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Contents Contrast Stencil Vernacular Type Cardboard Construction London High Street Mash-UP Isotype Symbol Mapping London in type Personal A - Z Urban Camouflage Pattern


Contrast

London is a hugely diverse city and has many contrasting elements. These might include aspects such as proximity of contrasting communities sitting side by side to the contrast of dense urban areas and vast green spaces. The aim of this workshop was to represent two contrasting aspects of London using one of the contrasting words black-white / narrow-wide / etc and tackle them on a concertina booklet.

contrast


I used b&w leaflet collected at LCC and images of objects I see every day


NOTHINGS IS ANYTHING BY ITSELF, ONLY IN RELATION TO OTHER THINGS. ROBERT LEVERS


Stencil We were asked to produce a stencil dealing with in London either picture or letter form. I chose a London bus with some pigeons for company. We used a scalpel, acetate paper, water based paint and sponge rollers. Having never attempted a stencil, after cutting the image out I found the positive and negative sides were swapped meaning the image cut out was reversed. This led me to experiment with the positive space of the stencil, rather than the hole that was left behind. I found the result interesting and effective, almost reminiscent of ‘Pop Art’. For the next stencil I created a font and added some pigeons again.

collected stencils across London


here I made another stencil which I painted across London


Vernacular Type

This workshop was about developing typefaces to reflect London. I always wanted to make my own font and this workshop was perfect opportunity. I went down to letterpress to experiment. After doing some research back at home I got really inspired by Mike Perry and Kate Moross so I started to draw a pattern the way I see London lots of street, bricks, cars, rain, sunshine etc.

top: Mike Perry bottom: Kate Moross


rubbing letters in letterpress and tearing and sticking them together

top: the beginning of my pattern right: after five hours of crazy drawing


Mapping London in type Maps are a vital part of graphic communication. They are used in a variety of ways to communicate the importance of locational context. Maps are becoming more common as tools for graphic design and illustrative projects. Increasingly people are adapting traditional cartography skills to a more visual level. As a result many new styles of graphic design have formed. The idea of this workshop was to create an A5 map of an area of London using type. We were each asked to created a different part of London using only the colour red, Helvetica font and type elements. By the end of the session everyone’s work had been pasted up . The visual effect was stunning!

inspiration Andy Prohel


Cardboard Construction In this workshop we explored how to use a flat surface to create something 3D by folding, cutting etc. We used card to build 3D London landmark/icon.

Jane Brown

construction of a tube symbol


3D tube symbol


the design process for 3D invitation card to London


Isotype

Isotype-International System of TYpographic Picture Education is a method of showing social, technological, biological and historical connections in pictorial form. At this workshop we learn how to make a chart related to homeless people using pictogram. Our group chose to make a chart of homeless people who have problems with drugs, alcohol, mental problems or none of these. We wanted to create meanings for materials so they would connect to the actual problems. After trying few things we agreed on something that quite successfully represents it such as cut out bottles for alcoholism, jelly beans for drugs and stones & pins for mental health problems all put in a graph to show the exact percentage. statistic of homeless people with problems using Isotype


Man and woman who drink heavily on at least one day in the previous week, London 2009

I was interested in statistic how much alcohol men and women drink in London


I think this post signage would be pretty useful for London


Men and women who drank heavily on  at least one day in previous week. %

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30 24 18 12 6 25-44

16-24

25-44

45-64

64+

45-64

64+

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16-24

Age Women more than 6 units

Men more than 8 units

1 unit = 10ml by volume of   pure alcohol (1/2 of  red wine  12%, 1/3 of  a pint of  beer 5%) Daily recommended units: 3 for women and 4 for men.

a statistic of consuming alcohol in London using Isotype


London High Street Mash-Up

This workshop was about the research, analysis and ideas generation part of the design process. We prepared photos of two different high streets and stuck them up on the light box. We talked about the obvious apparent differences and then used tracing paper to select and edit the visual elements that really summed up and signified the two different high street. After that we produced images where we combined one element each from the contrasting high streets. The images aimed to be funny, strange, contrasting, showed juxtaposition, facilitated interest and ideas.

posh streets and the urban streets on the light box


tracing of the obvious differences

the final outcomes I mashed up Bond street and Walworth road


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Urban Camouflage This workshop was about how to camouflage in London: disguise, distract, dazzle, reveal, stand out.

inspiration photos by Toivo Toivanen


top: cut and paste + photo manipulation bottom: camouflage of my font


Symbol

A pictogram is an ideogram ( graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept) that conveys its meaning through its pictorial resemblance to a physical object. The aim of this workshop was to design a new crest for London. We had to choose a London street, do an initial image research, highlight the main elements that characterise the area and draw some icons. The street we chose was Wardour Street, in Soho, famous for its nightlife, media companies, independent cafes and restaurants.

Isotype Gerd Arntz 1928-1965


a quick sketch of significant icons on Wardour street


the final crest


Personal A - Z

This workshop was about mapping our life in London.

inspiration Paula Scher


a map of Clapham Junction area done at the workshop

I found piece of board on the a street so I brought it home and created a map of places in which I have spent most of my time in the past eight years


I also managed to use my stencil on the map


Pattern

This workshop was all about making patterns based on London surrounding. I was inspired by the London grids as well as contents of some the chapters .

pattern screen printing


London Research Book  

Book of reseach and ideas about London, 12 workshops, screen printed fold out cover, the book is bounded with bolds

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