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.
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Tutorial Notes 27/04/10

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Maria: Russian Space city photography

Ellen's graphic interpretation of identity

I think it’s comforting to see what others have been doing and how far they’ve managed to get in their project. I thought Maria’s project especially stood out because her medium format photography was quite impressive, although sometimes indistinguishable among the ‘vintage’ archive photos she mixed in with her batch. Still, really interesting topic – who’d have thought to visit the Star city for a project! It would be amazing to investigate the Space Race of the Cold War and the reasons why the place looks the way it does now…

Tutorial Notes 22/04/10

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Kei's vintage classroom map

More vintage nicnacs from Kei's collection

Annabel: Photos of abandoned satellite dishes

Lucy & Rose, interaction with design agencies and promoting identity

I guess I’m a little relieved everyone’s not fully engaged in something – I thought I was the only one lagging behind. It’s hard keeping two big things going at the same time. OK tutorial notes:

Lucy mentioned something about how the soldiers would feel patronized that they would go through a life-risking campaign, losing close friends during battle, only to receive a meager medal.
Ties in with the questioning the worth of a medal, maybe that’s also the reason why people sell them off?

General discussion leaned towards making insinuation with daily-life circumstances & items with the language of medals.
Visual language? The language of receiving something for something you do?

Rose mentioned how if someone has a plaster on the small of their elbow, that automatically tells others that he’s given blood. Therefore the plaster acts as a sort of ‘medal’ or sign. Other examples like bumper sticker, teardrop, earrings (to mark sexuality) came up.
Not sure I want to go into the signage, I do want my piece to have the taste of a certain military structure.

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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?