How things work

How things work



How do they play a part in our life?

Where do we normally find them?

What format can we find them in?

What are the limitations of them?


Ordering of coins.


What are they?

  • how we tap into unconsciously done things
  • changes our subconscious
  • changing the way we think
  • They are the building blocks to life. Parents and teachers give children, any person that needs to learn something, a chance to gain knowledge. They shape life.
  • Could be directions. Again gaining knowledge.
  • Can represent rules, regulations, laws. Restrictions, normally for people's safety.
  • Don't have to restrict - can help. For example, instructions that start with "how to.." like instructions on how to fix things or assemble things. These normally have images to aid the text.


  • When you buy something new, written instructions on how to use it. Like if you buy a new appliance or toy.
  • Instructions through advertising, trying to influence you on where to buy things or do things - could be on posters, or tv, or internet.
  • Verbal instructions, if you ask someone for help for instance.
  • A lot on streets, arrows with directions, advertising outside shops.

Their format.

  • Verbal
  • Images, posters
  • film (like on adverts, or movies)
  • leaflets/booklets

Their limitations

  • They usually require someone to copy them. This depends on the person and what they are capable of and what their limitations are.
  • Instructions that don't involve a person in them, like a cooking recipe, can never fully tell you everything you need to know to cook something. The person needs a basic understanding to be able to imitate them.
  • Depends on sight or sound. The less interesting, noticeable or eye-catching, the less attention it will get (in terms of advertising and shop windows)



What if the instructions given were impossible to carry out?



I think it might be quite interesting to create a set of instructions, through using imagery that were impossible to copy, either because they would be incredibly painful to the person or because the image that was explaining what to do next appeared to defy the laws of science in some way.

Or the instructions themselves could just be impossible to follow, only purpose is to confuse and muddle the person rather than create order. Maybe do the opposite of what Ursus Werhler was trying to create.


"Tidying up art". Chaos into strict order. Cleaning up. Deconstructs to order.

He is known to deconstruct famous paintings, stacking up their elements by size, color or form, or by otherwise sorting out the unbearable mess of modern art.

Wehrli passionately tries to convince us that his quirky reworks of famous paintings are actually doing late famous artists like Picasso or Miro a favor and that they should have known better. He masterfully turned his peculiar craving for tidiness and organization into a new experimental art form.





The Halcyon gallery

The gallery was almost disturbingly quiet which made the bright, dazzling pictures on the walls even more over powering. Nervous to speak, I found the first few of Chihuly's works fascinating as I discovered how he expressed his passion for light but I found as I went on that it was all almost the same pictures in slightly different hues. I found the gallery itself a bit pretentious and bleak but the work was alright, bit samey but alright.

Not sure it can relate to my work at the moment but still worth going.


Is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, his images here are almost cute in aesthetic appeal. Play with ideas, incorporate different notions of what the object, like a hand means, and what the connotations are of it.


Ikea is famous for it's tricky to follow furniture assembling instructions. Things come flat packed and to put them all together to become a usable object the buyer has to assemble it themselves using instructions that are mainly imagery which makes them quite difficult to follow. They would be easier with slight annotation, however as Ikea is an International company, creating instructions for all the different countries would be a big difficulty and cost quite a lot to create.


I really like the work of Jonnhy Kelly. His work is powerful yet playful and the Kitch-looking colours and tone plays with the serious messages behind the images.


Lernert & Sander, Chocolate bunny

Text vs. Imagery

  • Imagery more useful unless its specific in which case it might be helpful to have a bit of text
  • You need to understand you audience, and who would understand them, like having an attractive woman normally sells more.
  • make it EXCITING and SEDUCTIVE
  • learning when you don't know you are is the best
  • zooming in is an effective method to make things more clear
  • COLOUR make it emotive and assist with the meaning. Black and white used sometimes for cost reasons
  • needs a VOICE
  • no information overload, needs to pull you in and intrigue you

Western Spaghetti by PES

Chisato Tamabayashi


Sarah Illenberger


I really like the work of Carl Kleiner as the concept is really interesting, its not just a recipe but its an aesthetically interesting piece of art that can be made into a cake.

You understand something by DECONSTRUCTING IT and ANALYSING

This made me think of a dissection.


This was the most confusing gallery I have ever been to. The curation of it was scattered around the whole building, almost engulfing me in old fashioned portraits. the actual work of Grayson Perry was very clever, though, satirical and funny as well as thought provoking and very topical.

Not sure it relates at all to the project other than being able get across a message, and the use of colour as being a factor that draws people in.


How to be happy

But no one can really tell you how to be happy, very subjective thing.

I was thinking about childhood and how most children are happy or remember it as a happy time, innocent.

Smiling is the universal language for happiness.

Art and Happiness article;


Bright colours


Happiness - Childhood - toys - teddy bear

nostalgia, looking back at childhood, deconstructing and dissecting it

= dissecting a teddy bear




Take a look at these amazing sculptures done by Freya Jobbins. Freya is a South African native that creates her work by using the old toys she has collected.  “She utilizes miscellaneous pieces of dolls and toys to create remarkable humanoid assemblages of faces, heads and larger busts.  Each piece of plastic is painstakingly carved, glued layer over layer, creating depth to each unique assemblage.”

Her work is incredible and definitely something that takes many hours to accomplish.  Each sculpture is remarkably detailed and shows the amount of effort and work that goes into each piece of art. She says her art is inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo and his fruit and vegetable paintings and the Toy Story Trilogy


Teddy operation video

Deconstructing and dissecting something, looking at playful and sinister things. I decided to dissect a teddy bear. fill it with colourful imagery and things that would remind people that its ok to look back once in a while to a happier time in a nostalgic and ultimately happy way.


I decided to edit the photos to make them look more childlike and pop arty, using bright pastel colours to highlight the sense of happiness most people get when they look back at their childhood.


I also made a gif as I really wanted to do animation but was limited by my knowledge of it but I think this works well



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