This job was to design graphics for two panels for display in the lobby of the new Scottish Oceans Institute. The main panel was a timeline showing the history of Marine Science at St Andrews, which was developed with Dr Sascha Hooker from a presentation she had written perviously. The other panel showed details of a local school science engagement project about plastics in the marine environment.
I developed branding for both which included the SOI logo, but also made a connection to long wave-like decorative panels on the exterior of the new building.
The location where these panels were to be shown is also to include a large aquarium featuring typical North Sea marine species. Unfortunately the aquarium had not been installed at the time when the building was to be opened by Scotland’s First Minister. When I visited the site about a fortnight before the opening, there was an 3x1m empty gap filled with some blue plastic boards, and the aquarium was not expected to be present, let alone set up and running for a month at least. That didn’t seem ideal, so the SOI Director and the aquarium manager agreed that we should use the large ‘window’ to make a large temporary photo-frieze showing images of ‘BioBlitz’.
‘BioBlitz’ is a major annual national citizen science project that staff from the School of Biology at St Andrews have taken part in for several years. I designed a photomontage of images I’d shot over about three years using the same branding as the other panels. It might only be temporary, but I was keen for it to fit in and look good.
I’ve got a fun job I’m working on for an exhibit about work by University of St Andrews researchers studying the songs of humpback whales in the South Pacific. There are several displays and interactives which will feature in an area we are calling Sea Symphonies at the Dundee Science Centre.
One of my design tasks was to develop some symbols to represent fragments of humpback whale sounds…
I made a test piece with some of the symbols I developed. You can try it out at here – tap the symbols to hear the sounds (warning – these may surprise your pets!)
It’s been a while since I’ve got around to posting here – I’ve been a busy design bee. For the project which is the subject of this post, I wasn’t sure if I should put the details here, or on my other blog where I mostly write about poetry – here goes…
Doctors regularly share the most personal, vulnerable, and crucial moments of other people’s lives. SPL were interested in finding a way to make a related online project. Using poetry this would hopefully create opportunities for discussion as doctors recognised some of their own experiences in those of others. The Dean of Medicine at the University of St Andrews expressed an interest in hosting a project, and a little later I became involved.
Working with SPL we came up with the idea of building on the book by making short seasons of videos of medics (qualified or in training) reading chosen poems from the collection. Readers also explain very briefly why they chose the poem they are going to read. We’d make the readings publicly available on a blog, and also host a closed Facebook group, where we hoped each reading could provide a seed for informal discussion. The group would be managed by a team of highly experienced medics.
Having helped define the form of the project, I made the blog site, and set up the Facebook group. Colleagues at the School of Medicine and Scottish Poetry Library brought together a team of experienced doctors to guide/moderate the discussion group. Meanwhile I set about creating a collection of new videos. Of course, all this turned out to be the just for starters. I’ve recently also been making a projection kiosk/listening point/exhibit which will allow students and others to sample a few readings, and get a taste of the project. Cue scrounging of a once loved exhibition plinth, old gear, etc, etc. Seems like a lot to pull together for a small exhibit, but it’s surprising what a lick of paint can do, and before you know it, there it is…
The project doesn’t have a launch day as such, instead it is easing into being live over the next few weeks.
I enjoyed taking some photographs at Kit Martin’s ‘Skyward’ sessions at the Gateway in St Andrews today. Visitors tried out both making cyanotypes and experiencing VR and 360 degree images (mostly for the first time). I was very impressed by the helpfulness of everyone involved. I think all had a very interesting, informative and entertaining experience!
Looking like a strange spikey Telstar, here are a few shots from the video studio showing sculptor Cavan Convery’s hard-won (all hands to the Marvin’s Medium!) rendering of a complex multi faceted sphere designed by renaissance genius Daniele Barbaro over four hundred and fifty years ago. As far as I know, this is the first time in all those centuries that this specific form has been realised as a three dimensional object.
The model has been produced for use in a short video I’m making for Laura Moretti about her success in developing an exciting book exhibition following her work on Barbaro.
I was happy able to help Ben Moorehouse sort out a vlog page for Geobus’s website the other day. Geobus is a fantastic project from Earth Sciences at the University of St Andrews. The bus and the team visit secondary schools in all educational authorities around Scotland with teaching packages covering broad areas of Earth Science aimed at supporting STEM subject teaching generally, and highlighting career opportunities in Earth Sciences and other STEM subjects.
Interesting video recce in the St Andrews University Special Collections stacks yesterday – think that section of the library in Harry Potter where the books are so precious they are chained to the shelves, but add in superb climate control. Amazing things! If that peaks your interest, today I noticed that he University Library Special Collections Division will be hosting a series of Show and Tell events this semester affording staff, students and the public a chance to see a selection of items from our manuscript, rare book and photographic collections.
The first Show and Tell will be on Wednesday the 17th February at 2pm on the topic of ‘Preserving the history, presenting the iconic’: Golf in the Special Collections Division. This will be held in the New Park Seminar Room in Martyrs Kirk Research Library, North Street. More about this… Special Collections Show and Tell – Feb-May