Peter Norris: Money

27/11/2013 § Leave a comment

What is money? It is a universal exchange system.

The first and most important is COST – something surrendered to gain something else.

The PROFIT  is the excess of income after all costs.

The INCOME is the money generated on undertaken activity.

  • Profit = Income – Cost

Now calculate your annual outgoing costs:

£420 on phone

£196 on Adobe

£8,000 a year for Tuition

£20 Advent Calendars

£10 Christmas Cards

£380 Bus

£205 Christmas Presents (So Far)

£145 Michael Kors Bag

Standard times for payment are 30, 60, 90 or 120 days.

You need to charge a PROFESSIONAL RATE for your work. By doing this, you send out the signal that you’re good at what you do and that you’re confident in what you’re doing. £25 is the starting point for this.





After Effects: Key Frames & Pre-Compositions

27/11/2013 § Leave a comment

In Jay’s tutorial on After Effects today, we looked at creating Key Frames and Pre-Compositions.

First up is my example of Key Frames. For this I made a simple rectangle move along a track in a circuit motion. This is a really simple and basic step but it is key when learning how to use the software and being able to create work:

Secondly, we were introduced to Pre-Compositions and how we can easily build up an animation by repeating existing work and layering the affects. I used a selection of different coloured squares on top of one an other and repeated my pattern on different scales several times:

Introduction to InDesign with George

25/11/2013 § 1 Comment

Missing Links – When you’ve placed an image into InDesign, it remembers where you placed it from. If you then move your image location, it can no longer see your image.

Pre-Flight – Save your document in a “Pre-Flight” format as this allows you to take your file and edit it elsewhere. It saves all your information: images, fonts etc. All you would have to do is download your chosen fonts to that computer. Otherwise, you can save it as a PDF and it is then printable.

We then opened InDesign and looked at the “New Document” dialogue box. We were to make sure that our intent drop down bar was correct – either Print, Web or Digital Publishing. For today, we stuck with a one page Print document.

Bleed – If you want to use a full image on a page, make sure it overlaps the page. We do this because when it is sent to the guillotine, it can be cut slightly too big and leave you with a white border. Overlapping the page with your image makes sure this doesn’t happen.

Creating a New Document

Creating a New Document

Perfect Binding – You need to have a certain amount of pages so that you can get the spine in as this is a glue method.

Saddle Stitch – Staple down the centre of the publication. A2 sheet of paper can actually get you 4 pages on. You are restricted to how many pages you can use with this method as it creates more “Creek” (the pages stick out from the cover). Sometimes the guillotine will cut the excess off but this can mean you lose some image or text.

Working with the TYPE tool:

We played around with size, colour and rotation.

Working with the SHAPE tool:

We created a basic rectangle and coloured it. To create rounded corners, we select the yellow anchor point on the box and drag them.

Type and Shape Tool Examples

Type and Shape Tool Examples


Business and Enterprise: Peter Norris Workshop

21/11/2013 § Leave a comment


Attitudes: Management VS Design

Another View: Henry Mitzberg – difference between a manager and a designer (skills)

Entrepreneurship and Business Management

Need to recognise if they’re is a GAP in the market – is it geographical, specialism, ability or product related?

Figure out your competition – are they big? are they good? It doesn’t matter on their size.

This is YOUR decision. It has to be what YOU want to do, not what anybody else wants else you wont have the DRIVE to succeed.

If you are certain about what you want to do, go and do it.

What is your aim? Is it money, kudos or society?

  1. Strike whilst the iron is hot! Go for it, do it, make it work! Don’t sit back, “Time waiteth for no man”. This implies the DESIRE to succeed.
  2. Tenacity. There will be problems but don’t give up. Work though your issues and solve the problem. This implies the DRIVE to make this happen.
  3. Don’t be precious! You have an idea but it will change. It will be modified. Allow it. Have the courage and grace to accept alteration. This implies your ability to LISTEN to others.
  4. The ability to do. You have to have the ability to act on your ideas. Be practical and pragmatic. This implies your ability to ACT or initiate an action.
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  6. What is the cost/return? If someone is going to help you, there WILL be a cost. Know what this is and how you can achieve it. Ownership: Design Right/Copy Right – Register your designs if you think it has potential (£50).

If you don’t have the Desire and the Drive you won’t be given opportunities to listen and act on your ideas.

It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know. Get over it! So, who DO YOU know/who SHOULD YOU know?

We should be using: LinkedIn.

Talk to your competition. Get involved.

Jean Baudrillard Conceptual Mind Map and Expressive Visual

17/11/2013 § Leave a comment

After doing a bit more research, I decided to go forward with Jean Baudrillard as i’ve used him as influence in previous projects so find myself knowing a lot more about him and enjoying his theories.

Conceptual Mind Map

Conceptual Mind Map

Expressive Visual

Expressive Visual

Jacques Derrida

17/11/2013 § Leave a comment

Whilst researching for my next conceptual mind map on Jacques Derrida, I came across this great short interview with him on YouTube. He discusses his most commonly known ‘Deconstruction’ theory.

The Scooter: A Personal Taxonomy of Scooters

13/11/2013 § Leave a comment

My final booklet presenting my taxonomy collection and engineering project:

I hope you enjoy!

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