Dialogue Studio: Barbican Exhibition


We were asked to visit two exhibitions at the Barbican. Zarah Hussain’s sculptural installation, Numina and Bedwyr Williams The Curve takeover, with his quest into The Gulch.

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Pastiche1560: Wayfinding Exercise

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We first looked at four stages of wayfinding:

  • Orientation –
    Attempt to determine one’s location, in relation to objects that may be nearby and the desired destination.
  • Route Decision –
    The selection of a course of direction to the destination.
  • Route Monitoring –
    Making sure the selected route is heading towards destination.
  • Destination Recognition –
    When the destination is recognised.

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Manipulate Meaning: Kuleshov Effect

We had to read this article on the Kuleshov Effect. It says how it’s the “single most important concept to editing, if not to filmmaking itself. It’s a cornerstone of visual storytelling; through this phenomenon that we can suggest meaning and manipulate space, as well as time. It is a fundamental aspect of “movie magic,” one which every filmmaker needs to understand.

It was introduced by Russian film maker Lev Kuleshov, who shot a short film with three different groups. Each of the three shots had the face of a well known actor, but each time they were followed by three different things. In this way, a new story was told each time, despite the actor having the same expression each time.

Hunger, sadness and lust (Curatormagazine)

This article was a really interesting read, and has definitely changed the way I will view films as well as food for thought when creating my own.

“Through the Kuleshov Effect, the audience creates and imposes their own meaning onto uninflicted individual shots.”

La Jetee: by Chris Marker

Michelle spoke to us about the short film, “La Jetee” by Chris Marker. It’s a French science fiction film, created entirely by black and white stills and lasting just over 26 minutes long. It tells the story of a post nuclear war experiment in time travel.

I thought this would be a bit dull, as there’s no moving imagery and there’s lack of colour, however it is definitely something I’d watch again.
It’s simple, yet original, and rather unique.

Dialogue Studio: Applied arts marathon

The principles and elements of design are the main building blocks of creating a piece of art.

We were given a mammoth task that involved us creating 50 (or at least trying to) digital illustrations. This seemed near impossible to me, especially since I like to take my time on things and often see myself as a perfectionist when it comes to things like this.

We had three different tasks:

  • Beauty in photos
  • Movie posters
  • Self portraits

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Dialogue Studio: Stories, Concepts, Tone of voice

We had to create a series of visual responses to 10 different groups:

  • Emotions
  • Galleries
  • Sounds
  • Smells
  • Transport
  • Colour
  • People
  • Buildings
  • Typography

We did this by using 4 different types of media:

  • Photography
  • Mark Making
  • Observational drawings
  • Collage

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S.Dion Baker

S.Dion Baker, also known as Samantha Baker, does illustration and design. She has a large following on Instagram and is widely recognised for her beautiful drawings and wonderful typography skills.

I like her series of daily sketchbook journals, which instead of simply writing about what happens each day, she draws what happens, a main event or even just a thought she has.
Sometimes she takes photos of her children and Photoshops them into her work.

She’s quite inspiring, because she takes something which can be rather mundane, and turns it into a new and exciting story which offers something different every day.

(Photos taken from sdionbakerdesign Instagram)

Making a Living: Market Ready Brief

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Our group, Dialogue: Team 3, renamed to Dirty Shirts, have decided to design and sell shirts for the Sunday Up Market in Spitalfields this year.

The idea for the logo came from the name, a splatter which indicates and emphasies “dirty”. The colour scheme is to match the colour of our t-shirts, which will be white with black paint. We wanted the name and logo to be simplistic and recognisable.

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Nik Hill: His journey and his work

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Taken from nikill.com

Nik Hill grew up around graffiti, heavily influenced by the Bristolian streets and culture. One day his mum realised that he paid more attention to the adverts than the actual programmes, and from there he found his love of motion graphics, where he decided to study it at London Met.

Here he went from graffiti to motion graphics.

He’s worked on several big projects, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers, which is pretty awesome. The thing he loves about his job is that there are times when he forgets he’s working, which is quite inspirational as it shows how much passion he has for his work and how he doesn’t really see it as ‘work’.

His talk was refreshing, and he spoke about when making a brand for yourself you should stick to it. It’s important to have many ideas, and to use time wisely to constantly design and create.