RoCo end result

I didn’t quite know what to expect from part of my course……but Im pleased overall that I chose Disobedient Objects. Not only because I learnt a whole new set of skills but I was actually  please with our final outcome. At the beginning of the project I didn’t quite know how it was going to all come together. There were moments when I didn’t think that it was even look like a dog. Even though the final concept doesn’t do what we first intended, I have learnt so many new skills, which can be applied to back to graphics. Processing in particular, is something that I am going to learn more about, mostly because you are able to use sensors to create interaction with the users or viewer, something that I would like to explore more within my work.  As well as this I found the Arduino’s fascinating, Im still getting my head around how it all works, but have picked up the basics. It has opened up a new process of thought, especially when it comes to looking my children’s electrical toys, I’m finding that I want to know how it all works inside.

Our Robot dog Roco is disobedient in itself and which I found humorous. There is a lot more tweaking that needs to be done to the robot dog, he has difficulty walking properly, its a bit random, could be fixed with reprogramming the Arduino. However put some music to him, he looks like he’s dancing.


To go with the project I made a short advert for Roco the dog. Hopefully you will get the idea behind the Robot Dog. I produced it in AfterEffects, not meant as anything to serious, but it was nice practice to use it again.

As part of the deliverables we were asked to produce a 2 sided Operating Manuel for our final outcome. It was created in InDesign, all the pictures drawn in illustrator. The typeface used was Futura, which is also used in the Advert.

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Overall I found this part of the course really great. It was enjoyable to be more hands on with my work, as opposed to be sitting at the computer. Im going to try and incorporate some more practical elements into my work. Looking forward to using the 3D and laser printers again soon.


Robot Dog Design process and programming

I found it a slow process from design to getting the model for the dog made. There was a lot to think about when it came to the motors and how the legs where going to move. We decided to make a small model to test out how the motors would turn to make the legs move. Below is a model that we made from cardboard and wood.

We found this movement inside was not as good as first anticipated. There was also issues with the movement of the legs as they were not able to freely move as we had glued it into place, making it difficult for it to walk. The idea was only to have the one motor powering the legs, but after this experiment with the mechanics inside we felt that two motors would be conducive.

Also thoughts on using a bluetooth signal for the dog to hone into. From our Arduino workshop we had a pretty good idea of how to programme the motors. It was getting the legs to move that was going to be the hard one. IMG_7305

This is the model that was made to fit the Arduino onto, with the motors slotting inside the case to hold it all in place. After making this model was decided to make the casing bigger to take into account the batteries and switch that was going to be added later on in the process. After we got this point we starting to delve into the ascetics of the actual dog itself.

Aurdino motor programming

We were able to write the coding for the movement of the legs, for Forwards, Backwards, turn left, turn right and stop.

Originally the idea was to 3D print all of the parts of the dog and fit together. We found a file at  and had a go at 3D printing it to get an idea of time scale and how t would look for our own robotic dog.

3D printing

Unfortunately the file that was downloaded from the site was not as good as anticipated. As well as this we found out that 3D printing can be a little temperamental. As you can see below the finish on the dogs head was not as clean as we needed.


Was a good experience using the 3D printer, but we swayed towards the possibility of laser cutting instead, as 3D was a lot more time consuming and we were able to adapt our design more efficiently using the laser cutter.

Laser cutting – casing for the Arduino

This video shows the laser cutter cutting out the box for housing the electronics in the body of the dog. The files for the printer were produced in illustrator. I found it difficult to get the measurements correct, but got there in the end. The rest of the dog including the body, head and legs were all produced with the laser cutter, it was just a matter of fitting them altogether.

This is the head of the dog, taken from d-torso template, which was traced in illustrator so that we could send it to the laser cutter.

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Once all was put together we tried to change the power cable to batteries, however once the batteries were fitted there was not enough power to get any movement out of the dog itself. We had to go back to the original power cable for our presentation unfortunately. Probably should have given ourselves more time to tinker around with the electronics, but time was consumed with the ascetics of the Dog head and body, which took longer than expected. However in the time that we had to produce this, I was pleased with the overall look of the robot.

On Display final thoughts

I’d like to say that I breezed through this project , but it was far from it. My biggest struggle was coming up with an innovative design for the exhibition. I eventually came to the final logo after a lot of deliberation and under-confidence in my own designs. The prospect of this project I was really excited about, but in reality I had creative block, and lack for foresight of how the end result would eventually turn out. I got lost in research, a lot of it I have not documented as I got lost down rabbit holes of information that wasn’t really relevant to the project itself. However I completed the task, but not to the best of my ability (probably shouldn’t say that but I feel that it shows in my final work). A lot of the work completed needs tweaking and playing with a lot more to get a more polished result that I would be pleased with. Even so I’m happy with my logo and glad that I changed to it half way through the project as I think that it is a lot more contemporary than my previous design.

I would have liked to created a mock website and have a lot more information about the gallery experience, with a more of an interactive aspect to it than just the Blippar app. I have to say that this project has opened my eyes to the way that consumerism has taken over and has become the normal in everyday society. It may sound a bit ambitious but I would love to make a difference to how the world operates, we created consumerism, surely we can recreate it for the better.



Posters for the Myopia Exhibition

For the exhibition I decided to create, posters and a small booklet, leaflet and invites for the opening of the exhibition.

For the posters I decided to use some quotes that I found concerning consumerism. Which would tie-in nicely with the quotes that would be running through the exhibition itself.

Poster 1


This was taken from google images, I could not find its origins as it being used so many different websites.

For this poster and using the caption above I started to arrange the words on the poster so that the two meanings in the slogan (consumerism is killing us all & consumerism is in us all), also trying out different backgrounds, such as a £50 note and the possibility of incorporating the existing logos.

I found that trying the highlight both the meanings in the slogan wasn’t working in the first designs that I created. I ended up using the colours from my logo to tie everything in together. From using these colours I was able to pull out different hierarchy and path for the eye by playing with the colours. My final poster number 1 below.  I put a filter on the word Consumer to make it a little fuzzy. I wanted to try and bring it in line with the glitch effect used in the animated logo.



Poster 2

This next poster was a longer quote regarding consumerism, taken from a Prince EA video. I placed the text in different sizes and colours to make it visually more interesting to look at. Using again the same colours as my logo I changed the background to black. Then reducing its size I placed onto the poster with the rest of the information and other logos.



Poster 3

For my final poster I decided to use the image that I created early on in the project. I felt that it links back to the animated logo and with colour change tie it in with the other posters. I felt that the purply blue for the word consumer didn’t stand out enough. From changing it to the red colour I felt that it stood out a lot more, as well at the connotations behind the colour red I felt that sat well.





Overall I feel that the posters work well together even though they are each  very different. I would have liked to played around more to refine them more, however i have not left myself enough time to do so. My favourite out of the three is the first poster that I did, its got a playfulness to it the the text with the double meaning. I think that they would make people be intrigued as to what it is all about.

I have placed the Blippar icon on the posters as well with the view of making them interactive to the view have a better understanding of what the exhibition would be about.

Final Edits and Printing

Procrastination was my downfall in this project. I had grand ideas of making something that would standout from the crowd, even though I like my final piece, its not as good as I wanted it to be in the first place. Making an interactive piece was the original ambition. Overall though I throughly enjoyed this project, hoping that it reflects in my final piece.

For my final edits, I managed to sort out my rag, the text boxes all nice and rectangular, making the piece look clearer. I changed the last page with a image of light reflexing on the wall, rather than the embossing idea. I feel that pages are more interesting to look at as you read through the piece. I had trouble with the layout of the middle spread, as they were both quite similar in layout. In hindsight I probably could have left one side of the spreads to play to have a play with a larger quote to strengthen the overall feel of the piece.

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I was disappointed after printing my piece that the last page text wasn’t as legible as it needed to be, the font probably could have been put in bold. Just shows how important it is pre print before final print. I used book binding blots to hold the whole piece together. Im really pleased with the overall design. Now for getting ready for the end of year exhibition, Im a little bit excited, feels great to have finished our first year, really have a great experience. From looking at my final piece compared to project that were produced at the beginning of the year I can see how much I have developed my skills and learn.

Prep for the end of year exhibition

A spot of painting and clearing up from the graduation exhibition.

Displaying of our final projects and pieces from our previous field project.

Was great to see everyones work being displayed. There was some really high quality work thats been produce by everyone. Looking forward to getting stuck into the second year now, though will feel a little lost this summer without being in Uni. Roll on year 2.

Final edits ready for digital hand-in

Taking on broad the group crit comments I set about making changes to my editorial. Losing the pink, opening up the layout by getting rid of the lines on the quotes. Im still struggling with the layout of the text boxes, which is Ive moved around so much now that I can’t decide on the best position. Again Ive shy’d away from the type detailing, just wanting to get it handed in and then to make the final edits ready for printing. Still felt that the layout could be more playful, Im struggling to think outside of the box and come up with something that is going to stand out. There was an idea to emboss musical notes on the last page as an interpretation of Anna listening to audio books in her darkened room. I created notes in illustrator and placed them over the last page.

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Packaging the final piece was something that I had not come across before. I found that there was lots of messing around with changing the images from RBG to CMYK ready to package properly. Also had trouble with linking the oblique font, which needed to be downloaded again. However it was a positive exercise and something that I would be able to do with no issues for the next digital hand in. Hoping that there won’t be too many changes to be made before I have to print.