Breaking bad colour charting

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For my text, sequence and interaction project I designed this installation and supporting app to re-tell the story of Breaking Bad through the characters’ outfit colour palettes. The main piece is a map, with each line showing relationships between the characters and correlating colours in a linear fashion. To then interpret the map, the user can navigate through the app, navigating through different modes: character mode – which gives an overview of the symbolism for that specific character’s colours, event mode – which highlights key moments to map out the colour from another perspective and finally a summary video mode – which plays a montage of the character’s scenes with the character’s map line revealing across the bottom. This installation allows fans of the show to simply recap it but also appreciate it on a deeper level and new perspectivebb1 bb2 bb3 bb4 bb5

Must See Design Exhibitions LDN 2013

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Our task was to create a visual system that would work for three separate events with varying amounts and types of textual information. One festival contained mini sub-events, one contained only a brief description and the other had an additional tweets section. The majority of the project was spent experimenting with the balance of continuity and anomalies in the visual system – how can they look part of a set and stick to a general layout yet allow room for these changes in amount of information. My final set of 3 posters stuck to the same four column grid with varying heights. I have relied on an image dominant composition and statement headings to draw viewers in.
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The real cost of an iPhone 5

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In simple terms this project involved reading a newspaper article, taking an opinion on it and trying to convey this message to a particular audience. The outcome had to conform to letterbox dimensions in order to be able to be posted through doors. My article uncovered the conditions in Chinese factories that produced supplies for iPhone manufacturing. After backing up the article with further research I was shocked by most of the facts and figures. Many workers end up living in dorms within the factory gates to accommodate for their long continuous shifts – meaning there is no escape from the environment. Reluctance to comply with safety precautions led to factory explosions and the hopelessness felt by some workers pushed them to suicide. There is a lot more to the story and I decided I didn’t want a message saying ‘this is bad, this is bad and this is bad’ in a long monotonous list so I would need to provide a much more simplified message that draws the reader in and then guides them to a source of further information.

I liked the idea of comparing how convenient our lives are to the lives of the Chinese workers who barely meet their basic needs by advertising fictitious apps in an Apple style iPhone promotion. The aim was to appeal to a widespread consumer audience, familiar with Apple’s highly successful visual style, who might pick up the product intrigued as to what the latest feature or gadget was being promoted. Only when looking more closely at the picture can you notice that the apps claim to function as a toilet break allocator or a suicide counter. I thought the tagline ‘You can’t afford to eat on the production line. There’s an app for that.’ was punchy and to the point. Firstly it mocks how apps appear to be able to do almost anything these days, making our lives more convenient and us more reliant upon them, but it’s also making a light-hearted dig at Apple saying that it doesn’t matter that during the production of the phone the worker gets, for example, insufficient sleep – that the ‘smartphone’ will restore it for them meaning they can maximise their working hours.

The Story So Far

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This was the first gig I’ve been to since moving to Bournemouth and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Arriving for the second support band, Gnarwolves, I could see how energetic the crowd was and prayed that my camera stayed in one piece. Despite a few pairs of Vans to the head during the opening song Swords and Pens and the most intense crowd surfing I’ve ever seen (one man managed to surf a crowd surfer) I managed to keep my camera intact and have hopefully captured the craziness.

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Club Photography

For the past year I have been taking photos for club night Pop, Bubble, Rock! Bristol. I was really excited to be given the opportunity to be paid for taking photos for the first time and as a PBR regular it was business and pleasure in one. With various themes throughout the year and a very dynamic atmosphere, there was always a lot of energy to capture. Unfortunately, moving to Bournemouth to study at university meant I had to pass on the role, but it was a very rewarding experience that hopefully I’ll be a part of again in the future.

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Sports Vs Glamour

This series of photographs were a result in a collaboration between me and a student on the fashion pathway at college. Her project theme was sports vs glamour and although her final outcomes were a collection of garments, during her ideation stage we carried out a photo shoot. Her role was the fashion styler and model, while I chose the location and directed the photos.

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B of The Bang

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This project involved being presented with an image and having complete free reign with the entire project direction and outcome. The image I was allocated at random was of the B of the Bang sculpture which was designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Situated next to the City of Manchester Stadium at Sportcity; it was commissioned to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The name was derived from a quotation of British sprinter Linford Christie, who said that he started races not just at the ‘bang’ of the starting pistol but at the ‘B of the Bang’. The huge spike sculpture symbolised the ‘burst of energy as an athlete shoots out of the blocks’ as well as a ‘bold new beginning for the city.’ Wanting to recreate this motion, I decided to produce a set of adverts for Nike using a comic book style. Brands such as Nike advertise their products with superlative qualities; encouraging the consumer by claiming they’ll be the ‘best’ or ‘first’. This seemed fitting with the sporting quotation and I decided play on the conventional action packed illustrative style of comic books. Both the style and method I used to produce my images – the Pen Tool on Illustrator – were new to me and so exploring them both was quite fun although the line work has a lot of room for improvement. I stuck to quite bold, flat, mostly primary colours to give the adverts a vibrant pop art-esque look. Again the colouring was kept quite basic and I think some extra shadowing/highlighting effects could bring the image to life a little more. Over all, however, as a first time Illustrator dominant piece I think I managed to communicate a dynamic advertisement, that may look effective placed side by side in a comic strip frame on a billboard.

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Mannequin Shoot

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Working with the theme of ‘identity’ I researched the work of a photographer that used lighting and styling to make mannequins look like humans in a large series of studio shots. Despite the waxy flawless appearance, detail had been paid to create shadows in the right places so that from far away it was hard to distinguish the life from the lifeless. I quite liked the way this blurred the idea of an identity – how we recognise a particular thing or being. Inspired, I experimented with creating the opposite effect – live models but with a mannequin-like quality. I played around with false eyelashes, make up and moisturiser for glossy skin whilst instructing the model to pose as expressionless as possible. I then used Photoshop for airbrushing techniques that evened out blemishes or wrinkles in the skin. Although not as borderline ‘real or not’ as the photographer I looked at, I was hoping to create an eery appearance in which the audience tries to look closer to examine the glossy features or identify give-away flaws that distinguish us as humans.
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Studio Fashion Photography

These final images for a fashion photography project were heavily inspired by Jake Garn. What I particularly liked about this photographer, aside from his beautifully lit studio photographs, was his video tutorials which gave an insight to his techniques, especially those used for editing. I found myself spending hours playing around with my own studio photos, especially using the burn and dodge tools to enhance certain features to mimic the same flawless appearance that Garn creates.

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