Pl{us} Show

This years degree show was called Pl{us} and it was made up of a range of work, no two being the same. It was very inspiring seeing the work that was created and really demonstrated the beauty and power graphics can create. Probably my favourite part of the show was seeing everyones designed dissertation. They were beautiful pieces of work that really celebrated the hard work put in to writing a dissertation.

There were some stand out pieces in the show in my opinion being…


This piece was a favourite of mine for its stand out typography, expressive colours and the topics it explored as they were current and topical, allowing discussion to be created. I also liked it for its display, it was not a standard format of placing a poster or snippet on the wall, it was out of the box and allowed it to stand out more in relation to the other pieces in the space.


This is another piece that stood out to me because at first I didn’t understand what it was trying to communicate, which caused me and a friend to stop and try to work it out. When we read that it was exploring the issue of chronic pain and that the symptoms are never seen I though having the white vinyl on the wall was a great way to display that. The words were difficult to see at first – which meant I took more of an interest to try and work it all out. This in itself makes it a successful piece in my opinion as it stopped me in my tracks and got me interested. It also got me talking about chronic pain.


This is someones dissertation piece, but was one of my favourites for its bright colours and untraditional format. Its not a design that would come to mind when thinking of an editorial, but I think this is a clever way of instantly dividing up the contents of the dissertation in a visual way, breaking it down into small, sizeable sizes, making it less daunting for someone to pick it to read.



On Display – Spacial Communication

For my spacial communication I have made mock ups to give a sense of what the exhibition space will be like.



This would be the first room the visitors would encounter which would have a mark on the floor – which is the mark taken from the original logo and would act as a guide through the room – which would be completely dark. The idea behind this is to give individuals the experience of a journey whereby they will not know where they will end up or how long it will take. This is to try and replicate what migrants face when they are about embark on their journey’s.


They would eventually be led into the second gallery space which will contain Sergey Ponomarev’s images following the migrant on their journey from Syria into Europe. It is designed in such a way that they will follow the images in the correct order of the journey to really give it its fullest impact. The room would again be dark (not as dark as the first) with the images lit to continue creating an atmosphere and set the tone that it is a serious issue.


The Yes Show!

On 26th May, I went to the private viewing of the third year’s degree show, called; The Yes Show!

I didn’t really know what to expect, but was immediately amazed at the work created. There was such a wide variety of work on display, with different areas explored.

These were some of my favourites…



This piece stood out to me because of the high level of detail and quality that can be instantly seen. Each element has been carefully considered and appears to have a purpose in the magazine. I also like the typographic nature of the editorial. I think that it has (like everything else) been thought of and considered carefully. It feels sophisticated and mature.



This was another favourite because of its typographic nature. It stands out and really does pull you in. I like how it flows down the wall and the hierarchy has been well considered. The message is concise but still tells the reader exactly what it’s about. I also like its interactive nature, whereby people could write on little stickers and stick them too the wall. And the question cards, which make you really think about elements surrounding the subject of technology and connecting. They’re both fun, and also brought you back to reality about moments that occurred in your life and things that relate to you.



This piece really stood out to me because of the typography and illustrations. Although it isn’t instantly clear what its about, just from looking at the shapes and illustrations, it is obviously about place. I like the use of watercolour because it gives it some texture and the different styles of typography help to break up the large amount of text. I feels like there is a narrative taking place simply through the typography.

Overall. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the degree show. It gave me a real insight into the sort of thing expected to come for when my time comes. One thing that was clear was the high level of quality within the work that we are expected to reach. It demonstrates the level of hard work and dedication that is required. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to seeing what lies ahead and the areas that we can explore within our work.

Leonardo Da Vinci – Exhibition

Earlier in the week I went to the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea to visit the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition. To be able to see ten of his original pieces up close was simply amazing.

What I found most interesting from the whole exhibition was viewing the pieces that displayed Da Vinci’s way of working, such as the initial sketches and planning. It was the process that interested me more than any of his final pieces. It made me realise the extent he went through for him to create some of his most iconic pieces.

He always observed whatever was around and would focus on the subject of his next piece of work. An example of this is seen within the uncompleted piece; Il Cavallo Dello Sforza, a sculpture of a horse that was never completed. The process of this included numerous drawings of a horse in order to fully understand its anatomy.

Another element I particularly loved seeing was Da Vinci’s famous mirror writing. It is something I have heard about, but was fascinating to see in person. I feel it gave a real insight into Da Vinci’s mind and its complexity. His willingness to never stop learning and gather knowledge is definitely something to aspire to.

Overall, I thought it was a very inspiring exhibition that displayed an insight into Learned Da Vinci’s life. The history seemed to burst from the room and for me felt a little unreal. It is an exhibition worth seeing.

Atres Mundi

On Wednesday 2nd November, I decided to go to the National Museum in Cardiff to view the Artes Mundi exhibition. The Artes Mundi exhibition brings together six international contemporary artists who explore contemporary social issues across the world. They bring their own unique perspective on the issues that surround their daily lives, exploring what it means to be human. They each demonstrate the importance of art and culture, opening up new ways of engaging with the world around us, therefore challenging our preconceptions.

I found the whole exhibition to be extremely thought provoking. The work was well considered and challenging to view, the messages were not clear and each piece needed time to absorb its undeniable depth. However, it was only when I read the text which explained the work that I fully understood what was being conveyed, some clearer than others.

In addition to that, I really liked the use of space and how each piece was displayed. It was clear that this took time but I feel they made the best use out of the spaces. My personal favourite was Bedwyr Williams as his piece explored the medium of video to create a fictitious cityscape, influenced by the cityscapes of the world, built around Cadair Idris, a mountain in Wales. The video was projected on to a wall in what I saw to be a very large room. The room itself was painted a very dark grey in order to create focus on to the video, however as soon as you walked into the space you were instantly hit with the enormity of it. At first it seemed to be static, but as we watch, small movements begin to occur such as the weather changing and lights turning on and off in the buildings. It is then you become absorbed in the piece, with the addition of a narrator narrating narratives of what may be taking place day to day in the fictitious world, you begin to see them unfold in your mind.

Nonetheless, due to the enormous scale of the work, it does impose a sense of fear into oneself as it conjures up the thought of how quickly these cities can be built and how they simply take over. After reading up on the work, Williams has chosen to explore dystopia and the influence mankind has on the earth, exploring the speed of which mass construction is taking place.


Another piece that particularly took my attention was John Akomfrah’s video exploring migration. The size of the room was not as large as Bedwyr Williams’ piece, but it didn’t need it, the room itself was all black with two screens. Once you walked in the space, it felt small, as if closing on you, which I thought worked well in relation to the subject matter of the video. The video allowed me to gain a sense of what it meant to be a migrant. It imposed an emotion that no image or media publication has been able to achieve. It clearly had historical value due to the outfit choices, sets and locations and with it brought the reality of migration and persecution that has taken place over the years. I felt extraordinarily sympathetic, and strangely empathetic, with a whisper of fear shadowing, as if I myself was in the boat, lacking the sight of a horizon. It really made me stop and consider the emotions of such a traumatic experience. This is what made it such an exceptional piece of work for me.


I did enjoy the other pieces of work completed by Neil Beloufa, Amy Franceschini/ Futurefarmers and Lamia Joreige, however they did not have such an impact on me and therefore I did not feel they were as strong, although others may disagree with me.

Overall, I really enjoyed the exhibition and found it to be interesting and inspirational. Seeing the variety of media’s used to convey the various messages was very insightful as it proves that there is more than one way to convey a message. However, I do think that the work is stronger when there is a relationship between the medium and the message. Furthermore, I think that what makes a piece of work strong is when it imposes an emotion onto the viewer, something that can alter their way of thinking and becomes memorable in the long run. It was also clear to see within each of the pieces, a lot of time and research had gone into them, especially research, for example I knew that each detail of the work had a reason to be there and enforced the idea being expressed. This is something I aim to achieve within my own work.

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Artes Mundi 

Quentin Blake Exhibition

Being given the opportunity to visit the Quentin Blake exhibition in the National Museum was a great experience. Although I do really enjoy his work and the way he depicts each story through his illustrations, I particularly liked seeing the evolution of his drawings and the way in which he worked. I found it interesting to see how he would design each page and carefully plan each layout and what section of the story to depict. It was clear to see the time and effort taken to ensure his work was of the best quality. There was quite a lot of trial and error sketches in the creation of the characters to ensure he had the best possible outcome.

It made me realise that although he is an illustrator, the design process remains very similar in both fields and therefore it is definitely something I need to extend upon within my own design work. I can see how making three or four alterations to an initial design, really pushed his work forward and this is something I need to adopt myself.

As well as that it was hard to ignore the wealth of illustrations within the space. He manages to convey a variety of emotions and movement within his drawings simply through the use of lines. They are not perfect lines but the image can be read clearly and aids the narrative strongly. What I enjoy the most within his work is his ability to capture light and shadows, sometimes with the use of one watercolour. I feel it really helps to bring his images alive and ensures they are not static. His playful nature works with context of them being children’s books and therefore make them fun and enjoyable to view.

I feel that he uses simple techniques that are effective and that is key to remember – do not overcomplicate the work, simplicity can convey the message most successfully.