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The final elements to my Extended Major Project.

The final elements to my Extended Major Project.

This is the final body of work which I have produced for my Extended Major Project. It consists of nearly all the elements that I outlined to have produced slightly earlier in the project. Two folders containing research and a development of ideas, concepts and designs. The Printed Experiments that were used or were going to be used as a means of retrieving certain results. A final copy of my development work throughout the project, and a final, perfect bound book that acted as a comprehensive guide to the whole project.

After analysing quite a varied set of results, te Hypothesis was answered yes in general.

After analysing quite a varied set of results, the Hypothesis was answered yes in general.

I was able to answer yes to the original Hypothesis which I set out to explore after analysing the results. And I was able to say that the more physical elements of the Printed pieces I tested in my experiments were the more successful when it came to showing evidence of effecting human behaviour. The visual elements such as variations of type and image were not as convincing, and would be more effective if the size of my experiment was much bigger.

Finally being ablt to draw conclusions upon the experiments.

Finally being ablt to draw conclusions upon the experiments.

Since developing the latent fingerprints from across all three experiments, I have used my system of recording and visualising them to be able to analyse each result individually. It was found that results visualised on certain paper types were more prominent than others, because of their effectiveness in reacting to the Ninydrin solution used.

Due to a delay of shipment, my Ninhydrin spray has arrived at last...

Due to a delay of shipment, my Ninhydrin spray has arrived at last...

Because of a delayed shipment from the US, my order of Ninhydrin from WA Products Ltd arrived only today. The chance that I took to approach the Forensic Science department over at Bournemouth University was a smart move. If I had waited for this delivery, my days left to complete the project would have been very scarce indeed! As agreed by myself and Alex Otto, head of the Forensic department, it seems fair to give the University my order of Ninhydrin in return for the Ninhydrin that I was lucky enough to get access to a few weeks ago.

The prototype of the second printed peice which visulaises the results from experiment 3.

The prototype of the second printed piece which visualises the results from experiment 3.

A prototype for the second printed piece was completed today, and the final files have been sent to print after making some final alterations. Using a system designed to visualise each fingerprint based on its surface area and pressure, I was able to map the levels of interaction across each of the separate components that make up the Printed Experiments.

Two colours were used as a way of differentiating between the two slightly different Printed Experiments that were distributed in different environments as a means of receiving contact from people. The results displayed in grey represent the fingerprints found on Printed Experiment 1, which was sent to family and friends from home, and the results displayed in blue represent the fingerprints retrieved from Printed Experiment 2 which was left in a Hairdressing Salon.

Results will be analysed from this printed piece in an attempt to answer the original Hypothesis, as well as providing a point of reference to the human interaction of my two printed experiments. Personally, I’m slightly unhappy about the aesthetic that it holds, and feels a little alienated from the original printed experiment. Three weeks have passed since I designed the initial Printed Experiments, and because of this, I feel that the consistency as to the look and feel of this second book has fallen slightly. However, it’s outcome was controlled by a system of rules, designed to best communicate the areas of human interaction, and so on this level, I think the way that it looks is as relevant as every other part of this project.

A small, professional binding company in East London.

A small, professional binding company in East London.

Stumbled across this neat little binding shop whilst wondering the streets of London. Was amazed by the intensity of the work that was going on here. It had a unique feel about it which retained many of the traditional techniques and processes of book binding. This place really felt pure, honest and unspoilt, where the workforce consisted of both young and old craftsmen and women, all working intensely on single, one off jobs. I mentioned this place to nick at ODD, and he mentioned that they work quite closely with this book binders, especially when they need one off promotional items made for a client.

Saw this advertisment and thought of my EMP experiment.

Saw this advertisment and thought of my EMP experiment.

Whilst walking through bustling Oxford Street, I noticed this piece of advertising on the side of a newspaper stand. Although communicating the quality of the print, this graphic reminded me of one of my final experiments for my Extended Major Project that looked at how people interact with Newspapers. It also made me realise, that the quality of the print upon the page on these cheap, freebie Newspapers in central London is quite an issue to people and probably contributes to the fact that very few people seem interested in them.

Visited the London Graphic Centre whilst in London recently.

Visited the London Graphic Centre whilst in London recently.

Whilst in London for a visit with design agency, ODD, we decided to take a trip to the London Graphic Centre just off Covent Garden. I’ve heard alot about this place, and even though they stock the world’s largest range of coloured paper, thought it didn’t really live up to it’s reputation quite.

An oppertunity for young designers and free lance designers to gain work.

An oppertunity for young designers and free lance designers to gain work.

Whilst waiting for my mate to finish shopping in the London Graphic Centre, I noticed this pin up board that was home to an array of business cards and flyers that advertised designers of all ages from around the country. I found this quite fascinating, and spent a short while checking out some of the online portfolio sites featured using my Iphone. The environment in which this point of self advertising was situated in seemed appropriate for attracting the type of people that might be interested in hiring out free lance designers for example, however because of the current situation that the design industry finds itself in, I’m not sure this would attract much employment opportunities.

Bad practise, even worse when used in London signage:/

Bad practice, even worse when used in London signage:/

Whilst waiting for the bus home, I noticed this really bad typography that was used as part of the London transport signage system. Notice how tight the kerning on the last line is. Don’t think this can be put down to a genuine mistake, rather I think it was purposefully done out of pure laziness! Especially on such signage that represents our capital city’s transport, I didn’t think this was good practise at all.