Struggling to find chapters

As of recently I have been working on the current chapters in my dissertation and they have been going well. I think the main reason the are going well at these early stages is because is because I writing about a choice that I take a lot of interest in and can relate it back to my subject practice and real life situations, something I have not been able to do in the past when it has come to constellation.

At the moment I must admit I am struggling to find things to research and write about in a relevant and contextual context as this is not something that always comes naturally to me.

What I have done to help improve my work and situation is go and see my tutor and work from there. From this point I have been told to research semiotics and how the are involved with graphic design and branding specifically.

Finding a definition for Graphic Design

One issue I have found when researching this topic and when doing work in subject is that graphic design is a huge subject that involves more than just the few elements that the Oxford dictionary states: Graphic Design is the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines or books. This is not wrong but just from personal experience from subject I know that it involves more than this, forming the start of my research and initial argument.

When it comes to writing and researching a new definition and what is actually involved with graphic design I found a book written by Quentin Newark: What is Graphic Design? This has sections about finding a definition and what a being a graphic designer involves, another section that I wish to expand upon. All of this will be hopefully showing that graphic design is more than stated in the dictionary, giving me a good solid argument for this part of my essay.


Cardiff Branding Agency @BurningRed say ‘hi’ to Jake!

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As part of his second year Work Experience module BAGCer Jacob is working at the creative marketing juggernaut that is Burning Red in Cardiff Bay.

The company describe Jake as ‘a great asset to the team’ and he’s clearly getting so much from the experience: “The placement has been amazing so far, learnt so many different and cool things already!”.

Image: Burning Red

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Icons for the Veteran Website

During the last few days of last weeks placement the my main task was to create some simple icons to represent:

  • Employment
  • Finances
  • Housing
  • Living Independently
  • Mental well being
  • Physical Health
  • Family and Community

I created them on Adobe Illustrator and while they all look good and have the right meanings behind the images, I feel some could be better executed that others. For example, the icons for mental well being, in particular the heads with the puzzle pieces have a good idea behind them, I believe they can be executed a bit better and be made to look more professional which is something I can focus on next week.

Some of my best ones are icons from Physical Health, housing and employment. Starting with Physical health, my favorite one from this section is the heart with the heart beat pulsing through it. I feel if one was used on the website this would be a good one because it has a clear meaning that it is about health, and the colour scheme also works really well. I also feel that the stroke and line thickness is perfect as well, just making it look that little bit more professional.

The same applies to both employment icons. The first is a work badge which is something common in a lot of work places. Again I feel the colour scheme and overall execution of this means it is one of the better outcomes. Same with the work bag under the magnifying glass, representing employment and finding a job clearly.

The last out come I am really happy with is the icon of the house with smoke coming out of the chimney. For this reason I feel like it portrays a more comforting home. Also, where the lines don’t connect I feel this makes it look more modern than the other two options.

Moving onto finance, I feel like I have created simple icons that show a clear portrayal of what is involved with finance. They could do with a little more work as some look  unfinished such as the piggy back or less modern than some of the others created. I feel this is because of a slightly less subtle colour scheme and on some images the stroke is too thin, making it in my eyes also look almost cheap.

Finally we come to independent living. This was a hard one as it was difficult to pin point an image that could solely represent it. I came up with a few such as a single sofa chair and the stick man with his hands in the air but the others seem unclear, in particular the one of the man sitting down. It almost looks like an icon for disability and in addition to this it is hard to make living independently not look like some who is lonely, which is why I feel these icons can do with a little more work next week.

I will also be working on an icon for family next week to complete the set and will update the images when ready.


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Branding, Becoming the Designer

At the beginning of the week had to collect my allocated job bag  with the brief and specifications inside. I ended up with a Welsh Blacksmith company called Creu Cof which means to create memory. They were established in 2014 by Aled and Cery Evans, who both specialise in delicate ironwork.

The brief they set for me was to become more visible to their target audience by designing a 5 touch points. We agreed on; Business cards, an A5 flyer for the craft shows they are part of, T-shirts to wear around the stall at the craft shows and the shop, a banner to hang at the stall and shop and finally a van for when they are driving about for deliveries and collections of materials.

After this was agreed I decided to do some research on the industry and see what were the iconic items associated with blacksmiths and sketched them up, while coming up with a few logos. While doing this I decided it would be good to try and incorporate some of the Welsh and Celtic knot designs somewhere to relate back to the Welsh heritage. The reasoning for this was because I didn’t want Creu Cof to look the same as any standard blacksmith. I then went onto drawing some quick scamps of touch points to see how they could look and giving me different ideas and combinations.