Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Final Proposal : Derived Briefs

After a long period of writing and re-writing my briefs the finalised Proposal Statement below outlining the complete set of briefs I wish to complete for my FMP. The last couple of weeks starting on my Egyptian brief and having opportunities given to me means I've replaced two of my briefs with new live briefs for clients. I've replaced the briefs (rising of djent and extinct animal pack with Moral Fibre and Sigmafly) I've gone with my instincts and dropped the last brief I wrote called the rise of computers.

To avoid confusion a clear List of numbered briefs is outlined below along with corresponding documents;


Brief 1: The Universes Pupils SB

Brief 2 : Sigma fly

Brief 3 : Global Warming Isn't Cool.

Brief 4 : The relationship between the pyramids and the constellations.

Brief 5 : Moral Fibre


Additional Brief 6 : Beth Owen Branding


Final Statement of Intent


Final proposal and preparation

All Briefs ( In Order) 

Monday, 15 April 2013

Brief 4 : Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs

This week I also went to Liverpool World Museum to go round their Egyptian Exhibition, visit the Tate and the Walker Gallery to get a mini break of inspiration to re-boost me over easter. When attending Manchester Museum I started to take an interest in the way the Egyptians set out their hieroglyphs thinking from a modern point of view of setting out/design a typeface considering and analysing the rules used within typography. I bought the book below to help me and Oli Out with getting started on our publication, I thought it would be a good idea to use some of the characters to set out different chapters or themes linked around the hieroglyph being used.

The link below also really helps to clear up a myth thats been floating around about hieroglyphs that depict advanced technology within the pyramids of Giza.

Main Things to Consider when Writing in Hieroglyphs

II. Nature of the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic writings:

The written Ancient Egyptian Language is not alphabetic. So, one can't read or (write) Egyptian words using a series of simple letters or phonemes. It depends solely on bilateral phonetic signs. Therefore, any Egyptian word could be written in avariety of ways depending on what proper bilateral signs should be used.

III. Reading Rules:

The following important rules and remarks should be followed **strictly** for the sake of correct reading (and writing) of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic texts, taken from the 'Alsaadawi's Theory On True Hieroglyphs':

1. The sequence of reading successive signs should be followed exactly, and there is no exception for that.

It means that one could never read the second or third sign then return to read the first sign. This is an absolute ERROR.

2. There are two groups of basic Egyptian Hieroglyphs:

Brief 4 : Manchester University Museum

This week I went to Manchester whilst travelling back to Leeds and visited the University Museum to look at there exhibit on Egypt. This provided some really good photographs and reference material to work and draw from in relation to mine and Oli's brief. 

I found the display completely fascinating, in terms of typography the Egyptians paid close attention to things like kerning and spacing between hieroglyphics and character sizes. It's so interesting to think that processes that are very important to typographers today were obviously understood over 2000 years ago. 

Whilst I was there I also got talking to one of the Museums leaders, who was currently finishing off a talk on sarcophaguses. I explained to him what me and Oli planned to cover during our brief, a in-depth theory that the pyramids were built in correlation to the star constellation orion. He explained to me that this is a really interesting theory because the Egyptians were accurate and renowned mathematicians and the skill in figuring out the angles of shafts within the pyramids is outstanding in terms of Math. However he alos explained that he thought there could be no connection between different cultures and other cultures with pyramids around the world because at that time the Egyptians wouldn't of known how to travel across continents. 

Pictures from my camera

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