A Baker’s Dozen

I’m going to be starting Norwich University of Arts this year, and have been given a summer project - A Baker’s Dozen. This consists of 13 tasks for me to complete ready for when I start my Graphic Communications course. I enjoyed completing these tasks, and found it interesting and fun! I decided to use a blog to show my summer project, as I have never used tumblr before and want to try it out.

Task #1 - Read some books (at least one fiction and one design related)

Fiction Book ‘Fear The Worst’

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So first off, i decided to start by reading a fiction book. I chose to read ‘Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay’. I enjoy books that stir up curiosity and suspense, and this book did just that. I have previously read one of his books (No Time for Goodbye) before so wanted to try another. Its a bit ‘samey samey’ so I don’t think I will pick up any of his other books too soon, otherwise it will probably get a bit boring…Other than that, I would give it a 7/10. Oh, I also quite like to front covers of his books, as I feel they draw me in with the big bold font.

Design Related Book ‘Point East - explore stunning talents in Asia’

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This book isn’t so much about reading, as a the majority of it shows photos of people’s work, but I found it extremely interesting. First of all because it shows design from a different part of the world, and I love that. It starts with an introduction and includes a description for each pieces of work included, and the book ends with interviews from a selection of people behind the design industry. The book includes photography, fashion, graphic design, packaging and much more. I definitely find this book helpful but also great to look at for maybe inspiration or just to enjoy other people’s work. 

Here are a few images from the book to give you an idea…

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I would highly recommend reading both these books.

Task #2 - Look at a manifesto or designers statement

I chose to look at Bruce Mau - Incomplete Manifesto for Growth.


This made me see things from a different view. A lot of this makes sense, and is important to how you become a great designer. This shows you how to not hold back from doing things that you feel you shouldn’t do when it comes to design. Let yourself learn from mistakes, let events change you, let experience change you. I think that this manifesto is full of wisdom that every designer should take into consideration. It definitely opened my eyes to a different perspective.

Task #3 - Plug into a creative/design blog or a few

While browsing the web, I came across http://www.designer-daily.com

So the design of this blog isn’t that pleasing to the eye, but the content makes up for that. It has plenty on there to get your mind thinking, and provides helpful tips and downloads. You can look up things that may be of interest to you on categories, and look for things to inspire you.

I also had a look at www.thisiscollate.com

I found the design of this site really clean. I like the page to look clean and not too busy, simplicity can take you a long way I think. I liked looking through the different posts and found some really good stuff. It’s easy to navigate, easier than the previous blog. I would visit this site again.

Task #4 - Watch a series of films/documentaries by the same director/film maker

I chose the film director Ang Lee.

The first film I watched of his was Life of Pi, one of his most recent films. I hadn’t read the book or even really heard much about the story, so I had no idea what to expect. I really enjoyed this film, it didn’t have an obvious story line and I didn’t get bored. In fact, it surprised me at the end by being  really upsetting! The special effects were amazing, especially the tiger. I wouldn’t hesitate to watch this film again.

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Next I watched an older film of Ang Lee’s. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This film is so different from Life of Pi, but I enjoyed it just as much! The only resemblance between the 2 films being that they both show different ethnic backgrounds, and I like that. With this film being older, you can see the change in Ang Lee’s film making. Yet again, another film I would watch again.

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