Graduate Show 2013 Photographs

It feels like an age since I have been able to blog without the nagging fear of time constraints hanging over me! But my internship at Dowling Jones Design has been going well since I last checked in. Aside from getting myself enrolled in the office corporate run around Battersea Park in a couple of weeks, my time has been mostly painless. Of course I say painless, but the last time I ran 5 kilometres was (near exactly) one year ago in July and I severely doubt my ability to this time around! Hopefully the weather will be reliable enough for some practice later on this weekend, and I shall make a special effort to shift myself in a respectable starting time.

So without further delay to my original intentions for this entry, I have uploaded some of my photographs from the UCA Maidstone, Graphic Design: VisCommunication Graduate Show at the Rag Factory in London. Although now a couple of weeks back, I thought it would be nice to still put up a fraction of the work on show… giving credit where credit is due, too!

The pieces I have included here are by (l to r approximately): Nejib Ben Ayed, Jenna Williams, Sarah Knight (x3), Caz Church (x2),  Laura Kennard, Caz Church (2 images portrait), Charlie Michael Whitehouse, Amy Clipsham, Danielle Homer, Daniel Forni, Connor Hudson, Debbie Caplan, Soumbul Qureshi (x2), Jack Witcomb, Sasha Giles (x2), with Specturm flyers and GD:VisComm/Graphic Media course Publication.


Pick Me Up 2013: Midweek Wonderland

Having spent a promising morning commute wondering whether I would be able to fit in a visit to Pick Me Up this year, I was pleasantly surprised when I was encouraged to take a couple of hours out of the office around lunchtime and visit the graphic arts festival at Somerset House.

The walk from Blackfriars to Somerset House could not be faulted in the glorious weather, and I was confused to discover that contrary to my discovery last year, there was no queue of any kind at the entrance! As I was to discover, the galleries inside were just populated enough to create a good atmosphere but not so much that I couldn’t press my nose against a piece and worry whose view I was blocking. It was just as well that I could take my time to soak up the work however, as unfortunately, I had neither a notepad or  decent quality camera to document pieces that I liked! Luckily I rummaged long enough to find pen and note some artist/collective names on the back of some postcards.

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The pictograms of the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 |

Having been released in the latter half of last year, I’m almost disappointed to say that I completely missed the big reveal for the graphic accompaniments to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

But what a tasty surprise to find while cruising design blogs! I found them here but I’m sure there are plenty of blog entries out there, with comments of the good, bad and ugly.

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Eye Magazine | Opinion | Understand, visualise, survive

Definitely an interesting read (if a little outdated, first appearing in 2010) over my morning coffee. I’d love to read an up-to-date edition/response on a similar vein:

Max Gadney argues that information design should be a compulsory part of every graphic design course

Eye Magazine | Opinion | Understand, visualise, survive.

Reflecting on the work at my graduation show that attracted the most attention by professionals and visitors alike, it is little wonder that this article hasn’t resurfaced sooner. Personally, I would say that a project demanding sharp understanding of the actual matter at hand is far more beneficial than regurgitating research into style.

So many of the projects I undertook and was surrounded by in the classroom, had undefined solutions and parameters. While I understand this may have been necessary for students to find our own ways of working and directions, within a flexible frame, I can say wholeheartedly that there are times I would have appreciated “a steer, not more ‘self-direction’ ” when I was bogged down in how exactly to demonstrate my understanding- a poster set, leaflets, balloon drops, smoke signals, paper planes etc.

It took a very long time for me to ignore the anxiety that arose when I did not have an fixed end product in my mind, and sometimes wonder whether this merely pandered to the fine artist in me. I appreciate that having no fixed target can be beneficial to creativity and will often lead to unexpected results- thinking out of the box if you will- but letting it run free seems to require a feat of self discipline that might not be available to students during their first exposure to design at that level.

I love projects that I can get my teeth stuck into, understanding the subject, how it works and what issues it connects with, so with this is mind I am setting myself a little challenge. I am now on the lookout for some data to crunch through and play with. Even if it becomes side project scribblings in a notebook to break from the monotony of placement hunting, I think it will keep me ticking over in many respects.

Personal Identity: image update

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…!