Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Cool Feedback

Pleasure to get many feedbacks which are all positive

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The Process of My Finals

Drawing - Cutting - Pastting and Layout
Totally hand made...

This journey continues...

Thursday, 28 May 2009

As if, I 'm back into Weimar & Dessau

Everyone knows that Bauhaus had theatre design lessons, but to my surprised that it was once such a systematic project in this school.
I've found this very interesting book in Boots library, it looks like very old (70's) with amazing book cover design and editorial design inside. Many of popular masters wrote the theatre design theory for this book.
I can find the insperitions from its well organized typoface and good stage photos, as to help me in my project, theatre poster design.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Handmade posters

Using computer softwares such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign will confuse my thinking of design a poster. Although they are very good in making lots of amazing visual effects on your compositions, the essential knowledge will be ignored during the design process because of your thinking must be multi-directioned.

So make the experiment by hand, the process will be purified and I can focus on the layot and colours of my compositions.

After these experiments as follows, Peter said I can go forward from this point and imagine the final Expo with the thinking of this.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Web Desgin workshop Ends

After four weeks' web design workshop, I have made a website of my own, the address is as follow:

Actrually I had some experiences on web design some years ago, and this is a website that I made for a small company in China, it is billingual:

In my opinion, web design is a basic abillity to a graphic designer however, it is hard to a graphic designer without any training on it because of the large amount of programme language such as

Vbasic, html, JAVA etc needed. Not the same as Photoshop or InDesign, using the Dreamweaver will raise a lot of problems in graphic design process, It is not a "what you see what you get" software.

Except this, FTP technology is another problem to the designer. All these studies have to be done before making my final production (my website) and upload it to the Internet.

And it is really interesting.

Monday, 18 May 2009

A small poster

MA Catalogue Image and Text
I am investigating the design of theatre posters incorporating my own photography to visually expressing the meaning of the theatrical event. I am aiming for simplicity and clarity while harmonizing the use of English and Chinese in one poster.

Cui Wei
MA Graphic Design

Thursday, 14 May 2009

The study of GRID system

My studies from this good book: Kimberly Elam. 2004. Grid systems: Principles of Orgnizing Type. Princeton Architectural Press. New York

About the layout of my poster - 1

the one adventage of Chinese characers is that you can write them by any directions

Chinese characters were designed to write vertically for thousands of years, but since 1949, the new China estabilshed, people began to write horizontally. So it is a very short history to write horizontally from left to right with chinese characters.

Globalisation(?) or go with the western countries, writing stucture had been changed. How to deal with the Chinese layout is a problem.

Especially in poster design, remain the Chinese characters' layout vertically, will gain much aesthetical pleasure from the audiences (just my experience). People will find that is the real Chinese text should be.

So, how about make Chinese and English in different directions in one poster and even different families of typographies in order to present a cultural difference and that will make the billingual poster more clear.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Friday, 27 March 2009

Experiment in layout

Simplify the content of the poster, "do it in a western way"-Peter

Thursday, 26 March 2009

About Typography

Good typography is about Attention to DETAIL

It is impossible to be a graphic designer without interested in Typography

Typography: Poetry Humour Belief Creativity All human thought

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Friday, 9 January 2009

Cuiwei in Postgraduate Diploma Phase begin

From 6 Jan, 2009 to 9 April 2009
9 Jan, as a meetting room with group members in live project, I established a blog today.
We can share our ideas on it and it also save times by not to meet eachother to often during weekdays.