Outcomes of Regret

Today I went to the sad double, funeral of a Lieutenant Commander and his wife. I was asked by the care home to show his daughter how he had answered the questions. The last one in particular.

The funeral was a gunshot funeral, which was a new experience for me. Have ministers as parents, I have been to many funerals, none like this. For a start, there were gunshots fired to salute the life of the man. The other major difference, was the fact it was a double funeral. Both him and his wartime sweetheart had passed away within a few days of each other. Maybe it is true, you can die of a broken heart.

After the funeral, with the guidance of the matron of the home introduced me to their daughter. I explained to her that I was doing a project at university and that I had met her parents. I showed her the answers he had given one of which was that he regretted not spending a lot of time with his daughter and that if he could tell future generations one thing, that he would say that they should cherish the time they have with their family, because life will flash by and you’ll regret it later. The daughter broke down crying and gave me a hug.  I can only hope that I did the right thing by listening to the nursing home.

This project has had a major impact, and it’s not just me that it is affecting. I think that once I reach one hundred service men and women, I will publish this as a first volume.



Veteran Questionnaires

After completing just under a hundred questionnaires with some veterans and those still in the army, the most common responses to the three questions I posed surprised me.

1. What is your best/favourite memory?

Most answers said something about their wedding or family.

2. What is a tough time you have worked through?

All of which were coming through injuries or the return home.

3. If you could tell future generations one thing, what would it be?

Most of the responses were of regret. One man asked if he could say “I would tell my daughter that I was sorry for not being there for her when she was growing up.”

This project has really moved me. My original idea was to create a time capsule, from these responses, I would be more inclined to make three books that use my creative writing skills to illustrate the responses to these three questions.

I am also happy to report that the veterans nursing home I visited will be continuing with this project, but on a smaller scale so that they can help people recover from the likes of depression and PTSD.

Academia In Adobe

Week commencing 10th February, taught me that there is a lot more to graphics than the philosophy and making work pieces. In the tutorial session, we briefly went over how to use Adobe Premiere Pro.

It brought me back to high school’s ICT and business communication lessons. It refreshed my memory on what certain terms mean and what the abbreviations for items were. Part of me regrets saying “When will I ever need this in the real world”. I think it’s like karma. Thankfully, I remembered the majority.

We learnt about file formats, and what they would be best suited for, for example, the differences in using R3D formats to Standard HDV. File sizes and quality are a key point to think about when choosing these formats. 

We looked further int how we could save the documents, for example we could use multiple devices that had RAM in them, to help speed up the working process. Many people, including myself, would probably get frustrated at how slow a computer can get when working on large files. 

Finally, during this tutorial, we learnt how edit a video, briefly. There were three ways to “cut” a video piece: using the razor tool, using ripple delete and a 3 point edit. All of which were effective and couple be used when editing real documents. 

Basic Typography

In todays Illustrator tutorial we learnt the basics in hope to draw our own type. We also learnt how to set up guides, and their designated names, including baseline, midline etc.

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As seen above, you can see that we experimented with not only colour, but also dissecting intersecting lines, to create a new shape, but also experimented with stoke sizes and the pen tool.

Typography is an important part of graphic design and will need to be studied further if I choose to pursue this topic further.