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a thought or feeling


what you are in store for


CONTENTS 1-6 Explanation 7-16 Expressive Project 17-24 Expressive thoughts 19-20 First Thoughts of the Year 21-22 GDP Reflection 23-24 Strategy





what does it mean? 3.

ADJECTIVE 1. Clearly indicated; distinctly stated; definite; explicit; plain: ‘He defied my express command.’ 2. Special; definite: ‘We have an express purpose in being here.’ 3. Direct or fast, especially making few or no intermediate stops: ‘an express train; an express elevator.’ 4. Used for direct or high-speed travel: ‘an express highway.’ 5. Duly or exactly formed or represented: ‘an express image.’

NOUN 1. An express train, bus, elevator 2. A company engaged in this business. 3. British . a messenger or a message specially sent: ‘something sent by express.’

VERB 1. Convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct: ‘he expressed complete satisfaction’ 2. To show, manifest, or reveal: ‘to express one’s anger.’ 3. To set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself), as in speaking, writing, or painting: ‘He can express himself perfectly eloquently.’ 4. To represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula: ‘to express water as H 2 O; to express unknown quantities algebraically.’ 5. To send by express: to express a package or merchandise.

4. A system or method of sending freight, parcels, money, etc. That is faster and safer, but more expensive, than ordinary freight service: ‘We will agree to send the package by express.’


an Express


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pressive PROJECT



my heart condition an Ex-pression of This project is an expression of my heart condition which is named Supra Ventricular Tachycardia or for short SVT.


EX- planation This project involved expressing my heart condition visually. I have had this condition all of my life but never knew what it was, I thought I was having panic attacks. I realised that not many people are aware of this particular condition and don’t understand it. Immediately when you say there’s a problem with your heart, people think ‘heart attack.’ The muscle of my heart is normal; it’s the electrical fibres surrounding it that are the problem. My condition is called Supra Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT,) I have episodes of my heart racing at 300bpm instead of the usual 70bpm. The reason this happens, is because I have ‘short circuits’ which cause my heart to beat rapidly; this can be dangerous if it doesn’t stop. The attacks are not generally triggered by anything; they are completely random and completely awful. However they can be made worse by things such as, caffeine, stress and over exerting myself.


When I have an attack, it feels like my heart is trying to break it’s way out of my chest. I become lightheaded because my heart is beating too fast to pump the blood around my body. It makes me have cold sweats and lose concentration. I also have difficulty breathing, when it is a severe one I shake uncontrollably. In short, it is pretty horrible and I thought it would be a challenge for me to express this visually. I created a concertina book that tells a story of an attack visually through letterpress. The concertina’s pages are all different sizes to make it look like an ECG reading when spread out.

concertina book



what it looks like ... 13.



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the first thoughts of the year



ENTRY 1 Having just started third year, I am feeling a lot of mixed emotions. I have a lot of apprehension about getting a job at the end of the year. I realise that third year is going to be very stressful and I do want to push myself so that I do well; however, I have recently found out I have a heart condition that the attacks are worsened by stress so I am worried about this. The end of second year was stressful and I had a lot of attacks and was even in hospital, which in turn affected my work, it’s a vicious cycle. I have a plan to work hard and get enough sleep so I get a good balance, I

want to work on my portfolio early and get in contact with agencies in hope this will help my career. I am also excited for third year as I’m looking forward to working with some of my peers as I find group projects with the right people work really well. I am looking forward to the projects we will do and am excited about conceptual thinking as I have missed it over summer.

“I’m excited about conceptual thinking as I have missed it over summer” This year is important, I need to work on my portfolio and get in with the design world, I hope that we don’t get a lot of wasted time this year and we get to concentrate on the important things. I am also thinking of contacting Helen Bowman for some tips on writing my dissertation as last year I didn’t do very well on my contextualizing practice work. Overall, I hope third year goes well and I am determined to become a better designer!


a reflection of

Graphic Design Practice



ENTRY 2 I found GDP challenging but rewarding to do, each project had it’s own learning curve. The first project, ‘everything about one thing’ turned out well with a strong concept, I picked a CD player to analyse. At the start of the project I didn’t really know what I was going to do, I found it difficult to lock down on a solid idea that would work. I started looking at methods of print to communicate aspects of the CD player. When I came to using the U.V ink, it became more interesting as my concept grew from this and I had the opportunity to do something I have never done before. I feel

that the CD project was well resolved and time management wasn’t a problem as I thought of my idea quickly. The project I found most challenging was the Perfume brief. Again, I had a strong concept for this brief however the design of it was where I struggled. I realised that I needed to re-visit the project so my personal project needed to be finished a week early. I came across new techniques

“ I have come to realise that I work better under pressure” in the personal project creating letterpress and a concertina book, both of which I have never done before. I really enjoyed the personal project, I made it very personal to myself so it was more exciting to explore something so close to me. The shorter deadline I had set myself made me really push myself in the last two weeks of the GDP unit. I have come to realise that I work better under pressure and limited time as it becomes compulsory to divide my time well and achieve a lot.


ENTRY 3 In my final unit of third year, I need to get as much out of it as I possibly can to become a good designer. I have decided to take a couple of weeks of my time to create a C.V that is unique, more of an expression of myself that I can send out to agencies, something to be remembered. I have realised that when I leave university, my C.V and portfolio will be the most important things I need. I want to create a project out of creating

a C.V that is more of a piece of design I can put in my portfolio than an A4 piece of paper. The rest of my time I will use to do the most exciting briefs I can, I also intend to try and find a placement with an agency before I finish. My portfolio is of high importance to me, I work on it continuously but do not think it is quite right; I would like to sit down with a tutor and really scrutinise it. I feel that I have grown a lot over the last few


“In my final unit of third year, I need to get as much out of it as I possibly can to become a good designer.� months and wish to do so more. Two things I would like to try if I have time are publication work and maybe a group project. My way of thinking has changed, I am now thinking about how I can set myself onto a good career path rather than worrying about how I can get the highest mark in my degree.

How to get the most out of my time left

strategy final unit