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. 
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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. 

 

Ho Ho Ho…

7 Dec

After we put up our Christmas tree we took a few pictures of it, I don’t know why really, we do it every year, they all look the same sort of. So anyway I thought I would take one just to use as my phones background, then I got a little creative taking pictures using my phone. I was really surprised at the amount of beautiful images that could be taken from one object, amazing! I thought I’d post a couple up for you all to see. ball-reflection.png All images taken using a 3mega pixel camera phone. 3-tree-balls.png 

Merry Christmas

1 Dec

I had decided to post a real christmassy advert for the first post of December. I was thinking of posting the coca cola advert (the classic one), because I thought it just sums up christmas.Then as I was searching on you tube, I found the Mastercard xmas advert. (show below) 

I personally love this advert, it reminds me of what christmas is all about. It gives me a warm felling and goosebumps and brings a tear to my eye.  song: come home – findlay brown 

Innocent’s big knit!

30 Nov

I was in Sainsburys today, and as I was looking in the refrigerator section, I looked up and saw a little army of bobble headed Innocent smoothies. They all looked so cute all wrapped up against the cold! So of course I had to buy one; 1. Because of the hat and 2. Because Innocent make great smoothies.innocent-smothies.png 

But on a more serious note, they have been produced not (just?) as a clever marketing campaign, but to help raise money for the charity Age concern. When you buy a smoothie with a cute hat, (which by the way are only available in Sainsburys,) 50p goes straight to Age concern, which in turn, will use the money to help support the elderly against the cold. It’s a really beneficial cause with 25,000 elderly dying from cold related illnesses last year. Their target is to sell 400,00 smoothies, this is equivalent to raising £200,000. Not bad eh?

I think its a lovely idea, the design is really appropriate to the cause. Can I say this is design with some ethics? Ok so Innocent are going to be making money out of this campaign, but it does have a purpose which is not purely selfish. 

Enough of me; I suggest you check out Innocent’s big knit, have a look at “hats of the week” some people have really gone to town with their hats, there are some fab designs featured. There’s also a page on “how to Knit“. Definitely worth a look. 

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All images from Innocent and flickr

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! 

@Bristol

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