Statesman book souvenirs

The books that I was granted to save from the office recycling, in my opinion, deserve a separate mention in this blog, due to interesting content in their own right. From a similar subject area, these books should read well in parallel.

‘Notebook’ by Andrea Garuti is a colour A3 hardback filled with a grungy, textured and thoroughly urban paint and photographic collage. The introduction (titled Sim Cities: Andrea Garuti’s Urban Vision’) begins its prose with the following:

‘The title of one of Le Corbusier’s most accessible books is When the Cathedrals Were White. Surely the architect was thinking of a time before photography and its complications.
We can define the relationship between photography and architecture as:
Expedient, Reverential, Confounded, Hostile, Territorial, Suspicious, Conspiratorial, Delirious.
Andrea Garuti’s photographs are a perfect example, summing up as they do most of the possible attitudes at work in the confrontation between two mediums obsessed with time, and especially with the strange collision of instantaneity and eternity.’

Like this the author Lyle Rexer continues in a way that makes me seriously and enviously reconsider why I did not take this avenue for my dissertation! As it is, I can now indulge myself with purely admiring them instead of writing about them.
By contrast, Rowan Moore’s ‘Why We Build’ is a text that ‘explores the making of buildings from conception to inhabitation and reveals the paradoxical power of architecture: it looks fixed and solid, but it is always changing in response to the lives around it’… How was I going to help myself after that?
Both of these books have served to remind me how much I admire and enjoy learning about architecture- in relation to both my discipline and in its own right as it cuts through others.  The tone is very approachable so far, and has been easy to pick and down on the tube or train. Looking forward to slotting it into the art/design/reference/magazine/book stack on my desk, as permanent reminders of the last 4 weeks!

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New Statesman Internship – overview at the end

After a small extension to my placement, I have now completed my internship at the New Statesman.

Totalling up the days, it is no wonder that the time has flown by. Taking into account office breaks after the centenary edition and my unfortunate day of sickness, the weeks were a little fractured to begin with and I had initially thought that I would struggle to ever get my body clock into the swing of things! However, once into the regular flow of office rhythm it provided an extremely useful view into the nuts and bolts of magazine publishing on this scale.

I have had the opportunity to work on more projects that I anticipated, from the large at the end to the small icons and daily tasks that help to keep the office on the same page- literally and metaphorically! My research had already prepared me for one of the regular design intern tasks – which was sort of cheating, no? – but I definitely felt pushed out of my comfort zone of existing knowledge and experience. Picking up Quark Xpress definitely fell into that category, as did becoming so accustomed to Windows that I would take 10 minutes to readjust to shortcuts on my small cluster of Macs! Continue reading

Isoculture photo update

Quick photo post between tasks today… volunteering and design… got to keep busy!

A French TV-magazine film crew were following the exhibition for the day, making us all a little self-conscious but was a pleasure to host international interest! Not to mention the morning lecture regarding stem cell application for targeted organ healing. Mind blowing! I must tap up my notes when I have more time, I would love to learn more about the field!

Filming the detailed and bizarre process of turning breast milk into a useable substitute for plastic. Collected interns couldn’t help but notice the similarity in process of cheese making..!

Aftermath of the filming process. When the artist is away, the interns will play! Note the strange texture of the milk/plastic. Poking is a must.

The growing collection of Isoculture objects and experiments. Recently added were human fat and caustic soda soap, as well as objects demonstrating a potential outcome in genetic random selection in hair colouring

Part of this weeks design task, preparing material for the big start of designing out isoculture

New Years Beginnings

Since my last post in December I have continued to be rather busy managing myself and my various working commitments, taking at least one day over the Christmas period to down tools and relax. With three concurrent jobs through December (2 of which were in retail) I have been especially glad to see January as a brief pause before starting 2013 with my focus in a more desirable direction.

But theres no rest for the wicked! And just because you tell yourself to stop thinking and relax, it doesn’t mean that the gears don’t stop grinding at the back of your mind. Which leads to one small psd here, a tiny model there, and a table covered in paper snippings before you know it.

Before I step back into full commuter-mode, I thought I’d post images of the Sibley Grove Christmas card that I received this year. Last years crowning achievement can be found here on the Sibley Grove homepage, and demonstrates the continued paper crafting theme rather sweetly.

While I didn’t help out with the design this year, I’m proud to say that I still did my bit in the studio and being new to the project, tried on some of the final prototypes. It was tough work, but someone had to do it..!

Of course it would be remiss of me before signing out, not to post a picture of myself, sporting the rather fetching outcome. And the best start to 2013 for all!

Image Reference and Research Post – Packaging

Using thedieline as a starting point for successfully branded and interesting packaging concepts, I have compiled a quick run down of flavours that are helping to create the taste of my current project:

(All images are linked to their homes on thedieline) (Warning! Image intensive!)

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A Renewed Packaging Obsession

As anyone reading this and knows me will testify to, once I get my started on a project I tend to become rather engrossed in what I am working on. This also normally involves a fair share of forgetfulness, caffeine and untidiness with my personal possessions (slightly embarrassing in shared spaces!). Which is probably why having 2 part time jobs for the next couple of months, will be ideal safeguards for my sanity while I work on a fantastic project for my interning at Sibley Grove.

Last Friday I got started on some packaging ideas for an ethos and concept-meaty product, which was designed by Kate Sibley. After a thorough introduction to the material the product was made from and gathering some visual cues and essential ideas, I set to work. Playing with tape and cardboard to make 3D things, is one of the strongest memories of my childhood and is consequently where I still fatally lose myself to this day! One day I must post pictures of my paper models of different typeface letters, littering the top of my desk dvds!

Naturally I am hesitant to post much in the way of the nature of the item I am designing for, but I can safely say that it has been dominating the backrooms of my mind since Friday, tumbling through different combinations of shapes, patterns and tessellations etc. There are several balances I feel are important to strike in the shape and patterns of the design, and luckily, I have more time to fold, cut and paste until I am back in London. So, exciting times ahead I should think, but I’m looking forward to when I can begin refining some of my rough models and discussing what does and doesn’t work for the brief.

I’ll save making this post longer than necessary, but I think a big picture reference post would be a good idea to give a flavour of what I’m up to at the moment.  While I collate these, I’ll try not to get distracted with grids and scalpels again…

Popping up at Craft Central

The last 3 days of this week have been spent with Ali, mostly at her pop up shop in Craft Central, in Clerkenwell. It has been nice (if tiring!) to have some continuity with my interning for once and I feel like I am actually making a contribution to helping things run smoothly on a day to day basis. Barring Wednesday (which was a day packing and sending orders before tackling the backlog of emails and admin), things have been refreshingly different in manning the reception desk, meeting more new interns and navigating myself to hitherto unexplored areas within Clerkenwell!

Craft Central, St Johns Square, Clerkenwell
Until the end of this week

Yesterday I was able to get my teeth sunk into some layout ideas for a newsletter, that will be included in Ali’s Christmas cards this year. After spending the early part of the morning in a coffee shop and roughing out my ideas for copy, organisation and general contents based on the discussion I had the previous evening. I’d be lying if I said that the tea and biscuits made the template making and press cutting collating more difficult, but I had good company and made the best of needing to staff the open doors at all times.

Excuse the old version of the layout, it has since has a more swish makeover

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