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Methods and Madness

GRIDS Grids are something I don’t personally like to use. I like to make up my own mind about where something is positioned in my own “mind grid.” The results of using a grid for my first idea was very boring and had no or excitement to the piece, although it looks very professional and slick, and in the right context it can look right. (Below) The “non-grid” version is exciting and different. It makes you take more of an adventure to find the information rather than it being laid out in front of you in a boring generic way. (Right)

Jeremy Bentham We picked names from a hat and I got Jeremy Bentham. Initially he seemed very boring and not that relevant to graphic design. My research on him started with the usual Internet based search. From doing this I noticed that his body was incased in University College London, for people to visit. And that I did. I visited his body in London. The madness is that I went during a strike on the Underground. After getting around reasonably well in London I got back and showed my findings. I came up with an idea for how to try something I had never done before. I started making a model of Jeremy with moulding clay. I then tried to add clothes to him, with not much luck. My sewing skills still need work, especially with something so small (Below) For my presentation I opted to present a theory that Jeremy Bentham had, being a Utilitarian. The idea of the presentation was to involve people and make them think about their actions. (Right) More work from this brief is found on:

Persuasion I thought about all way that I persuade myself to do or to not do certain actions. I also thought about how others had influenced my actions with persuasion on the one day. I wrote them all down with the action and the way of persuasion that was used. (Below) Within a group we then thought of an idea of trying to persuade people within the University. Here are some screen shots of the video made. (Right) I did also make a personal video whereby I went and tried to persuade people in different ways, with just me and a camera. Results of this found:

Persuasion Then two of us formed a idea to persuade people within the University again. We went along with the reaction of food and its colour. Having watched a documentary called “Seeing is believing” on Horizon, this made me think of a way that we can change peoples reactions to food they eat, by showing them images. (Is Seeing Believing? 2010, Television program, BBC2 Horizon, Naomi Austin, 18th October) We created some images of different foods, and changed the colours into something opposite to what is the “norm.“ (Below) We did place these images on a sheet that people could leave comments on. But no-one wrote on it. We then went around and actually interviewed people showing them the images. Here are some funny photo reactions from the interviews (Right) Find the video on:

The Miners We had to fictionalise or change a story within the media. We initially discussed the Miners story in class and I instantly came up with many different ideas. The first main idea I had was to do with a child’s book. The story seemed very serious and very adult orientated. This event was going to be a part of history therefore I thought that a story book of it would be interesting. I stated to draw out ALL of the 33 miners in Illustrator. This alone took me 3 whole days. Making them look like dwarfs from the story of “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs“. I then took the Illustrator outlines into Photoshop to colour them in. (Below) I got feedback while in the process of making them and an idea was shared between everyone that I showed my work to. Why not turn this into a colouring book, saving me having to colour in every single one, and it would be more interacting for the children. With this idea in hand, I went with a story line that I thought would be more relevant for children. I had many story lines to go with but one that got the best feedback from others was; a fantasy world where animals help out the miners while their underground. Talking animals of course. So with this in mind I started to do some layouts for the pages. I used the images I made of the miners and some illustrations of my own of some animal like a badger and a worm. (Right)

I filled in the speech bubbles with activities that the children could do, as well as colouring this image in. Learning through colouring in the image.

The Miners I received some more feedback which then game me the opportunity to create some more pages. Including the front cover, back cover and the books spine (Below) The other pages also, with no text inside the captions. (Right) The extra added idea being; this is not necessarily for children, as this is more of an adult story, and the images are so detailed this could be for adults. The captions could be filled in by adults. Almost like a joke towards the event, whereby adults can make their own story up by just looking at the images, then adding things into the captions. This changes the story completly to the desire of the person who reads it. The format would be an A3 landscape. My reasoning being; A3 as I would like it to be a big book, like a childs big colouring-in book. Landscape because the images fit length ways as their inside the mine, so its a landscape that would fit better in that format.


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Illustrated and made: Charlotte Bryan

Illustrated and made: Charlotte Bryan

Save the Miners - with colour A disaster that took Chili by storm. The 33 miners that got stuck down a hole. Only way that you can save them is by opening their eyes to colour. Being underground in that darkness for months has made them very sad. Can you save them? Have your say also with this limited edition book by writing out your own input in what is said. What did they say down in the mine. How can these animals save them? OR can they?

“Interactive book, and funny” -The Sun *** 3 STARS “What a way to make something so entertaining than the actual event!” - Evening Standard **** 4 STARS

Charlotte D M Bryan Studying Graphic Design at UCA Epsom, Charlotte Bryan aspires to be a illustrator. Born in 1990 and brought up with a mother for a french teacher and a farther as a sign writer. She aims to be like her farther, helping out his business and also to have her own books on the shelf soon. Likes: Kids and dogs Hates: Comic Sans and news Contact:


Narratives I enjoyed the idea of changing a story, especially in the format of a comic. It seemed easier to edit and manipulate. The given brief was to take a short comic strip from the book “99 ways to tell a story� by Matt Madden. I made 4 ideas. All varying in story line. (Below) The best idea was where I took out the figure of the person and took it out of context. I made it quite comical as I thought that it was a good story, as the words and the image of the man suited it quite well. (Right)

Narratives Taking this knowlage of changing the narratives of stories I went about thinking what is the most mundain thing that I do day-in-day-out. I went with snoozing the alarm, which is something I do every morning. I never get up at the time I wanted to. I made some ideas of showing this in different ways. (Below, Right)

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