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Procon3 List -

Here is a list of things that I have done during my third year;

- Attended talk by David Bailey
- Attended talk by Dave Sedgwick (Design By Dave)
- Attended talk by Tom Bradley
- Attended GF Smith Talk
- Submitted work to ‘It’s a Shape Christmas’
- Produced and pitched my idea for the Roadhouse rebrand
- Attended all Web sessions (Design for Web with Andy Golpys and        HTML,CSS and Javascript with Jason Mayo)
- Attended Pong Ping at TTT
- Attended the Manchester Print Fair
- Produced and pitched ideas for the Adelphi music department mural, 
 which we will be doing after NMP hand in
- Attended Hardback book binding session
- Took part in the first Draw Crawl
- Attended a Branding focus group at Creative Spark with James  Oconnell
- Created the initial logo for the Costa Del Salford events
- Attended meetings and work groups for CDS
- Used the Laser cutter, producing a stencil poster for the CDS Beach  visit
- Delivered invites for the CDS Industry night
- Attended the Industry
- Produced a digital portfolio (Ipad PDF) which received really positive feedback from the industry night
- Made a Behance account
- Set up a shop for me to sell my prints on
- Produced web banners for ‘What I always wanted’. I now also design a monthly, online newsletter for them (freelance)
- Produced a Hoody design for Oldham Sixth Forms Berlin/Krakow Trip for both 2013 and 2014. (Paid freelance given to me by Joel at Anchor End)
- Also produced mockups and altered designs for Joel at Anchor End (Paid Freelance)
- Attended Type talk by Tash
- Attended One day Roses brief workshop
- Started a personal sketchbook entitled ‘A Book of words’
- Attended ‘Hiker Meat’ at The Cornerhouse

Things I plan to do after this;

- Work on a zine using my 35mm photographs (personal project)
- Start working on a collage based sketchbook (personal project)
- Create a solid brand and business cards for myself before final shows
- Attended the final Costa Del Salford show and get involved with setting it up as much as I can
- Attended and be a part of the final show at Media City
- Work on the Adelphi Mural after the NMP hand in
- Apply for Placements and Design Jobs
- Create a Physical Portfolio (printed)

 

'Im God' - Collage design

'Im God' - Collage design

More type from my ‘Book of words’ sketchbook

'A Book of Words' Sketchbook 

Over the last few weeks or so, i’ve been working on a sketchbook that i’ve entitled ‘A Book of Words’.

It’s nothing special, but the idea behind the sketchbook is to simply record any type ideas that I may have, with the intention that, once full, I’ll have a personal reference of typographic styles to look back on for inspiration. 

However, as it stands (only 8 pages in mind you), the sketchbook has become more of a visual diary of typography that i’ve seen and liked each day, which i’ve then recreated and experimented with.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as i’m still collecting various styles of type to reference, and also, it means the things found in my ‘Likes’ on Tumblr and Instagram aren’t hidden away.

However, as my sketchbook develops, I’d like it to become more personal, with more of my own ideas in.
I’ve also found that, due to the monotone colour scheme that i’ve opted for (which suits the sketchbook OCD in me and keeps everything looking uniform), and designs that I’d looked at during a previous project, I seem to be focusing on a lot of glitchy or digitally distorted styles of type, which I don’t mind, but I hope that, as the sketchbook goes on, I’ll start to look at more styles of type.

I’ll continue to scan some more pages and post them up here. I’ll also put a ‘A Book of Words’ - Sketchbook tab on the side of my blog, or alternative, just search the tag #abookofwords .

It’s a Shape Christmas
Here is the design that I’ve done for It’s a Shape Christmas, which was todays design for the projects digital advent calender.
Check it out here, along with tonnes of other great designs.

It’s a Shape Christmas

Here is the design that I’ve done for It’s a Shape Christmas, which was todays design for the projects digital advent calender.

Check it out here, along with tonnes of other great designs.

"I’d never seen anything as chaotic or as exciting and rebellious" - Peter Hook on seeing the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall
Experimenting with punk style, newspaper type and my scanner for the music dept, type mural brief.

"I’d never seen anything as chaotic or as exciting and rebellious" - Peter Hook on seeing the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall

Experimenting with punk style, newspaper type and my scanner for the music dept, type mural brief.

Hand drawn type experiment for my latest uni project #handdrawn #type #typography #halftone #illustrated #joydivision #lyric #design #graphic #wip #experiment

Hand drawn type experiment for my latest uni project #handdrawn #type #typography #halftone #illustrated #joydivision #lyric #design #graphic #wip #experiment

It’s a Shape ChristmasSo yesterday, I submitted my final design to It’s a Shape Christmas , which is a digital advent calendar, that shows a shape based christmas design, each created by individual creatives, everyday on the run up to christmas.
The project, which is run in collaboration with Made By Shape, allows users to download each design for their devices, as well as offer donations to Manchester based charity, The Wood Street Mission, who help poor children and families during the festive period.
The Project goes live in just 2 days, so to get involved and donate to a great cause, make sure you visit the Shape Christmas Website or any of links listed below.
Once the project is live, I will post up my final design in full, along with mind maps and sketches from my design process, but until then, heres a little sneak preview of my design on Instagram._ 

Shape Christmas TwitterShape Christmas InstagramShape Christmas Facebook Shape Christmas Pinterest

It’s a Shape Christmas

So yesterday, I submitted my final design to It’s a Shape Christmas , which is a digital advent calendar, that shows a shape based christmas design, each created by individual creatives, everyday on the run up to christmas.

The project, which is run in collaboration with Made By Shape, allows users to download each design for their devices, as well as offer donations to Manchester based charity, The Wood Street Mission, who help poor children and families during the festive period.

The Project goes live in just 2 days, so to get involved and donate to a great cause, make sure you visit the Shape Christmas Website or any of links listed below.

Once the project is live, I will post up my final design in full, along with mind maps and sketches from my design process, but until then, heres a little sneak preview of my design on Instagram.

Shape Christmas Twitter
Shape Christmas Instagram
Shape Christmas Facebook
Shape Christmas Pinterest

Branding focus group session at Creative Spark On Friday morning, a small group of us took part in a branding focus group down at Creative Spark in Manchester. As the session began we were told about the brief that Creative Spark had been given and which we would be discussing. The brief in question was given to them by a the high street pawn store Cash Generator, with the aim of rebranding the company I’m order to appeal to a younger, more youthful audience. After we had been told about the brief we were then asked to discuss our thoughts about Cash Generator as a brand as well as their competitors within the market. As we were the intended audience for the rebrand, these thoughts provided James, who was running both the session and the project, with the information that would help back up his ideas for the rebrand. After this we then began to look at the logo ideas that Creative Spark had worked on for the rebrand, again we then give our thoughts and opinions to each of the designs by writing on the logos that were posted around the room. We also did this for potential colour schemes, before coming together and discussing our thoughts as a group, much like we would when giving a group critique in uni. After this we ended the session by rating what we felt were the top three logo and colour scheme ideas, which again provided James with our thoughts as the intended target audience. Overall, I am very pleased that I attended this focus group, because although this is something that we do at uni, its interesting to see how it’s done by a successful design agency for a live brief. It’s also interesting to see the kind of briefs that design agencies are given to them. Altogether I’ve learnt a lot of valuable points from this session that I can take away and use within my own projects in order to improve their final outcomes. I would definitely recommend taking part in a branding focus group such as this one, which I would happily take part in again.