Contemporary Contextual Studies

Back to Paxman’s Contextual Studies, were we will now start on Contemporary art movements. We started off with a defining activity were we were in pairs and had to come up with the definition of 4 words; Contemporary – Which we all agreed meant ‘In the now’, which would relate to the art happen in the 21st century. Postmodern – Which means after Modernism, Modernism being the era of art we looked at in the previous year ‘Historical Contextual Studies’. So this will then be related to Contemporary art as it is after Modernism. Evaluation – Which is looking over work, pointing out the strength and weaknesses of work and making a conclusion. Continuum – Which a more difficult word to define, I knew the word from ‘Space-Time Continuum’ on Doctor Who and other Sci-fi Movies and TV shows. But the definition related to art was ‘were movements fit in a timeline’ Objective – the task and having an goal is one of the definitions, be the definition we needed was objective and subjective truth, which would make something that can be proven rather than subjective which is something you believe is true but it hasn’t been proven.

Stefan Sagmeister

Then we looked at the typography by Sagmeister.

Having guts always works for me


Using different objects to spell out a sentence, using different techniques and perceptive to create type.

Self – Confidence produces fine results


Sagmeister used 10,000 bananas to create this piece, which will in time the bananas will all over ripen and this piece will turn all brown.

AIGA Detroit Poster


This is a poster Sagmeister did were he got one of his co workers to carve in to his skin, this left scars and he will be forever burdened with this text thats from a past invite.

Stefan Segmeister also relates to our ‘Thinking Type’ project, were we create a cover and 2 double page spread inspired by one of the artists on the list, one being Segmeister who is a divergent, type based artist. Whether its 3d/photography or hand drawn typography. We also reflected on a last timeline 1850 – 1959 modernism and we drew out a timeline and wrote the art movements and the artist or other things related to that year, also recapped on the typography side of the modernist era.

Yeah baby!


YES! So happy its just the final touches that are need, we can relax a little! (Thanks for telling me that I was going on your blog, I may have smiled a lil’…)

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This is what amma talking about! Now all I have to do is relax till Tuesday! All my frames and boards are done! And I mean completely finished! I’m a happy bunny. Oh and Jennie’s are too, we are proud parents of our boards!



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The Recap Game

In last weeks lesson we had a very fun session were we got to play a game simpler style/layout to Monopoly, made up by Adam Paxman were we would recap on all the art movements and history we looked at through 1850 to 1959, the Modernist era. We would get a question when we landed on a piece of art or person and if correctly answered we would then own that location and get a yellow token. At the end of the game the person with the most tokens would win. I have to say the best ‘man’ did win, which was me! Yay!

Overall I loved the game and it helped with reflecting back on what we had done previously and reminded me of things that I had forgot or weren’t sure about. Also there was a few Red Herring thrown in there that got me too.

House Rules!

In Shirley’s lesson we continued to complete our house rules that are going to be going around our studio! I am the creative director of this project and I will be doing any of the final changes on everyones work if need. Getting inspiration from the book ‘Change Your Mind: 57 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Self’ by Rod Judkins gave me a new idea for the layout and how it’ll will all look like, instead of the first idea of the black board with chalk, I decided to have colourful pieces and different type to make up the quotes. This is like the work done by Anthony Burrill

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So Shirley and I wrote some ‘House Rules: Rules…’ and placed it on the board so everyone could see, even though I think a few didn’t even look at the board….
Once everyone had finished their quote I asked them to print them off in the 6 colours I choose and I put the one I like on one board and the other on a different, then me and Shirley wrote some changes that need to be added on the work. Next week I’ll ask my peers to make the changes and once they have I’ll make some finalization on them and choose the colours they will be in, I don’t want one colour to be used more than twice, so I might have to adjust some of the colours so they look better with the quotes.


This is my terminology of type showing San Serif, Serif, Leading and kerning, and what they are and how I’ve used it on my House Rules.

Creative Thinking…

In todays lesson, Shirley  gave us 8 task that each had to be completed in 10 minutes. There was various different task were you had to think laterally, convergently or divergently.


  1. The first task I did, I got given 3 different pieces of paper each with random lines and marks to be completed however you want.
  2. The Remote Associates Test is where you have 8 pieces of paper each with 3 words that have a fourth word to connect them all.
  3. We were given 2 images with objects and then 2 objects we could handle, and we had to think of what that object could be used for. The more unique the better.
  4. For the 4th & 5th task we had to download podcast and listen to Inside Creativity – The Alternative Uses Test
  5. Inside Creativity – The Remote Associates Test
  6. Was to riddles one I got which was ‘Reading between the line’ and the other I never. Also I had to make ‘Creativity’ using paper clips, I asked Shirley whether we had to think literally or laterally which she said that it was my choice! So I thought laterally and creatively made an image using the paper clips.
  7. Was to research Joy Paul Guilford who was the man who created the process of Convergent and Divergent Thinking.
  8. Lastly I got to create an image using a comb and black paint, which I decided to create a tree… yay




Harvard Referencing

Today in Paxman’s lesson we had a discussion with Anna from Skills Focus, she came into help use understand Harvard Referencing and how to use in correctly. Here is some of the referencing I did today with Anna.


Book  - Tracey Emin: Love is what you want

In-text citation

Cliff  Lauson (2011:9) said this about Tracey Emin’s work ‘Emin’s artwork have embodied what can only be described as an intensity that mirror the life experiences to which they refer.’


Rugoff .R and Lauson .C (2011)  Tracey Emin: Love is what you want.

Website – The Guardian


Cumming .L (2014) Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance – Review. [Online] Available at: http://www.the…

(Accessed: 26th February 2014)

Imagery – Wes Wilson


In-text citation

Fig.1 Country Joe & the Fish, Buffalo Springfield (1966)


Fig.1 Wilson .W (1966) Country Joe & the Fish, Buffalo Springfield [Poster]available at: Accessed on 26th February 2014

Typography task

On Thursday we were given the task to make 8 typography pieces using one quote with one typeface out of the options given. Once we had designed the type we found of the designer who said it or was related to them. They were;

  1. ‘Psychedelic’ – Wes Wilson
  2. ‘You have to misbehave to make a breakthrough’ –  Paula Scher
  3. ‘Graphic design will save the World right after rock and roll does’ – David Carson
  4. ‘Work? It’s just serious play’ – Saul Bass
  5. ‘I shop therefore I am’ – Barbara Kruger
  6. ‘Digital design is like painting except the paint never dries’ – Neville Brody
  7. ‘Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated’ – Paul Rand
  8. ‘Think of your own ideas’ – Anthony Burrill