Sunday, 21 October 2012

Billboard carvings

Brilliant use of old billboard posters! The article and work raises the point that over time, old posters aren't ever removed, just papered over... What a waste! Here, a carving makes use of this fact, and uses the layering to create a further work of art.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

RSVP: a negative response

Initial thoughts on this took me to the way in which the public react negatively when confronted with an invitation to respond.

We are often asked - through flyers, posters, or people we pass by - to attend things, sign up to things etc. Often we're not at all interested. Here are a couple of ways in which we react negatively to an invitation.

In the case of flyers, most end up here:

In the case of posters, a visible reaction is less common, but could result in this:

My idea proposes that there are a number of ways in which we can "RSVP" negatively which are more than just ignoring the invitation. Sometimes the invitation to one thing encourages us to feel invited to another, out of a reaction to something we may not agree with.

Ways in which this could be resolved in a visual situation:

  1. Through looking at invites/flyers which are designed to be binned. People are going to bin them anyway, why not help them out?
  2. The de-facing of posters. This could lead to a number of visual responses: using humour, violence, shock tactics etc., to actively respond negatively to a particular campaign.
  3. Using bins, or anti-RSVP methods to bring about a positive outcome. How about people voting for an issue by placing the promotional flyer in a particular bin?

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


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Research/ideas can be found on this blog, or on Pinterest -

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Guardian advert

Thought this was brilliant - cheers to Benjy for showing me this:

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Website design

I posted some images of the new BBC Sport website recently, and I just found this blog on how the we site was designed, road-tested etc. I thought it was a useful insight into a process which often isn't made apparent in light of a finished product.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Promoting handwriting as an alternative to typing/texting

My campaign/brand/initiative will primarily focus on the way in which handwriting allows a much more personalised approach to words than the clinical world of type and text. Everyone has a different handwriting style, and this is to be embraced.

When writing something by hand, a personality comes through on the page – a personality that can't be achieved by using Baskerville, say. The brand will reinforce this idea, and go on to say that it is only by us embracing our own handwriting styles that we can truly capture the meaning of our words. That is, by penning our thoughts in our own unique hand, we have a much more personal connection with the letters, and can begin to take more ownership of the words which flow out of our minds, mouths, and fingers.

The target audience would most likely be those most influenced by the digital typography revolution, the young. It is in this demographic where handwriting is seen the least. The brand would therefore appeal to an audience more at ease with a Twitter feed than a hand-written shopping list, for example.

The overall aim of the brand is to encourage the audience to take up a nearby writing instrument, and see what they can create with it language-wise. It will spur viewers on to write more personally and to win back the meanings of the words they speak. These aims will be achieved by an engaging visual identity palette, which would showcase ways in which handwritten sentences can be more exciting and liberating than other methods.

Some practical ways in which this would be achieved would be by locating the initiative in an environment that the target audience is familiar with. Typed words would be reproduced by hand, and put out onto the internet via mediums such as Twitter (pictures of handwritten tweets could be posted), and references to popular culture could be made visible – all in a particular handwriting style.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Web Research

When considering how a visual identity palette could influence a set of webpages/microsites, the new-look BBC range of sites is a brilliant source of inspiration:

In particular, the new sport section has impressed me - a simple yet stylish design which both mirrors the style achieved on other areas of the BBC's webpages, and is totally individual (perhaps due to it's very yellow nature!).

As you can see, the home and weather pages feature many of the same design ideals - single colour blocks, with images partially cut into by text boxes.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Viral video research

Stumbleupon is a great resource for finding things like this - it sends you from site to site all linked by the topic you've chosen to "stumble". The sites tend to be of pretty good quality too.

This one specifically shows videos used for marketing campaigns:

Plenty of these videos are so well known that I haven't posted the videos themselves, these sites reference several more too, but I haven't time to watch all of them!

Paint Sculptures

I loved this - really imaginative and really cool. They attach a membrane over a speaker, and then drip some ink on the membrane. At the point the sound is played, a series of cameras take the photos.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Handwriting: Visual Research

These first few are from the first site I posted - I love the different characters that come through with the different handwriting styles - lots of individuality.

These are some examples of how artists have used handwritten calligraphy to create a variety of visuals - all of which couldn't have been created with as much character if produced digitally.

A cracking video here, shows two people creating letters of the alphabet - one a child:

I've also researched from a wide variety of book, as you can see here! Scans of images are located in a flip file.

Monday, 30 January 2012


Some useful/fun/engaging sites that have got me started on the "handwriting vs technology" briefs:

I'll start with my favourite: 
I love the "I'm name and this is my handwriting" - it suggests a really personal link between the character of the person and the aesthetics of their script. Another arty one here: - examples of handwriting being incorporated into art pieces.

This got me thinking, and I found this:, which analyses your handwriting style through a series of questions, and tell you what kind of person you are... It didn't really work for me, but there are other more in-depth tests to identify character from handwriting - this is called graphology.

Finally, some blog posts which caught my eye about this very debate - one wittily called "The Handwriting on the Wall", and another website titled "Write or Wrong" which is entirely dedicated to the subject.

There are images from these sites, and image I've sourced in a number of books, but I'll post those some other time.