Almost trip to London

October 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

The uni trip to the Design Museum London started at 7am, by 4am it was quite obvious that I wasn’t going to be able to make it. Decided not to call Gabbi right at that moment but wait a couple of hours.

Missing London was a slight problem, meant that number one I missed the museum, and two I don’t have any interesting design to write about. Attempted to find interesting design around Bournemouth but didn’t always have much luck.

As it so happened the design came to me, either through the post or as part of my day to day life. So the following photos (not all by me) are everyday pieces of design that I consider to be interesting, if anything they simply made me stop and look twice, and I reckon that’s what good design is all about.

First off; something that came through the post a few days ago. Part of a John Lewis catalogue this picture really caught my eye, so much so that I cut it out and stuck it to the fridge until I could think what to do with it. A simple idea; forming the shape of a house out of the household goods that John Lewis sells. Sticking to a plain, light background, primary colours, means that this complex image isn’t over crowded, but actually works very well. It can be viewed from two angles; from a distance and seeing the entire house shape, or close up and inspecting each of the detailed items forming the house shape.

house

Now a can of deodorant may seem like a bit of a cop out, after all it is something that I could literally just grab since it’s fairly close to me. But truth be told I’ve had my eye on this particular product ever since seeing it advertised on TV. It’s not so much the product itself, but rather the design of it that caught my eye.

Dove.

The fluid typeface with the long, elegant letters reflects the feminine aspect of this product, it is also visually beautiful. The new colour scheme in particular stood out for me. Glossy, natural, pastel colours are not often found in the world of cosmetics, which tend to be mainly plain white with perhaps a vulgar blue or aqua foreground. However this product is a dusty, metallic pink, with a dirty pastel cyan pattern. The two colours complement each other perfectly. It reminds me of something that has the classic or vintage look, but is at the same time feminine. Dove is a brand I am particularly interested in ever since the recent “natural beauty” campaign they launched.

dove

Now one thing I’ve noticed is that as a student I can’t get a foot outside the uni gates without having a dozen flyers and leaflets thrown at me. Most of these are pretty terrible and end up on the floor a few meters away, and they continue to litter the path right into Winton. That being said these next two I did hang on too. Propaganda. One of many student night clubs. I thought that their flyers were so well designed that they deserved to be in a frame, in fact I’m ashamed to say that I kept my two and stuck them to my wall as “art” Most of these sorts of flyers have some tacky font, loud colours, and a half naked dancing girl on the front cover. This one looks more like a children’s party invite at first glance; friendly colours (and lots of them) cute, hand written typefaces, and fuzzy little cartoons. For a flyer they actually have a lot of text written on them, but no 2 lines are ever the same size/colour. This is why it works so well, all the information required is there, with the most important parts displayed as the largest/most colourful. Fantastic example of design.

pink turtle

Flyer one and two

orange fuzz

When out and about around Bournemouth town; a group of us came across this wall painting. I really wish there was more of this about, in Brighton I saw loads of it. Rainbow tree trunks, fantastic way to advertise.

rainbow trunks

And that’s it from my almost trip to London. Hope you enjoyed it.

I see what you did there

October 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

My cat, the only time she has ever been interested in my camera, normally she runs a mile.

Jo

Lumos

October 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Sparkler photos 🙂 Love bonfire night. Reminds me of the magic wands in the Harry Potter films.

Lumos

Sparks

Saphire

Tree Basket

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I loved this. This photo was taken outside my college studio from last year’s foundation course. I’m guessing it was someones project, it’s a handmade felt basket hung in a tree, it stayed up for several months.

Tree Basket

Skyward

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Skyward

I’ve seen hundreds of horse photos taken from this Angle, turns out it’s a lot harder to do that it looks. Damn thing kept moving or lowering his head. Eventually got the shot.

Homemade Swing

October 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Favorite photo of my sister, on a homemade swing, which often breaks, not what you would call safe.

This little light of mine

Little Amber Lanterns

October 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Went to the Hampton Court Flower Show last year, one of my favorite photos:

Little Amber Lanterns

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