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In the pursuit of a more professional web presence, I am ditching the pseudonym good goose, my thinking being that it’s best to do this before it gets established!

I will be posting updates to joshuaballs.co.uk from now on!

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Written language and the abstraction it faces

Finally okayed the order this morning to begin the printing for my dissertation,
which nearly marks the end of a year long project: not sure what to do with my time now, perhaps start on my list of ideas for personal projects.


An exploding diagram of the materials produced for my final year dissertation

A more digestible written language.

Who doesn’t love a food pun? cut cookie dough letters to use as a title page and reverse image on my dissertation.
Written language and the abstraction it faces:
investigating the effects of dyslexia on the Roman alphabet.
How can dyslexia be combated through typographic treatment?

A poster of my dissertation title to use as the reverse side of the A1 folded dissertation poster:

Presentation poster of the cookie dough alphabet, to use as a resource for future projects:

Good Goose Logo: Motion Sequence

A quick motion graphic personal project inspired by Rorschach ink blots.

The logo is a scanned linocut of the goodgoose logo, this is layered over two layers of the same footage (one reversed) to create a symmetrical and abstract pattern of ink in water. What do you see in the pattern?

The audio used is the last 15 seconds of ‘Hold Me’ by Royal Teeth, available for mp3 download on Amazon:
amazon.co.uk/Hold-Me/dp/B00DRGB2IS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391524170&sr=8-1&keywords=hold+me+royal+teeth

Ipswich Art School Gallery; Illustration Exhibition

My design solution for the Turner Classic Movies project is currently on display at the Ipswich Art School Gallery; if you’re local you should head down there and have a look. There’s a few other exhibitions on, all with fantastic illustration pieces. Particularly the Once Upon a Time exhibition has work from children’s book illustrators such as Nick Butterworth (Illustrator of the ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ series) and Michael Foreman (Illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).

For anyone interested the gallery address is:
1 Upper High Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3QH

The current set of exhibitions is on until 04 May 2014 (Tuesday – Sunday, 10am -5pm) with free admission; Call 01473 433681 for more information.

My work in a gallery!

Adversary Season on TCM!

Just to let you know how the TCM project is developing. I’ve used the initial sketches which I posted previously to create large scale linoleum prints as a foundation for 3 film posters, the layout has developed from the artwork being framed by space to an aggressive crop of the face; the dirty and distressed print making techniques work as a visual metaphor for the characters’ qualities in the films.

Tchéky Karyo as Inspector Richards from Kiss of the Dragon

Lionel Atwill as Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Jude Law as Harlen Maguire from Road to Perdition

*Update* Rather than post similar images again and again, I have replaced the images in this post with the final posters. Changes included manipulating the prints for more dramatic composition, refining the artwork used to remove some blotches and scratches in the paper, slightly muting the background colours and finally changing the layer blend effects so that the black ink is retained rather than absorbing some of the background colour – which previously made the whole image appear to be in the wrong hue.