You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Materials’ category.

Developing a technique for folding the grey board nets.

Developing a technique for folding the grey board nets.

The finished box and printed experiments.

The finished box and printed experiments.

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.

Sourcing the Greyboard material for use in crafting my final peices.

Sourcing the Greyboard material for use in crafting my final pieces.

I contacted Alexander Paper supliers in an attempt to source some Greyboard for the final folders and containers in which I want to hold my final pieces for the Extended Major Project. They offered a reasonable price for 20 A1 sheets. Being a paper supplier themselves, they were able to offer me a price that was better than many other craft stores, and were able to customise any order to suit your very needs.

I might be able to make conclusions on people's interaction with print on a more visible level?

Making conclusions as to people's interaction with print on a more visible level?

After performing the various experiments on my printed pieces, it might be that I am able to visibly see how people have interacted with them, as well as the latent fingerprints that I will uncover. This will however, depend greatly on the amount of time in which I decide to allow each printed experiment to be handled.

The mock-up of the printed experiment.

First initial mock-up of the printed experiment.

As with any printed prototype, I crafted this in order to give myself a reasonably accurate reference to sizes, weights and alignment of all the components that will make up the printed experiment. Not that the actual content of the book, has as much relevance as the physical nature of the printed piece; I still found it helpful to have printed and bound a full scale working prototype of the book so that I could make any necessary changes to mistakes made in pagination and typographical consistency for example.

An initial concept sketch that outlines the parts of the printed experiments.

An initial concept sketch that outlines the parts of the printed experiments.

This is an initial realisation of all the components that will make up the ‘printed experiments.’ These printed documents will be distributed amongst various environments in order to retrieve human interaction. Because my investigation looks at how the physicality’s and visual appearance of print based media effects how people interact with them, I have designed each component with this in mind. Each part of the printed experiment is printed using a different weight of paper, a different texture of paper, a different format, and the book itself contains some of the key points of research I have come across so far in my project which has been designed using various print finishes.

The different parts of each ‘printed experiment’ are as follows.

1x Wrap around: Made from a lightweight paper, that secures all other parts of the printed package in place.

1x Print Specification: A single board that provides information as to each component in the printed package. This piece is made from rather heavy mount board and should in theory be handled much differently than the A2 poster made from newsprint.

1x Book: A 24 page booklet made from medium thickness semi gloss paper with occasional embossing and spot UV varnish finishing. Has been designed to retrieve most wide ranging results.

1x Poster. A large format, fold out poster made from newsprint that acts as a wrapper for the book and print specification. Being slightly lighter to touch, it will be interesting to see the interaction that people give this compared to the book for example.

The samples folder I got sent by the kind people at GFSmith:)

The samples folder I got sent by the kind people at GFSmith:)

This sample folder that I sent away for acts as a useful reference to a whole range of different paper stocks. All property of paper manufacturers GFSmith, this collection of paper covers an array of various weights, textures and colours. Analysing the way that people interact with this sample folder is quite fascinating, and it is possible to recognise patterns of behaviour depending on the specific types of paper(s) they are looking at.

A publication by SEA Design to promote the PhoenixMotion paper by GFSmith.

A publication by SEA Design to promote the PhoenixMotion paper by GFSmith.

Recent publication by SEA Design to promote GFSmiths’s PhoenixMotion paper. Specific attention has been applied to the surface qualities of the paper, and by combining the use of image and print finishing techniques such as Spot gloss varnishing, the result is a peice of print that has a massive effect on the emotions. I’m sure this book receives alot of attention, and would be rather interesting to see how people interacted with it. ‘Surface Seduction’ is a good example of how design has been used to make the experience of reading a book as conscious as possible. It succeeds in engaging the reader.

Looking at how variouse factors within print effect our unconscious.

Looking at how various factors within print effect our unconscious.

from my research, I have found that there are a number of factors associated with the printed form which have a more direct effect on our emotions than others. It is these emotions that make us unconsciously decide to touch a certain area of the page than other areas for example.

Print finishes such as spot varnishes and embossing make us unconsciously judge something in a more positive way than a column of text seen in the daily newspaper for example. These unconscious judgements can be seen by the way in which we are apt to touch upon the page.