Visited the V&A Museum. Such a good source of Inspiration particularly during London Design Week. There were several exhibits on at the V&A including this one of hundreds of spinning windmills.
One of the perks of arriving in London during London Design Week is all of the amazing talks, workshops and exhibitons on offer. I attended a Risograph printing Workshop at Ditto Press, London first and largest Risograph printer.
Risograph is a kind of stencil printer, a thermographic master for each colour in the artwork is created and is then wrapped around a drum. Ink is forced through the voids in the master. The paper runs flat through the machine while the drum rotates at high speed to print each image on the paper. One of the perks of using Risograph is that high quality fluoro inks can be used on rage of papers quickly and inexpensively.
Here are the results from the workshop. I spent so long sketching out the main type (green) that I had to rush the shadows and background (pink) but overall not a bad first effort.
After our research project was finished we began to work on our first major project for the semester. Our assignment was to find and interview someone who is considered an outsider. Someone who operates outside of the norms of society. Then to produce of a piece of design work with the transcript of their interview. Within the design constraints of it has to be printed A4 on a black and white printer.
My first reaction was, um okay, how is this graphic design? But the further on we got the more excited I became about the project. What an opportunity! This is of course the reason I came to London in the first place to push myself out of my comfort zone and try and push the boundaries of my work.
Some possible interviewees I toyed with the idea of included (connections through various people and contacts).
- A Taxidermist
- A Sex Blogger
- A lesbian, weed smoking, motorbike riding nun
- A homeless person
- A travelling circus performer
In the end I decided to go with the circus performer. I love the idea of interviewing someone who literally lives in the circus and has no actual home apart from the circus!
After much running around including several urgent late night skype calls back to Australia, I tracked down a performer named Danik Abishev who is currently travelling with a circus called LIMBO. If you ever get the chance to see their show do it they are AMAZING! As a travelling circus performer Danik was not exactly easy to track down but eventually got a friend of his back in Australia who works with Australian circus performers to contact him via facebook and asked him to email me as I was trying to contact him. And he did!
I met Danik at 10pm at night after one of his LIMBO shows (which he also got me a double pass complimentary tickets for – LEGEND) and he turned out to be absolutely delightful! I genuinely enjoyed talking to him and hearing about his life. We covered areas from his childhood, family, to love and marriage, and the toll that travelling takes. I feel lucky to have found someone so charismatic and enjoyable to interview.
I decided to design the interview as an A2 poster that the viewer would print out at home and assemble as they choose. (Keeping in mind that the design constraints set by our lecturer are it has to be printed A4 on a black and white printer.)
This ties in with the themes of play and fun that the circus is all about. I included several vintage circus illustrations as a nod the circus’s of the olden days to highlight the contrast between that and the modern day circus.
The final poster layout is below. The idea is that the viewer prints out the poster as four separate sheets and assembles them as they wish to read the interview. It can be in or out of order, upside-down, backwards, read all or only some of the questions. This idea is inkeeping with the circus themes of play, exploration, disorder and topsy-turvy.
Click on the image to view fullsize and read the whole interview
Our first week began with a research project about a Borough of London, my group was assigned the Borough of Lambeth which is known for having the London Eye, Lambeth Castle and the suburb of Brixton. An area which could be considered slightly ghetto, it is clearly an area in transition with the old shops closing down, prices going up and new hipster cafes moving in.
Myself and my group took a whole lots of footage, videos, photographs and sound bites. Most of the videos I took were ultimately not used in our presentation so I put together some of the footage in a short video here, it’s nothing special and was mostly just to test out my video editing skills.
Traveling, studying, designing, gallivanting and the like. This is my little blog I’ve started to document my time here in London town, both for myself as well as anyone else who is interested in reading. It will mostly be focused on design and the work I’m doing here but may also extend to observations of the city as well as general traveling pics.