Archive for October, 2009

Logotype project – German Police

Posted in University projects on October 25, 2009 by gogoalexgo

When we were shown some blogs from past students, I saw someones work from the previous year on the Logotype project. They had to design a logo for the German Police. To me the idea of designing a logo for the German Police seemed the epitome of dullness and I hoped that I would get something different. My initial thoughts on the subject of the German Police mostly revolved around the colour grey; steely mechanical accuracy combined with the iron disicpline of law enforcement and the steriotypical cold efficiency of anything German. Greyness personified.
Well on the day of course I blindly picked out the combination which I had hoped against hope not to get: The German Police. After crying inwardly for a while I got to work . . .

I researched the German police on the internet (i.e. Wikipedia) and found out that it has State Police and Federal Police, each one split into different divisions for dealing with different aspects of policing. I have decided to create a logotype for the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) which is part of the Feberal Police and is essetially Germany’s version of the FBI. I thought I could have more fun with this kind of police branch than I could have if I designed a logo for the Schutzpolizei which are Germany’s standard uniformed police officers in the State Police.

I visited the BKA website (translated from the German by Google Translate):

http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.bka.de/&ei=S3jkSrCCEIiz4QbwjPyDAg&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3DBundeskriminalamt%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-GB:official%26hs%3DC85

I also downloaded a PDF published by the BKA in 2006 outlining their work (Not 100% sure it is genuine but it probably is).

It seems like they are mostly concerned with co-ordinating the efforts of the various State Police departments with each other and also with police forces from other countries, and thus are involved in international crime, terrorism and the like. This is teh current logo for the BKA:

BKA logo.jpg

This is the logo on the website and it’s publications but I don’t know yet if they have a badge like uniformed police do when patrolling. This logo is very different from most of the police logos that I have come across which nearly all seem to feature a badge, shield or star. Here are some examples of fairly typical local Police Force logos:

Dorset Police Logo sussex police

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Kode9 – 9 Samurai

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by gogoalexgo

This music video caught my eye a while back – has a pretty eerie and dark feel to it.

Political Postcard brief: A vote for racism

Posted in University projects on October 23, 2009 by gogoalexgo

The aim of my political postcard was to make people aware of the BNP’s racist and brutal ways thereby discouraging people who might want to vote for them as a protest vote against the main parties.

This was the culmination of one idea where I portrayed the BNP as an apple, shiny and green on the outside but rotten with racism (symbolised by the swasticas) on the inside. Although I really like this image no one really understood what the apple was about unless they had looked through my work book and had it explained to them by me. So in the end I went with this idea:

I decided to put some facts about various BNP members convictions to highlight the fact that a lot of party members are violent racists. I think the final piece conveys the message I wanted to very clearly, however it does not have the same level of depth as the apple idea had – this idea only works on one in your face level, while the apple has more meaning. However this idea gets the message across better. I think my weakest point in the project was how my work was presented i.e. no name on the front of the workbook, just stuck onto lined paper, so I will plan so that I have more time to work on presentation for teh next project.

London Trip – Design Museum and along the south bank from Tower Bridge to London Bridge

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by gogoalexgo

I liked the shadows cast by this sculpture and the angular feel of it. I also like the way it takes words printed on a page and gives them a 3D element. The word spiral can be clearly seen which relates to the form of the piece, it is almost spiral shaped but not explicitly, instead its spiral shape is kind of suggested by the folds of the card which makes it more interesting than if it where just a spiral of card It also looks a bit like a work of modern architecture similar to Frank Gehry’s work in its crazy angles and unconventional dimensions. Photos below:

Small Spiral paper thing2Small Spiral paper thing

The second piece of work that stood out to me was the cover for the album Doolittle by the Pixies. This design is good because the imagery used is directly linked to the lyrics in various songs from the album, most notably Monkey Gone to Heaven which makes for quite a funny looking image on the cover but one that also has a wierdly sinister feel in some ways. The strange, dark and yet funny mood reflects the album content well.
Maybe I would not like this piece so much if I hadn’t gone through a pixies phase. See below:

Doolittle cover art

This architectural model also caught my eye, mostly because it looks a bit like a dildo. I know it sounds crass but it’s true, it is even ribbed for your pleasure! I’m not sure if this was intentional but I find it hard to see how anyone could not have noticed this aspect of it. It is not much of a surprise, it would be the latest in a long line of phallic buildings and sculptures i.e. the Eiffel Tour, the Washington Monument etc.

Small phallic building

Here is a real life building that impressed me found between Tower Brigde and London Bridge on the South Bank. I like the way that the glass ediface bends round on itself to creating a reflection of itself. This gives the illusion of space which is enhanced by the curve of the glass which makes a kind of infinity curve; you look in and can only see reflection upon reflection of the building and with no angle or corner to focus on your eye just wanders about in its reflections. Very tranquil. If this was made of concrete as in brutalist architecture it would not have nearly the same effect, it would just depress everyone who walked along the river. This would probably look more impressive if more light where on it so you could really get some good reflection but it was in shadow when I took the photo.
A few days later I found out I knew someone who worked in that building, fancy that! They just finished a sociology degree and are starting work as an accountant(!?!) there.

Small building