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Monday, January 28, 2008

Crank the Busy-O-Meter to eleven!

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I've started my involvement in the Sorrell Foundation Young Design Programme. I'm working with two other students, one from art & design and another from interior design, to try and improve things at the Notre Dame Sixth Form College in Leeds. I was responsible for the naming and identity of our design group. I came up with the name Equilateral to represent our belief in the value of simple functional ideas. Three people, with equal input. The logo reflects this with simple geometric letter shapes.
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This week I went to the future work event at the Round Foundry Media Center, which is part of Holbeck Urban Village, a regeneration scheme for the old industrial area of Leeds. It was a fun evening, providing some useful insight into the commercial world of graphic design.
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Last weekend was the second ever Best-Joined-Up live drawing party at the Faversham.
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A good time was had by all, and their was some nice drawings. It had a really positive atmosphere, and it was encouraging to see how much creative talent their is in Leeds.
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This was my drunken attempt to represent Norfolk!
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Also this week was the Don't Panic Media poster exhibition, you'll have to excuse the quality of the pictures due to my bad camera phone. But the quality and variety of the work was really good.
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This one is by London based student and designer Kate Moross.
Her work is ace, and despite still being at university she has managed to do a lot of commercial work, including nation wide poster campaign for Cadburys. She was also named on the Creative Review 'creative futures' list.
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I find her work really inspirational. Being a student you can only really compare your work to other people from your class or things which are out their in the real world, sometimes it's hard to make a link between the two. It's great to see people out their being fully involved with both areas of work successfully, and making the leap from being 'just a design student'.
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The January/February issue of Dig Magazine is now in the shops. Thanks to the printers messing things up about 5,000 of them have last issues cover on the front! I did the photo layout and illustrated type for the 2-Hip article (above), which despite being a bit of a last minute rush came out quite well!
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And finally, Leeds has been underwater all week! Watch your carbon footprint kids...

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Caterpillar Project

A friend who I'm working with on this project (an RCA competition brief) just sent me these photos of her little brother wearing a promotional T-shirt that I designed.
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Looks like he is enjoying wearing it!
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Quick Update!

Got some paid work coming up from a company called 'yorkshire event services', I'm designing all of their promotional material and mail outs for the coming year. Should be starting that one in a week or so.

Due to lack of finance, my friend Simon's photography website that I was planning to build has downgraded into a microsite off of this one, check it out here.

Also this week I have started the Sorrell 'young designers project' alongside a YCN competition brief, more news from both of those soon.

Also this week I've decided to start learning how to play the harmonica!
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This guy is now my hero. See him shred the 'Mississippi sax' here.
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Monday, January 07, 2008

wheeeey!

after a three week internet blackout, xmas and a snowboarding holiday I'm back in Leeds, ready to start working again and proud to announce the launch of my new-look website!

I've been doing some xmas reading, firstly is a new magazine publiched by YCN called 'ideas illustrated'.
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its the first issue and its theme is 'communication', an interesting read with nice pictures, a bargain at £5!

I also picked up this skate magazine in france for a euro (about 60p!)
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I love the colourful and playful nature of skate magazine design, and it is definitely an influence on the work I do for dig magazine.

finally, my business cards I ordered returned from the printers!
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this is the first time I've ever got anything printed directly, and it was a fun and valuable experience. I choose some 320gsm recycled board to print on, and it looks/feels lovely!

right I need to pop to the shop and get some food in!
more soon, xx