Collection: Part 3

Unit 7 RESEARCH

12/02/17 Brick Lane Gallery- GOMMIE

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12/02/17 Brick Lane Gallery -GOMMIE

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12/02/17 Brick Lane Gallery -GOMMIE

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12/02/17 Brick Lane Gallery -GOMMIE

Discovered this artist today- really like that everything is handwritten and hand rendered. Impressive that the typeface remains consistent and I think it's a really unique style which means his work is very recognisable. The type face is quite infantile & matches the simplistic style of his language. I like the use of colour with the black text. His work has encouraged me the use marker pens more and felt pens. I like that they're a bit uncontrollable and gives his work a bit of a randomness. 

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Portraits on Maps- Ed Fairburn

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Portraits on Maps- Ed Fairburn

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Portraits on Maps- Ed Fairburn

http://www.edfairburn.com

Like that the colour of the map shows through the black drawings. There is still a sense of form even though the faces are pretty simplistic. It tells some of the story of the person and there background, without using text which I think is clever. I like that whilst the drawings are consistently his style, the type of map used really changes the overall image, depending on colour, scale etc. so there are lots of different possibilities. 

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'Abstract' Netflix Original

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'Abstract' Netflix Original

https://www.netflix.com/browse?jbv=80057883&jbp=6&jbr=1

*more on "Unit 7 Reflection" about this series 

Key episodes -Platon -Paula Scher 

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Paula Scher Maps

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Paula Scher Maps

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Paula Scher Maps

https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/22-28-february-2016/paula-scher-the-maps-convey-a-spirit-of-place/

I really like the hand drawn element of these maps and how the figures reflect Paula's own interpretation of the demographics of America, rather than being completely accurate. Each map has a different set of figures- some postcodes, some stats to do with population/ gender etc. They're really interesting close up but also really aesthetic as an overall painting too. I could try similar, with a map of London and the stats I have found from the census files. 

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Russian photographer Turkina Faso on the â??post-Soviet aestheticâ?

Turkina Faso- Photographer- Interview

You’ve been based in London for some years now. In what ways do you continue to identify with Russia?

"I do identify myself with Russia while I am away from it as well. I love Russian culture, ballet, literature and love to explore our history. One can say that I started to love my country even more while I am far from it. But if I didn’t move to London I would never explore this part of my identity. Sometimes you have to look from the side to understand some things and to feel yourself in a new way as a foreigner.

I feel a big connection to my roots and I am inspired by a lot of different things in this word, but of course I am attracted to my memories from childhood and I put this things into my art, my personal projects. I think it is just honest and pure. If I were born in northern England I would do same about that neighbourhood."

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The Ethnic Filter

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The Ethnic Filter

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/ekene-ijeoma-130317

The Ethnic Filter is a webcam that forces the viewer to confront the lack of diversity in design. Commissioned by AIGA and for Design Census 2016 after they found that in the design industry, 73% of those surveyed identified as white, 9% were Hispanic, 8% Asian and just 3% black. Ekene’s Ethnic Filter blurs webcam images according to the visibility of the ethnic group of the viewer. Those who select the “white” filter can see themselves in full clarity, whereas those who chose the black filter struggle to see their own face.

I like the metaphorical reference to the lack of diversity here- it is a subtle reference which I think makes it more memorable and more of an observation than a protest piece.  The interactive element and the way the audience becomes the work in seeing a photo of themselves is clever.

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Geometric Portraits by Strook

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Geometric Portraits by Strook

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/04/geometric-portraits-constructed-with-reclaimed-wood-by-strook/

-made from recycled timber I like the palette used- I thought it could be used to portray skin tone quite nicely and the mixture of shades represent multi nationality? The angular form is effective and I like the large scale. Especially placed high up with the person looking downwards- like they're looking down at the street below. 

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Adam Dant's maps of Shoreditch

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Adam Dant's maps of Shoreditch

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Adam Dant's maps of Shoreditch

http://spitalfieldslife.com

My tutor directed me to look at the Spitalfields Life Blog which was a really good resource for finding out more about the history of the area where my project is based. I liked these maps comparing Shoreditch through the ages. There were lots, like Victorian/ Tudor times etc up to modern day. *Comparison is the key thing here- I don't think on their own they would be as effective. You could even present them on acetate and layer them up so you could see the physical changes more easily. I like that he did each one a different colour too- he could do a key so you could quickly identify the era of the Maps. 

 

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Laetus Exhibition

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Laetus Exhibition

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Laetus Exhibition- Donal Sturt

https://www.artrabbit.com/events/laetus

An entirely black and white exhibition-I like this collection best. The abstract prints work well in groups I think, like the set of four. Theres a sense of continuation across the four, even though they are so vague. The contrast in the fuzzy backgrounds and the sharp black lines on top is also really effective.
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Interactive Contemporary Art

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Interactive Contemporary Art

Good to read more about interaction in art and design and especially its use in advertising-I think this is what I want to do in the future so I have a genuine interest in this area and read more about this than just the interaction in fine art, which has less of a purpose and is more aesthetic. 

*Design 

Like the simplicity of the cover and the red highlights on the title text. 

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Pinterest "DIVERSITY" Photography

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Pinterest "DIVERSITY" Photography

https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/516999232209491195/

Really moving. I like that he has his back to us as if he is protesting. It also means we can't see his face and therefore make a judgement of him, like the words explain he's 'tired of'. I like that the paint is directly onto his body, it embodies the way we label people of certain ethnicities. The black and white, of course, means we can't really distinguish his skin colour so removes this prejudice too. Overall really effective and it's part of a series which I think all together would be really powerful. 

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Roger Mayne 'At a Veteran's Cricket Match 1961'

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Roger Mayne 'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Opening 1963'

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Photographer Roger Mayne

http://www.rogermayne.com/menu.html
'Photography involves two main distortions - the simplification into black and white and the seizing of an instant in time. It is this particular mixture of reality and unreality, and the photographer's power to select, that makes it possible for photography to be an art. Whether it is good art depends on the power and truth of the artist's statement.'

Mayne captures a moment in time through his photographs. -Black and white, like made my photographs, I think this suits this kind of photography where the subjects are quite different but you want to collate them. -Subjects often unaware that their photos are being taken. His style is what I aspire to be like. Captures a really broad spectrum of people and events. 

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Language Learning Apps

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Verbling

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Verbling

http://www.verbling.com

Was directed to research this when I did a focus group for my own app because it's a similar concept to my idea- connects teachers with people who want to learn a new language. Based on video calls not chat. The layout of the website is pretty simple and clear, easy to navigate. Website based, not an app. I think a messenger/app would be more useful as people carry their phones around all the time but not their laptops. Shows there is the demand for more flexible, on the go language learning. 

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Wein Modern- Typeface

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Wein Modern- Typeface

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Wein Modern- Typeface

http://www.pentagram.com/#/blog/136262?our_works=1232,,

*Publication *Font. Liked the use of Red/Black/White. Like that images go across pages and don't just stick to the margins. The low opacity on the red is nice too as it makes it less obtrusive. 

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'People I saw but Never Met' Zadok Ben-David

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'People I saw but Never Met' Zadok Ben-David

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'People I saw but Never Met' Zadok Ben-David

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/04/people-i-saw-but-never-met-ben-david/

-really like this concept. We walk past so many people each day that we don't interact with and this is a reminder of that. We might all be one community but actually we often live very isolated lives. We should encourage integration more perhaps. I like the style of the figures, how they're just line drawings but still pretty detailed. You can see how the 3D forms might have come directly from sketches. 

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28/01/27 Tate Modern

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28/01/17 Tate Modern

I saw this in Tate modern this evening and it’s a really clever idea- you get to choose a filter to put in the photo frame and then you take a photo and upload/share it online with the hashtag. There was only a choice of three filters, but it’s clever that you choose a physical screen to put over your face, instead of the filters we would use in photo editing.  It made me think about how we take a photo and then so easily mask ourselves behind filters to (sometimes) completely change the image! I like that it prompted you to share the image because then there’ll be a record of all the people who have been involved which anyone can look out, and in a way the photos are the outcome- rather than the booth itself. 

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13/02/17 Book Shop Browsing *Jane Jacobs Quotation

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CDRC Map by Country of Birth

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CRDC Map by Country of Birth

https://maps.cdrc.ac.uk/#/metrics/countryofbirth/default/BTTTFTT/11/-0.0536/51.5224/

Good reference for the different nationalities in London and where groups have clustered together. The map is interactive too which makes it easy to navigate and use. -Clear colour coding -Logic behind which country is what colour ?
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quotations & thoughts

"because so many Muslims increasingly insist on emphasising their separateness, it feels as if they have taken over"

"I am living in a place where I am a stranger."

"mass immigration is making reluctant racists of us all."  -Jane Kelly, The Telegraph, 2013

"no one's not from everywhere"

“TO THE EXTENT THAT CREATIVITY IS ABOUT THE RECOMBINATION OF EXISTING IDEAS, THEN COMBINING IDEAS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN CONNECTED BEFORE CREATES THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE SOMETHING NEW AND USEFUL"

 

inevitable misunderstandings....

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London Demographics

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London Demographics

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London Demographics

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London Demographics

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Platon- The People's Portfolio

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Platon- The People's Portfolio

http://www.thepeoplesportfolio.org

The second of the Abstract episodes I watched was about photographer Platon. I had seen his work before but never had much of an idea about who he was. This programme gave such an insight into how he started off and works with "sitters" to get amazing portraits. It really inspired my so I have been researching him and his work further- I learnt he studied at CSM. I am particularly interested in his project called 'The People's Portfolio'. I like the personal connection and the stories that go with the photos. I could scroll through them for hours. I definitely believe photos have the power to influence the world, perhaps even more than words, and I think Platon's work is a clear example of this. 

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Going Pro at 16. An Interview with David Uzochukwu

Going Pro at 16. An Interview with David Uzochukwu
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David Uzochukwu

I've been really inspired by David Uzochukwu's success at such a young age. I saw his Nike campaign shoot which is amazing and went to further research his other work- his portraits in particular are really good. Reading this interview is what encouraged me to go out and shoot on Brick Lane. Through him I also discovered EyeEm, which is where he first had success selling his photos and this site is a really good tool for photography research.
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"Data can be Beautiful yet Insightful" -It's Nice That

"Data can be Beautiful yet Insightful"

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/ekene-ijeoma-130317

Interactive installation Wage Islands was commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture for Measure. Addressing wage and housing inequality in New York City, the artwork demonstrates where New Yorkers can afford to live based on their hourly wages via a 3D map of the city submerged in murky black water. Users push a button to raise the hourly raise, and reveal more of the city.

I like the interactive element and the sense of reveal when the user pushes the button. The outcome is aesthetic but also factual and I like this balance- the work has a function and a point to prove. 

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Marina Willer- Design Indaba

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'Undivided' Seeks young creative's view on Brexit

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'Undivided' Seeks young creative's view on Brexit

http://www.itsnicethat.com/news/undivided-brexit-creative-survey-090217

Really effective posters. I like that through the language used you get a sense of a young person's voice and they play on words is nice. The colours are eye catching too. "My parents don't like EU" is my favourite as it reflects the split opinions between the two generations. This is key in my project too and was evident in my Survey results. 

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Global Rainbow- Yvette Mattern

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Global Rainbow- Yvette Mattern

http://www.yvettemattern.com

"Global Rainbow is a large scale, spectacular outdoor laser projection created by the artist, Yvette Mattern. It consists of seven parallel beams of high specification laser light, representing the spectrum of the traditional seven colours of the rainbow, and is designed to be projected across large open sites, particularly densely populated areas. With the projection, the artist intends to encompass geographical and social diversity in its reach and symbolise hope."

-Symbolic representation of diversity. I like that the installation travels around different towns and even countries. Because of this and the large scale, there's a sense that the artwork can be shared by all. 

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ONS London Stats

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ONS London Stats

https://www.ons.gov.uk

-Diversity Stats I might feature alongside/ on top of my photography... 

-presentation is quite engaging for gov data 

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Lisa Saltzman- Brick Lane Gallery

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Lisa Saltzman

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Lisa Saltzman

http://www.lisasaltzmanphoto.com/city-anonymity-color/7kncssc5y3q8k3ujs0b9oah2a06wpp

Saw Lisa Saltzman's exhibition in the Brick Lane Gallery today. Was attracted by the figurative photography. Again, black and white which I always prefer. These are really unusual and the contrast of the blurred figures and the strong black lines is striking. There's a sense of mystery because you can't make out the people and they look good in a collection I think. Lined up as if it's showing the whole street. *Her instagram is also really good and has her coloured photography too.

Pentagram Design

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Pentagram Design

http://www.pentagram.com/#/projects/137103?our_works=1232,,

These designs are only a tiny part of this Pentagram project but I really liked them. I like the textural feel and that each pattern is unique even though they're all black and white. I think they could be used as borders quite effectively.

I want to try this sketched 'hand rendered' style myself. 

 

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Giant Picnic Table by Benedetto Bufalino

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INTERACTION Giant Picnic Table

http://www.123inspiration.com/giant-picnic-table-by-benedetto-bufalino/

Interction design inspiration- this kind of installation, I feel, would encourage interaction between people and strangers potentially. If placed in the right location it could even aid integration amongst different nationalities. I think the idea is really humorous and it is effective because it doesn't need any instruction or explanation, it's just playful but very effective. 

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Pinterest- Russian Constructivism

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Pinterest- Russian Constructivism

https://uk.pinterest.com

Photo behind makes the poster more modern and I like the layered effect. Keeping it black and white is consistent with the constructivist design and I like the title font of "RUSSIAN". The angle of the text is quite hard to read but aesthetically it looks exciting. 

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"Authorrising" Zine

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"Authorrising" Zine

http://authorrising.tumblr.com AUTHORRISING zine centres the perspectives of no one and everyone. (inter)viewing and complying the political, psychological and the social of people who align(and don't) under the failed category of the 'mixed race'.

A similar idea to Humans of New York except this zine/blog focusses entirely on mixed race people and their stories. They photograph and interview the people which I find really interesting, they have a tumbrel and Instagram too. This is very closely linked to my project and the way people so rarely nowadays are just from one country. People's identities are layered and we should open our eyes to this. Blogs like this one are a really good way to do this, I think, because they focus on people and individuals with stories- like I wanted to focus on the people in my publication- it's the best way to communicate difficult topics with an audience because people can relate. 

Her aim to is to attract people “who just wanna become woke on the issues surrounding the smallest (2%) and fastest growing racial group in the world”. Whether it is the problematic interactions with ignorant family members who reject one side of their heritage or being expected to choose which side you identify more with, the Authorrissing documents mixed race viewpoints in their own right. The first issue ‘Trying to fit into a mould that won’t flex’ interviews people who “identify as mixed race, don’t (politically) identify as mixed race and those who question the definition of mixed race identity entirely”. Along with the Tumblr and Instagram accounts, all of the photography, art, design and personal design take into consideration that not all identities and opinions of mixed race people align with each other and each story will differ from the other, just as their heritages do.

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Brian Eno- Day of Light

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Brian Eno- Day of Light

http://studioremote.net/projects/brian-eno/

Really like the collaborative element and the public involvement in curating/creating the outcome. People sent in their own photos of their own interpretation of the caption 'Day of Light'. I could potentially do similar, in terms of picking one theme or word and exploring several different interpretations of it- maybe interviewing others and getting lots of perspectives on the same theme. I think this style of research could be interesting and suit my conceptual approach.  

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Exercise: How To Push Ideation

How to Push Ideation

Notes to Strangers Instagram

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Notes to Strangers Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/notestostrangers/?hl=en

I saw one of Andy Leek's works at Pimlico and then looked up his work. I really like the public nature again and the idea of putting posters up with messages for people to reflect on in their day. Again I like that the text is handwritten. 

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'No One's Not From Everywhere', Nick Stewart

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Nick Stewart Book: No One's Not From Everywhere

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'No One's Not From Everywhere', Nick Stewart

CSM Library book- Really drawn to the title quotation- good summary of my project concept? The book is a project that he ran through discussion with artists (55 Irish artists). He doesn't quote them in the book, but their stories inspired the text and visuals that are fairly abstract. The phrases are quite disjointed, and not a narrative, but I liked this spontaneity. The black and white design is also clear and matches the minimal language he uses.
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London Demographics

https://data.london.gov.uk/demography/

"India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were the first, third and sixth largest contributors to the non-UK born population in London. Over a third (36.3 per cent) of this Asian group are UK-born. Half of those who stated their ethnicity as Bangladeshi were born in the UK."

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London Demographics

https://data.london.gov.uk/demography/

"London is the region with the highest proportion of households where no one speaks English. There are 422,000 households where this is the case."

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Light Installation by Fos

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Light Installation by Fos

http://www.123inspiration.com/light-installation-onto-a-grey-street-by-fos/

INTERACTION* Really attracted to this work. The public nature of it means it becomes an interaction as passer's by can stop and become part of the set almost. It's really eye catching and I think would be effective as part of an ad campaign. 

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'Inside Whitechapel'

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'Inside Whitechapel'

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'Inside Whitechapel'

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'Inside Whitechapel'

This book focusses on Whitechapel in the 1970s and is what has helped me to decide to focus on my project on the one area. From reading this book, it seems East London has always been pretty diverse and a hub for immigrants where cultures overlap. It makes sense to delve into the different generations and cultures that came here previously. In terms of design I like the black and white photography an the combination of text and photos on each page. It's almost like a really old Humans Of New York because it is the stories of the people which drive the content. The maps at the front and back covers are nice and mapping my research like this might be a good way to start. 

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A fairer and more equal city

Sadiq Kahn

"London’s prosperity is founded on its openness, its spirit of innovation, and its proud history of offering opportunity to people from all backgrounds."

I looked at MPs opinions on diversity, and I agree with a lot of what the mayor writes in his manifesto. New to London, I hadn't got much of an insight into his views but it seemed relevant to research since my project is based on London communities. I don't think he wrote anything I can quote directly but he is clearly pro-diversity. 

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Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

*TAIYE SELASI TED TALK*

https://www.ted.com/talks/taiye_selasi_don_t_ask_where_i_m_from_ask_where_i_m_a_local

*KEY****

Amazing lecture on mixed race and how we shouldn't judge people based on where they're from. She questions social attitudes to ethnicity and talks about her own experience too. I want to use her words in my outcomes as she encapsulates a lot of my own opinions. Speaking from personal experience makes it much more engaging and convincing. 

Alexander Betts: Why Brexit happened -- and what to do next

Alexander Betts: Why Brexit happened --and what to do next

CONTEXT 

The Results of Brexit are one of the reasons I feel motivated to explore the theme of diversity and integration. I feel strongly that our generation were vote REMAIN and I want to represent our voice in my work. He presents are fairly balanced argument- should I do this ? Or be more explicit in my own view? Is it better to let the viewers make up their own mind? Or try to persuade them? 

Key Quotes 

"I am still a Global Citizen"
"Our Identities are not mutually exclusive"

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Adam Juresko Poster

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Adam Juresko Poster

http://www.adamjuresko.com

-Like the block colour background and the b&w photo on top -The cutout is nice as it gives a sense of depth to the photo because the figures stretch from background to foreground. 
The font is humanist which is effective for a poster I think as it's less formal.

Wolfgang Tillmanns Live Interview -ShowStudio

Wolfgang Tillmanns Live Interview -ShowStudio

  • Q. In exhibiting your work, has it been an advantage or disadvantage that English has increasingly become the language of global business? How would you encourage the revitalisation of foreign languages - including German, French, Italian and Spanish that have so lapsed in the last 44 years - in the UK? - Boris Johnson, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • I think native english speakers are at a loss which they don't notice because the whole world seemingly speaks english. Of course we all speak it will terrible accents or make terrible mistakes. It's kind of the world's revenge, you have to listen to all these butchered version of your mother's tongue. The problem for native English speakers is that you go abroad and you find it much harder to pick up foreign language as people speak to you English. What you get from them, for example in Berlin, where there vast numbers of native english speakers, you only get half the picture. The Germans they talk to can often only express themselves in a limited way, so they don’t get the full range of thought and humour and nuance. Germans do have a great sense of humour contrary to prejudice but if you can’t read the newspapers and you are not part of the culture of the language you are missing a lot. I think that learning languages, for me of course was a huge eye opener. I am happy that I don’t only speak English but I have a French perspective on language.
  • Q. So people have to make the effort to learn?
  • They have to. Everybody learns english plus other languages and only the english don’t learn other languages. Imagine what that does to your brain, the synopsis.’ If you're only speaking one language you are limited. There's a play of words, a sound and it’s beautiful to know other languages.

http://showstudio.com/project/in_camera/wolfgang_tillmans

Rebranding A Country

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Rebranding A Country

http://www.itsnicethat.com/news/interbrand-rebrand-el-salvador-190417

This is a really interesting article and concept. The idea that we make assumptions and have cliches associated with a country is so true! And backs up Selasi's idea that countries are invented. El Salvador is trying to change it's image (probably hoping to increase tourism etc) but clearly they feel people have made a judgement on their country and aren't wanting to go- even though they likely know nothing about it. Not directly relevant- but it got me thinking... 

 

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Pinterest- Russian Constructivism

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Pinterest- Russian Constructivism

https://uk.pinterest.com

-red/black/white is a classic but strong combination -geometric shapes draw your eye around the poster -the black text looks good on top of the red  -would suit screen printing I think as the images are pretty simplified too. I like the height of the font and the way the letters are quite close together. 

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Constructivist Fonts

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Constructivist Fonts

http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=205

-Bold -sans serif -clear to read -stencilled style? -contemporary (ahead of their times) -formal 

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'Created Equal' Mark Laitaa

Interesting project looking at how different upbringings make us look different and how we perhaps make assumptions about people's upbringings based on appearance. --Similar to assumptions we make when we find out where people are from. As a piece I like that there's a bug gallery of portraits which remain consistent on angle/edit/background etc. and you are then left to just compare the people. It works well.
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NYC Anti-racist Street Signs

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NYC Anti-racist Street Signs

http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/26178/1/blacklivesmatter-street-signs-are-coming-to-new-york

I liket that the artist has appropriated the visual language of street signs. They look so convincing that possibly you wouldn't notice their content unless you looked closely. They are ironic and the language is pretty persuasive I think. Public pieces/signs= good way to promote multiculturalism because they'll prompt discussion and everyone can see them. 

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