Thursday, 29 April 2010

First attempt

So I've always wanted to design my own font but have never gotten round to it. Also I think I want to design a typeface for my final project, so I've have a little play first and made this. 
Never having actually attempted to design a font I set myself the task of creating a hybrid Futura condensed/RiotSquad as these are my current favourites.
Possible name: Dijitul? Futsquad? Failfont? 
Need to sort out the G, J and Q, the M and W, the A, B, C, D, E...

The love child of Futura & RiotSquad

Wednesday, 28 April 2010


D&AD Cakeface Fundraiser

Nia and myself organised and ran a cake stall in MMUnion to raise money for our degree show. Myself & Nia baked cupcakes, fairy cakes and rice krispie chocolate nests. Nia & Helen made easter cards, Caitlin made lemon cake, lemon cupcakes and a chocolate cake, Molly made some chocolate cupcakes, Jo made some pretty vanilla cakes, Emma made some cute easter chick and bunny rise krispie cakes, Stacey made some hand made chocolate treats and of course Belle made some absolutely delicious chocolate & fruit brownies, what a babe. 
Almost everything got sold and we made over £110 which was a cracking (oh lord) contribution to our degree show funding. Many thanks to those who contributed their homemade goodies.

Our stall:

The poster I designed to advertise our fundraiser. Illustrations by Miss Nia Banwell.

Push Print

This seminar on design for lithography print was helpful in terms of how to communicate with printers, different types of binding and paper stocks.

Types of bind:

  • Perfect bound
  • Saddle stitched – stapled
  • Exposed binding – opens out perfectly
  • Square bound

Paper merchants:

  • G.F Smith
  • Fenner paper
  • Fedrogoni
  • Robert Horn
  • Independent paper
  • Dixon & Roe


  • Ask for a quote by a specific date – ASAP is not specific.
  • Title of work
  • Format
  • Size
  • How many colours? Any pantone colours?
  • Stock
  • Finishing
  • Quantity
  • Mention budget – printers can advise about stock, finishing to keep within budget. 
Examples of Push Print's work Marissa brought along with her:

Russell Hancock

I left this lecture feeling totally inspired and motivated, it was encouraging to hear Russell’s journey into design, the mistakes he made and his advice about assessing free work thoroughly before taking it on. He gave mixed reviews about free work discussing its good and bad points. The good points being how it can build a relationship with a client who may return as a paying customer, the bad points being that the clients will take advantage and could possibly rip off or edit your work without your consent.

The terms and conditions and various other forms he discussed and gave us were completely invaluable, it was scary taking a step in the direction of actually understanding how to become self-employed, deal with clients and cover your own back by getting that all important signature. 

It was reassuring hearing how you don’t have to move to London and work in a studio to be a successful graphic designer; clients are everywhere, as every industry needs design.

Being aware of your limits as a designer is important, finding a balance between work and your life so you don’t overwork yourself and make yourself ill or ruin relationships. A good piece of advice, which could generally benefit everybody’s attributes, is making yourself in disposable, being helpful and willing to take the rubbish out or put up shelves will make you more a more reliable and valued employee.

A useful piece of information he gave us which was very helpful was the idea of the ‘Theatre of Design’ where you have to paint every picture for the client because they don’t think and visualise things how designers do, mock-ups are exceptionally important for clients to see work over a range of media.

General good correspondence, keeping in touch and being remembered are good points to refer back to so clients and potential clients know you’re genuinely interested and willing to take on more work. 

Monday, 26 April 2010

Business Cards

Self Promotion

An A1 portfolio poster to send to studios to hopefully get a job (yn).

Needs some work, just a starting point. 

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Emily Alston

Emily Alston, who calls herself ‘Emily Forgot’ is a London based graphic artist and illustrator, she has been in the creative industry for 5 years and has worked for a rather impressive diverse range of international clients including Adidas, Orange, MTV, The Guardian and Selfridges.

Emily’s illustration work is visually stunning, flawless and mesmerising; she has a very unique playful approach to her work and I find her sensitive attitude to lighting really beautiful making her work bold and beautiful.