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2017

Another year has come to an end (and another birthday is fast approaching; I'll be 24 on NYE. I can feel the arthritis kicking in). I know I've been pretty neglectful of this blog as of late, but a lot has happened especially over these past few months. At least it meant I only had to look back a few posts to see what I wrote for my 2016 year end entry...

I said at the end of my 2016 blog post that I wasn't sure what lay ahead in 2017, and that I had no specific plans other than to work on my portfolio and see where it ends up after another 6 months. I don't think I could have guessed 2017 if I'd tried! In a similar fashion to the 2016 post, I'll sum it up very quickly in bullet points:

February:


Mr Snuffles the hamster joined the family; the cutest, most doziest, docile hamster I have ever met May:
Bought another car, nearly as fun as Bert (if you don't already by now know, Bert is my other car - a classic Fiat 126) but a little bit quicker... July/August
I g…
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Dropbox

Dropbox's new branding has caused a stir in the design community. Popular opinion is generally unfavourable towards the new branding, but I have seen some split opinions. For me, the branding leaves me a bit confused - or does it? Click this to see the branding page.
The new logo is a good step forward I believe, and hasn't been the centre of debate in the design community so I'm not going to touch on it other than showing the before and after:



Dropbox also have a new typeface with their rebrand, called 'Sharp Grotesk' created by the type foundry Sharp Type, inspired by the late Adrian Frutiger. In my opinion, the typography is a mixed bag. Some of the fonts of their new typeface are ok, but the typeface has an ametuer feel which shows upon closer inspection in the stretched iterations:

Conversely, I find the stretched iterations actually seem to work reasonably well when presented as headings in isolation. However, I found they looked disjointed when presented alo…

Website Updates

As you may know, I love updating my website...doing the odd tweak here and there and yes, once again I've updated my site! Mostly a rearrangement of the homepage but there's one or two new projects on there that haven't been on there previously:


Better yet, if you visit my site you may notice some transitions on there, visible mainly when resizing the website window. These were made using only CSS, and something I experimented with upon discovering it and decided I quite liked it on my website. My website is something I always look to keep updated and tweak here and there, a big reason is just because I enjoy doing so, but the other reason is that it's simply just good practice to keep your website updated.

Graphic Design Festival Scotland Poster

I designed a poster a few months back, an illustrative representation of Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement:


Done as a spur of the moment thing, inspired by a symbol we see on a day to day basis, I decided to enter it into the Graphic Design Festival Scotland competition - the competition brief was open to anything. I found out 2 weeks ago it is through to stage 1 of the selection process! So for the next stage I was asked to post 2 copies of the poster and in 2 weeks I will find out if it's through to the final round, and therefore exhibited at the event in October. The final 3 winners will be announced at the exhibition on the opening night.

Fingers crossed the poster makes it through to the next round, it would be pretty cool to see it in an exhibit! I don't often enter design competitions, in fact I think this might be the first one I have entered? I had fun making this poster either way, as well as this poster I also created to advertise the exhibition:

Blacks Gateway Pages & The Importance of Designing for Fun

You may or may not have already seen my web page designs for Blacks, a high street retailer that sells footwear, clothes, bags, etc tailored for the outdoors. I had a lot of fun with this conceptual project, here's some shots:











I did this project for a bit of fun, and so I could add another website design to my portfolio. I loved incorporating topographic lines into the design (for some reason I really love the look of topographic lines, they're so pretty!). The brand predominantly uses lighter blacks in the colour palette, so I thought a monochrome scheme would work well. I wasn't looking to re-brand Blacks, but to make something cool that fitted with their pre-existing brand.

It's great to do personal projects, and if you're passionate about your profession it shouldn't take much persuading to get on and do some in your spare time! If you truly love being a graphic designer/illustrator/creative person, you will always find time to do some work outside of your…

My latest website redesign

I've redesigned my website a fair few times now. The first iteration was in university when we were taught basic coding and had to build a website as part of the module. Because we were only taught basic html and css, the site was not responsive which bugged me massively. So over the summer before starting my final year, I designed a website which was responsive. It was only live for a week before I decided I wanted to redesign it AGAIN, and I finally settled on this:


Nothing special, just a simple, straight forward, and to the point design. Also, fully responsive. To be honest, portfolio sites shouldn't be anything extravagant as it distracts from the purpose of the website which is to show your work to potential employers. Now it's been well over a year since redesigning the site - in fact something like 18 months.

Although there wasn't anything explicitly wrong with the design of the website, I started to feel that it was a bit monotonous. There was no variation to …

2016

It's the end of the year which has a terrible habit of landing on my birthday. I've wrote this post in advance and scheduled it so I don't have to type all this on my birthday ;)

2016 has been deemed by many 'the worst year ever'. I've seen people sharing memes saying how 2016 has been rubbish for them. Back in January I said it was going to be my hardest year yet given it was my final year of uni, but it was going to be amazing afterwards. And it proved right.

I initially began typing this post as a huge essay on what I'd done through the year, but that would be tedious; I'm not one for enjoying essays that much after all (dissertation, anyone?).

January
 Thought about writing my dissertation but never got round to it  February
Finally wrote my dissertation (2 days with only 4 hours sleep). Death had never been so appealingGot a letter from the Vice Chancellor saying I achieved the highest mean mark at Level 4 out of Graphics and Photography - Level 4…