Archive | January, 2008

Preface

7 Jan

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I’ve been given a maximum of 750 words to give a preface to this online blog, which is to include my values, principles and aspirations. Not an easy task. How to summarise this collection of what I’d call personal clutter? I feel a bit like a teenager who’s been told to tidy their room and explain how it got in such a state in the first place. This blog is my online bedroom where I’ve been able to place inspiring, emotive; images, music, and videos. Which are personal to me. Displaying your thoughts an opinion’s to the world is a very liberating but also a scary experience. I defiantly recommend trying it!

I’ve realised through writing this blog, it can be very rewarding to maintain and upkeep, there is something exhilarating about checking to see how many page views your site has received that day, and the thought that someone somewhere has read your latest post, it almost makes you feel famed and distinguished.

Above are some of the perks of the blog (excuse the pun), but to have longitivity with any blog you need to have stimulating content and an adaptability to the reader, weather they are familiar to your subject area or not. I’ve tired to make my blog as user friendly as possible although it is primarily design based, I hope that someone who for instance is not interested in design could still read this blog and be entertained. And although I have mentioned the viewers, it is just as important for the author of the blog to be as entertained and excited to produce the work as the viewer is to view it. Personally I have really enjoyed producing and maintaining this blog. I’ve learnt a lot about myself whilst on this journey. Mainly that I am inspired by almost everything the less design related the better sometimes. This did concern me at first. I thought to myself how can I expect to become a designer, when I find going for a walk along the beach or talking to a stranger more inspiring than looking into a design book. But my worries soon disappeared when I found myself collecting interesting imagery or when I felt envious of beautiful design work. I have realised that everyone is different, for me going travelling, seeing my friends, or painting with my three-year-old niece makes that creative part of my brain start moving. I cant design and think about design all the time, going for a walk is the break I need to get myself thinking again. This blog is a celebration of all the of various items I have came across that have in some way inspired me, not matter how unrelated.

 

I may wonder away from design sometimes but I do love Graphic design its something, which excites me more than anything else in this world. I love good design and I adore typography. I hope to one day be able to produce great design work, like the amazing work of Sagmeister, Pentagram, Why not Associates, and Alan Fletcher just to name a few iconic Graphic Designers/companies. These people remind me why I want to become a designer. I love seeing a piece of design which makes me jealous such as the innocent smoothie identity or the V&A logo for example, it reminds me of how far away I am from becoming a great designer, it makes me want to produce work to that standard. I know I still have a long way to go and a lot more to learn, but hopefully I will get there in the end, to become a great Graphic designer one to be remembered, I want to change the design world just a little, I want to create a more sustainable and ethical design environment, and lastly I wish for a world full of beautiful design.

Give me a label

6 Jan

For as long as I can remember I have always had a fascination with labels, clothing labels mainly. Over the past year I have started to collect interesting labels. There all displayed on my notice board, as I was staring at them today I thought why not post my favourites onto this blog? So that’s what I’ve done. I hope you will enjoy looking at them as much as I do. 
pretty-provocative.png“New look” lingerie label pretty-inside.pngblack-button.pngNew look” button sleeve ted-baker.png  Ted baker wash bag label I personally think these small pieces of design are absolutely beautiful, there has been a lot of time invested into the design of these labels, and I personally really appreciate it.  

Spotted

4 Jan

Whilst I was cleaning the floor earlier, I noticed some of the beautiful typography featured on the tops of wine bottles. I think I may have to start collecting them. Some designs are are beautiful. I have posted a picture its just a taster really, go and check out your wine/bottle rack etc I bet your be pleasantly surprised!wine.png Look at that letter “R” just gorgeous! 

Let it snow….

3 Jan
Where’s all this snow then? I remember watching the weather report a few days ago and getting really excited when I saw weather warnings for heavy snow. I have been truly disappointed to wake up to no snow what so ever! But there was something which did make me smile….
 
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I found this on Swissmiss’s blog. This image has made my day, it’s something which is so familiar but has been represented in a truley origanal way and I love this. 
 
“A few years ago I went to St Moritz in Switzerland. I decided to build a non-conformist snowman. When the art collector who owned the hotel saw it he became very excited that I had created an artwork in the grounds of his hotel. I had to explain that it was not an artwork- it was just a snowman. Its an easy mistake to make.”
David Shrigley creator of the snowman. 

Creative review:Micheal C Place

1 Jan

I borrowed a copy of Creative review from the library today. (August 2007 issue.) I was reading the article “A month in the life.” For this issue, the article was on Michael C Place; a graphic designer who is self employed under the design consultancy Build.

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Cd case designed by Build. 

I was reading through the diary entry’s, I came across this from Michael;  “I love seeing the beauty in objects/places that to most people, are ugly or ignored. I think that’s the job of the designer, reacting to the environment, seeing beneath the crap of everyday life, seeing the beauty below.” He then continues on to say; “Someone asked me the other day what my other passions are and I couldn’tthink of a single thing other than design, and it made me really depressed…Is it important to have an outside interest?… should I/we be getting out more? Michael C Place.  

I think it is so important for designers to have interests other than just design. This is just my personal opinion though, I have no experience when it comes to working in the “real world,” please forgive me if I come across as-if i know it all, because I most certainly don’t! I see it now with designers being really up their own asses and acting as though they know it all, some have such a high opinion of their-self’s. It makes me so sad, how can they have that attitude? How can they be so ignorant and self absorbed? The only thing which comforts me is the saying “pride comes before a fall.”   

I really never want to become this type of arrogant designer ever! Bear with me this does have a point, so for me having interests out of the design world, such as cinema every Wednesday with my girlfriends, ice skating, dance, going down the pub with friends for a good catch up, or lunch with the parents. These things make me very happy and in turn make me produce better work, I personally need this kind of grounding, and I know my friends would knock me down a peg or two if I got cocky. I find having these interests invaluable to me, they bring me more inspiration than I would find looking at a screen, they bring a lifetime of happy memories, they give me a break from the consuming world of design and keep me from being “THAT” designer. And if nothing else it makes me a better communicator and is that not what design is all about? weston.jpg 

Home; so many memories, this is what makes me a better designer.