// It’s been a while…

30 03 2010

I really need to get back into blogging. I’ve really missed it, and I have so many things I’d like to write about, it’s just finding the time to do so. Work has been very busy recently, and I’ve been putting in the hours in to keep up with my workload.

I’m really enjoying it, and despite the long hours the days are over before I know it because I’m so busy. I realised the other day that I’ve been living in London now for over six months which has totally flown by, and I realised how lucky I was to get such an amazing job. I work with a brilliant group of people, I’m learning new things and the work is varied.

All is well in Kate-land (apart from the lack of blogging)!


// The Big Smoke

15 11 2009

I finally have internet at home again so I’m hoping I can get back into blogging soon. I do have a fulltime job now so it wont be as easy as it was the last few months, but I’m determined to find a little time. I also intend to finish my ampersand personal project which involves setting up my computer to get the fonts as a lot of the ones I’ve used I don’t have installed on my laptop. Anyway, I digress.

The short version is that life in London is bloody fantastic, I love it here. The area in which we live is great and we definitely have the best of both worlds; we can be in central London is a mere 10 minutes, yet we live in a converted Victorian house on a tree lined street, between two huge parks. It’s a lot greener than stereotypical London.

My new job is brilliant, the people fab, the company ethos outstanding. I think I’m going to like working there (in fact, I already do). I’ve been learning new things since I started there in September; dabbling in Adobe Fireworks and Dreamweaver, as well as working on the visuals for a website which is being designed from scratch and retouching some album artwork for the wife of a certain X Factor winner. Very exciting stuff! Moving to London was definitely one of the biggest decisions we have ever made, but it’s definitely been one of the best as it’s really working out for us.

There are a number of ‘things to do’ on my radar, but I’m rushed off my feet in the run up to Christmas so it’s likely to be 2010 before I really get to indulge in all that’s on offer.

// Ecclestone & Miller

23 08 2009

Speculative logo design work created (whilst employed at a Leeds studio) for regional cleaning company Ecclestone & Miller. The colours I opted to use are complementary, providing a strong, vibrant contrast throughout the brand, and all four logos featured a prominent ampersand. The one featured here is by far my favourite of the set.

It’s possible that I’ll blog about ampersands in the future, as I find them such a fascinating letter form, and only discovered today that the ‘&’ is often regarded as the 27th letter of the alphabet.

// My latest adventure

18 08 2009

Image courtesy of In Habitat.

I’ve been so caught up recently with various things, including freelance work, and the Sydney Challenge that I haven’t had a spare moment to blog about my good news!

After months of hearing about the recession, and the current state of the British economy, my hard work of applying to job vacancies, contacting design agencies directly and walking four miles to get my Jobseekers Allowance has paid off. I’ve been offered a job! The company itself seems brilliant, they’ve produced some awesome work for some seriously big clients, the location is great and those who I’ve met so far seem extremely friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to start!

So why, I hear you ask am I including a stereotypical photo of London with this post? I do live in Leeds, after all. Well…the new job is in London! To date, the furthest south I’ve ever lived is Grantham where I spent my teenage years, but I’m really looking forward to a change of scenery, and what is undoubtedly a fantastic career opportunity! I know there are lots of things in London to keep me occupied, and it has to be said that I’m excited about the prospect of having so much culture on my doorstep. So….feel free to recommend ‘must see’ London things (art galleries, the London Eye, general touristy things etc) for when I move down there in September.

I’m going to be based in South West London, but with such excellent transport links the entire city really is my oyster.

// From the beginning…

20 11 2008

Whilst I’ve been working at my current company for coming up to three months, yesterday I press passed the first thing that I have worked on right from the beginning; the first batch of business cards for my company following the re-brand we’ve been undergoing recently!

Since joining the company, I’ve been designing a lot of stationery, marketing, brochures etc for ongoing clients who had their logo redesigned before I came on board. However, this is my first project that I’ve designed from scratch; from the logo to the layout and structure of the business cards {and other stationery}, to creating styling to use throughout all elements {print & web}. As such, it was really exciting for me to see the printed outcome first hand. Not to mention that things like this have a tendency to excite me anyway…

The business cards are being laminated and cut today and they will be delivered to us tomorrow. Now that we are 100% happy with the pantone colours, next on the printing agenda is going to be letterheads, continuation sheets and compliments slips. We’re also having signage installed next week, which I’m really looking forward to seeing. Very hectic, but great fun!

Please be aware the colours you see on your screen may not be an accurate depiction of the official brand colours.