The Art of Looking Sideways- Untitled- Final Redacted Text

February 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Earlier on in the year Rob loans me ‘the art of looking sideways book’ because he told me once how he had made his own sketchbook by scanning in pages from this book and doing a different page everyday. I really liked this idea and thought that the book was particularly useful to my practice because of the many forms of inspiration in the book, and so I wanted to choose a pice of the text that I had read in the book all about the design. The design of this page also helped influence the design of my redacted text also.


The design that I finally chose, I think reflected the book, from which the extract was taken and I think work well in a minimal way. I tried a lot of different experimentation but it was hard to get them just right, as with the final design it just didn’t seem to fit. However I looked back at the original and changed it ever so slightly to git my purpose and tried to also get all of the quotes to fit this time. Hopefully this time it looked a lot better designed, even given how simple it was. I created a PDF document with the review, the layout of the text and a redacted version of the chosen text.

This was the final design that I submitted for the redacted text of ‘the art of looking sideways’. —>

Overall this wasn’t my favourite assignment, as I generally struggle with theory anyway, but I did enjoy aspects of the mini series of assignments that resulted in this spread and I enjoyed the process. If I could go back I know that there is a lot that i might do differently but in the end I am happy with what I produced.


The Art of Looking Sideways- Untitled- Creative Review

February 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

For todays seminar- in response to last weeks annotation review we had to decide which piece of text that we thought was most important to us and our practice. we we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of our chosen annotated texts last week and when I had decided on my final text I then reviewed why I had chosen this pice of text, our rational for choosing the text and why it is important to my practice. We then put our chosen texts into a layout that we thought reflected our chosen text the best and wrote a rational on why we thought that particular layout was important and reflected the text appropriately.

This was the layout I decided on because the book I took was from the art of looking sideways and whichever way you read this some of the text will always be sideways in your view. I had to remove a few of the quotes but maybe I will add them in at a later point, after it has been peer reviewed.

We then took our print outs into the the next seminar and had them reviewed by our peers on how we could improve them and make the layout better, as well as if the layout made sense.


Using the feedback we are then to go on and improve our chosen layout in response and will be given feedback on our response to our original design and how we have used the feedback to improve. I received a fair amount of feedback and it made me consider things that in my first attempt that hadn’t even considered, although it was all good feedback. It also made me think more about the design considerations that I really should have the fist time such as do things line up, how big are the gaps between each text box and one of the comment was to try and make a path using the direction the text was placed, which would be cool but challenging and possibly impractical. The idea was that its called ‘the art of looking sideways’ and so that when reading any one pice of the text that other pieces of text would always be sideways in comparison, hover i realise there are other ways to do this and so I only try to improve it.

Rob Lycett- Redacted Text- lecture 4

February 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

This week we had to bring in 3 pieces of annotated texts with the length of about 250-500 word (with no images) and then in our groups of 3 we had to explain them, why we had picked them and which was our strongest piece of text and why. I liked hearing about the others work in my group and it was interesting hearing them speak about what they thought was best and why. I found it hard however to do the same because two of my texts were very similar but old work, which I had taken time over so were thought through however I felt because of there similarities it was hard to pick a stronger text ad also I didn’t really like them anyway. however the other text although good was only roughly annotated and was not as strongly argued and I realised that I wash font of any of the pieces of text but that if I was to continue forward with one it would be the third one and I would go into more detail at a later date and then I would annotate it in more depth later or I would pick another piece of text with more time to consider it.

In my group we had talked about this quite quickly and realised we had a long time left during the session so we decided to play the game where you each draw a part of a drawing fold it over and then the next person continues it. Because we were in threes we drew in three parts and we drew three in total so that we each had a got at each of the sections.


On the meet bill design (on the right) after realising how well it seemed to work, but also its resemblance to the bananas in pyjamas we added stripes. For that design I did the upper body and the stripes- for the design on the left I designed the lower body and for the middle design I drew the head. I found that the actually almost worked together when you mixed and matched them and mine fit together quite nicely.

It was a challenging assignment compared to the first and it was good practice to hear how others rationalised and defended their own chosen texts and why. Although we had decided quickly I feel like they were well though out decisions as to why we picked the texts that we decided on and the got tutor feedback. It was also interesting being put on the side of defence and trying to defend my own reasons for my chosen text and in the end I decided on ‘the art of looking sideways’ and felt that even though it was going to be harder and I could have easily chosen either of the others because of how similar to each other they were, I felt that is one was more interesting and more challenging a task to accomplish and therefore a good decision and good practice to not always take the easy way out.

Rob Lycett Seminar 3- Redaction

February 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

In todays seminar we talked about redacted reading- About the inverted application of highlighting

– you remove the unnecessary information

We looked at page 1 of great expectations- we will all be re-designing the same page of text like in this book where they re-designed the first page of the book all in different styles.

  • Mostly when we see redaction it is the blacking out of text
  • However sometimes we still see a pattern structure
  • Consider original text as a database of words
  • Diagram tic layers over the top
  • Can form new meanings through the redacted text

The homework from this lecture was for us to redact the first things first manifesto, which we will eventually put into a 4 page spread that we will all each contribute to a book that we are putting together. to do this we used robs font redacted regular and redacted black.

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This was a fun little assignment where we got to redact text to create the same message but paraphrased or what we thought the actual meaning of the text was in a new and creative way instead of just re-writing it out. It was also fun to see how others approached this task and what they come up with. It was also relatively straightforward enough to give your brain a little rest while still being somewhat challenging in deciding on what message you wanted to portray.


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.

Rob Lycett lecture 1

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

We started with creating a mind map of sorts- showing what we as a collective think that the contextual record is… This was good because it shows our tutor what we think it is and whether we are showing signs of good practice and can also help us because if we are doing something that is less important or irrelevant, our tutor Rob could tell us where we are going a little off track.

We then continued on through the seminar by then going though through the brief to gain a better understanding of what is expected for our contextual records…

  • It can be a sketchbook visual
  • It is to be the equivalent of 5000 words
  • it should show case your creative inputs and outputs
  • it should be conceived and developed as an ‘interstitial space’

‘Interstitial space’-

  • Ever changing
  • New links between work and design interests can be found
  • New projects creating change and new influences

{Poster- equivalent of 2000 words}

{Essay= 3000 words}

  • Reflect visual, textual and other material
  • should be weekly blog posting (approximately 300 words p/w)
  • can/should show annotation

It can depend on your interests and what you are learning in and outside of uni


  • Gender
  • Animate/Animation
  • Taboo
  • Culture
  • Modernism
  • Post-modernism
  • Typography
  • Web Design
  • Coding
  • Etc…

(could include graphical notation)

We moved on to talk about thing we can do to build up our records like going to galleries and exhibitions and reading books

  • We talked about Joan Fontcuberta- stranger than fiction exhibition
  • 20th November 2014 – 5th February 2015
  • Free entry

we also talked about reflective writing- ‘I’ and ‘My’ and how that can help along our contextual record as we are already used to it from writing a blog


  • Bring a text you have annotated so that others can annotate it in the seminar
  • Bring writing equipment
  • Will be a peer assisted seminar
  • So we will leave with a writing plan for our weekly blog post

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