Information design : a visual representation of time units.
"Hour", my final piece, was printed as an A1 poster. The rest are my experiments and the initial one minute circle that was the basis for the hour. When I decided to devise a system to visualise time units, I was struck by the fact that they’re all contained within each other and tried to use that through my design.
Foundation for my info design project, a list of different time units.
I felt compelled to make them the basis of my project because not only I’m a sucker for evocative names and new words but also because for humans these units are the basis of our interaction with time. The names we use for them is what we use to verbally represent time so I thought to utilise these units to help me visually represent time.
Finally got around to posting my term one projects, now that I’ve had bit of holidays to recover from deadline madness.
This is my typography project :
A series of posters based on grid systems found in everyday fabrics.
I chose the blue and yellow colours as I found them to be just the right balance between aesthetically appealing and visually confusing. They contrast each other enough for the word to stand out on the page while still giving off the illusion of the two colours slightly blending into each other.
I also was concerned about the pieces still being accessible to people with colour-blindness and after researching it for a while, I found out thanks to this website that it was a colour combination compatible with the different types of the condition.
In each of the patterns I tried to evoke the texture and make of fabric while still using geometric graphical shapes.
I had a lot of fun carefully choosing which of the pattern elements would turn yellow, some happy accidents in selecting gave me new ideas about how to shape my letters. The element of randomness and surprise while playing with letterforms is what made me enjoy this project the most.
things to keep in mind
It’s about time that I introduce this blog into the second year, with a minimal amount of introspection hopefully. For minimal cringe I will also overlook talking in length about my first year experience, where I learned a lot, regretted some and grew once again a tiny bit. It’s mostly the same as when I finished foundation, but with the next level of progress. I guess I just have the same issues and I’ve gotten once again slightly better at dealing with them, which might not be a miracle change but hey, progress! You won’t see me complaining. You can’t be perfect at 20, is what I tell myself to boost morale, no matter how many of my classmates can challenge that idea.
But new beginnings is always my favourite part of everything and i can say that I’m excited about the potential greatness ahead.
Also our new projects are exciting and our tutors are inspiring and I live next to uni and everything is slightly rainbow coloured, despite the insisting rain. And I’m studying Doctor Who for contextual and theoretical studies, which I thought I would regret but I really really really don’t.
One of the first insights that I’ve had during this second year of graphics is how excited I am to be in class with so many talented people. During first year I was orientated towards tutors and myself, taking in briefs and wrestling with them all by my lonesome, slightly embarrassed during the whole ordeal. Add a couple of bad group projects and I just wasn’t convinced by “your best resource is each other”.
But this year, coming back from break to all my graphically inclined friends and classmates, I’m amazed by how creative, motivated and plain brill everyone is.
Of course we’re all different levels of confused and I highly suspect that the exceptions are just also talented at pretending. But still we are all here because we love design and having access to so many different approaches and point of views is exhilarating. Every day in class I look forward to discussing the brief, ideas and design, it’s truly one of the most pleasing AND effective sources of inspiration.
(special ugh mention to the few that seem to come in to complain about the course and having any sort of work to do : i will nod, smile and sit somewhere else)
~ Etiquette for Americans, by A Woman of Fashion, 1898