It’s been a while!

It’s been a while!

I thought I would just touch base with you all, and say I'm now back with a few ideas to write and release some blogs over the next few months. I know it’s been a while! University work had to take a bit more of a priority. So a lot of different things have been happening here and my course is nearly at the end. I have handed in my dissertation and collaborative project and am now focusing on, employability; designing my portfolio; website and planning for the end of year show. As…Read more
Blink auction website goes live.

Blink auction website goes live.

So the Blink Auction website is live now,  you may remember that I spoke about the project in late December as we started the process of designing the branding and website for it. The auction is to raise funds for our end of year show this summer; the work has kindly been donated by some illustrators and designers. As part of the work on the website, it has been a chance to learn and explore designing a website for E-Commerce. We have been working mainly on designing the website with many considerations to the content we should…Read more
Design, Mr Bond.

Design, Mr Bond.

As a kid the James Bond film franchise captivated my mind as I watched on, by the age of 12, I had seen all of the bond films released to that point. The design of the whole franchise is something I haven't been able to critique as a design student. In particular the logo that has been used from the start, in 1962, with the film ‘DR. NO.’ It has taken on a number of changes as technology has improved, the shape of the design has sharpened, and improved. As a graphic motif,…Read more
Form Follows Function.

Form Follows Function.

In my first year of university, in a module called history and context of design; we were tasked as part of a group, to give a presentation on a topic of our own choice. Using a Japanese presentation style called Pecha Kucha, which are 20 slides for 20 seconds. The group was made up of me, Jamie and Dan. We chose to research and present on the Bauhaus school and its influence on the students and tutors work. Our Presentation. Reflecting on this task as part of my journey as a graphic design…Read more
What a Gentleman.

What a Gentleman.

Two weeks ago, we were lucky enough at UCS to have a lecture by the Illustrator, Artist and Designer; David Gentleman. His work has spanned the past five decades, from designing stamps to illustrating tube stations. He highlighted the fact many people will have seen his work before, whether it be in Charing Cross station or on the book jackets for a series of Shakespeare plays published by Penguin but without knowing it’s him. He was a very unassuming man with such a passion for his work, as he spoke about his new…Read more
Blink

Blink

As it is our final year, our year group have the task of raising money for the end of year show. We have been planning an online auction that will feature works from Illustrators, Designers and Graphic Artists. Over the past couple of weeks emails have been sent to ask for some work, and we have been lucky enough to get some replies with offers of pieces to sell. You can be a part of it by buying some of the work that will be offered online. Within this project, we are collaboratively…Read more
Update: 1914: Suffolk and the Western Front Magazine.

Update: 1914: Suffolk and the Western Front Magazine.

Between February and August this year I was involved in a project in collaboration with History students at University Campus Suffolk. I have released the details of this project before to some of you. I was asked by my friend Andrew on the history course to help with the design of the magazine. I was originally just asked to advise on the project, giving him a crash course on Adobe InDesign as this would then allow him to work on the magazine when I was unavailable. We worked together to produce the magazine,…Read more
Processing design and creative thinking.

Processing design and creative thinking.

We have just been given a new brief, and we start the process of designing again. As a process, design is one I'm passionate about, the fact that we are on a journey throughout excites me, but, it can be a funny thing really. The nervous feeling of getting a new brief, and the million questions which go through our minds as we start to decipher how the work could be produced. Quite a lot of the time we can jump to conclusions of what the outcome could be, and often we have…Read more
In the thick of it:  My Final Year.

In the thick of it: My Final Year.

So we're back for our final year,  two weeks ago we started semester one and we started two modules. One solely based on Portfolio Development and another module called Dissertation and Critical Review across the whole year. For Portfolio Development, we were given a four week brief to express the place we're in, whether it be the literal place we were/are in, the geographical location, the state of mind, the psychological, the spiritual and financial. These headings were thought of in an idea generation session and the aim of the brief is to then graphically communicate…Read more
It’s not everyday you have to sell a colour…

It’s not everyday you have to sell a colour…

On Friday of last week, Level 4, 5 and 6 Graphic Design and Graphic Illustration students were tasked with selling a colour. We only had four hours to create a campaign/presentation to sell this concept and then we had to present and propose why it was best. Using anything from interpretive dance to photography and illustration to design. Me and my team were given the colour Brown. The fact that the colour doesn't even feature in the rainbow, and often is thought to be very dull and neutral left us with a task on our…Read more
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