IMAGE OF LEARNING

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IMAGE OF LEARNING

We tackle projects with community organisations, charities, schools, authors and private companies, devising and delivering projects to achieve good quality CLOSURE in communication, presentation and design.

Background
The ‘Image of Learning’ (IOL) project was launched in 1995. Its founders (Peter Scott / Grant Jessé), share an interest in the subject of Closure – the “phenomenon of observing the parts but perceiving the whole” (McCloud, Scott. 1994) They first met at the University of Central England whilst Peter was studying Art [Practical] M.A.  Visual Communication. (Thesis: Closure) after working as a teacher following an Education [Theoretical] B.A.  (Open University ) Arts & Humanities. Papers published: ‘The Value of Closure’; ‘The Elements of Sequential Art’; The ‘Use of ‘Story’ within the Educative Process’.

Asking the right question
For most people, life is a race at a fast pace. Life needs to be continually studied as new answers keep evolving. Nobody has all the answers but everyone can develop new ways to question and, as Deep Thought suggested,  the answer to everything lies in asking the right question.

Too many of us hold on to fixed ideas. From the wide selection of groups around the World for individuals to join, most have rigid or slow to adapt rule books which confine their members.  Most of the time, these groupings get along fine, but now and again, a clash between group ideals occurs, conflict erupts and people get hurt emotionally and physically. Our history is full of this and many of today’s history makers are just repeating our past history.

The one central global problem creating conflict is ‘poor quality closure’. In essence, this is people jumping to conclusions based on low understandings, history-rooted attitudes,  rumours,  poor judgements and old-time creeds.

Before the advent of print and the World’s ability to spread its many different ‘teachings’, disparate ideas proliferated.  Though print distilled these ideas and the internet speeds this distillation process, we are all still trying to negotiate a shared way through such a vast legacy of global learnings. The IOL project feasts on deep and new thinking, working to foster the will to take on new understandings to achieve a fresher today and good quality tomorrows for all.

IOL also feasts on CPD (Continual Professional Development). Attending the following since the project’s launch:
‘Management Development & Team Leadership’ [Beeches College]
‘Computing Software :  QuarkXpress; Photoshop’  [Bournville College]
‘Print Making’          [Birmingham Print Workshop]
‘TV / Video Prod Course’   [Birmingham University]
‘Web Design’            [Inst. of Art and Design, University of Central England]
‘TV Prod Course’       [Selly Oak School]
‘Business Funding’     [Birmingham Chamber of Commerce]
‘Business Marketing’  [University of Aston in Birmingham, Small Business Centre]
‘Pottery Course’.         [Bournville College]
‘Educational Dance’    [Midland Arts Centre]
‘Digital Publishing:  Adobe Illustrator; Freehand’. [Aston ITEC]
‘Team Leadership – Live Wire Business Growth Challenge’ [Aberdovey Outward Bounds Centre]
‘Calligraphy Course’    [Midhurst School]
‘Writing in Education’ [Winterbourne College]
‘Public Speaking and Chairmanship’    [Birmingham School of Speech & Drama]
‘Peter Pan (Set Construction and acting). Wuthering Heights (Set Design)                 [Crescent Theatre, Birmingham]
‘Storytelling’ [Aberystwyth University. Lifelong Learning]
‘Writing for Sound’   [Aberystwyth University. Lifelong Learning]

Clients include:
Birmingham City Council: Visualisation of the City Pedestrianisation Scheme,
Design of Educational Visitor Centre in Ireland (Peat Workings)
Designs for School Literature in six languages for Swedish Paper Manufacturer
Digital Imagery adaptations for Ikon Gallery with Matt Fisher and Chris Stirrup
Birmingham:  Digital Imaging & Animation Prog. Design, supported by Photopack/  West Midlands Arts
Handsworth:   Opportunity to explore numeracy through sound, story, role play, icons, art, movement ; in conjunction with Birmingham Education & Business Partnership
Whitton School: Illuminating and Re-writing their  ‘300 years in the making’ during Big Arts Week.
Bordesley Green:  Out of School Hours extracurricular Workshops on Survival
Lee Bank:   Strengthening Community  through documenting & dissemination  – Human Facilities Management
Robin Hood School : Self-empowerment  – ‘Mind over Mouse’ Part of ‘Teachers and Artists  Working Together Scheme’.
Trainer/ Employer for Schools ‘Work Placement Schemes’
YTS Trainer/Employer – design and implementation of an extensive on the job training Scheme in Creative Technical Imaging.
Folio and Career Surgeries for individual Art and Communication degree Students through B.I.G.
IT skill ‘Return to Work’ Training for volunteers from Birmingham Volunteers Bureau
Freelance Storyboarding Pop Videos/ TV Commercials/ Print

Combined bio of Peter & Grant prior to launch of “Image of Learning”

1974 – 1999  Teaching 25 years  [Year 1 to Year 6]
Special Needs E2L Imparting Active Teaching. Subject Range: Art; Craft; Science; Health; Literacy & Language; Mathematics; Sport. Mentoring 19 to 21 Years
1974 – 1980 :  Aquaculturist
1976:  Partner: Ginger Man Studios (Arts and Crafts Designers)
1977:  Lyricist for S.Wales Rock Group ‘Calix’
1978:  Co-founder, Chair and Trustee Reg. Educational Charity ‘World of Water’. Hosting Field Centre Education courses.
1983:  Founded ‘Think Tank’. Thinking with action on people’s aims.
1983 – 84  Promoter for the late great DJ ‘Trevor T’ and TVRT Recording Studios
1983 – 1996 Graphic Authoring; Story Boarding; Cartoons;  Illustration; Art; Design; Print; Workshops
1983   Format Design for TV Series: : Prog. pitch to BBC TV (Michael Garrod/ Continuing Education Department)
1986:  Joined Griffiths Reaney Design Associates – Interior Designers
1987:  Co-Founder and Director of Design Workshop (Architects and Interior Designers)
1988:  Guest Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Central England
1989:  Founding Director of Hickton Madeley Interiors
1992:  Authored stage play ‘KK & GM’ for Crescent Theatre, Birmingham.
1992:  Director of MacLaren Marketing, Wolverhampton. UK
1993:  Founder of imprint ‘Little People Books’
1993:  Co-Founder and Director of ‘Karavadra Multimedia’

Combined bio from launch of ‘Image of Learning’ in 1995
1995:  Launch of  ‘Image of Learning’
1996:  Creative Director : MIPF (Midlands Independent Production Forum based at VIVID) Film:  “10/34” for B’ham Film Festival
1996:   Web Site Design and Gallery Installation of  ‘The Nine Tenets’. First  Café Surf in Birmingham, UK.
1996:   Authored: ‘Ring in the New’ Animation short pitched to British Film Institute / VIVID
1996:   Authored: Prog. toon series pitch to Sky TV (The Alterers)
1999:  Launched ‘The HoBB Project House’ UK
1999:  Co-refereed the successful ‘Art and the Internet’ Millennium Bid with Liz Macgregor, Ikon Gallery.
2000 – present:  Manager. The HoBB Project House

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Combined Publications & Reports:

Harrier Comics
The e-brain (1994)
Eddy Champion Comic (1995)
AV Producer: ‘Tapman and Pluggy’, with the support of Education Dept., Severn Trent Water. 1995 (See also: Case Study No. 7)
Medieval Pond Culture (with Casey, A.)
Elf early reading book series. (Project: Little People Books)

Experience of Materials and their Application:
Clay sculpt;   Plaster reliefs;   Plasters in Construction; Concrete (carving), Living Willow; Stone walling.  (See Natural Materials); Scale and perspective drawing; Papier Mache (puppets); Metal (sculpt); Wood (constructions); Water Colour Paints / Inks;

Broadcasts:
Television Interviews:   1984 OB with Dan Cherrington (BBC Research History of Monastic Carp Culture);
Live at BBC Pebble Mill at One (OB Fresh Fish Buying)
Guest Radio Slots:    Radio WM (Phone-in);   BRMB (Interview);   Radio Bristol (Phone-in)
Community Radio:    BHBN.

 Exhibitions and Performance Events:
1979 – 1980:     ‘Piscatorial Memorabilia’, (Exhibition) Aber-Gwen Visitor Centre, South Wales
1982 – 83:  “The History and Future of Aquaculture” (Exhibition) Nature Centre (Birmingham Museum  & Art Galleries)
1982:    Watercolour Paintings of the Built Environment, Birmingham Midland  Institute
1982:    ‘When Santa met Neptune’, (Performance poetry) Rackhams, Birmingham
1983:    Future of Aquaculture, Brighton Exhibition and Conference Centre, Sussex
1983:   Hellensborough Museum,  (Aquaculture Exhibition), Scotland
1983:   Dumbarton Museum & Libraries, (Aquaculture Exhibition),
1983:   ‘Enviromental Awareness’ Exh. in conjunction with Whirligig Theatre Co.  Alexander Theatre.
1983   Who’s Book is it Anyway, Birmingham Nature Centre
1997   Water on the Beach, (Performance Storytelling) Brighton (Part of High Tide Event)
1996   ‘Inspector Clue Bod Investigates’ Birmingham City Council Discovery Day
1985:   ‘The Water Palace’, Central Library, Birmingham
1986:   Wednesbury Art Gallery & Museum, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Wednesbury
1986:   Art Gallery, (Exhibition) Rugby Library, Rugby
1986:   ‘Wet Harvest’, (Aquaculture Exhibition), The Bass Museum, Burton-on-Trent
1986:   Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Coventry
1986:   Warwickshire  Museum, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Warwick
1987:   City Museum & Art Gallery, (Aquaculture Exhibition), Stoke-on-Trent
1991:   ‘The influence of Fish in Design’, Birmingham Midland Institute.
1992:   Alternative Perspectives, Mine Gallery, Birmingham
2005:   ‘Working with Nature’, HoBB Gardens, Heyope.
2008:   ‘Retrospective’  WoodBod, HoBB Project House
2015:   ‘Concrete Sculpt’, HoBB Gardens, Heyope.

Group Exhibitions:
* University of Central England,
* Lichfield Guild Hall
* International Convention Centre
1992:   ‘Friends Show’, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham.
1993:   ‘Plant Crossing’, Botanical Gardens Gallery, Birmingham
1993:   Choice Gallery, Birmingham
1995:   Earth Centre, Conisborough
1996:   Brighton Festival
1996:   The Nine Tenets of Tomlinson and Jessé, Café Surf, Birmingham
1996:   ‘Who’s Book is it Anyway’, Part of Birmingham Readers & Writers Festival

Online Interactive Evolvement:
1999:   Nine Tenets Part 11. Writings to accompany the work of OliverTomlinson. See “Finding a Match”
2000:   ‘Contemporary Italian and Spanish graphic design and folk art on Citrus Fruit Wrappers from 1930’s’
2002    ‘The Art of it’. Online writings to remember the work of the Late Jonathan Inglis.
2004   BIG ARTS WEEK  Case Study 01

Commissions: (abridged):
Birmingham City Council Landscape Practice, B.B.C., Central Independent Television, Austin Knight Advertising, Black Country Development Corporation, Black Theatre Co-operative, Bugle Films Ltd., Cadbury Schweppes (Case Study No. 3), Centro, Custard Factory (Digbeth), Forward Trust, Freestyle Productions, Gillette, GKN, Granada Leisure, Groundwork, Healthy Birmingham 2000, Ilford Photo Ltd., Jaguar, King Edward VI Foundation, Kokuma Dance Theatre Company, Letts Educational (Case Study No.4), MEB, Mercia Sound, Midland Bank, Morrison Developments (Case Study No.5)Royal Mail (Case Study No.6), SCS (Specialist Computer Services), Structured Training, Switch Design, Tibbatts Interior Design Group, Training and Creative Resources, West Midlands Travel. (Full List available on Request) 

Memberships:
NAA (National Association of Artists)
NUT (National Union of Teachers)
BAT (Birmingham Arts Trust)
VIVID (Formerly Birmingham Centre for Media Arts)
BEAF  (Birmingham Educators and Artists Forum)
1988: Hon. Member of European Society of Perspectivists
1992 – 1995 Crescent Theatre: Set Design, Theatre Marketing.
1995  National Small Press Association
1996 – present: Acting Secretary of “Birmingham Image Generators’
1996:  Steering committee of the HUB (Birmingham)
1998:  Birmingham Education Arts Forum (BEAF)
1996: Book Packagers Association
1998: Article 31 Action Network
2001 “Grwp Amineiddwyr Cymru” (Welsh Animation Group, Cardiff)
2000 “Creative Network” University of Central England
2004 “WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
2005 “PAF” (Powys Arts Forum)
2008 – present  “HelpX” (Global Student Skill Exchange)

If we should know about YOUR Organisation, please contact us    

NEW from Image of Learning:
Producing original, bespoke writing, graphics, photography and illustration for AR (Augmented Reality) projects

The Image of Leaning project continues to grow. We welcome views and contributions. These can be sent via comments or presented live for discussion during workshop sessions at the HoBB Project house. Contact us for available dates.

Design

The Best Design benefits all.

Bring your emotive thoughts and plans and we will back these up with logic that will make a difference to you, your team and your clients.

We form design around the results you wish to achieve and we want your feedback – the performance of our designs needs to be measured so we can keep increasing their value.

We count on you to write an effective brief which includes your previous use of design.
You count on us to come up with design solutions that ‘tick all your boxes’.

Case Studies:

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The director of a Welsh Publisher brought us a project idea which included the production of storybooks for children and Little People Books was born.

A chance meeting with a chemical engineer resulted in a co-production with Acuity Design of a raising braille lettering system used in helping blind parents to teach their sighted children to read.

A call to us from a New Zealand author led to the design of a group of dinosaur characters and one soft toy.

A restaurant owner and TV Chef contracted us to design a club membership system and the interior of her second restaurant.

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Garden Rooms – with Design model top left.
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House and Interior Design

The theft of two paintings from a Birmingham Gallery led to the design of a fund-raising art exhibition in a botanical garden.

A marine engineer visited to discuss ways to promote his turbine designs.

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Prototype  signage for Chinese Acupuncturist (relocated to http://www.peakhousepractice.com )
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UK South Coast Snail Farm Design within existing polytunnel
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Label Design for range of culinary preserves
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Poster design for Sea Bed Mariculture Unit using imaging by the one and only Tim Griffiths)
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Bathroom Tiling Design
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Book Spread Design

After attending a course on snail farming and escargot cuisine, a farmer asked us to research and design a snail farm to include external enclosures.

Due to gravel extractions, we were brought in to design a fish farm around deep lakes.

For the launch of an internet café in Birmingham, we designed wall displays that incorporated wire made by the same company as produced the first transatlantic phone cable.

A design / Build company commissioned us to re-image the interior and exteriors of a holiday camp’s entertainment complex.

On purchasing a site, a developer contracted us to design the architectural presentation scheme for a Bar, Restaurant and Golf Club House.

For a manufacturer of fittings, we designed a shop conversion and display system for a trade and retail outlet in the Czech Republic.

Given a set of five different building photographs ‘torn from various trade magazines’, we followed a brief to incorporate certain features from each picture to form a totally new building for a major car showroom.

Your thoughts need to be communicated.

Our job is to bring your plans to life so others can see them, share your dreams and follow your lead.

With over 800 projects in our folio, we are counting on you to keep us alive to your design needs.  Contact us at the HoBB or if it is easier for you, message @_Grant directly on Twitter.

Thorough Design output.

Your design start with your call to us. It continues as we contribute to your promotion through our social and business networks.  Join us. Follow Us. Link with us. Enjoy the adventure with others.

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Tids Slippers online shop design
For the logo and covers design that made the Premier League, visit www.dugoutseats.co.uk
For the logo and covers design that made the Premier League, visit www.dugoutseats.co.uk
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Rolls Royce Dealership
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Matching Pot and Topiary Design
From a theme park design for a B.B.C. television show to an interior design for Paulton's Wine and Coffee Bar, we really enjoy using our design skills to communicate at speed. The TV audience got a four second look at our theme park and Paulton's got the funding after just a 30 minute bank meeting. We were surprised to get a call from a new shoe company but loved looking through the latest Italian designs and figuring out a range of design options for slippers you put into the washing machine like any other clothing.
From a theme park design for a B.B.C. television show to an interior design for Paulton’s Wine and Coffee Bar, we really enjoy using our design skills to communicate at speed. The TV audience got a four second look at our theme park and Paulton’s got the funding after just a 30 minute bank meeting.
We were surprised to get a call from a new shoe company but loved looking through the latest Italian designs and figuring out a range of design options for slippers you put into the washing machine like any other clothing.
For a new HQ, we were commissioned to design the reception area in full which included furniture, clock, signage and product display.
For a new HQ, we were commissioned to design the reception area in full which included furniture, clock, signage and product display.
Two of our shopfront designs here. One for an Italian Pizza Take away, the other for a Chinese Herbalist which led to a contact with a fellow artist so we got together and designed his web site and photographed his first product range.
Two of our shopfront designs here. One for an Italian Pizza Take away, the other for a Chinese Herbalist which led to a contact with a fellow artist so we got together and designed his web site and photographed his first product range.