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: Inspiration

House of Holland

Inspiration,, Progress

Source (Henry Holland on the ASOS Catwalk)

Henry Holland, nice shirt.

Everything and anything somehow relevant to medals will end up here I fear.

Ultimate Weapon

Film,, Inspiration

Was watching Watchmen the other day, (wow alliterate much?)  sorry for the spoiler, not that it should spoil the movie for you – the amusement of the ending is largely obstructed by the violence & sex throughout the movie.

Reminded me of the shifting fields of perception in current wars – wars that are no longer fought with heavy weapons, but with perception delivered through the camera and television. Watchmen is set at the height of the Arms Race between US and USSR during the Cold War, obviously a fiction in itself, but it underlines the point that it had been the perception of the effects of a possible WMD, and the anticipation of hostility from each adversary that made the Cold War a blizzard war. The fictional conclusion in the movie, the peace and the ‘ending’ of the Cold War is delivered through the media, despite the one nuclear (Hot) explosion that Veidt uses to trigger what is to be considered the ‘ultimate weapon’.

New weapons system

Dissertation,, Inspiration

“…which a supply of images would become the equivalent of an ammunition supply, the 1914-18 war compounded a new ‘weapons system’ out of combat vehicle and camera” Paul Virilio

Many buttons?

Inspiration,, WWII

Patton’s Chest Deco



Talking about medals and badges, these were General George S.Patton’s visual achievements. (Pinched from Wikipedia) How does a symbol represent the experience and how much does it do to change perception?

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?