Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Kamikaze Pilots

Brief: "Equilibrium gymnasium for males, tee shirt design must include text 'Kamikaze Pilots' with related imagery. One colour as will be screen-printed."
I don't know what this has to do with a gym but this is what I came up with. I like it. 
During my placement I hardly received any feedback, which annoyed me because I didn't know if they liked my work or not, just a simple yes or no would have done. I still don't know whether they used it... 

Work Experience - MRP

Everything has kind of fallen into place for me this Summer. I didn't think I'd get a summer job so quickly but doing so, meant talking to Matt, a boy who was in A Level Graphics class and getting work experience at Midland Regional Printers in Basford, Nottingham where he works. 
Of course during Summer they were really quiet for business which meant I could sit down with them and see how they went about design for printing. They explained to me how printers and designers generally don't tend to get along because apparently designers make their lives quite difficult when it comes to printing their work... unauthorised font licenses,  CMYK/RGB and spot colour confusion, bleeds etc... but although I didn't do much in terms of design I learnt quite a lot. 
I didn't have a clue what printing plates were... a different metal plate for each CMYK and spot colours, amazingly precise, obviously. 
I was very tempted to borrow the pantone solid coated swatch book forever, but I didnt :) 

What annoyed me on this placement was how stubborn people can be when it comes to personal tastes, because it was quiet they asked me to mock-up a calendar for them to print and give out to clients. I mocked up a simple colour-coded calendar and wall planner relating to the seasons and temperatures which they didn't seem sure about. They showed me their past calendars which were absolutely awful - basically 12 stock images they'd brought. What the fuck? I wanted to be sick.  

PC to Mac

Thanks to my lovely friend Nia, I got a job in a pub in Deansgate with her during my second year's last term. This was the only reason I could afford to buy a mac. I was getting really desperate because my PC was beyond shit, crashing all the time, making it really difficult to actually do simple things on it. Obviously I took major advantage of the student discount available from apple welcoming a macbook, free printer and ipod touch into my life :)
I've got everything on it I need, and in the coming few weeks I'm going to attempt to teach myself (with a little help) how to make websites, before basing my dissertation on them. Not quite sure how yet...
From now on I'm going to stop being so damn lazy. 
I've got a new job at Clarks which is going to take up a lot of my spare time but I'm desperate for money. In the process of leaving my current job because it's terrible hours and denies me of a weekend.