Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Wellington boot dogs
These caught me by surprise, and freaked me out at first if I am honest. Walking through the streets of Padstowe these pair were standing guard outside a charming little gallery. The boy dog, well I am referring to him as the boy because he is grey and bigger, had a note hanging from his collar asking for donations to the charity R.N.L.I. I thought it was more than worthy of a few quid, but I have to confess I didn’t make the link with R.N.L.I straight away. I know your thinking how could I not, in Cornwall, near the sea all the clues were there, so I asked the lady and she explained. I just thought they were a really nice way of grabbing peoples attention and it certainly caught mine.
It is not what you call man-made design but never the less it definitely is a spectacle. It is constructed by the best known architect God (oooo controversial), and even more of a mystery is how this was a photo I took down in Cornwall on Mawgan Porth beach. On one of the 5 days of sunshine we have had this summer I was gifted with this beautiful sunset. After a few in the Merry Moore inn we took to the beach to watch it set, and sat in amazement at the show we were given. While the kids played in the stream and parents nattered, I took the time to take some pictures and savour the moment. From the dramatic gradient in the sky to the sparkling reflections off the sea this scene really was any photographers dream. Unfortunately all I had is my camera phone; not that I am saying I am a photographer. Any way I feel these few shots provide enough of a visual indication of how I could have been stopped in my tracks and made to appreciate this sun set. The colours produced were phenomenal, and this kind of gradient could never be achieved with such excellence artificially. Truly is a sight for soar eyes.
It really is a brilliant design. It is perfect for its job, to tell people you can get to Tate Modern by the tube. The obvious elements like the paint tube creating the straight organised lines of the underground map are what makes this such a inspiring concept. There is also the typography at the bottom of the page, with ‘by tube’ in italics, creating that sense of motion and pace. Then also the paint tube itself, with the logo of the underground on the tube rather than a regular paint sticker. Once again the tube of paint is a tube of paint, not a brush, bottle or any other form; which all help to convey the message conceptually and clearly.
This poster really caught my eye and stood out from the rest. Very simple idea very simply executed. Despite the obvious simplicity the concept is very strong, and more to the point thought provoking. It demands a reaction like ‘aaaaaa’ or ‘oooooh’ or ‘wow look at all the extra space’ or something like that. It made me think about how needlessly congested our roads are and how easily the problem could be bettered. I particularly like the middle picture, which shows the 69 people out on the street. This gives you an instant visual representation of exactly how small a group of 69 people is. Then there is that iconic logo that represents transport in London, famous around the world it stamps that bit of quality and trust into the design.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
I visited London over summer to take mother goose to the Lion King Show at the Lyceum theatre, while there we also visited The London Transport Museum. If I am honest it is not a museum I thought I would visit at any point, but we were in the area and we thought might as well kill some time and learn something. To our surprise there were some interesting aspects to the museum. I am not going to lie to you, it won’t blow your mind but there is plenty to see and engage with, and there are a very nice collection vintage posters. So at least like me you creative people can find something to distract you. The building was very nice too, architecturally some stunning features, inside that is. There was also I nice little incentive for the younger people, which we didn’t really get till half way round, and that was a stamp card of the evolving technology. Each new area there was a stamp that would punch the shape of the vehicle you were near. Since I had forgot some I couldn’t leave with out completing so I may have ran all the way back round to complete my card. Something that I read there that made me think, was the fact that they obviously couldn’t use steam power underground and so had to go with the very new and risky technology of electricity. I have never really had to think about this kind of thing before, as I have always known things to just work, so it was interesting to be brought back into realisation of how things were.