Needing some Type inspiration?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From up North is a fantastic website show casing some fantastic pieces of typography. There are a couple of examples within this post but I urg you to check it out for yourself as its the kind of inspiration you put into your brain and keep coming back to it time and time again. They are all visually so exciting and I cannot help myself from wanting more and more. Check it out here.

 

ItchyPalm – Who are they?

ItchyPalm is a blog/online shop that is everything and anything to do with Illustration and art. It is growing from the ground upwards, the pieces are humble and have a sense of ‘I love what I do’ about them.  I wanted to write a short piece on ItchyPalm because it has everything it needs to succeed – passion, commitment and talent. Turning  away from the daily grind to follow dreams, so this is my homage to ItchyPalm and everything it stands for.

Follow the blog, I’m sure that a lot of interesting things will be coming out of it, follow them on twitter and visit the growing online shop.

I cannot wait to see ItchyPalm grow into its own.

Cellegratonia. A 2D animation piece.

 

It is a gorgeous piece of 2d animation that not only visually excited me but the tone and the music added so much to the story.  The animation itself was astounding, the simplicity of the drawings that made the character so full of depth, the movements are just charming and I watched it over and over.

The key to happiness. And to infographics?

 

I was doing a little research on infographics and came across this. It is so simple, to the point and it almost makes fun of infographics that are over designed and over complicated. Perhaps then, the key to infographics is to keep it simple and not over complicate the data or opinion that you are illustrating. After all the reasoning behind infographics, is for them to be a simple and clear way to communicate information.

The grad show

This is the piece that I showcased at the Graduate show 2011, I enjoyed the show, but found it to be less than productive in talking to industry people and creating contacts as there was a mixture of parents, students and industry people. It was not clear as to who was who and I believe that caused some confusion within everybody, but on the whole I think the event was successful and I wish everyone taking part in new blood the best of luck.

I decided to place a culture jam into the show to take away the focus of me as a designer but as a person who believes in design, a person who has the design skill and knowledge to continue to grow and form opinions about design and current issues. I pride myself on being honest and clear and in that want my designs to be the same, I recently had the pleasure of meeting new design people that reinforced the very reason I love to design. It seemed that the course that I was on was overrun with people that want fame, fortune and exclusivity in their career (all the things a design school wants their students to want) but meeting these new people gave me the optimism that there are agency’s and people working in the same or similar style and have similar morals as me and that is completely refreshing.

The end of the last four years of my life

So, the time has come for me to graduate from Leeds University into the big wide world of design. I graduate in four weeks and on that day I will be thinking about the numerous projects and placements I have completed over the years. University was a great experience, it opened my eyes to a lot of new things including a laser cutter, cider-again, green tea, paperchase, credit cards, loans, insurance, gardening, having the ability to always find money for a holiday, Pantone mugs, after effects, church(for a bit), vinyl, lava lamps, pov aid, co-op and shisha. (There is probably a bit more, but im bored of thinking of things, let alone you reading them)

Without Uni I would not have been able to stand on my own two feet and sort my life out, have complete control of its mould, learning about mistakes that I should have made to make me learn and never forget. Remembering that Uni is something more than studying, it is a life decision, because your life is never the same afterward.

Uni overall has been a great experience, like many other people I have had a lot of ups and downs over the past four years, but I have come out of it knowing who I am and what I want from life.