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.

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 local  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!

Wedding Invitations & other printed materials…

8th April 2017, marked the day my Uncle Duncan married the love of his life, a lovely lady called Jennie.

Summer 2016, I offered to put together their wedding invitations, which also included a Save the Date video, a short animation using a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet and Adobe Photoshop. You can see the video here: https://vimeo.com/177128953

Following on with the story and natural scene, I continued this style for the invitations. Albeit a little cleaner and much more refined. Little did I know, that I also would be asked to put together the order of service cover, the table labels, a handmade sign for the photobooth AND at the very last minute, the seating plan.

All of this, was worth it! I would not have had it any other way, to be part of something wonderful, beautiful and amazing. All in all, definitely would love to do something like this again! To be part of a wedding not just as a guest but also as a key asset in ensuring everything looks great was the most incredible feeling I can never express through words. The compliments that followed were humbling, to know a wide audience who came to experience the joining of two people, loved the design and allowed the day to be even more special. The transformation of a section of my design, was put onto a well crafted wooden sign, which I thought was absolutely stunning. The craftsmanship and the feeling I experienced with seeing that, I cannot express in words.

BUSY!

An awful lot has happened since my last post …

My website now looks like this:

A cleaner one page scroll, and hopefully some nice pages for my work to come soon!

The weekend just gone was incredible, not just for the weather but for the biggest event of the year so far.

My uncle’s wedding!

I had lots of last minute assets to design and deliver on time as well as helping make some willow hearts and shortbread biscuits for the big day. All of the photos to come soon! Everyone loved the invitations I designed as well as the printed materials around the reception. To have made a good impression on so many people through design, on my uncle’s big day was a really lovely thing for me to experience, to have contributed to this along with so many others, was a wonderful feeling.
I’m also applying my skills to a couple of freelance opportunities for two local businesses, while I hunt for my next career opportunity in Graphic Design.

So until next time, I will be finishing and launching my website again very soon, creating a best of video of the wedding AND who knows.. maybe some luck is on the way?

Continuing on from yesterday…

Today’s progress has been a lot faster in terms of knowing what and where my content should go (this is only the landing page so far.. I have many more pages to create, but for now… apart from some very obvious images…  and possibly copy….) I am almost ready to design the next media query for tablets!

HURRAH!

 

Design below!

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Something I’ve not posted before…

The last couple of days I have set myself to work on my website, to re-design the whole thing and make it work with mobile and tablets as well as desktop.

Today I finally got my menu in position and the way I want it to work!

I’m kind of going for a minimal design, but more so with the character of my logo.

So, here we have a simple 3 bar menu icon designed in pure CSS (honestly, w3 schools is great for these kinds of things to teach you!)

This is the mobile view for the moment, I’m concentrating on the mobile design first to then adapt towards the larger viewports.

My logo in it’s smallest form, and some random text called ‘Hipsum’ from VS Code.

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Click on the bars and you get this drop down menu, which overlays the main content. The close button does work!

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