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The joy of essays

8 Nov

Desktop Butt Station

This is the one thing which has cheered me up 2day, found via yes sad I know, but it made me smile and i’m seriously thinking of getting myself one. 

Still managing to stay at uni, its getting tough now. At the moment I’m trying to do my essay and its sooo hard, they want it to link to our final major if possible, oh and to our paper last year, its a nightmare and I’m struggling to get some good information on my topic of Ethics in Graphic Design I’m just looking at the subject in a broad sense right now, there’s plenty on the history but I’m struggling to find what I want on the current issues and future ect, our library has little selection on ethics, well within design anyway.

I’m just going to have to plod along I think. With relation to the essay in particular it seems to be one road block after the other. Nothing worth doing is easy I’m just going to have to keep motivated and get my arse in gear.




Finally back

17 Sep

I’m starting to really dread going back to uni now, I don’t think I want to go into Graphics anymore, I honestly don’t think I’m good enough, I have to do this year otherwise I’ll lose the last two years I’ve spent at uni. I do like design I’d love to feel good at it I just don’t fancy the high paced lifestyle of a Graphic designer. I’m looking at maybe getting into Interior design, teaching or wedding planning. =] I have no idea where i’ll end up. I wish life was easy.
I’m trying to think or something nice an cheepish to do for my 21st, I was thinking of doing a barn dance, but the only place I can find to do it cheeply is the local village hall, not very glam to be honest, and I’m not sure how many 21 year olds wold be  in a barn dance? So maybe I’ll try an do something different just me an the family. 
Well I’m going to go shopping tomorrow so that should cheer me up. =]


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! 

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.


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. 


Everyone’s free to wear sunscreen

29 Nov

Today my dad said to me I should listen to everyone’s free to wear sunscreen, so I put it on expecting it to be some out of date 80’s tune. But I was completely wrong. If you haven’t heard this song before, I strongly recommend that you have a listen. Whatever your doing stop it. Just sit and listen. (Something we all don’t do enough of anymore.)  I know I may get quizzed by my lecturer’s as to why this has anything to do with this course, but to me this is inspirational. It makes me think, it effects my mood. Yes looking at great graphics makes me proud to be in this field, and makes me want to strive to be as good as the designers who produce the work. But sometimes the most unrelated subjects inspire me more than looking at a design book, does this mean I’m going to be a rubbish designer? Is this wrong? If it is, then on this occasion I’m happy to be in the wrong! 


16 Nov

Today me and my sister went into Bristol to take some Photographs. On the way home we decided to go to @Bristol. This a interactive science centre, aimed more for children than adults, although it was definitely the highlight of our day! We really enjoyed all the experiments, and i think we both learnt something.outside-bristoljpg.jpg Outside of @Bristol (dock side.)   Whilst we were there, we spotted a board which said “What do you dream of?” and on the board were lots of scraps of paper which contained the dreams of visitors of @Bristol, it was a really nice personal exhibit to find. We added our dreams and really enjoyed reading the dreams of others. Below are a few pictures i took of the display…board.png me-cheese.pngAnonymous dream                    My Dream   

Fly posting

13 Nov

Ok so after much deliberation I have finally chose what I want to cover for my double page spread. Horray!
Well firstly I was looking at banning all advertising and looking at how it would effect the world, then I thought to myself thats going to be a very broad subject. But I started researching into it, then got really messy and complicated as there was so much information to digest.
So i’m going to forget about that idea, and now i’m going to look at Fly posting, and how it effects the enviroment from both a visual and a more serious sustainable approch. Its much more concentrated, than my first idea, which will make it a lot easier for me to focus on, and get the work done.
I think this could be a good theme to run with, at first I thought boring, but in the future if I become a designer i’m sure i’ll have penty of boring briefs given to me, its my job to spice things up a bit surely? How good this looks is down to me, not the content of the article, well thats how i’m trying to think about it anyway. So now I have my idea properly fixed I can really get on with it.
I’m thinking of trying if I can to maybe get involved with fly posting I could go undercover perhaps! Or even work with some people who are trying to get rid of it, talk to the council ect, although I think a trip to Bristol is needed, as theres not a hudge problem of flyposting in our town.
There’s so many ideas in my head, I dont know if i’m going to have enough time to implement them all as I need to get the layout for the magazine sorted out. Looks like i’m going to be a busy lady!