Mixed Bag Updates

A micro update in the face of a busy weekend and unexpected sinusitis (not altogether a good combination!):

– Last week I dropped into the UCA Third Year GD show, at The Rag Factory. The display was fantastic, filling one of the largest spaces available, next to Illustration and Graphic Media students. Hopefully I shall be able to upload and sort through my photographs from the evening, where I also bumped into a couple of my old classmates and tutors. Suffice to say time really does fly, and it was lovely to speak to and compliment some of the creators. I know that given how grim I felt about life after graduation, a nice word about the work I had just slaved over for months, would have been very well received!
A small snapshot of the evening booklet to be going on with…

– I also received word from the art director on the the New Statesman, that the supplement I laid out and designed the cover for, is now in the shops! Very exciting of course, but I did notice an error present in an older version of my in backpage infographic. A shame, but the piece still retains its integrity in spite of it! I could not resist dropping into a WHSmith to see which cover the client had plumped for, but will be happy to wait for my copy to arrive in the post.

– My first week at DJD went very well, learning quickly, filling notebooks and discovering more CS shortcuts! Busy busy busy, I must remember to sleep when I can and soften the blow of The Dreaded Commuter Flu so until next update…

Statesman book souvenirs

The books that I was granted to save from the office recycling, in my opinion, deserve a separate mention in this blog, due to interesting content in their own right. From a similar subject area, these books should read well in parallel.

‘Notebook’ by Andrea Garuti is a colour A3 hardback filled with a grungy, textured and thoroughly urban paint and photographic collage. The introduction (titled Sim Cities: Andrea Garuti’s Urban Vision’) begins its prose with the following:

‘The title of one of Le Corbusier’s most accessible books is When the Cathedrals Were White. Surely the architect was thinking of a time before photography and its complications.
We can define the relationship between photography and architecture as:
Expedient, Reverential, Confounded, Hostile, Territorial, Suspicious, Conspiratorial, Delirious.
Andrea Garuti’s photographs are a perfect example, summing up as they do most of the possible attitudes at work in the confrontation between two mediums obsessed with time, and especially with the strange collision of instantaneity and eternity.’

Like this the author Lyle Rexer continues in a way that makes me seriously and enviously reconsider why I did not take this avenue for my dissertation! As it is, I can now indulge myself with purely admiring them instead of writing about them.
By contrast, Rowan Moore’s ‘Why We Build’ is a text that ‘explores the making of buildings from conception to inhabitation and reveals the paradoxical power of architecture: it looks fixed and solid, but it is always changing in response to the lives around it’… How was I going to help myself after that?
Both of these books have served to remind me how much I admire and enjoy learning about architecture- in relation to both my discipline and in its own right as it cuts through others.  The tone is very approachable so far, and has been easy to pick and down on the tube or train. Looking forward to slotting it into the art/design/reference/magazine/book stack on my desk, as permanent reminders of the last 4 weeks!

New Statesman Internship – overview at the end

After a small extension to my placement, I have now completed my internship at the New Statesman.

Totalling up the days, it is no wonder that the time has flown by. Taking into account office breaks after the centenary edition and my unfortunate day of sickness, the weeks were a little fractured to begin with and I had initially thought that I would struggle to ever get my body clock into the swing of things! However, once into the regular flow of office rhythm it provided an extremely useful view into the nuts and bolts of magazine publishing on this scale.

I have had the opportunity to work on more projects that I anticipated, from the large at the end to the small icons and daily tasks that help to keep the office on the same page- literally and metaphorically! My research had already prepared me for one of the regular design intern tasks – which was sort of cheating, no? – but I definitely felt pushed out of my comfort zone of existing knowledge and experience. Picking up Quark Xpress definitely fell into that category, as did becoming so accustomed to Windows that I would take 10 minutes to readjust to shortcuts on my small cluster of Macs! Continue reading

New Internship, New Statesman

Just over a month ago, I interviewed for and was successful in securing a month long, full time internship as a design intern at the Blackfriars office of The New Statesman. It was a surprise to say the least! Considering the profile of the magazine, I had expected to be overlooked by sheer volume of applicants, and consider myself lucky that I trusted my spur of the moment/if you don’t try you don’t know attitude paid off…. it hasn’t always! Continue reading