Rob Lycett- annotation seminar- 30.01.15

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

These seminars will be about good practice and preparation for our essays and useful work for our contextualised portfolio. We started the first seminar of the term by looking at Aida love-laces, who’s farther was called Byron who had given her a private education and secretly taught her to be a mathematician. What she describes in what we looked at is what now is the first computer.

We also looked at M. Diderot and how he used to write loads and loads of footnotes. And how he was describing his own theories and ideas on society and freedom.

Rob told us to not think of annotation as mind mapping- they are different.

We looked at metadata in maps/key and how that is a form of annotation.


We looked at The Waste Land 1922- by T.S. Elliot

  • He was encouraged to make the pamphlet bigger by his publisher, so he decided to extend it by adding a lot of end notes
  • And he started this by sending the readers to the wrong source- showing his mischievous side.


We came across work that can be defined as marginalia, which is designs appearing in the margins…

  • Old books have a lot of space in the margins


We also looked at every code by Roland Barthes- Camera Lucida and his personal interpretation of the text and also how he refuses to show his primary evidence because the interpretation of the text is his. We also looked at how his work is now becoming unreadable palimpsest but it is about what we see through it even though you don’t understand it (could have been misinterpreted)


I was given a sticker while in the seminar and it was of a stylised map of the world.

Also in the second half of the seminar we then moved onto our own annotation and how others annotated, which I found quite useful, because the difference was apparent. We brought in our own annotated work and in short burst of 5 minutes per each piece of work we annotated other peoples annotated work. there were four of us and we rotated so that we could annotate the other 3 pieces of work and then also experimented with layering. we also colour coded it so we knew who had annotated what.



I was told to pick my best/favourite blog post and this was how it was annotated by the others in my group as a response. These were 2 of the 3 annotated texts that I group annotated as well as adding the the extra transparent layer for an extra annotation element.

I found this useful because it was interesting and good practice to see how others had annotated there work and then how they annotated my work, however admittedly my own annotations of my own work were rushed and could have been better. What I didn’t like about this was having to annotate others work and there annotations, because I am not that confident in my writing or my annotation style.


Spencer Roberts- Japan in class- 30.01.15

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Over 10 weeks we are going to break down articles- and points of contention that we can debate and we are also learning to structure arguments and how to structure essays so we can write up our 3000 word essay. The main points about this lecture were that we looked at what we associate most with japan and Japanese culture.


I found this lecture to be a little confusing and therefore my notes are a mess and he insists on writing everything in mind map form so I will scan those in later and add them but for now the main point that I picked up on what the difference between how japan portray monsters in film and how America portrays monsters in film after watching ads for Godzilla and a clip from ‘my neighbour torero’

Jay Payne- Character designs

January 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

For our first workshop this term with jay we started working on character designs and the layouts for our own cereal packaging. I found that although I found it quoted difficult to start this project I still really enjoyed the session. It was nice to do something new and try new types of design even if we are not comfortable with them. It was interesting seeing others work and howe they approached the task we had been set and nice to see where I struggled and where my strengths for this particular task were.

I decided that I wanted to work with a pre-existing character- and I decided to work with tinker bell because there is now cereal already franchised for her character. I thought that I could draw her comfortable enough freehand it was nice to play around with box layouts also- however I regret not having initially done designs for the front and back of the box. But these are the pictures are what initially designed…

First I preliminarily messed around with some designs and even a quick box design that I didn’t give that much thought however I then developed it a little more and with less detail with things such as facial features to save time- especially because of my slow start.

Alison Rowley- photography Lecture 2

January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Quick look over the beginning of the lecture about Martha Rosler’s work with only sparse notes because the topic didn’t interest me and it didn’t really hold my attention.

  • Martha Rosler- ‘the bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems’
  • Analogue images
  • Black, bleak images of the street
  • Consists of 21 black and white images
  • 24 text slides
  • The exhibition started with words
  • (Look up essay- decoys and disruptions)

We then looked then at Jacob Riis a police photographer and he took photographs that were to show ‘how the other half lives’

They were real photographs, not staged, which were used to create a social conscience and to condemn the middle and upper class.

  • Photographed the poverty in New York- wanted to create a reaction in the viewers- dangerous to higher classes

(And as a last little thing we also looked at Walter Evans- “let us now praise famous men”

Peter Norris- Lecture 2- term 2

January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

In this lecture we learned about income tax and capital gain tax. I found this lecture to be a little boring and I found that I knew a lot of the things being sad from when I took financial studies in school.


Basic rate tax

  • £10,000-£31,000 = 20%

Higher rate tax

  • £31,000- £150,000 = 40%

Additional rate tax

  • £150,00+ = 45%


Typical terms are shares, bonds, antiques, valuables et…

Tax only applies if items are above £6000

-Personal allowance = £11000


Don’t expect your client to pay your tax

Must work within financial limits

Essay Initial Research

January 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

At first I considered writing my essay on semiotics because it was interesting and straightforward enough. But then we had a lecture on propaganda posters and considered that as a potential essay topic and found that I had a lot to say about them but it would probably be hard for me to write a good essay about it.

However we then had a lecture by Peter Norris in which he introduce expanded forms of creative advertising, specifically billboard advertising, which I find extremely interesting and wanted to look into that as a n essay topic.


My original idea for my essay was to write about Creative advertising and why is it effective? In this essay I would look at why creative advertising is effective and I want to look at how outdoors advertising, and more specifically billboard advertising is effective and why. I would first be writing about the influence that outdoors advertising can have and why it is effective if it is effective. I would then discuss whether outdoor advertising is still as longer as effective as it used to be and argue both points of the argument. And lastly I will look at the influence that advertising has had on me as a designer.

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Spencer Roberts Lecture Filled In By Anneka

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

In this lecture- our lecturer Spencer was ill so it was filled in for by another tutor of ours who decided to use the time to show us the work that she does outside of university, what interests her and what she’s working on and also to show us that contrary to popular belief as she put it ‘tutors DO have a life outside of university’.

She started with her interest in the ‘uncanny’- which was originally conceived by Sigmund Freud, something we had already discussed in previous lectures by Spencer in term 1. she also wanted us to copy down quotes that she put in her presentation that she found useful-

(interested in ‘the uncanny’)

  • “It is not so much darkness itself but the process of bringing the light that is uncanny. The uncanny is what comes out of the darkness.”

-Nicolas Royle, The Uncanny

  • “To make the invisible visible is uncanny”

-Paul De Man, resistance to theory

(interested in ‘liminal space’)

something that is public and something that is private= liminal space. for example glimpsing into other worlds through windows art night…

(she is also interested in ‘time’)

The knowledge that the eye can only process a number of frames per second

  • (how many frames a second can the eye see?)

Animators especially they work a lot with time

(interested in the idea of ‘doubling’)

  • “Doubling offers another disturbing and yet familiar personae in ways of telling the self; permutations of inner and outer selves catalyse uncanny plots about identity”

-Marina Warner, fantastic metamorphoses, other worlds

  • Doubling- multiple roles/personalities
  • who we become through different roles and with/around other people

Thus the miniscule, a narrow gate, opens up an entire world

A magnifying glass gives a ‘fresh eye before a new object’ (inspiration for brief- Pan Macmillan)

  • with a glass in his hand he returns to the garden, ou les enfants regardent grand [where children see enlarged, pp155]

-Gaston Bachelard, the poetics of space

(Google earth- when that came along it changed our view and experience of time, earth and space)

(interested in ‘Technologies’)

-Thomas Nagel- ‘a view from nowhere’

…A photograph is not ‘an interpretation of the real’; it is also a trace directly stencilled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask.

…A photograph is never less than ‘the registration of an emanation’- a material vestige of its subject in a way that no painting can be. [pp154] Susan Sontag, on photography


After going through all of this she asked us to turn to the person next to us and then take a picture of them, once the picture was taken she asked us to write a little on who was more real…

In my opinion ‘the photograph is only like the real but the real, it is still life and so is both like them but not like them at the same time. Some pose for pictures presenting what they want you to see and some pictures are unguarded and therefore you see a fragment of there true self or maybe still what they want you to see subconsciously. A photograph only shows one Fawcett of a persons character, just one vie, only showing you a part of the picture and not the whole story.’ links back to the quote- not to judge a book by its cover.

other work we looked at…

  • Daniel Rozen, Peg man
  • Dark matters- (Anneke Pettican)-

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