Critical Review
Dear Diary: Film
I follow this person (I think it’s a boy) called ‘Film-Grain’, they always post on images that people have taken using a film camera. Some of the photos are outstanding. It makes me jealous because I never go further than Manchester to get any decent shots, but Easter is the time for change.
This image is so capturing. Not only does the place it self look beautiful. But the way you can see on the film, the sun shining down. I know it’s not the person who captured this, or maybe it is, but the colours within that sun stroke are so warm and bright. Last night I watched the sun go down and it was colours of this, I just wish I got a photo or it. 
This place where ever it is, looks so peaceful, I think I could do with taking a trip down there myself!

Critical Review

Dear Diary: Film

I follow this person (I think it’s a boy) called ‘Film-Grain’, they always post on images that people have taken using a film camera. Some of the photos are outstanding. It makes me jealous because I never go further than Manchester to get any decent shots, but Easter is the time for change.

This image is so capturing. Not only does the place it self look beautiful. But the way you can see on the film, the sun shining down. I know it’s not the person who captured this, or maybe it is, but the colours within that sun stroke are so warm and bright. Last night I watched the sun go down and it was colours of this, I just wish I got a photo or it. 

This place where ever it is, looks so peaceful, I think I could do with taking a trip down there myself!

(via film-grain-deactivated20110828-)


Critical Review
Jacqueline Bisset
I have mentioned before that Jacqueline Bisset is one of my favourite illustrators. The reason I love her work is because it’s so neat without sticking to straight lines and solid colours. I love the soft use of lines and water colours, it adds flow and personality to her work. The reason I chose this image is because in most of her work, she use strong lines ever how and again to show dominant areas, where in this one she doesn’t use them are strongly. She has created as sense of wealth and passion in this image with the way the woman is standing, and how the background is almost golden. I think the brush strokes are beautiful also, they aren’t neat but it makes sense for them to be where they are. It’s a beautiful piece of art work.

Critical Review

Jacqueline Bisset

I have mentioned before that Jacqueline Bisset is one of my favourite illustrators. The reason I love her work is because it’s so neat without sticking to straight lines and solid colours. I love the soft use of lines and water colours, it adds flow and personality to her work. The reason I chose this image is because in most of her work, she use strong lines ever how and again to show dominant areas, where in this one she doesn’t use them are strongly. She has created as sense of wealth and passion in this image with the way the woman is standing, and how the background is almost golden. I think the brush strokes are beautiful also, they aren’t neat but it makes sense for them to be where they are. It’s a beautiful piece of art work.


Critical Review
How awesome does this book cover look?
I really like the type is split the way it is, because even though half of it is black and would be hard to read on it’s own like that, the white is so clear and you can read it without any problems. I also love the way the type is distorted, it gives you a sense that the book will be about something that is distorted or breaking etc… I think it’s interesting to see the script typeface also, that adds personality and a sense of time (to me). I think the contrast between the images is striking, I think it looks neat as it all fits together. This design gives me a sense about what the book is about, but in a away that it doesn’t let to much information out. I want to know more.

Critical Review

How awesome does this book cover look?

I really like the type is split the way it is, because even though half of it is black and would be hard to read on it’s own like that, the white is so clear and you can read it without any problems. I also love the way the type is distorted, it gives you a sense that the book will be about something that is distorted or breaking etc… I think it’s interesting to see the script typeface also, that adds personality and a sense of time (to me). I think the contrast between the images is striking, I think it looks neat as it all fits together. This design gives me a sense about what the book is about, but in a away that it doesn’t let to much information out. I want to know more.

(Source: prettybooks, via prettybooks)


Critical Review
Synopsis:
Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she’s a completely hip character who ,if provoked, is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp, yet always polite, 18th-century wit. The real point of the book though, the critical question which will keep you fixated throughout, is: will Elizabeth and Mr Darcy hook up? Read this genuine all-time classic and discover the answer while enjoying a story that has charmed generation after generation.
Design:
I have this beautiful edition of this book on my shelf. The book cover is made from fabric and it just looks from Jane Austen times. Believe me it’s not the easiest book to read, I’m still tackling the ‘Ye ol’ English’ that it is written in. Anyway enough about that. I really love that it is simple and that the title and author do not have to be massive in order for this book to make an impact. The simple illustration and the class this book gives off sells enough. I really like the colours and I think that also gives it a vintage look, again I think that sells. It looks so pretty on my shelf.
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P.S. Sorry I didn’t write yesterday, heads a mess, forgot to be honest.

Critical Review

Synopsis:

Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she’s a completely hip character who ,if provoked, is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp, yet always polite, 18th-century wit. The real point of the book though, the critical question which will keep you fixated throughout, is: will Elizabeth and Mr Darcy hook up? Read this genuine all-time classic and discover the answer while enjoying a story that has charmed generation after generation.

Design:

I have this beautiful edition of this book on my shelf. The book cover is made from fabric and it just looks from Jane Austen times. Believe me it’s not the easiest book to read, I’m still tackling the ‘Ye ol’ English’ that it is written in. Anyway enough about that. I really love that it is simple and that the title and author do not have to be massive in order for this book to make an impact. The simple illustration and the class this book gives off sells enough. I really like the colours and I think that also gives it a vintage look, again I think that sells. It looks so pretty on my shelf.

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P.S. Sorry I didn’t write yesterday, heads a mess, forgot to be honest.


Critical Review
Synopsis:
Whether writing of longing or adultery, seduction or simple homely acts of love, Carol Ann Duffy brings to her readers the truth of each experience. Her poetry speaks of tangled, heated passion; of erotic love; fierce and hungry love; unrequited love; and of the end of love. It recognizes too the way that love can make the everyday sacred. As with all her writing, these poems are alive to the sounds of modern life, but also attuned to – and rich with – the traditions of love poetry.
Love Poems contains some of Carol Ann Duffy’s most popular poems. Always imaginative, heartfelt and direct, Duffy finds words for our experiences in love and out of love, and displays all the eloquence and skill that have made her one of the foremost poets of her time.
Design:
The reason I chose this one is because I like how busy and simple it is. I know that seems contradicting, but the overall it looks busy but the styling, illustration and general put together is simple. I really love the way the type connects with the illustration, it really adds personality. I also like the way the type has it’s own circle patch on background I think that helps direct the views eye. This would look beautiful on my book shelf.

Critical Review

Synopsis:

Whether writing of longing or adultery, seduction or simple homely acts of love, Carol Ann Duffy brings to her readers the truth of each experience. Her poetry speaks of tangled, heated passion; of erotic love; fierce and hungry love; unrequited love; and of the end of love. It recognizes too the way that love can make the everyday sacred. As with all her writing, these poems are alive to the sounds of modern life, but also attuned to – and rich with – the traditions of love poetry.

Love Poems contains some of Carol Ann Duffy’s most popular poems. Always imaginative, heartfelt and direct, Duffy finds words for our experiences in love and out of love, and displays all the eloquence and skill that have made her one of the foremost poets of her time.

Design:

The reason I chose this one is because I like how busy and simple it is. I know that seems contradicting, but the overall it looks busy but the styling, illustration and general put together is simple. I really love the way the type connects with the illustration, it really adds personality. I also like the way the type has it’s own circle patch on background I think that helps direct the views eye. This would look beautiful on my book shelf.


Critical Review
Synopsis:
Rae Wilder has problems. Supernatural creatures swarm earth, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Stalked by a handsome fairy who claims she is like him, demonkind, she thinks maybe it was a mistake breaking the rules by going over the Wall into demon territory. Plunged into a world of dark magics, fierce creatures, and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with a guarding a magical amulet. The changes to her mind and body are startling, but rather than accept her purpose she struggles against who she is destined to be. Throw in a big lust for a vampire who can’t keep his hands off her, and life starts to get complicated. Rae is forced to make the ultimate choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.
Design:
I really think this book cover is striking. I was looking through book covers on the web trying to find my favourite of the day… And this one just caught my eye. I love how simple it is, the way the minimum colour is used and how sparingly it is used adds effect, has it clearly is trying to get the ‘danger’ feel to the word by using red (colour of angry and violence). I think the image is shockingly bold and striking and it draws in the viewers eye. If I was in a book store, I think I would pick this up to know more about it. 

Critical Review

Synopsis:

Rae Wilder has problems. Supernatural creatures swarm earth, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Stalked by a handsome fairy who claims she is like him, demonkind, she thinks maybe it was a mistake breaking the rules by going over the Wall into demon territory. 

Plunged into a world of dark magics, fierce creatures, and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with a guarding a magical amulet. The changes to her mind and body are startling, but rather than accept her purpose she struggles against who she is destined to be. Throw in a big lust for a vampire who can’t keep his hands off her, and life starts to get complicated. 

Rae is forced to make the ultimate choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.

Design:

I really think this book cover is striking. I was looking through book covers on the web trying to find my favourite of the day… And this one just caught my eye. I love how simple it is, the way the minimum colour is used and how sparingly it is used adds effect, has it clearly is trying to get the ‘danger’ feel to the word by using red (colour of angry and violence). I think the image is shockingly bold and striking and it draws in the viewers eye. If I was in a book store, I think I would pick this up to know more about it. 


Critical Review
Synopsis:
"In the beginning, there was chaos…” Margaret Atwood’s chilling new novel Oryx and Crake moves beyond the futuristic fantasy of her 1985 bestseller The Handmaid’s Tale to an even more dystopian world, a world where language—and with it anything beyond the merest semblance of humanity—has almost entirely vanished. Snowman may be the last man on earth, the only survivor of an unnamed apocalypse. Once he was Jimmy, a member of a scientific elite; now he lives in bitter isolation and loneliness, his only pleasure the watching of old films on DVD. His mind moves backwards and forwards through time, from an agonising trawl through memory to relive the events that led up to sudden catastrophe (most significantly the disappearance of his mother and the arrival of his mysterious childhood companions Oryx and Crake, symbols of the fractured society in which Snowman now finds himself, to the horrifying present of genetic engineering run amok."
Design:
I really want to get into book cover design and typography when I’m older, this is where my love of Graphics lies. 
So from not on I think I will post my favourite book cover design every day.
This is todays. I have never read the book. But the front cover makes me want to. It looks so interesting. I love the way the image of the rabbit is so over exposed and doesn’t really fit on the background. It makes it stand out so much. I like the illustration has been used as well as photo. What strikes me about this, is how the type stands out a lot from the background, but when you look closer you can see that it actually is part of the background. The texture of this really adds personality. I love it. And I want to buy it… (For the story aswel)… Too Amazon. 

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Synopsis:

"In the beginning, there was chaos…” Margaret Atwood’s chilling new novel Oryx and Crake moves beyond the futuristic fantasy of her 1985 bestseller The Handmaid’s Tale to an even more dystopian world, a world where language—and with it anything beyond the merest semblance of humanity—has almost entirely vanished. Snowman may be the last man on earth, the only survivor of an unnamed apocalypse. Once he was Jimmy, a member of a scientific elite; now he lives in bitter isolation and loneliness, his only pleasure the watching of old films on DVD. His mind moves backwards and forwards through time, from an agonising trawl through memory to relive the events that led up to sudden catastrophe (most significantly the disappearance of his mother and the arrival of his mysterious childhood companions Oryx and Crake, symbols of the fractured society in which Snowman now finds himself, to the horrifying present of genetic engineering run amok."

Design:

I really want to get into book cover design and typography when I’m older, this is where my love of Graphics lies. 

So from not on I think I will post my favourite book cover design every day.

This is todays. I have never read the book. But the front cover makes me want to. It looks so interesting. I love the way the image of the rabbit is so over exposed and doesn’t really fit on the background. It makes it stand out so much. I like the illustration has been used as well as photo. What strikes me about this, is how the type stands out a lot from the background, but when you look closer you can see that it actually is part of the background. The texture of this really adds personality. I love it. And I want to buy it… (For the story aswel)… Too Amazon. 

(via prettybooks)


Short Critical Review
Dear Diary: 500 Days of Summer
I was given this film from a friend… I had heard about it somewhere but never really showed interest. But my friend insisted I watch it. 
Last night I was tired and I felt cosy so I thought I would give it a try. It’s a nicely disappointing film, yes I know that makes no sense, but don’t you hate it when films rush a five minute happy ending? Well this one you want the girl and boy to work it out but it doesn’t happen like that… I prefer films that don’t rush the ending because it’s a crowd pleaser. 

Short Critical Review

Dear Diary: 500 Days of Summer

I was given this film from a friend… I had heard about it somewhere but never really showed interest. But my friend insisted I watch it. 

Last night I was tired and I felt cosy so I thought I would give it a try. It’s a nicely disappointing film, yes I know that makes no sense, but don’t you hate it when films rush a five minute happy ending? Well this one you want the girl and boy to work it out but it doesn’t happen like that… I prefer films that don’t rush the ending because it’s a crowd pleaser. 



Short Critical Review

Ed Fella

This guys work, should not work. But it does. I’m not overly keen on the media which he does his work (pencil crayon) but I really like the design of his letterforms, take the ‘B’ it just beautifully flows into a nice script letterform. I also like in the “Work” poster how everything is set to centered, I think it’s a different but nice way of making something look interesting. 


Dear Diary: Bus Ride

Critical Review

I was on the bus yesterday and from when I got one to when I got off, there were three men (roughly around the age of 50) on sat at the back. I was sat about two seats infront of them, and well they did not have an inside voice at all… Their conversations however were somewhat fun to listen to: 1st Man: “I went too doctors t’other day, said it was normal, what am I supposed to do if doc says it’s normal? I’m on my own I am” 2nd Man: *Grunt* 3rd Man: “It’s like me I’m on my own. Only need one set of everything, knives, forks and all that” 1st Man: “Aye just pretend your int prison doing a life sentence, you’ll feel reet at home then won’t you?” 3rd Man: “Yea…” 2nd Man: “You can look out t’ winda pretend you can see bars” 3rd Man:, shouting out the bus window “Jimmy! Jimmy! Jimmy!… Oh what that’s John” 1st Man: “I’ve not seen John in a while” 3rd Man: “Aye. So I’ve still got her on my case ant I” 1st Man: “Oh yea, that’s love that though. Her with over the top lipstick, punching her hair up and them eyelashes… Make her eyes look sparkley, like what you get cutting spanish onions” 2nd Man: “Spanish onions, you can get um at’ shop can’t ya” 1st Man: “Yea. But that’s love that though, she’s not been eating though as she? Says to me though that she ate a can of soup t’other day” 3rd Man: “Yea it’s all them emotions int it?” 1st Man: “Yea all them emotions” 3rd Man: “She get the soup from tesco?” 1st Man: “Aye I think so, dint ask her if it was hienz though” 2nd Man: “Should of told her t put some bread in it, fatten her up a bit” 3rd Man: “I feel bad on her, they’re throwing out free hug int coffee shop” 1st Man: “Get her one of them free hugs… Give her a peck ont cheek and make her feel like she has a chance in a few year” 3rd Man: “Yea” Okay so that’s how it ended, because we all got off the bus, it went on and on like this the whole ride. Nice thick Lancashire accents to go with it. Fun times. Amused me a little. Poor women with the Spanish onion eyes though eh.



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