Experimentation Inspired By Ellen Bell

These experiments – for my final major project – are inspired by work by Ellen Bell (see here: http://www.ellenbell.co.uk/home/index.htm)


The idea of these little messages come from the idea of “hidden messages”.  I think the little envelopes concealed within the book are a really delicate way to show this.

DSC00762 DSC00765 DSC00767 DSC00788 DSC00789Here I have used five books to search for words relevant to the idea of “haunting”.

Hope House Re-Design

This brief was all about designing for a charity and I chose Hope House because it is one close to where I live and close to my heart.  http://www.hopehouse.org.uk/

For this brief I designed a website, a charity box, posters and a logo.

I’ll start with the logo:

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The idea of this logo was that the word Hope formed the shape of the house but as I wasn’t sure if it was enough I eventually added the house around it.  These are the versions without colour but the one’s where I had coloured them didn’t work as well because it was too busy.

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These show the range of colours and ideas I was experimenting with while playing with the idea of the logo.



These were my final logos.  Although I liked the idea of the sketched one you’ll understand when I show you the posters why it wouldn’t have worked.

For the posters to advertise Hope House I decided to keep the sketch effect that I found from the logo and employ that on the poster design.

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I used simple sketches of children doing fun things and made that the sole focus of the poster design.  I kept them quite minimalist and I only used the purple of the logo as colour.

The charity box idea didn’t work as well, nor did I get a chance to make it, but here are the sketches I made for the overall idea.

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I kept the idea of these looking like the house and I also kept the sketches to link it in with the posters.  I am not sure whether this would work, although it fits with the rest of the designs, I don’t feel it would be compelling enough to donate to.

Inspiration: Sean Avery

For my most recent project I am designing a magazine celebrating the world’s advancements on being eco-friendly.  This is where I found Sean Avery’s work because he designs his sculptures by using CD shards.

“I use kitchen scissors to cut the shapes I need out of the CDs, then arrange each shard by colour and size. I then hot glue those shards one-by-one to a wire mesh frame (that I shape by hand) to create a natural fur/feather pattern.”

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Sean E Avery CD sculpture Husky Puppy

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I just think these are absolutely stunning pieces of artwork; they’re so lifelike and adorable!  If only I could afford one and the shipping I’d be a happy woman ;)

Enjoy :)

Inspiration: Tom Lane

Tom Lane is a graphic designer that I studied for one of my Design Research essays after I found him in Steven Heller’s book Typography Sketchbooks (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Typography-Sketchbooks-Steven-Heller/dp/0500289689/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381347127&sr=8-1&keywords=typography+sketchbooks) and I found his work to be wonderful, so here are a few examples of his work, for more please visit his website: http://www.gingermonkeydesign.com/.



What I particularly love about his work is the hand drawn element that he brings into the graphic design, creating a more personal feel to it.





Hope you can check out his work; he is well worth the time :)

Book Cover Designs

This was a self-intiated brief that I wrote myself and I decided to continue my work on Editorial Design.  I love books and I love this trilogy of books, The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan, so incorporated those loves into my brief to make it more interesting for me.




These were the first designs that I came up with and I was trying to play with the idea of pulling away from the traditional idea of using a spine and choosing instead to pull the words over the back, spine and front of the book. 




With this design I have added a background with is the map of Imardian, the City in the books.

In the end  I decided on a more luxurious feel for a limited edition and used faux leather and an embossing powder.

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To complete this I used letterpress to set the words, inked it onto the faux leather and then covered the ink in the embossing powder before heating it to melting point to create the effect.

I wish I had had more time to complete them to a higher standard and to be able to experiment a bit more with the embossing powder and faux leather.  I think I could have done a lot more with this but I just ran out of time.