Introduction to Basic Typography


  1. I will introduce your to some  basic examples and key terminology associated with Typography.
  2. You will be setting targets for today extending to submission, planning how you will execute your tasks. This should be put in your sketchbook for future reflection

YOU are tasked to research and record your own findings on your blog or in your sketchbook.

1) Hierarchy Of Information


2) What is a Font.

3) What is a Typeface.

4) Anatomy of a font.


5) Kerning.


6) Tracking.

7) Leading.




12 African American Photographers

Photography has often been dominated by White Men. But this demographic is changing. The industry, although still dominated by this demographic, is seeing increasing diversity. It is easy to write about and research the famous and well known photographers, but the below website outlines 12 African American photographers that you should know.


Reflection: “On Camera Photographers at the BBC”


Today you watched a documentary that documented a variety of photographers and in addition were able to see old BBC footage about photographers that have worked throughout the 20th/21st century.
You would have taken notes about the different photographers and hopefully on key points that these photographers made about their work.


The task for you IS a quiz. But as apposed to a formal fill in the blank exam you are expected to create a blog post

  1. Dictate the notes that you took. Be brief. I have watched the documentary. This is for your exploration and will be a starting point for future research. This should take the least amount of time

  2. MOST IMPORTANT: Reflect on the information that you gained. I expect to see personal reactions. What stood out? Was there an idea that inspired you? If so what was it? Why? I want to have an insight into what moves/interests/excites or disgusts you (if that is the case)

  3. Look more in depth at at least 1 of the photographers. I dont want a copy and paste from WIkipedia. I expect you to look at AT LEAST 3 different sources. You should be writing about their style from YOUR POINT OF VIEW whilst also dictating key points and historical information.



To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, the editors of LensCulture have selected 30 female photographers whose work captivates and inspires us. These 30 women have created projects that were among the most popular projects published on LensCulture in the last year.

This list is full of stories that stood out because of their remarkable vision, innovation, and dedication to the medium. Of course, this list could not accommodate all of the amazing photographers who inspired us this year—no slight is intended.

Diana Markosian – Looking Inward
Dominika Gesicka – This is Not Real Life
Elena Anosova – Out-of-the-Way
Vanja Bucan – Anatomy of False Memories
Sophie Gabrielle – Bl_nk Sp_ce
Gioia de Bruijn – Weekend Warriors and Beyond
Jessica Kelly – Boys & Men
Sandra Hoyn – The Longing of the Others
Luisa Dorr – Maysa
Johanna Benaïnous and Elsa Parra – A Couple of Them
Weronika Gesicka – Traces
Sonja Hamad – Jin-Jiyan-Azadi: Women, Life, Freedom
Gohar Dashti – The Stateless, Placeless Desert
Rahima Gambo – Education is Forbidden
Diana Matar – Evidence
Kate Fichard – Scarecrows
Naomi Harris – Oh Canada
Birgit Püve – Estonian Documents
Alia Ali – People of Pattern
Laurence Rasti – There Are No Homosexuals in Iran
Fatemeh Behboudi – Mothers of Patience
Mary Calvert – The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military
Debi Cornwall – Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play
Annabel Oosteweeghel – Everlasting
Sandra Mehl – Ilona and Maddelena
Hannah Modigh – Hillbilly Heroin, Honey
Sara Lewkowicz – Maggie
Marta Berens – Suiti and Sami: Northern Love Stories
Laura Pannack – Youth Without Age, Life Without Death
Yan Preston – Mother River

Cyanotype/Photocopy Selfie

This session we will be combining multiple techniques to achieve a creative ‘Seflie’.

We will be using techniques we used creating photograms

We will be making photocopies of our faces to make negative

And we will be making Cyanotypes, an art historical process that is still used today.

See the below PDF for more in depth information.


Communication & Self Portraiture

We will be watching a bit of a video about body language, and how we place judgement on people base on this visual language.


(We will watch to 6m30sec) but feel free to watch the rest in your own time.

I want you to start to think about the “image” of yourself that you are wanting to put forward to your audience. Instead of just posing for the camera, perhaps trying to look pretty or handsome, think about intent. Perhaps you are taking a self portrait but also want to 

You will have the opportunity to use the studio today to try out taking some images. I challenge you to try out using body or facial expressions to change how you will look in a still image.

I encourage you to think about using a film based camera. This would allow you to create a portrait using the darkroom for your project, and additionally you will be able to use the images in your darkroom photography unit.

Additionally you are able to use the coloured lights if you wish.

Also consider how you can use art historical images as inspiration for your portraits. THis is also considered part of the visual language that you are creating with your portrait…

For example, I have also taken inspiration from art historical figures of the past:

The image on the right is by Photographer Edward Steichen. He would have layered up images from film, or even projected in a manner using the lace as a photogram.

I created mine digitally

The image on the right is by Man Ray and is a solarised black and white photographic image. I recreated it in a similar way in the darkroom, using directions found in a book.

So experiment!!!


Studio Lighting For Portraits

Today we will be looking at the basic set ups for studio photography. Specifically we will be looking at a few lighting techniques for portraiture. You will be given a copy of the handout below.

The aim is for each of you to take (With the help of a partner to push the button) at least 3 portraits of yourself using 3 different lighting types, that you could use as your selfie. The images can later be manipulated in photoshop. We will be shooting in RAW.


Digital tracing in Photoshop

Your new assignment is intended to have you complete a set of creative self portraits to enter in the Saatchi Competition 

Here is your brief (also available on the VLE)

Selfie Brief

I think it is important for you to pay close attention to the grading criteria for this as you will need to be thorough in your research to meet the criteria.

Grading Criteria

UNIT 8 Grading Criteria

UNIT 8 Design Principles in Art & Design

Unit 45: Graphic Image Making

Unit 45: Graphic Image Making

Remember that you must meet all criteria P1-D1 to get the distinction. 


I am going to do a tutorial in creating a digital image using layers and fills in Photoshop.

Essentially what you do is this:

  • Open a photograph in Photoshop

  • Begin by using a the lasso or polygonal lasso tool to draw around the base image, You will be working your way up from bottom to top so you will need to really think about the shapes that you see.

  • Once you have made a selection you will need to goto SELECT>REFINE EDGE: You will then need to smooth out the line so it is not jagged, and then increase the contrast to get a distinct line.

  • Next create a layer with the name of your selection(eg FACE, or EYEBROW, depending)

  • Now take a point sample of that area in your photograph to get an average colour that is in that area (eg if a coat is blue, you would try to find a good blue in the coat)

  • Now using your FILL tool, fill that selected area.

  • You will now do this for each section till you “Build up” the image to a realistic-ish representation.

Another way to create a quick graphic element is to open an image in illustrator and use the image trace and expand tools, I will go over this in class. I should not you can create one using illustrator but for this aim it would take longer, but I encourage you to look for youtube tutorials like this one


Here are some examples: