I was so very unhappy with the diary I bought in 2011. I really liked the size it was as it fits in my handbag/utility belt and the idea that there was plenty of paper to just draw on. The downside was there was too much paper wasted tellling me which year it was and having lines that were too small to write in. It was the very standard diary shrunk to be about A7. I started redesigning a better diary just for me!
- There is bleed tabs to make the months easier to identify
- Each month has a few lines to write on and a month view
- Day to a page – plenty of writing/drawing space
- Birthdays and Public Holidays have been printed in
- Black and white printing and perfect bound
- At the start is paper sizes, time zones (both info graphics) metric-imperial, school holidays
- typeface is Minya Nouvelle
I felt like making something with my hands. I remember making these woollen things as a child – on a much smaller scale with paddle pop sticks. To begin I went into my backyard to find a couple of good sized sticks. Then I went through my mum’s wool collection and found rements of wool to use. Then I started securing the sticks and looping the wool around the sticks, over and over again until I finished. I quickly made an information graphic (using Kassandra Designs Signature Typeface I have designed) to explain what I did.
I have taken plenty of photographs of the final product. Here is two – one is how I suggest it is displayed (stuck in the ground) and a close up of the centre.
I used purples and blues and a row of black between the two. It looks great and I kept my hands busy for a few hours while I made it.
I spent the weekend 26th of March through to the 28th of March at the ____________ ___________ _______ Woodfordia site. There are way to many words to describe Woodfordia and I simply say experience it for yourself and you tell me how to describe it.
At the Woodford Organisers Group conference referred to as “The Big Chat” I got to:
- camp wherever I wanted to on the Woodfordia site (Woodford Folk Festival grounds)
- meet my supervisor in my next role:
I will be making signs for the Dreaming Festival in June 11-13th. The role also involves placing the signs around the festival. The department head of Signology was happy to have me on board as I am a graphic designer and have typography, map making, computer based design (printing and laminating) and painting skills. As a true leader eager to induct an enthusastic new team member I was told about the new printer and laminator, Bubbles and Bobo respectfully; shown where the signs are stored; how to brave the cold Woodfordia climate during winter and a basic overview of operations before the festival (set up).
- Welcomed to the Woodford Organisers Conference by the Queensland Folk Federation President, with whom I just met through my department head not 1 hour before he took the stage.
- Alan Glover and S Sorrensen made the whole room vibrate with laughter the whole time they were on stage. I don’t remember laughing so loudly for so long in a long time.
- I was oustide and “this bloke” comes over and says:
“Hey you lot, get inside now the band is about to start.
Come on get inside the band starts in five minutes.
Come on you lot, stop smoking and get inside you don’t want to miss the band”. . . .
*Chuckles to himself*
“How often does the lead singer of the band usher in the crowd?”
– John Schumann
- John Schumann, Hugh McDonald and Alex Black performed some amazing music acoustically.
- The group stayed up late catching up over some drinks in a relaxed setting surrounded with trees and amazing down to earth loving friendly people.
- Most people were a little worse for wear today but we perservered.
- We kickstarted the day with breakfast and a talk about the aspiration campaign.
- There was a brief update about department heads.
- There was a discussion about new software developed to facilitate all the issues arised during events.
- We were told about the large storm approaching the site and were instructed to do the group photo and go home early if you wanted to. The group photo becomes history as it is archieved as proof that a group of people organised and ran all the festivals that QFF does – The Dreaming, The Planting and Woodford Folk Festival.
- I went home after spending 20 minutes with my department head learning about the department.
It was great I can’t wait until I get to see my family at Woodfordia again soon.
17th July 2009
After being inspired by the first 2009 semi-permanent book that DesignIsKinky released I have submitted five artworks to hopefully get included. The following quote is the email I sent them.
I really loved the first 2009 book and it inspired me to want to be included in a next book, hence here now is my submission. Attached is my 5 submissions for the second 2009 book, all to specified sizes. Three files are saved as 72ppi jpg. The gif file shows a stroked line which is the bounding box the rest is there as a 5mm bleed. I feel as though I must mention the last file: it is just a jpg but the actual design has been printed A1, mounted and exhibited at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery in June-July 2009 (student exhibit) and will also be exhibited in a different show in Gympie in October.
My name is: Kassandra Bowers
Thanks for looking at my designs.”
This is me having a go at air brushing to the extreme but keeping in touch with reality. I have added nail polish, eye shadow and lipstick. This contains an skin texture brush from keepwaiting.
This is a photograph of a flower that has been composed so that the pollen is on the top left hand rule of third intersection. The image is unedited except the text stating it is Fig 1 and that it is unedited. The camera lens is literally inside the flower.
This is my final A1 poster for ADN214: Visual Identity and Exhibition Design. There is more information about it at this page: Urban Typography by Kassandra Bowers. This is the submission mentioned earlier as being exhibited in an art gallery.
This is something that I created especially for the book (the other things are all adapted from somewhere else). The stuff outside of the stroked line is the bleed. The fun thing about keeping a blog is seeing things connect as: something for semi-permanent has already been changed since its original blog entry.
This was the back cover for the ISM (Independent Student Magazine from the University of the Sunshine Coast) I worked on page layout and graphic design for the COMMERCIALISM issue. This was the back cover that I made from photographs I took in 2005. I was surprised after I got back to the Sunshine Coast after being in Darwin for 13 months to find that these patches of grass are now covered in concrete and structures. This has been edited since the original back cover. I sadly didn’t pick up on a typo and 10 000 copies were sent out with the 2005 saying 2008 (which didn’t make sense and was picked up on by a few of my university friends).
11 July 2009
I decided to use “the generator” to make three different entries into the competition. When scrolling through I realised that there was actually text for the city Brisbane so I could not resist but put it on one of the advertisements. The category for the final round is “simply city” so the following three designs were my competition entries.
Using the bottle only on a gradient background and the tag line urban planet: simple and city.
Black and white only with hustle and bustle of the streets of “Brisbane” complete with the name Brisbane, the confusing map of streets (similar to Brisbane) in the shape of the bottle a requirement and the tag line “urban planet” to anchor the visual message with text.
A very different approach indeed. The background is created from a very enlarged surfboard and the rest of the elements: city, man, bottle, text and flags are all minimal colour scribbled elements which ties all in visually. There is a very vivid and lively colour palette which ties in the text: live it up.
These designs have all been put up on the site and the disclaimer did state that not all were going to be put up on the site. Maybe the three links will work but they may not correspond to the order on this page.
This is a digitally enhanced photograph of my “Wil Anderson In Stitches memorial poster” which is signed by Wil Anderson, includes the ticket, logo from comedy festival, a blurb on comedy festival and the small version of the promotional posters for Wil’s performance. That was a great show, Wil is a champ! It was very strange and coincidental that Sharri and I met Wil Anderson on Queen Victoria Bridge here in Brisbane, since none of us actually live in Brisbane and at which stage its not really a common route through the city for pedestrians.
The poster was made the day after from a frame that was purchased but never used and some matte that was purchased and turned out to be the wrong size (no reciept no refund they told me) it was great to be able to reuse both and make something that is a memorial to a strange moment indeed.