In Sept 2016 I attended the Reasons To … conference in Brighton, UK.
Read more about the conference
During the 3 days I jotted notes, ideas and references into a large Moleskine. Worried my notes may make less sense over time, In’ve transcribed them below. Enjoy.
person to find / follow etc.
something to search
my thoughts / questions
Image / photo reference
music / band
Action / do something
random / unknown / huh?
Nelly Ben (speaker) – / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelly_Ben_Hayoun http://nellyben.com/
Paul Virillo Open Sky
Roland Barthes – Mythologies
Willam Borroughs – Invisible Generation () PDF here
– associated art project Invisible Generation
‘Theatre of Cruelty’
UX design of infographics – how much can we challenge the reader? Why does everything have to be easy for the reader? Could we convey additional emotion / understanding by making a layout challenging / longwinded / complicated etc?
Total Bombardment – Nellys approach to her work
infographics in every field – using the communication through their visuals
Diagram of Greek Tragedy
International Space Station music with Sigor Ros
Disaster Playground Teaser from Disaster Playground on Vimeo.
find Disaster Playground soundtrack from Prodigy
The Life The Sea and the Space Viking
(Charlie Marie) Charlie Prangley
Be a hungry designer – appetite creates more impact?
Atomic Agency, Holland
plotting and scheming – contemplation, collaborative, new practices, explore, impact
Am I hungry? Do I know any hungry designers?
Go to a design meetup – meet agencies
Step 1 – collaborate
Step 2 – reduce confirmation bias (throw away our comfortable ideas that we like. Do rapid ideation. Rapid prototyping
Step 3 – embrace centre stage – trust, responsibility, bigger budgets
Look for a digital prototyping tool? Do i need one? Or are post-it notes perfect?
the struggling designer – no prototyping. don’t get attached to your own ideas
prototyping lets you work out your UX/UI and layout
am i afraid of failure?
Failure is progress
How do I repackage failure? Process – share, test – ideate – repeat
John Lieberman – conference talk on UX tools – shaping design
dopey ideas. Embrace them. How crazy are they?
Cheltenham Design festival – is this still a thing?
Do I have dopey ideas? DO i share the,? I need to create the environment to share them
Plussing – when you give positive feedback to have to give constructive advice as well
DO I want to do what I do?
I should explore and have more fun in evenings and weekends. Take a week off every month to play and explore?
Do lectures – Do Fly – Gavin Strange
motion graphics – try something fun and silly
develop a consistent process which can be applied to all projects. Calendar template? Is this possible?
example template – research, brainstorm (word association), thumbnail sketching, detailed sketching vector drawing
charts as illustrations- bars of bar chart amongst letters?
I need to bring more heart into my infographics. Oxfam – emotion? Or does that add a judgement that I should be avoiding? Where is the heart in infographics and data?
redesign some old work with heart and soul – perhaps some Tableau dashboards
humour and heart – show heart, show love, show data – show and tell. Can I use design to instil an emotion? Should it always be easy?
What other emotions can I generate through graphic design? Anger, confusion, happiness, a sense of time, a sense of length
Hans Brickler hotel chain – Amsterdam
e.g. School data – not emotive, gun data – highly emotive
who do I want to work with?
sketch using the length of the page to show distance travelled etc. Walk to water
What is my USP? What are my core skills?
find a career mentor
Mr President agency
Laura Jordan Bambach – laurajaybee
Great british Diversity Experiment
Papel and Canota
Tandem Bank – credit card design – https://tandem.co.uk/
Jim Flora designer – Gene Krupe
Blab magazine – 88 – 2001
NO brow publishers
Yokkai – japanese spirits and demons
editorial infographics – how do I go about getting work like this?
promote previous editorial infographics
editorial infographics but need some characterisation – do they?
follow up fairy tales infographics – cards? Simple cards
Xmas cards – get these done – xmas stories?
fairy tales rely on repetition – do we lose that if we try to restructure the story?
try collage infographics – cut outs, amongst charts
half a butterfly as a bubble chart –
Pleix / lyric
Try ink drops / water drops as bubble charts – water growth stains – can I build these
try putting scanned images in tableau -collage in Tableau? Transparency may be a problem
try using real things to make charts, sugar, salt, etc
game “papers Please”
profaniti arcade pop up
do a digital content strategy
kernel cards – kickstarter – nice idea to try?
create planets diagram . Moving in Tableau
buy a spirograph
Kate Greenstock – creative director
festish my little pony
cblock and flow
Tableau graphic with speech bubbles where the text inside changes depending on the selection
dead men don’t wear plaid – film
music in tableau – can you convert music into numbers?
Seb Lester Super Sharp Shooter – VIDEO
SQUAREPUSHER / Damogen Furies
Joshua Davis on Vimeo.
can you do quick animation in Tableau? (play pages)
check out the OFFF Quebec opening credits
neon skeleton – black background
can you use tableau to reveal an imagine below – black squares which change as you roll over items
can you map music in tableau? Can you even play / embed music in tableau
explore turning music into numbers in a spreadsheet
add textured over a tableau infographic / half tone?