Tommy Birchall

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Friday evening was amazing… I finally got to see my favourite singer, Jessie J, perform live in Birmingham as part of her ‘Alive’ tour! She sang beautifully; the stage set-up was magnificent.

By chance late last night, whilst browsing videos from her tour on Youtube, I came across a competition which invited fans to ‘Say Hi To Jessie’, either by sending in a photograph or submitting a video (with a maximum duration of 5 seconds). The website stated:

Jessie J will be choosing the winners herself, so make sure your “Hi” is as crazy and eye-catching as possible!

I thought I would give it a go… my outcome is attached to this post! Even if my video does not get selected, upon creation of my entry I have improved some time-remapping skills using Adobe AfterEffects… so I have nothing to loose! The lucky winner gets to go and meet Jessie J in London alongside receiving signed goodies and watching her performance at the O2 Arena.  I’ll keep you informed how I get on… wish me luck!

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Project 5401.2: 'Type in a Square' Creative Practice

Date set: October 2013

Brief: First, find a quote by a typographer/type designer which is significant to you (agree or disagree). Using this text, you will make a series of typographic compositions. Your compositions must be created using Adobe InDesign and produced within a defined area of 150mm x 150mm on an A4 sheet.

A: Using type no bigger than 9pt, create four different compositions using the same text at the same size, but exploring alignment, letter spacing, leading and negative space. Use black only.

B: Use the type from one of your ‘A’ compositions. Take one word from the text and, using it no smaller than 100pt, create four new different compositions which combine both the ‘A’ text and the new 100pt element. You may vary the size of the single word. Consider aesthetics and detail. You may introduce colour to these ‘B’ compositions.

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Project 5401.1: '100 Thinks' Creative Practice
Date set: September 2013
Brief: For this project, you can refer to your summer research, think about life, graphic design, Univers and everything and produce your own creative and obsessive list. Each of the 100 entries in your list will be made up of a mix of achievements (“I’m glad I did”), regrets (“I wish I hadn’t”) and aspirations (“I would like”).
Think about whether these are 100 distinct and separate pieces of information, a random picture, or whether together they make up a more organised narrative or a point of view about life. Using print processes of your own choosing, create an A2 poster which contains your list of 100 Thinks.

Project 5401.1: '100 Thinks' Creative Practice

Date set: September 2013

Brief: For this project, you can refer to your summer research, think about life, graphic design, Univers and everything and produce your own creative and obsessive list. Each of the 100 entries in your list will be made up of a mix of achievements (“I’m glad I did”), regrets (“I wish I hadn’t”) and aspirations (“I would like”).

Think about whether these are 100 distinct and separate pieces of information, a random picture, or whether together they make up a more organised narrative or a point of view about life. Using print processes of your own choosing, create an A2 poster which contains your list of 100 Thinks.

(Source: cvhf.org.uk)

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As part of my research for the current project, I set myself the task to navigate my way to the Cheltenham Cemetery and Crematorium, in order to take photographs of gravestones to use as part of my A2 poster design. 

Once I arrived, there was an overwhelming feeling of sadness; a funeral had just finished taking place and there were only a handful of people dotted amongst the hundreds of gravestones, visiting their late beloved-ones. It fascinates me to think about all the things these hundreds of people would have aspired to do in their lifetime… what they achieved and what hopes they had for their future… yet all that remains for some of them is a deteriorating gravestone.

Before finding my way to the Crematorium, I paid a visit to the St. Mary’s Church, which is off of Cheltenham High Street. Upon arrival I had the most interesting experience… I noticed a man who was stood upright, in the middle of the graveyard, holding out cupped hands in front of him. At first I couldn’t quite work out what he was holding, though soon realised he was carrying a handful of nuts! The man made an unusual clicking noise with his teeth; all of a sudden a grey squirrel emerged from beneath the shrubbery and quickly climbed up the man’s jacket… only for the gentleman to hand-feed him a nut! I spoke to the gentleman and he explained that he regularly goes down to the graveyard to hand-feed the squirrels and to make them tame… a little unusual, yet a fantastic opportunity to capture some wonderful photos, one of which is depicted above!

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Over the summer holiday, I have been set a simple research task, in order to keep my creative thinking in action and to gather some initial ideas for a project that will be briefed in the next academic year. I have been given four words:

Disguise, Concealment, Subversion & Deception.

I am to explore these words and think about them from a visual, conceptual, imaginary and literary perspective…

…make notes and write stuff, draw, scribble, sketch, photograph, collect things and so on. Do it in your own creative way (there is no correct approach) and gather it together in a journal…”

The photographs above depict a selection of pages from my sketchbook.

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Earlier this summer, I was once again contacted by the Kidlington Methodist Church to design a poster for their annual Family Fun Day. I see this as a great opportunity to not only help out a local organisation but to also showcase some of my work to the village community!

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The hunt for work experience…

An important objective for me over the summer is to obtain some form of work experience, whether paid or unpaid, to give me a better understanding of how the design process works. It would also give me the opportunity to experience what it is like to work on live briefs in a competent atmosphere, whilst improving my professional practice.

I recently contacted six local companies in hope to obtain some work experience either in the graphic design or printing industry. Out of those I reached, two have responded; though unfortunately neither were able to offer me a work placement. Whilst I wait in hope of a response from the other companies, I plan to continue working on some personal projects and make a start on my summer research to keep my creative juices flowing!

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My first year at university has flown by… and the results finally in!! After weeks of juggling design briefs and challenging essays I have managed to secure 7 ‘B’ grades and 7 ‘C’ grades, enough to pass through to the second year of the course! It is very useful to be able to review which modules I was awarded higher grades and which I could improve during the next academic year; I hope to be able to push myself to achieve an grade ‘A’ this time next year!

My first year at university has flown by… and the results finally in!! After weeks of juggling design briefs and challenging essays I have managed to secure 7 ‘B’ grades and 7 ‘C’ grades, enough to pass through to the second year of the course! It is very useful to be able to review which modules I was awarded higher grades and which I could improve during the next academic year; I hope to be able to push myself to achieve an grade ‘A’ this time next year!

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Developing Creative Practice Module Evaluation (AD4403)

                ’Developing Creative Practice’ has been an exciting module with plenty of challenging projects covering many aspects of graphic design. I have enjoyed building and improving my design skills through stimulating project briefs and easy-to-follow workshops. It was great to have the opportunity to participate in the live project briefs for the Cheltenham Science Festival; it was good practice working for a real client and I shall look forward to seeing my work displayed as part of the festival for the public to see. I also enjoyed working on my self-initiated research project, where I set myself the task to research into the redevelopment of my local village shopping centre. My aim is to produce a series of design ideas over the course of the summer and to present these to the centre’s manager, Kim Martin, in hope that they will be considered.

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