Archive | March, 2009

Richard Long

31 Mar

Richard Long

Long often brings natural materials into the gallery, in this instance red slate from the border of Vermont and New York State. Typically, he places these in simple, geometric configurations that emphasise the particular characteristics and resonance of the material. Long has stated: ‘A circle outdoors focuses our attention on the environment it is in, while indoors the circle and materials demand the attention.’

English sculptor, photographer and painter. Within a year of his departure from St Martin’s, Long was closely associated with the emergence of a new art form, Land art, having already produced such works as A Line Made by Walking (1967; London, Tate), a photograph of the trail left in the grass by walking back and forth in a straight line.

Long made his international reputation during the 1970s with sculptures made as the result of epic walks, sometimes lasting many days, to remote parts of the world. Guided by a great respect for nature and by the formal structure of basic shapes, especially circles, he never allowed facile exotic connotations to intrude into his work, although some of his sculptures evoked the mysterious connotations of ancient stone circles and other such monuments. Different modes of presentation, sometimes combined, were used to bring his experience of nature back into the museum or gallery. From 1981 he also alluded to the terms of painting by applying mud in a very liquid state by hand to a wall in similar configurations, establishing a dialogue between the primal gesture of the hand-print and the formal elegance of its display. He stressed that the meaning of his work lay in the visibility of his actions rather than in the representation of a particular landscape.

Long represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1976 and was the recipient of the Turner Prize, awarded by the Tate Gallery in London, in 1989.



31 Mar

So i been looking at soundwaves for part of my sound and image breif and my research has taken me to youtube, im not sure how to upload videos from youtube at the mo but ill do it at some point so ill just post the links for now:

some experiments with liquid and speakers:–AA&NR=1

Cool cover concept:


You can’t really feel the concept with out seeing it being opened check it out here >

Yahoo answers

31 Mar

So i got this idea of some one to ask yahoo why do kids/younger generation not like classical music, well i found these answers on another blog… cant remember whose sorry( Lucy’s I think). i found them quite interesting to read peoples views and how different some of them actually are.

I asked ‘How can we make classical music more fun for kids?’ ….link and was shocked how quick it got answer by lots of people!

Katie Kirk

28 Mar

Katie Kirk is a graphic designer and illustrator living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a love of vector art and patterns, Katie is always in the mood to scheme, collaborate and create. Together with her husband, Nathan Strandberg, they started EightHourDay, a multi-disciplinary, multi-talented design boutique.

Eli, No!,  is a children’s book about the story of one trouble-making dog, and the one word that isn’t far behind.

This book is awesome, i love the simple imagery, the colours and the typography. 🙂1



Here is some o her other work:


Edward Tufte

28 Mar

Edward Tufte is an American statistician and Professor of statistics,  information design, interface design and political economy at Yale University. He has been described by The New York Times as the ‘Da Vinci of Data’. He is an expert in the presentation of informational graphics such as charts and diagrams, and is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Tufte lives in Cheshire, Connecticut. He periodically travels around the United States to offer one-day workshops on data presentation and information graphics. Tufte has written several books, including visual Explanations, The visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Data Analysis for Politics and Policy. He writes, design, and self- publishes his books on analytical design, which have received more than 40 awards for content and design.

Examples of Tufte’s work:



soundwaveform bracelet

26 Mar
Whilst the sentiment is borderline cheesy, it is a pretty neat concept for giving a piece of jewellery with a message.


sound_braceletMade by a group called The Sound Advice Project, from a concept originally devised as a thesis project by David Bizer,  the sound waveform bracelet is intended as a way for parents to record an inspirational message, which is then custom-made into a piece of jewellery as a gift to a teenage child. The purpose is for the child to always have a visual reminder of the advice.

How are we meant to make classical music fun and exciting when this is happening!!!

26 Mar

I found this news article whilst doing some research, no wonder classical music is so unpopular with our generation! Ok i can understand that they want to keep ‘hooligans’ away from there shops but surely theres another way of doing it? they are just creating a bad name for classical music with youths… is this why classical music is so uncool?

Stores blast out classical music to deter gangs –

Published Date: 22 January 2009

CO-OP stores in South Yorkshire are playing classical music from outdoor loud speakers to deter gangs of hooligans from congregating outside.
Concertos, overtures, minuets and symphonies are being broadcast from the shops to drive away anti-social yobs who gather outside at night, causing trouble and intimidating customers.

The Co-op in Manor Park Centre is playing pieces by composers including Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky over an external speaker system.

And manager Jamie Parker told The Star: “It really does seem to be working.”

Other South Yorkshire stores participating in the scheme include Gleadless in Sheffield and Greasbrough and Kimberworth Park in Rotherham.

Co-op regional loss prevention manager Peter Cooper said the move was having the desired effect because the music made the area less “cool” for hip-hop-loving teens to gather.

He said: “We had an issue with young people hanging around outside the stores which was intimidating for shoppers and staff.

“This problem has been dramatically reduced since we introduced the music. The youngsters are definitely not classical music fans, and tend to disappear as soon as we turn the music on.

“This is an extra tool we can install in locations where we have such problems. Playing the music makes our shops less cool as places for youngsters to hang out.

“We are really pleased the music is having such a positive effect and is making life easier for our customers and staff.”

Co-op customer Tammy Clinton, visiting the Manor Park Centre store, told The Star: “The kids try to intimidate people by hanging round in groups. I think the classical music will work – the kids won’t like it. They won’t be hanging around if they are playing this.”

Doreen Dowling, of Maltravers Road, added: “I think it’s a good idea. I like this music – but I don’t like the music the youngsters like these days.”

Shopper Gemma Wainright, aged 24, said: “It’s a bit annoying. I wouldn’t stand around here for long if it was playing.”

And her sister Louise, 26, said: “I used to hang around here when I was younger – I think it would put me off.”

The taped music is controlled by shop staff who can turn the volume up to deter the youths. The initiative is operating at more than 200 Co-operative stores across the UK.

The idea is similar to the controversial Mosquito Anti Vandal System which emits a high pitched noise only youngsters can hear and which was used by local authorities – including Rotherham – to force gangs of teenagers to disperse. It is no longer being used in Rotherham because of fears it could cause health problems, and infringe human rights.