Over the past few years I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with watches. I think it’s the mix of great design and their complexity that attracts me, because of this I also love photographing my watches from time to time so while I’m home from University I thought I’d take advantage of my Dads DSLR. In this session I tried to get some up close and detailed photographs while also playing with exposure photography.
I particularly like this exposure shot of the second hand on my Swatch watch, the glow that the lume gives off onto the parts of the watch really give a nice atmosphere to the picture. I made the image black and white as I felt the colour was slightly distracting, as you can see in the next image.
I really like this photo however I am a little disappointed the whole of the face isn’t in focus, I’m guessing this is to do with me being too zoomed in while taking the picture. I guess this kind of thing comes with experience and practice.
I’m still very new to photography and with no education in the area so far everything I’m doing is just experimentation but I really enjoy capturing beautiful images. I’ll definitely have to invest in my own camera soon, my Dad’s going to start noticing his camera is missing too often at some point. I hope you enjoyed my photographs.
After visiting Show Fourteen recently it got me thinking about my own degree show in two years. After the show I decided to set myself an interesting side project of designing the logo for Show Sixteen. I’ll be trying to do side projects like this as much as possible just to keep my mind working until the second year starts.
It was a fairly quick process once I started sketching, I really liked the 1 extending out of the top of the 6 which I hope still easily reads as 16. I also tried to make the 1 stand out with the darker colour so that a viewer sees the 1 straight away and it takes them a second to see the 6 so that it still reads as 16.
Having finished my first year of university I’ve got over 3 months until the second year begins so what better way to spend that time than inspiring myself by visiting the degree show being presented by the third year graphic design students at the University of Lincoln.
It’s also strange to think that in two years I’ll be in this same position presenting my work and going into the working world … what a scary thought. There was quite a lot of inspiring work throughout the show and I’ll be more than happy if this is the kind of work I’m showing in two years time.
Left : Sam Dowse | Right : Calum Magill
Josh Nurse & Kristian Sear
Tom Hoofs work really got me thinking, I only realised I’d read it backwards after reading it the second time. It’s always fun to see a piece of design that get’s you thinking.
I’m afraid as a designer I’m guilty of judging a book by it’s cover and I was particularly drawn to these three. I’ve never heard of the novel but I’d be interested in checking it out of I saw these covers.
I finally got around to watching the lego movie and as well as being a great film the special effects were amazing. Although the film was animated the animators went to great lengths to make the lego look realistic and it really paid off, sometimes it was hard to tell if it was animated or actual lego.
I had some spare time so decided to design this simple illustration of Emmet the construction worker, if I find time I’m going to create the whole cast just as a fun self project.
I’ve been living in Lincoln for around 9 months at this point and although the Cathedral is one of the biggest tourist destinations for the city until a few days ago I still hadn’t been inside. This is made even worse by the fact that I get free entry for being a student so there really is no excuse so when I had the opportunity a few days ago I took it and tried to capture some of my favourite parts of the architecture and design.
Finished in 1549 and noted as one of the tallest buildings in the world for around 238 years the cathedral is a beautiful work of architecture and stone work.
Once inside the cathedral you can see a large selection of stained glass windows which amaze me not only because of how intricate they are but to think that each one was specifically hand made hundreds of years ago for the specific spot in the cathedral and still remains a beautiful work of art. I apologise for some of the quality on these pictures, I don’t have a good camera as of yet but it’s on my list, until then my phone will have to do.
I also like that while walking around the cathedral there are many different hidden sculptures or tiny details which you could easily miss but an artist obviously spent a lot of time crafting and putting into place. For example there was a large sculpture of the Virgin Mary which on the back of the base of the sculpture was a small carving of a lion head which the likely hood is most people visiting will never see yet a sculptor probably spent hours working on.
However not all of the intricate details were so great to look at, like this little figure I found in a hallway ceiling
I’ll definitely be visiting the cathedral more in the coming years as it really is a motivating place to visit with so many amazing design elements to it. I can’t wait until I have a better camera than just my phone and have a chance to go back and really capture its beauty.
For a bit of practice sketching I decided to take some inspiration from Justin Mezzells amazing The Essentials of Halo: Combat Evolved. I’ve been playing through The Last of Us a lot recently as it’s a truly great game so I thought it’d be interesting to adapt Justins idea to this game.
This was a lot of fun to do and is a style I’ve actually tried before in a university interview. They asked us to sketch out our morning, so I decided to collect imagery from my morning into a perfect square, I got offered a place so they must have liked it.