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Interaction of color exercises

November 24, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

As I’m always struggling with  the selection of appropriate colors I decided to spend some more time on it.

I came across this brilliant book by Josef Albers  “Interaction of color”. A book about colors with only 2 colorful images in it and loads of exercises that you can  try out yourself. The aim of the exercises is to make your eyes really sensitive to interaction of colors and all of tricky illusions generated by composing some colors with each other.

I had a go and pick some of those exercises and have to say that it was worthy. You should definitely try and have a go too.

Here are some photos of what I did. I decided to analyse 3 of my favorite colors (pink, orange and green) on various backgrounds and then create a composition from colors that work (or not) well together – well according to my opinion.

Please have a look ( these are scan images so the colors are completely different from the original work).


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Sketchbooks Health Check 18.11.16

November 18, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Typography, Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

Key points on the sketchbooks

1. It’s really positive to see people documenting the workshop tasks and including the material generated at the sessions in their sketchbooks. However, these should be starting points for you to take in your own direction. In some case there is little material include beyond them. At this stage you really should be moving this on, as to do so will only get harder as the first sessions get longer and longer ago.

2. There are some really interesting and engaging pieces of experimentation included in the sketchbooks. Times when you have got your hands dirty, explored different mediums and taken risks are real highlights. More of these would be good to see.

3. It’s worthwhile to be conscious of the difference between desciption and evaluation. While much of the writing in your sketchbooks can be descriptive – giving an insight into your working process and interests, you also need to include evaluation alongside this. Put forward assessments of the work you are exploring or developing and suggest some conclusions – what you think is working or not and why – give us your own take on what you have discovered or made.

4. There are some strong examples of contextualisation in the sketchbooks, it’s particularly interesting when you have made the connection between what you have seen and something have made in response to it. Remember it’s important to build up a sound body of knowledge of the field of design, but this should also be a stimulus for you to make, experiment and develop your own experience, practice and expertise.

5. Overall many of your should feel reassured that you are very much moving in the right direction and developing a good body of work in this area. However, now is the time to ensure you establish and maintain some good momentum with this. Essentially there are no mistakes with sketchbooks, and research and development, or right or wrong approaches. The only mistake you can make is to hold back and leave it too late in terms of time to produce a rich and in-depth body of knowledge, and piece of work and learning for this unit. At times the work shown feels a little safe and polite. Remember to approach your work with enthusiasm and let your own interests and your personal perspectives guide the direction in which you develop the material.



Experiments with Visual Language of tickets

November 13, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Typography, Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

These are experiments by Emma Collum, an alumna from 2014. I mentioned this in a reply to Ella below.

I couldn't resist as I love movies, here are some titles that make masterful use of color.

November 12, 2016 in uncategorised, Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

Shining – S.Kubrick
Locke – S.Knight
What dreams may come – V.Ward
Avatar – J.Cameron
The Darjeeling Limited – W.Andereson
The Grand Budapest Hotel – W.Andereson
Moonrise Kingdom – W.Andereson
The double – R.Ayoade
Love – G.Noe
Enter the void – G.Noe
Three colors trilogy – K.Kieslowski
Julietta – P.Almodóvar
Volver – P.Almodóvar
All about my mother – P.Almodóvar
Laurence anyway -X.Dolan
Girlhood – C.Sciamma
Life of Pi – Ang Lee
Amelie – J.P. Jeunet
Carol – T. Haynes
Pussy riot: A Punk prayer – M.Lerner & M. Pozdrovkin
Schindlers list – S. Spielberg
Pan’s Labyrinth – G del Toro
Mad Max: Fury Road – G. Miller
The Martian – R.Scott
Only lovers left alive – J.Jarmush
Alice In wonderland – J.Bobin & T.Burton
Sin City – F. Miller
Cube – V. Natali




Some photographers that use great colours in their work

November 12, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

Some photographers that use bright, bold colours in their work.

List on names in case you would like to see their work;

Tim Walker, Miles Aldridge, Andrew Bush, Fred Herzog, Lindsay Adler, Martin Parr, Mika Ninagawa, Richard Mosse, Saul Leiter, Steve McCurry, William Eggleston.

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François Morellet

November 7, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

Some of these look familiar to the exercises we were doing on Friday 4 November. Hopefully the work of François Morellet might inspire a direction for your further research.

Steve Reich and visual language

November 5, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

Geoff White article Octavo 86.2

November 1, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Typography, Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language


Geoff White is visiting D207 on Thursday at 3.30pm. If you are in college and want to pop in then please do.

Claire Wan

October 24, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Information Design, Unit 1 & 2 Typography, Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language


DVC alumna Claire Wan has recently been profiled on Nicole Phillips’ Typograph.Her website. See here.

Rubber stamp alphabet animated

October 23, 2016 in Unit 1 & 2 Typography, Unit 1 & 2 Visual Language

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