Creative Brief

After my depressing post yesterday, I self composed my own design brief, starting in August. Involving my love of reading and story telling and design, this will be an interesting visual experiment.

Book Cover Design Project

The Brief:

Book Covers have been around for Centuries, they are part of the reading experience. Similar to album artwork and record sleeves, book covers and jackets are expressive, mysterious and like closed doors to the world inside. Used to draw the reader in, the book cover can either make or break a story’s success.

 

Your task is to re-imagine at least 5 stories and produce a cover / jacket using either CMYK & White OR a maximum of 3 colours. The way you produce these covers are up to you. The use of photography, collage, illustration, typography and mixed media may help to produce interesting outcomes. The style is up to you.

 

Starting from the 1st August 2017 you must blog your progress to finally show the final designs through Instagram. Other methods of showing your progress could be through film, photographs and screenshots.

There is a deadline of the 31st August 2017, however if this project runs well, you may consider continuing on the brief further.

Good Luck!

 

Any suggestions of literature, stories, poems, plays etc send them my way!!!

My mind is open.

Just Go And Do It!

Trying to find that perfect design placement, internship or career boost is really difficult. Since my redundancy I have been searching, interviewed and coming so close yet no cigar for months now.

Every piece of feedback has been useful and given me the confidence to keep going. The latest from Something Big, to practice my skills to get faster and better as well as to have more ‘image & text’ based designs in my portfolio. Also to not give up. This was the most valuable and helpful piece of advice I have received so far. It’s made me realise where I can improve.

(The trouble is just getting round to doing it.)

A new venture has also started, it’s just getting on to it’s feet; this venture is called ‘Off The Grid, Design & Marketing’. A group of designers and freelancers available to take on any brief! I have been a part of the branding and naming of the group, which was really enjoyable. It gave me something to do, as well as to collaborate with one of my friends whose been in the industry for 20 + years.

I’m hoping it works out!

A short update… or somewhat

Since my last post I have had so many interviews that my confidence has rocked sky high… however none have been successful; It’s starting to feel like false hope. It’s a tough world out there, but I am still moving forward and trying my best.

Recently I went to Samfest, a localΒ  music festival in Tongham. Normally I go with my friends, but this year was different! I went with my aunty, uncle and little cousins!!!
I stayed till the end amongst the crowd and of course the rain. It was good to see some familiar faces one of the bar men and one of the organisers.

The acts were great, my favourite though was The Flying Wright Bros. always a pleasure to see them perform rock and classic rock acts!

I took my poi with me, where I had lots of space to play. Having not spun in a while it was definitely hard work but the people loved it all the same!!! (The bar man knows me for my tankard and poi skills at a different event). A guy with a camera also enjoyed filming my antics, it was a good day out and all for charity too!

I am still trying to come up with some ideas for side projects, so far I have thought about:

> Designing album covers with self generated imagery, picking out random words from a dictionary / online generator / news articles / books etc. for the band name and album name

> Designing tiki style prints

> Designing a Zine about something or rather

(100 days… I have given up because I have creative bloq and can’t seem to think of anything good to make into an animated gif)

A London adventure…

Ben ( My better half) and I took a trip to London, to mark our third year of our relationship. We stayed in a hotel in Greenwich, not too far away from the O2 Arena, which I still call the Millennium Dome!

19th May:

After checking into the hotel, we took a tube to Camden, eating Venezuelan food and liquid nitrogen ice cream (It was just frozen with it… made on the spot sort of thing), the smoothest ice cream I have ever tasted!!!!

20th May:

This was a busy day! After a continental breakfast of course…

First, we explored the Natural History Museum, seeing all the dinosaurs and experiencing what an earthquake felt like. What made me laugh, was the Japanese legend of Namazu, a giant catfish guarded by the god Kashima with a large rock. Namazu only flails around once Kashima is distracted or sleeping to cause Earthquakes.

To be honest, this is the only Japanese legend other than Mulan, that I know of and I think it’s absolutely brilliant!

Then we rushed to the Science Museum, in a downpour to find something to eat! We also saw Tim Peake’s space craft, the one he landed in. We couldn’t see the Robot exhibition because we didn’t have tickets… but that didn’t matter, we still had a good time seeing as much as we could.

Next came the V&A, we hung around the statues for a little while, and the Buddhism area until it was time for us to walk into ‘Their Mortal Remains’ exhibition, all about Pink Floyd. We were handed an audio tour, which played music from Pink Floyd as well as interviews. I loved this! To read so much about Pink Floyd, to see some of the posters and album work used, how the graphic designers of the day produced album work for bands using photography and red rooms. It was great to see some of the instruments, drum covers, props, even to see some Sex Pistols in the mix. The pictures I took, do not do the event justice! I couldn’t read everything, but I did buy the hardback catalogue as a momento and to read more about the band I admire most.

Then came dinner, we ate in Soho at Pho and Bun, eating Vietnamese food! It was super yummy and the wine was delicious. Then with full bellies, we explored Soho a little bit before going back to the hotel where we had a drink from the bar, before bed.

21st May:

With rested feet, we checked out of the hotel after a breakfast along with takeaway coffees, we headed to London Zoo!

We stopped off at St. Johns Wood (yes… we did snigger at the innuendo) but what I didn’t realise, was it was so close to Abby Road, there were a lot of Beatles merchandise at the station.

At the zoo, we couldn’t have asked for a better day! The weather was fantastic! We saw lions, tigers, penguins, emus, zebras, camels, flamingos, llamas, alpacas, lots of birds, bats, snakes, lizards, giraffes, pigs and a so much more!

By the time we got back to Portsmouth, having a longer train journey than planned, eating sandwiches, crisps and drinking juice on the journey, we were exhausted.

We even filled up my SD card in my camera, an awful lot of photos were taken!!!

It was a great weekend, followed by a couple of interviews and a week in Portsmouth!

News…. and back to Square 1

Alrighty… so I had the offer in the bag until the CEO wanted to change the role and what they were looking for.

What I’ve learned from this? Things change very quickly and not to mention unexpectedly. Some part of me clings on to hope that it will change again… this isn’t likely.

Back to square 1, and trying to think of some side projects to do while looking for my next opportunity.

I don’t know what just yet, but soon I’ll be doing the 100 days programme, starting in a couple of weeks. I plan to learn how to make gifs, and produce 100 of them! Posting to my instagram as well.

Fingers crossed something great comes out of this!

 

Yet another update

May 1st, Ben (my wonderful boyfriend) and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

It is definitely worth seeing! I laughed, cried and jumped out of my seat …. once…..! It was great! And I love the new titles for Marvel Studios… it’s so cinematic now, I mean the old comic style was great but this … once you see it, it’s different. I think it’s a good thing?

My website is going veeeerrrryy slowly. Just this week I decided to tackle my index page again… to make it better…. then obviously to finish the project pages too! There;s so much to do and I thought it would be launching by now… well the desktop version anyway!

Ah well… it will be up soon, just be patient y’all.

Also I had a fantastic interview …. based in a pub (the job isn’t in a pub… but it was great to have an interview in a pub) I was very relaxed, not nervous and had a really enjoyable experience. I’m waiting to see if the CEO wants to meet me first, before the offer they want to make goes ahead. (I heard tell on Wednesday that they want to make an offer, but the CEO was away ).