Nearly a week has passed since the opening of the travelling exhibition Resolute-Design Changes, the Graphic Design Festival Breda 2014, and M/M (Paris)‘s 7 Days at the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain

With over 500 visitors it turned out to be a very busy and thriving night. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!I am very glad to be part of the Luxembourg Postcript part together with great designers from Luxembourg:
Laurent Daubach, Patrick Hallé from Bakform, Reza Kianpour, Jean-Christophe Massinon, Daniel Clarens, and Lynn Schammel & Giacomo Piovan from Socialmatter.

And Special Thanks to Design Friends for making this happen!


(and sorry for the blurry phone picture, but it is all I have at the moment!)

While I am writing this post it is still January 6th in Canada so technically I can still wish you a happy three-kings-day (or epiphany, more commonly in English).
And, of course and most of all, a Happy New Year!

It has been a while since I published something on my work in progress blog here, but:
this doesn’t mean that there has been no work in progress since.
Quite the opposite!
Here are a few things that happened:

– we had an amazing Degree Show

– we participated in a few competitions

– I have graduated from Central Saint Martins in Summer 2014

– I participated in two exhibitions in Luxembourg, a summer and an autumn edition

– my notebooks became part of the Made in Arts London Summer 2014 Collection and are available to purchase through their website

– I moved back to Luxembourg in September 2014

– more projects were completed

– my Time is of the Essence: Student Organiser is published in a book

– I am finishing my last few days of a 2-month-stay in Toronto/Canada

– I finished a couple of projects inside and outside CSM last summer which I am going to be updating the progress on here soon as well

– I became a contributor at Rosportlife.com in November 2014 as part of the launch Rosport, the Luxembourgish water brand, website

– my Manifesto project is going to be part of the Resolute – Design Changes Exhibition opening in the Casino, Modern Art Forum of Luxembourg, in Luxembourg City on January 24th

There are a lot of words here! But there’ll be more details in a bit and a lot of stuff which I forgot to mention below.
My website and social media pages (facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr) are updated with more pictures and info if you are eager to learn more in the meantime. And although the &London notebooks are now officially sold out, there are still a few notebooks on my etsy shop.

In order to clear up my work in progress with student projects and make space for the latest post-university projects (aka after assessment!) I am cleaning up the categories, but here are the CSM-specific categories just in case of need:
(and don’t forget to scroll down if you want to read through the development of a project from start to finish!)

Projects done around CSM

Year Two at Central Saint Martins (2012-2013):
Unit 5
Visual Language: International Klein Blue
Book/Building:
Liberty’s Department Store into Flipbooks, a building translated into a book
Yves Klein by himself, a book translated into a building
Blast/Bless: Postcards from London, Luxembourg and Paris

Unit 6 – The Bigger Picture

Unit 7
Time is of the Essence: Student Organiser
What if Music Could Be Seen: Musical Perception
Pop Up Shop: &London Notebooks

Context / Dissertation
Unit 8-9

Year Three at Central Saint Martins (2013-2014):
Unit 10
Home Town: Luxembourg(ish)
The Value of an Image
A Do Something But Not Anything Manifesto
Public/Personal Space

TSI (Typography Special Interest Group)

Final Year Digital

Bookbinding

Events & Exhibitions

Competitions & Collaborations & Live Briefs
Karstadt
Barnard & Westwood
Font Aid IV
Lacoste

An Illustration Workshop
An Internship at the Imprimerie du Marais
Afterall
Art Auction 2013 Catalogue
D&AD British Council
D&AD Monotype

 

Today was the first day of the mapping the spaces project. I came into uni around 10 this morning, assuming that before there wouldn’t be many people inside the studios. When I got there, it was still very empty. I stayed around the studios until about 10.30 which is when the usual tutorial sessions start, but was disappointed to see how little students were in the space and most of them were isolated from each other. However to be fair it was ‘early’ in the morning and a Monday, so maybe it will be a bit more used during the week. It was a quiet morning (apparently)
When I came back during the lunch break, it still seemed quite unused, except for a few grouped tables. It was the same later today at the end of the afternoon around 5, except for one or two group working together. All in all I am still quite disappointed in how little people I can find in the studios to map the overlapping of their personal spaces, but I guess that a lot of people are busy working right now, and maybe somewhere more isolated, or maybe I picked the wrong times of the day. I don’t want to make false assumptions just yet.
In terms of the materials I could use I think that I am going to use tape, even though I will only have a limited colour palette (sadly) due to the colour limitations for electric tape and student budget. If I were to use cut-outs from vinyl it would make it less spontaneous and I would have to wait to get the separate shapes back each time. I don’t know yet if I am going to be able to use the videos i took as they have a very shake-y feeling to them and are not good quality since taken on the phone. However if I take the films on a video camera it makes me less anonymous in the space.

Morning:

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Mid-day:

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Late afternoon:

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I then also noticed the outside, people on the street and decided to capture them quickly as well to see where it might lead:

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Off to do some rough pre-sketching/mapping.

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Today I came in into the graphic design studios to do a one–day–mini–brief as a sort of test–run for next week to see how the studios are used and how people interact with each other. However, I did not find a lot of people using the space, not even one person. So the statement ‘there is no public space without overlapping personal spaces’ became obvious due to the absence of personal space (except for mine, but I am rather neutral in this project).

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I tested the tapes that I had brought to uni yesterday: isolation tape and packing tape (since i had already used the other tape for the first essays). The isolation tape stands out more, and has more colour choices available (as in 5 colour choices, so just enough for a colour a day). However that means that I would have to use the colour that I can find instead of deciding a colour palette. Since it is not really handy to remove all of that tape (what I did yesterday evening as well in order to be able to start with a blank canvas on Monday).
Another material that I would be able to use would be chalk. It is a lot less permanent and modified over time, which is a good and a bad thing. For the moment I tried with what I had closest to being chalk, which was carré conté and soft pastels. The carré conté didn’t work because they were too hard, but the soft pastels seemed to work quite well and leave me with a lot of colour choices.

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One next to the other makes it quite obvious though on which material is the most visible and which one merges best with the environment, and the soft pastels really are modified and vanish a lot quicker when people walk over them.

Personal space is the region surrounding a person which they regard as psychologically theirs.

(Wikipedia)

While I am struggling about how to move forward with my second self–directed brief which is still not very far even though the final hand-in date is moving closer and closer, and the time pressure is not helping, especially since there are also all of the other projects to finish. I have now spent as good as the whole day trying to find a visual solution or even only other visual examples on the ground of graphic design that would fit into my body of work that I am supposed to submit soon, but not very successfully. So I am again going back to researching the meanings and definitions and continuing another brainstorm session.
Displaying specific actions or spaces overlapping inside the studio for a week would be an option, even though creating an infographics that is formed only after the action and with manual input influenced by personal decisions wouldn’t make it a live translation of how the space is being used. (Even (yes I am repeating myself) if I am already imagining how it could look or work (which doesn’t mean anything since it would look differently anyway)). I am still curious to see how a processing sketch could create a real-time response, however I don’t have enough computational/programming skills to create an object responding to what is happening outside of it. As I am writing this I am also flicking through ‘Computers as Theatre’ by Brenda Laurel, and here is an extract of Don Norman’s preface for the 2013 version of it.

 

Don Norman's preface for Computer as Theatre (Brenda Laurel), 2013

Don Norman’s preface for Computer as Theatre (Brenda Laurel), 2013

Despite not knowing what the book might bring to my practice, I keep going back to it. Maybe I will find out why as I get through the book. In the meantime I should continue a bit and get sketching and prototyping as well.

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