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“At the end of this course of lectures you have to produce a Film/Animation, blog, newspaper or magazine that is a chronicle of the lectures and seminars that will be given throughout the term”

For this project we will have 12 lectures focusing on different areas of design, from graphics to surrealism, in the David Fussey Lecture Theatre.

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Lecture 1 – 11th January 2012 – Mark Ingham – Introduction

Our first lecture was an introduction to the brief and an insight to what we’ll expect throughout the series of lectures, Mark talked about the brief and explained what options we had of producing and how we would do it.

We began by brainstorming about how we learn, such as looking, listening, experimenting and doing. It mainly depends on what kind of work you are doing or what you’re trying to learn to how you learn it. There are certain things that you can only learn practically as opposed to being told how to do everything.

I will be recording each lecture on my voice recorder and taking notes on my laptop, this gives me a chance to be able to note down key things I feel are important or interesting and be able to listen back to make a complete story. After each lecture I will write up my first draft of the article and look at the different points I need and how it reads. I will also think about different kinds of layouts and how the lecture has inspired me to visually imagine my article.

The piece of work I want to produce at the end of this series of lectures is a magazine, I chose this as I thought it would be an interesting way to showcase my articles. Each lecture will be turned into an article & be 300 words, there will be a feature article which instead of 300, will be 1000 words. I will choose at the end of the series to choose which lecture I want to extend and make a feature.

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Lecture 2 – 18th January 2012 – Vaughan Oliver – Graphic Design

For our second lecture, Vaughan Oliver came to speak to us about Graphic Design, he spoke about his work, his inspirations, how he started & how he progressed as a designer.

Vaughan is currently based in Epsom, South London, he is most noted for his work with graphic design studios 23 Envelope & v23. Both studios were both close with the record label 4AD between 1982 and 1998, they gave a new and raw visual identities to the bands signed with them.

I never knew a lot about Vaughan, I found his lecture very interesting and his work very inspiring. He spoke a lot about the bands he worked with and how he would listen to their songs and talk to them to get a good idea of the kind of visual identity he would give to them. I found this really intriguing as I love music and find it so inspiring and an easy way to express emotions. Music can be such a powerful inspiration for many people.

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Lecture 3 – 25th January 2012 – Neil Spiller – Surrealism

Neil is the Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Construction at The University of Greenwich. He is also Director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR). He is author of several books on architecture and digital culture, including Digital Dreams: Architecture and the New Alchemic Technologies and Cyberreader: Critical Writings for the Digital Era.

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2 thoughts on “gaMsweN”

  1. Good commentary on: Vaughan Oliver (born 1957) is a British graphic designer based in Epsom, South of London. Oliver is most noted for his work with graphic design studios 23 Envelope and v23.[Both studios maintained a close relationship with record label 4AD between 1982 and 1998 and were to give distinct visual identities for the 4AD releases by many bands, including Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, The Breeders, This Mortal Coil, Pale Saints, Pixies, and Throwing Muses.

    http://vaughanoliver.co.uk/

    http://www.rockfeedback.com/feature/1235/minotaur/

    http://www.ilovedesign.com/uk/exclusives/interviews/vaughan-oliver/

  2. Dear Stephanie Re: https://stephaniepatricia.wordpress.com/gamswen/

    You made a good start to your posts on the lectures and then there seem to have not have materialised after week three. I is good practice to write up your notes to your lectures/seminars/tutorials as soon as possible after they have happened. This will mean they are fresh in your mind and will make more sense. It will also mean that you do not have to do a horrendous amount of work at the end of a course.

    Take some of this advice taken from: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-a-good-blog.html

    ‘Update, update, update’

    “The blogs that attract the most readers are the ones with frequent updates. If you start a blog, be prepared to spend some time working on it every day or two. If you’re going to be a blogger, you have to blog! It takes discipline for most of us to write, even conversationally, every day.

    As you go about your day, keep the blog in the back of your mind. You may even want to carry a notebook where you can jot down reminders for topics you want to blog about later. Start paying attention to the parts of your life that are most interesting to you; those will likely be the areas your friends and family are most interested in as well. Don’t be afraid to write about everyday activities — parking tickets and car repairs — but don’t neglect to talk about what you’re thinking and feeling. All these areas will make it possible for you to update frequently.

    Having a co-blogger can take some of the pressure off, especially if all authors contribute regularly. If you’re going to be working with several people on one blog, talk over how often you expect each other to post so that you can keep some focus and cohesion to your blog.

    If you will be updating your blog on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, try to be consistent about when you add new posts so that your readers know when to catch up. For example, you may choose to update your site every Sunday evening.”

    Also to help you strutter each article look back on: http://gamswen2012.wordpress.com/about/writing/

    D.A.N.C.E.

    All your writing should include these elements, (this pattern is often how each paragraph might be structured).

    Describe what it is you are going to write about. Describe what happened? What is the subject of your article?

    Analyse what the subject of article is about. Who has also written about the subject? involve other peoples ideas on the subject

    Narrative: Tell a story; make it exciting, have a beginning middle and end, but not necessarily in that order.

    Contextualise the subject matter of your article. Where does it fit in to other historical/political/social contexts? What other ideas are associated with the subject you are writing about?

    Evaluate what you have written about in your article. What have you learnt from writing this article? What are the main issues it has raised for you?

    I am looking forward to seeing all that you have learnt so far this year put into practice in their magazine. Remember you can put the work you have done on your other courses into this magazine. this will also help you see the links between each course and enable you to enhance what you have learnt in each course.

    All the best

    Mark

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