Skip to content

Research > Distil > Imagine > Make > Collaborate > Design > Communicate


To develop and evolve personal practice and self-identity by engaging with creative questions at the forefront of graphic design and contemporary needs.

Self-initiated projects helps to define your voice.

Sam Bompar

Lecture Note Snapshot

Considerations going forward inspired by Frauke’s discussion:

How do we generate intimacy through tactile experience?

Free, open and personalised

Virtual platforms reveal and align them up on websites. 

Autoethnography interweaved; how will this impact the purpose of the product?

Critical Insight: see critical reflection below.

Digital vs Tactile Product

How can a digital product generate intimacy?

Intimacy through a digital interactive magazine and printed what are the perceived successes and failures? 

Digital and tangible are essential to discuss and reflect on the differences; what if we can produce a sensual app touch screen effect interface design eyes move and touch? 

Submission touch screen disconnected from Wi-Fi. 

PDF can be used to create the creator read him critique Wi-Fi not good for the environment, small animals 5 G critical 

Stuart: Review and refine research and wrap up the proposed product.

Ways to interchange biodegradable tangible products and critically review the digital and non-digital concepts. Sustainable paper creation, handmade and niche concepts. Reduction in commercialisation.

Research Evaluation: How to review work and not to say yes all the time.

  1. Is it a good bit of creative work?
  2. Is it an excellent financial reward?
  3. Will it get you noticed for more work?
  4. Are they purposeful and helping counter current negative impacts on social, and environmental causes?

Research narratives 

Japanese script for a more embodied word of home. I spoke with a Japanese friend and felt drawn to weave the beauty of the wisdom culture, expressing a sense of home steering away from the ways of expressing visual arts is a way that contributes to dissociation, which takes us away from feeling and being intimate with absolute tangible natural objects. The narrative is diverse and connected from ancestral routes and has no separation. No boundaries.


Fieldwork: Tokyo Design Hub Graphic Design Event 2023

A delicate, efficient craft of honourable simplicity. Taking time to absorb the print, poster book and packaging design was unexpectedly aligned more than I care to admit. Rarely read the small print and follow intuition’s and the unknown’s riptide. This ‘ignorant’ or perhaps natural intelligence bears more than more acquired knowledge, cellular wisdom that magnetically attracts me to a country deeply rooted in grace and subtlety, Britannica stating the general understanding of Japanese art and design as an “instructive mirror of human emotion” it is clear delivering the wabi-sabi characteristics imbued with the beauty of natural ageing and acceptance of transience and imperfection.

I hope to investigate paper production as a craft instead of mass commercial production. For now, a digital version of the product will be created with a speculative view of the production print phase. This aims to understand the feasibility and contemplate design production with a regenerative hat. How can the product be created to provide a regenerative effect on mental health and the environment? Of course, this will impact on profit. That is okay; it seems a delicate balance to provide something that steers us away from the technology-engrossed associated self to a piece of art that can stimulate the sense and give to others and Mother Earth. Something to be treasured and either repurposed or replanted.

Paper Making – Tokyo (tbc)


Embossing | Debossing

An alternative to explore as an alternative to inks and to account for feeling touch.


Beneficial over WIFI digital using digital products due to the effects on wildlife.

Digital vs Tangible Product

Tangible products that are regenerative seed-infused pulp to create handmade paper as a niche craft using traditional methods. Using at first wold flowers as the most durable alternative seeds, such as jasmine, rose, herbs and potentially bamboo, can be explored and researched.


Prototype Design


Critical Reflection

Task Week 4

This week’s research task is to evaluate the success (or failure) of your self-initiated project and consider its relationship to your own personal practice, interests and creative identity.

Think about what worked, what didn’t, and what you would do differently next time.


The concept shares depth and inspiration from the research of a group’s perception of the home. It was challenging as I travelled to create something tangible quickly. I will later do some paper making, which will be included in the development, process, and critical review. Feasibility of including seeds especially to create a printable artefact that can be generated for personal preferences in scent and taste. Etc.

Exploration of embossing tools in Illustrator is possible to stick with time boundaries it was not investigated.

Relationship to personal practice (interests and identity):

What worked?

I could research and collate information that was inspiring and led to many ideas that became overwhelming. I would look at a more narrow and clearly defined focus in the future. On the flip side, it was open and spacious to flow the artefact developed into a short story PDF document. I want to avoid too much digital and somehow create something more straightforward to keep the simple naturistic values. And that a person can treasure and refer to as a reminder of a sense of home.

What needs improvement?

As mentioned above, A digital product version shows colour; I feel that a printed version using seed-impregnated handmade paper, including flowers, dried herbs and facts and quotes, will spark interest and acknowledgement away from the computer, phone or iPad.


Measure your success checklist:

Project delivery measures

  • Timing
  • Cost
  • Quality

Market measures

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Market share
  • Brand awareness
  • Differentiation

Company measures

  • Increased sales/profit
  • Reduced cost
  • New markets
  • New knowledge or skills
  • Improved processes
  • Improved staff morale and productivity

What have we learned?

  • Did we solve the issue we wanted to?
  • Can we see the value of our design spend?
  • Have we learnt from the project?

Helpful links:

  • Design Business Association (DBA): A UK membership organisation for designers and other businesses. It runs an annual award scheme recognising projects with bottom line impact. Services include advice on choosing designers, managing projects, legal matters and other issues. The website includes case studies and a directory of designers.
  • British Industrial Design Association (BIDA): A membership organisation for designers and educators. Its website includes a directory of designers searchable by agency sector, location and size.
  • Chartered Society of Designers (CSD): The world’s largest chartered body of professional designers. Services include client matching.

Reference [Accessed 23 October]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *