Having good, high quality photographs of your projects I think is probably more important the the layout and design of your portfolio. Photographing your work lets you put it into context and show it off from its best side and I think looks way better than mocking something up digitally because that is so easy to do. Putting together my portfolio I realised that I didn’t have any nice images of my projects (because I don’t like the hassle of setting up the photostudio and taking time to photograph something well) so this became first priority.
After looking into so much photography I decided that my project would be photography based. I really wanted to make something big/ build something but I just couldn’t see it happening. I kept thinking about all the logistics surrounding it, where could I get material, would I have to buy tools, why am I even building something, how would this relate to graphic design? And I thought that, because I don’t have much photography stuff in my portfolio, that could be worth exploring. I thought about how to combine photography with light, how light affects what we see, what happens if you change the colours in an image etc. Also, because I don’t really like photographing things, I mean if I see something that would make a nice image I like to get my phone out and take a picture, but I don’t enjoy fiddling about with a complicated camera, thinking about the studio set up and shutter speed and aperture and all that, I thought this would be a good challenge for me.
When thinking about how to design the postcards I realised pretty quickly that I can’t have anything too small as A6 is so small already. I thought about doing something with collage and texture and kind of abstract but felt after some time that that wasn’t the direction the overall project was going in so I should do something else. I thought about playing with the scale of furniture piece versus the small size of a postcard as well and thought it would be funny to do something that made the bench look like something you could hold in your hand and did some tests with me holding printouts of the bench. But it didn’t feel representative enough and although I embrace weirdness, this wasn’t a good kind of weird.
Postcard idea, Lisa 2018
The concept I will be developing is my first one which focuses on manipulating the bench in shape and has a more darker and experimental feel. I made a lot of collages, cutting the bench up and stacking the benches on top of each other thinking primarily of the postcard series and how I could make an image and then cut it into 4, making the postcards go together as a whole instead of 4 individual designs. Nothing really worked out though and after a riso workshop (seen below) I realised why. With the bench in that small size, it just looked too dainty and cutes-y and that doesn’t fit my concept at all.
Riso prints, Lisa 2018
My third concept is more about how you use the bench. Different ways you could sit on it, stand on it, lie down on it. I thought about how Charles and Ray Eames had a very playful relationship to their furniture pieces when photographing them and wanted to do something similar for this.
Concept 3, Lisa 2017
For the workshop next week that’s going to be spent in the darkroom, I have been looking into photograms and what you can do with that technique. Man Ray is very much a favourite, his images are so varied too ranging from very abstract to very concrete with the images being very low contrast which makes them very poetic. My favourite one is definitely the hand because it looks so alien and nice!
Man Ray Photograms
After meeting my client last week, I now know more about the bench and how it came to be, the designers he was inspired by when making it and the choices behind the materials:
- Can transport easily
- Minimal use of material
- Low skill production process makes it easy to produce
- The incorporation of oak makes it feel traditional
- Slim design
- Looks expensive but cheap to produce
- Surface board can change size
- Scandinavian feel
- Made for commercial spaces rather than homes
- Can be taken apart and packaged flat
This project means working for a client and creating designs that present their work in the best way, so a bit more straight forward than the previous studio brief as this needs to feature an object and make it communicate in an appropriate way. My piece is a bench that could also function as a table and can be made longer or shorter by adjusting the length of the seat. The whole thing is made out of wood- french oak for the legs and birch ply for the seat and has a very sleek, streamline appearance.
This workshop was about collecting research and recording a place quickly through a number of different mediums such as drawing, writing, listening and photographing things and people. Fast paced and quite intense. With this collected research the objective was then to combine all the information and display it somehow visually. My group decided to go to Spitalfields market and on our way there kind of divided tasks between us (with some overlapping) which meant that when we got there we just kind of split up, wandered around and sometimes connected again to see what we had done.