I haven’t blogged for a while, which is fairly shocking. But things have changed fairly dramatically since I last wrote on here. In November I started my new role as UX Designer at the BBC, something that totally took me by surprise. Just over a month in, I’m feeling as though I’m settling into my role and am enjoying it hugely. Once again I’m fortunate to be able to learn new skills and different ways of working, which is great. I’m travelling to Salford each day to work at MediaCityUK (the BBC’s big base in the North) and I’ve adjusted well to the journey, which takes roughly 1 hour each way from where I am based.
This is the first of my new (hopefully) monthly series, Freebie Friday, where I’ll be giving a design-related goodie each month.
This month I’m kicking things off with two smartphone wallpapers featuring two of my favourite bible verses from my Type & Faith range. Jeremiah 29:11 and Joshua 1:9 are highlighted a lot, but this doesn’t take away from the meaning behind each verse and the chapters from which they come.
It’s been a while since my last post, so I thought now would be a good time to update you all on what’s been happening since I finished uni in June.
This week saw one of the most hotly anticipated design launches of 2013, with Apple showcasing both iOS 7 (their latest iPhone/iPad operating system) and the new Mac OS X Mavericks for their iMac and MacBook lines. iOS 7 has been one of the most talked about launches since iPhone and iPad were released, mainly because it is the biggest revamp the iPhone has seen since its launch in 2007. Before the event at which the software was revealed, WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), there was much talk across the internet as to how Apple’s new iOS operating system would look, with many rumours suggesting that Apple would ditch their thoroughly familiar, often imitated skeuomorphism (digital things made to look physical, like the leathery textures, fake notebooks and that horrific green felt in Game Centre), in favour of an all-new ‘flat‘ design aesthetic.
The new Yummy Custard Society6 store is NOW OPEN for business! I’ll be selling my Type & Faith prints from here, also available as iPhone cases and skins, iPad and Macbook skins, stretched canvases and greetings cards. There will also be a small selection of my photography available through the store.
Feel free to go and take a look – more will be added throughout the coming year. It’s all in dollars, but they’ll ship to the UK and will charge you in pounds equivalent (which is less than the dollars suggest!).
I’ve just found out that I have been shortlisted by Chester Women’s Aid, for the work I carried out as part of one of my university modules in November.
We all worked on the same brief, creating a new identity for the charity, which offers support and help for women who suffer from fear and abuse. The full range can be seen in my portfolio. It was a pleasure to work on a brief for such a cause, and it is a massive bonus to have even been shortlisted alongside the other 11 student designers.
Some of you know that I’m also massively into photography.
Well, having been globetrotting (almost) over the Summer, I’ve added some brand new imagery to my Flickr stream, featuring some classic dutch scenery and some classic cars too. My photography is still available to purchase – head over to my Tumblr for information on how you can get your hands on a print of mine.
As GloZell would say, over and out!
So I haven’t made a stop-motion film for almost 12 months. Luigi & the Cinquecentos began back in March 2010 as an idea for my A-Level Fine Art project, quickly spinning a second “sequel” episode later that month, and an extended third episode in the Summer. The following year, boredom got the better of me and I decided to do another, fourth version, featuring our newly-purchased Fiat 500.
I didn’t really promote the fourth episode, inventively titled ‘Go 4th’, so decided to get it out there a bit more this month. I’ve had some encouraging comments on Twitter, including from a certain Fifth Gear presenter, so my aim, I have decided, is to begin work on another episode over the Summer. I’ve learnt an awful lot when it comes to animation as I’ve been creating each film, and I feel there is a degree of difference between my first attempt and the latest one.
Episode 5, I hope, will be more polished and more humorous. There are things I haven’t done before, and places I haven’t been too. I’ll take my time but it’s something I really enjoy doing alongside my more serious (but still enjoyable!) graphic design projects.
This is my brand new website!
I’ve been thinking for a while that I should create something new for my portfolio of work. Bear with me, as it is still in the process of being put together, but from now on I will be adding my new work here. My Tumblr will still continue to function but its purpose will become more blog-like than previously, with “behind-the-scenes” insight, progress on work, and things that inspire me. So don’t forget about it!
Special thanks go out to Mark for helping me to get set up and showing me the ropes – it is much appreciated.