True to Content & Context

9 May

This week we recived a lecture about book binding and diffrent was to present you research that we have gathered from our topic.

It was all about telling the story of work and design ideas and the best way to convey it in the form of a book. It is necessary to display this content in the right context so that there is a visual language between the two elements.

Topics covered that gave us idea for our books that we will publish were:

  • Diffrent paper stocks
  • Formats of books
  • Binding techniques
  • Design details
In terms of binding.  I want to keep it quite eclectic and somewhat  “raw” and unfinished.
I like the use of a variety of diffrent paper stocks to add to this desired feel.
I’m  aldo tossing up the idea of having it in the form of a Menu layout or a series of takeaway pamplets.
Some binding ideas have for my book that i have considered are:

Japanese Stab Binding Technique


Answering a question with a question.

18 Apr

It was decided that it was all good and well to have my concept all ready to go, guns blazin’ and all.

But what I needed to move forward in the most productive manner  was a plan of what my objects were and the way to execute them.

And what better way to do it with a map ( love a good map!)

It was a good way to sort out what my vision for my conceptual idea, the goals which i am trying to achieve within Newtown and a strategy on how to follow through with these goals.

It sorted out a lot of  similar and “paraphrased” ideas and stripped away all the bullshit and fluff that comes about when conceptualising an idea and trying to realise it. It got it down to the essence of what i wanted to achieve and the values that it embodies.

Below is the what i want it terms of my design and what basis of what will form my foundation for the idea of street food in Newtown:

Plan of Action

In the end, the final question that I am attempting to answer is:

“How can Street Food enhance Newtown and it’s sense of community”

…Let’s do it!

Food for thought

4 Apr

Studio this week involved a Concept generation workshop to help develop our ideas and raise thoughts that we hadn’t even considered.

This was in the form of group criticism and evaluation of our concept that we developed in the previous project.

This was useful for creating ideas and possibilities from our research. The concept of street food was brought up and an explanation of the ideas behind it were explained. From this group feedback was given which started the conversation of street food in Newtown. Suggestions, considerations and criticism were received in hopes to come up with a better thought process and thus a better concept/design.

In summary some areas that were flagged were:

  • Users: The mythotype of the user.
  • Site: requirements,possible sites and events
  • Structure/ Set-up: how the concept translates into this, ideas of lay out,etc
  • Community: how the community relates, collaboration with community garden, “shop local” initiatives

After thought and mapping,this was then all refined into the final question to form a foundation of our concept of our major work, this question is:

“How can the need for Street Food in Newtown enhance the sense of community?”

On the idea of food and the community…

I also came across an article discussing the idea of how we can connect food production to food consumption which was raised as a part of the Ideas festival which is currently taking place, the event is described as:

“Not just for nerds, the 2011 Ideas Festival is a conversation starter. Have a chat with a few hundred of your neighbours and be inspired by our guests as we dissect ideas old and new. As the 2011 Ideas Festival invites you to delve a little deeper into the themes of food futures, sustainability and happiness, things are bound to get a little bit deep and meaningful.

The “conversations” that it develops are intriguing and innovative …as I’m sure is also true of the ideas that it would produce.

It is a fascinating initiative!

The particular question they are posing that is of interest is “How might we better connect food production and consumption?”

Take a look at some of the questions and ideas that are being put forward

This idea of Street Food just may be a solution to this problem.

Typography and Talks

28 Mar

This week Louise McWhinnie gave a lecture Typography and Composition. This was a brief lecture on the do’s and don’t of graphic design.

It raised design questions in regards to our final book and how we can present the information that we researched.

The main purpose was to show how our presentations can also communicate the concept of our designs

This was summed up nicely with the quote “typography is the means which a written idea is given visual form”

Timing wise this was quite ironic as we had our presentations straight after.

(I’m sure we were all analysing our slides and noticing all the things we would have changed if we could… oh well)

The presentations gave way to ideas and questions about Newtown that we researched ;such as street food, gentrification, performance spaces, green initiatives,lighting, etc). It was interesting to see all these different  potential aspects of Newtown and  how different people approach these topics.

It most definitely broaden the social characteristics of Newtown.

Urban gentrification close to home.

21 Mar

At this point research is well underway..

searching through countless databases and newspaper articles to find relevant information, one of these was a Sydney food event last month (February) that was extremely popular: “Malaysian Kitchen“. This was used as a good model to see how this type of food would be received by Sydneysiders.

In order to find out how the event was organised, I tried going thought City of Sydney council to see if I could review their DA. I soon found out that this is quite a lengthy process that required owner’s signatures and other information I did not have access to. It was just best to contact Malaysian Kitchen directly.

A site visit meant venturing out to Waterloo to visit Danks St. Depot. Which was an example of gentrification and how a thriving oasis could be realised in the middle of industrial Waterloo. The site is a culmination of various artist studios and café. This area is creates a unique design community as it acts as a location of cross-pollination where creative people can meet, collaborate and exchange ideas.

Layout of Danks St. Depot

This has had a  flow on effect in the  surrounding area (with places such as the PYD design centre, Fratelli Fresh and new residential developments)

This example was then contrasted by the Meriton development further up the street, where it is quite diffrent atmosphere.

At Danks St. Depot buildings are being built/ readapted  for the activity and business taking place inside… as opposed to the Meriton development where business having to fit the building that it occupies. In the end there needs to be a design language between a business and the building that it is in.

A change is as good as a holiday

14 Mar

This week revealed quite a bit in terms of research and the issues relating to the social dining culture of Newtown.

As interesting as the issues that were raised from the question:

“How does the demographics and sense of community impact the social/ dining and bar culture of Newtown?”

…forming a good reserach bases for the project was proving to lack the more acadamic studies. Most of the research would need to be primary and difficult to form a good foundation to build upon. A focus on street food and the role if could play in Newtown in enhancing the social vibrance on the suburb. This would provide a more of secondary research as there is a bit more “meat” to the subject area.

From preliminary research, I think it also offers a more innovative possibility for design (and one that could suit Newtown quite well)

A article from  the Sydney Morning Hearld captures the potential for a street food venue in our city.

Lunch at Malaysia Kitchen

What to do…What to do?

7 Mar

Not going to lie,this week was a bit of  a confusion to begin with. Its safe to say that i think we were all in the same boat in finding a way to attack the research topics…but we got there in the end.

As a group we divided the project into research topics.

  1. History
  2. Time vs. User
  3. Transport/Services
  4. Demographics

From this all the technical aspects were divided into investigation areas of our sites precinct.

After getting a chance to  research Newtown in general while focusing on its demographics the direction was more evident. Looking at the ABS stats for the area gave a good profile of the community , along with council information.

It was soon realised that King St. was the boundary line for Sydney City Council and Marrackville Council! (so this included a lot of back and forth and comparing of  information to get the whole picture)

To determine our physical areas to survey for the technical component we met on site and walked around the precinct and chose areas to document. From this we also sumbitted our area on interest for our presentation so we could get the research going. I chose my  inverstigation to be based around:

” How does the demographics and sense of community impact the social/ dining and bar culture of Newtown?”