S. Park (aka sparky) toiling away at everything and nothing for a bleak final outcome for Unit 14 of BA Graphic Design at CSM

Exploring the visual culture of WWII, in comparison to the visual culture of modern warfare.
Category: Out & About

Take me to the Reebon shop

Out & About,, Progress

Photos of the VV Rouleaux Ribbon shop

Looked into buying real medal ribbons from this store but seeing that I needed around 30m, the costs came up to about £300, so I had a think again, obviously. Came to a conclusion that my ‘medals’ don’t need to be authentic medal ribbons, since the point now is not to highlight what the medals visually stand for, but to use the system and attitude to represent a new school of thought.

Quite a pity that the ribbons aren’t all the same width, and I’ve had to choose cheaper (i.e solid colour) options for larger categories.


Out & About,, Progress

Braved Primark to buy the Jackets, £21 each. Plan is to have one with examples of medal pinning, another with full medal lining, and the third also fully lined but displayed inside out.


Out & About,, Research

I remembered seeing medals and ribbons displayed in a window of a store somewhere in Covent Garden so after the tutorial with Max I went out for an excursion to find the shop. The particular store I remembered was easy to find, one called Toye Kenning & Spencer LTD just opposite the Freemasons Hall on Great Queen Street, but I had no idea the entire store was for medals badges and trophies for the Freemasons society. I asked a store assistant whether they sold medal ribbons and he said they’re quite hard to comeby to begin with, but that I should try Spink which is just up Southampton Row. Well how very convenient.

I walked to Spink, and then walked past it. I would’ve never realized it was a shop if not for the fact that I was looking for it. There was no shop window, the only thing on display was a face of what looked to be Tsar Nicholas II and no they weren’t selling that picture… I think. Über exclusive entrance too, no?

Inside, when I asked about literature on medals of the world wars I was introduced to a lovely lady called Catherine, who picked out books that might be of use. Turns out there aren’t any books specifically on the medals and accomplishment awards of the Second World War, but of all the wars, including contemporary depending on when the book was published. Then she disappeared through a set of doors and emerged 10 minutes later with a handful of ‘scrap’ medal ribbons. Wowza, here’s where my project kicks off properly I guess.


Out & About,, WWII

Today was visit the National War Museum in Chelsea day. The weather was smashin’ – a little windy, but smashin’ nevertheless. I’d been to the Imperial War Museum before and had assumed that the National War Museum would be a more serious version, with a more academic approach. It was academic alright, for elementary school. A lot of the displays and interactions were for children, and the language was a little too dumbed down for my taste. Worst of all, photography is not allowed? Well since I’m such a badass rebel, I took advantage of my phone camera. That’s what its really for, isn’t it.

During the First World War trench warfare, the Allies would sometimes dig a tunnel under the trenches to the German side and plant explosives.

Formations Badges from the Pacific front

The formation badges and medals (ribbons & coins) caught my eye most, and got me thinking what determines the colour and shape of a medal…

Little Excursion

Out & About

Screenshot of National Army Museum web

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road

Every Day 10.00am – 5.30pm
Except 24 – 26 December & 1 January.

Yay Free admission!

Decode @ V&A

Out & About

A little pre-Easter fieldtrip with the Web Interest Group (what was left of us anyway). Visited the digital design and interaction exhibition Decode at the V&A.

Dune by Studio Roosegaard

Landscape installation by Studio Roosegaard at the entrance of the show, reacting and illuminating to sound and motion. Reminded me of the ‘Mother Willow’ of Avatar.

TI by C.E.B Reas (2004)

Exquisite Clock by Fabrica

Clock made up of photos of numbers (Contributed here); Reading 15:30:51 at the time of this photo. I remember there was a alphabet/word version of this, that was more based on typography.

Dandelion by Sennep

Dandelion animation programmed to react to a hair-dryer when pointed; same technology as shooting games you find at arcades I imagine.

Make-Out by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Confusing interactive value in piece but a man next to us pointed out how weird it is that 80% of kissing scenes found online (basis stats for this installation) were homosexual kisses, and 20% hetero couples… it is rather odd.

Social Collider by Sacha Pohflepp

Visually tracking conversations on Twitter – Users/topics along the x axis and time along the y. Creates a kind of subatomic particle behaviour within such visual language.

“The Social Collider acts as a metaphorical instrument which can be used to make visible how memes get created and how they propagate. Ideally, it might catch the Zeitgeist at work.” – Pohflepp.com

Data. Scan by Ryoji Ikeda

Non-interactive as far as I can remember. The installation streamed thousands and thousands of numbers – data extracted from mapping the stars and the human body. The scope of data used for this piece is phenomenal (in terms of physical distance, quantity), yet to see it somehow collating into a split-second visual response was quite fascinating.

Body Paint by MSA Visuals

Virtual canvas installation that reacts to motion through sensor responding with evolving paint splatters.

Weave Mirror by Daniel Rozin

What was beautiful about this installation was the noise that the motors would make in response to the subject.


July 2019
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To-Do List
  • Do mock-up of Jacket and figure out max ribbon panel count
  • Figure out number of categories & order ribbons!
  • Obtain statistics for the categories
  • Visit Imperial War Museum
  • Visit National Army Museum
  • Visit the 'Decode' Exhibition at V&A
  • Explore visual culture of War - information graphics?