Something I have been working on for a few weeks here and there, finally got around to putting it in the frame - cutting out on gold card.

A work in progress - a commission for a wedding canvas in which guests are able to sign on the day - it’s not quite finished here yet, (ampersand needs adding) and some finishing touches… A work in progress - a commission for a wedding canvas in which guests are able to sign on the day - it’s not quite finished here yet, (ampersand needs adding) and some finishing touches… A work in progress - a commission for a wedding canvas in which guests are able to sign on the day - it’s not quite finished here yet, (ampersand needs adding) and some finishing touches… A work in progress - a commission for a wedding canvas in which guests are able to sign on the day - it’s not quite finished here yet, (ampersand needs adding) and some finishing touches…

A work in progress - a commission for a wedding canvas in which guests are able to sign on the day - it’s not quite finished here yet, (ampersand needs adding) and some finishing touches…

Dressage Logo
Scanned and now vectorising my dressage logo. It is going to be used as graphics on a horse box so i need to refine it and make it near perfect!  Dressage Logo
Scanned and now vectorising my dressage logo. It is going to be used as graphics on a horse box so i need to refine it and make it near perfect! 

Dressage Logo

Scanned and now vectorising my dressage logo. It is going to be used as graphics on a horse box so i need to refine it and make it near perfect! 

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Some more cutting based off images I have sketched from primary photos , then drawn up and cut out - I love doing this! I’m going to scan the end products and see what I can do vector wise and make them digital  :) Some more cutting based off images I have sketched from primary photos , then drawn up and cut out - I love doing this! I’m going to scan the end products and see what I can do vector wise and make them digital  :) Some more cutting based off images I have sketched from primary photos , then drawn up and cut out - I love doing this! I’m going to scan the end products and see what I can do vector wise and make them digital  :)

Some more cutting based off images I have sketched from primary photos , then drawn up and cut out - I love doing this! I’m going to scan the end products and see what I can do vector wise and make them digital :)

I loved doing the last cut out so thought id try again in a slightly different style - just experimenting as it’s hard to know what to do to achieve the look in mind - the only way of figuring it out is doing it - which is what I liked about doing prints during my foundation year. Doing it helps me understand the process ! Same with this cutting business. Meet Mr Pittance aka Spot ! I loved doing the last cut out so thought id try again in a slightly different style - just experimenting as it’s hard to know what to do to achieve the look in mind - the only way of figuring it out is doing it - which is what I liked about doing prints during my foundation year. Doing it helps me understand the process ! Same with this cutting business. Meet Mr Pittance aka Spot ! I loved doing the last cut out so thought id try again in a slightly different style - just experimenting as it’s hard to know what to do to achieve the look in mind - the only way of figuring it out is doing it - which is what I liked about doing prints during my foundation year. Doing it helps me understand the process ! Same with this cutting business. Meet Mr Pittance aka Spot ! I loved doing the last cut out so thought id try again in a slightly different style - just experimenting as it’s hard to know what to do to achieve the look in mind - the only way of figuring it out is doing it - which is what I liked about doing prints during my foundation year. Doing it helps me understand the process ! Same with this cutting business. Meet Mr Pittance aka Spot ! I loved doing the last cut out so thought id try again in a slightly different style - just experimenting as it’s hard to know what to do to achieve the look in mind - the only way of figuring it out is doing it - which is what I liked about doing prints during my foundation year. Doing it helps me understand the process ! Same with this cutting business. Meet Mr Pittance aka Spot !

I loved doing the last cut out so thought id try again in a slightly different style - just experimenting as it’s hard to know what to do to achieve the look in mind - the only way of figuring it out is doing it - which is what I liked about doing prints during my foundation year. Doing it helps me understand the process ! Same with this cutting business. Meet Mr Pittance aka Spot !

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My knight in the moon light! 

I love this kind of thing so I bought myself a cutting board to keep at home and sketched this shape out based off a photo taken while me and my partner were up Appleby a couple of weeks ago - I am going to do lots more over summer and try out different styles and techniques- this only took an hour if that so if I spend more time then I should hopefully be able to come up with some nice stuff. Ideally if I can incorporate this into my third year then I think I will be doing as I want to graduate and do something physically creative as well as digitalised work. My knight in the moon light! 

I love this kind of thing so I bought myself a cutting board to keep at home and sketched this shape out based off a photo taken while me and my partner were up Appleby a couple of weeks ago - I am going to do lots more over summer and try out different styles and techniques- this only took an hour if that so if I spend more time then I should hopefully be able to come up with some nice stuff. Ideally if I can incorporate this into my third year then I think I will be doing as I want to graduate and do something physically creative as well as digitalised work. My knight in the moon light! 

I love this kind of thing so I bought myself a cutting board to keep at home and sketched this shape out based off a photo taken while me and my partner were up Appleby a couple of weeks ago - I am going to do lots more over summer and try out different styles and techniques- this only took an hour if that so if I spend more time then I should hopefully be able to come up with some nice stuff. Ideally if I can incorporate this into my third year then I think I will be doing as I want to graduate and do something physically creative as well as digitalised work.

My knight in the moon light!

I love this kind of thing so I bought myself a cutting board to keep at home and sketched this shape out based off a photo taken while me and my partner were up Appleby a couple of weeks ago - I am going to do lots more over summer and try out different styles and techniques- this only took an hour if that so if I spend more time then I should hopefully be able to come up with some nice stuff. Ideally if I can incorporate this into my third year then I think I will be doing as I want to graduate and do something physically creative as well as digitalised work.

Below Left: A series of cards which when placed together spell out the important message I am trying to convey. The intention of these small but hopefully effective cards is to create intrigue for the viewer, and make the viewer want to piece together the cards to reveal the message. I have used bright colours to appeal to the eye and reflect my personality. The theme - hopefully obvious enough is music notes in line with Melody. The final 2 cards will be the contact information on the reverse sides.

Profession Practice: Evaluation

The final brief of our second year was a perfect opportunity for discovering our selves and creating our own identity within design.

After receiving the brief unfortunately I missed two months being in class with the others due to an operation on my spine which was really tough as missing the feedback does hinder progression. However I carried on anyway and followed the design process, as I know it.

I was partnered up with Ursula for part one of the brief and this helped lots as we had daily contact as and when we needed to. We worked really well together to put the industry questionnaire out and gave each other feedback about each selection of questions and agreed with a final 10, taking 5 from each.

The industry report was something, which I enjoyed. For some reason reports come easily to me, I enjoy putting them together and documenting. I have no problems doing that and again we worked together to tweak the document before final hand in. (Hopefully we wont be told that it was completely wrong!)

Thankfully uni has the PMC procedure, which enables students to have an extra 4 days to their hand in date when they need it. This helped both in my final submission of procon along with the professional practice brief.

My logo was, as per usual, a struggle due to my own indecisiveness. Ironically this was a key point brought up in some of the feedback we received from our questionnaire. I’m not sure that I will ever stop being like this, but it’s definitely something, which stumps creativity! After much deliberation and peer feedback I opted for the handwritten style using a graphics tablet to add a very personal touch. I also had a big issue getting my head around using my own name and not my company name. Although I am keen to work on my own business branding, it was important for me to take a step back and create what I was being asked for. And that was my own name. So now I have done that and learned, I am now able to move onto other elements of myself and self branding. It’s been really confusing trying to establish my own identity within design but this brief has definitely been the one to help me in this area.

The CV was much easier for me to think about, once I had decided on my final logo. I have made a couple of different variations of my logo, to include contact details where applicable, and be landscape where needed (eg business card). I already enjoy working with InDesign and through this brief I have learned how to use illustrator and InDesign in sync with each other to produce printable documents to a higher standard.

Although I have missed crucial feedback points throughout the brief, I am still quite happy with how it turned out, and at least I know I can do it alone when I have to. Although I also understand that feedback is always crucial, and the bit I received through social networks was enough to completely change the direction of my work.

For my promotional piece I created a series of cards which when placed together spell out the important message I am trying to convey. The intention of these small but hopefully effective cards is to create intrigue for the viewer, and make the viewer want to piece together the cards to reveal the message. I have used bright colors to appeal to the eye and reflect my personality. The theme - hopefully obvious enough is music notes in line with Melody. The final 2 cards will be the contact information on the reverse sides. If I had known what my final promo piece was going to be, I think I may have combined the idea and not created a separate business card, as my promotional cards could in theory team up and be a business card.

 

Usually I find inspiration from artists but for this brief I found my main inspiration has come from my peers and the work I have seen being produced. I find it inspiring and it reminds me that I don’t have to be a veteran designer to attempt to produce work!

If I had more time I would refine my cards to a higher standard and maybe add a greater selection and make them into a puzzle with the intention of grabbing peoples attention by intriguing them.

Despite being away from university and being apart from everybody, I have still enjoyed this brief and felt the benefit that comes with every brief we complete as part of our course. I am thoroughly looking forward to my third and final year at the University of Salford.

 

 

to look at over summer - type on indesign - my favourite :)

Questionnaire we dispatched

Hi

We are two second year Graphic design students from Salford University and we are trying to find some more information about working within the design industry. We have put together some questions that we would like to ask you regarding your work and the industry. We understand that you are very busy and really appreciate you taking the time out to answer our questions. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your help and time.

Our questions to you…

  1. What is the strangest brief you have received and how did you respond?

 

  1. What is the biggest hurdle you have experienced whilst working within the design industry and how did you overcome it?
  1. What product or tool would you not be without whilst responding to a brief?

 

  1. What & where is your main source of research and inspiration when responding to a brief?
  1. What is the average turnaround time you would expect to complete a brief in?

 

  1. What have you found is the most successful way to advertise your design services?
  1. How would you describe the atmosphere within the design industry in three words? (ex. Competitive, social, fun)

 

  1. Have you got any advice that you wish somebody had given you when you started in the design industry?
  1. Which of your designs do you consider your best/most successful and why? (Personal or professional)

 

10. Is there a designer that inspires you, or that you aspire to be like?

Thank you for taking the time to help us it is very much appreciated.

Ursula Higham | Melody May

University Of Salford

BA Hons Graphic Design Undergraduates

Industry Report: Graphic Design Professional Practice

 

Initially we approached the industry with our compiled questions, which in total consisted of 10. We felt that 10 questions was a sufficient amount in which we could cover plenty of areas, without overwhelming the recipient. We contacted various design individuals covering a range of design areas including web design, printmaking, graphic designers and filmmakers.

The brief coincided with (Melody’s) back operation so we decided together that we would contact people primarily online. Because of this, we decided to open our research to a wider area and so we emailed individuals and companies up and down the country, including Manchester, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and down to companies and individuals as far as London and even across seas in America. We emailed with the view of email-to-email contact with the opportunity of a visit being a bonus. The problem we encountered was sending out Ursula alone, and we decided that this was not appropriate.

 

Company

Name

Position

Contact details

Reply

The Armstrong

Sonja Franck

Senior Artworker

sonja.franck@wearearmstrong.com

Yes

Carbon Creative

Paul M

Senior Designer

paulm@carboncreative.net

Y­es

Saffron Brand

Wally Olins

Legend

wally@wallyolins.com

Yes

Refinery

Tom Barron

Creative Director

tombarron@refinerygroup.co.uk

No

Sagmeister and Walsh

Stefan Sagmeister

Legend

info@sagmeisterwalsh.com

Yes

Freelance

David Carson

Apple whisperer

dcarson888@gmail.com

Yes

Freelance

Neville Brody

Web Designer

visual-communication@rca.ac.uk

no

Hunters Cottage

Amanda Davis

Director

handmadeathunterscottage@hotmail.co.uk

Yes

Paper Panda

Louise

Craft Designer

paperpandacuts@hotmail.co.uk

Yes

The Chase

Chris Parker

Designer

0161 832 5575

No

Transmission

Grant

Senior Designer

0161 236 2599

No

Creative Spark

Neil Marra

Creative Director

0161 375 1702

No

Ginger Pumpkin

Unknown

Creative Director

info@gingerpumpkin.com

Yes

D and M Creative

Damien

Co Director

damian@dandmcreative.com

Yes

Ink and Pixels Creative

Kath

Designer

inkandpixelscreative@gmail.com

Yes

 

Our replies, although limited, proved to be valuable. Of the companies and individuals we contacted, we received just a hand full of responses, however the feedback was lovely when it arrived and made for a very interesting read! None were boring and to get a response was very rewarding and insightful.

One of the replies we felt was really relevant and significant and was a good piece to remember (especially for Melody) was that ‘indecision is something that halts progression’. This is significant and applies to just abut every part of life, from work and creating graphics, to shopping in the supermarket.

The one consistent opinion which popped up on more than one occasion was the use of a ‘pencil or pen’ as a crucial starting point for every aspect of design. Our main highlight was getting a response from Liz at Saffron Brand Consultants on behalf of Wally Olins. Our tutor Robert Shadbolt mentioned him which struck a nerve with (Ursula) as the creator the 2012 Olympics logo and we decided to contact him on the off chance of a reply. Unfortunately Mr. Olin’s had been in hospital so he could not reply personally but had asked Liz to reply on his behalf. Wally Ollins sent us both a copy of his brand handbook, signed personally, in hope that it would answer some of our questions. Wally’s book has proved very useful and inspirational for us both.

 

In conclusion we understand the industry to be competitive and is almost certainly fast paced, diverse, busy and challenging. The people who did respond were full of character in their replies but also remained professional in their replies. This is a crucial balance to keep as a designer, as after all this is business. The industry is suitable for the creative minds that have a passion and drive to succeed in everything they do. There will be times when its tough and unforgiving, but don’t let this be an impossible obstacle! This project has been helpful in helping us understand the industry further and clarify that we have made the right choice in pursuing graphics as a career.