Bored... opened illustrator

Dont really have any spare time these days but did yesterday so opened illustrator and had a play ūüôā


First post sinc…

March 10, 2012

First post since the end of my final year of uni! need to blog more! :/ 

This is the front of my card, once it has been trimmed the text will be right up to the edge of the card.

This is the design for the back of the card. The text will also be up to the edge once it has been trimmed. At first the card will be read “Ban design” then on the reverse of the card will be the rest of the letters to spell out my second name. All my contact information will also be on the back.

These are some of my designs for the gift card which would come within the packaging design. For each packaging I will create gift cards that compliment the packaging. These designs would go with the discovery at sea packaging designs.

I went to the the Alan Fletcher exhibition “50 years of graphic Design” in Manchester as part of my professional practise module here are some photos of the work that was up in the gallery.

Below: some unique calendar designs by Fletcher, I didn’t like them much but they were still quite interesting.

Below: Christmas card designs.

Below: a few photos of the different designs for the star signs designed onto a calendar format , simplistic, really like these.




Above: poster design or wine festival.

Above: maybe one of my favourite pieces at the exhibition, It is hard to make out at first but when you closely look at it you can see it shows the alphabet in a large narrow font, the design has also been made into gates at the front of Fletchers house.

Above: huge amount of coloured pencils stuck together to create something that really messes with the eyes! Don’t remember what the actual purpose of this was for though.

Getting a job in design 10:00 am

This was the first talk I attended throughout the creative futures week. The talk supplied lots of useful tips which I took note of :-

  • Never assume in any area of design.
  • Make 3D mock ups of ideas to validate them.
  • Keep all skills current, you never know when the next job will be.
  • Design is all about creativity.

creativity + proffessionalism + skills + knowledge

You need all of the above not just one to become a successful graphic designer, or a (CSD) designer.

To summarise this talk the key pointers I took note of were:-

  • Have a plan
  • Keep up to date with the times.
  • Network
  • Work on your identity
  • Work on your CV.
  • Work on your portfolio.
  • Be polite
  • Be punctual
  • Be respectful
  • Be smart

Although some of the key points I was given were just common sense nevertheless they can easily be forgotten and its good to just have a reminder to look back at.

Thoughtful 11:30am

The next talk I went to was on the  tuesday at 11:30 am with Matt  an ex student of Glyndwr university and his colleague James. I found this talk to be the best of all throughout the week, the pointers and tips were spot on and really useful and the presentation especially was really good with lots of examples of what ever they were talking about and also lots of good pointers and opinions of some of the best Graphic Designers in the UK.

Greg quentin – from the partners london.

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the Graphic Design industry?

A. Persistance.

Adrian Shaughnessy

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the Graphic Design industry?

A. Always be prepared to learn, you don’t stop learning when you leave university.

Michael Johnson – of Johnson Banks.

Q. What is best to send an employer when applying for  Graphic jobs?

A. An attachment to an email for your own website that is under 5 MGS is a good idea so that the interviewer can look through it.

Patrick Baglee – of Navy Blue

Q. What is the best way to approach an interview for a design job.

A. Make sure you are interested rather than interesting, sit up straight when with an employer, describe your work clearly.

Best portfolio to have to be able to do this is a book styled one.

Paula scher – of Pentegram

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the Graphic Design industry?

A. Graduates should go for jobs which they will learn a lot from, because  everything you do now will not affect the rest of your life, mistakes are aloud.

James Corazzo

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the Graphic Design industry?

A. A graduate needs to have self belief and not let people get them down because you will be told you are not good enough at some stage of your career.

Adrian Shaughnessy – on the subject of skills.

A. Yes skills are good to have on programmes but if you have the knowledge then you’re ok.

Stefan sagmeister

Q. What is the best amount of work to have in a portfolio?

A. An average of 12 is best.

Jonathon Baldwin

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the Graphic Design industry?

A. They need to think about connections, what could design have to do with a certain subject? They need to get out there and go places and learn things and advantage of it and finally they can’t just stick to what they know and are comfortable with they need to challenge themselves.

The talk also provided lots of opinions of Matt and James thought about different types of portfolios, here are their opinions below:-

  • Box portfolio – good for photography.
  • Book style portfolio – displays work clearly.
  • Saddle stitch portfolio – too small.
  • Russian doll style portfolio – don’t do it!
  • Suitcase or metal suitcase – don’t use them.

As well as the opinions of others Matt and James also through in their thoughts and opinions throughout the talk  on different subjects here are the key ones I picked up:-

  • Find out what studio you want to work with.
  • Start a dialogue and start sending emails asap.
  • Send emails and attach 5 to 7 pieces of work no larger than 5MG.
  • Make phone calls if no reply after 3 or 4 days.
  • Prepare A3 portfolio with clear examples of work.
  • Make it to 15 minutes in an interview and your doing well.
  • Remember an interview should last no longer than 30 minutes max!
  • Digital presentations of work is best.
  • Take rejection it will always happen.
  • Dont be over confident but be enthusiastic and get the balance right.
  • If your going to personalise your portfolio, do it in an understated way, don’t think to much of yourself.
  • Don’t put pictures of yourself in your portfolio.
  • Dont make spelling mistakes in portfolio’s.
  • Don’t let the layout work of your portfolio overtake your actual work.
  • Don’t talk too much in an interview.
  • Never turn up unannounced to a work place.
  • Always start with dear on an email.
  • Bribe the employer and offer to make tea.
  • Personality is a real issue, you need to have a good one.
  • Make it clear you can work alone or as part of a team and that you are nice to have a round a work place.
  • Make it clear you don’t need to be spoon fed work.
  • Tell them you have your own laptop and if not purchase one asap.
  • Make it clear you know that you will not always have the most exciting job and that Graphic Design can sometimes be dull.

The final talk I attended was on the Wednesday at 1:30pm

Surgery digital art research with Tessa Elliot


I did’nt find the talk as useful as the one from the guys from thoughtful but I ¬†took away one ¬†good pointer which was:-

  • Don’t replicate what work you have digitally in paper form, for animated work there is no need.

Good typographic piece.

March 17, 2010

Advertising campaign for durex created by a German illustrator. Perfect example of the sort of work I like. Hopefully I can start to produce more work in the same way.