31 October 2008

Trick or Treat

The 11 mulcaster pumpkins, better pictures on the way sometime soon...

30 October 2008

John Mayer

I just got every album john mayer has ever made in the post today and i'm lovin' it. The guy has so much talent it just blows me away, add a couple of my favourite session drummers (steve jordan for one) and you have some great music. I seriously recommend you check out the live album if you're interested (above), it has an acoustic set, a trio set and then another set with a full band. Well worth a tenner.


Our latest project is a corporate identity brief, creating a logo and stationary for a fictional company (which we have to invent ourselves) and based on the brand values of a celebrity. Everyone was randomly assigned celebrities and companies and i ended up with an outdoor activities company based on the personality of Jeremy Clarkson. Should be interesting!

29 October 2008

Project 1 - Editorial Design

This was our first project a couple of weeks back, the brief was to design 2 double page spreads, a contents page and a front cover for a new magazine. We could use any subject which made the whole thing about five times more difficult. I finally settled on creating an article on Afghanistan. I found some amazing images by a photographer called Simon Norfolk and based the entire project around them.

Magazine Cover
The front cover was fairly rushed, i like the black contents bar at the bottom of the page and the image worked well but the magazine title was just too obscured and didn't really work that well.

Contents Spread
I really liked the contents page, i think that i used the grid quite well.

'Splash Spread'
This spread was the one which i was most proud of, the thin black text which runs across the length of the two pages is a list of all the different people and countries that have attacked or invaded Afghanistan over the centuries.

'Turn Spread'
I was also pretty pleased with my 'turn' spread, i tried to get as many of the photographs in as possible, simply because they were so good. The bar of photographs that stretches across the two pages mimics the line of text on the previous pages.

Overall I was very pleased with my final work, the only thing i regretted was not spending enough time on it. If i had worked solid for the 3 and 1/2 week duration i would have been a lot prouder of my front cover and turn spread although i got a mark of 68/100 so i was still really chuffed.

Bloggin' Bandwagon

Well I finally sold out and jumped on the blogging bandwagon! This will hopefully be a place to put my personal and project work and also show some of the things that inspire me. I am a graphic design student on my second year at The University of Cumbria (formally known as Cumbria Institute of the Arts, which was a much better name) and I'm still really finding my feet in graphic design. I came onto the course having no real experience in design apart from a single year on an Art foundation course, so i feel like i'm learning something new everyday. Any comments good or bad are much appreciated and feel free to get in touch.