This Week: Two Handy Tools

So I’m settling into my new full time position as a Graphic Designer, and over the last few weeks I have been introduced to some very handy tools for digital designers, which I thought I’d share with you.

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Final Degree Show: The Opening

On Thursday, the time finally came to throw open the doors to {Un}Lucky 2013, our Final Degree Show. Opening at 6pm, the show went on for two hours on its first night, welcoming visitors from across the country, including industry professionals, creatives and friends and families of us, the students.

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Behind the Scenes: Degree Show Ready

I’ve just finished my degree in Graphic Design by putting the finishing touches to my exhibition space of our Final Degree Show, which runs from 20-26 June 2013 at the University of Chester’s Kingsway Buildings.

It’s been a very heavy week. Since my last blog post, lots has happened. I’ve been at my exhibition space every day this week, trying things out, mounting, sorting technical issues and getting things printed. I’ve included some photographs that I’ve been taking on my iPhone as the space has progressed through the week.

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Behind the Scenes: Degree Show Preparation

With all of my official deadlines met and presentations completed, attention has turned fully to our Final Degree Show, which opens on Thursday 20th June 2013 at the University’s Kingsway Arts & Media campus. I have made the decision to use Glovebox as my main exhibition piece, and have been working over the past week to visualise how my space will look.

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The Magpie’s Nest: Pitch Day

Friday saw the completion of my degree and the pitching of our business idea, The Magpie’s Nest, to two businesspeople, our module tutor and course leader.

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Behind the Scenes: Mission Accomplished

Today I had my final hand-in of my university life, with my competition brief for Nissan and personal brief Glovebox completed, as well as the digital version of my Personal Development Plan (PDP).

Preview of Glovebox; See the full thing at our Final Degree Show!

Preview of Glovebox; See the full thing at our Final Degree Show!

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Behind the Scenes: Glovebox #4

Exciting things are happening with Glovebox. As I enter my final week working on this project, three new themes have been created and therefore the app can be seen in four different ‘skins’. Currently my chosen themes are labeled Frozen White, Retro, Race and Candy, each reflecting different types of motorist and the varying vehicles they drive.

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Behind the Scenes: The Magpie’s Nest – Initial products!

We had another presentation for our business plan, The Magpie’s Nest, on Friday afternoon. In preparation, we decided to make some prototype products to set the mood and show our audience what we could feasibly be producing.

Below are some images of the Little Desk Tidy, part of our Office Accessories range. This is based on a small Heinz soup can (the 75p variety), sprayed in a range of colours (matt black and gloss white for now – Magpie colours!). These fit really nicely with the current shabby chic/industrial chic trends in home furnishings, an area that we feel we can tap into quite easily with the other products that we would be offering. Our up-cycling nature also means that we are able to keep up with trends and change our products to suit.

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Building my iPad Portfolio

Earlier this year, I decided it would be appropriate for me to build a full iPad-ready portfolio. Having completed my placement at AKQA last year, and taking note of their passion for digital, I realised that I needed my portfolio to be mobile, clear and easily accessible. This would be especially important during the interview process when applying for jobs in the design industry.

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Behind the Scenes: Glovebox #3

The work on Glovebox is continuing but I think I’m now on the home stretch. I’d better be anyway, with only weeks until final submission! Following feedback from both my tutor and colleagues today, there are some final adjustments to be made before I think about how I’m going to present the app both for final submission and for exhibiting in June.

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Behind the Scenes: The Magpie’s Nest

As part of our Design Management & Production module, we have had to come up with a business plan in our group of 4. You can see the previous stage in this blog post, but we have now moved forward and chosen and refined our design identity for our final idea – The Magpie’s Nest, Boutique Upcycling & Recycling.

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Behind the Scenes: Glovebox #2

I’m continuing to work on my Glovebox project, making changes to the design and layout in order for the app to be made more appealing to my target audience. Whereas previously I had been creating digital versions of the physical documents, I have now moved the design process forward and have begun designing specifically different documents to make use of the digital format, and also the opportunity to make the documents more engaging to read and look at.

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