// Wedding design work

24 11 2010

Two posts in two days?! Told you I’d missed blogging! Before I disappeared, I told you I’d share some of my wedding designs once my big day had been and gone…

This heart (click for larger version) took me hours and hours to complete. When it comes to designing, it transpires that I am my own worst enemy as I simply wasn’t satisfied, despite my other half telling me it looked good.

“I’ll just move this a little bit. Maybe I could swap these two things and see how that looks. What do you think? Should I put it back to how it was before?”

It was never ending, and I don’t know how he put up with me!

The heart contained a series of wedding-centric words and phrases, including our own names and the wedding venue, and was used on the front cover of all our invitations (day and evening), as well as at a reduced size on all the interior pages. We also used it on our table plan, and followed the same theme for all our table numbers.

Our colour scheme (trendsetters that we are, haha) was turquoise with hot pink accents. We’re seeing turquoise everywhere at the moment, and it makes me laugh that our colour scheme —which we chose in 2008— it what 2010 is all about.


// Wedding Prep

18 07 2010

As some of you will know, I’m a designer who’s getting hitched at the end of August. It makes perfect sense that of course I would design everything that needs to be designed. Invites, table plan, guestbook, you name it, I’m making it. My invites have of course been created and mailed (I mentioned them briefly in this entry), table plan is designed (but not printed), table numbers need to be designed and I need to ‘make’ the guestbook*, so these last six weeks are looking to be pretty hectic.

I don’t fancy giving out details about the wedding to all and sundry, so once the big day has been and gone, I’ll consider posting some of the design work on my blog. Since creating them, I’ve actually been approached by the sister of the printer I used to create her invites in the same style. We got a lot of compliments for the design, but there’s no bigger compliment that others love them as much as I do when they want to use your design for their own wedding. I’m really chuffed!

*I can’t take credit for the whole book, as I’m actually going to be customising an existing scrapbook.

// Things I love (V)

23 06 2010

“Rearview camera? Why on earth would I need that?” | “Leather seats? Seriously?” | “Plenty of head room they said. Well what about neck room?”

I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned my love of Typography Served previously, and here it is, the source of more awesomeness. I bloody love giraffes, in case you didn’t already know!

These beautiful posters were created by One Horse Town Illustration Studio.

// Things I love (IV) – Limited Edition Posters

18 02 2010

As I’ve mentioned before, I get weekly emails from Typography Served. This week I enjoyed The graphic sentences collection by Harmonie Interieure; a short series of limited edition posters (numbered to 100), 45 x 55 cm and printed on 250gsm. I would love to get a set of these, if it weren’t for the small fact of not having anywhere to display them. They’re beautiful though, and I bet they’d be a real treasure to own (and see on your walls every day). You can make your own mind up as I’ll share visuals below:

What do you think? Which is your favourite? Will you be purchasing one of these posters, or even a complete set?

// First impressions

8 09 2009

I had planned to blog about this a while ago (when I was job hunting, specifically) as whilst trawling the internet for design companies to approach, I was completed and utterly dumbfounded at the number of horrendous websites I came across who offer design for web and print.

First impressions, anyone? For me, they are vital, yet there is a vast amount of ‘design’ companies who apparently do not think so. Unsightly websites, with no consideration having been given to space, colour or layout, and just as bad – riddled with spelling errors and poor grammar. Of course I’m not saying that I’m perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and like everyone else, I make (occasional) mistakes, but I didn’t want to work for a company that doesn’t take pride in the work they produce for themselves as well as their clients.

If I were looking for a company to create me a website, the first thing I would take note of is their own website. Surely that’s the best sales tool a web design company has? If a web company has an amazing website, prospective clients will know you can make them an amazing website. If the web company have an crap website, I hope you’re going to be clicking straight onto that little cross in the corner of your browser.

You may disagree, but in my opinion, that’s exactly what a company like that deserves. If they don’t care when it comes to presenting themselves, how much will they care when it comes to presenting you…?

// Looking for work

29 06 2009

I live and breathe graphic design. I can commit myself 100% to a project, whether it’s a logo development, a multi page brochure or promotional material. I immerse myself in it, not surfacing until I’ve created something I’m happy with. Something I’m proud of.

Since graduating in 2006 I’ve worked in both a studio, and an in-house environment, as well as on a freelance basis and over the years I can look back over what I’ve produced (sometimes whilst cringing, sometimes not) and know that over the years, I have undoubtedly refined my skills and striven forwards. I have improved. I know I have.

Last month, this changed. Out of the blue I was made redundant and found myself amongst the 600,000 people estimated to lose their jobs during 2009. I’ve since gone through the process of sprucing up my CV (it looks pretty damn good if I say so myself), bulking out my portfolio with my best pieces of work; some old, some new and sending off work samples along with my CV to a multitude of job adverts and companies I like the look of.

All I need now is an opportunity to show my portfolio off to someone!

// Design Work

27 05 2009

I’m aware that I haven’t posted a great deal of my own design work to date, and it’s about time that I try and remedy that. This project for Aqua Rose —a wedding and event coordination company based in the south of England— consisted of a number of elements.

Firstly as this was a new company, they required the initial brand development, the result of which can be seen below. They also required initial flyers, which I created as double sided DL (99x210mm) printed on a silk artboard, and a full stationery package consisting of letterheads, compliments slips and business cards.

Aqua Rose

For the logo development I worked in Adobe Illustrator, which I have become increasingly familiar with over the last ten months – prior to this I can honestly say I’d not had a great deal of contact with it having been using Macromedia Freehand instead. The layouts for all printed items were created using Adobe InDesign which I’ve been using now for years – I rely heavily on this now for Graphic Design.