Research poster

creative thinking, creativity, drawing, technology
Copy of Research Posters on Prezi This is an update of a Prezi was produced for students at Coventry University on the MSc Industrial Design and MSc Transport Design Courses. The students were required to produce an A1 sized poster that described their research project, its methodologies, outcomes and how it would be used to feed into their major design project. The presentation itself may be of use to others who are required to create information rich documents and features advice on the creation of inforgraphics and poster layouts as well as links to external sites that are both supportive and critical of infographics.  
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Alien objects

creative thinking, creativity, critical & creative thinking, design, learning
LOLA: Alien Object Analysis on Prezi   A critical & creative thinking activity Essentially, a version of a traditional design object analysis activity, this is a creative exercise that introduces students to the idea that all objects can convey meanings; meanings which can be clear, obscure, shifting, ephemeral, long-lasting, trivial, profound, widely understood, narrowly received, lost - and more. The activity can be run with any number of variations, but the one presented here is set against some dystopian future in which all the inhabitants of planet Earth have abandoned it, leaving behind only their manufactured artifacts. At some time subsequent, an alien civilisation finds abandoned world and sends down a landing party to explore. The biggest puzzle they face is trying to make sense of the objects they find…
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Starry starry night

art, creativity, painting
Starry Night (interactive animation) from Petros Vrellis on Vimeo. Occasionally one comes across a piece of work, whether in the world of atoms or the digital realm of bits and bytes that represents a quantum shift of imaginative and creative endeavour; the kind of work that makes one feel very humble indeed. And Petros Vrellis's sublime, gentle, visionary wonder is such a work. His starting point is Vincent van Gogh's, The Starry Night. The painting itself, as anyone who's even remotely familiar with it, is a night scene looking out over Arles with the blue mountains on the far horizon underneath which a swirling maelstrom of stars dance and whirl in a sky that fills two-thirds of the scene and bears down on the town and fields huddled below. One…
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When the lights go out

art, creativity, painting
Anyone with any sensitivity to art could not look upon this image and remain unaffected by it.  Painted in 1998, it's a self-portrait by American born artist, William Utermohlen, and was created at a time when the ravages inflicted upon his brain by Alzheimer's disease were already such that his work tangibly manifests his dwindling capacity to externally reflect upon and render his sense of self. The paintings and drawings stop in 2000. “He died in 2007, but really he was dead long before that," explains the bright-eyed woman to a room full of sympathetic listeners. "Bill died in 2000, when the disease meant he was no longer able to draw.” This painting was one of a series presented by Utermohlen's widow, Patricia Utermohlen, and Dr Shelley James at an…
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Drawn to it

art, creativity, drawing
This portrait is somewhat out of sequence in relation to the recent paintings. It's from one of my sketchbooks and I rattled it off in about twenty minutes one evening in early December 2011. It was one of those sketches that simply drew itself; every line seemed right and the whole thing was effortless - to use a contemporary idiom, I was in the zone. It's weird the way it sometimes happens and to this day I've not been able to reliably get myself into the zone at will, which can be infuriating on those occasions when things simply do not go well and everything seems difficult. Strange, strange processes at work. Until today, I hadn't seen this sketch from the time I initially drew it, and looking at it…
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Creative timewarp

art, creative thinking, creativity, painting
Creativity is intoxicating stuff. Anxious to keep my painting momentum going, I thought I'd have a go at a quick sketch, just to keep things moving. For this picture I painted with the surface horizontal as I looked upwards into the mirror. The diffuse tungsten lighting was largely from behind and a bit to the sides and it cast a tangibly warm hue. Well, a 'quick sketch' turned into an non-stop eight hour session that ended at four o'clock in the morning! Time just evaporated and when I finally put my brushes down I had it in my mind that it was about midnight. No other creative activity that I do seems to induce this timewarping quality quite so much as painting does. Weird and delightful at the same time.…
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