The Next Haul of Uni Work Coming Right Up!

28 Sep

I have just started my second year of university, and there’s quite a bit to do already. Should have gathered that but my mindset is still not up to scratch. Hopefully it will be once everything has properly started.

So my modules for the first semester is:

  1. Typography (Stage 2)
  2. Research & Reference
  3. Advanced Digital Communication

We done Stage 1 of Typography and Digital Communication back in the first year (which I never put up as this blog was set up in the second semester), but it’s more full-on this year.

For our first assignment, Typography (Stage 2) is to make a Punk Fanzine based on a contemporary Punk band. Now, I couldn’t find any contemporary bands with that genre by itself, so I’ve picked a Punk Rock band I liked back when I was a teenager: Green Day. Still have some of their CDs and listening to it last night and singing to some of the songs, I obviously still like them deep down. Gonna plan out the layout and what to put in there. But since I’ve picked a band I’ve brightened up a bit. I hope it will be something I’ll enjoy.

Research & Reference is basically what the name says. The assignment for this is called Alphabet Soup. Out of many tasks, we have to pick a minimum of three to do. So far I have picked one that I will be doing, which is:

How would you illustrate these lines from a poem by Seamus Heaney:

The letters of the alphabet were trees,

The capitals were orchards in full bloom,

The lines of script like briars coiled in ditches

For this I have done research on Heaney himself, and where this poem has come from and what it was inspired by. It is from a collection of poems written by Heaney called The Haw Lantern (1987).  It is meant to be one of his most abstract collections and has the theme of dealing with loss and the death of his mother, who died in 1984.

The title for the collection, The Haw Lantern, is based on the berry-type plant, the haw fruit. The berry itself is a symbol to the Northern Irish of opposing against winter, and the dignity of the people when there is trouble and violence, and light and hope is seen in the midst of that darkness. The lantern is based on the Greek myth of Diogenes. In the myth, Diogenes was carrying a lantern in the streets in search of an honest man in the light. The meaning behind it is that there is little hope in finding an honest man.

The poem above is from Part II of the collection, and is the third stanza in this section. It describes the point of Heaney’s life where he was fascinated by words. It uses the imagery of natural beauty to describe the formed letters and their shapes and sounds.

Back to the assignment itself and choosing two more tasks, I’m not too sure what to do. I am swaying a bit to one where you have to look at the surfaces that letters appear on, and producing symbols for three words, as well as doing anagrams where the word and its meaning changes when you take away a single letter (like ‘cow‘, take away the ‘c‘, and you’ve got ‘ow‘). So I may just as well do them.

Now, as for the last new module, Advanced Digital Communication, we are being taught programs I have been wanting to know more about, InDesign and Dreamweaver. They’re being taught 5 or 6 weeks at a time (so first InDesign then the other program) and I’m finally learning something from it after almost a year of obtaining the Adobe Design Suite.

Anyways, it’s time to go back to work, so I’m off.

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