New Job…New Mindset

Last month I was really happy to have started my new job as a Template Designer at an established company, that develops Email Signature Templates.

It’s been a learning curve and I am still learning new things everyday, the working day is also different each time. I come into the office every morning and never know what’s in store for the day.

I absolutely love it!

My driving has also improved, apart from my mock test (…. yeah… forgetting that ever happened….) and I’m feeling really happy and confident about the big bad roundabouts!!!!!!!

It’s strange to think this time last year I was about to start my journey to and from Slough everyday… working just round the corner from home is in my opinion, loads better and my mindset is definitely stronger and happier.

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Can I just say something about mess?

Mess is amazing!

Mess is chaotic.

Mess is strange.

Mess is messy!

Mess shows personality.

Mess is organised.

Mess is misunderstood.

We are told mess is wrong.

We are told that mess should be tidy.

We are told that everything should have a place, yet with mess everything does.

We are told to put things away once finished with, kept clean and in it’s own space.

Mess is beautiful.

Mess is a way of life.

A kitchen is supposed to be clean because of food preparation.

A bathroom is supposed to look sanitary.

A space is supposed to look clean and tidy.

…………

 

I say

Embrace mess

Embrace the chaos that comes with mess

And say fuck the other people’s standards and live to your own

The end!

 

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!

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 ).

 

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.