Alrighty, since my last post, January is at it’s end and February is just about to begin.
Now I know what you’re all thinking….. where the hell did January go?
For me, working at OMM has had it’s ups and downs, but it’s still experience and I’m not going to waste this opportunity. Recently I have been working on yet another Squarespace built website.. having finished OMM Photography, just in the first week handing it over, to my colleagues. Then… came the matter of producing a Van wrap which gave out mixed reactions.
However… I have recently joined a gym, and have been going for a number of 5 days now. I actually enjoy it… surprisingly. It wakes me up for the afternoon and my productivity does become a little more productive. And I feel better inside, with just sitting on my arse all day.
The other thing, outside of work is, I have started to learn to drive …. Uh-OH!
Yep… I’ll be on the road quicker than one may think… hopefully
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.
My first month at OMM, has gone quickly but well. I’ve learnt a lot, and got back into the swing of designing which is great! My colleagues are lovely and have been super welcoming. Not to mention the occasional cake and mince pies around at the office, so far. I’ve mostly been drinking LOTS of tea nowadays… Coffee is still my go to thing, but Tea gets me through the day quite nicely. And of course the occasional beer / cider on a Friday… after 5pm. (Yes.. you heard that right… we’re allowed to drink after 5pm on Fridays at the work place)
We had our Christmas party on Thursday… Ascot Racecourse… lots of drinks, the food was delicious and everyone looked incredible! We are a good looking bunch, I must say!
Apart from work, I have been thinking about designing my own Christmas cards this year, I have the sketches… now I need to not procrastinate and design them!
Of course Christmas is approaching quite quickly… the shopping for gifts has begun… each week I’m trying to get something without hitting the high streets! (But I think, at some point I must….)
I keep thinking back, that many months ago I was finishing up all my work for Uni… now I’m a Junior Designer at an Agency! I could not be happier.
Next year… I learn to drive!
Since my last poster designs, I have had two interviews and one I’m currently waiting to see if I have been successful or not.
My fingers and toes are crossed, I’m anxious and well, excited to know.
Working as a supervisor has been interesting and I am actually enjoying this new position, but it is tiring which is why I haven’t had much room for any recent designs apart from one amazing project, which has just finished.
I’ve been designing wedding invitations for my Uncle and Aunty to be, I’ve seen a photo of the invites, printed in all their glory and I can’t be more proud of the achievement and helping craft their special day next year. I’m not going to reveal the designs just yet, other wise a lot of people will loose out on this spectacular surprise!
So for now, I’m planning my next design spectacle (well…. trying to think of ideas…).
This past month, has been really eventful.
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!
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.