Thursday, 30 September 2010

Welcoming Aaron Foster to our games staff team

We're really pleased to have Aaron Foster join us this year on our Games design staff team.
Aaron has worked at "Eurocom" in Derby for a few years and it's great to have him on board.
You can see some of his work at

Aaron produced some inspirational digital sketches for students as part of the Allsorts project.
The drawings come from the starting point of a small marshmallow and liquorice model that he built.
He's varied the scale in his designs to create additional features of interest.

Great to see what can be created from a few sweets ;-)

Friday, 24 September 2010

First year brief inspired by David Henckel

David’s work is informed by the personality of everyday objects. Through a playful process of sampling and automatic drawing he combines elements of vegetation, science fiction, furniture, architecture, vehicles and other stuff to create characters and forms with absurd and comic tendencies.

Currently Henckel is artist in residence at UCLAN where he is exploring these ideas in printmaking.

This week our first year group used a particular print by David Henckel for their inspiration to create creatures, vehicles and strange constructions out of liquorice allsorts and marshmallows. The aim was to encourage students to approach design for games from unusual starting points.

The next stage will be to use the qualities of these sweet sculptures to inspire the production of drawings and 3d models.
For a real treat, see the original print that inspired us at:                                      Below are examples of some of the student sculptures in liquorice and marshmallow.                                                                                                       

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

BushCandy Shoe project

BushCandy Shoe project
Members of UClan’s design research group, Fiona Candy, Tim Haslam and Bev Bush collaborated in the summer to produce a 3D printed shoe and inspirational movie for the ‘Footwear Design Challenge’ in the School of Art, Design and Performance.

The project was formed as part of an ongoing exploration into the possibilities for different subject areas to come together to develop innovative content and identify issues surrounding women designers from a female perspective.
This was also initiated to compliment a special event taking place in the school over summer.
On 13th and 14th July 2010 UCLan hosted ‘The Footwear Design Challenge’ in collaboration with Arthritis Research UK, the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art, the School of Art, Design and Performance and the School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences at UCLan.
This two‐day event brought these three design teams together to brainstorm breakthrough concepts for footwear.
The shoe movie and 3d printed shoes approached this practical brief from a more fanciful perspective.

Music Composition by Phil Bush