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And here's page two!

Side B features an axonometric resource showing locations that provide services to those living on the streets, such as free haircuts, food and coffees.

Special mentions also went to businesses working with charities and organisations that help the homeless.
Posted 6 May 2019 23:21

If you haven't seen it around the city centre already, here's the final product!

Side A features a map of our three research sites, highlighting charities and organisations who help the homeless.
Posted 6 May 2019 01:00
This is how excited we were to be printing..

[Credit to Zohra for great facial expressions]
Posted 4 Apr 2019 12:58
All smiling faces as we were finally ready to print after a busy week of formatting!

The team donned our yellow aprons in preparation for printing and took it turns to set up and run the prints. We controlled the position of the masters to make sure everything is aligned correctly, and after that it was all go!
Posted 4 Apr 2019 12:27
Before sending to the riso printer all graphics must be separated onto layers according to colour and then converted to black and white as this is how the printer reads it. The different opacities can be all on one layer as they count as one colour, which is good as it means there are less masters required.

One lesson learnt from this process: it takes longer than you think!
Posted 4 Apr 2019 12:18
The riso printer has two slots for ink cartridges available which means you can print two colours at the same time. When printing you send separate pdfs to each cartridge, each with only the content for that specific colour showing. The cartridge then creates a master from this, acting as a stencil for the ink. If you want more than two colours you have to wait for the ink to dry before sending it through the printer again - usually about 90 minutes!

Another thing to be aware of is that where the masters overlap you will get a third colour, for us a green where the orange and teal merge. We wanted to keep the pages graphically clean with just our two main colours, so had to mask where we needed there to be only one colour showing, and used different opacities to create variance.
Posted 4 Apr 2019 11:15
Did you know its the last WOAH Wednesday?

We wanted to make sure you were all aware about The Big Change. The Big Change is a collaboration of several homelessness charities, grassroots groups, businesses and individuals as part of the Manchester Homelessness Charter, They are coming together in an effort to end homelessness in Manchester, along side Manchester City Council.

You can help either by donating or volunteering with any of the groups involved. To find out more go to .

Posted 3 Apr 2019 23:11
Today we've been making sure we have compiled all our research, and that we have got as much information on there as possible!

To support our site research finding local businesses, we've also conducted online research into local charities also providing street support. We compiled these into a spreadsheet resource, and have condensed this information for quick access on the map!
Posted 2 Apr 2019 16:19

We design students tend to be pretty fussy when it comes to font choices, so we made sure to have a group chat looking at different font styles trying to find what best suited our publication. We also have to remember that this is for the public, so we have to be thinking what's appealing from their perspective!
Posted 2 Apr 2019 13:32
Throwback to last Thursday when we were making the important decision of colour picking!

As a team we assessed the colour options the riso printer provides. We wanted contrasting colours so the graphics stand out, but in neutral hues. We then experimented with varying opacities to make sure the document reads well and won't be too heavy on the page, as this will effect practical aspects like drying time as well as visual impact!
Posted 2 Apr 2019 12:35
As we bring together the final document ready to be riso printed this week, the team have been experimenting with graphic style and how best to communicate our information to the public. We want the map to be eye catching and easy to gain information so its important we get the graphics right!
Posted 1 Apr 2019 12:49
Running into next week like ..

Posted 29 Mar 2019 16:51
Friday afternoon and we're doing some extra work for WOAH - mini mock up models of potential display stand designs for the Manchester Street Poem exhibit!

WOAH are working with Manchester Street Poem on a exhibition in the city centre. Manchester Street Poem was 'Conceived by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith from Underworld, Manchester Street Poem threw a spotlight onto the stories of those who find themselves homeless in the city – in a work where the catch-all term ‘homeless’ gave way to individuality, identity and integrity.'

Posted 29 Mar 2019 16:31
Interested in our collaborator?
WOAH are a student-led homelessness awareness initiative, if you are a student in Manchester and want to join or contribute to their good work please see their poster for details! Checkout their Instagram too @WOAHWithoutAHome

Posted 29 Mar 2019 14:46
DAY FOUR - As we are progressing towards designing our layouts, we had an illustrator tutorial today to help us in creating our maps. We then looked at choosing a team graphic style, experimenting til we found something we were happy with - more to be revealed soon!
Posted 28 Mar 2019 20:36
Did you know that the number of homeless people in Manchester has increased by 50% in the past year?

In 2017 it was found that 1 in 633 people in the region of Greater Manchester were without a permanent residence.
At this time Mayor Andy Burnham stated targets to end homelessness in the area by 2020.

Posted 6 Mar 2019 12:39
Did you know that over 440 homeless people have died on the streets of the UK in the past year? The average age of death is estimated at being 49 for men and 53 for women, not much more than half the UK life expectancy.

Charities are calling these deaths an utterly unforgivable national disgrace, blaming austerity and expensive private rents. Churches in Manchester City Centre are holding memorials for the homeless that have died.

Posted 27 Feb 2019 09:48
Keep an eye out for a fact every Wednesday
Posted 8 Jan 2019 20:47
We are Events Q and we are working with WOAH.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 20:31