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.
May 16, 2010


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.

May 15, 2010

The economic value of achievement

Progress,, Research
I thought it was important to narrow it down and make it as relatable as possible so decided to stick to real figures from London, from the past 4 years.
  1. Recycling - ~6m – 19.5%
  2. Choosing not to smoke – ~5.5m – 17.9%
  3. Blood Donations - ~0.3m – 1%
  4. Participating in Neighbourhood Watch – ~0.75m – 2.4%
  5. Cycling as means of transport – ~0.15m – 2%
  6. Using Public Transport – ~3m – 9.8%
  7. Buying Organic Food – ~3.3m – 10.8%
  8. Official Volunteering – ~1.8m – 5.8%
  9. Charitable giving - ~5.85m – 19%
  10. Energy efficient buildings – 4m – 13%

*The percentage is measured too add up to 100% so for example, to use one of the categories, the way the infographic would be read is: “19.5% of Londoners recycle”, or “2% of Journeys made in London are on bicycles.”

Source Acknowledgement

General Data: http://data.gov.uk/

  • Charities & Volunteering:  http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/pdf/1341477.pdf
  • Recycling: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/150583.pdf
  • Travel stats (cycling/public transport): http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/Travel_in_London_Report_2.pdf
  • Neighbourhood Watch: http://www.mynhw.co.uk/regional/london-index.php
May 10, 2010

Mini or Handheld


Urban Outfitters: Mini Sewing Machine; Handheld Sewing Machine

Just tried out the handheld sewing machine I bought from Urban Outfitters the other day, surprisingly cheap at £15… Figure out a way to display the ribbons, whether to sew onto the lining itself or sew them individually, hmm. The machine itself is rather fidgety to use, but it must be more to do with the grosgrain nature of the ribbons and the fact that they’re tiny.

Might be wise to use a desktop sewing machine.

May 5, 2010



Images source

I’m not sure what to make of this. Well let me start with the price, these necklaces/brooches cost £260-£385, that’s already one eyebrow shooting up. The visual language here, is obviously trying to communicate military and decorations, yet it’s all over the place. I don’t know, maybe I’ve looked at the rules and regulations for military decorations and orders too much, but using any old grosgrain (some not even grosgrain!) ribbon, held with a clasp, and attaching COIN of a medal just not right. I’m sorry, but it’s almost insulting, no offence to the designer. Just my two cents.

May 4, 2010



Scanned from ‘A Manual for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals’, Andrew Hanham, 2005, Spink & Sons ltd, London, pg 79

Royal Navy – Personnel ribbons 13mm. When five or more are worn the ribbon is 10mm deep. With No.1C Dress the ribbons are sewn on the garments, but with No. !CW Dress a detachable, brooch-type ribbon bar is worn with the pin inserted through beckets in the correct positions.

* The ribbons in each row show all be visible and not covered by the left lapel. The top or only row show be 24mm below the point of the shoulder.

Scanned from ‘A Manual for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals’, Andrew Hanham, 2005, Spink & Sons ltd, London, pg 87

Army – Personnel ribbons width: 9.5mm. A single ribbon, or incomplete row of ribbons should be centered over the breast pocket button. The maximum number of ribbons in each row is either four or five, depending on the physigue of the individual and the type of uniform coat.

Scanned from ‘A Manual for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals’, Andrew Hanham, 2005, Spink & Sons ltd, London, pg 92

Royal Air Force – Personnel ribbons 11mm in depth. Senior ribbon worn nearest the lapel, and in the top row when more than one row is worn. A row should not consist of more than four ribbons, but when more than four are worn, they should be arranged to display as many complete rows of four as possible, with any incomplete row being placed centrally at the top and containing the ribbons of the most senior awards held.

All info from ‘A Manual for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals’, Andrew Hanham, 2005, Spink & Sons ltd, London

May 3, 2010

Lost & Found

Film,, Progress

Completely separate account btw, if you were wondering.

May 2, 2010

Ribbon Bars


Image source

“Ribbons are read right to left, top-to-bottom”

How are these ribbons mounted?


Ribbon strips are widths of riband which are won alone to signify the orders, decorations and medals which the wearer has received. They are usually worn with uniform, and are placed above the left breast pocket.

Medal ribbons may be sewn onto strips of buckram or similar material and then stitched on to the uniform or coat; or they may be sewn onto a brooch pin, allowing them to be detached from the coat or uniform as required.

*All British orders, decorations and medals may be represented on the ribbon bar with the exception of the Orders of the Garter and the Thistle, and the two Baronets’ Badges.


Ribbons are arranged side-by-side in strict accordance with the ‘order of wear’ with no gaps showing and no overlapping.

Dimensions of Ribbons

The depth of ribbons (i.e. from top to bottom) should measure 13mm for the Royal Navy; 9.5mm for the Royal Marines and the Army; and 1.1mm for the RAF.

Scanned from ‘A Manual for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals’, Andrew Hanham, 2005, Spink & Sons ltd, London, pg 37

So the width of ribbons on a panel are different depending on what outfit you are in… Maximum width: 51mm (Order of Merit)

May 2, 2010

Why didn,t I think of YouTube

Film,, Progress,, Research

I don’t think I’ll be wanting to use the language of the medals though, seems like there’s a whole world behind them. Thinking of sticking to ribbons only…

July 2019
« May    
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?