Graffiti Walls – Free Space

Some councils allow “free space” where graffiti artists are allowed to graffiti with the idea that this will prevent graffiti artists damaging or painting other walls.

Having looked into this the Sheffield Council don’t seem to have any “free walls”. This site says that Sharrow Ball Courts is a free space: https://legal-walls.net/wall/711

However, according to this thread on Sheffield Forum it is a myth: https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=182888

“Whilst there is a perception that Mount Pleasent is a legal site, it isn’t. It is a council owned playground and ballpark, which has never been sanctioned for graffiti writers. It is not overlooked by any houses, and is thus difficult to police.”

I have contacted the council via email and Twitter to see if there are any free spaces.

This wall outside Cupola gallery has been designated a “free space” by the gallery.

“The wall began life in 2013 as a free space for graffiti artists to express themselves. In 2014 The talented Rob Lee painted his ‘Four Jerseys’ mural in commemoration of the Tour de France. This became a much loved piece.  Three years on the mural is in need of repair and we feel it is time for a new artist to take over this mantel.” – https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/cupola-mural-wall/1273

Cupola Wall – Commissioned work
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Shop wall – Commissioned work

 

However, this has been done by the business itself not the council. I’m thinking that having free spaces inside parks might prevent graffiti/vandals destroying park equipment if they have a specific space to do it. Or maybe this could be used as an art space for kids?

With the idea of combining this with an app to report park problems – vandals, graffiti etc but every month someone comes to repaint the “free space” possibly  bringing paint with them to allow children to paint over it.

Sheffield’s “War” on Graffiti: https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/comment-the-war-against-graffiti-in-sheffield-needs-to-be-won-1-7831895

“So it’s welcome news that a six-week ‘spring clean’ is set to rid Sheffield’s city centre businesses of this modern menace – head over to page 6 today for more. Four teams are set to blitz 60 different sites, and business owners will be able to request services for free. Once that’s done, the city centre will no doubt be transformed into a clean, brilliant haven of shiny walls and gleaming shopfronts. For about a day, at best. Because once the offending spray is gone, it won’t take long at all for these aerosol-toting bandits to tool up and target every single wall and shopfront all over again. Because let’s face it, the police have probably got better things to do (and spend limited budgets on) than to patrol for vandalism in the dead of night.”

Bristol: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jan/22/bristol-street-artists-banksy-city-legal-graffiti-walls-public-art

“Bristol’s Clean Streets project manager, Kurt James, insisted that he and the mayor wanted to work alongside the artists, not against them. “If we start from a position that says street art is important to this city, there’s no reason why it can’t be accommodated.

“It’s about working with artists to help us to solve some of these problems that we’ve got. When you talk to artists, they want to help. They want the city to be pretty. They want interesting images to be displayed on walls, which can enhance the lives of people.”

Mayor Rees said street art was a hugely important part of the city. “We’ve got to protect that. But we know that some of the stuff is not art – it’s vandalism.” He said there would be an ongoing conversation with the artists about how they could have the room to express themselves – while helping to clamp down on what he sees as vandalism.”

Wanting to work with the artists in order to prevent vandalism. Graffiti is unlikely to go away, embracing that fact and working with artists could be a good way forward. Having “free spaces” in parks could encourage street art – as is in the sort of graffiti that brightens up spaces not creating a feeling that a space is unsafe and threatening.

Plans for Parson Cross Park and other Park Research

Parson Cross Park Landscape Plan Updated Jan 2017

Found the plans for Parson Cross Park, there will be new housing on part of the park with a change of entrance. The old entrance will lead to the new houses.

I have emailed the Council again to see if I can get a copy of the results of the Parson Cross and Colley Park survey.

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/performance-research/parson-cross-park-public-consultation/

Further Research

https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1512833&highlight=colley+park – Dog Mess in Colley Park

https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1109075&highlight=colley+park – Litter issues after Football matches in Colley Park

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/parks-sport-recreation/parks-green-spaces – Over 100 playgrounds in Sheffield

Sheffield’s Parks and Urban Green Spaces Under Threat

Vandalism in Sheffield Parks

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-park-lights-to-get-taller-post-in-bid-to-stop-vandalism-1-7728740

https://www.thestar.co.uk/our-towns-and-cities/sheffield/vandals-target-sheffield-playground-again-but-defiant-bosses-refuse-to-be-defeated-by-mindless-destruction-1-8699281

“Defiant bosses at one of Sheffield’s most popular playgrounds have vowed not to let ‘mindless’ vandals wreck the fun for the vast majority.

Yobs struck overnight on Wednesday at Highfield Adventure Playground, in Sharrow, wrecking picnic tables and destroying toys used by scores of youngsters each week.”

 

Twitter Re-tweets

I can’t put this under Creative Practice as the deadline is over but I wanted to share this. I tweeted Let Toys Be Toys as their report into toy advertising was really useful so I thanked them and included the toy adverts I had designed. They re-tweeted them and several others have re-tweeted and commented. Shows the power of Social Media and getting your work out there. I’ve gained several followers because of this.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company – YCN Brief

Was thinking along the lines of coming up with a Phrase to represent the new ranges, see quote below, of “dairy free”,”nut free” and “vegan”.

I like the idea of the slogan to represent each and then work on a visual/typography to match that. So far I have two slogans “nut to be”, “no moo for you” and not sure on the third for vegan. Struggling with that a bit, not sure if I can get a workable idea. Might need to move onto something else.

The Creative Challenge

We want you to design a tempting new identity for our new range. Please note, the range is currently in development, so we do not have recipes or variations finalised, but we’re keen to prepare the business for its launch next year.
As well as coming up with a name for the range, we want to see how your new identity will be executed as:

Packaging — create artwork that shows how the new identity will look on our packs (see the Project Pack for cutter guides)

A landing page for the new ‘free from’ range on our online store

Key visuals — these are icons for the range that appear on pack, in print and online. Each emphasises a different message about the product (see Project Pack for current examples). For the ‘free from’ range, we need three key visuals which communicate that the products are ‘dairy free’, ‘nut free’ and ‘vegan’.

As the recipes for these bars have not yet been finalised, we do not expect a fully formed idea, rather an example of how you would incorporate your name and identity for the range onto these different touchpoints. If you’d prefer, feel free to make up bars (EG. Naughty But Nice Nutty Nougat) for this challenge!”

Notes/Sketches

Brand/Brand Competitor Research

I looked at several other brands of vegan/dairy free, luxury/adult brands, etc.

http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/food-drink/snacks/chocolate-cakes-biscuits/chocolate/dairy-free-chocolate/

http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/collections/dietary/chocolate-without-dairy/

https://www.plamilfoods.co.uk/chocolate

http://www.nutfreechocolatepeople.com/

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramelised Almonds, , hi-res
Dairy Free
Organic Fairtrade Alternative to Milk Chocolate Hearts
Dairy Free
The All Dark Vegan Chocolate Hamper Collection, , hi-res
Vegan Hamper
Vegan, Nut Free

Superb Salted Caramel Truffles

Chocolate Selection Tray

Chocolate Caramel Pumpkin Preorder

Heavenly Whole Hazelnut Cups

Graphic Design Placement

Not sure how to start this but here goes. I suffer from Depression and Anxiety and although I manage my Depression my Anxiety does bite me in the arse sometimes. I no longer drive because I’ve developed an anxiety over it. Sometimes it holds me back in life, sadly it’s something I have to deal with and sometimes I manage OK but other things stress me out/build my anxiety up to the point where I struggle to sleep/get tense/can’t switch off.

Anyway, for this to make sense I will start at way back in 2003. I graduated from college with a HND in Graphic Design. And I duly set about trying to get a job or at the very least a work placement. But every time I got knocked back, I guess I went to at least 40 interviews. Not sure how many I applied for, maybe hundreds? Too long ago to remember. The first few times I didn’t get the job I brushed myself off and applied for the next. But I think there is only so many times you can do that before you start to feel down. Basically, every “sorry you didn’t get the job” is a you’re not good enough and after a point it really gets to you.

The last interview I had for a Graphic Design job was just one too many. One too many no’s, and it sent me into a Depression. To be fair I have suffered with Depression/Anxiety since I was about 13 so it’s not like I was “normal”, don’t like that word but not sure what else to use. Hopefully you understand what I mean in that I wasn’t starting from a balanced point of view and it is likely my pre-existing problems contributed to the Depressive episode. After a few weeks of feeling like shit, feeling worthless, not good-enough, stupid – I felt like an idiot for even applying I should have known I wouldn’t get the job so why did I apply?

I then came to the realisation that I needed to draw a line in the sand. I binned my portfolio and deleted all my college work from my Hard Drive. I decided to forget about Graphic Design. Later I decided I wanted to be a Teacher but I was struggling to find a course. I only had 2 years of funding left and so I couldn’t afford to do a full degree – I would need to pay a year’s worth of course fees out of my own pocket. Money I simply didn’t have. I need a degree to do a PGCE but I knew I didn’t want to top-up my HND, I didn’t want to go back to Graphic Design – I wanted to go forward. But after looking at the other options it was the only way, so I applied at The Sheffield College.

I needed to refresh my skills big time. It was Freehand and QuarkXpress not Illustrator and InDesign when I was at college. Plus I knew it wasn’t just the software I needed to brush up it was my design skills too. I was rusty as hell, so I embarked on creating a new portfolio. It reminded me just how much I enjoyed Graphic Design, but I kept telling myself to not get too into it. I didn’t want to start getting ideas about being a Graphic Designer again.

Unfortunately, that it was happened plus going on a placement would look good for my Professional Development. Or at least trying would to get a placement would. But then the anxiety kicked in, I didn’t realise at first and it wasn’t long before I was struggling to sleep. I had written a placement request email, I had looked up nearby Graphic Design companies – I wanted something not too far from home for childcare reasons. But then I just couldn’t send the email. I even got as far a draft email with all the email addresses on ready to send but I just couldn’t do it. All the feelings of failure kicked in again. All I could think is what is the point? Ok yeah if I try it would look good for Professional Development but bad for me mentally when I get a load of no’s again. Why put myself through that? Why make myself feel shit again just for marks on a degree course. In the end I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t face the rejection again. I appreciate this looks shit for Prof Dev but it’s tough. I may enjoy Graphic Design but I’m not a Graphic Designer.

Escal Reading Volunteer Training

I was due to to attend a training session this week but unfortunately it has been cancelled. The next training session is on the 26th of February, which is the week that I start the Major project. I’m now wondering if it would be best to leave the training session until after the Major. ??

After speaking to Faye (she runs the Escal scheme) I have decided to attend. She said the council are looking to close down the scheme and there may not be another training session. But once I’m trained and given a school to work with I should be able to keep volunteering whether the scheme itself shuts down or not.

Etsy Shop

I opened by Etsy shop yesterday. I have moved away from “graphic design” and utilised a more “crafty” approach. However, I have used my illustration skills to draw a background. I created a vector from it so I can print it and use it on several cards.

It took a bit just to get 10 items up for sale. I could do with working on the banner and logo for the shop, it was done quickly as I means to get the shop up and running before Valentine’s day. However, I suspect without some promotion I won’t be selling anything anytime soon. From what I have read online if I want to seriously sell some cards/other handmade items then I will need to have a Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram account, and possibly even more such as my own e-commerce site. Also maybe list items on Folksy and eBay too. However, I’m not sure I have the time to commit to this with me doing a degree and having two children. I think focusing on it after I have finished the degree may be this best option – I don’t want to spread myself too far.

Shop Front
Product Page
Product Page

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DesignedByAyshea?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Further Park Research – Website Links

Considering an App to report vandalism in parks, also other issues such as fly-tipping, dog fouling. But also could be used for positive things such as letting park users know about Park events such as fayres, gardening/allotments groups, sports groups, etc.

Thinking about aiming the app and both children and adults. Maybe engaging children with some sort of reward scheme? Or maybe get them involved more in their local park by getting them to plant bulbs/flowers, litter pick or maybe paint murals? Creating a sense that it is “their” park so hopefully this will reduce vandalism/anti-social behaviour. Also create a sense that the park is looked after/maintained/watched. Vandals are less likely to create problems if they think they are being watched.

http://www.meersbrookpark.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Meersbrook-Park-Management-Plan-2012-2017.pdf

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-parks-could-be-turned-into-flood-plains-under-83m-council-plan-1-8037132

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mysociety.FixMyStreet – App for reporting problems like broken street lights to council.

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/vandals-leave-trail-destruction-chellaston-630630

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/residents-leave-landmark-salford-regeneration-13742443

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/targeted-vandals-bright-yellow-car-blamed-ruining-viewin-cotswold/

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/our-region/cambridgeshire/police-believe-grudge-against-council-is-to-blame-for-peterborough-park-vandalism-1-7834767

http://www.ahg.com/business-mobile-apps-blog/inventory-management-with-qr-codes-barcodes-smartphone.html QR Codes Can used as inventory management

http://www.ahg.com/business-mobile-apps-blog/inventory-management-with-qr-codes-barcodes-smartphone.html – NFC codes for inventory

Age is just over 10 for getting first smartphone: http://www.ahg.com/business-mobile-apps-blog/inventory-management-with-qr-codes-barcodes-smartphone.html

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playgroundbuddy – app to find playgrounds in your area, not sure if UK? Check if covers UK. Also this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.planticle.app.parkplay and others.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.shef.oak.ActivityRecognition.WeSenseIt.MoveMore – Sheffield MoveMore – maybe combine with this activity and reporting park problems?

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Small%20PGS%20strategy%5B2%5D.pdf