Wednesday, November 25, 2009

National Gallery Of Scotland, Edinburgh
Higher design unit

Just thought id show off my higher design piece which i deigned myself and made from scratch by hand. The mask is a theatrical costume piece which is half animal and half nature. This link between the natural world and climate change made me think about what we are doing to the animals we live with on the planet. This was the main inspiration behind my piece as i designed the animal to be dead (skull) with this beautifully coloured horn (symbolising life goes on...) and the nature side is almost like a contrast between life and death.

I think this achievement of being selected out of thousands of students across Scotand made me really want to continue my success at Duncan Of Jordanstone.

What a small world...

Recently while my dad was doing some family research in Perth he met a long lost relative! Just like in a film he was minding his own business sitting at a table researching my great great grandad, Peter Myles, in Perth library.
He was the only person in the library researching at the time when a man and a woman walked in and sat at the same table as him. My dad continued to study birth certificates, death certificates and records. He heard the woman speak to the man about a Myles and he sort of didn't click it at first but as he overheard her speaking to the archivist he realised that they were researching the same person! He introduced himself and found out that they were distant relations. To top it all of they were both from Massachusetts on a holiday in the area. My dad couldn't believe it as not only were they both researching the same person, but they came all the way from America!
This just shows how small the world is and how close everyone is. You don't realise it but the person sitting/standing next to you could be a long lost relation...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Assignment 3: Secondary Research Skills...

Clark, RA (2005), 'Market mavens: Psychological influences' (article), PSYCHOLOGY & MARKETING

Market mavens are consumers who are highly involved in the marketplace and represent an important source of marketplace information to other consumers. This explains how mavens are importaint in the retailing of products and the advertising.

Jansen, BJ (2009), 'Twitter Power: Tweets as Electronic Word of Mouth' (article), JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 60 (11)

Shows how social networking and in particular twitter is important in selling yourself and spreading the word, good or bad. shows facts such as 19% of micro blogs contain a mention of branding/advertising. Word of mouth is spread by people writing thoughts and feelings and advertising products and sending them to potential admirers. Spreading the word of good design/ bad design!

Karmarama (2003), 'Karmarama's T-shirt hits Charles Saatchi's trendy artcredentials', (Article), Campaign (UK) 10/24/2003, Issue 43, p32-32

This article explains how graffiti is the thing of the moment. Explains how banksy is an anonymous character who is considered a vandal by some but a genius by others. A man wore a t-shirt claiming he was banksy ("arrest me I'm banksy") this created unwelcome attention and false advertisement. It also shows how this man is a connector as he is passing on information for his benefit? either that or he just liked the t-shirt!


This relates to the effectiveness of advertisment and how you portray yourself. selling yourself in the wrong light?/ right light? also relates to the mood advertising convays.

Rosenberg, Scott, (2009) 'How blogging began, what its becoming, and why its important' (Text), New York : Crown , c2009..

How blogs are influencing design, social aspects and self expression. Why we use blogs and why they are very important for new designers and artists. Discusses privacy of blogs and plagiarism.

Vaudrey, Charlotte (2005) 'Wake up call', (Journal) Design and applied arts (CSA)

This journal explains how graffiti artists are hip, cool and modern designers. Reviews the controversial view 'is graffiti art? or crime? Charlotte's view is that they are the future and explains how graffiti artists were commissioned to take on an interior design project by designing rooms in
a hotel.