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People are always telling me to keep a dream diary, this is a concession.

Aug. 29th, 2010 | 06:59 pm

One for Sandman fans: I had a dream of Morpheus, who saw an invasion of earth that would go through the dreaming to reach target. Morpheus, who foresaw the plan even as it was being dreamt up by the aliens, was obligated to mount a defense. He recruited two sleeping Green Lanterns, one of Alan Scott of Earth and one Tomar-Re. Morpheus himself possessed a Green Lantern ring, old and dark, the first design imagined by an Oan, but abandoned for the more powerful matrixes in use in reality. Morpheus used the perception-shifting power of dreams to show the earth as it was seen  perpendicular to the 3 dimensional plane, myriad and honeycombed spaces. This split the invasion force, so when they landed throughout Earth's 3 dimensional plane they were scattered into groups. The trio were easily able to target and dispose of the groups. 

But the invasion force was millions upon millions and it was a massive task. To occupy the force while the Lanterns got to them the lord dreamer recruited the world's heroes to fight the invaders: Batman imagined himself a pirate and then a knight and then a 20's B-Reel adventurer, in each case dispatching the aliens in their different guises  across different places and times. But the Super-powered were not the most noteworthy or triumphant of the day. The people who imagined themselves heroes were the most powerful, while Superman dreamt of being farmboy in Kansas little boys with big imaginations strode as giants from battlefield to battlefield. 

In the end the night was won, but- as is the way with dreams- not enough people remembered the great battle of the Earth's dreams for even Bruce Wayne's great detective skills to corroborate the casual reports of dreams of fighting the following morning.

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Design Every Day 10/06/10

Jun. 8th, 2010 | 09:44 pm

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For a design challenge (some NSFW entries) at http://freakangels.com/whitechapel/comments.php?DiscussionID=8342&page=1

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Design Every Day 06/06/10

Jun. 7th, 2010 | 03:08 am

Crikey. Tough day's typography. Spent aaaages fretting over my CV, and eons (well, not quite) trying out different baselines/x-heights to get something that looked novel on screen and sensible but eye-catching on paper. Got there in the end, but not without lots of fretting over justification rules and tying to keep the grey tones from getting patchy. Hierarchy and structure were actually the easy bits.
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Design Every Day 03/06/10

Jun. 4th, 2010 | 01:08 am


Just a bit of fun now the webzeit is sorted :).

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Design Every Day 02/06/10

Jun. 3rd, 2010 | 01:08 am

Shiny new website!


This represents the last two days' efforts.

For today we also have a couple of photos of things that caught my eye on my way to the shops:



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Design Every Day

May. 31st, 2010 | 02:10 am

One of my resolutions is to do something creative everyday. Just to make sure that I'm designing and using my skills. Next up is going to be sorting out my website, but to get us started here's something I whizzed up quickly.
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New Blog and a Survey- Tell me what to Design!

Apr. 14th, 2010 | 09:56 pm

http://scifiantasyuncovered.blogspot.com/ A new blog to help me keep track of my final project for my Foundation Degree in Graphic Design, follow and chip in if you like.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HPJGQBR A survey! Have your say or just be part of the research. The survey question is What Are Your Top Ten Most Crucial Science Fiction or Fantasy Books? By crucial it could mean things you think are historically important, things that got you interested in the genre, things your bookshelf couldn't do without or things you just plain like. This will go into deciding what titles I tackle and do covers for at the end of the project, so you might even see your suggestion redesigned!

Stay lucky, everyone (new catchphrase :D)

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Design Burble 06/04/10: By Surprise

Apr. 6th, 2010 | 05:57 am

I had seen this in black and white in chapters on lithography, but had never realized how awesomely melodramatic it is:



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1884 Macbeth poster

A poster from an 1884 American production of William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth, a tale of regicide and its aftermath. Starting anti-clockwise from top-left, we see Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches, Macbeth just after the murder of King Duncan, Banquo's ghost, and Macbeth dueling with Macduff. Over the centuries, the play has attracted some of the greatest actors in the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The play has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comic books, and other media. Shakespeare borrowed the story from several tales in Holinshed's Chronicles, a popular history of the British Isles, although the story itself bears no relation to the actual history of Macbeth of Scotland.

Lithography: W.J. Morgan & Co.; Restoration: Adam Cuerden
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For those who haven't already:

Mar. 19th, 2010 | 04:20 pm

Help me with my graphic design course! Fill out this simple survey and contribute to my marketing module: http://tinyurl.com/ybpu3zj Thanks!

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Design Burble 10/02/10: Kicking Homophobia

Feb. 10th, 2010 | 08:20 pm

The Ogilvy Kicking Homophobia Out of Football ad:

The thing is...

Alot of people think that Homophobia is acceptable on the street. At the work place. In the classroom. I've been in those work places.  Not always nice offices, but workplaces all the same. And I've been on those train carriages, and had to get off before attention was directed at me(sometimes immediately before). It's part of the fabric of aggression that people weave into their lives. So how are those people going to be reached by an ad whose premise is directly contrary to their experience?

Maybe Ogilvy have some other research. Maybe they know that the people they reach practice the same kind of double standard about homophobic language on the terraces that they do when they use 'gay' to mean rubbish or ineffectual? And they are trying to address those people? That does not speak very well of the average football fan, in my mind, but is possible.

As with all these campaigns, I am reminded of: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/8/17/

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