Cadbury’s Egg ‘n’ Spoon

If you’re reading this blog, I have a confession to make. I love packaging! If you know me well… well you probably already know this. My rooms at home and in Glasgow are full of interesting boxes and bottles I have collected over the years. I’ve got from classic Coca-cola bottles to an assortment of Japanese biscuit boxes I found in the international section of Tescos.

This post is about my new found love for Cadbury’s Egg ‘n’ Spoon. These are irresistible little chocolate eggs filled with either milk or white chocolate mousse. However, my favourite thing about it is just opening it, its like Christmas! (or maybe it should be Easter?)

When you purchase a new product you are presented with a 4×4 ‘Cadbury’s signature Purple’ Egg box with a simple cardboard sleeve around it. First of all, why do Cadbury’s not sell their famous Creme Eggs in Egg Boxes? This has always bugged me! You take off the sleeve with the usual information e.g, this contains so much fat you will need to run a marathon to burn it all off. Then you open the box and you are presented with four shiny bronze chocolate eggs and not one but TWO Tiiiiinny Spoons. This is of course meant for you to share with a friend but who is ever gonna do that… These two spoons clip together neatly and slot in to a section in the centre ‘bulge’ to save space. The first time I opened this I got so excited, I got some strange looks in the studio as I was shouting everything about it to myself with joy…

The eggs themselves are packaging for the mousse and cadburys have done something very clever but thinning the chocolate around a zig-zagging crack on the egg so it can be easily cracked or bit off. You can then use the gorgeous tiny purple spoons to dig into the delicious mousse.



D&T – GSA Digital Design Studio

Sydney Opera House

The image above is a 3D scan on the Sydney Opera House. It was produced by GSA’s Digital Design Studio. This small department of the GSA seems to be mainly unknown to most of the students, however they produce and develop a lot of digital images, videos and games.

The seem to work with medicine a lot, developing games and head tracking videos such as a detailed skull model they had modelled that followed the viewer around the room. From what the speaker told us they did have virtual reality technology like Oculus Rift but it did not seem they had embraced it as much as the gaming industry.

This also made me wonder if GSA have a digital modelling course to teach students how to produce games and animations? Turns out it has a Digital Culture course that I have never heard of. I keep feeling for a relatively small institution why don’t departments integrate more? Or perhaps PDE is a course out of the loop with the rest of the school due to its links with the university. Hopefully with a new director the school can step out of the 20th century a bit more.

However, it was a fun trip and nice to see what they did over in Pacific Quay.

D&T – GSA Director – Tom Inns

JS30835278-3001296It seems like Tom Inns is a breath of fresh air for the art school. It seems right to bring someone in that has experience of education and working in a creative industry. He seemed to have a lot of plans for the art school, seeing it as a business and a profitable organisation for which the Art School can benefit.

Whenever a new boss arrives in an organisation such a school there is always a big shake up, and Glasgow School of Art needs this. I think there has been the benefit of the new Reid building to start the ball rolling. There has been a lot of teething problems with the building and Mr Inns has dealt with it well discussing with staff and students what the problems are and what needs to be improved.

It was nice to know his background, studying engineering in Bristol and then moved to more creative streams in the Royal College of Art working through various institutions and was recently a head of department at the University of Dundee. I’m looking forward to seeing more changes to GSA.


D&T – Nissan Factory Tour

nissan factoryOn our visit to the Nissan Factory in Sunderland we got to see Nissan Leafs and Qashqai being manufactured. (excuse the Photo of jukes, we weren’t allowed to take pictures in the factory so I found this on google!) It was a great experience seeing all these robots put together cars, felt like science-fiction in a way. In fact 90% of the production of Nissans cars were automated. Human hands were needed for parts that a robot could not reach or parts that needed a bit of jiggling.

I guess most high production cars are manufactured in this way. You could definitely tell the cost and quality measures that have been cut to produce such high quantity. For example the lack of under seal and galvanisation of the metal bodies after welding. The ‘marriage’ of the engine, gearbox and suspension with the body was surprisingly simple especially for the Leaf in which the electric motors were just pushed into the bottom and bolted on with 4 bolts.

The one thing that did make me sad was the quality of life for the men and women working there. I understand that most factory jobs are similar, doing one thing all day everyday, and at least the Nissan workers got to rotate jobs after every break. I felt bad but realised I was lucky to be in university.


D&T – Colour with Ben Craven


Colour is amazing. I remember the first time I saw a high definition TV, I was stood in front of it for ages blocking up the walkway in the John Lewis technology department. What I learnt from Ben Craven in his lecture about colour is that each and every one of us see colours differently.

I love this! I’ve wondered since I was pretty little, ‘Do I see what you see?’. This individuality makes so much sense for the old question of ‘Is this jumper navy blue or black?’ when you’re shopping with your mum. Turns out it could be both depending on the cells in your eye.

This lecture really inspired me and it has made me look at colours in a completely different way. Perhaps this contributes to the different attitudes we have with life, everyone literally sees things differently.

I have found some further reading into the science of colour. It gives some inside to how artist perceive colour. Link is below.

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D&T – Thinking About Magnitudes

Ben Craven gave us a talk about quick and easy maths that can be done before a project even starts. This can tell you how realistic an idea is. He gave us a few simple problems that could be worked out fairly simply, without the use of a calculator.

The first of which was fairly simple, we had to work out ‘If you cycled from Glasgow to London, how many times would your wheels rotate?’ Myself and Nadia worked out that they would rotate 300,000 times using an estimated distance between the two cities and the size of a bike wheel. This was pretty easy to do and a fairly good estimate.

The next question was ‘How many breaths do you take in a year?’  we did this by seeing how many breaths Nadia took in 10 seconds then multiplied that by 6, then 60, 25 and 350 (yes we rounded the numbers… not that good at maths). We got 1 million breaths… which was a bit of a underestimate or Nadia’s a really slow breather.

The final question Nadia and I received was ‘If you piled everyone in the world into a cone with 45 degree sides, how high would the cone be? How long would it take you to walk to the top?’  We both imagined every one piled into an ice cream cone – the poor person right at the bottom crushed to death. After a long time we just managed to get an answer of 1km just before the end and we were right! However my guess of 20 minutes for walking to the top was a bit lame…. I was thinking of climbing up a mountain.

Overall the exercise was fun and good to use to see whether a future project is viable or not. Definitely useful for me because my logic is not very good under pressure…

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D&T – 2001: A Space Odyssey


[stag_intro]I think this 2001: A Space Odyssey can only be defined by my classes reaction when it finished. This was complete silence (with the odd ‘WHAT?!’).[/stag_intro] For me the film was of 3 parts, the first ‘Ok, I get it, but where is this going?’ the second ‘This part makes sense!’ and the last ‘Um, did someone slip something in my drink?’.

Despite the lack of storyline for half the film, I really enjoyed it. Mainly because of others reactions to it, and the very human manner of trying to interpret something you don’t really understand. That seems to be how Kubrick wanted the film to be taken; to quote –

‘You’re free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level—but I don’t want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he’s missed the point.’

Another reason, and I guess why our tutor made us watch it was the technology side of it. Considering the film was released in 1968, the idea that Kubrick and co came up with are crazily similar to what we have today. The ‘Picture Phone’ in the space hotel is exactly like Skype, FaceTime and other video phone software. TV screen on the back of plane seats, the velcro like ‘grip shoes’ and flat screen tablet devices that you can what TV on. HAL 9000’s ‘eye’ brings thought to the CCTV that is on every corner of our city streets.

2001 Montage

This film has been so well thought out, and is very much scientifically accurate, and I love it for that. The psychedelic nature of the end was obviously radical at the time, the cinematography involved was revolutionary. You can see many other sci-fi films have been influenced by it such as Blade Runner. As much as the storyline was lacking I would watch the film again for its attention to detail and radical visual effects.

D&T – Marc Newson – Urban Spaceman

Lockheed Lounge

[stag_intro]Last Thursday in Art School we watched an old BBC Imagine on the Australian designer Marc Newson. He makes you question whether design has to have a purpose or just look good.[/stag_intro] His work is very typical of the design and art market. He generally works on furniture, his first successful piece was the Lockheed Lounge as shown in the picture above. This lounge chair was ‘never meant to be comfortable’ he says, it was inspired to look like a ‘blob of mercury’. This at the time could only be achieved using aircraft construction, rivets and sheet aluminium.

Marc Newson does design more functional things, in fact he’s pretty much designed everything from dish driers to spacecraft. To quote ‘If you can’t do that, you’re not a good designer’. I prefer his functional more utilitarian designs like his seats for the Quantas A380, they seem more considered and less materialistic. Honestly, I have never really understood furniture basically made to be never used. This just seems to remove the point of the object, to me a well used object is a well designed object. Yes, a good product is a desirable product – thats basically Apples ethos. Unlike Apples products, Marc Newson’s Furniture is unusable and uncomfortable. I think this distinguishes the line between Art and Design.

I do admire him for stretching the boundaries in manufacturing technology. His marble tables and chairs made from one single block of marble are beautiful. Linking to my previous post, he does seem to care about skilled workers and values their time and effort for the way they can manipulate metal and stone. However, I do wonder what his thoughts on sustainability are considering the amount of waste marble create from these processes. You can’t be good at everything though can you…

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D&T – The Demise of Skilled Manufacture

Brooks Saddles

[stag_intro]Last week Craig Whittet talked about how skilled labour has been on the down for the last few decades.[/stag_intro] This, he said, was due to people that would normally have taken up a manufacturing apprenticeship when they left school are now choosing to take up the easier and more comfortable option of a service job (e.g., working at a call centre).

Surely that is understandable when the minimum wage for an apprentice under 19 is £2.68 but the minimum wage for a non-apprentice is £3.72. Doesn’t this devalue the skills of the men and women that have been working in skilled manufacture for many years. At Brooks Saddles for instance, it takes 3 days to make one single saddle and the company relies on the skills of its workers for methods like chamfering and riveting. You would hope high end manufacturing skills were valued more as it would seem a shame for these techniques to be lost. Brooks Saddles was bought by Selle Royal of Italy in 2002, they realised that the hipster brigade were buying old brooks saddles for much more that the new ones. Soon, the italians boosted the images of the brooks brand. They showed of the tradition and Englishness of the brand, turning it into a luxury good, and valuing the workers of its factory more.

Craig also gave products such as a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes their price in Chinese Yuan as well as Pound Sterling to show the difference in earnings. A top end heel would cost £875 but thats 8,750 CNY which is an average 3 months wages. However, top of the range pair of Trickers brogues would cost you £6,000 thats 60,000 CNY – thats 2 years average wages in China. China is starting to follow the Wests attitude to skilled labour and more people are going in to service jobs.

So is this change inevitable?  I think so, as more people look for a comfortable way of life, manufacturing jobs will be pushed to the poorer, less developed countries. The problem is, there will always be a requirement for people in manufacturing, so why not make it more valued and pay more for higher quality materials and people. Like Brooks, a lot of old stuffy companies need to value their workers and promote that or they will be made bankrupt.

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Being an intern at 4c Design

Me welding at 4c Design

[stag_intro]On 22nd May 2013 I nervously walked towards a small office at the back of a industrial estate in north of Glasgow. This was my first day… well afternoon, at 4c Design. For the next 3 months myself and Michael (check out his Coroflot), were to be interns there working on a very pretty stick…. as well as, um, the odd sheep ball.[/stag_intro]

Turns out it was one of the best 3 months I’ve ever spent, met some great people. Learnt a lot, even some slightly embarrassing workshop skills we should have known; Yes ok, I didn’t know how to drill and screw together 2 pieces of MDF before Mr Tom Harris showed me. This website was set up and created with the help of Michael (another Michael), who was a great help and was always happy to help if you asked, along with John (the CAD genius). The Boss, Robin, a passionate man, I definitely admire him for setting up a company just after graduating and sticking with it, going through rough times but it seems to be working out. The design man, Will, you know you can trust and he definitely knows what good design is.

Just thought I’d list off everything I can remember that I learnt at 4c: Better Solidworks, how to use a milling machine, how to use a lathe, how to TIG weld, mould silicon parts, use illustrator better, video editing, polishing, SEOs, sheep castration, how the business works, presentation, what a good speaker is, don’t go to the cafe round the corner your panini will be burnt… every time, prototyping, rendering and much more….

Oh, I haven’t really mentioned that pretty stick properly… More to come!


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