exploring

Connecting evaluation.

The mini brief for Connecting was all about going to a place and doing a design response to what you see, hear and feel. The message needs to be of connecting, peace and hope. My choice for this was to go to Kew Gardens and to appreciate the time, effort and care put into the magnificent garden for the public to enjoy.

Overall with this mini brief, I am really happy with how my final designs came out. I wanted to turn the theme of the original Kew Gardens illustrations and make it into something of my own, making the audience see, feel and understand how important the upkeep of Kew is by informing them of the facts behind the science of Kew.

The postcards are meant to resemble beauty and peace with the images of the plants located around Kew, giving you a taster of what lies within the place. Kew itself is known to be a peaceful preserve, and they connect with all different organisations and places across the world to make this place as magnificent as it really is.

I got a lot of inspiration from this project that I have applied to my FMP, the style guide of Kew especially. I’m really happy with my overall appearance of the postcards.

Despite this, if I were to improve on this project, I would have liked to locate where I was when I took the photos, and possibly collected seeds of those plants to put on the postcards. This way, whoever buys the postcards, will take home a bit of Kew with them. Nevertheless, the brief was about connecting, and the postcards show the connection of science, peace and beauty all in one, making Kew Gardens far more than a pageant of flowers.

Place of topic: Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens is one of London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site capturing stunning natural landscapes; it is gardens paradise. It is famous especially for its extensive collection of plants, the largest collection in the world in fact in various glasshouses, nurseries and around the landscape.

On my visit, I was unfortunate to not be able to access the main glasshouse on this day, however I made use out of what I could see around me. I noticed that the plants come in different shapes, sizes and forms, varying in colour and whether they are bundled against each other, or stand-alone.

In response to the brief, I certainly felt connected with peace and appreciating the effort that is taken for the place to look how it is every day. On the day that I visited, the park was very full, but I was still able to wander around and appreciate the peace that this place brings in contrast to the never-ending city that you can spot in various locations.

For my project, I have decided to go with photography postcards to showcase the flowers and plants, and to show people the beauty from each plant and how the beauty compliments another to create the beautiful landscape that brings people peace and connects with themselves and those around them.

What I didn’t know until when I visited was that the whole place revolves around science (Biology). I was amazed with the work they produced to keep up with the plants, and how they use biology to look after the plants in the best way that they can, as well as using biology to discover new parts of flowers, developing them and how the world depends on plants and fungi. Kew’s work spans 110 countries and collaborates with over 400 institutions worldwide, which is why it is so vast and magnificent.

Something that I have realised having come from this trip, was that I wanted to know more as to why it is so magnificent, and why we underestimate the extent of how complex this garden is.

http://www.kew.org/

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.

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.

Landscape images.

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Over the past week, I have been thinking about where I can go to take nice photographs in typical English weather. The first place I went to was a local park about 5 minutes away from my house. It was around midday and the sun was peaking out now and then, giving me about a minute gap to take as many photos as I could before the sun went in, catching any shadow. The images I took looked as if the sun was setting, giving some of the pictures a really nice, stormy feel to them.

I also decided to go to Bedgebury for the day. Only having about 3 hours in the day to take pictures before the sun went down, as well as it not tipping it down to get my camera wet, I managed to get some colourful shots. Despite both days being severely overcast in the majority of my photos, I focused on compositions and perspectives in my images.

All of the pictures I produced, I focused on colour as well. I really love the images that I had taken, editing them to emphasise as much colour as possible and to make every image quite striking. Despite they are all going to be cut up, the more vibrant I made the initial images, the better they look when I come to make them into something fairly abstract.