Tag Archives: Design

Exercise Your Will Power

15 Dec

I have stumbled upon Oscar Ramos‘ Behance profile whilst browsing the site. I absolutely love the personality given to the ‘healthy’ options! The close-ups are fantastic as well, I did spend a bit of time just gazing at the different images. Fantastic!

(I really should get myself a profile on there…)

The Ministry of Type

12 Aug

I somewhat stumbled upon this delicious website. I am not even sure what I was looking for but somehow it popped up, and I am so happy I did! I love the layout, the designs, the content and the general feel of the website. Beautiful.

The Ministry of Type, well worth a visit.

Good Morning Stranger

11 Jul

I came across Nicolas Girard, a motion and graphic designer, while browsing through typography on the internet. I like this design because it’s aesthetically pleasing as well as a design I can imagine being used commercially.

MMXI

24 Jun

The end of the exhibition at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, marks the start of Class of 2011’s journey into the industry.

Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2011 BA (Hons) Graphic Communication.

Class of 2011 including some lovely and helpful staff

Bad Typography is Everywhere

12 Jun

Craig Ward is a Typographer and Graphic Designer from the U.K. I particularly like him because he is right, bad typography is everywhere. Good typography is invisible/ Bad typography is everywhere. I think that we only notice the bad typography because it is so obvious and as consumers, we expect good typography!

 

Design Wars

14 Oct


This was a Cardiff Design Festival Event with Burning Red.

There were two macbook pros, two projectors, two wacom tablets, four teams.

Two teams battled head-to-head to design a CD cover. The name of the band, album and the genre are picked out of a hat by the two teams, then each member of the team took it in turns to create a design in 45 minutes. This was an amazing evening! The Design Wars was out in a garage which is connected to the Milgi Lounge, Cardiff, so with a cocktail in hand, it was thrilling to watch and cheer on for the different teams. A good night had by all!

Satellite Creative

21 Aug

The company I had work experience with was based just outside London, in Berhamsted. And by chance, a friend I knew from my foundation year in art lived there! I found this company by chance. My brother’s graduation from Vet school in Bristol, the previous year, and my parents were sat on the same table as Andy Wilkinson and his wife, as their twin daughters had graduated from the same course. What are the chances! So I contacted Andy and set up dates for when I could visit his company. The company is a medium sized establishment, which is relatively rare at the moment in the U.K as there aren’t many around. The company is just forty minutes outside London, which means it gets a lot of clients from London without the stress of the city.

The placement week was amazing. I enjoyed every minute there. The whole experience made me realise that I on the right career path and encouraged me even more! Andy and his team allowed me to sit in on any meetings they were having. I had a real in-sight to how design agencies employ free lance designers, from how they are briefed, to their deliverables.

The team were working on several different projects at one time and I was allowed access to their database and discovered how they kept their files organised. I was thrown into designing the front cover for the ‘Annual Review 2010’ for the company ‘Tragus’ who own the restaurant chains of Strada, Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge. I also edited the rest of the content, to make sure each page kept to strict columns and type treatments. I really enjoyed this as the task allowed me to experience both sides of professional design, fine-tuning and creativity!

The week went far too quickly for my liking and I’m currently looking for more work experience, and maybe some in a printers so that I can gain knowledge of what happens to the design after it leaves the studio, and so that I can be more aware of printing restrictions and areas I could explore more.