Changing Faces – Final Piece/improvements

Here is the set of PDFs that I submitted for formative feedback – changing faces

After receiving my feedback I decided to make some changes to my work to improve on it further before I print it off for final submission, Upon receiving said feedback, I was able to pick out smaller things that my peers and I didn’t notice in my work that could use some work, which in turn ended up helping me arrange a much better composition in my opinion, I solved my negative space problem on my first page by manipulating and resizing my imagery to make my first page more imposing.

After I had completed my first page and received some advice I also changed my column scheme from a 5 column to a 9 column scheme to incorporate a wider range of opportunities for layouts to create a more varied and unique set of spreads.

This also freed up some text that I could use to solve the problem with my spacing and hierarchy issue on the second page and enabled me to create a more smooth layout without the slightly awkward feel it seemed to have previously.

I also needed to sieve through the document and polish up the details by sorting out the rag out in a few areas, and the occasional widows that I didn’t notice throughout my body text. I spent some time generally re-arranging aspects of my pages to achieve a consistent balance across all of my pages.

My feedback also helped my thought process when thinking how I could improve my work, sorting certain issues also seemed to pave the way for the improvements I could make to other sections of the magazine.

Here is my final design in digital format – Print Spreads final – Liam Mullen

I feel that the hierarchy and use of negative space compliment each other much better than they did in my original design.

Here are some images of my final cut and mounted magazine that I will be exhibiting.


Constellation – PDP

Analysis of my constellation sessions and how they benefit me going forward in my subject discipline.

Throughout my constellation sessions, I feel that I have gained a lot of valuable information when it comes to aiding in my development as a graphic designer. Throughout my sessions in the ‘Archaeologies of the unseen’ I was deeply intrigued and engaged with these lectures, the interaction with the tutor throughout the session provoked responses, which was contrasting from the ‘After Modernism’ lectures that weren’t very interactive and were more oriented on note taking and reading texts in between sessions to catch up due to the large Power Point presentations we didn’t always get to finish going through due to time restrictions. Although I may not have enjoyed every session I attended, I still feel that it was a valuable asset, and the theories and insights provided will definitely have a massive effect on my outlook when it comes to the way I view and create in the future.

I feel like I gained insights from both of the lecture groups despite being considerably more interested in one. I feel that throughout the archaeologies of the unseen lectures I felt more of a relation to graphic design due to it having a bit more of a modern social aspect in the way that the theories seemed to be more relateable to modern communications.
My term two essay, and the theories I researched along with the ideas that were sparked whilst writing definitely gave me a new perspective on the way I will approach my creative process in future, viewing the social aspects of the human reach and the way we can influence people as graphic designers definitely made me value outside opinions much higher than solely relying on my own as I progress through my work.

The theories we explored on perspective and ambiguity really stretched my imagination on the ways I can represent things metaphorically and the way I personally view artwork, it has inspired me to look deeper into imagery to find out what it truly represents rather than just analysing whether it looks good or not. Being able to find the true representation, seeing whether the image flows well or if it should even be viewed as an image or maybe even an object can benefit me when applied to my own work, by taking more time and carefully thinking about my layout or any other design decision I make throughout my creation process I can cleverly distribute aspects with representative connotations to implement further depth into my work.

I feel that the theories on perception have definitely made me think more carefully when I view new pieces of artwork, after being shown videos and images in class that presented us with optical illusions it made it very clear to me that I could always try my hardest to look as deep as possible into an image yet focusing to try and observe everything sometimes lead to us completely missing something drastic from the work. For example we watched a video of a group of people moving around and across the screen, but before we began watching we were told that something was going to happen and that it was obviously out of place, none of us even noticed due to all the hectic activity that was happening with the people on screen but a man in a gorilla suit walked straight through the middle of the set and we were all completely oblivious.

This showed me that even if you know there’s something you should be looking for in an image you should be thinking about how it’s perceived rather than instantly being able to pick it out from the image or video, but when we watched the video for the second time I decided to focus on a certain point on the screen and it enabled me to notice the person in the gorilla suit straight away as they walked on screen. I could use this when I create my own work, if I decided to use metaphorical or illusionary images, I feel that I would have a better understanding of how to implement them throughout the work to achieve the best effect I possibly could to utilise perspective to create an impactful piece that makes the viewer curious and possibly view the piece in the way I intended by sparking curiosity

After modernism has educated me on how the innovative art that we can experience regularly today came to be acceptable and learning about the extreme amount of elitism that art used to contain has been narrowed down considerably, which is something I really value as a graphic designer as I would not even be considered as someone who’s art would even be worth looking at all because my work isn’t realistic fine art paintwork. Realising these limitations have been lifted in the modern world really inspire me and will encourage me to attempt to go further outside the box in my best efforts to innovate as much as possible when I create.

I also feel that after modernism has broadened my mind when it comes to the analysis of imagery, in the sense that I seem to be able to distinguish and identify the more significant connotations throughout an image but also pick up on the smaller details quite efficiently as well in order to find deeper meaning within an image and to be able to tie said images into the theories I study at and insightfully display my own opinions and perspectives that I receive from my analysis.

I feel that in conclusion, constellation sessions albeit a drastic change from the regular subject practice definitely has a positive effect upon my subject discipline and the way I think about my creative process, it brings a deeper insights and encourages outside the box thinking enabling me to tie in outside sources to my work. Which I feel is a huge benefit when it comes to creating individual and innovating pieces of work that convey more complex and interesting messages and improving as a designer.



Changing Faces – Progression 3

Here is my third page of my magazine that I am currently working on.

I feel that the contrast on this page works quite well, come issues that I need to sort out with the rage on the left page, but in general I feel that this page works quite well as a composition and flows quite well with the previous 2 pages with a consistent style throughout. This page might alter slightly to incorporate sorting out my second page which I am experiencing some problems.


Changing Faces – Progression 2

I am currently working on my second page of my magazine, this one is turning out to be the most problematic of my pages as I’m not too sure on my layout, the pages I result in either feel like they are either too overcrowded or have way too much negative space on.

This is where I’m at currently at with this page, I feel like I might have to change around some of my imagery and possibly move things onto other pages to accommodate for other text boxes and some rag tweaking .



Changing Faces – Progression

editorial page ideas

Here is one of my page ideas that I am currently working on, after my review with David I feel that I am moving on the right track with my limited use of fonts, colour, and my use of negative space.
Currently I need to focus on my imagery and the other two double page spreads before devoting too much time to perfecting an individual page. I have set a basis for the house style I would like to go with throughout the rest of the project and need to print off some of my pages to the scale I want to ensure my point sizes work in printed format.

Changing Faces – Page Planning

After analysing the article I decided to make some mind maps and possible layouts for my project, my mind map was to get the general stylistic ideas as a basis for how I would progress through the project and something that I could turn back to to remind me of some of the aspects I needed to include and to make sure that I am keeping the right kind of atmosphere across my pages.


After researching double page spreads created by other designers as inspiration, I came up with these as some of the possible page ideas that I felt I could create digitally and then further experiment with and possibly end up with some interesting outcomes as a result.


First things First – Research

After researching the first things first manifesto’s 1964 and 2000 I have been thinking about the main point that designers talents go to waste creating the same old designs for the same old boring products and think that there could be opportunity for me to make my poster a more inspirational and encouraging piece of design.

I think if I follow the idea of making designers want to identify themselves by the innovative and unique designs that they incorporate into the world it would make designers want to embrace new ideas rather than sticking to the same old clients asking for the same old basic day to day shit that advertisement is bombarded with these days, you wouldn’t want to be known as the guy who made that logo for the dog food brand you’ve never heard of would you, but who wouldn’t want their work to be the face of the newest technological advancement of the world, your designs showing the world that you mean business through your ability to stand out from the crowd. who says it even has to be in advertisement, the manifesto’s aren’t limiting design to advertisement, you could represent something nobody even knows about in other ways, the basis of my idea to progress through this project is to encourage designers to design for the better and improve design itself with their work rather than imitate others with generic content.