Friday, 14 December 2012

Répondez s'il vous planes (2)

I blogged below this about the "RSVP" exhibition, so it seemed right that I share the things I've been creating! All follow a design palette created specifically for my exhibit.

Both these posters will appear at the exhibition. My responsive piece involves people writing things down on provided paper, folding them, and throwing them into my installation, which will involve a bin and some fishing-wire-suspended-planes. 

3-point instructions on what the exhibit expects of the audience

Instructions on how to fold your plane! step by step on the left, fold lines on the right.

Blog "banner" to advertise the event as a whole

An A6 flyer to be distributed to promote the event - details are on this side...

...and on the back, following the fold lines will result in the invite becoming a 3D plane!

The exhibition opens in March - anyone in Wolves who fancies coming? The private view is on the 7th March, and the exhibition opens on the 8th. Drop me a line if so, or keep your eye on!

Monday, 26 November 2012

SU Round-Up (November)

A couple of the things I've found myself doing this month at the Students' Union!

Felt this should be posted too, as I was not only involved in the design, but the event itself! 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Répondez s'il vous planes

RSVP is the title of an exhibition, put on by Graphic Communication students from the University of Wolverhampton, to be held in March. I am one of those students, and such, here is some stuff that I've been doing for it.

We can exhibit anything visual which relates to "RSVP", with the priority being on provoking a response from the viewers of the exhibition. However, this post will deal with the publicity surrounding the event. My particular version of this publicity reflects the nature of my exhibition piece... All you need to know for now is that it involves paper planes.

My poster design draws on the visuality of paper plane design - folded corners make the poster leap out off the wall toward the viewer. The blues reflect the nature of sky, which is an important aspect as it gives basis for the planes themselves.

I will post more on my actual exhibition piece at a later date.

Gently, gently

Third year hasn't lent me too many opportunities to blog. The workload is busier, and the work itself has been slightly different. For one, the first six weeks or so were spent brief writing, researching, and dissertating.

So, my first proper hands-on, design-y type brief was this one: Gentletude. Information can be found (in Spanish) here:

The brief demands a typographic response to the term "gentletude" - presented in such a way that smartphone users would be able to share the image, and would be called to live a life based on kindness and attitude.

From my research, I decided to focus on the religious ideology of "the golden rule" (do to others as you would have them do to you).

Clearly these designs are not complete yet, but they offer a graphical interpretation of the quote below them.

I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

SU Round-Up (October)

Not as much on this month! But here's a couple of things which I've lent a hand to:

Saturday, 29 September 2012

SU Round-Up (September)

I started a new job this month! I'm now working for the marketing department in my Students' Union, producing some of their graphics-y things. Here's some of the stuff I've been getting up to these last few weeks - not massively exciting to most people, but I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to big chunks of type...

A6 flyer promoting Autumn Election

These two images taken from a booklet entitled "Society Support Handbook".

 These three from a booklet promoting student representation.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Bits and bobs (and mugs)

A lot of the stuff I end up designing in my spare time is for the Christian Union at University, as I am an active member. I blog about those kind of things here: - less pictures, more words over on that blog, I'm afraid...

Over summer there were a number of things needing doing. These pieces are pretty self-explanatory, so I'll just pop them here for you:

Term cards are tricky (I think I chatted on about this same idea a year ago!) as they hold a lot of boring information - and you only need to know one piece of information a week! So, I tried to make something different of it - breaking the usual "list" approach, and instead turning it into a sort of info-graphic which colourfully shows where we meet when!

The blocky brand of mugs and cake is continued through to the publication we do, and although our budget didn't even stretch to colour printing (sob), at least they can be viewed here in multi-coloured beauty.

Saturday, 15 September 2012


I haven't posted anything on here in far too long... My bad! It isn't that I haven't had things to blog though, and hopefully I'll be able to post some of the stuff I've been getting my hands dirty with this summer, over the next few weeks.

Thought I'd take a bit of time to show this though.

The brief was to create a logo for the new student newspaper - a student-run publication which will consist of an on-screen new outlet, and a radio station to boot. The logo was to incorporate these ideas, and was to look sharp and dynamic. A pretty open ended brief really.

I quickly settled on using the colours of green and grey, to fit with the pre-existing colour palette of the Students' Union brand. I started with three designs:

The first takes the newspaper, and has the name resting upon it - with sharpened ascenders on the "h" and the "d" to add a sharpness, what with the newspaper being a digital publication.

The second uses an arrow to show this - this hints at the idea of the radio. The "thread" of the green stroke is key here too.

The team though, were most keen on the ideas involved with the third logo, such that this was the one which was brought forward to completion, as below...

The newspaper background was lost, due to the publication being digital, and the needle was changed to a pen. I think the logo works due to the clear link between the pen of the "t" and the radio mic of the "d" - helped with the slanted pen stroke in green. I kept the depth by the stroke being tapered, and the slant on the text itself. Overall, a successful project.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A Third Element

As an extension to the handwriting posters produced, this third element takes the idea of posting and sharing thoughts and puts it online. To describe how this might happen, I mocked up several screens such as the ones here:

I then took these images into a series of spreads which describes the concept. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

A post on post-it posters

Just an update on how the poster designs for "Make your Mark" are going...

The first poster is an overall campaign design - promoting the idea of sharing through handwritten text, but also incorporating the idea of the post-it:

The faded-out blocks will be real post-its, and the only printed elements will be the the logo, strapline, and the social media links. The post-its may (or may not!) have things written on them, as if people are already sharing - equally I may investigate simply leaving a pen by the side of the poster, to thoroughly make the most of the interactive element. I am aware that the poster as a whole needs a touch more info, but this is where I'm at to date.

The second poster is more finalised... But not quite ready to print. It promotes the idea of writing on the post-it, and sharing it with others:

It's meant to look like a zoomed in image of a wall full of post-its, with the info and images contained in the confines of a post-it shape. In the white square will be a block of post-its - so that people can grab one and start writing. Again, the info on this may need tweaking, so that people get the idea.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Phillustration takes a bow

This is my last Illustration module (everyone: "awwww"). I'm switching over to focus purely on Graphics - in terms of my degree work anyway. The experience I've gained from doing Illustration modules over the last two years has been great, and I'm happy, because it gives some of my graphics work an illustrative edge.

I've blogged enough about these spreads... Here are the very final ones. I'm happier with some than others, but overall I think I've made a decent fist of it. 

And just to test your browser to the max - here's yet more images, this time of the dummy book itself. Each spread was printed as a single sheet, so the back of page 2 was glued (spray mounted) to the back of page 3... And so forth.

It took me a while, but I began to really enjoy this project - especially when I began to have final images begin to take shape. I will continue to embrace all that drawing has to offer, but I feel I can no longer command the nickname of Phillustration. Shame, eh?