25 September 2011

To sum it all up

My aim for the year was to experience different fields of design, I have always been a open minded designer and wanted to strengthen my knowledge and abilities in other fields so that I could go back to uni even more ambitious.

I began the year interning with surface designer Daniel Heath, he opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of salvaged materials.

Then I interned with textile designer Laura Perryman, I was drawn to her work because she specialises in the innovation of new materials.

My third internship was with one of my favourite London fashion labels - Beyond the Valley, I have always loved their striking illustration style and wanted to learn how they came up with their designs.

My fourth internship was with Nexus. One of my most enjoyed second year projects was a stop frame animation, so I jumped at the chance to assist the stop frame master - Johnny Kelly.

My fifth internship was with my new favourite book publishers Visual Editions. I have caught they're uncontrollable desire to put a twist on everything.

I joined the Picture Book team at Walker Books for my sixth internship. It was really insightful to go from a really experimental publishers to a more traditional one.

I took part in the Barbican's "Do Something Different Weekend" with the Crafternoon Tea Club. I designed their poster and pamphlet.

My seventh internship was with the pop-up gallery Outline Editions. Met lots of interesting graphic artists and illustrators and learned how to run a pop-up shop.

My final internship was with the remarkable paper artist Su Blackwell. Her creations are painstaking and relentless but she never stops, a really inspirational artist.

As well as internships, I've freelanced throughout the year, designing posters and promotional material for several people and events. 

For more details of all these projects look back through my blog.

I gained so much from the DPS year, I've grown so much as a designer, I can't wait to put everything I've learned into my final year. See you all soon!

Finchittida Finch

This is the lookbook, logo and business cards I designed for my sister's new fashion label.

23 August 2011

4.3 Miles

This is a poster I designed with illustrator Kyle Platts. It is for a play called 4.3 Miles from Nowhere, by the theatre company Fine Chisel. It's showing at Edinburgh Fringe festival throughout August.

We had the chance to go up last week to see it, the play showcases some amazing skills; song writing, puppetry, choreography and acting. And we got to see our posters plastered everywhere! Tres cool

4 August 2011

Compositions No.1

Visual Editions third book is out! It's called Compositions No.1 and it's a book in a box! It's been another long journey for the team, and I'm stoked to have played apart! 

5 June 2011

A year of my life

I just handed in my industry report for assessment, i didn't think it would take that long, but turns out writing up a year of your life actually takes a really long time. So here's some spreads from some of my fav placements

5 May 2011

ideas worth spreading

My 100th post and its a gooden, a talk from Sagmeister about sabbaticals - time off to rejuvenate and refresh your creative outlook.

With graduation approaching many of you, a sabbatical could be on
the cards. I consider myself as currently being on sabbatical, undertaking a year out of uni to explore the creative world, I definitely feel like i have a new outlook on design. Really looking forward to going back to uni to vent it!

4 May 2011

99th post

I started my placement at design agency Bunch yesterday, and in two days I've gone from an Adobe Illustrastor novice - to pro! Loves it

30 April 2011

another designer in the family

Today I was helping my 9 year old cousin with his homework; he had to make a pamphlet about Andy Warhol - loving the freestyle grid system and typography!

29 April 2011

Dissertation Time

Still fresh in the memory of the dissertations just completed by my housemates, it is now time for me to start mine! I've decided to write about South-East Asian design, as it is a part of the world that is of great significance to me, although i know very little about it. 
I would like to write about Lao design in particular, as my family are from Laos, but there seems to be little information out there. So it looks like I might have to focus on the global giant that is China!

If anyone has any knowledge / books / website / exhibition / video recommendations related to south-east asian design then let me know!