Form Follows Function.

Form Follows Function.

In my first year of university, in a module called history and context of design; we were tasked as part of a group, to give a presentation on a topic of our own choice. Using a Japanese presentation style called Pecha Kucha, which are 20 slides for 20 seconds. The group was made up of me, Jamie and Dan. We chose to research and present on the Bauhaus school and its influence on the students and tutors work. Our Presentation. Reflecting on this task as part of my journey as a graphic design…Read more
Five favourites

Five favourites

As a designer and photographer, reflecting over creative conclusions throughout the past year is always good. At this point right at the start of a new year, I thought it may be good to show my favourite five photographs from last year that I have taken. These have been taken on my camera and phone. These are not in any particular order. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Bonus favourite: This was part of a project at university within my second year. We were given the task of creating an exhibition of third years’…Read more
What a Gentleman.

What a Gentleman.

Two weeks ago, we were lucky enough at UCS to have a lecture by the Illustrator, Artist and Designer; David Gentleman. His work has spanned the past five decades, from designing stamps to illustrating tube stations. He highlighted the fact many people will have seen his work before, whether it be in Charing Cross station or on the book jackets for a series of Shakespeare plays published by Penguin but without knowing it’s him. He was a very unassuming man with such a passion for his work, as he spoke about his new…Read more
Blink

Blink

As it is our final year, our year group have the task of raising money for the end of year show. We have been planning an online auction that will feature works from Illustrators, Designers and Graphic Artists. Over the past couple of weeks emails have been sent to ask for some work, and we have been lucky enough to get some replies with offers of pieces to sell. You can be a part of it by buying some of the work that will be offered online. Within this project, we are collaboratively…Read more
Raising my Games.

Raising my Games.

So I haven't written for the past couple of weeks; it has been a busy time at University. Two weeks ago, a group of us took a trip to London to visit the ‘This is' exhibition, at the Conningsby Gallery in London's West End. The exhibition was put on by the previous third years at UCS. Having been to the private view it was really good to go and see the work of the students who have recently graduated, in October. It was a time to consider where I may be in the…Read more
Update: 1914: Suffolk and the Western Front Magazine.

Update: 1914: Suffolk and the Western Front Magazine.

Between February and August this year I was involved in a project in collaboration with History students at University Campus Suffolk. I have released the details of this project before to some of you. I was asked by my friend Andrew on the history course to help with the design of the magazine. I was originally just asked to advise on the project, giving him a crash course on Adobe InDesign as this would then allow him to work on the magazine when I was unavailable. We worked together to produce the magazine,…Read more
Processing design and creative thinking.

Processing design and creative thinking.

We have just been given a new brief, and we start the process of designing again. As a process, design is one I'm passionate about, the fact that we are on a journey throughout excites me, but, it can be a funny thing really. The nervous feeling of getting a new brief, and the million questions which go through our minds as we start to decipher how the work could be produced. Quite a lot of the time we can jump to conclusions of what the outcome could be, and often we have…Read more
Similar photo, different time…

Similar photo, different time…

You may remember the photo I took below, from a previous post. I often find that I can get ideas for photographs when I'm on my tour of the local area. It depends on the time of day and whether I have the right camera equipment. The idea for this photo, originally came from a trip down to the waterfront one evening with a few friends to take photographs at night. This is the resulting photograph, from my original idea. ©  2014 Matt Finch. All rights reserved.Read more
Ships Ahoy!

Ships Ahoy!

Yesterday, there were some Dutch tall ships on Ipswich waterfront. I saw them at first on my way home from university, then decided to go and take some photos of them as it turned dark. They were here in Ipswich, as a stop off point during the classics race from Holland. Starting in Rotterdam earlier this week, and leaving from Ipswich to go on the final leg ending in Amsterdam. A total of 24 tall ships were on the waterfront and over 800 people on them on board. As we walked past, the…Read more
In the thick of it:  My Final Year.

In the thick of it: My Final Year.

So we're back for our final year,  two weeks ago we started semester one and we started two modules. One solely based on Portfolio Development and another module called Dissertation and Critical Review across the whole year. For Portfolio Development, we were given a four week brief to express the place we're in, whether it be the literal place we were/are in, the geographical location, the state of mind, the psychological, the spiritual and financial. These headings were thought of in an idea generation session and the aim of the brief is to then graphically communicate…Read more