Going for a walk/light design lazer cut part 2

We were asked to walk from Ladbroke Grove to Chiswick in West London. On the journey, I remembered that most interesting things around London were seen by looking up, mainly at the beautiful architecture. I thought how about looking at the ground and focussed my journey on looking at drain designs.

Throughout my walk, I discovered repetitive drain designs mostly by utility companies, still the design were pretty interesting.



Until I walked to Holland Park where I found cast iron plates in the pavement.  I was quite intrigued by the designs. In image below was the first cast iron plate I came across.


Nearing the end of my journey, in Chiswick, a row of houses backing onto the River Thames, I discovered all the houses had these cast iron plates in the pavements.  All different designs by different manufacturers.



The design reminded me of something I saw in Creative Review, buy I couldn’t quiet put my finger on it.  I did some research and rediscovered the book an artist had made in Creative Review. Unfortunately, the link to the complete works is broken, so below are some screenshots of what the artist made.  The artist took rubbings of drains covers and created a book from screen printing.


When I did further research I found out that these cast iron round plates in the pavement were coal hole covers.  They were used to cover the chute where the coal was deposited in the cellar of the houses. They were commonly used from 1860’s in many large town buildings, but with the introduction of the Clean Air Act in 1956 in London they became obsolete in Britain.

The designs still appear very strong due to being casted in iron, but over hundred years of footfall some of the design has worn away.

Whilst these designs are interesting, I took my sometime to think about how to use the design. I mocked up some drains in different colours to test.

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Moving onto a wallpaper design perhaps it could be used in an industrial design office or a bathroom. I thought about some environmental awareness posters, but I couldn’t quite match a message I really wanted.

chiswick drain walls

As much as I liked the designs on the drains, I realised I picked quiet a difficult subject to progress with.  After some thought, I decided to create a 70cm diameter lampshade from a chosen coal hole design cover, to work the pattern of the coal hole cover around the shade.

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Once I traced the design I scanned into Photoshop then Illustrator to clean up ready for it to be inserted into the main artwork as a patterned design.

In illustrator ready for laser cutting.

total dimensions 225 x 30cm for a 70cm diameter lampshade

cut into 4 sections to print on A2

3 x 59cm by 30cm

1 x 48cm by 30cm

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Laser cut print ready for assembly.

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the end joins – not completely perfect due to errors with the laser cutter


example of a middle section

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Start of assembly, rounded into position, rolling the two rings at the same time following inserting the diffuser.  The diffuser was slightly bigger than the ring, which I found strange as I purchased it from the same company as the lampshade kit.  This made the artwork slightly bulged.


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Unfortunately, I have all fitted light fittings, so I was unable to actually fit the lampshade to a standard light fitting.  I used cord and hung it from the a large light fitting and used battery powered lights to eliminate the light.

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As mentioned above the diffuser is slightly larger than the ring, so it didn’t sit perfectly in the lamp shade ring.

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Self Initiative Project

To bring searching for a gig up to date, I want to create a map based search for gig listings.  Being able to search for a gig via a map will help the user search out gigs nearest them, which is a much more user friendly interface to do a search.


zone of wireframe

The wireframe displays a map path of the app in zones.  The core feature of the app is the search zone/band gig zone.  This is the main purpose of the app to search for music gigs nearest your location in London that day.  By pressing the icon at the top of the page, can change the view of ‘what’s on’ from Live (today), Tomorrow, Future and Past.

The search can be all genres in your location or by genre. Once the user has selected an icon genre on the map (for example a guitar will be displayed for any rock music gigs), the it will take the user to the a defaulted page of the live gig.  The user can then view all the details of the gig and purchase tickets linking to an external ticket website.



Mapping, Data and Information Part 2 – The Evolution of the Smiley Face

For the second part of this task, I decided to research the history of the smiley face and it’s evolution. Initially, I researched the subject as a whole, which was later I found it was too much data to capture and design in a short duration. I always had it in my mind the smiley face relation to acid house dance music of the 80s. My initial design was lay out like a vinyl, but the data within this design didn’t reflect it’s design, so I moved onto the smiley face in music history.



I continued my research of the evolution of the smiley in music. I captured information from a wide range of research from the use of the smiley back as early as the Windsor Free Festival in ’78 to EDM in the 80’s to current date and in alternative music used by the band Nirvana during the 90’s to current use of it in popular music, Katy Perry wearing Moschino smiley faces outfits a recent tour.

Using my findings to recreate the smileys faces in illustrator to create and infographic.  I chose a range of smileys from various music genres before narrowing it down to create an infographic.

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For my final piece I decided to create an A2 poster of the Evolution of the Smiley in EDM as that subject had plenty of data to create an info graphic.  Taking the smiley faces from each flyer, original flyers and dates are features on phatmedia.co.uk. I recreated each smiley face in illustrator, apart from the Shoom smiley (red, green, blue) moon like smiley.  I used this as a jpeg to inserted into the poster. I wanted to use this as it shows the most evolved design of a smiley face in EDM used in 2017.

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Created a spreadsheet so I could easily arrange the smileys by date order.

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Before, arranging onto the A2 poster design.

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I created an A2 poster on white paper and I experimented with printing on A4 transparent film.

The evolution of the Smiley face is quite clear to see from the infographic. For example No. 2 and No. 19 has evolved in design from a flat design in ’88 to a more 3d with the use of shadows in ’02.

A2 poster


A4 on clear film


Mapping, Data and Information Part 1

Spending some time walking around the university, I came across a poster highlighting all the food and drink shops within the university at Ealing Campus.

I walked to each of them, which were accessible on the day.  I took photographs and recorded the costs of the items I was interested in collecting and mapping out data.


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I decided to compare choices of food and drinks ideally for breakfast because there was such a vast array of choice of food but not much of a great choice for breakfast, most of the food and drink is pretty unhealthy with a high sugar content.

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Following taking notes on foot, I started to map out the food and drink by shops and compare prices.  I was going to structure it healthy and unhealthy, but most of it is unhealthy (high sugar content), so this didn’t really work out.  What I found was that there was quite a significant difference in costs around the shops, so this was ideal to map out in an infographic.


On comparison of the above infographic I created in Illustrator, the Illy Pod seems about average on price within the university.  However, at the start of university in September the Illy Pod stopped selling fruit.  So, the Heart Refectory would be the ideal place to grab breakfast, but they are the most expensive for flapjacks.  What this data does tell us, we have to go to each of the shops to get the lowest price for each drink or food item, which isn’t ideal when you are in a rush!

Below is a printed version of the info graph.


How can I get to Australia?

Thinking of different ways to get to Australia…

how can I get to Aus

From the top, clockwise:-

  1. travel in a tuk tuk.
  2. use Mary Poppins umbrella.
  3. ask a genie.
  4. run like Forest Gump!
  5. get struck by lightening and thrown there.
  6. collect donations from penny for the Guy.
  7. hitch a ride.
  8. make money from a car boot sale.
  9. marry an Aussie.

15 Luftballoons

Thinking of ways to rescue a helium filled balloon.


From the top, clockwise:-

  1. ask for help from acrobats.
  2. fly in a plane.
  3. ask God.
  4. shoot it down with a bow and arrow.
  5. get a bird of prey to retrieve it.
  6. stand on the princess (and the pea) mattresses.
  7. invite it to a balloon party in Freddie’s Bar.
  8. get a scissor lift.
  9. use a trampoline.
  10. swim to it.
  11. fly in a hot air balloon.
  12. use a trapeze.
  13. fly on a bicycle with E.T.
  14. ask Donald Trump.
  15. Google it.

I am late because…

Thinking about being late in realistic and surreal ways…

I am late bcus

From the top, clockwise:-

  1. someone committed suicide.
  2. slept late, drinking too much alcohol.
  3. talking too much.
  4. alarm didn’t go off.
  5. cat pee’d on my books.
  6. lost my bag.
  7. road traffic accident.
  8. nature called.
  9. suck in traffic.
  10. locked out of our graphics room.
  11. laptop blew up.
  12. queue for coffee.
  13. had a heart attack.