May Update

This last week has provided a veritable plethora of food for thought. Amongst applications and keeping an eye on the Clerkenwell Design Week events planner, I have become involved in an exciting opportunity regarding the design aspects of a brand new microbrewery, in the process of startup. Beer and design? Surely the ultimate combination for extra curricular weekend research? I’m certain I would find no shortage of volunteers to help me gather materials, if only the sun would just come out of hibernation!

During my initial week formulating design ideas, I have been reflecting hard on the conversation with the brewery owner and have realised the freedom which I have been afforded! Under a single company appearance, it is intended that each beer would have its own design characteristics.

Working through these by way of 3 core styles of beer, it has taken on a schizophrenic appeal that touches base with the company mark but allows the distinct personalities to come forward in different shapes and styles. Having just come from a place of uniformity and cleanliness, the free form, all embracing creativity and enthusiasm is most definitely infectious! In particular contrast, I have been enjoying the variety and liberation that a scratchy ink pen, hand rendered type, chunky paper and ink blots, can provide.

Unfortunately, like with all good things, my exploits have been brought to a temporary halt with the arrangement of an interview for tomorrow, for a 3 month internship as a creative junior artworker. After New Statesman, I was bolstered in new ways and feel that combined with the variety of work carried out at this new location, my experiences will create a good platform from which to continue developing into a more experienced and ‘studio trained’ designer.  Fingers crossed…

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Graduation

This week, I only went and finally got myself graduated! The parking was in the middle of town so I thought I’d grasp the opportunity for a shot to remember!

Thats with a shocking double whammy of a First Class dissertation and degree grade overall.

The three years have certainly flown by and not without a fair share of dramas inbetween. Yet inspite of the personal (and not so personal!) crises I faced, I managed to kick them right back to where they came from. I know that I have a lot of notes to deliver to some invaluable people, to thank them for their equally invaluable support.

I did more work in my third year than I ever thought I would do in the first and second year combined. To think I did intern work, 2 extra-curricular group design projects and helped shape a graduation show! Hopefully its not all for naught. In a chat with me during the last couple of months, one of the younger training tutors said that even if I decided that I never wanted to open another Adobe program as long as I lived, this course will never have been a waste of my time. I didn’t believe her then (probably something to do with the 3 imminently coinciding deadlines) but I suspect I’ll see what she was on about in a little while.

I’m on the search for the next foothold at the moment, so I’m doing a lot of weighing and measuring to see where I should head first but I don’t think there is any way of knowing when things will really start changing.

Before I finish, I know that this will be cross posted as a bulletin to Facebook so I would be remiss to ignore the people that made three years more interesting! It seems so ridiculous  to disband just when people were making some serious bonds! But I know I’m unlikely to see you again, so to every one of my course mates: thankyou…
for being as mad as a sack of cats
making me feel slightly less ‘odd’
for being so diverse as to inspire countless combinations of fantastic ideas
for reminding me there is no I in team
making the early mornings and late finishes not only enjoyable but repeatable
for making me laugh!
for broadening my taste in music
giving me something to aspire to in each of your own fantastic specialities
for finally getting me out of hoodies every day of the year
for teaching me that co-orperation is to be encouraged at every opportunity!
for the tidbits of half remembered websites and information you dispensed in group tutorials
and mainly, just for doing your thangs.