Saturday, 4 April 2009

A to M Visit

On the 13th March I decided to email Mike from A to M. I really like some of the work they produce, so I thought I'd get in touch. A few weeks went by and I didn't think I was going to get a reply but yesterday Mike's name had popped up in my inbox asking that I could go in with my Portfolio on the 8th April at 3pm. I am really pleased that Mike got in touch and I'm looking forward to getting some of his advice on my work. 

The Visit

On 8th April at 3pm, I went to A to M to show Mike my portfolio in progress. I arrived 15 minutes early and got buzzed in, their studio was located on the 5th floor. A to M is only a small company with only two designers, Mike and Ben. Even though it was originally Mike I was supposed to see, Ben sat down with us and also looked through my work. Firstly I showed my second year folio, and they generally liked my work. Mike liked my Observer Magazine and how I had made the type on the second spread mimic the image on the first spread. Also they thought my Typeface worked quite nicely when laid out into words. After showing them my first folio I explained that I had some of my third year work to show that was still a working progress. They both really liked my Women's Library brief, and gave me some good pointers on how I could improve the execution and make the strapline fit in with the idea a bit better, they gave some good advice that I will take on board for my final Portfolio. Mike and Ben gave a few interesting pointers on the Faber brief too and how that idea could be put across better, because the uses the idea of a film strip and is quite cliche of films its needs to be done in a good way otherwise is could look cheap etc. 
We had quite a long chat about my work and how it could be improved, but then I asked how they like to see work presented in Portfolios because it is an area that is so subjective and everyone prefers different ways of presentation. Mike simply answered as long as it good work it doesn't really matter, all he is bothered about is the quality of the work inside it. His advice was keep it short, around 5 great pieces, less is more. Never put work in that your not sure of because it will show and you may appear to be apologetic about it, just include the work your most confident about because it reflects you, this way you wont get caught out if someone asks a question about the work you don't particularly want to talk about.
Overall it was a great experience and they both gave great advice, that I will be taking on board.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

The King of all Biscuits

On the site Pimp That Snack you can see all your fave snacks made ginormous. Amazing!

The Screen-shot Posters

French Graphic Designer Sarah Kahn graduated from Penninghen Esag in Paris this year. Some great work including this Screenshot Poster featured in her Diploma project book, Les Toiles Humaines.


Designed by Advertising agency, BBDO/PROXIMITY. So simple it hurts.

Monday, 30 March 2009

A few Beetle Ads

Top: Advertisement for the new Beetle Cabriolet, simply removing the top from the VW logo.

Bottom: Two Ads again for the VW Beetle, using the unique shape of the Beetle within things, representing that they are unforgettable. 

Bottom, Found:

Stop-Motion Type Film

Interesting way of experimenting with moving image and typography. It flows so easily, Great stop-frame animation!



Ambient Fitness Posters

Posters when not held up represent a floppy belly, but when held up represents a flat and fit stomach, an interesting way of representing a fitness club.

Love 'em or Hate 'em

A series of Marmite Ads designed by DDB London. Using bold colours and simple illustrations by illustrator Al Murphy, the executions show someone loving the product if looked at from one angle, but hating the product if looked at from a different point of view. I love how you have to turn the posters around to see other meanings, making them kind of interactive and engaging with the viewer, really clever. Hate Marmite, but love these posters.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Melvin Galapon

I came across Galapon's work while I was looking on and I found his work quite interesting.

Another Guardian Ad

Advertisement for The Guardian Job Section, designed by Andy Macgregor. Still keeping the theme of bright colours on a white background, like the Wieden and Kennedy Ads.

Alan Kitching

Alan Kitching specializes in Typography and Letterpress. 

Craig Ward

Craig Ward uses overlapped type to create his imagery. He seems to mainly use letterpressing, which gives his work a nice texture. His work can be found on

Kasabian (Shoot The Runner)

Love this Video, love the style and effects! So bright and colourful!

Questions to Ady (True North)

I decided to send the questions I sent to Dan, to Ady at True North, who I went to visit with my Portfolio. He said I could send him questions when I spoke to him, so I thought I would, to help with my research for my issues and practices section. Hope to hear from him soon.

Ady got back to me with his answers which was very helpful (emails below)

Periodic Table of Typefaces

My kind of Science !!!

Penguin Audio Ad

The text makes up the audio sound wave, simple and really clever.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Questions to Dan (ex-student/MARK Studio)

I have decided to email an ex-student Dan Ingham, who now works at Mark Studio, I also emailed Dan about the Comedy Festival '08 brief he worked on at Mark Studio, for some research on my final major project. Because I am answering the "Too Many Grads" question for this brief, I decided to email Dan and ask if it would be possible to ask him a few questions about what he thinks on the matter, and how he got to where he is today. I hope to hear from him soon.

I got a reply from Dan (above) so I have sent him the following Questions (below)

I got Dan's replies to my questions which can be seen in the email below, his views were very helpful.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Interactive mouth idea

This is a similar idea to what I am going to include in my brochure for my Final Major Project, for the "Manchester Comedy Festival 2009" Having pictures of funny mouths throughout the brochure, which you can hold up to your own mouth. 

Interbrand - PDF folio

When we went to London as a group, on the 5th March, we made a visit to a large branding company called Interbrand. Tim, James and Katie are designers at Interbrand, and they gave a great presentation, they also showed some work they have produced. Tim, said he would happily look over our portfolios in PDF. So below are some emails I have sent to Tim asking if he would mind giving me a bit of advice on my work. 

I emailed a few weeks ago and he said it would be fine to send some work through, so the top email is Tim saying it is fine to send some work through, the second includes the attachment of my PDF. The third is a quick email just kindly asking if he had had a chance to look at my work, as its been over a week since I sent him my work. I hope he gets in touch, any feedback would be great.

This is an email I received today from Tim. He's had a look at my work, but is going to email back with useful feedback when he has more time to write. I'm looking forward to getting his advice, hope he emails soon.

After waiting a few days Tim got back to me with some feedback and advice on my folio, I'm really pleased he got back to me and told me to contact James if I wanted to send any further work or any regards to a Placement. So I plan to do so very soon.

Friday, 13 March 2009

The Guardian Ad Campaign

The Guardian Newspaper Ad Campaign, designed by Wieden & Kennedy London. Got to be one of my all time favorites. I love the simplicity of the graphics, and how some posters are completely typographic.

Dinosaur email

A few months ago I emailed Emily at Dinosaur, asking about a portfolio viewing, no reply as yet, I'll keep you informed.

Glorious email

Today I emailed Tom Shaughnessy from Glorious Creative, he came into college a few weeks ago and gave a presentation on the work Glorious had designed. I really enjoyed his talk and thought it would be useful to get some of his advice on my work. Fingers crossed he will email me back and I will be able to show him my Portfolio. I'll let you know if I get a reply.

A to M email

Today I emailed Mike from A to M, I really like the work they have produced, so I thought I would send a quick email to see if I could get a Portfolio Viewing, it would be great to get some of his advice. I hope to hear from him soon.