Friday, 3 December 2010

Ideas for self branding

Below are my ideas and development for my self branding, I am undecided whether to go down a quite contemporary route or stick to something simple but quite iconic, any feedback or suggestions would be very helpful.

inital ideas

Monday, 29 November 2010

Ideal christmas presents

I love these occupational mugs at Designers Anonymous, they would make great christmas presents.

The Artist
The Illustrator
The Secretary
The Student

Talking of Christmas presents I just ordered myself this Airside calendar which displays their illustrations from the past 12 months. I think it's great how they've got a page for each week so every Monday there is a new inspiration for the week, it would brighten up anyones desk.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

School Logo Design

We were asked at college to create a school logo for Seaton Sluice First School. The school had already asked the pupils to draw what they think the badge should be like and then voted on which they thought was the best. The winning design was a rosette, we were then asked to spend one day on taking the rosette idea and making it more professional. There was no limit on the colour choices except that it had to be used on the existing purple jumper, white polo shirt and possible to print in black and white. My final designs are shown below in three different colour ways, orange, green and white.

Sunday, 21 November 2010


Finally finished our 4mations project where we had to design a new logo, website, interactive banner and sting animations for a new channel 4 animation channel (4mations). I decided to create a paper cut out effect for my logo, shown below and I am very happy with the way it turned out. 

The website design could still have a little work done to it, I am not fully convinced on the blue background yet.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Letterpress Promotional Pack

Glasgow Press have worked with graphic designer Kerr Vernon to produce a promotional pack of music-themed cards which showcase the letterpress technique. The cards come in a cassette sized cardboard box titled Impressive Print, with each card relating to a specific track by a specific artist. These are beautifully made and designed and a great idea for a promotional giveaway.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Jerod Gibson

37 Posters is a project by Jerod Gibson where he started a series of posters with the silhouette of an image from a move or television show and filled it with quotes. I really like the simple approach and think it creates something modern and effective. You can see more of the designs in the series here.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010


Today I went to a talk at Design studio Different as part of this years Design Event, the talk was titled "can you be the master of all trades". They talked about how with being a company in the North East you have to be able to cater to all you clients needs, where as if they were based in London you would be able, if you wished, to become a specialised company as there is a higher demand. I personally think that it's better to have a wider knowledge and ability rather then to limit yourself to one aspect as it would create a wider client list and it is easier to give your ideas and opinions on a project. We were also told how it is very important now-a-days to be able to design for digital media and consider the best platform for you client to convey the message and impact they want. After the talk we were given a tour around the studio which spanned across 4 floors. This would be a great company to get a placement at as most Newcastle based design studios are quite small and it would be good to get the chance to experience how a bigger studio works.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Night Shade

I also went to the Night Shade preview night, this was a collection of works presented entirely in black and white. The artists that took part in this exhibition were Amy Dover, Emily Forgot and Alaric Hammond, I was particularly inspired by Emily Forgot's work and how and image was created by several other cut out images creating a surreal look.

Emily Forgot

Exquisite Corpse

The North East Design Event 2010 began last week with a running theme of "Conversation". On the first preview night was an exhibition called Exquisite Corpse this was curated by local design studio Sumo and based upon a visual game of chinese whispers. I was amazed by the work and thought that although they worked great together as a collection each piece could still stand on its own and create an impact.