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Welcome to VisionHello readers! Welcome to the very first issue of Vision.
Vison is a student magazine which is dedicated in showcasing work from both Graphic Design and New Media students at UCA Epsom. Vison will also be giving the readers a chance to see how designers create their own work and where they gather inspira-tion from. This magazine is also aimed at those who arn’t familiar with the world of Graphic Design. This will be a great way for them
to understand a bit more about the course.
The main goal is to showcase student’s work across the whole campus at UCA Epsom. Every Semester students produce brillaint work which is often displayed on their blog or personal websites. The work done by students never gets displayed anywhere in UCA. This magazine is a great way for both courses to show their work
to the rest on the university.
Graphic Design is a form of communication that allows the designer to use combination of images, layouts and typograpghy to create their messages. Graphic Design is part of our life, it is everywherefrom packaging, to T-shirt design to billboardsand even in the film industry.
Currentley at UCA Epsom there are two Graphicscourses, New Media and Graphic Design. They both usedifferent methods to visually communicate to their audiences, but are equally effective in doing so.
Graphic DesignGraphic Design is a way of visually communicating through image, typography colour and page layouts. A Graphic De-signers aim is to visually solve problems and create some-thing that catches the audience’s eye.Graphics often focus more to publications ,screen printing , logos and branding, advertisements and product packaging. A Graphic Designer will often use a combination of different techniques when designing. Tools are also a important factor for designers, as it allows them to create different styles in their work.
About the course
Christian BaranowiczGraphics Year 2
New MediaGraphic Design New Media explores ways of communication using various forms of emerging technologies. The course al-lows the student to explore in both media and design prac-tice. The key topics that is studied in New Media ranges from image, motion graphics, investigations of type and history and culture of design media. As New Media is a very well rounded course, it gives students the opportunity to investi-gate and experiment in a wide range of subjects.
About the course
Aloy BionganNew Media Year 2
I make illustrations not only for freelance projects, but mainly for myself, because painting and designing is like a sport- if you don’t train, you won’t get good results. If I’m doing something, I try to do it good, but most of the time I don’t like my works, because after some time you look at it, and realise that some things could be different and better, but it’s already done, so I just create more drawings, videos, etc.
Don Omar - Digital illustration, trying to emulate traditional painting.
Jewell MarasiganFor this brief we were asked to design a wallpaper illustrations for mobile phone and computer desktop.
Of the three designs, one must be black and white, one with two-colours only, and one with our own chosen colour palette.
Of the three, we had to have a regular, flowing and progressive rhythm and one must be mono-rhythmic and two must be poly-rhythmic.
Year 1 work from the 2nd semester. Unity project ( top picture) The idea was to create a game enviornment which was based on some-one you know. I create a japanese style envoirnment. There are several hidden messages and animations in the game.
I generally like drawing free hand sketches and using marker pens for colouring, but i also animations and processing as i have become more confident since start-ing the course with soft-wares like after effects ect.
Christian BaranowiczThere are various approaches to illustration. One of which being my favourite is drawing by hand then taking it onto the computer and developing the lines, texture and appearance, before filling in layers of different tones and colours.
Another way is the use of a graphic tablet. Some use the ability of drawing on a tablet, which creates the image on screen as you make it. This is handy because all of the details are controlled, unlike with paper, when you make a mistake with ink it is near impossible to remove.
Other illustration processes involve taking existing work and master-ing tools such as the pen tool and using pre-existing work in generat-ing your own illustration as a result using their outlines or nets.
Christian Baranowicz Graphic Bear illustration. For more work by Chri-tian Baranowicz visit http://chris.gdnm.org/
Your Title HereNew Media year 2
We take a look at Graphic Design New Media’s brief, which ask the students to create their own...
For New Media students at UCA, the day has finally come where they get to focus more on what they want to do. The brief given will last 4 weeks, by then students will have to plan, research and develop a project. The students will then present the project to the whole class at the end. They will also have to produce two A4 boards which clearly explain their project supported by images .
We take a look at Dmitir Knyazev’s project as he looks to create a movie trailer composed from various different genre of films. With only a low budget he is armed with just a tripod and camera and a few good actors.
Your Title HereFor this brief we where given freedom to create what ever we wanted, so i decided to choose something to do with movie making.
My first idea was to make a music video for a band, but i thought that a month is not enough to find a band, choose a track, write a decent scenario, film and edit it. So I decided to create a short movie trailer for a non-existing movie. The movie itself doesn’t really make any sence (like most of the trailers you see today)
I decided to go nuts with it, so there will be giant ham-sters in the middle of the road,shooting with bananas and random explosions. In many trailers you see differ-ent things like anger, love, philosophy and so on. That’s what I was doing with my trailer...
To make one, I had to learn a lot of new cool things, and not only put everything together, but learn how to do it properly. I got a lot of help from my friends, so I would like to say thanks for all your help!
For more information or to check out Dmitri’s movie trailer visit his blog page at http://network.gdnm.org/dmitrij/
Interview withKonrad ZiemlewskiWe decided to interview Year 2 New Media student Konrad Ziemlewski about his interest in Graphic Design and his Motivation
Q Can you start telling us a little about yourself, where did you previously study? Why did you choose to study New Media?
A Hey, well Im Konrad Ziemlewski a polish “designer” living in London most of his life. I studied graphics at Graveney School for Alevels, while also doing it for my GCSE’s. I feel like I have been interested in graphics for years, definitely before my teens, with it being mostly about the aesthetic side at the begging but then for a number of other more developed reasons. I chose New Media purely on the basis that I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I have always felt confident in my ability with Photoshop, Illustrator etc, and this course would allow me to continue using them, but at the same time it would let me dabble in programs like After Effects, 3DS Max etc that I would most likely never have touched otherwise.
Q Why are you interested in design?
A Well I do like making and looking at pretty things, who doesn’t? But mainly its what design can do, it can help with so many problems; be it with charities, companies or whatnot, while spanning a myriad of programs through a number of mediums. Design to me is art, but for a reason; yes you can design for the pure aesthetics of something but I find usually you’re either given a brief, or say recently with the Japan earth-quake, you want to help so you design a poster, info graphic, whatever.
Q What inspires you to be a creative designer
A I find it really hard to motivate myself to work on self initiated briefs therefore I do tend to need a hell of a lot of inspiration to get going. Firstly I want to be a designer because its something I love, I’m passionate about it, want to improve at it and help people out using design. I also find a lot when I see something, I feel I can do better, improve it, change it/alter it, but also at the same time looking at blogs and other peoples amazing pieces of work inspire me; it’s the same with events (such as euro 2012).
Q What equipment do you use when designing?
A I don’t really get to use anything fancy, I don’t exactly have a large budget. I have a standard PC, with a 24inch BenQ monitor, with a wacom intuos4 tablet which I recently bought (trying to get a hang of the dammed thing). Software wise it tends to be Photoshop and Illustrator, although I have been using After Effects a lot more lately and at times Premiere. Besides that I think a sketchbook is a designers best friend; that’s where a lot of my initial ideas come up, and the benefit of having it with me most of the time allows me to develop and come up with ideas on the go.
Q What design/artist do you like?
A Well theirs a hell of a lot of artists/designers I like, but I don’t know most of their names haha. I guess I should get Drew Struzan out of the way because he’s most likely the best known (the guy behind the Indiana Jones, Star Wars posters), purely because of his skill with the airbrush, mixing realism with fantasy; his Hellboy poster is bloody fantastic. Then there is Bansky, purely for him having the balls to do what he pleases, speak what he feels whilst at the same time having some incredible pieces of work. Then I guess it would be Peter Jarokowski (the man behind Ars Thanea), just a great director, designer and mind, creating some fascinating 3d/2d pieces. Lastly I guess I should mention Jurryt Visser who is a craaaaaazy illustrator that mixes vector graphics with photography and pencil work, its beautiful and extremely well thought out.
Q what is your favourite artwork and why?
A I don’t have one, the amount of artworks hanging around my room would prove that. Jurryt Visser’s Portrait is something I’m loving lately though, his portrayal of his split personality/struggle is extremely personal and also presented brilliantly through its visuals. So yeah… that.
Q What are you plans for the future?
A First of all I want to on concentrating on getting my degree from UCA, whilst con-tinuing to develop and produce my magazine. After that I guess its interns and ideally work in a small studio or freelance while earning a good wage whilst doing what I love, and hopefully getting the opportunity to work with some of my idols.
Q What are your strengths and weaknesses?
A I guess I will start of with the weaknesses. I find it extremely hard to motivate myself as I have already stated, but once I get going, I get on a roll, which is good. Besides that I would love to get better at “motion graphic” software, develop my skills in writing some more, and improve my ability at mixing 3D with 2D. Person-ally I don’t really like talking about my strength’s since I don’t feel its good to be big headed, but… I do feel I have a great design mind, coming up with ideas most people wont come up with straight away (although a lot of the time I struggle to make what I think of). I feel I have a strength in a lot of editorial stuff which is commercial also and I guess I know how to make “pretty stuff”, but for me its about making stuff that’s good on the eye but for a reason
Q Has being on Graphic/New media course helped you improve your skills?
A Well I feel the course has definitely helped me put through my reasoning behind each project, and give it more substance. From a practical skills point of view, the course has got me to use programs I would of avoided and not bothered with; but now I have a lot more skills in 3D and motion software, so I can mix my 2D work both with motion (which I really do love) and 3D.