Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Top Ten: Relentless short stories

Relentless energy drinks put together short films about extreme sports labelled short stories, this film below has been a massive influence in my work, not only has it been shot beautifully but it has a sweet story to go with it. Some of the underwater imagery has really got me thinking about how I want my clips to look on screen.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Top Ten: Discovery Channel Ident

The best I've come across so far;

Top Ten: National Gegraphic Idents

A selection of National Geographic Idents;


Top Ten: History Channel Ident

A Possible channel could be the History channel, my subject would appeal to people interested in shipwrecks and wrecks of the sea, History channels auideince would be tailored for this group of people.

History, formerly known as The History Channel, is an American-based international satellite and cable TV channel that broadcasts a variety of reality shows and documentary programs including those of fictional and non-fictional historical content, together with speculation about the future.

Top Ten: Possible T.V Channels

Below is a list of possible T.V channels I would aim my 60 second clip at due to their auidience and target market.

National Geographic;

National Geographic would be a perfect channel for my 60 second clip to be aimed at, they specifically show documentaries about nature and history.

National Geographic Channel, also commercially abbreviated and trademarked as Nat Geo, is a subscription television channel that airs non-fiction television programs produced by the National Geographic Society. Like History and the Discovery Channel, the channel features documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history. The channel is owned primarily by Fox Cable Networks, a division of News Corporation. Its primary sister network worldwide, including the United States, is Nat Geo Wild, which focuses on animal programming, including the popular Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.

Discovery Channel

Discovery channel could be a good options, However It is aimed at families and younger audience, this would have to be reflected in my design. Below is a short description about Discovery Channel;

Discovery Channel (formerly The Discovery Channel) is an American satellite and cable specialty channel (also delivered via IPTV, terrestrial television and internet television in other parts of the world), founded by John Hendricks and distributed by Discovery Communications. It is a publicly traded company run by CEO David Zaslav. It provides documentary television programming focused primarily on popular science, technology, and history. In the U.S., the programming for the main Discovery network is primarily focused on reality television themes, such as speculative investigation (with shows such as MythBusters, Unsolved History, and Best Evidence), automobiles, and occupations (Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch); it also features documentaries specifically aimed at families and younger audiences. A popular annual feature is Shark Week.

The worlds top ten wreck dives...

Below is a list of the top ten wrecks I've decided to work with with reference to the research I've completed so far. I want a solid list so that I have an unbreakable idea to take forward before designing.

10. SMS Markgraf, Scapa Flow, Scotland

The Scapa Flow body of water famous for the German Navy Vessels scuttled in fear of being captured is quite a diving delight with the remains of 7 of the 78 ships under Scapa Flow waters today. The Markgraf is one of three Konig class battleships to see in the area but is arguably the most accessible due to being at a depth of only 24 meters. This 26,000 ton battle ship with 177 meters in length has its hull opened up, allowing the diver a unique view into the torpedo room and a swim right through the stern. The immense size of the wreck makes it difficult to cover in one dive and it can be dived on two levels.

9. Umbria, Wingate Reef, Sudan

Umbria Wingate Reef Sudan World’s Top 10 Wreck Dives (Part I)

This 1912 German freighter turned Italian cargo ship scuttled just off the coast of Sudan, to avoid capture by the British offers great marine life without the crowds making it a great wreck to dive. The Umbria at an impressive 400ft offers more than just the ship itself. At the time it was sunk the ship went down with a huge loot of cargo- 360,000 aircraft bombs, Fiat cars and its lifeboats are strewn. Put simply, the wreck has sufficient features and associated marine life to keep any diver busy for days on end. There is the propeller, the cars inside the hold, the cavernous space of the engine room, the ghostly remains of the galley, and the intact railings covered in bright red sponges. This is the only wreck in the Red Sea to rival the Thistlegorm which we’ve rated at No.2

8. Zenobia, Larnaca Bay, Cyprus

Zenobia Larnaca Bay Cyprus World’s Top 10 Wreck Dives (Part I)

10 minutes from Larnaca, Zenobia the 10,000 ton ferry sunk on its maiden voyage in 1980 after something went terribly wrong with its computers. Luckily for divers this Swedish Roll-on/Roll-off ferry was carrying more than 120 vehicles, including articulated lorries, when she sank in 130ft of water. With good diving for all experience levels, one can opt for a relatively simple 16 meter dive or a more complex and advanced dive to the lower car deck if you’re are an experienced scuba diver. There is plenty of sea life from Sea bream, grouper and even barracuda but most memorable is the huge ferry that has an almost eerie ‘ghost ship’ feel to it. Several dives later and you’ll still not be able to do justice to this wreck.

7. MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, Cayman Islands

MV Captain Keith Tibbetts Cayman Islands World’s Top 10 Wreck Dives (Part I)

This 330-foot Russian frigate brought deliberately from Cuba and sunk off the coast of Cayman Brac in Sept. 1996 to form an artificial reef is an absolute pleasure to dive. Snappers, nudibranchs and moray eels have taken up residence in the ship, which storms have now broken in two making it easier to access for divers. The canons fore and aft as well as the wheel house tower are major draws to this dive site.

6. SS Yongala, off coast of Ayr, Australia

SS Yongala off coast of Ayr Australia World’s Top 10 Wreck Dives (Part I)

This enchanting Australian passenger ship lying within the Great Barrier Reef Park lay undercover for over half a century since it sank in a cyclone in 1911. Today home to giant groupers, schools of trevally, cobia, turtles and sweeping rays among plenty of others, the ship, only a 30minute journey from the shore is known as one of the top wreck dive sites in the world to dive.

5. Blackjack B17, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea

The Blackjack, a B17 military bomber aircraft made by Boeing is not your usual wreck dive. The flying fortress that now lies about 45 meters deep and the sandy sea bed just off the coast of Papua New Guinea after a bombing mission in Japan. Still intact despite its not so smooth landing, divers can inspect the cockpit, turret guns amidst groupers and other fish. The seats are in place and you can quite easily visualize the pilot and co-pilot in the closing moments of this tough airplane’s war history. Papua New Guinea’s crystal clear waters and this mint condition aircraft wreck make it a topnotch spot to experience. 

4. Fujikawa Maru, Truk, Micronesia

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia is a definite must on any serious wreck divers list. It holds the remains of the almost an entire Japanese fleet including 60 shipwrecks and dozens of sunken air crafts destroyed in 1944. Of these many wrecks to choose from the 7,000 ton freighter Fujukawa Maru is notable as one of the best. This specific wreck stands upright in shallow water, making the 437ft wreck pretty accessible. The bridge area with sake bottles, the engine room and wings in the hold covered in soft coral and frequently circled by grey reef makes this a exciting wreck to dive.

3. USS Oriskany, Pensacola, Florida

The former US Navy Aircraft carrier now holds the record as the largest artificial reef in the world. After having served the US Navy in both Korea and Vietnam, the 900 foot, 30,000 ton carrier was deliberately sunk in the Gulf of Mexico in 2006 as part of a pilot program which aimed to create artificial reefs. The Oriskany lies upright and rises almost 164ft from the seabed, just over 20 meters below the surface making it perfect for both new recreational divers as well as more experienced divers with its flight deck at 40 meters. Apart from the wreck itself th sightings of tuna, grouper and amber jack make this a great dive site.

2. Thistlegorm, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Arguably one of the most famous wreck dive destinations and also the busiest in the world, the Thistlegorm is a British Merchant Navy ship that was sunk by German bombers in WWII. The 400ft long container ship filled with motorbikes, Bedford trucks and even Lee Enfield rifles sank in 1941 when it was hit by a German bomb that blew a hole in the port side, igniting tank ammunition that was in the hold. The explosion ripped the roof of the ship backwards, rather like opening a tin of sardines giving divers an inside display of the ships merchandise. This Red Sea dive site has got plenty to see both inside and out with plenty of marine life around. Sightings of hammer-heads, jacks, trevallies and huge napoleon wrasses are reported here. The only drawback is the site’s busy nature and it’s often said that 20 dive boats are stationed above the wreck with its divers exploring it below.

1. SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu

One of the largest, most accessible wrecks in the world, the SS President Coolidge is a wreck diver’s dream. This massive luxury liner, built in 1931 converted into a Second World War troop ship is more than 600ft long and divers can explore it on both shallow and deep dives. To see the whole ship in all its majestic splendor sitting at the bottom on the sea bed would require at least 10 dives. What you can expect to see other than the ship itself are heaps of military gear including howitzer cannons, a 10-wheel General Motors Corporation truck, jeeps, tracked vehicles, steering wheels and tires.

The worlds top ten wreck dives...

Since re-vamping the name of my top ten I need to get a specific 10 to use in my 60 second clip, I want the information I'm using to be based on a fair judgement, from the links below I've picked out my top ten wrecks of the world, from feedback in the class I want to include a much more diverse range of wrecks rather than just planes and boats. Below is a list of links used to choose my ten, scuba diving forums were a pretty big help;





According to Leisurepro's Aquaviews:

  1. SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu
  2. SS Thistelgorm, Sharm el-Sheikh
  3. USS Oriskany, Florida
  4. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon
  5. Blackjack B17, Papau New Guinea
  6. SS Yongala, Australia
  7. Captain Keith Tibbetts, Cayman
  8. Zenobia, Cyprus
  9. Umbria, Sudan
  10. SMS Markgraf, Scapa Flow

According to Times Online

  • SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu
  • SS Thistlegorm, Sharm el-Sheikh
  • USS Oriskany, Florida
  • Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon
  • Blackjack B17, Papua New Guinea
  • Captain Keith Tibbetts, Cayman
  • Zenobia, Cyprus
  • Umbria, Sudan
  • Bianca C, Grenada
  • Nagato, Bikini Atoll

IMAGE: Type as Image

IMAGE: Type as Image // Andre Beato

Andre Beato is one of my favourite designers and his work amazes me. His experimental and thought provoking type has been a big influence in this weeks brief. See more of his work below;

IMAGE: Editorial Image // Victory League

When working with a combination of strict clean cut vectors and halftone images, the works below have provided a really good source of inspiration. For my To the moon and back print I want to use a halftone or faded backdrop, something along these lines would be ideal. Discussing the images, I really like the heritage of each image relating to the job description in the middle, they have a lot of history to them because you can pick up on the era they were taken.

IMAGE: Type as Image // Collection

A collection of images I found on the blog http://well-fed.tumblr.com, they post some really diverse but current media, these images all relate to the subject of death, one thing us as humans never want to deal with. Relating to the current brief I thought these would be a good form of inspiration for my ex-boyfriend themed print.

Friday, 20 January 2012

IMAGE: Editorial Image // I Fear You Girl (Dead Astronauts Promo One)

The Illustrations below were produced a promo material for the brand dead astronauts, Big inspiration for my calculator vectors.

IMAGE: Editorial Image // Fab Ciraolo

These type of illustrations have always appealed to me, reminds me of the 1980's cartoon heavy metal, I would love to use this as an influence within my own work. I was thinking this could be a style to consider to hand draw the letters for the type as image brief. The images are packed with subtle details that you don't notice until a second glance, Lots of built up texture and pattern plus the use of some quite psychedelic colours is really interesting to look at.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

IMAGE: Editorial Image // AS&K Visual Science - Medical Illustration & Artwork.

IMAGE: Editorial Image // 2ème Prix Concours Dior

A few photographs I found on Behance, good influence for the imagery I'm working with, The depth of tone in the gold is sick!

IMAGE: Editorial Image // DNA Strand Resarch

A bit of research on DNA so I can grasp a proper idea of what I'm going to be drawing. 

DNA consists of two long polymers of simple units called nucleotides, with backbones made of sugars and phosphate groups joined by ester bonds. These two strands run in opposite directions to each other and are therefore anti-parallel. Attached to each sugar is one of four types of molecules called nucleobases (informally, bases). It is the sequence of these four nucleobases along the backbone that encodes information. This information is read using the genetic code, which specifies the sequence of the amino acids within proteins. The code is read by copying stretches of DNA into the related nucleic acid RNA in a process called transcription.