Brighton University BA (Hons) Graphic Design Level 6 Project 3 Typographic Detailing part A3 Presentation Friday 25 Oct 2013
This was the task: "Highlight and explain a current issue that affects you. Your information must be divided into a typographic hierarchy. Use: A1, 1 x image".
In the crit I was blasted for simply accusing the classist system currently running rampant in the UK (incl. the feudal medieval classist system headed by royalty and higher-class aristocracy, middle class’ complacency, the sociopolitical status quo etc).
There was barely any criticism on the poster itself, but a full on attack on my morals and beliefs.
This led to a full on attack on the working class’ binge drinking, street behaviour, bad clothing choices, lack of education etc, as if that is not exactly the result of the classist system that my poster points out. The working class is in the condition that it is due to intentional political decisions to dumb down any social uproar, backed up by the middle class vote that slavishly serves the two-party system.
Meanwhile, any student presenting a first world problem as their current issue affecting them, cruised through the crit.
I’ve definitely learnt my lesson. Next poster on social issues: People tagging me on Facebook without my consent! Now that is something that everyone can relate to <3
GHOSTS OF FUTURE PAST /// live at The Blue Man, Brighton Poster by Con Chrisoulis
EMERGENCE EMERGENCY by Con Chrisoulis Put the volume reeeal high
This is my Personal Project for my 2nd year’s studies for a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at the University of Brighton.
In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels and of complex systems.
My intention was to investigate and showcase how modern day culture regurgitation and constant appropriation of retro trends has led to a dumbing down in the emergence and cutting edge trends and cultural revolutions that were expected in the 21st century. The current resurgence of 90’s trends and music, a decade even more notorious for its bad usage of graphics than the 80’s, is the epitome of an imagination crisis.
*If the quality of the video is meh, then go to the bottom right of your youtube window and click on the little gear ⚙ symbol and choose a better quality (preferably HD)!
My work integrates my professional experience as a comicbook creator, my need to conceptualize music and my love for post-punk political sensitivity and graphics.
During the past few years, I have done my duty as a good democrat and dissed Thatcher before it became hip, thus becoming the world’s first and greatest Thipster. As Baroness Maggie fries in hell by the very hand of her former ally, Satan, I hopes she’s got a little laptop next to that boiling pot to read My Very Own Top 3 Margaret Thatcher disses from 2012:
Let The Con Chrisoulis Thipster List Commence:
1) The top video is from a Uni Graphic Design project I did last year which was a sequence on a theme I was personally quite fond about; i.e. politicians and their bullshit smiles. Maggie’s teeth obviously had to play a pivotal role. After playing it, you can read more HERE
2) The below strip is from my daily comic, Tales of The Smiths, in which I retell the early unknown days of the seminal indie band, The Smiths. This is Tales of The Smiths #113 in which I retold Thatcher’s rise to power in 1975. Click the below image to read the whole comic strip.3) The below video is from a performance I made with my band, GH▽STS OF FUTURE PAST, in Brighton. The track ‘Ray Gun and Hatchet’ is a futuristic allegory on Reaganomics, Thatcherism, Perestroika, and much more, written by me, and will feature on the album we’re recording, 4X84. After playing it, you can read/listen more of Ghosts of Future Past and like us on facebook by clicking HERE
Don’t forget to turn the captions/subtitles ON so you can read the lyrics!
BA (Hons)Graphic Design/Illustration Level 5
Project 9 Tidemarks and Lunar Detachments - Brighton Undercliff Walk
We walked for a couple of hours on a cloudy day from Brighton to Rottingdean by the undercliff footpath.
The task was to explore the role of typography within that environment.
From the three choices that were provided I went for the last one: Design A Signage System for the Undercliff Walk.
I redesigned and reinterpreted modern signage itself and what signs can be in the 21st Century.
I opted for repeating animated gifs within 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired crystal clear monoliths, which would also serve as wifi mini-centers, cell phone power providers, call phones, traffic/weather/bus route info providers and as lights which would illuminate the footpaths at night.
My proposal was presented in the form of the animated gifs provided within this post.
*Some elements (ex. the bus routes) were taken off the net, but the crystal monolith and its GUI is of my own design.
Brighton University BA (Hons) Graphic Design/Illustration Level 5 Project 9 Professional Practice Lecture Poster 1 of 3 Presentation Thursday 7 March 2013
We were given the last minute task to create posters for the Professional Practice Lecture that we are given every Thursday by people that mostly had a career 30 years ago. One of them was today’s Roger Dean, who although played a pivotal role in my childhood gaming packaging drools (he designed the Psygnosis and Tetris logos amongst others), he was also the creator of all those LP covers for all those horrific prog rock bands (Yes, Asia etc) that haunted me forever in the 80s and disgusted me even more in the 90s.
When given the brief, my first thought was Johnny Rotten’s 1975 “I Hate Pink Floyd" t-shirt that led directly to Malcolm McLaren placing him as the singer of the newborn Sex Pistols.
It was due to prog rock’s horrific music that punk (and therefore post-punk and new wave) was born; it was the horrific macho clothes, posture and bravado that the post-hippyprog bands supported that gave birth to the emancipated punk clothing, hairstyles and attitudes; it was those pompous and conceited covers that led Jamie Reid to create the Never Mind The Bollocks collage that graced the Sex Pistols’ debut album and ushered in a new era in …well everything (Factory Records’ Peter Saville would never have been able to pull off those layouts or use strictly typography, had it not been for Reid’s reinvention of the LP cover).
So yeah, nuff said. I think my cover’s blurb is self-explanatory.
When Dean went through the posters he chuckled a bit once he saw this, but didn’t expand on it; thank goodness, cause I was wearing Johnny Rotten’s t-shirt.
The context, layout and technique in these two Jamie Reed posters altered society as we know it.
Examples of Roger Dean’s artwork:
University of Brighton /// Faculty of Arts BA (Hons) Graphic Design /// Level 5 /// Semester 1 /// Assessment portfolio
This is all the work I did at Uni in my first Semester of Level 5 from Sept 2012-Jan 2013.
I was hard on cash in order to splash out and make a totally non-ecofriendly hardcopy presentation and opted to design a dedicated website for my assessment that includes the brief, preliminary work, crits and final work.
Evidently, the Pantone 17-5641 (an Emerald hue) will be the Official Pantone Colour of the Year 2013. Pantone usually sets the next year’s trend in design and fashion hues, by carefully selecting their colour of the year. Our lives are affected by this choice (in the clothes we wear, graphic design we observe etc) more than you would think. *if you scroll down you can see the previous years’ colours too :)
According to the brief, we were to form a group and provide/submit the following three:
1. “Each student must submit theirresearch written up in 1200 words. It must be supported by a bibliography and use the MLA Style of referencing. The essays of the group must be collated into a Log Book in which each students essay contribution can be considered and read as part of a whole study.” 2. We were also to provide “A visual display, one PowerPoint slide per group that illustrates your findings. This will, of course, include your selected image. But you may also want to include diagrams, text or other supporting images. Your display will be projected onto the screen from a laptop in G7, Pavilion Parade, so consider the size of the screen and don’t cram too much into the slide.” 3. We also had to make, as a group, “a verbal presentation (max 10 minutes per group) that explains your focussed study in relation to the key terms/concepts and the visual example, your research and answers any questions from tutors and other students. All students in the group must contribute to the presentation.”
After our group was formed we kind of quickly decided that the legendary porn movie, Deep Throat, (at my insistence? gulp, dunno), become the focus of the group, as it would clash with all the faux feminist talk that was preached in the cultural and critical lectures (and possibly cause a laugh within all that serious atmosphere).
Half the group was missing at most meetings, so we hastily split responsibilities and essay chapters and I took up the role of putting the log book and the presentation image together, as well as researching and writing the book’s ending chapter concerning Porn Sales and Marketing Statistics.
When presentation time came, all the previous groups overseeded their 10 minute mark and we were left with very little time to talk, not to mention the fact that we were the only group to utilise a single frame/image for the presentation, as demanded in the brief (most used a series of images, thus providing their presentations with tons of eye candy that would cover any oral gaps).
Anyhow, as predicted our theme of Deep Throat and the manipulation of the female within the porn industry raised some eyebrows and it indeed was worth the time and effort! Pop Porn trivia and fun for all (and some educational info as topping)!
The image at the top of this post is the presentation image shown in front of class and tutors and below is the log book which I put together and submitted to the tutors. You can flip through it and read the individual essays of each group member! Wahoo! Treats for all! :-I
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts Graphic Design Level 4 Kerning Project 14 June 2012
According to our brief:
"Kerning is the technique whereby those composing type may increase or decrease the amount of space between pairs of letters. Kerning is most usually done to letterforms of ‘Display’ size which generally will be heading and captions and small amounts of text above 14pts.
You are asked to set up on a landscape format A4 sheet 4 words in 4 different styles, given below, in InDesign. Once in a serif typeface (eg Baskerville, Times), once in a Sans Serif typeface (eg Gill Sans, Helvetica), all in Lower Case type and both again in Capital. Set each word in 90pt with 130pt leading (inter-line spacing). You shoulf have 4 sheets of A4 paper when your results are printed. The words are railway, predictability, woodland and masquerade.
The learning outcome (is that) you will have gained an appreciation of how adjusting the spacing between pairs of letters may produce a more aesthetically pleasing and rhythmic coherence of display size type. You will have further developed your ability to use InDesign as an essential working tool for the practicing graphic designer.”
I showed Gavin Ambrose my kerning exercise outcome midway through the project at a personal tutorial and he luckily gave me some tips on how to improve my kerning ability.
Even though I took great care, and paid a handsome amount, as always, at mounting these sheets on backing and presentation boards, it wasn’t even opened at my assessment. Oh well, I suppose it was a personal exercise of sorts presented as a project. Again.
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts Graphic Design/Illustration Level 4 Project 11 Personal Made Public 14 June 2012
If you exclude some smaller, peripheral projects this was level 4’s final project!
Even though the premise for this project was great, I’m not too proud the outcome… We were given the opportunity to come up with our very own brief/project and then we had to create it and present it at our crit. Sounded great, and there was indeed a chance given to do something more personal.
Unfortunately, three issues came up. a) Assessment was creeping up and we only had a month to finish this (including every other project that we had to redo/tweek), b) we only had a five minute talk, in the Uni’s cafe, about this project with Mr. Paul Farington, who okayed my prelims, because c) we didn’t have a studio for a month as we had to work quite hard -unpaid labour despite uni budget and tuitions paid- under threat for retaliation if we didn’t, putting up walls and all sorts of carpentry for the 3rd years’ exhibition space for a whole week before our assessment (a video I made of this can be seen here):
Anyhow, I wanted to create a project about my passion for comics and I ended up with a fun brief, which was redesigning the camp covers that mainstream superhero schlock comics have had for the past gazillion years and providing them with a new type of branding/identity that incorporates a more contemporary feel and appeal.
Most of the prelims are below, including the brief I made, and the final designs are at the bottom. It went kinda okay at the assessment -where it was shown to the tutors for the first time, as Mr. Emery was sick for a month after a yoga accident (!) and we’d been working setting up fake walls in our studio. The assistant tutor only complained about my dropping the tittle (quote: “ze dot, why you drop?”) from the i in the titles. I said I did it cause I felt like it and it looked better, and sometimes, I hope, that’s not a bad thing. Right?
This project update has been split into two parts. You are reading the second part. You can read the original progress and product (a punk inspired souvenir shop including Kate Middleton’s anorexic Barbie doll) HERE.
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts Graphic Design/Illustration Level 4 Project 10 Issues 4 May 2012
After the crit didn’t go down well for the initial project (read more on that HERE) I decided to go down a different route than the packaging/all design one that I took before.
I therefore opted, at first, for a pro-republic video, which quickly became a card deck project and ended up as an illustrated pamphlet on The Case for Republicanism in the Commonwealth.
I printed it on quality 350gr paper and bound it myself, the end result being really flashy. Showcased at the assessment, it didn’t go down well either, the tutors insisting that I used too much of my illustration skills when it should have been a graphic design project (bzzt not mentioned, but anyhow)!
I’m too proud of this beauty, so no crit can ruin it! ha!
*The chopped head on the cover doesn’t belong to the british royal family, it is of the last french king before the Revolution, the point being that ever since their palaces in France were nationalised by the people, tourism soared (especially in former royal property like the Louvre and Versailles); today France enjoys 3 times more international arrivals than the UK— therefore sending the “royal tourism” excuse down the proverbial drain.
Here’s the booklet itself, which you can flick through, and below that there’s a load of preliminary work!