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We recently ran a 48 hour zine project with the Foundation students at Manchester School of Art. The brief was to redesign the alphabet through a filter that we assigned them. The aim of the project was to encourage them to work impulsively within strict a timeframe while introducing them to the immediacy of the zine aesthetic. The three filters were: Signage & the Olympics, Architecture and Photomontage.

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OWT #13 — Reprocess // Get it HERE.

Loose Collective submitted two pieces of work for the limited thirteenth and final issue of OWT. The first was a collaboration with Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic™. Ian wrote the intro, and LC designed his spreads. The second piece was based around the issue’s theme of “Reprocess”. Zines were overprinted in two colours on a range of GF Smith Colorplan.

Owt say: “Submissions from the OWT back catalogue form a background layer of pre-existing themes, ready to be manipulated and reprocessed by new work. This changes the context and makes new interpretations while initiating serendipitous collaborations. GF Smith Colorplan and six-colour Riso printing help add further variables. No two zines in the run of 150 are the same.”

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STATE OF THE ZINE - Recap PT.1

On Sunday 13th October two creative forces, OWT Creative & SPIEL joined together in celebration of football to hold STATE OF THE ZINE at The National Football Museum in Manchester. The event offered people of all ages to rock up to the museum and put together their own bespoke football fanzine from a collection of beautiful riso printed A5 cards, screen print their own envelope and even create their own piece for the zine from a selection of current and vintage football magazines and annuals.

Here are a few of the fanzines in the Museum’s collection, which were also on display on the day. 

OWT #8 : LOVE / HATE

Super glad to see our pals at  OWT have returned to the single screw bind we saw in Issue #6, and this most recent issue - Love / Hate - looks bloody fantastic.

I’m waiting on AUSPost to bring me mine, but even off of the photos I know this one’s gonna be special.

Never ever a disappointment, check out the latest release from the stupidly hard working OWT. They proclaim to ’have never invested so much time into one of the zines, and we’re really proud of it’, so that’s exciting.

They’ve also got a nice, new site design

Can’t wait.

     Error by OWT Creative has the perfect amount of unpolish going on. It’s messy, but doesn’t lose any of its design quality. It’s bound in a weird way, but forces you to look through it in a unique way. It’s themed, but each contributor brought their own ideas to the table, I don’t think any of them really messed anything up.

     Get it at the OWT shop online. It ain’t that expensive and I bet it rules in real life.

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Interlace Zine Project OWT creative.

TELEINTERCINE.
This typeface is a result of research into ‘Interlacing’. Possibly could now use this typeface in some kind of motion piece(exactly how needs further work).

Interlaced Video.
Interlacing is a term that is used in TV production based upon analog signals-Interlaced Video.
I’m not going to bore you with the technical aspects of it but back in the days of Analog TV, images were captured and displayed line by line from top to bottom. In a cathode ray tube display this process gets repaeted this time taking the second line. The afterglow of the phosphor on the TV screen and the combination with the persistance of vision in your eyes makes you perceive the image as a continous image.

This inspired the development of a type that can be overlayed, allowing double messages to appear within the same space by dividing up an existing type In this case Helvetica Bold, I tried some other types, but a bold blocky sans serif seems to works best.  It was a pretty labourious task as each letter had to have two created, needless to say that the scissors tool was used a lot.  Testing mainly was focussed on how to create them as efficently as possible, my first double letter took an hour and a half as I tried to draw round using the pen tool. Obviously with 26 letters (plus numbers and punctuation) this meant over 72 individually drawn letters. Taking over an hour or so each.

Had to find a better way, and eventually after a fair bit of cursing, trimmed down the time taken to around 20-35mins per double letter. This was achieved by cutting the segments of each letter across the horizontal guides and then using the hide tool for the 1st line section I then joined up the 2nd line section, moved it and un-hid the 1st line section and repeated the joining process.

Hopefully the screen grabs help explain this. The great thing is that by messing around with colours you can develop it further and it kind of works best as white letters on a coloured background.

It also works as as type without kerning, you can slice the letters up gainst and even within each other, sure legibility gets tricky but you can still read it.


Just wondering now how to develop this into a motion piece. Anyway I’ll submit this type once the full alphabet is completed to the SALFORD TYPE FOUNDRY along with a few others I’ve done.

REPROCESS by OWT

— Spotted: My Map Circle piece reprocessed {image from here}

Last year my map circle appeared in OWT Creative’s 4th zine on Direction & for their 13th zine they have done a bit of re-processing! Using beautiful 6-color riso printing & GFSmith Colourplan paper they’ve gone to town linking new images with ones from the back catalogue of 12 zines they’ve completed over the past year making each reprocess zine unique. See lots more images here.


— My original piece which appeared in Issue #4 Direction, which was created from my original drawing

Also watch the beautifully repetitive and hypnotic video of the zine in print here

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STATE OF THE ZINE - Recap PT.4

Alot of kids had a go at screen printing the STATE OF THE ZINE emblem on to the front of the zine envelopes which was great to see! 

Ste from OWT Creative remarked that a few of them had even said they had tried screen printing before, AT SCHOOL! This is a great light of hope for the future of these hands on traditional techniques being shared with the next generation of designers.

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INTERLACE PROJECT-OWT CREATIVE.

Will reflect on this Project in the next couple of days but here’s a couple of stills from the final Stop Motion ‘weave’.

It was the technique in creating this stop motion that was inspired by the INTERLACE theme, not the actual content-this came from a variety of sources to be blogged later.

I always like to look outside of graphics for possibilities, in this case weaving. Very much a textiles process and using it to create a stop motion piece.

I thought it would be relatively easy, I was very wrong. Time spent on this has been lots. But I’ve already committed to this year being about producing as much work as possible-and that means taking on extra work outside the University briefs. So this week I’ve focussed on getting this completed as best I can. 

The technique can still be improved and potentially, with extra long warp and weft you could make a piece of stop motion of a long duration. As it stands I got up to 899 individual frames for this last piece..and thats when the problems really started.

I totally fucked up by not checking the camera settings. When I uploaded the JPEGs into photoshop they were all overexposed and had far too much contrast and brightness. Yup major fucking disaster, this was the last chance I’d have to use the studio and submission date was Monday and every single JPEG was ruined, thats 899 in number.

But I remembered Photoshop and I could bring the images back to life by using some of the skills I’d picked up during summer, sure they wouldn’t be like a photo but maybe salvageable. So set to work tinkering with curves and stuff and these stills are the result. I’m actually pleased, they look flat, blacks are dull and not reflecting, some detail is missing and that paradoxically adds to it. Maybe this was a happy accident. Luckily I also remembered the automate and batch functions, so that was it I have managed to rescue a shitty situation and not wasted hours of work.

Am I glad it happened, well no I wasn’t , but I’m happy now that through this experience I have picked up some useful skills in Photoshop, got valuable experience in the Photography Studio, and learnt that stop motion, especially using paper and card is something I like doing.

Will post the stop motion film once done in Final Cut. Another program I have very little knowledge of and only today to learn it. Pushing myself to the point of failure.

Next week my focus outside the University work will be Salford Type Foundry. I will develop existing type I have and will aim to create some new.  With the aim to get as much as possible uploaded onto S.T.F.

INTERLACE PROJECT OWT CREATIVE.

Okaaay, obviously hitting a few problems now-but as I’m into serious test mode thats unsurprising. However by its very nature Stop Motion is time consuming and even just a test of 20 odd seconds can take all day. Getting familair with equipment in the Photography studio etc etc. But I’m learning, thats the whole point of this exercise…well that and having something to submit for the

OWT creative brief. Deadline looming….


So a few points from this test.

1-The relationship between text size and width of the strips of weave-has to be right size or message gets lost and super fragmented-as opposed to just a a bit of fragmentation.This is what has happened here, asthetcally it could be quite pleasing, but it fails as the message is lost and too fragmented to read.

2-Both warp and weft (horizontal and vertical strips) need to be held in place-possibly by some surrounding edge thats fixed to the surface.

3-You need gaps at each intersection that the warp and weft cross, or else there is too much tension and you can’t pull the strip. Bear this in mind when putting together content.

4-It works best when you only pull either the warp or weft-ie if your pulling just the warp strips then the weft are fixed and dont move-but this is unsatisfactory.

Now its back to the drawing board, spend a couple of days putting together a better production technique and design that works.Either that or give up, but i’ve already devoted to much time to this idea so i’m not binning it just yet. I think I can still getit to work. Dogged tenacity and perseverance.