Today’s Messy Fun Time!

Following the rule of thumb for my Major Project: Nautical Idioms / Proverbs and my will for experimentation in mixed mediums, I took to the letterpress room and used a rather dark green ink to bash these prints out!
The effects were pretty awesome and took two hours to produce. I may have turned a little into She Hulk, but that’s all worth the fun!

Today’s Design Antics….

As part of my Professional Practice: Promotion and Employability unit, I have to design my own identity and promotional materials. Now those of you who follow Hotham Designs, you’ll notice my current icon. Yeah…. I am scrapping that from College…..

After four pages of sketches, and one page full of typefaces I have decided to stick with this circus / fairground style character. ‘J’ is the start of my name, I am part of a Circus Society, and I love to be playful and experimental with my design work so this is the perfect style for me to go with.

Obviously it needs work, so separate print layers with the cut out. I will also be digitally crafting this and hand painting it too, to see how the effect works. Then I can focus on the promotional materials, colours, and of course my portfolio site which I hope to hand code in HTML and CSS with a small amount of Java Script if I can get to grips with it in time.

Using woodblock printing inks and Greyboard this is today’s messy fun time!!! I enjoy using different mediums and I am finally getting back into it with my Major Project and this one too!

Watch this space for developments on my identity as a Graphic Designer!

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.

Developing Design Practice | Book Design | Lamb to the Slaughter | Roald Dahl

Developing Design Practice | Book Design | Lamb to the Slaughter | Roald Dahl

After a long six weeks, I have finally finished my book design unit. The deadline is 2pm 31st October BUT I am finished a day early!!

The brief I had been given, required me to choose one out of four stories, and produce a book with a minimum of 32 pages. The only requirements were, that the dust cover must be screen printed, the book has to be perfect bound and the pages to be French folded. I chose ‘The Lamb to the Slaughter’ by Roald Dahl, as I thought this would give me more of a challenge and I really enjoyed the ending. Unknowingly I had made my book design in the 50s – 60s vintage style. But, it works for the style of the narrative. Over all, I really enjoyed this unit as I have been looking forward to it, since I finished my first year of university.

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2nd Year has begun!!!!

Yesterday, was the start of lectures and my first two units. Both have set assignments, and certain time lengths.

The first, is a unit named ‘Developing Design Practice’ which is a six week unit, where at the end of it I will have a handmade / designed book. Even though the course work seems heavy, I feel this will be an enjoyable unit and one that I have been looking forward to since the end of the last academic year.

The second unit, is an option that I chose at the end of my first year, ‘Professional Practice : Live Design Briefs’ this entails a selection of assigned briefs for clients. The first, is for a company called ‘Fenner Paper’ who supply 100% recycled papers. The task is to design a poster, in 7 weeks, convincing the people about the power of the poster. This is going to be interesting, as it’s fully open to what ever I (And my course mates) want to do. We can either work individually, or in teams of 2.

I know for a fact, that this unit will run over the whole year, AND we (as in myself and my course mates) will be participating in the YCN awards, with a choice of many live briefs from them.

I believe that this year is going to challenge me in ways, that I had never thought of before. I can’t wait to see what I can come up with.


Freshers End

I submitted my final piece of work, in the form of an essay this morning. 

That’s it!!! 

I am no longer a fresher, come the official date of moving out of halls, 1st of June my summer will officially start.

(Well, technically it has already started, but I am waiting for the results of my last two units ) 

Some form of designs will appear soon as I have a few trips to london lined up this month!

Time to relax and keep creative, while badgering my friends who have exams to study muahahah

 Keep your eyes open, I will be hopefully finishing my own portfolio site and publishing it (replacing the awful demo version that is currently up and linked for the whole world to see) 


First Semester & Christmas

SO, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve!

This past year has been an amazing one, who knew that I would get into university, finish college and have a blast doing so.

My first semester at Portsmouth University has been amazing thanks to my family and friends. I could not have gotten to Portsmouth with out them, and not forgetting UPSOCS, who has brought back the confidence in myself to be the fool I truly am. The Christmas performance was a fantastic experience, I hadn’t shook like that since I jumped the log and log pile first time at Candles Corner, which I have missed a heck load. Being back home for Christmas has been a wonderful time. I got to go back to the yard, see family and friends that I haven’t seen for a while. I can’t believe how quickly it has gone.

The new semester is going to be a busy time. I am mostly looking forward to the motion graphics unit! Also, practicing my juggling, as I got some juggling balls for Christmas and since Christmas day I have been practicing. I can almost juggle three ball for about four or five rounds now!

Cannot wait for the new year to start!!!!! It’s going to start with:

1. My family

2. My friends

3. A Jump lesson

4. Going back to uni

and then ending with me in second year!!!!!!! (HOPEFULLY!!!!)

Typographical Poster

Typographical Poster

The brief asked us to design and make a poster for first year students, that included a personal 100 word definition of what typography is.

I found this task tricky, as I started to over think it a bit. My first draft, I got some great feedback that helped me make this final version. The fonts I used were Baskervile Bold, and Helvetica Neue Light. I found that they work well together with the contrasts between the type styles and characteristics.