Pastiche: Final video

So…I’ve been working almost the entire year on this project.

A lot of development hours, a lot of editing hours. I must say I’m very happy with the result.
And I enjoyed animating with stop motion. I think its simplicity and materiality produce really honest images. But at the same time, a good outcome can somehow look like magic.
I like it very much.
It even made me watch the Chicken Run film again. What was the first stop-motion film I remember watching.

Definitely my favourite individual project of the year.


Collection: An overview of development

The development of this project started very late, as I said on the last post.
I remember that by the time we had the photography tutorial, I only had work from the first dialogue project done. I had no idea about what to do with engage. As I said, I’m always running behind. Sometimes I don’t even know where I’m running towards. ( graduating for sure, but that’s how detailed it gets.)

I waited, and waited for something to happen. And it did, we receive the handout check list. ahah

I went home, gathered and digitalised everything I could, thinking it was a good start. It was a start for sure.

As a sat on from of the computer and opened Indesign to work on my master page, I realised my grid wasn’t gonna work. Since I had a lot of images, a lot of development, and later screen shots of videos.

I worked it out, made a simple grid, 3×3. Started adding pages just for the titles and descriptions, so I could have pages with only images…to make it look better I think.

Making 1 page with only one image is something I really enjoy. No words, no descriptions. Juts an image to enjoy. Without any attachment to context or reality.

Working on the setup to have 1 right hand side page with the title, and nothing on the back, was a hard task. The printing test I did at home was a disaster.

And after my talk at the printing shop (1) I was so stressed, I tried to make sense of the printing process…but gave up. I though I needed to let it go, everything looked fine before, I checked everything a few times.
So, when I went to shop 2, I asked a lot of questions, but didn’t ask to make a quick test, didn’t think of going back home, and doing another test, didn’t think of asking for help.

So, a few title pages are on the wrong hand side…after noticing this I decided to close the book and breath.

Still, I hope that whoever opens it, can enjoy my work, and getting to know me a bit better.

A lot of stress was put in to it.

Collection: An overview from day 1

From the day the brief was given to us I was really excited about this project. I wanted to bind the book myself, and to make a beautiful case to fit it in.


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Time went on, we worked on grids, we worked on so many things related. We had a lot of time. I usually think I didn’t have enough time, but now I see I did. I started working on it too late. Partly was because I only have 1 day off combining work and school. So I do have a time limitation. But, I also take a lot of time to digest the brief, think about it, research, think a bit more… I’m very indecisive sometimes, and always start the projects with huge ideas I don’t know how to execute. And honestly don’t plan that far ahead, or follow the schedule given ( why is that?).

So with my time limitation and my hesitation to start the work, per se… I hadn’t finished any project when the collection brief was given me. I started to stress, panic actually.
How the hell was I suppose to do this? As I didn’t know, I didn’t start until things got really tight. And I just HAD to do it, or else I wouldn’t deliver anything worthy of being looked at….


Read about the development (an overview) on  post 12.

Collection: Outcome


So, the book arrived. I noticed that a few details didn’t worked out.
It’s done, it was my first experience with such a large amount of work to edit and assemble. I could have done a few things more carefully if I hadn’t  really stressed about the deadline date.

There’s no way around doing as many proof printings as possible, until the outcome is as desired.
Also, it is fundamental to be prepared to deal with printing mistakes, ( money and time wise ).
I’m happy to went through this process, and learned so much. Mainly about organisation and planning skills.



Neat Market Ready & Kickstarter: The end


Today all groups presented at the accelerator for the last time. Was very cool to see the evolution of all groups, how they changed their brands, or even changed their products completely. There was some great ideas, I would definitely match something with my little Ted. ( I did already, but nothing really fun or cool ).

Also was nice to be a part of Neat for this time being, we all where very lucky to work with really cool and hard working colleagues. I think was one of the few times I enjoyed working as a team.

This entire Neat experience was one of a kind for me. Although I wasn’t the most involved in the design process,  I think we all contributed for the final result, somehow.
Oliver and Lisa where the two members who putted more hours into this 2 projects, and without their commitment Neat wouldn’t go far. Carlos was the “reflective” one, always stepping back and really thinking our decisions into the last detail….and the master at presentations.
Kyrle made the coolest page designs, and made awesome vector illustrations. Totally Neat.
Marius was a superstar at printing tote bags, he was unstoppable…It’s not only about the design, but the execution also requires loads of energy… I think he should do screen printing more often, for sure.

Ricardo and Sara also where super supportive, way beyond their teaching obligations.
Their presence there, at the Market day was so important, and Ricardo made an amazing video that allow us to remember the Sunday Up Market.

Doing everything from scratch, going to the Market, then setting a Kickstarter campaign was an amazing experience. I wanted to have my own business for a while now, and this project was like having a small one for a few months.

Thank you, to all mentioned above, and to all colleagues who came to visit us that Sunday!





Kickstarter: video making 

For the presentation we had to do a video, and it was cool  working in a story board as a team. Then, for the stop motion process, that I worked on with Lisa… taugh me that stop motion making is  much faster when there’s an extra pair of hands. Then, I was able to be around to see the development in AE by Lisa and Oliver and definitely made more more aware of the possibilities, and more willing to learn to work there. 

Collection: Development

As its visible from the images below, the grid suffered alterations. But also the images.
I decided that research and development images should have a closer sequence, in order to show the evolution…and the final outcomes now occupy the hole page, without any margins.

The videos are displayed in a grid 5 x 3 , initially was hard to pick the screen shots to portray the videos, but after deciding the amount of images I wanted to use to represent the first one, the rest came to place quite easily.

The titles are in individual pages, since the page with images have a lot of information already, ( have a lot of images or 1 image occupies the entire page. )

It was also a good way to divide the projects and give the reader a time to digest the images in between projects.


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Final grid

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development grid

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development grid

Collection: Dealing with Printing Shops

I was late with the development of my book. I only finished it today, exactly 10 days before the delivery day. So I though it would be best not to risk doing it online. So I went to a couple of printing shops I have close to my house.
The first one was the most frustrating place I’ve been in. I went there with a positive attitude and tried to communicate things in a very clear and proactive way.
I didn’t save my bleeding and crop marks on the PDF file ( had no idea about this detail ) so the guy looked at me and said   “No bleeding?” …. “And what about this? and this?” ….
I added the bleeding and crop marks ( I took my laptop with me, smart decision), and then asked if the smart guy could help me with the rest of the problems he identified.  But he was busy, but would be with me in a while…I waited and waited…and finally decided to go somewhere else…whilst I was on my way to another printing shop, there he goes by inside his Mercedes. Great customer service Call Print ( great portland street shop).

I went to the Instant Print W1, and a nice guy helped me a lot. He answered all my questions and doubts about the printing and binding process my work was about to go through. He checked my files and we talked a bit more… and we made a deal.

I heard about the bad relationship graphic designers and printers can have, and today I experienced it. The thing is, I’m not giving my money to a place where they don’t listen to their clients.

At the end of the day its our work,  its our money.


Collection: Indesign complications

Trying to make a 100 page book without having more than a sporadic experience in Indesign wasn’t easy. And I know many problems would be avoided if we had a more consistent use of the software. Just like Ae, or whatever.
Making us use the softwares for the final handouts is not the same thing as teaching us, and then given guidance over the year. Doing a 6 page spread on Indesign is not the same as dealing with a 100 page book.


Collection: Images

To start this project I digitalised all images could and wanted in the book.
I think this was even more time demanding than the construction of the book pages.
I had to look in so many places for them. Collect images from 3 or more sketchbooks, do a million screen shots… select images from stop-motion videos….
I don’t even know how many images I have in the book, but its a huge amount. What really make me look back and reflect about the amount of work we all did this year. Its a lot.

About photographing the work for the book:

I have a lot of 2D work, so the best way I found to put my work in the book was to scan it.
But the 3D work we had from Neat had to be photographed. Honestly I couldn’t photograph all work in one go, for several reasons… and I also wanted to add old pictures from the process.
The workshop we had about photographing our work wasn’t helpful. We looked at still life photography, what was interesting for itself, but not relevant for this project. I understand that photographing  our work and photographing fruit can have the same approach, technique and theory behind it. But it would be way more interesting if we saw photographs of designed objects made with the intention of showcasing the objects for an exhibition, a website, a portfolio…