Monthly Archives: May 2014

Press Awards, Falmouth Hotel, May 2014

I’ve just found a nice link that showcases the winners of this year’s Press Awards. Really honoured to have won the Documentary Single category and runner-up of Documentary series – especially when you see the incredible work from the incredible students in other categories.

I see this is a massive incentive to dig deeper!











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Photography thought for the day:

“Life, lifestyle, social standing, class etc etc, it’s a great facilitator and can either beat you, or you can use it – it’s as much a tool as your camera.”

…Probably the most profound sentence ever said to me on Facebook chat to date.


– Jim Mortram






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Longevity featured on Pig House Pictures Journal.

After a lovely and glamourous evening at our very own Press Awards at the Falmouth Hotel, where to my total surprise and delight I managed to be selected as the winner of the Documentary Singles and runner up of the Documentary Series categories for photographs feautured in Longevity – Pig House Pictures asked whether I’d let them feature my work, to which my answer was ‘Yes please!!!!!!!!!!’

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Listing Figures

I need to decide whether to include a list of Figures or whether to direct the reader the the correct picture within the story. Here, I’m comparing both.


This shows that the list of Figures would be in the top right if I were to include them as a design element. I don’t think having a list here disturbs the page.


In fact, this negative space on the page was originally designed in mind of placing the list of Figures there, but after re-writing the story and including it in the design, I felt like placing a list of Figures would be repeating myself.

However, I don’t think this is really the case as the list of Figures in my work is a purely functional thing, and aims to make it easy for the reader to discover the pictures meaning without needing to read through the story.


I think having Figures in brackets does work but is less functional and direct as having it as a separate list. I don’t think it is necessary to direct the reader to all of the pictures as some of the pictures speak for themselves, namely Jean on the stairs and the flowers on the mantlepiece.

Having a list of Figures does inform the reader more than placing brackets within the story as I was able to state the title of the carer’s diary and the fact that it is my Dad’s hand in the picture, and I have dated the paintings in the hallway. For this reason I will probably use the list of Figures as opposed to using brackets within the text.

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Second page designs

Original layout


This seemed to be the most obvious layout for 4 pictures of this format, where I felt one stood out as being more important than the others. It is neat and simple and leaves clear negative space along the right side where I have chosen to place my website.

I considered using this space to place a list of Figures but I feel like I’ve already listed what the pictures are within the main text and a list of figures might just feel like repetition. This is something I need to play around with though as I do still think I need a clear pointer that says ‘top right:…’ either within the text of in a list.

Layout 2



I really liked this layout but you can see on the page that the space left for text is awkward and the layout will not work as a result.

Layout 3


This layout works as it leaves a simple rectangular space for text, like the original layout but as you can see below, the centre gutter will chop the bottom centre picture in half, which I think will be too damaging to the picture story.


Layout 4



By making the three bottom pictures smaller I was able to avoid placing the bottom centre picture in the centre of the gutter, which I think is better but obviously not ideal.

I have then made the top image slightly smaller so it fits on one side of the page and have placed my pull quote in the gap, which is an element I like.

Unfortunately this leaves a larger gap for the story and I can’t fill the gap, which isn’t a massive problem but I’m just not sure I like the space it leaves.

I’ve tried putting in a list of figures to see how it would look on the page and I’m also not sure it works. It seems to make the design look too bitty.

Layout 5


I think having the Figures placed as a design element in this design works much better. My eyes are not searching around the design like they were in Layout 4.


I think of them all I prefer layouts 1 & 5. I need to look at the Figures and consider whether directing the reader towards pictures would work within the main text in brackets such as (top left) and such as (bottom right) without it breaking up the flow of the story too much.





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I knew I wouldn’t like this design, and I don’t.


I said back in my research that I often have a problem with text over image. I find it distracting and often the text looks as though it doesn’t belong on the page.

I thought I would still try it out as there is an obvious place to place text in this picture, which is inside the illuminated part of the wall. I placed a dropshadow on the text to look as though the lightbulb is casting a shadow on the text. I think despite this, I still have a problem and don’t want to use this design! …But at least I tried.




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New establishing spread design

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I wanted to do a design that included a full bleed on one side. This means that the picture has to be enlarged, if you are to stick to a design that is fairly conventional and ‘belongs’ on the page.

With a narrower column for text, I thought I’d tip the headline on it’s side and match the headline’s height to the picture, once again stretching the word like it’s meaning.

The text then looked odd as a block, but by stretching it vertically, it looks more as though it belongs.

Although I like the title on its side like this, there is something about this design that reminds me of a fashion magazine. Possibly the headline in capitals? I can’t quite put my finger on it but I don’t think it necessarily reflects the story as well as the previous designs.

I’ve also played around with the title of the editorial and the page numbers again and once again I think this works just as well as the other designs.

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Alternative establishing spreads for Longevity


I’ve created a few different versions of this layout, with fairly minor changes, such as the headline font and position of the title/issue/page number of the magazine.


I think the position of the title/issue works on both layouts and what I choose would be a matter of personal preference. Placing the text across the top might be a slightly more traditional position and highlights where the centre of the pages are, which you might say works less well for a layout like this where the images and text aren’t placed centrally in relation to the page but it doesn’t bother me.



Placing the title of the editorial, issue number and title of the article together like this condenses the information more and works with the idea of a minimalist design.

I’ve also made the establishing image smaller so that it doesn’t bleed over to both pages. This design is more reminiscent of Aesthetica magazine. The benefit is that the picture does not get obstructed by the gutter, although the photograph does not contain important detail at the centre of the spread, so is ideal for a design that is spread across both pages.



I think the content is strong enough on the establishing page that the size of the picture is not important. All my designs give the same impression of what kind of magazine you are reading and what kind of story/photography you are viewing.

Both fonts work well but I do have a preference to Futura for the headline, because it looks beautiful as a large font and because the editorial becomes less of a copy of Aesthetica, which uses a font very similar to Palatino, as does Pig House Pictures.

I also think it makes sense for the headlines to be the same font family as the editorial titles, and for the main body text to be a more traditional serif font like Palatino or Times New Roman.

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Futura: a couple of interesting articles

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Font study: Futura

This is an in depth study of the font characteristics and also looks at its historical context and finishes with a series of beautiful poster designs for the font.

Know your type: Futura

This shorter article looks more at the font’s historical context and how it is used in culture and society today.

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I’ve chosen ‘Longevity’ as my headline for the story but I went through a few different ideas before I got there.

The story started off very objectively with the headline ‘Mortlake Road’, which is where they live in Richmond. I’d chosen this because the story seemed to me to be as much about the history of the house as it is about Hugh and Jean themselves. Despite this, the headline never really caught my attention as a headline should.

  • Mortlake Road
  • History’s end
  • Old love
  • Switching the light’s off
  • Fading Away
  • Behind closed doors
  • Long goodbye
  • Last generation
  • Generation’s end

I like the simplicity of Longevity and how it can be read positively and negatively, which I think reflects the story. Although Hugh and Jean’s current situation is sad, their long life together and their strength is something we can all admire and hope for ourselves.

I also like the elegance of the word and think it is suited to the sensitivity of the story.

Because it is a word that describes the length of something, I am able to play with how the word sits on the page. By using tracking on it, I can emphasise the words meaning through design elements, which I have done in my initial layout.


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