Just a quick update while I upload my photographs of the Brick Lane Graduate Exhibition my class and I presented.
Up-tp-date copies of my CV and Portfolio can now be downloaded from my Dropbox using these links:
Download Portfolio : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43959842/Nicola%20Tilley%20Portfolio.pdf
CV Download : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43959842/Nicola%20Tilley%20CV.pdf
These are in addition to my existing online versions, and should be available for public download from now.
After what can only be described as the post-hand-in implosion of my immune system, I have decided to start updating my blog once again, on a less emotionally taxing subject: the design of my personal identity.
Taking its inspiration from my love of paper and the handmade, a form of origami crane was gently toned and stylised to create a simple logo. Coupled with a folded style bar to accent the edges of my printed documents, I feel that the design is faithfully representative of my tactile and three-dimensional inclinations. I very much feel that while the business cards will be given a few tweaks in time for the Free Range show in London, but essentially the identity is sound and simple, ready to receive future additions of colour should I wish.
And for those who spotted the mistake, I feel some prize is in order…!
I’ve trimmed the props for my final major project display, photographed my personal identity kit and just need to make my digital copies of CV and Portfolio. I might just be on the right track..!
And at last, my to-do list seems to be dwindling- save the ever present anxiety of having to soon find a job in/near/overlooking design. I’m highly conscious of ‘getting rusty’ when I’ve finished my uni work, a little like I did when I took a year out between my foundation and this course. As a consequence, the pressure to find, impress and produce good work makes time spent not in a studio or office feel terrible! There were a few cobwebs to blow off when I started this degree and I think they only really disappeared in my second year. I’m sure much of it was related to confidence, but I proved to myself that getting back into the swing of things was possible.
At the moment I’m caught between keeping in the loop and taking the break that I’ve wanted to take every summer but didn’t feel like I could. I’ve worked really hard for the last 3 years and in-spite of everyone telling me how great these few years are, I haven’t actually been having a lot of fun. It seems to be a truism, but while working hard isn’t fun but it does get you things. In theory.
I still don’t know where my skills and interests fit in the massive spectrum of art, design, crafts and all manner of creative production. Perhaps instead of being told to refine my area of work, I should concentrate on finding any opportunities at all and jump on them- irrespective of the area. I honestly don’t think I have the luxury of choice at the moment, to go only after jobs or agencies or areas that I have my heart set on. The intern and entry level market is going to be competitive enough without being picky. Most entry and junior positions seem to be asking for 1-2 years of experience which must create a laughably vicious cycle, surely? Its the same old chestnut: places won’t give experience but they will only take people who have it.
At the moment, I think the best thing I can do this year is not put a deadline on having a job or experience.
As as assessable part of my final year work, the Portfolio and Career Development unit covers the creation of a personal identity, career plan and portfolio. All the sorts of things we’ll need to hit the ground running come this summer when we’re released into the community. While easy to say, coming up with something that gives a flavour of your personality and default style of design is not as simple or enjoyable as it first seems. Of course, I may well be talking to people who know what I mean precisely, but in 4 weeks I seem to have run through as many concepts.
I’m an analogue girl at heart, so I scribble down all ideas and variations in colour, to transfer the one that works into digital. This does not seem to mitigate my thinly veiled distaste and venomous hatred for each new idea, but I persevere regardless.
So in an effort to get a new angle on this latest turn-out, I’m posting it as it develops:
I wanted to start working on a rough layout for the invoice, since this is the one piece that I seem to have the least idea about.
It makes no sense to start there when I was only one sheet into my development, but I think seeing it in situ helped shaped a lot of the decisions as I went (ie. understanding where logos and information would be placed).
The origami crane is a fantastic relic of my Second Year bookworks installation that has nestled into my subconscious.
When you spend 3 days of your life folding various stages of paper cranes for 6 hours a day, I suppose it stays with you. Continue reading