Navigate / search

Graphic Information Design: Graphic Design Influences by Alex Dunedin

Graphic design is a discipline which focuses on visual communication and presentation. Various methods are used to create and combine symbols, images and/or words to create a tangible representation of ideas and messages. A graphic designer may utilise typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to achieve their task. Graphic design refers to both the process and the products which are generated. Text and pure design elements, such as shapes and colour, are used to unify the piece. Read more

Contributor: Chris Behr

I’m a full-stack designer, with over 10 years experience in marketing and product design. I’ve worked with some amazing brands in my career, both internally and externally, including; Tesco, Loch Fyne, The Scotsman Publications, Tennents, and Skyscanner.

Within product design I’m most at home building out live prototypes, either through HTML, CSS, and Javascript; or, on the app side, using tools like XCode or Android Studio. I’m currently working at Skyscanner, where I’ve been responsible for designs for the Flights, Hotels, and Car Hire products – across app and web. My current responsibilities as a designer lie with the Flights product, where I’ve had some great opportunities to produce iterative designs for a product used by millions worldwide. My design process uses data-lead methods, as well as user research. Read more

Graphic Information Design: Print History

The British Library holds a copy of the Buddhist text known commonly as the Diamond Sutra (a more accurate translation of the Sanskrit title might be, the Vajra Cutter Sutra). It is a short Mahayana sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom (prajna-paramita) genre, which teaches the practice of the avoidance of abiding in extremes of mental attachment. A copy found among the Dunhuang manuscripts in the early 20th century, is, in the words of the British Library “the earliest complete survival of a dated printed book.”

The first translation of the Diamond Sutra into Chinese was done sometime around the beginning of the fifth century by the venerated Kumarajiva. The Kumarajiva translation is the version that appears on the 868 CE Dunhuang scroll. The copy is a scroll, over 5 metres long, was purchased in 1907 by the archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein. Hidden for centuries in a sealed-up cave in north-west China, in the walled-up Mogao Caves near Dunhuang, a monk guarded the caves which were known as the “Caves of the Thousand Buddhas.” Read more

Ragged University Graphic Design by Chris Behr

The graphic design of the Ragged project was brought together by Chris Behr when there were differences of opinion amongst the various people who were involved at the very beginning.  For example, what font should be used, what colour, what will the logo be ?

To resolve this I (Alex) said to the group that we will get someone with expertise in the area and take their advice.  I got in touch with Chris Behr, who was a local graphic designer who had a bunch of experience in various areas.  A talented gent who has worked in newspapers, magazines and in various areas such as business logo design and advertising.

Read more