Pecha Kucha – Presentation About Me… :/

So today I had to do my Pecha Kucha presentation. I was really nervous about it, standing up, talking about yourself and your interests seemed a bit weird. After wards though it was nice to know others in the class now know what your interested in and what idea/direction you’d like to go in for your final year project. It was great to explain to the class what I wanted to get of the year as well as the projects and hopefully inspire them… I know I was inspired anyway!

When listening to others I found it interesting to know what they want to do. It was great to hear what area in socially responsive design they are looking into also. Areas that where brought up I never even thought of but would love to look into which I will discuss in my next post.Slide01Slide02Slide03Slide04Slide05Slide06Slide07Slide08Slide09Slide10Slide11


Make and Do Assignment – Reflection

For this assignment I was asked to take a recipe from online of making something that is useful or playful and multimedia based. I chose this idea, City Lights from the website Instructables. I love the hands on approach for both making and then playing with this project.

I changed a lot of aspects of this project. I widened it’s ability, as well as cubes that light up, the lights react to music. I also added speakers to the project. I changed some of the materials to make it more durable.

Changing aspects of the project made it feel like a completely new idea. Asthetically similar but how it was made and how it works is different.

Intructables Version.                             My Version.

City Lights

City of Light and Sound






I had many issues with making the project. I ran out of copper tape, the magnets where not strong enough, the magnet whiteboard warped effecting the connection between the cubes and the board etc. I over came all of these issues, changing the copper tape to alluminium foil tape, getting stronger and larger magnets. Unfortunately the magnetic whiteboard warping there was little I could do about it. As a result some of the cubes still will not connect to the board in areas correctly.


The project took a lot of work, each cube took a lot of work. Inside each had to have their own components. Between sticking, hot gluing, and soldering, copper tape, LEDs, a transparent straw, magnets, transistor and resistors (for the red LEDs as they took more power than the other colours) have been jammed into each cube. Two of the large speakers have a speaker in them also.

Each cube was make out of separate pieces of perspex, that was sanded down to be opaque and hot glue gunned into a cube. Each cube was then sanded down again.

The white board was fiddly stickking down the strips of aluminium foil that I had to cut into thin 6mm strips. Everything had to measured correctly to ensure a good connection. All of the speaker and power wires where soldered underneath the board.

One thing I would have tried to overcome would have been trying to create away to avoid users being able to turn the cubes the opposite way. The reason for this would be if the user puts the cube down the wrong way it would short the entire project. Because of this I have been more nervous allowing people use it.

I think that my make and do project has really opened my eyes in relation to my major group project this year. I have learnt a lot about wiring and electrics and how audio can be used to affect lights, all of which will come in handy for the major project we have decided to do.

Work Completed Whilst on Erasmus…

In this blog I will display all of the work I did for college in Madrid whilst on Erasmus.

The first assignment I was given was on the 9th of October and completed on the 15th of October, in Contemporary Art Trends. The brief was to create an advertisement using any artist’s painting that we had studied so far. This was my final idea.

1st Assignment

The painting I used was Georges Seurat’s pointillist painting of the Eifel Tower. Using this painting I created an advertisement for Specsavers.

I always thought that pointillism looked like pixels up close. Then from far away your eyes blend it all together to look fluid. I played on this idea of something being blurry without glasses on but clear when you do have glasses on.

When presenting my idea to the class all agreed that the advertisement’s idea was clear and well demonstrated.

2nd Assignment

The next assignment we were given in the same subject was a C-map. The C-map which is basically a mind map was based on Art Trends from Realism to Expressionism. This assignment was given on the 31st of October and the due date was the 5th of November.

I thought this assignment was very useful for studying the module  I will definitely use this program in future when at home. C-maps is a free program available for download at

The third assignment given was again in Contemporary Art Trends. We were given this assignment on the 12th of November and due the 19th of November. The brief was to create another advertisement using any artist’s painting that we had studied so far. We also had to define our target audience. This was my final idea.

3rd AssignmentI chose to create my advertisement using Matisses ‘La Gerbe’. The work itself is creative. I thought what better company to advertise with it than Crayola itself.

The target audience I chose for this advertisement is as follows:

1.Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents etc. Anyone who has children in their lives.

2. Artists. The image of Matisse’s used in the advertisement would appeal to them having a background in Art.

When presenting my idea to the class, we had discussed that the idea was good but that the slogan should have been moved to another area. If I was to change this I would have put it at the bottom of the advertisement.

Another assignment for Contemporary Art Trends was to visit The  ‘Reina Sofía’ museum. We had to visit room 210 on Cubism, from this we wrote an essay in relation to our experience there. We were given the assignment on the 12th of November and due on the 19th of November.


In Museo Reina Sofía, room 210 is dedicated pacifically to the cubist movement. It has many art works and sculptures even films from this era. I don’t think I truly appreciated this movement until visiting the museum for myself.


My favourite out of the collection that was there, Pablo Picasso’s ‘Los pájaros muertos’ or ‘Dead Birds’ in English. I had seen it before from photographs but seeing it before me made me see it differently. I appreciated it more.

The oil painting of a drinking glass, newspaper and bird parts is rather confusing yet interesting, in my opinion. The colours dark add to the sense of grim. The image is as if Picasso had collaged these everyday objects with the remains of dead birds.

There are large areas of flat space also in the painting. Do these spaces resemble nothingness after death? One could only begin to delve into the multiple meanings that this painting may have.


I found the sculptures very interesting. When I think about cubism, I think collage. It must have been difficult to apply such a characteristic to a sculpture yet Picasso’s ‘Woman’s Head’ captures this perfectly. The sculpture of a woman’s head is distorted to a certain degree. It is here were you can clearly see the influence of African tribal masks in his work.

After viewing the Cubism room, we went on to see Picasso’s ‘Guernica’. The actually experience of seeing this painting was jaw dropping.

The atmosphere in the room was amplified by the painting. The painting truly depicted the pain and horror that was felt all of those years ago.

The painting has travelled all over the world and has it’s own battle scares to show from it. This has added to the meaning of the painting itself.

5th Assignment

The next assignment for Contemporary Art Trends was project consisting of three parts. The entire project was given on the 15th of October.

The first part was to read ‘Ways of Seeing’ by John Berger and to write an analysis of the book. I have a shortened version already loaded onto my blog. Click here to view.

In the essay I explain how Berger has included visual essays in his book. This lead to the second part of the project to create a visual essay based on an Artist from the second half of the 20th century onward.

This part of the project as due on the 3rd of December. I chose the Artist Robert Rauschenberg. I compiled many of his works from over the years in this visual essay to tell a story. Below is my visual essay.

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The third part of the project was to use one piece or work from the Artist you had chosen to create an advertisement campaign. I chose Robert Rauschenberg’s Bicycle Sculpture in Germany. It was due on the 11th of December. Below you can see my campaign.

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The final assignment from this module was another C-map to help us with our final exam in the subject. In this C-map we had to include all areas of study in the subject. Again I felt this very helpful for the exam.



Saul Bass - Anatomy of a Murder


In the module Animation and Video Games, we had two exams and one assignment which was to visit an exhibition. The exhibition was of Saul Bass and his Movie Posters.

I attended the exhibition on the 28th of November. It was a very interesting exhibition. To view a little about the exhibition please click this link CBA – Saul Bass.

As well as posters there were film clips playing from a projector which was nice to sit and view.


Last but not least we had a continuous project in the module Creative Laboratory Computing Environment. in this project we had the freedom to create anything unique with a business plan to go with it. This was most definitely one of the hardest assignments.

Click here to view the presentation of my project already posted on my blog. I will also give a quick outline of what was involved.

Culturezine Logo

For the project we had to create a business plan for a product of our own. I personally chose an online magazine due to the relevance to my course at home and to the boom on online magazines at the minute. Within my business plan i had to include the following points:

  • Concept
  • Competence
  • Brand
  • Company – Number of workers, Office Installations, Computers, Cost.
  • Future Benefits
  • Business Plan
  • Analyse Product – Price range, cost, timing.
  • Marketing Plan – Advertisements

It had to be based on real information so that the business could work in real life. This was given to us at the beginning of the semester and was due on the 12th of December. We had to present it to the class.

Advertising Campaign


For the Advertising Campaign the brief was to use one piece or work from the Artist you had chosen for your Visual Essay. I chose Robert Rauschenberg’s Bicycle Sculpture in Germany.

Below you can see my campaign.
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We had to present our ideas to the class then on the 12th of December. I really enjoyed this assignment.