NMP WIP for one of 5 briefs i’m doing, this one’s to do with walking the seven hills of Liverpool so I used a hexagon’s seven sides to give the vectored liverpool landscape a hill-like effect #3weeksoffpubbingit #nmp #university #vector #line #drawing #health #fitness #tourism #GraphicDesign #design #branding #campaign #uniwork  #colour #linedrawing #hexagon #finalproject #logodesign  (at G18 Allerton Studios )

NMP WIP for one of 5 briefs i’m doing, this one’s to do with walking the seven hills of Liverpool so I used a hexagon’s seven sides to give the vectored liverpool landscape a hill-like effect #3weeksoffpubbingit #nmp #university #vector #line #drawing #health #fitness #tourism #GraphicDesign #design #branding #campaign #uniwork #colour #linedrawing #hexagon #finalproject #logodesign (at G18 Allerton Studios )

Creative Concern - Internship - Monday Day 17 -
Very very busy today with a lot of mini job’s which needed finalising asap. Luckily I got chance to chat with Web Developer Arron who shared some really handy web tips for finalising my website. 
Thing’s like meta tags - If I add those into my website it’ll help increase it’s placing within google which is pretty awesome. He also taught me some easier coding’s and how to properly fix my jumpy panels. Other wise he said the code was good and tidy. 
Unfortunately Chris was mega busy today so was unable to chat about future things, we’re meeting up tomorrow at a cafe called TAKK to discuss this more. 

Creative Concern - Internship - Monday Day 17 -

Very very busy today with a lot of mini job’s which needed finalising asap. Luckily I got chance to chat with Web Developer Arron who shared some really handy web tips for finalising my website. 

Thing’s like meta tags - If I add those into my website it’ll help increase it’s placing within google which is pretty awesome. He also taught me some easier coding’s and how to properly fix my jumpy panels. Other wise he said the code was good and tidy. 

Unfortunately Chris was mega busy today so was unable to chat about future things, we’re meeting up tomorrow at a cafe called TAKK to discuss this more. 

Creative Concern - Internship - Day 18 - 
Last day interning at CC today, to kick start it all me, Chris and Liz nipped down to Takk to discuss my future at creative concern. 
I’d been eagerly awaiting this chat, because weather it turned out good or bad the way I see it - it’s been a fantastic experience and I’ve pushed and focused harder then ever before and really gave it my all enabling me to produce work that I’m estatic about. 
We sat down and Chris got me and liz a really nice coffee, (Takk’s a lovely place, nice strong coffee with godzilla lamps everywhere it’s heaven) they asked how I found working there, which I said that I’ve had a beyond fantastic time and learn’t a ridiculous amount. 
They asked a few more questions before getting onto the main thing which was - the future - now In my mind it was gonna go one way or the other but I got something in the middle. That’s what’s crazy about expectation, no matter how you try to predict how somethings going to go it’ll never go quite that way. 
So I’ve got the next 3 weeks off to really focus on my NMP work for the deadline. But the basic gist of the chat was to say that they’d love me to come back after my NMP hand in but as a continued Intern, they say there’s still a few things they wanna teach me - and have not had chance to teach me as Creative concern has been the busiest it’s ever been - which  to be honest is quite visible, creative concern have hired freelancers in and alot of designers are off on holiday so it’s crazy at the moment. 
The idea is that after May 9th, I give em a bell and sort out starting on a full 5 day internship for them. They were very honest throughout this chat which I really appreciated, and just said that they’re gonna have to see how it goes throughout summer as it’s too crazy right now to sort out a Junior designer role, they also said they understand if I apply for other design jobs whilst being on the internship with them - but this way at least I’ll already be working somewhere whilst applying. 
So I’m defiantly going for this, I love working there and if they have more to teach me then I want to learn. 
I then finally got my Mystery brief of them which i’ll go into in more detail on my NMP blog. 
As for the rest of the day, I dropped off a box of celebrations for the guys there (which really didn’t last long! haha) and I was more or less tying up loose ends - making sure all my folder’s where saved in the correct locations so the rest of the team could access them whilst I was away, finalising mini jobs and neatening up stuff. 
This whole experience has made me realise alot of tiny details about design. If I could go back to the first year and tell my self “Learn indesign because 50% of your time as a graphic designer in a studio will be spent on it” I would, but no one ever tells you how much it’s used. 
In fact we only really have a few lessons on it, it’s like Chris said that at Uni you get taught alot of what good design it and how to design well, but not alot of stuff about laying things out correctly. I’m very thankful I had the experience at Salford brand house to give me a little insight into indesign as I honestly think I would have struggled at CC without it. 
It’s defiantly a vital skill that anyone should know before going into the industry, Senior designer Liz was telling me how after she finished her design degree she worked a year at a new’s printers - she said it taught her vital skills about layout, which have really come into play at her job at creative concern. No matter what happens in the future, I’d really like to host an Allumi talk, to do a talk quite like Kat Loveday’s which didn’t talk so much about her work but more about experience and what to try and learn at Uni. I’d use this opportunity to really express to student’s how important indesign is in industry as I kind of wish someone had said it to me. 
Anywho before I left they got me this really ace 3D book from magma about a fisherman (they said they remembered one of my project’s with a fisherman and knew I liked funky costa del salford style glasses! haha) and a really nice thank you card which was lovely. 
It’s been a crazy couple of months, I’ve learnt a lot in a really short space of time  which is around 2 and a half weeks if you put all the days together! I’m really glad I kept my Intern daily pictures up - even if I was late annotating them! However in many ways I’m truly thankful I’ve got the next 3 weeks to focus on Uni work. I’m looking forward to going back to CC without any uni work to fuss about! haha 

Creative Concern - Internship - Day 18 - 

Last day interning at CC today, to kick start it all me, Chris and Liz nipped down to Takk to discuss my future at creative concern. 

I’d been eagerly awaiting this chat, because weather it turned out good or bad the way I see it - it’s been a fantastic experience and I’ve pushed and focused harder then ever before and really gave it my all enabling me to produce work that I’m estatic about. 

We sat down and Chris got me and liz a really nice coffee, (Takk’s a lovely place, nice strong coffee with godzilla lamps everywhere it’s heaven) they asked how I found working there, which I said that I’ve had a beyond fantastic time and learn’t a ridiculous amount. 

They asked a few more questions before getting onto the main thing which was - the future - now In my mind it was gonna go one way or the other but I got something in the middle. That’s what’s crazy about expectation, no matter how you try to predict how somethings going to go it’ll never go quite that way. 

So I’ve got the next 3 weeks off to really focus on my NMP work for the deadline. But the basic gist of the chat was to say that they’d love me to come back after my NMP hand in but as a continued Intern, they say there’s still a few things they wanna teach me - and have not had chance to teach me as Creative concern has been the busiest it’s ever been - which  to be honest is quite visible, creative concern have hired freelancers in and alot of designers are off on holiday so it’s crazy at the moment. 

The idea is that after May 9th, I give em a bell and sort out starting on a full 5 day internship for them. They were very honest throughout this chat which I really appreciated, and just said that they’re gonna have to see how it goes throughout summer as it’s too crazy right now to sort out a Junior designer role, they also said they understand if I apply for other design jobs whilst being on the internship with them - but this way at least I’ll already be working somewhere whilst applying. 

So I’m defiantly going for this, I love working there and if they have more to teach me then I want to learn. 

I then finally got my Mystery brief of them which i’ll go into in more detail on my NMP blog. 

As for the rest of the day, I dropped off a box of celebrations for the guys there (which really didn’t last long! haha) and I was more or less tying up loose ends - making sure all my folder’s where saved in the correct locations so the rest of the team could access them whilst I was away, finalising mini jobs and neatening up stuff. 

This whole experience has made me realise alot of tiny details about design. If I could go back to the first year and tell my self “Learn indesign because 50% of your time as a graphic designer in a studio will be spent on it” I would, but no one ever tells you how much it’s used. 

In fact we only really have a few lessons on it, it’s like Chris said that at Uni you get taught alot of what good design it and how to design well, but not alot of stuff about laying things out correctly. I’m very thankful I had the experience at Salford brand house to give me a little insight into indesign as I honestly think I would have struggled at CC without it. 

It’s defiantly a vital skill that anyone should know before going into the industry, Senior designer Liz was telling me how after she finished her design degree she worked a year at a new’s printers - she said it taught her vital skills about layout, which have really come into play at her job at creative concern. 

No matter what happens in the future, I’d really like to host an Allumi talk, to do a talk quite like Kat Loveday’s which didn’t talk so much about her work but more about experience and what to try and learn at Uni. I’d use this opportunity to really express to student’s how important indesign is in industry as I kind of wish someone had said it to me. 

Anywho before I left they got me this really ace 3D book from magma about a fisherman (they said they remembered one of my project’s with a fisherman and knew I liked funky costa del salford style glasses! haha) and a really nice thank you card which was lovely. 

It’s been a crazy couple of months, I’ve learnt a lot in a really short space of time  which is around 2 and a half weeks if you put all the days together! I’m really glad I kept my Intern daily pictures up - even if I was late annotating them! However in many ways I’m truly thankful I’ve got the next 3 weeks to focus on Uni work. I’m looking forward to going back to CC without any uni work to fuss about! haha 

Creative Concern - Internship - Tuesday Day 16 
Another mental one, the office is really hectic at the moment as some of the designers are on their hols - managed to sit down with Neil who is one of the designer’s there. 
He’s got an impeccable eye for detail and layout, and since there’s quite a few leaflet/bussiness card like jobs mainly to do with layout he’s been having a look in and helping me out. 
It make’s me think that’s there so much more to indesign than people think, and the design industry uses it more than people think too. I learnt alot of short cut’s and other details about indesign today such as different way’s of sizing boxes ect. 

Creative Concern - Internship - Tuesday Day 16 

Another mental one, the office is really hectic at the moment as some of the designers are on their hols - managed to sit down with Neil who is one of the designer’s there. 

He’s got an impeccable eye for detail and layout, and since there’s quite a few leaflet/bussiness card like jobs mainly to do with layout he’s been having a look in and helping me out. 

It make’s me think that’s there so much more to indesign than people think, and the design industry uses it more than people think too. I learnt alot of short cut’s and other details about indesign today such as different way’s of sizing boxes ect. 

Creative Concern - Internship - Monday Day 15 
Busy one today trying to get some documents ready for print. Although I’m usually really wary of this process I’ve started becoming a little better with it, I feel more at ease as I’ve got a check list of things I tick off as I prep a document for print. 
Today I was working on probably the largest thing i’ve ever worked on which is a Van decal. It was interesting to design for as I essentially had to blow a picture up and photoshop it without it loosing the quality, I also had to consider how it would be read and if it would have opening/sliding doors - the last thing we’d want is the same disaster than happened to starbucks.. or just “sucks”. 

Creative Concern - Internship - Monday Day 15 

Busy one today trying to get some documents ready for print. Although I’m usually really wary of this process I’ve started becoming a little better with it, I feel more at ease as I’ve got a check list of things I tick off as I prep a document for print. 

Today I was working on probably the largest thing i’ve ever worked on which is a Van decal. It was interesting to design for as I essentially had to blow a picture up and photoshop it without it loosing the quality, I also had to consider how it would be read and if it would have opening/sliding doors - the last thing we’d want is the same disaster than happened to starbucks.. or just “sucks”. 

5 Design Companies I want to work at

In no particular order -

  • Dinosaur - Really lovely bunch of people when I went to see them the other day when we where handing out invites. I checked out their work and it’s got this lovely quirky style to it which is an absolute pleasure to see. They also have some really nice campaign work which is something I’m a big fan of. 
  • Creative Concern - I’m currently interning there but they are an absolutely fantastic bunch, they have a top office and an eco friendly approach to design. They do such brilliant projects and I completely adore working there - even though it’s been two months (although in terms of days technically 3 weeks!) I’ve learnt a ridiculous amount and am contastly feeling my design work improve. They have some great clients and all the staff are a great laugh. 
  • Neomam - Maybe this is because recently I’ve been dying to improve my vectoring skills or maybe it’s because of the recent video games info graphic they did - but so far at uni I’ve not done an info graphic - I’ve certainly been meaning too, but I’ve just not had a project that I felt hit the bill. I’ve been offered placement by them and am waiting to hear back. 
  • Instruct - These guys are big powerhouses that look like a lot of fun to work for, they have a great client base including the Royal Exchange and their style of work is something I’m quite keen on, especially liking the Manchester Drink’s and food festival work. 
  • Everywhere else really - I want to live and breath graphic design, so any job in graphics after university would be ace! If there’s anything I’ve learnt about Graphic design jobs it’s two things -
  1. There is no such thing as a boring client - Essentially our jobs as designers is to make things work or look better, if a client that’s kind of boring comes up to you and basically asks you to make them more fun then what’s the problem? Designing a beer label or something - yeah that’s awesome - but the real challenge creatively is when something boring comes along and asks you to make it fun, essentially that’s our jobs to make things visually appealing. 
  2. It’s not just about the work - If there’s anything I’ve learnt from being on placement it’s that you want to work somewhere were the staff are awesome. What’s the point working in a design company with the best client’s if the staffs awful. It’s all about 50/50. 

Looking ahead

I really like campaigns. Originally I liked advertising but it’s become apparent that campaigns are the way forward, Advertising is ok, but sometimes it doesn’t offer a “full circle” kind of thing. 

By that I mean the beauty of a campaign is that it has this circle effect in which you take this customer on a journey through a brand and out the other end feeling satisfied.  

When it comes to design I’m constantly thinking about the customer journey so I feel the idea of brand campaigns is something that’s defiantly me. 

Job wise I just want to live and breath design and get better and better at it. So I want to be a graphic designer for now, and do freelancing on the side whilst building up and experience and client base - later in life with the right experience and clients behind me - I want my own design studio with a focus on brand campaigns and customer journeys, getting people involved with the brand through guerrilla advertising and all sorts of crazy things.

But I know that’s a long shot for now. Right now I’m focusing on getting my website live, smashing NMP, getting a job, screen printing, laser cutting and doing a wall mural! 

Wall Mural - 

I’m not a great drawer, but for something like this I don’t feel you need to draw - I’ve seen people draw up something then enlarge it on a slide show. Like the examples above they look like something right out of illustrator but all they really are - is you plan out the work and then draw it large scale - the images above include type and none type so I feel it could be both or either! 

Basically I really want to do one of these, I was pretty much begging tash to put me on one! haha 

To do a wall mural looks like amazing fun, and looks great on a portfolio. So after hand in of NMP I’m really going to focus on improving my skills then sending images of my improved work to tash in hopes that she put’s me on the next wall mural project! 

USTWO GAMES “Monument Valley”: Mini Review for the Salfordian

I found this tittle whilst scanning the internet for inspiration for my video games based dissertation. I have to say this game is stunning visually, using strong visual design mixed with an impactful and ever changing colour palette and you jump from level to level. 

You play as Iota, a princess lost in this incredible landscape called Monument Valley - The game uses mind bending puzzles and simple controls as you find your way through each level. The puzzles are complex but not impossible - it asks you to view the world in a different way. By twisting a platform connecting to the ceiling you can then turn them into stairs for example, and everytime you twist the platform you get a satisfying musical chime until it clicks into place. 

With only 10 level’s the game is incredibly short which is really disappointing. Each level takes ranges from 5 mins to 20 mins depending on which level your on. Although the level’s are that intricate and different that you’ll want to re-visit them despite already conquering the level it’s self. 

If they knocked down the price by say £1, you wouldn’t be as offended by the lack of levels however for the same price as a high street coffee you can hardly complain. 

This is a game that knows it’s a piece of art, as each level allows you to take pictures of it (as shown above - these are not screen shots the game allows you to take pictures). 

So far this game stands as an 9 out of 10. It would easily have been a 10 if there where more levels, the game felt like it was over before it got started. But thanks to some clever mind bending level design, stunning visuals and gorgeous musical effects which are an absolute pleasure. 

I would defiantly stress to get this game - It’s one of the the first ever apps to not only look like a piece of art but to play like one too. 

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NON-REVIEW NOTES - Such amazing vectoring skills and style, I really want to get better! 

Fred Aldous -
I’ve gotta get out more - but more in an exploring way than social way! haha 
Dropped by Fred Aldous to get some paint gear for NMP and came across some amazing poster designs from a book called “Swiss” - again just another inspiration that has really geared me up to improve my vector skills. 

Fred Aldous -

I’ve gotta get out more - but more in an exploring way than social way! haha 

Dropped by Fred Aldous to get some paint gear for NMP and came across some amazing poster designs from a book called “Swiss” - again just another inspiration that has really geared me up to improve my vector skills. 

Lee’s Indesign tutorial 
Dropped by Lee’s indesign tutorial before jumping into an NMP tutorial with tash. 
It was interesting learning/going over some of the basics however alot of the stuff I already knew thanks to previous placements - one thing I did defiantly learn is that there area a few options in terms of printing. 
By making all your typeface’s outlined you can prevent printer’s from nicking them! - But this comes at a cost as it means you can no longer edit your text..unless you save 2 copies. 

Lee’s Indesign tutorial 

Dropped by Lee’s indesign tutorial before jumping into an NMP tutorial with tash. 

It was interesting learning/going over some of the basics however alot of the stuff I already knew thanks to previous placements - one thing I did defiantly learn is that there area a few options in terms of printing. 

By making all your typeface’s outlined you can prevent printer’s from nicking them! - But this comes at a cost as it means you can no longer edit your text..unless you save 2 copies. 

BCNMCR - 

Quickly dropped by Design by Dave’s exhibition the other night, it was mega. Really nice vector design work, like the one shown above with the rainbow coloured palette was by far my favourite of all. 

This above all has really inspired me to further my vector design skills, also after checking out James O’connel’s work from creative spark as also inspired me - I’ve already had commission work for vector pieces but I really want to increase my skill and develop my own style.

SUMC Kit ordered and Delivered! 

My jobs done! The final order for the SUMC’s kit has arrived, and it looks great already had a few sales on it. 

Had no real problem with the printing this time which was a nice change, except that I forgot that I’d left transparency on it so it couldn’t print - luckily the graphic designer working there was able to make them all solid colours and the general effect it had worked brilliantly. 

I’m chuffed to bits with how this kit has turned out and look forward to getting it all sold! 

My position this year as Kit secretary of the climbing club just means I have to hand out fliers and do kit - however I wanted to really step up to the plate and have re-branded them completely, and I’ve been commissioned to design a website for them over summer, they already have a domain name and am after something relatively simple so I’m looking forward to it. 

Re-done wireframe - 

So after chatting to jules it turns out we don’t actually need to hand in a sketchbook  - So I’m just posting the mock up wire frame I did a while back of my website - and have added a few details to it. 

This layout doesn’t reflect how it looks now, but since then it’s come leaps and bounds in terms of general design however in term of the technical stuff and most of the layout - that has actually stayed the same.