Monday, 30 April 2012

OUGD203 Design Practice 2// Product, Range, Distribution..

For the second part of the Design Practice 2 module we were asked to find Live briefs/ old briefs that we were interested in and would want to work with. We asked to pick a D&AD, an ISTD, a YCN and another live brief of our choice. The briefs could have some relevance to the practice that I want to pursue or they could just be one that sounds like a challenge.

Here are the four briefs that I have chosen:

D&AD// We want to make it impossible for anyone to ignore Peace day.
YCN// Swarovski.
ISTD// It happened on this day.
MY CHOICE// Design a Penguin adult or Puffin children's cover.


D&AD Brief// We want to make it impossible for anyone to ignore Peace Day.

We want to make it impossible for anyone to ignore Peace Day. We want to make it a day that everyone around the world engages with, so the governments and leaders in conflict zones have no other choice but to implement it. The task is to grow grassroots awareness and active personal engagement with Peace Day, to make this day ubiquitous and as part of our social fabric as Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.

Tone of voice//

Stimulating, optimistic, realistic


Dont let Peace Day be ignored.

Points I have taken from the brief//

- Aim the brief at everyone, but try and focus down on people who are change- makers, those who believe in actions rather than symbols, in the practical rather than the theoretical. Those who enjoy getting their hands dirty and believe in the power of individual actions to build a greater future.

- This idea needs to work everywhere in the world irrespective of cultural particularities.

- Peace Day is a non- profit organisation, Peace Day relies on all- inclusiveness.

- They want something that works beyond media and across cultural, political and denominational frontiers.

- Collaboration is key to Peace Day and should be key to your solution.

My reasoning for picking this brief//

I decided to choose this brief as I liked the fact that there was no restrictions on deliverables. The brief is very open and I feel that there is a lot that can be achieved with it. I also find the subject interesting, everybody wants world peace but no one knows how to go about it or even if its possible. If everyone worked together then Peace Day would be easily achievable, I would just have to inspire, convince and educate people about it. Where theres a will theres a way!


ISTD Brief// It happened on this day.

We want you to consider how best to interpret the project theme. Is it what happened through the centuries on a specific day in the month/ year or could it be the story of one particular day in time? The 'Big Bang'; Battle of Hastings; the first pulls of Gutenberg's 42- line bible; Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan show; assassination of JFK; Liverpoll's European Cup win in 2005 or the atrocity of 9/11- you are spoilt for choice.

Howerver fascinating the topic and the information that you select, yoru challenge is to create a delivery platform that demands the reader's attention. It needs to address the norms of information architecture while actively working to evoke an emotional response from the reader or viewer.

Use print, screen, combined media- the choice is yours- as long as it expresses a solid idea, informs us and shows your typographic skills. Remember that words and language are our collateral and that your submission should essentially be typographic.

Reasoning for choosing this brief//

The reason that I chose this brief is similar to the D&AD brief, there is a limited amount of restrictions on this brief which means I have a wider variety of outcomes to consider. One thing about the brief that I do not particularly like is the fact that the outcome does have to be type based. Type is not a strong point of mine, but I could maybe re- jig the brief so that it fits to my skill set and interests.


YCN Brief// Swarovski.

- Attract the next generation of Swarovski fans.

We'd like you to creatively demonstrate how you think Swarovski can relevantly and powerfully engage their fashion range with younger consumers. You are free to explore all marketing channels, demonstrating the media and enviroments that you think the target audience will be most receptive to messaging and engagement. You can consider all elements of marketing, PR, advertising, in- store applications, points of sale, packaging, social media, experiential ideas and everything inbetween.

Points taken from the brief//

- Target audience: Swarovski are interested in reaching a new younger audience (20- 30 year olds) primarily targeting young urban UK females who love their jewellery, like to keep up with the latest trends and fashion, and want to express themselves through jewellery.

- Aim of the brief is to take the repositioning of the brand to the next level, concentrating on attracting the next generation of Swarovski fans to their fashion collection.

- Daniel Swarovski I said: 'Evolution never ceases. Reforms in one area lead to further reforms in other areas. One must, however always be alert to the opportunities'.

- Swarovoski want to broaden its appeal and desirability to new consumers.

Reasoning for choosing this brief//

The first reason that I chose this brief is because it is one that I was considering greatly for the first part of this module, it really interested me because there was a branding element to it and branding and identity is a path with Graphic Design that I am currently very interested in. The brief is again very broad which has made it very appealing, the only restriction really is the target audience, which even then has some breadth to it. Although I am not really into fashion, I do really love Swarovski which I think helps if you are going to do a brief on it.


Penguin and Puffin Brief//

Design a Penguin adult or Puffin children's cover.

Reasoning for choosing this brief//

To be honest I dont really feel that the brief has much structure to it and the reason that I chose it is because it sounds fun and it will also give me the chance to use my image skills. I think that in a way it is good that the brief is so vague because it means I can interpret it in my own way and pretty much do what I want with it.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Dreamweaver workshop Two..

What did we determine had to be identified and analysed before designing the website?

- Who is the target audience
- What is the purpose
- Audience needs

List some of the limitations when designing for web:

- Colours (web safe)
- Typeface (web safe)
- Resolution of the screen (800x600)

How to use Dreamweaver to start creating a website:


- Hyper text mark up language//

- <head> anything that is not part of the website, only for function

- <body> anything written between open and closed body will be visible on the webpage

- <title> title of the page

- <html> open html

- </head>

- </body>

- </title>

- </html>

1st    <html>
2nd  <head>
3rd  <title>
4th  </title>
5th  </head>
6th  <body>
7th  </body>
8th  </html>

<tr> : Table roads
 <td : Table data
Script: Another language like html
CSS: Cascading style sheets
Meta: Meta tag, how search engines pick up your website
div: Directly linked to CSS, divisions on a website

First internet page ever made.

Source code for the website above.

First image ever placed on the internet.

Big Fish website source code.

Apple website source code.

When you start to create a website have one folder named after the domain name (root folder) and a folder inside that called images (sub folder).

PHP: Only used for website that have hundreds of products. Opens a blank webpage and places the content in it.

Dreamweaver opening page.

Layout of Dreamweaver.

Do not save the first page as Homepage as it has to be internationally recognised. 

Must be saved as Index.

All folders should show up in this space.

Once saved you can preview your website like this.

Between open title and closed title you can make changes, once these are saved you can view your webpage again using the above tool.

To add content to your webpage add information between open body and closed body. Save the changes made and preview your webpage.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Image// Self initiated brief..

For my self initiated brief I have decided to design a small pack that will contain information on the 6 most common UK Ladybirds. The pack will contain illustrations of the different species along with Ladybird facts and recording cards. My target audience is between the ages of 5 and 10, this means that my designs will have to be simple, colourful and engaging. The aim of the pack is that children would be able to go out with their parents and look for the 6 different species of Ladybirds, when they find a particular species they can record it on a card. The illustration cards will help the children identify the different ones.

I decided to use the illustrations that I had used for the Book works brief, as this brief is an extension from that. I have altered the images so that they look like the 6 common Ladybirds. These designs are the ones from the previous brief.

This was the first card that I made for the pack that would be a tick chart for the Ladybirds that had been spotted. When I printed it out the white circles were lost in the green and then after thinking about it I decided that the green was too dark and dull anyway.

This design was one from the Book works brief, I was going to print it out as an A4 poster but then didnt see the relevance.

This is the card that has the 10 facts about Ladybirds on it. I found these facts on a childrens website about Ladybirds which means they will not be too complicated for my target audience to understand.

For the illustration cards I tried laying them out like the one I had as a poster, with the circle and then the Ladybird crawling around it. I have then placed the name of the species in the centre of the circle.

I decided to stick to a certain colour palette for the backgrounds of the cards, which are blue, green and a loight brown. The reasoning for these colours are that they are bright and do not take over the Ladybirds.

This is the design for the recording card that will go inside the pack. I have put on the 6 species of Ladybirds so that the children can tally how many they see. There is also space for the place, date, weather and name for the children to write in.

After looking at the previous designs I decided to change round the layout of the illustration cards as I think that the Ladybird wasnt big enough in the other designs. I need the illustrations to be big and clear for my target audience. So I have moved the Ladybird to the centre of the card and made it a lot bigger. The type has then moved underneath it, so it is all central.

I then tried moving the type to the left hand side and running up vertically. I think this works better than everything being central because then children will focus more on what the Ladybirds look like rather than the name, as this will help them find the different ones that there are.

The above designs are my finals for the pack. It includes 6 illustration cards, one blue checklist card, an information fact card and four record cards.

Here are the illustrations that I used within my designs, they are the UK's 6 most common Ladybirds.