First published paper! You can check the online proceedings here.
The habit of spreading gossip from mouth to mouth has always been part of everyday life in small towns.
In recent years, with the increasing number of people joining social networking sites and the internet
opening more channels of communication, this activity has moved online. In this context,social networks
are used in a way which makes urban gossip take even greater proportions.Sharing personal information
and experiences with a wide range of people, not only opens up the possibility for new contacts,
but sometimes leads to embarrassing and potentially problematic ends.
‘Odumki’ is the result of an eight-day experimental workshop called Gossip Week featuring a group of graphic design students from AMTII.
The focus of the workshop is the relationship between content, concept and format. Working together, the participants had to create a web
campaign and encourage the online community to share personal stories and comments. Acquiring a rich mixture of social content,
their task was to identify a common logic through which to document, edit and lay down the content in printed form.
This included the graphic implementation of visuals and text in the form of a flyer and news bulletin.
Collecting social content and using in the design of printed communication, is not only applicable to text, but could also influence the choice of visual elements and images.
Variations of this method are used in order to engage the audience as an active participant in the communication process and distribution of commercial and non-commercial messages.
The news bulletin was hand-printed in an edition of 200 on recycled paper, each with a unique serial number. Copies have been distributed in cafes and other public places in Plovdiv.
Borislava Georgieva, Veselina Koleva, Georgi Stoyanov, Dilyana Hadjiiska, Denitza Chakarova, Elena Taneva,
Elina Karadjova, Zdravka Kokalova, Iva Kmetska, Ivan Tsvetkov, Konstantina Zhekova & Lora Muhovska.
Workshop leader: Miglena Minkova & Georgi Dimitrov.
Based on Samgrahaniratna, a cosmic chart showing the Dvipas, this drawing tool creates ever-expanding
and playful reconstructions of the Jain ideas about the structure of the universe and physical space.
Collaboration with CreateVoice the V&A’s youth collective, 2012.
Design of printed materials and identity for BA Graphic Design Degree Show 2012.
My role included designing and coordinating the print production of the catalogue,
poster, postcards and signage.
A series of postcards illustrating the local google engine predictions for 166 countries which currently support google instant.
Google Instant is an optimization for the Google search engine which helps users to search as they type, giving predictions of their queries.
Initially developed as a speed search tool, it represents a mash up of popular search queries as predictions on the majority of its local
domains. The locality of the predictions given on each Google domain is calculated and measured up against a body of popular queries.
If a certain local query prevails, it is included as a prediction on the relevant domain. Also, depending on the browser settings Google
predictions could combine the popularity of personal search queries and communal ones.
The functionality to this algorithm lies at the core of this project, which aims to capture invaluable semantic knowledge extracted from
Google’s search engine. Based on the predictions derived from conjugating the verbs “to be”, “to have” and “to do” I wanted to use the
results in order to tackle the question of online identity on a more local level. By doing this I soon noticed that although some of the
predictions were the same for certain searches, others were quite ambiguous and displayed clear regional differences.
In this sense “Greetings from Google” is a convenient aggregation of up-to-date information which reflects the current interests
of particular groups of people through ephemeral snippets of information. Relevant at the present but slowly updating and sinking
into obscurity, this collection of 166 unique predictions is committed to print in the form of greeting cards, making up a temporary
and autonomous collection of search memorabilia.
A homage to Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet.
Many words are falling into oblivion whereas others are constantly acquiring new meanings.
Technology is morphing the way we use words, imposing restrictions, confining grammar
and creating generic vocabulary, which reflects our present time.
“Text Box” is a contemporary approach to the Surrealist technique of writing known as automatic writing,
which consists of producing text without being consciously aware of its content. This project uses a letter
from Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet as a starting point and employs computerized writing without any
coercion, so the process is triggered by the sound picked up from its immediate environment.
The software’s ability to interpret the sound as a word is restricted to the grammar file embedded in it, which consists of over a thousand nouns
extracted from Rilke’s original text. The match between the input and the grammar file is then displayed on the screen, continuously
reconstructing the original letter, regenerating its content and meaning while keeping its original grammatical structure.
Collaboration between Maria M Carrasco and Miglena Minkova, as a part of their graduation work from BA Graphic Design course
at Camberwell College of Arts. Built with Processing 1.5.1 & Voce: Open Source Speech Interaction Library.
Special thanks to Ed Kelly & Ivo Bichkidzhiev.