Magpies, Rhyme and Design Part 1

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!

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Poster Challenge Weeks 5 – 7

Carrying on with the posters, I have two more designs which I’m quite happy with.

The first, from week 5

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This was influenced by the simple shape of the triangle and how it can be used with colour, texture and layering. It may look like different things to many eyes, such as a rewind button or fast forward. I didn’t see this when I designed it, I only saw the simplicity of triangles, kind of like Pythagoras in the BBC’s Atlantis series. The colours reflect my own personal branding.

Week 6

I was ill this week, and by the weekend I had no ideas or any inspiration to design a poster. Bad I know, but I think I needed the rest and time to think.

Week 7

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Week 7, I thought about how I could incorporate this geometric theme I have, and make something even more interesting. This time I played with circles, their size, and using gradients to produce a harmonising contrast. It surprisingly turned out quite Space Age, I thought about adding some typography like in the NASA posters, but I couldn’t think of anything to put, so I left it to the imagination.

 

 

Poster Challenge – WEEK 3 & 4

The past couple of weeks have been busy. I went to an Interview, for a 4–6 week Internship, at Whitelabel UK. Also, I have been training and have become a Supervisor at Trespass in Aldershot. I have also begun playing with watercolour pencils, for some very special invitations, all to be revealed later this year.

So in between work, and the daily drawings which are going well. Still, I feel they’re not quite good enough to post up. However, two more poster designs have been created.

WEEK 3

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Week 3 – ‘Fading Away’

I wanted to play with Typography again, this time using a single tone with a gradual difference in the opacity, on each character. Keeping the design simple and minimal it allows the word to be enhanced, with the effects used.

WEEK 4

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Week 4 ‘Every Adventure’

This design looked completely different, before I added the subtle gradient in the background and the shadows on the mountains. However, the design again, is minimal (I think that’s my thing at the moment…) with the added interest of colour, simple typography and a calming sense of feeling. This is something I would love to produce as a vinyl transfer or poster OR even a screen print to sell.

Poster Challenge | WEEKS 1 & 2

Sharing two weeks of my poster challenge! I have posted these on my instagram, but as this is my design blog, it made sense to post them here as well!

Week 1: ‘The Boys of Summer’

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Influenced from The Ataris cover of this awesome song! I decided to use a gradient of orange and yellow, at a low opacity and a lettering typeface for the display. I wanted it to be simple, subtle and as summery as possible. (Also, rather calm and lazy… summer time is an interesting part of the year)

 

Week 2: ‘Offset’

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I like offsets, I used one in my logo. I like how they create different colours and play with your vision. Helvetica Nue was the best choice, because it’s clean, geometric and I haven’t used it at all in a long time.

Challenge Accepted!

Dear readers, (if I have some… I honestly don’t know, what’s more important is that I continue this blog on…)

Anyway….

Just recently, my boyfriend challenged me to draw something everyday, seeing as my ‘illustration’ skills need improving.

I agree.

It’s now Thursday, and I started Monday. He’s also making models for multiple uses for a game each week, and his friend is making his personal project. (My boyfriend is a game programmer, you can see his portfolio here).

So, we’re all in it together! Which is great.

I am also challenging my self to produce a poster, each weekend to keep up my design skills and hopefully produce some different styles, and find my niche with print while also editing my portfolio site to be more responsive and edit down the work, to only my best.

(I might produce a side blog / page for my poster a weekend thing…. OR I might just use my instagram to showcase my outcomes)

The House of Mina Lima – Exhibition

Before New Designers started, I took the tube to go and visit an exhibition of two of my heroes, in Graphic Design. MinaLima.

Deep in the heart of Greek Street I ventured to find a vibrant shop front, with many prints and goodies to purchase, from the exhibition. Climbing the vibrant purple stairs, taking note of the way–finding systems and attempting to hide my excitement.

The first floor was incredible, many hundreds of prints lining the walls. Their project of collective nouns showed their mastery in the craft. Each print, were different however collectively they fit as a family. They transformed something knowledgeable into visual forms, to which only the eye can behold. Each print had the subject and their collective noun. Since my Major Project, I had become interested in our language somewhat, mostly of the hidden meanings behind phrases we say. This was somewhat different yet I felt motivated to do something, I am unsure what… perhaps turn my personal project that I seemed to have abandoned about the Magpie Rhyme into a visual print or piece of information design. At this point I do not know.

Moving on to the second and third floors, I was blown away by the extent of the vibrancy of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, The Quibbler and the most amazing typography displayed on large copies of the Daily Prophet and the largest Marauders Map, decorated on the floor. It was beautiful. Edwardo Lima and Miraphora Mina I realised, have been the most visual stimulus through their work in the Harry Potter Franchise, as a child growing up. I feel without them, I probably wouldn’t be this passionate about Graphic Design. They are my biggest inspiration.

The third floor too, was incredible with all their book covers for the films, that the students of Hogwarts used on a daily basis. Everything was so incredible I wanted to buy as many prints as possible. However, I would have bought the whole shop if it weren’t for the fact I now need to be precious about money. SO, I settled for their two books: A Zeal of Zebras, and A Compendium of Collective Nouns, to settle my twitching fingers. I am yet to read through them and appreciate their talents on each page.

I would like to visit them again, perhaps before they close in February 2017. I really recommend going it is the most exciting adventure and to admire everything Ed and Mira have done, for all the Harry Potter Fanbase to bring the films to life.

A New Journey

This past month, has been really eventful.

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The start, involved a week long exhibition at the Business Design Centre, in Islington, for the New Designers Part 2 event and before hand a trip to see The House of MinaLima. This was really exhausting, yet I met lots of new people, networked with some in the industry, whom I shall be contacting next week. I feel that my work, especially my ISTD Book which gained significant attention, due to it’s unusual format. Naturally lots of questions were asked about why it was round, how I produced it and why I did such a thing and in return, I answered confidently while expressing the technical difficulties involved. Many widened their eyes in surprise at how much went into testing it. Others were more surprised that I actually pulled it off.

During New Designers, not only did I see many talented people that I will certainly hope to meet again some day, but I had gained a couple of interviews and a meeting with a creative careers consultant, who was really helpful in offering me a couple of opportunities to apply to. However, I have been unsuccessful so far in my search, but I am looking and applying to everything I can. I hope soon, I will find something.

The week after, I graduated with an Upper 2nd Class BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design. My efforts for the YCN Awards were noted, in a celebration before hand and was called when I walked to shake our Chancellor Sandi Toxvig’s hand as well as the Dean of our School, Catherine Harper.

It has been a wonderful journey these past three years and I hope soon, my new journey as a Graphic Designer will flourish in industry and my talents continue to grow!