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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…

PC v Mac for Graphic Design

Oh no, it's another PC v Mac debate. Well, for this one I'm going to be specific to graphic design.


Why do a lot of graphic designers use Macs?

1) 'Tradition'
If you look at the history of graphic design on computers, you will find that Macs in the 80s/90s were the only computer to allow digital typography. So, graphic designers in this era naturally bought Macs. Then stuck to it. It then seemed to stick that graphic designers should use Macs.
2) Misconceptions
'Adobe products run better on Macs'
"Adobe has gone on record via their Adobe Hardware Performance Whitepaper to point out that the performance of their software comes down to specs, not operating system. So there is no real evidence for the old saying “Adobe software runs better on Mac.” Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator etc were not designed to perform better due to OS preference."
3) Trying to fit in
I honestly believe a lot of graphic designers buy Macs to 'fit in' as a designer. To…

EU Focus Project

I finally received in person my EU Focus Project I worked on a while back, and I was over the moon to hear it went down extremely well at Brussels (and was very popular)!




So what are they? A series of booklets covering different aspects of manufacturing, with the key aim of outlining the main areas of the manufacturing industry which should receive funding in order for Europe to remain a world competitor in manufacturing. The booklet starts on the left side with the current state of the industry, and on the right the predicted future trends. In-between is ‘the journey’ to get from where we are now to where is predicted to be a future trend, and this can be unfolded out - like a roadmap.



So what's this got to do with Autodesk? Well, the company Autodesk recently took over, Delcam, was part of the Focus Project initiative.  
I was incredibly lucky that I was trusted with the entire design of this project - over 72 different icons were used in this that I designed and made, and…