Friday, 28 November 2008

The Day After Tomorrow

The day has arrived; yes you guessed it the results from the first assignment are in. Taking in to account everything that has been going on the last few weeks there wasn’t much time to think of what grade I would receive having being handed another two assignments to complete.

I really didn’t know how to feel about what would happen if I referred and what I would have to change or improve to get a pass grade with my concerns about my SPG. The fact I haven’t written a academicals document in over 4 years really started to make me worry .The same afternoon I got my grade for the assignment, it is what I expected but I was really pleased it wasn’t has bad has I thought it would have been. Knowing I could make changes and being re assured about what I need to do to make the pass grade.

felt really pleased when told we were finally going to do some design work and not as much academicals because I’m more stronger when it comes to being creative and already having previous skills in that side of the field. Running with two assignments side by side made me take a step back and think about how I’m going to manage my time. For this I made a schedule plan listing what I needed to achieve for the weeks ahead and I must admit I was not putting as much effort in as I should have because I had different opinions on what was needed to what is needed.

With clarification on what was needed I got ‘stuck in and now are up to date with all my assignments and self study tasks which is a extremely good feeling to have lifted the weight of my shoulders.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The Real Deal - Design Mechanics

Yesterday was our first real introduction to the dynamic and fast growing design industry.

Dave Pannell, company director of Design Mechanics and creative designer Craig Burges dropped in and gave insight on what it’s like to manage clients in the ‘real world’.

During the presentation many questions were asked and answered about the views and experience of what it takes to be a successful designer. It came to me when Dave mentioned that a good designer would be able to create a piece of good design within a few hours from the first creative brief given by the client to the final design presented. I found this as a shock to the system from designs I have previously made that I generate a collection of about four different logos and usually adjust a website numerous times before I’m happy with the result.

Having to work to a specific time scale and having more than one client’s request in production as Craig mentioned made me realise what the Interactive Media course is adjusting me for and how important the change will be to the future of starting a career in the design industry.

During the talk Dave mentioned personal problems that he had to overcome and how difficult it is to be a company director. Giving advice of past experiences that he and Craig had experienced really helped me, just not in running your own business but in the design industry on how important it is getting to know your surroundings and to research the potential possibilities of client’s needs and the background of the businesses they run or work for.

My thoughts at the end of the presentation were that it takes a mature but a creative individual to be able to meet the standards of the design world. Not just on the designs that they can produce, but from the planning to knowing what the clients need because if not it could lead to a commercial setback.

Also I want teh oppertunity to thankyou Dave Pannell and Craig Burges for taking time out their busy schedule to give our group an insight to the industry.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Symbols and Signs make creative designs?

Zapf Dingbats was 1 designed by a typographer named Hermann Zapf who is married to the type designer and lettering artist Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. Zapf Dingbats where created as an international computer typeface and was licensed by the International Typeface Corporation in 1978.

Hermann Zapf created around 1000 sketches and designs of symbols and signs according to linotype. ITC chose from a subset of 360 symbols, ornaments and typographic elements based on the original designs, which became formally known around the world as Zapf Dingbats.

According to Wikipedia Zapf Dingbats gained wide distribution when ITC Zapf Dingbats, which consists of the subset chosen by ITC, became one of 35 PostScript fonts built into Apple's LaserWriter Plus and that the typeface is distributed with Acrobat Reader 5 and 5.1.


From above you see the characterisation of the Zapf Dingbats which is formed up of symbols and images but also you see others like arrows and stars. 3 These are a combination of the updated version of Zapf, commonly known has Zapf Essentials.

Consists of 6 symbol-encoded fonts categorized in Arrows , Communication (pointing fingers, communication devices), Markers (squares, triangles, circles, ticks, hearts, crosses, check marks, leafs), Office (pen, clock, currency, scissors, hand), Ornaments (flowers, stars), for a total of 372 glyphs. The standard set for the ICT glyphs are included in Unicode and it is one of the "Basic 14" typefaces guaranteed to be available for PDF files.

However, not all ITC Zapf Dingbats glyphs are included in the Zapf Essentials collections (e.g.: airplane and letter).

4 Dingbats and Wingdings and similar fonts provide an easy way of adding graphics by simply typing them as text. However, you have to remember which letters and digits produce which symbols as in the examples above.

Below is a link to a PDF that has the full listing of the decimal and Hexadecimal codes and characters used to create each Dingbat.

Official Unicode Zapf Dingbat code chart