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
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.
Any suggestions of literature, stories, poems, plays etc send them my way!!!
My mind is open.
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.
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?
A lot has happened this month.
My driving lessons are going well, I really enjoy the freedom that comes with sitting behind the wheel and talking to my instructor.
However, my time at OMM ran short. And now, I have been working on re-designing my logo just check out my Instagram to see the process. So far, with the new identity my CV and portfolio taster have both been updated, AND some brand new shiny business cards are arriving, from MOO very soon.
Next on my list, is to re-print my portfolio. I’m thinking of getting it printed into a book / magazine from Blurb… they’re really reasonable. (A swatch pack is on it’s way with paper samples). But I will be putting it together ready to get printed. Then, while I’m waiting for that, my website will definitely be updated.
I know I’m supposed to be saving my pennies with all this, but hopefully if I can invest in my self, I can progress in my career sooner than later.
Hopefully things will look up.
Christmas and 2016 are over…..
2017 has started and honestly, it looks to be a busy few months at OMM.
But before the excitement of this year starts, I had a really quiet christmas and new year, but it wasn’t without a wonderful trip to Portsmouth to see my favourite person, and his family. It was a lovely weekend!
But on the lead up to christmas, I had designed a few christmas cards that I gave out this year, once I got them printed (using an a4 inkjet printer… a4 paper, blue tac and some Rymans own 6 x 6″ (15 x 15 cm) cards). I unfortunately ran out of time to emboss them with a newly acquired embossing kit from Lidl, not too long ago. BUT there’s always next Christmas!
Also, following these I designed a Christmas message to place on my instagram for social media, using the snow man from one of the christmas card designs.
Following on from my last ‘Update’ post…
I’ve received an offer…
I have accepted!
Soon I will finally kick-start my career as a Junior Designer, after three months of hunting and applications I am feeling relieved, excited and… maybe a little terrified (but that will diminish before long).
To say the least I am looking forward to it greatly, and I will continue to grow and learn as well as to aspire in my own skills.
Still, keeping up with my own personal projects along the side, hoping to continue on with the Magpie series of posters, maybe turn them into other things such as stationary, cases, maybe even diary covers. The potential here is ambitious and maybe I could improve them enough to become more than what they are. A transformation one might say.
Well, let’s see in due course!
A quiet evening and whim for something to do, was the perfect moment to start to design a brewing idea featured early on in the summer. These posters, have taken on a minimal design with a hint of Art Deco typography to accommodate one of my favourite species of bird. The Magpie just pure black and white (I know the bird has iridescent blue in it’s plumage but for simplicity I kept it out). The first three represent the first three lines of the nursery rhyme ‘One for Sorrow’ as I know it, there are many different versions if you search for them.
I will be designing a full set during the week, so another three may make it on here and my Instagram!