Tuesday, 15 December 2009

onedotzero musings

Over the last week I've been tearing my hair out trying to get my 'onedotzero' film together, or at least a solid draft. It's been quite tough trying to visualise what I want to do. I've had trouble storyboarding and I've been getting really frustrated with not having anything to show for my thoughts and planning.

Last week I decided to just go for it and started making my film based on a loose storyboard and whatever I could think of at the time. I got some cool stuff and I'm going to edit that together to see if I'm closer to where I want to be with the work. However, I still think there's room for improvement and after experimenting at the end of the day I found different approach and new aesthetic that I could pursue.

These photographs were my experiments.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Slighty Off Topic - Christmas!

As it's Christmas and we had such a great dinner that night I thought I'd share the Sauce Collective Christmas portrait!

In more work related news, the Sauce website has been updated with a brilliant portfolio section. I haven't got much work on there at the moment mind you but it's looking pretty cool!

Sauce Collective Portfolio

Saturday, 5 December 2009

'Biased' Typeface

The outcome of a one week project I did a couple of weeks ago. The brief was to create a typeface from a 'found grid'.

I based my typeface on a photograph of some diagonal wooden cladding I photographed at Brighton Station. I made a rule that I would stay faithful to the right diagonal and not slant the other way, hence the name 'Biased'. This restriction created some interesting results.

The brief also asked for the typeface to be put into context appropriate to it's look and style. It reminded me a hell of a lot like sci-fi books and films and particular Star Trek!

You can also see further down my blog that I've been starting to use this typeface in some personal and experimental work. I've designed two typefaces now and I enjoy the process so I'm looking to make custom type and type design a prominent part of my work.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

xmas cards!

I was bored on the train this evening so I went about making some Christmas cards that I'll be giving out to friends and family this year.

I've never really done this kind of thing before and the ideas for the cards are fairly basic and have probably been done before but what the heck, I like em!

Used a bit of Gill Sans, which looks pretty 'Christmassy' to me and your run of the mill red and green Christmas colours. In case you hadn't noticed, I have used type to create the illustrations as well.

Hope you like them, and if you're lucky enough you might be getting one of these!

Click on the picture to make the Gif work and see the other designs!

The studio space

I am a big fan of the studio space we have this year and as usual I'm taking full advantage. There is no way that I could get away with having this much work and this much mess hanging around in my flat so I pretty much go crazy at uni.

You might not be able to see it unless you click on the picture but we have a bit of an anti Robert Pattinson thing on to the left of my space. It's usually occupied by a girl who's obsessed with Twilight so Neil put up this ingenious poster mocking Robert Pattison.

A close up of my wall space. I pin up work and stuff that I like. At the moment I've got a bit of Sagmeister, some Dan Flavin and an Avatar newspaper cut out.

An idea and experimentation for a zine I'm working on with some friends over at:
Sauce Collective

This one you've seen before but I put up on my wall cos I like it.

Me, taking over the studio. The black stuff, the boxes and the messy wall space on the left are all mine and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Stay cool!

Late night quick blog!

Latest project is all about working with lights for me. I've bought a few sets of crap of crap Christmas lights and I'm going to be setting them up in various formations and installations which I'll then be filming and animating.

Here a few photographs to give you an idea of colour and possible types of composition.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Train Station and Onedotzero

This set of images were taken at Fareham train station while I was waiting for a connection to Brighton. I was a little bored and started playing with light and the focus ring on my camera.

I liked the aesthetic of the blurred rings of colour overlaying each other. Also, the idea that even though the lights were far apart from each other, the lights began to interact and share a relationship with each other as they went out of focus.

I took some video also and I might use this idea as a starting point for the visuals and ideas for the D&AD student awards brief 'onedotzero'. The brief is moving image based and we are to respond to the idea of 'the disappearing city'.

More information on the brief, the D&AD and the awards can be found by following this link:


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Oi Nike, we share the same goals.

I went back to my Brief 1 project and did some re-tooling from the Billboards and made this poster as a bit of personal work and development. Nike, if you're reading this, snap me up! haha

(This is just personal work, I haven't actually made this for Nike commercially. I wish I had!)

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Self initiated work

I've been fiddling around over the last few days trying to get something together for a zine that some friends and I are putting together.

It's on the theme black and white but I've added a little bit of colour just whack up on here. The pages will be based around this kind of style but I'm still tweaking and having a bit of a play.


Monday, 9 November 2009

'Journey' Book Photos

I finally got back the book that I made for our final project in Level 1, 'Journey'. So, I took some pictures!

It was my first ever attempt at creating a book. I came up with concept, designed and developed my content and binded the whole thing too. It was a really good insight into how books are made and how they work.

I learnt how rhythm and consistency was important throughout to create a successful and flowing book.

As with anything, there are many things that I would have liked to have changed from paper stock and printing techniques to editing and exploring more ideas for content. However, I feel the book has been made to a good standard and it was a valuable experience.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

New toy!

This came in on Friday which was a great surprise! It was, along with ordering my tickets for the opening night of Avatar at BFI IMAX in London that morning, the start to a rather good weekend!

This is one of those filler posts, as you can probably tell, but it's something I was pretty chuffed with! The HD 1080p video option on it is fantastic too. Can't wait to create some new work with it!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Channel 4 3D week in conjuction with Youtube

I love 3D and this has got me inspired! Channel 4 are running a competition asking aspiring directors to submit 3D clips onto Youtube which, if good enough, could be shown on the channel itself!

Read all about it here:


The deadline is 8th November so we best be cracking! I've got an idea though and I'm looking to collaborate with fellow chums Grant and Neil who are illustrators. Should be fun!

Oh plus... For all your 3D info needs regarding motion pictures, games and other media check out MarketSaw!


I've been meaning to do a post about 3D ever since I started this blog! I suppose the next one will come with the new Avatar trailer. ;)

Josh out.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

you are part of a legacy

Here's a bit of a taster from my recent project 'Pitch' where we had to come up with a campaign that stretched across 4 billboards.

The company I was allocated was Nike and I chose to follow the line of their inspirational and motivating slogans. My idea was based around the consumer feeling apart of the brand and to create a strong sense of connection.

I came up with 'you are part of a legacy' amongst other slogan's and used the custom typeface I created for the project to hint at the connections visually. The coloured and overlayed elements were used to show the momentum and potential energy that the consumer will have by using Nike's products.

I'm only showing one of the proposed billboards for now as there are a few tweaks I'll be doing to the work. Hope you like what you see so far!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

six degrees of..... crap there's a deadline tomorrow!

I'm at uni right now trying to tie all the ends of my project and complete the work ready for the crit tomorrow. However, I've hit a slight brick wall and feel I need to take some time out.

So, I've taken a few snaps of what I've been doing in my sketchbook. There's a few experiments in there to see how I can make the whole thing work visually and there's also a glimpse of the typeface I've made for this project. Oh, and I took a picture of my studio space because I thought you'd like to know.


Friday, 9 October 2009

type experiments for 'alienation' video

Just some more teaser stuff and examples of my working process from my recent summer project for university. I was using the hexagon shape throughout to hint to the connection between people and the six degrees of separation theory.

The video is a comment on how people shouldn't forget what it's like to be outside and how to communicate and interact socially. People should not just stay glued to their iPhone's, Blackberry's and laptop's, checking their Facebook pages all day.

Also, I've completed the video now, and I'll be posting soon but I need to add some sound. I think I might write some music for it, could be fun and a nice challenge.

In other news, I started uni again on Monday and I've been given my first brief. It's called 'Pitch' and we have to do a pitch for 4 billboard designs based on a marketing campaign we've developed from a brand that's been allocated to us.

I was given Nike, so I'm pretty happy with that. Following on from my summer project, which the brief asks, I am pursuing the idea and theory of the 'six degrees of separation.' It's going well so far and I shall be keeping you posted!

Friday, 2 October 2009


Made from 35,000 photographs and using a mixture of stop motion and live projection mapping techniques.

I'll let the images speak for themselves, really quite beautiful.

Directed by Xavier Chassaing.

SCINTILLATION from Xavier Chassaing on Vimeo.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

This is what I'm doing right now.

So, as there isn't long now till I'm be back at uni, it's time to step up the summer project work.

Here's some screen shots of what I've been working on today, some of it is just testing the water but I feel the aesthetic is coming together nicely. I've got a few more elements and ideas I've got to sort out but I'm also trying to make sure there's an arc to the video and the idea comes through properly.