Welcome to my blog, I am a graphic design student at Bath Spa University. Here I will be posting my recent work and what inspires me.
Paul & Becky’s Wedding
National Trust mini photography/print campaign
Henrik Kubel Guest Lecture poster
My Perfect Future
A project for the professional context module of my final year, the brief was to illustrate our perfect future through the construction of posters, illustrations or what ever you want.
The idea for my project was based on a Steve Jobs quote:
"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
I thought of creating a series of posters that were based around a dot to dot poster as this visually represented my future but you couldn’t quite see what it was straight away, a bit like my future where I know what I want but I don’t have it just yet. The project developed further incorporating more posters such as a word search and a crossword, I kept the designs quite plain with very little colour as I wanted the colour to come from the pen used to complete the puzzles but also because I wanted to print these on random coloured card. I used a QR code in the corner of the posters which when scanned takes the user to a suggestion of the answer hosted on the internet.
The three posters are presented as a set and represent where I want to live, a career and family life.
Mental Health Research Booklet
As an extra part of the ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ brief I decided to present my research as a little booklet.
The research looks at Mental Health prior to 1900 and an overview of what it has become over the last century, closing with a look at ‘Willowbrook: The last disgrace’ and a brief written section from a Regional Manager in the Learning Disability Charity, Mencap.
The booklet was to look professional and well designed, as if it could be handed out in a presentation about Mental Health but it should also reflect the information discovered from the research. The cover was loosely based on the classic Penguin Books style. Once my research was collated I completed the design, printed and bound the first booklet within a day. I love this little thing, one of the most exciting end products produced so far this year!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(Penguin Books Competition - Jacket Design)
For one of my projects this year I’ve decided to enter the Penguin Books Competition which is to produce a cover design for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
I enjoyed this project massively, I took on a new style of working and researched heavily into Mental Health and its developement through the years. This lead me to creating quite a dark cover, the design is supposed to be quite orthodox and “conform to the system”, the background and the typography rebel against this representing the power struggle from the story. I think there’s quite a lot of representation contained within this design and I like the fact that people can read into it differently given their knowledge of the story.
Sam Winston Guest Lecture Poster
In the High Street - Snapshot Photography book.
My dissertation was based on how Snapshot Photography had developed in the digital age with the use of smart phones and new technologies. As a requirement of my final year we had to produce a project based on our dissertation, I was asked to produce some imagery via the mobile phone for an exhibition in Bath called StuffBath, thankfully this tied in well with my dissertation.
I produced a series of snapshots of shop owners in independent stores around Bath’s high street, around 30 were taken and ‘developed’ via the Instagram application. I then researched various was on how to present this project outside of the exhibition, I arrived at the idea of a book.
The design of the book was kept simple with very little text and the main emphasis was on the imagery, I used a black background to hold the image in its own space. Each image was presented on a single page which as you turned the page left an imprint in your mind as you began to view the other, the name of the person and shop associated with the image was ‘hidden’ close to the spine and was there if you really wanted to read it but wasn’t in your face to start with.
The book was printed at Ripe Digital, Corsham, on 160gsm Satin paper with a Matt laminate finish jacket.
A few of the images I took for IlluminateBath the other day, it’s been enjoyable working with the festival, seeing them perform tests and then the actual festival itself.
Ben Long Guest Lecture Poster.
Tower Bridge, London on Flickr.
Quick moody snap of Tower Bridge from when I was in London a couple of days ago, took the opportunity to view the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Natural History Museum, its got to be one of my favorite exhibitions, full of stunning imagery!