Beachy’s Blog


Posted in Miscelleaneous,Past and Future by emz2687 on January 3, 2008

So here’s another year… and my first post of 2008! January – The month of resolutions, diet, changes and ‘new beginnings’ – so what am I going to contribute to these tradition? My New Years resolution is to get better. 2008 is my chance for a new beginning – i need to change + this is the best and most opportune time to do so. I need to learn to live my life to the full and take every day as it comes, savoring every moment to it’s full potential and take every obstacle in my stride. Life’s too short to live as I am. It’s time to move on + change! HERE WE GO….. 



Posted in Miscelleaneous by emz2687 on December 22, 2007

Whilst on holiday in New York last week, we went on an open-top bus tour. On route the tour guides pointed out a building by Frank Lloyd Wright, who I’d coincidentally researched only weeks before for my blue folder. I quickly snapped the discussed building, and have come home to find the same building in my research file! What a coincidence!!! Yet, the reason it was discussed on the bus, was mainly due to the reconstruction constantly needed to the building as the design was so flawed!!!guggenheim_museum_exterior.jpg 

Structure of Magazine Covers

Posted in Miscelleaneous by emz2687 on October 11, 2007

For titles to be more iconic and impacting, they are often short and compact, making them easily read and identifyable. Titles can often be set in Caps, which indicate solidity and a majestic feeling, or Lower Case, which offers more distinct differences, more flair and quirky patterns to a design. Lower case lettering is also much more personal. The criteria of a title design is that it has a distinct visual form that is eye-catching and appealing to the audience – it also needs to be uniformal for all magazine designs of the same name. Colour can be played with, and colour opposites often work, depending on context.

Robert Rauschenberg

Posted in Aesthetics,Appealing,Arts,Graphic Design,Imagery,Miscelleaneous by emz2687 on October 10, 2007

Last year, whenever I needed inspiration for Printmaking, I often turned to the work of Robert Rauschenberg. Obviously my work didn’t look ANYTHING like the great Rauschenbergs, but I often just needed a great example to work from. Not only are Rauschenbergs prints amazing, they are also considered part of the pop art movement, my favorite art movement! Many of his prints contain elements of collage to. Here are some of my favorite works by him:


The tastiest car ad to date!

Posted in Miscelleaneous by emz2687 on October 6, 2007

Can you believe this cake car was actually made at a cost of £500,000. The ‘crispy cake’ mix for the car’s bodywork was made using 180 eggs, 100kg flour, 100kg caster sugar, a huge vat of chocolate sauce, 30kg of almonds and 65kg of dried fruit. Then two bakers made 448 Madeira ‘brick cakes’ to form the foundation of the car’s chassis. Cake bricks are layered with buttercream icing and the body work takes shape as the crispy cake panels are carefully assembled. The engine was filled with 300g of Golden Syrup and yards of liquorice was used to create the car’s fanbelt, windscreen wipers and aerial. The Skoda crew sculpted every crumbly cog and sticky spark plug of the engine. The paintwork is fondant icing, coloured with 180kg of orange sugar paste, moulded around the crispy cake panels and the windows are made from fondant icing and 90kg of brown sugar paste. 12.5kg of jam is piped onto Battenburg cakes, stuck together to form the interior decor. The radiators (60 chocolate blocks), headlights (boiled sweets) and fog lights (meringue) are then put in place, and the typres, made of chocolate icing are placed accordingly. The jelly lights are inserted and finally the iced Skoda logo is added. Never get hungry on another journey!


My Pre-brief journey!

Posted in Communication,Magazines,Miscelleaneous,Research,Websites by emz2687 on October 5, 2007

The aim was purely to continue a journey from page links and recording each step. We were asked to search the term ‘magazines’ on Wikipedia and go forward ten links. Here’s my journey:

From my search of ‘magazines’ on Wikipedia I scrolled down to the bottom of the page to ‘External Links’. From the selection available I chose ‘Designing magazines – A look at magazines and design'(1), which linked me to a designing magazine blog. After reading some of the blog, I found the Links available and clicked on ‘Magazine Covers'(2), which linked me to a website titled ‘Magazine Cover’s Collection’. From the initial site, I decided to pick ‘A Complete List'(3), from the selection bar which diverted me to a list of different magazine titles. After having a look at the past covers of Wallpaper* magazines(4), COLOR magazines(5), and i.D magazine(6), I clicked on ‘Magazine Online Links'(7) to research further. From the list of links, I chose to take a look at the Nylon magazine(8) as I have never read it before. From the front page, I clicked on ‘the magazine'(9), to see if I could find past editions. Numerous past covers of Nylon were uploaded, and I clicked on one to see it enlarged. From this I was redirected to a version of the magazine selected, but in a different program. The website I was taken to was like one I’d never seen before, whereby the magazine could actually be read, from page to page(10).

My worst nightmare…

Posted in Appealing,Illustrations,Imagery,Miscelleaneous,Paintings,Research by emz2687 on October 5, 2007

‘The front cover should, in someway, be illustrated’ said Adrian.

Crap,  I thought!

Being no good what-so-ever at drawing this statement on our Magawebzine project was possibly the worst Adrian could have thrown at me! So, I have been on the look out  for some simpler illustrations by competent artists, that can inspire me and offer me simpler methods – rather than turning up with an image that looks like my 5 year old cousin did! Whilst browsing through The Association of Illustrators, I came across Natalie Abadzis. Abadzis illustrations are contemporary and subtle, yet look amazing considering their simplicity. The illustrations produced are representations of certain times and places, often reflecting experiences and life events, making each image very personal and inspiring. Here are a few of my favourite Natalie Abadzis illustrations:



Its time to start blogging! Or so I’m told! My plan here is to extend my knowledge of all thing knowledgable within design. Over the next year I aim to use my blog as an online diary to record all my experiences concerning design.

Although the theme of this semester is ‘Surviving the 21st Century’, my plan is to investigate as much as possible – relevant to both the theme and to my interests! I’m going to look, listen, see and read EVERYTHING, and plan to make a collection of ANYTHING that may be of use.

I’m looking forward to travelling this journey into knowledge and understanding, hoping creativity, inspiration and influences will give me the ability and drive to design bigger and better things!