Personal Projects and more

The Graduate show, on Friday evening, was great! I spoke to many people, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, he was a lovely man very interested in what we do in the Graphic Design Basement Studios, also spoke to many visitors, had long conversations about Adrian Frutiger and my work / others work. Really enjoyed the evening and was honoured to exhibit with my peers and friends.

The day before, I purchased a screen printing set, from the art store….and this gave me ideas to start making prints… GOOD prints… for personal projects, while applying for a career in Graphic Design. The aim of the game, (I’ve had this inclination for a while, but never got round to starting) is to sell these prints on. Perhaps at events such as Comic Con, Waterways / Craft festivals and see how and where it gets me.

I think I might start small and get into the Free Art Friday community, perhaps even document my adventures / progress on my new found Instagram account, Twitter and on this blog as well.

I’ve had an idea as a starting point. The nursary rhyme, ‘One for Sorrow’ about the superstitions around Magpies. It’s got so many versions and I want to do them all!!! Perhaps even to start off with, to practice  hand lettering, screen printing and on screen. The reason is, since I heard the rhyme and Band of Skulls: Patterns, the rhyme has had a bit of an impact on me. I’m not majorly superstitious, other than Fate, Destiny and everything happens for a reason, ghosts / kindred spirits kind of thing. (Still… not majorly, but enough to be open minded).

Updates on progress to come soon!

ISTD Submission | Adrian Frutiger in the Round

Alright, here are the long awaited photos of my circular book, about Adrian Frutiger titled ‘Adrian Frutiger in the Round’.

It was really difficult to put together, because of the format so a lot of trial and error was used here. Also not to mention, before I had an acrylic template, to cut out the blasted thing, I had to cut out my prototypes 1/4 x 1/4 and stick together with countless strips of masking tape…..

Yeah….

BUT on the whole it was a frustrating but incredible challenge to do this, as it tested my abilities as a designer. This whole year has been about experimenting more, for me so it was a good experience to have (Plus the pride of my lecturer not binding a circular format, before now! So that’s a first).

This in the end is a perfect bound circular book, celebrating the life and works of Adrian Frutiger, a well known typeface designer of Avenir, Frutiger, Univers and many many more. I looked at his life, and some of his typefaces as well as depicting my own homage to him in respect of his death and contributions to design.The circle idea came from the Lumitype Photon plate, which is circular as well as general boredom of square and rectangular formats. (I’m not saying I dislike square and rectangular formats, I just wanted to do something different to my peers and be completely experimental (which Frutiger was, in his approach) so I saw fit in doing so my self. I will have better photos of this, on my behance and website portfolio (Once that’s under constructon), when my book is returned from the judging of the ISTD.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday Messy Fun Time

Here’s an update on my Major Project:

I found a tutorial online, which shows you how to design and paint your own rustic wooden signs. So, I bought some plywood to test this out by using Acrylic paints and Carbon Paper to transfer the lettering onto the material.

Both of these were featured prototypes on Thursday (Both also failed to communicate my topic which is The Obscure Nautical Phrases / Sayings in our language as everyone who looked at this, thought it was about sign writing or sign painting.)

Oh well…. more ideas to come soon!

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Other uni projects are also going well, I’ve had a set back on my Promotion unit where a lecturer called my last logo designs ‘Dumpy’ so I’ve been working hard to make them less so. Digital versions to be made this weekend. ISTD (International Society of Typographic Deisgners) is also pressing forward, I now need to add content to my book about Adrian Frutiger and continue adding the ‘Wow’ factor to my format (which is a circle!)