Tuesday, 7 December 2010

One exciting Tuesday

Someone donated a Polaroid and a Kodak instamatic camera to the charity shop today, along with some flash bulbs which I hope will work OK...

The Polaroid was still in its box which was really exciting!! A few weeks ago someone donated the manual for a Canon SLR but no camera. I think it's still on the sorting table in the hope that somebody might bring it in...

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


Some photos I took in MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Barcelona on holiday in summer 2010. There is such a diverse mix and there is so much to see as well!! The museum is full of little hidden spaces but it's worth retracing your steps to make sure you see them all. The space outside is also popular among skaters.

I was so interested in the objects in the cabinet pictured above! They make me think of fine art students with little leather pouches full of little tubes of paint finding the perfect location along a river somewhere.
It's hard to tell from a small section but the list on the wall was like a giant, verbal map of what was on each floor. One of the things highlighted was how film-makers edited films before the invention of computers and software, which is something I had never considered before. One exhibition room showed the process of cutting up thin film reels and putting the frames back together in the desired order.

Look out for photos of the DHUB Barcelona design museum coming soon - I have a few on my camera but my boyfriend has the rest!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

A rant about soup.

I was mildly appalled when I went into a pub in town on a cold day and asked for vegetable soup and got served with this. I couldn't wait for a thick, chunky soup to warm me up... and I got given stock water with overboiled cabbage in.

I'm not one to complain but when you look at what vegetable soup SHOULD be like... well
Mmm! :)

Oh, and...

Did I fail to mention..? The Blondie logo!!

Good Times.

Oh Mini, how I miss you every day...

Thursday, 28 October 2010


I'm slowly getting the hang of Dymo - it's very hit and miss when I use it. One time it'll be wonky and all over the place and it won't do the spacing properly by itself, meaning I have to judge how much distance to put between each letter... when I cannot see what I'm doing!! (Google image it to get a better idea - I am using a tiny manual one).

A few times I have been very proud of it, but I came to the decision today that I'm proud of it every time I do it, whether it's technically wrong or right. The example here is legible, if a little wonky and out of line. But that's a good thing. It has character. And considering I paid 50p for it at the charity shop I volunteer for, it's all you need to learn how to do it. A lot of the Dymo I have looked up is done with machines that look like little calculators. I'm just glad you can still buy the coloured reels to press it on.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


I have started researching into different poster designs for Uni and I came across a bloke called Johnny Bakaert. His designs use distorted yet tasteful illustrations and his colours and layouts are fun and exciting


I also found Bruno Porto very inspiring; he uses collage within his work which is something I want to get back into. There is so much fun to be had cutting up images by hand and working into them before arranging them on the page. His website does not look much like a designer's website but the quality (and quantity) of his posters are great. His work ranges from gritty black and white illustrations to clean, slick images with splashes of colour and plenty of character. Porto clearly communicates his messages with appropriate typography.