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My name's Helen Tyas and I am a final year Graphic Design Masters' student based at Derby University. I hope you enjoy looking at my work as much as I enjoy producing it.

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Typographic experiments as part of my Masters’ project, exploring how handmade typography can help improve the wellbeing of people.

I got bored and bought the app Pixen off App store and decided to draw a pixel self-portrait lol. Not bad for a first try at pixellated illustration.

I got bored and bought the app Pixen off App store and decided to draw a pixel self-portrait lol. Not bad for a first try at pixellated illustration.

Typographic experiments using glass paints on acetate.

Multicolour screen print of my previous typographic doodle.
I did this as a part of my Advanced Certificate in Screenprinting.

Multicolour screen print of my previous typographic doodle.

I did this as a part of my Advanced Certificate in Screenprinting.

Hand Illustrated Typographic Doodle
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein.

Hand Illustrated Typographic Doodle

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein.

Fresh Air Campaign - University Project

As well as my Hama Bead experiments I decided to play with another old time classic, Shrink Art aka Shrinkies. Basically you start off with a sheet of the Shrinkie paper draw whatever you want on it, big as you have to bare in mind that once finished it will become 7x smaller :P And once you’ve drawn what it is you want, you put it in the oven for 2-3min and it shrinks and becomes plastic :) I decided to play with this medium and created a fridge magnet.

Same as my previous post the aim behind this experimentation was to portray ‘playful’. I decided to try out doing calligraphy style letters using Hama Beads and this is what I ended up with. I am quite happy with both of my Hama Bead experimentations :)

Typography experiments for my current Masters’ module. The aim was to portray my style of working as ‘playful’. To create this comic strip style “Boom” I used Hama Beads, I did another experiment with them as well as this but I will be posting that up separately :)

So, this is how I have spent the majority of today! I attended Redesigning [Graphic] Design Education which was an event hosted at my university for lecturers from all over the uk, ran by Lost in the Forest and Thoughtful, which included talks from really influential guest speakers such as Adrian Shaughnessy and Colin Davies. I feel privileged that I was offered this opportunity and I am really glad that I attended, seeing as the education side of Graphic Design is something that I am interested in. I learnt a lot from today’s discussions and workshops and let’s not forget, the free tea and food we were given throughout the day! haha :P

So, this is how I have spent the majority of today! I attended Redesigning [Graphic] Design Education which was an event hosted at my university for lecturers from all over the uk, ran by Lost in the Forest and Thoughtful, which included talks from really influential guest speakers such as Adrian Shaughnessy and Colin Davies. I feel privileged that I was offered this opportunity and I am really glad that I attended, seeing as the education side of Graphic Design is something that I am interested in. I learnt a lot from today’s discussions and workshops and let’s not forget, the free tea and food we were given throughout the day! haha :P

For the current list of 7 words we had to choose 7 inspirations and one of my inspirations currently is a lady called Anna Garforth who’s a typographer. One of her pieces really caught my eye called the Edible Poster which you can see at www.crosshatchling.co.uk/EdiblePoster.html . When showing this piece to my tutors they really encouraged me to try it out myself and these are the outcomes from my experiment. Sadly it didn’t fully turn out the way I wanted, with the first word “Create” burning (in the photos it looks chocolate lol) and the second which I did of my name “Helen” snapped, fell on the floor and broke leaving me with just a “H” and “en” lol. I spose I could have just made the word “Hen” but then it would just look weird when showing it to others haha like I’m obsessed with hens and chickens. I spose most of you will be thinking, “Well why didn’t you just make another word? A third attempt?” well to be honest with you these two words took me a total of 3 hours and by the end of it I was really stressed out and had had enough. I may revisit it at a later date but right now I don’t really have 3 hours to waste on it again lol.

So…

…right, where to start. As you will know if you’re already following this blog, I haven’t exactly been posting any recent work, thoughts, inspiration since my project last Semester (The Anatomy of Helvetica). This being due to such a heavy work load and stress… ye I basically just haven’t had the time to keep this blog up-to-date. Sorry!

So to keep you up-to-date with where I am at this present stage… This semester I officially transferred over onto Masters of Design : Graphic Design from the BA Hons. I am really excited to have been given this opportunity to explore my subject area in more depth. 

We’re currently doing mini tasks set every few weeks and I feel these are a great way of experimenting with different styles and takes on things. Along side this we’re also given a theme for a set of 7 words that we decide on every other week as well. Take for instance the first set was 7 words that describe your style of work in a positive manner. So I decided upon the words,

  • Delicate
  • Precise
  • Detailed
  • Hand-drawn
  • Illustrative
  • Quirky
  • Urban

From these words we are then to produce some work based on each of them.

The aim of this module is to help us discover our voice as you’d call it. Our path in our chosen design subject. And so far its helped me discover that I most enjoy creating typography rather than using typography within my work. I am best at creating the actual typefaces. This is what I thrive on. Typography has always been my biggest passion, ever since I was a teenager. I’d find myself when doodling always drawing letters rather than actual characters. This doesn’t go to say that I don’t enjoy doing that too. I just find typography exciting. So far its also helped me realise that I most enjoy hand-produced graphic design/typography. I much prefer to sit down and draw my designs than do them digitally. I feel much more connected and I get much better results this way. Again this doesn’t go to say I can’t produce good digital work. I mean I have all the skills in a vast variety of design programs such as photoshop, illustrator, indesign, dreamweaver and even flash. But I don’t get that same satisfaction or happiness that I gain from producing my work by hand.

So ye anyways, now that I’ve filled you in. Let me begin posting my current experimentations. Enjoy.

Taking on a lot of inspiration from the diagrams from Gray’s Anatomy I have created this final set of posters to advertise my mock exhibition. I changed the typography on them from the initial ideas to a much lighter Helvetica giving them that delicate feeling. I think they portray anatomical diagrams much more now and I am really happy with them. Time to send them off for printing ready for hand in this Friday!

So I have finally gotten my leaflet professionally printed! Hooray! Here are some photos of the finished item. I am personally really happy with how this leaflet has turned out.

This is the final page layout for my publication. I have decided to stick with the non-kerned layout as I feel when printed and made into my concertina leaflet your eye won’t necessarily notice and it looks much tidier and professional having the pages all the same size.

This is the final page layout for my publication. I have decided to stick with the non-kerned layout as I feel when printed and made into my concertina leaflet your eye won’t necessarily notice and it looks much tidier and professional having the pages all the same size.