Heres a little UNI project for this semester which i am most proud of, which also landed me yet another HD.
This was a project for my Information Graphics unit which was focusing on Data Visualization. We had to find a data source of our choice and from there we had to create a visualization of that data.
Through research i found interest in the simplistics of minimal colour and shape, which great reference to Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasure’s ablum cover over the drawing of a 3D model of a pulse frequency from out of space, to the infamous live Wind Graph of Northern America.
With the research and inspiration i needed, i quickly came to the idea of plotting all the meteorite landing zones through out Australia, but placing them into a metal plate, with each landing zone, with their scale, portraying a bullet dent.
With the help of an uncle who is a metal fabricator, we made this prototype model out of plastic, and then planting it gun metal matte black to give the look of metal. Overall making the whole project cheaper and quicker to make with my deadline.
In the end it came out better then i expected. The impact zones had been rounded to the nearest km and all landing zones had been scaled proportionatly to one and another for a greater abstract look.
Hope you guys enjoyed it
When it comes to resourcing material from other people, it’s mainly to cut corners to making a piece or job for someone quicker. I try to make this all for my self as best i can but, if there’s a free font that fits my style or look for a piece or work i am currently working on i use the easier option and use something that is free of copy right. The main source for free out sources material come from
This is the most used of the three sites which i used outsources typography from, as does many Designers. As Typography is such a diverse and extravagant skill to perfect, this is one site for all designers to find type faces they like to use.
This is rare but very usefully resource which i come to for getting them suttle patterns which you just don’t have the time to make or for the last piece of the design work that will put the cherry on the top of the cake.
This is a very useful hub where i come to find the mock ups that are just so well made and available that there is no point in even trying to mimic it for your own. This is where i get all my mock ups for clients and jobs to show off works and how they could look if i can’t afford and get the look i am trying to show off from my own sourced materials.
I’ve found these are the only out sourced resources that i need as a young designer. I think that having influences and following blogs of designers, artist and activists that i find influencual is so much more important to me, then always having to rely on an abundance of resources from the net and taking everyone else hard work. Having these infulences keeps me to drive and always be doing something, even if it’s drawing the same thing everyday but making it better slightly better in the smallest way, is a way i can always progress and always stay on top.
Something ive started to work on, when I get the chance to be bored.
Hey guys, more uni stuff.
This post will be a concluding post of the last 6 weeks worth of research and understand i have been doing for Professional Practice unit at University, which is high lighting Graphic Design, which is working towards mobile application which will be based around the ACT, Canberra area, and will help people to understand Graphic Design and what they do and what challengers they face as a profession.
A graphic designer who practices graphic design is someone that can solve visual problems for their client to reach their target audience so it can be gauged in the most simplest and most powerful way possible, with the knowledge and understand of the design principles, colour, human behaviour and error, and research.
Graphic Designers have such a broad spectrum of pathways and expertises in the field such as;
•Basic Logo creation
•Branding and identity
•Layouts (e.g. Magazine and Newspapers)
Just to name a few of the well known and common expertise. But in all these expertise as a graphic designer, they all share the same ethical and sustainable challenges of the modern world such as being eco friendly, being competitive and successful and all the other segments which i have written about over the last 5 weeks worth of blog entries below.
One of the greatest problems is to be competitive, successful and to be sure you have a constant of clients and jobs through out the life span of your working profession. Many studios and business do this by a great time management and time management system. Most studios, firms, groups, business partners and even sole-traders and freelancers use software such as Traffic, just to name one for example, which can be used as a time as soon as the open certain software to manage a job. They could use it to count how many clicks it took for that job to be made and many more other software out there can do similar or various other scripting tools to help them stay on budget for jobs and manage their time which effectively helps them in the long run stay alive.
The the annual summary for designers through out all the various fields and set ups can range be ranged like this;
Freelances, sole-traders junior Designers - work around the $40-45k an
Industry Designers (marketing, artists, coordinators) - around $45-50k an
Industry Seniors, architects, directors - around $60-63k an
From PayScale which was last updated on 22march this year.
The scale of the Australian Graphic Design industry has jumped from 1991 having 8620 occupants to 232411 in 2011. In Canberra alone having, 162 related businesses which was last counted back in 2005. The numbers now are so diverse for individual occupants in Australia as everyone has such a easier way of making designing for them selves, others and even untrained and educated people are picking up on basic design flaws as technology and the internet is making this profession easier for people to do them selves or to find solutions to their problems from big sweat shop logo websites which are slowly making it harder for the real professionals practicing to get work done. But at the end of the day the educated and experience designers are the better people to spend your money on for better quality work.
Here is what my App’ is starting to look like, will be uploading some a final concept next week
A brief Script we made as a group today in 30mins to solve our problem and pitch in a 5min presentation / reenactment for deciding who was in the wrong and how we could cover our selves in the future so we don’t have to pay for unwanted reprints because of typos or any other things that can happen very easily in all sorts of jobs that you are going for people, clients and businesses.
Reads the scenario
Hi, we are in the critical and final part of the design stage now, so we need final assurance that this is ok for printing. How does it look?
*Looks at document* Yep, looks good, go ahead.
Thanks. I’ll have it sent off right away.
We’ve just noticed that there is a typo and incorrect image in the document, and you have gone and printed 500,000 copies. This is pretty poor for a professional graphic designer company.
Last week you gave final assurance that the document was fine for printing.
Yes, but it’s your responsibility to cover any costs of errors that are a result of your fault, and we didn’t sign anything.
We don’t believe this is our fault, since the copy and images were provided by you, and you gave final assurance, but we don’t want to lose you as a future client, so how about we agree to split the costs of the incorrectly printed catalogues, and move forward by correcting the mistake and printing the final correct copies.
Ok, we agree to that negotiation.
Due to our last problematic incident, we’ve amended our sign-off process so that we legally cover our own asses and aren’t liable to be in fault with those kind of errors and have to pay the costs.
Throughout the entire design process, any and all communication between us will be recorded and date stamped for future reference if required.
Step 1 - the green stage (problem definition stage)
We discuss in meetings what your design problem is and how we can address it, but at this stage it is quite open for better solutions down the track. At the meeting’s end, you as the client signs off on a contract stating you are happy to go ahead with what has been discussed.
Step 2 - the yellow stage (concept stage)
Further developments are made on the concepts to refine what the design will entail. A more rigid solution to your problem is developed, with a draft design for you as the client to view and give feedback for. Again, you will sign off on a document to say you are happy for further progress.
Step 3 - the orange stage (final stage)
From what we have shown you in the last meeting, and through emails and other forms of feedback that we have implemented into the design, we have come up with our final design. At this stage, minimal changes can be made, but it is not impossible for small changes. If radical changes at this stage are required, it is possible, but will be at a cost to you as the client. Another sign off is required at this stage.
Step 4 - the red stage (final proof) You will need sign off on the overall design and proof reading, ready for printing.
Step 5 - (post printing)
Any errors that you find in the final print are at a cost to you as the client, because you have signed off at each stage.
Ok, let’s start then.
Meskenas and ACP Publishing dispute
The surmised and brief version of what i can make of this very law heavy subject of copy right breach, is that the ACP which was running Women’s Day article of a photo of a royal vist to a hospital ward with a paint of Dr Chang, famous heart surgeon, which was painted by Mr Meskenas as a private commission for his own enjoyment. So the painting was signed by the artist and was made by the artist. Then he found that the photo had another name under the photo of the painting of which he made, he order a law suite against copy right infringement of miss naming the original artist, as the ACP had named another.
After a massive dispute it was come to a verdict that because, Mr Meskenas had the painting down as a personal commission job and being had he didn’t publicly sell or make money of it to own copy right through that regulation. So he didn’t really loss any great deal of money, but took a reputation dip from what had come of the suite. The ACP also took a finical dive as they did not state who the real portrait owner was of the painting in the picture.
As hard as it was to understand this case on my own from doing it by my self i have come to believe that this was a doing of a part of a 1 of three different types of copy writing laws that exist for artist making works for them selves and own rights. And he faught for something that wasn’t quite right in his favor but the ACP still got in trouble for copy write infringement. The decision was also brang to this vertic as it was being sourced for a result off a similar case which has happened in the Australian law and the laws of Australian CopyWrite.
Last week’s lesson i was dooked by a shady sign on the door saying ‘FLIPPED CLASSROOM’ Inspiration Stuido. And being there 15min’s before didn’t see anyone in the room, which imediatly let me to believe that the class had been moved to a different place or was just not on at all, which i had no idea about. But later that night finding out by fellow student that there was indeed a class there that day and i was dooked by this sign, which seemed to be up there as a joke?
Week 3’s class lecture was about Free Pitching, along with the pros, but more so cons of free pitching.
Free pitching is a system used by larger company’s to outsourcing the cheapest and easiest ways for them to get ideas for a new branding or design based profession skills to a variety of firms, studios and other design groups. This requires all participating groups that have been asked to bit an idea, which consists of making up the design works, through all he processes, from sketching to researching and to making the final mock up and prototypes for final presentations for client asking for the work. The catch is the ‘free pitching’, which requires these groups to do all the processes for a free, which out paying their employees if they are in a group or team if they are in that situation, hopping to get the job over the rest of the others that have been asked to do the same pitch as well.
Which is the gamble of the whole idea of ‘free pitching’, you are going out of your way, un paid to pitch an idea to someone or a client that will hopefully buy your idea off them, hoping they will pay you if they pick your idea that you have pitched for them. So for a team or group this can be very risky.
This was Rob’ my lecture’s main argument, that it was a defiant stay away from when and if you got in a free pitching situation. But i think from my personal situation as a free lancer, that if i was given a opportunity through free pitching as a sole trader that i would defiantly give it go, as it could be the big break i need, and having no one to pay under me, i could easily manage time and other jobs for this opportunity, which could potentiality pay off if they like my idea, and me being my self could be the cheapest option for them, over my competitors which all could be firms or studios. As we learnt in a group exercise where the whole group was divided up into 4 groups, with different budgets of hourly wages to it’s employees and other basic information, and we have to construct a basic free pitch idea to a fake ‘Country Road’ client, which we presented to the class after a 45min rush job.
in the end my group for 6 people were the chosen group by the client as we were the cheapest option, which is the main reason people are looking for free pitches in the begin.
Week 2 in user interface was the push for a personal CV for a job opportunity which came to UC Graphic Designers which was a position in Bruce Stadium or as it’s named now, GIO Stadium in Bruce.
The job position a video production technician assistant, which is making all the visual displays which is played on the big screens at the stadium for a few selected weekends through out the year, along with other events that the stadium may hold. Which is a great job opportunity for me as a young graphic designer who would like to get into the video editing later on down the track as a future job and main skill as a designer.
The interview is a 5 minute speed date, if you will, which will be in-front of 2 people from the Bruce stadium team which already run the screens and other media.
Overall i think the CV came out very well, although having some technical problems with requiring corrupted AI. files, i couldn’t change a few small spelling mistakes that i had missed, i think i came out just the way i wanted it too.