Richard McHugh – Bournemouth Digital Media Student

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Research – Infographics and Maps

I was looking into different kinds of infographics, from different shaped graphs, bar charts and so on. But I always came back to the idea of using a map, so I wanted to see if I could display the UK map in a different way.


I found this on behance which really stood out.

It was a magazine article looking at climate change and the effects of drought in Brazil’s southeast region.

The image was a drawing which was put into illustrator then created using vector shapes and drawings.

I will do a similar thing, draw parts of the UK with land marks of each county and scan them into illustrator then make them into vector graphics.


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Workshop – Vector Graphics

In the workshop today we are learning how to use the software Illustrator and Inkscape.

Inkscape is an open source program, whilst Illustrator is from the Adobe Package which seems a lot more powerful and easier to use.

In Inkscape we made a vector Chinese doll character which was fun to make. The program Inkscape reminds me of very old software, like paint which is very limited. Illustrator is a much better programming to use for creating vector graphics.

In illustrator we went through the basic tools, using shapes in various way to create different effects and patterns.

For my Poster I will definitely be using Illustrator over Inkscape.

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Development and Realisation – Who has the largest carbon footprint? – Research

I have chosen the question Who has the largest carbon footprint? I was thinking that it could be by what country, age group, or county in England. 77b3769433637539cb2d71d9f99ca808 I found this poster on Behance – I really liked the idea of this, maybe take the idea but instead of a person as the silhouette use England counties and show the difference between big counties with large cities, like the Midlands and compare them to small counties like Devon and Cornwall. 9671973e8e4e4730024c5253bea27b9b The brief is to only use vector graphics which only uses objects rather than pixels, so the first image of the human silhouette is very complicated to only use vector shapes, so I could simplify this idea. Also I found this idea of a chain saw, I want to think of using an object to display different countries, rather than using a map which is very generic.

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New Unit – Development and Realisation – Communication Design A2 Poster

This week we have started a new Unit which is Development and Realisation.
We are going to create a poster by choosing one of the question on the brief, which are;

  • Where have you been and when?
  • What is you social network?
  • How many documented meteor impacts have there been?
  • Who lives the longest?
  • What is the fattest country?
  • Where do different genders shop online?
  • Who knows each other and how in Star Wars?
  • What type of music is the most popular?
  • Who has the largest carbon footprint?
  • How does the hydrologic cycle work?

This assignment isn’t a data collection poster, more like a visualisation poster. So displaying the data in a way which is aesthetically pleasing.

The questions which stood out to me the most was “Who has the largest carbon footprint” and “What type of music is the most popular”.

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David Hockney Research

I really enjoy looking through David Hockney’s photography work. His photo collage pieces are really interesting.


This one of the desert road really captures my eye, the layering of the photos are quite subtle so you might not notice its lots of individual photos.


The work I find more interesting are the abstract pieces.


I find these more interesting because the image as a whole looks stretched and twisted, but its actually just individual photos taken at different angles to make it look warped.
The chair piece is my favorite because its so oddly shaped but you know exactly what the object is, so I created the skateboard photo collage in the same sort of way, I tried to make it look distorted but you can still make out what the object is.