Don’t be a Design Zombie

Part of what I’m finding interesting about this course is that all of the learning activities and assignments are really different and not strictly about how to physically draw or design something… Although I could give some of the report writing a miss lol 😒

For one of the earlier learning activities we had to find an article about something we thought would interest other students and people in the design community. We then had to explain why we found it interesting and how it has contributed to our learning of design.

I’d been watching a lot of James Victore’s YouTube videos at the time so I picked an interview by him: “Don’t Be a Design Zombie”.

I thought the article was interesting because of his thoughts on the practice of  being a good designer – get things done, make decisions, and be conscious of habits and people around you. I took away from it the importance of getting away from the computer screen, especially during the idea generation stage. There are way to many distractions on my computer (and the Internet!) that I’ll somehow find myself getting stuck into rather than any sort of creative thinking. As much as I luv my iMac, sometimes just a pencil and paper are the best tools 😊

Art Deco

Part of why I’m really enjoying this Graphic Design course is the research we have to do into other designers, art history, society, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I like that it isn’t all about how to use Photoshop, and the Principles of Design.

You might have seen me post on Instagram the Art Deco assignment I was working on a little earlier this year – it was the wine advertisement.

Anyway, there was a lot more to the assignment then just creating the advertisement and I thought I’d share a little bit of it…

These were some of my notes on Art Deco:

  • Design style from the 1920’s and 30’s.
  • Created in response to enormous world changes and growth.
  • ‘Art Deco’ is the term that was coined in the 1960’s to refer to the style of the period between the two major World Wars. The name is in reference to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which was a design exhibition held in Paris in 1925.
  • Came into being when wealth was increasing and a generation was coming of age that had vastly different priorities than the generations before them.
  • Celebration of life and a desire for luxury, glamour and the exotic (McDowall n.d.).
  • Times of revolution in science, technology, politics and society (i.e. the emancipation of women).
  • Influences of different art styles – Cubism, Neoclassical, Modernism and Art Nouveau (Art Deco 2015)
  • Influenced by lots of different cultures – African, Asian, Egyptian and historical cultures, (classical Roman and Greek, Mayan and Aztec). (Meggs 1983).
  • Egyptian symbols – lotus flowers, pylons and pyramids – following the discovery of Tutankhaman’s tomb in 1922 (Victoria and Albert Museum n.d. Art Deco: Global Inspiration).
  • Characteristics: chevron patterns, stripes, sunbursts, zigzags, circles, curves and rich colours.
  • Modernisation and advancements in technologies contributed the use of metals
  • One of the first mass-produced styles to spread world wide, (Northwest College Graphic Design n.d.)
  • Influenced everything from book bindings, jewellery, architecture, furniture, interiors, fashion, painting, ceramics, to photography, typography and graphics.
  • Onset of World War II saw the style disappear from favour, became seen as inappropriate.
  • Left to represent the specific period of time when being modern was a priority, the economy was rising and the future was optimistic (McDowall n.d.).

And the references, all good sources that you should check out if you have interest in design or Art Deco:

We also had to look at how the style was an influence on design trends historically, and now. This is what I came up with…



I hadn’t really known a lot about Art Deco before, especially that it might still have an influence today, so all up it was a pretty interesting assignment.

My First Animation: A Study Activity

I don’t know how people renovate a whole house and don’t loose their minds – I spent almost all day yesterday driving around looking at floating floor options, and I STILL don’t know what I’m actually going to do… maybe I’m being a little picky, but there’s so much to consider: budget, quality, aesthetics, acoustics, installation, timeframe… so many things… All I know right now is I need to make a decision soon or I’ll be moving in with concrete slab floors!

Anyway, no-one came to hear about my indecisiveness around floor coverings, so what is this post all about?

This animation was a part of an assignment I did earlier this year (not the incredibly annoying strategic marketing strategy one I’m doing now…). We had to create our ‘First Animation’. There were a few guidelines, but nothing to strict…

  • The main ‘object’ was to be made of play-doh, or modelling clay, or something along those lines.
  • The story had to involve some sort of problem resolution.
  • The draft-up of the story had to contain at least six frames.

Everything else was up to us.

I put mine together by painting the background on A3 paper and creating the moving pieces then laying it all out flat on my desk.

Then I rigged up a tripod of sorts over the paper using a wire kitchen cupboard shelf frame and some canisters of flour from the pantry, lol 🙂

I set up my iPhone into position by laying it on the shelf above the paper, then I moved around the bits and pieces tiny-bit by tiny-bit, taking a photo every time. I took a lot of photos, easily over 100!

After that was done I loaded all the photos into iMovie and messed around with it for a couple of hours =-/ I’ve only every used iMovie once before so I didn’t (and still don’t) really know how to use it properly.

iMovie was pretty user-friendly though, at least for the basic things I wanted to do anyway. I sped up and slowed down the time on each frame depending on how I wanted the story to flow, then I added some music and sounds from the iMovies library.

I know the animation is by no means perfect, but I was pretty psyched with how it turned out 🙂

Online Finds

Good Morning! What a week it’s been! I got the keys to my new house last Thursday and since then it’s been go-go-go kicking off the few renovations I want to get done before I can move in, you know small things like knocking out walls, replacing the flooring and changing the cornice, lol. Needless to say, not a lot of study has happened recently. I have a report to write for my next assignment, it’s not super interesting so that’s not helping with the motivation either I have to say… I’ll hopefully get it finished and submitted this week though – then I can move on to the next module – fingers crossed it is more interesting than the one I’m just finishing up!

Anyway, today I thought I’d share another little list of interesting articles and things I’ve found online recently – some design related, and some not, because like I’ve said before – inspiration can come from anywhere, hope you enjoy 🙂

The Art of Non-Conformity – A Tale of Two Designers

David duChemin – The Hunger & The Hype

Nubby Twiglet – Blogging Changed My Life. Really.

Braid Creative – How to Build Your Creative Tribe

Design*Sponge – Biz Ladies: Why Cheap Can Be Bad

Visually – The Impact of Colour Within A Logo Design

Rock n Roll Bride – Live Your Own Truth

Huffington Post – 16 Super Successful Introverts


Have a great day!




Study Activity: History of Graphic Design – A Poster

This was an interesting study activity from earlier in the course… we had to “create a visual communication that represents the journey of graphic design from the 1890s to the present“. We could use any medium we liked, i.e., paints and pens, computer, collage, etc, but it just had to be A4 sized. I chose to put it together electronically because it was easier to find the pictures I wanted.

I focused on movie posters for my timeline because I thought that by choosing one topic it makes it a bit easier to see how graphic design has changed through the years…

The final image quality isn’t fantastic because like I said, this activity was pretty early on in my study and I’m pretty sure from memory I put it together in Powerpoint and saved the grouped images as a JPG through there – not the best way to get good quality as I now know. I remember it also taking me absolutely aaaaagggess to put together and it kind of makes me happy to know I could do it much faster and to a better quality if I was to do it again now – yay for learning progress! 🙂


Creative Thinking Videos

These are all links from my study notes… Some of them are pretty long so you might want to bookmark them and come back to them later, but I found that they were all really interesting and I got a lot from them, hope you do too…

Enjoy 🙂