Oxymoron Feedback

Monday 28th January – Presentations of Oxymoron Project 

The presentation could have gone better as the group didn’t fully discuss what each of us was going to say but overall the delivery went well.

One feed back we got was that the designs needed to link to more schools and education. To over come this it was suggested that we change the clothes of the guy to make him look like he has a school uniform on. Another aspect we discussed during the feedback was including other people with different heads. This would enhance the feel of the individuality and different styles of learning.

I believe that the style of graphics goes well with the theme so if I were to progress  further with this I would keep to the same style of textures.



Monday 21st January – Visual Metaphor + Oxymoron 

With an in depth and visual lecture on visual metaphors I realised that the straight forward metaphors work the best because its more understandable.

The brief was simple; pick an oxymoron and draw each word separately then bring them together in one image. We quickly chose “Creative Destruction” because it links well with the manifesto of how schools are damaging out creativity and willingness to learn new things.

I designed the eye with the axe because the axe represents the destruction of life, where as the eye can be pictured as the spark of imagination. I did this as the eye is bleeding away the creativity from the person behind. Another thought I had was the tree are so free flowing almost creative in the way they grow, all individual. Then a multi-million company come and destroy the trees – much like the government coming across children and deciding how they will live their next 18 years, almost destroying their childhood.

Over all the group felt that the oxymoron needed to be linked back to schools and education. With this decision we went with the person with a paint head as this represents any creative pupil. Then the bullet wound represents the creativity leaving their mind.

To develop our idea we wanted to keep it digital and create a GIF. Each of the illustrators created a design for the look and we all decided on frames with the placements.

I created a mock up look of the character. The design is simple with no out lines, which I thought would increase the illustrative look even though its make from vectors.

paint head1

When talking to an illustration tutor she suggested that adding layers and increasing the 3D effect would make this design pop.

Through combining the textured fabric and metal it gave the design life and makes the red of the blood pop.

paint head2

The final out come was a GIF so another member of the group created a glitch like animation.1

Manifesto Feedback

Over all the comments were positive. The criticism being that all our work looks different and we needed to pull all the designs together.

Moving forward we need to create a logo or one thing that pulls the outcomes together.

I decided to recreate part of my design as some of the feedback included eligibility. You are unable to see all the illustration as well as the type.

I decided to push the illustrations to the front because they had the deeper meanings. Also the type is clear so can be legible. I reduced the leading so that the illustrations had some negative space for them to pop. I believe that the characters at the top are now more visible and over all the design is more eye catching.

Manifesto Designs

When working the group decided to split up so that we could brain storm and come back together after to fine tune the work.

The first image is the illustrations. I sat with one of them and talked through concepts that could be progressed along side my graphics.


I took some of the illustrations, scanned them in created a line image. Proceeding to lay them out and add text. When talking to the group we decided to remove the faces and use more metaphorical because this meant that the viewers could think more deeply about the meaning.



Week of the 14th January – Manifesto

Perception of intelligence. This is the general public’s opinion of the way of how they look at and rate their own and others level of cleverness. The idea is to change the way of thinking about how they test the intellect. We came to this concept easily as our group communicates well together.

I researched into some examples within education, most of these were basic illustrations or an over bearing information page. The ones in the PowerPoint are simple, thus you understand what they mean. This is what we aim to achieve in our outcomes.


When talking to an illustrations tutor she mentioned a ted talk that looked into the issues with the schooling system that complied with our manifesto. He had some great points and really went in depth and felt passionate about this topic.

One point he opened up about is the idea that creativity is just as important as literacy. Also schools “stigmatise mistakes” which is where children are more likely to look into the areas that they are bad at and pick up that we are incapable of doing those areas. In reflection to this I thought about how adults look at their past and see their mistakes and are more likely to remember their regrets over their successes.

Continuing to watch some of Robinson’s other talks I thought about his points and began to realise that if you are curious about a subject then your more likely to teach and apply yourself to that area. Overall he points out that we need to rethink our schooling system to cultivate creativity and curiosity through acknowledging the different types of intelligence.2


At one of your group meetings we discussed how we can progress to create a poster for the brief. 4

Collaboration with Illustration

Tuesday 15th January  – Launch + Workshop – Manifesto

To begin with I had a lecture on what illustration was in comparison to Graphics. I learnt that illustration is from the word illuminate, where the piece of work illuminates the viewer. An illustrator will use visual representations of a piece of text and then usually given to a publisher to take forward. The art is different as Graphics is more based on projecting experiences and ideas in a contextual and visual way. I then realised that is why communication is more key in graphics as I (a graphic designer) am demanding attention instead of offering the representation like an illustrator.

Later we were placed into our groups along side the illustrators, where we did a simple team building exercise. After that we showed some of our best work to our smaller team of 5 but only 4 of us were present. Through showcasing each of our works I learnt that the illustrators preferred the hands on approach where they had the physical objects; whereas us graphic communicators preferred the digital aesthetics.

We were given the brief, where we have to protest against something we believe in. After a long thinking process the idea of how the education is out of date. This is a broad spectrum so did some quick research on our phones into what topics this could be. The exams are a good concept to go with as they have any disadvantages. Some examples are being if you have an off day that is your future messed over, another it is just a memory test so if you cant remember the topic then you are not likely to pass, on top of that the actual courses that the students take are very outdated.

To go forward we have to create a few posters of our manifesto so to begin with I have created a mood board of the better graphics out there that I can use as inspiration.

mood board


Monday 14th January – Formative Critique


Over all I am happy with my out come as it fits well with the theme of how people’s looks can affect assumptions before anyone gets to know you.

However, I now realise that I did not share enough of my work with the team. I could have sent a few more of my initial ideas and poster styles to our group chat.

To improve further I should have thought about what sizing is needed. Such as a square for Instagram or something that would fit on to a social media page.