordinary. From these exhibitions, I will look more into what I can combine to make something more sustainable for the future, as well as making a difference to people in the way that we live.

Pick me up.


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IMG_4365 copyToday, I decided to go and explore the Pick Me Up exhibition. This exhibition held all different young aspiring designers and graduates who are looking to get themselves recognized. What I noticed when I looked around was the trend of colour looming in every corner of every piece. I saw a theme of illustrations in big, bold, bright colours, the majority of them either painted or hand drawn.


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IMG_4382There were so many ‘bits’ to look at throughout the exhibition, and even showed some people producing their own work in front of you. As I was taking a look around, I saw a card on a small table reading “open me if you’ve had a shitty day” and I asked what that was about. The gentleman explained that its quotes of artists who had written certain things that will make you feel better about yourself; I bought two straight away, but I will refuse to open them until absolutely necessary!

What attracted me to these were the simplicity and the command that it has. Although it uses language that would be seemed inappropriate, it also shows a lot of truth. The idea of mystery behind the envelopes also made me wonder what could be inside it, considering there was nothing else that was clued from it.


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IMG_4373 As I walked around, I was most interested in the informal slogans written on pieces of artwork. I found during this exhibition that I was extremely interested in the quirky designs that are typical and fun. Moreover, looking at all the quirky designs, I felt like I could have been there much longer than I was to really grasp every piece, seeing as every one was different from the other, or had a different phrase/meaning to them.


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IMG_4372 It was quite inspiring to see what young graduates are doing. To me personally, I see that colour and bright bold designs that are simple and to the point appear to be in the so-called ‘fashion’ in the design industry. I quite like the prints throughout the exhibition also.

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IMG_4378 copyGoing to this exhibition made me think of how I would need to make my website stand out in comparison to others. Because colour and quirkiness appears to be popular, especially in aspiring designers, the thought perhaps of having a bright and bold, yet simple design for my website.