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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Science of Motivation




Really interesting talk about how business management often hinders progress and performance. I love TED talks!

I find this really interesting when compared to the Million Campaign that won a black pencil at this years D&AD awards... I thought at the time that bribing children wasn't that innovative, and this research would suggest that it isn't that successful either. I also think it's fairly unhealthy to encourage school children that it's not worth trying anything unless you are being materially rewarded.


Merlin x

Monday, September 14, 2009

PHDesign



My friend Kirsty is doing a PHD in some crazystuff that goes straight over my head, she was off to a conference in Newcastle the other day and needed an A0 poster to go by her stand. I helped her out with some typesetting and as you can see by this photo it made her happy.

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Unfortunately we missed out on the 'best poster' prize of a box of chocolates to some lad who had loads of pictures of brains all over his. Dang!


Merlin x

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Skateboards!


Been having a play today with the first round of ideas for a skateboard design for Revolutionz in Norwich, here's three initial ideas...
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And some close-ups...
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More info soon!


Merlin x

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Studio


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We're still trying to fully sort out our new studio, but it's starting to come together now. Please excuse the shoddy phone picture, I'll put some nice ones up here when we're all done.


Merlin x

Jazzy


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Here's a little sneakpeak of one of the templates style I'm putting together for the Radiowaves site for when it gets relaunched in November. Haven't done anything like this before, good fun.


Merlin x

A Successful Failure


Me and Kyle recently got invited to put in a pitch for the branding and promotional material of an Antique wallpaper exhibition happening at Temple Newsam. Unfortunately we didn't win, which is a shame as we were excited about it being our next big job after we finish the prospectus, but I was still reasonably happy with what we came up with in the little time we could spare.
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I've added a few more pics to the work section, check it out!
Congratulations to whoever won, really looking forward to seeing the final work they produce for it.






Merlin x

Poor mans Quentin Blake


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Been a while since I dabbled in any hand-drawn illustration, had a crack at this last time I was in the Synergy office, sorry Quentin...


Merlin x

Sneaky Peaky!


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Here's a cheeky quick look at a mock-up for the cover of the LCA prospectus, embossed greyboard with a vinyl sticker. It's been tidied up a bit since I did this screen grab, but you get the idea, should be going to print within the next week or so, I'm excited!


Merlin x

Graffiti thats not crap...


Normally graffiti just involves people writing their name in a way you can't read it, but occasionally you see some really considered, well executed work. I spotted this in Norwich, one of the first places that would be hit if the rising sea level predictions are correct. I really like the origional work by Graphic Thought Facility, and I think the new addition sits well with it!
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Merlin x