Tuesday, 27 October 2015

GDES2014 Lynda Murray Talk & Initial Brief Research + Live Q+A

This week Children's Publishing Designer and Illustrator Lynda Murray has very kindly agreed to bring her planned talk forward (orig next week) to help make sure that you have some delivered session content (and) the chance to discuss initial research and ideas for your 'live' brief.
As part of this, I'll set this post up so that you can send any brief-linked Q's to me/have them answered 'live' and in real time (on top of Lynda's talk and discussion with learning teams) for the duration of the normal session time (2.15pm > 6pm).

To ask a question to me (tutor Andy) between 2.15pm and 6pm simply follow these basic step by step instructions:
1. Locate the 'Comments link' at the foot of this post.
2. Click on it and a box will appear to type your question into.

3. Type in your (name) first and then your question as clearly as you're able to.

4. Look at the drop-down box below the comment box (it'll say something like 'Comment As' and once clicked will show a series of options).

5. Select 'Anonymous' and then click the 'Publish' button.

6. Now you have to prove that you're a human being and not a 'robot'.. Just click the "I'm not a robot' box and then the 'Publish' button.

7. Assuming you've followed these steps correctly your question should now appear in the comments list.

8. Tutor Andy will then try to answer all and any questions as best as possible so you have 'live' feedback on the brief/your thinking still during this week's session from him as well as Lynda.

10 comments:

  1. (Sample question) Your name - your question.

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  2. Margarett - Hi Andy, I hope you're feeling better :) In the last couple of weeks we've been looking at illustrations and illustration styles, and most of the one's shown are just author and illustrator, I'm wondering how could I as a graphic designer in my publications have just as great impact, as an illustrator's publication would have?
    As a graphic designer I am familiar with page layout and grids and typography, but especially in children's book design, images are very important and I feel that an Illustrator would have a better advantage.
    I hope I got my question through

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  3. Emily - Hi Andy! I hope your foot is better. I was just wondering, been as the brief asks for the designs to be an e - resource, do we create them as 300 d.p.i or 72 d.p.i? Thank you

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    1. (Andy) Hi Emily, yes, back in the land of the living now thanks and hopeful that I'll be up and running as normal next week.. That's a good question though.. Commercial print would be 300dpi - but it's not a traditional book just for print in that sense.. I think I would work in a halfway house resolution and in RGB. I'd suggest 150dpi. This is still high enough to get a crisp print out but low enough to remain a smaller file for online use/easy distribution too.. Hope helps.. :)

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  4. (Andy) Hi Margarett, yes, on the mend now thanks.. I think that last year's group had much the same thoughts - that some would use their illustration skills and some would play on their existing graphics skills.. In reality I would recommend that you try to play to your strengths though in terms of the visual style for your Bee eResources.. While graphic designers don't always have illustration abilities, they do often possess further skills in photography and digital photo manipulation and possibly the application 'Adobe Illustrator' too. Graphic Design students were able to use all of these experiences to their advantage last year.. In a similar way, many of the illustration students are new to page layout, typographic considerations etc and are often concerned about how they'll ultimately work those areas.. I think I'd recommend (if you haven't already) taking a look back at some of the final design boards from last year on previous blog posts initially. You'll see that there are various different treatments visually - not just all illustrations - but stylised photography too in places.. Don't worry too much about the final outputs at this moment though as we're still early days - it's all about the strength of your ideas and research into the area at this point, we'll then start to develop visual approaches week by week with further support and feedback.. Hope this helps.. :)

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    1. It did, thank you :)

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    2. Great stuff - more than happy to answer anyone else's Q's if they have them..

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  5. hi andy! james here hope all is getting better. just wondering if the name of the title has to be "the secret life of bees" or can that be changed if we saw it fit?

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    1. (Andy) Hi James, yes on the mend ta.. I think the title is linked to the science workshops run on campus called "The Secretish Life of Bees".. I think if that was still visible on your page as a small header (so children could see the link) then you might be able to consider a funky associated title like "The Mad Professor's Activity Pack" or similar though.. Your client Katy will hopefully look at this if she gets a mo' too and may also wish to come back on that.. I think that's my thinking at this time though.. Hope helps.. :)

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  6. yes it did thank you

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