What’s in a Student Pilot’s Bag?

I got curious and thought it might be interesting to share what’s in a student pilot’s bag. Here is what I found in my better-half’s bag (with his permission!), and at first glance it seems like a very normal bag. A water bottle, a pencil case, some books – nothing too interesting.

But I do like this particular contraption. As far as I can tell, it’s called a kneeboard. It straps to the pilot’s leg, so they have a little surface to work from.

Maps, pens and measuring tools all fit on the knee board. That big elastic strap can wrap around the pilot’s leg.

And here’s a map all marked up for a navigation flight. He uses sharpies and nail polish remover to mark up the laminated maps.

And on the side of the bag is a compartment for the headphones – very important tools for flying planes!

I love a good sticky beak into a bag.

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Typography Assessment 2

In this assessment, we needed to design an A3 poster for a quote within design constraints. My constraints were 1 typeface, but unlimited sizes and colours. I actually found the unlimited bit to be harder, because I find creativity from problem solving (i.e. I’ve only got one thing to work with, so how do I make it look good). I also totally didn’t connect with the quote, so this was an interesting exercise in producing something I’m not particularly inspired by.

Here is the poster:

And here is the design process documentation we also need to prepare:

The pace of these courses in scary fast, but the fact that I’m actually making stuff is really exciting. Fingers crossed this project turns out ok, because although I did this individually, this particular assessment is marked as a group with 2 other classmates who had the same quote but different design constraints. I really enjoyed working with others, Google Hangouts helped, and it was cool to be learning online but really get the classroom experience.

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I started carrying a notebook around 4 or so years ago. It’s the catchall for ideas, packing lists, sketches, quotes, books I’ve read… everything and anything really.

The best feeling is finishing a notebook – the absolute best feeling! I stick a label and number on it, and add it to my pile.

It makes me smile so much to remember all the little sketches and designs I have done over the years, and the dreaming about being a designer, but feeling like it wasn’t really meant to be because… well… I don’t know why. Because now I’m studying design and the sketchbooks are filling up faster than ever and I am just in heaven.

So if you are dreaming of doing something – please do it. Who cares about making careers of it, or being any good at it. Just marinate in the gloriousness of pursuing it.

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Brown Paper Bags

Life hack!

For some reason I tend to gather little piles of rubbish in places where a bin just doesn’t fit, and it drives us crazy! Tissues next to the bed… paper bits on the desk… pencil shavings next to my makeup… Gah!

So here’s where a $2 bunch of brown paper bags makes an awesome little hack. Just roll down the top a few times and shape the bag so it sits upright. And there you have it – a little collection of messes that can easily be whisked away and replaced with a new bag. Ok, it might not be super attractive, but way better than tissues lying around, right?

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Lubalin – inspiration for a quote

So in this current assignment, I am producing an A3 poster for a quote, using 1 typeface, unlimited sizes and unlimited colours. We need to submit as a group, and will get an overall group mark.

I’ve got to say – Google hangouts are awesome!

We have decided to use Future as a theme font for our group, and because I’m restricted to 1 typeface, that’s me done.

Onto finding inspiration for how I’ll set this thing out. The quote is be Herb Lubalin, and here is some of his work:

Sources are here, here & here.

Lubalin really likes his big ‘O’s to be round, and in the top example, he’s really playing with that space. The Avant Garde example is another example of fully justified text becoming the whole graphic. And in the third example, it’s a really nice bit of hierarchy between the title and the credits.

All of this got me thinking and sketching and trying lay outs for the quote.

And this is where I’ve got to so far:

It’s not great – but I’ve put it in for some feedback and will hopefully be able to develop my idea further.

update – the verdict is in, and the feedback is this is a big stinking pile of 💩 . Back to the drawing board!

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