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!

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Another week gone…..

This week has been an interesting one….

I’ve been in the studio everyday this week focusing on my research project. Thankfully I have pinned down a solid idea that answers my question, of the relevance of album artwork in today’s digital era. I think once I get experimenting this whole thing will look rather interesting.

I have also been set my unit that is, Design Breifs and Competitions on Wednesday. This left me feeling scared, worried and immediately sent me into over–thinking mode. I’m okay about it now, but seeing as the ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) and the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) are both international and very professional competitions with possible awards I am rather terrified. Not as terrified as I was for the YCN, I may have to approach this the same way but expand on my experiments.

However, saying that the briefs are rather interesting and a couple take my interest.

I have also started my Major Project, just brainstorming and listing some ideas for now, but hopefully I will have something that will make a fantastic project. Not only have I started this, I have signed up to take part in the Adobe ACA exams which are tests in the adobe software (Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign). It’s a professional qualification, that costs a bit of money outside of university (I get it for free while in uni) so I will be studying and practicing for those exams.

Ummm…… Dissertation Stuff and Uni?

Okay so, currently for the past couple of weeks I have been figuring out this Research Project and Visual outcome (Which will be my dissertation) So instead of the reaaaalllly long essay, I am taking the shorter option: it’s over by the 10th of December!

Hoooray!

(Well…. you’d think so wouldn’t you?)

I have found a few articles on my topic that I chose, which is Vinyl Records, Album sleeves / art work etc. I have had a couple of tutorials on the subject, with my supervisor.

Only thing is, now I have a question and a bit of a direction to go in. Now I’ve not been a map reader, but forming this whole design process in my head, is starting to get to me.

BUT I know I can get there, (with other units at the same time….. hmmm…..) in my mind right now, is those little fluff balls you get when you go brain dead? And they run about making it all fuzzy?

Yeah… that happened today. However, I will be exploring the evocation of records, and how designers design this around three formats, so Vinyl, CD and MP3. And within that the experiences of albums themselves. So, how different is the experience with Vinyl compared to a digital download? Does the artwork get forgotten or do we actually look at it?

it’s something I want to explore and hopefully produce a rather interesting outcome from this research.

Only issue is the time scale AND my self, thinking about it too much.

I can over–think and it’s an issue which I need to get over.

Freshers Week

So, this week has been an interesting one.

I had my induction on Tuesday, introducing me to my final year units and dissertation. (Research paper and visual outcome)

I have decided to go on the shorter option for the dissertation, so from Monday I have 12 weeks to write 2500 – 4000 words and produce a visual outcome. Planning my time has never seemed so important and mind blowing. My other units this year look interesting too, Major Project in Graphic Design is in two parts over the year, the first being research and development and the second being the outcome. The others aim to get me work ready for the industry.

In all honesty, I am anxious not to mention a little scared of the future. It’s my last year so I got to make it count as much as I can. Beating those 2:1s from last year will be a tricky one. I know I can do it but it’s the problem of executing it.

The other bit is I spent two days at Freshers Fair, recruiting new students into the Circus Society. This was a good opportunity to meet people and sell our society. I also got a few freebies such as a sombrero, and some student vouchers for restaurants.

I hope these nerves and terrors go away when I get stuck into things.

We shall see