Digesting Design

Design (just about) Digested




I began my year out away from my graphic design degree at LCC way back in June last year and it has been one of hell year in all honestly. I’ve learnt so much not only about what I want to do, but also about myself as a designer, met some amazing people along the way and been involved in some fantastic internships, freelance work, exhibitions, projects and everything else in-between. The highlights have included:

BRAG/Firehouse weekend in Brighton, YCN/Becks Fusion Live Studio, Print Club, ongoing involvement with UK Street Art, YCN Live: 250 Shoeboxes, 1 Superstar, Blyk/YCN Workshop, NOISE Festival 2008 short-listing, Not Actual Size, the BBC ‘Big Mic’ in Berlin, eBoy, A Delivery of Typography, Deutsche Kinemathek Alfred Hitchcock exhibition, Pentagram Berlin, ContainerPLUS, Cunning, THIS IS Studio, D&AD Student Awards, G20 music video, Type Tarts, Tunnel 228, the Ghibli Museum, breakfast with John Maeda, Trashed, Pecha Kucha Tokyo, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo, Banksy vs. Bristol Museum exhibition, Don’t Panic, Little Music Break to Paris, Wieden+Kennedy London, London Design Festival, Adobe Creative Bursary nomination and ideAporting.




A massive thanks goes out to all the people this year who have helped me, discussed projects, taught me and lots more. Ron and Chuck from Firehouse along with Jamie, Rhys and everyone else at BRAG. Nick, Sarah and the rest of the YCN team. Fred from Print Club. The UK Street Art team, Mark and Tom. Dan, Simon and Stephen from Not Actual Size. Svend of eBoy. Anja and Barbara from the Buchstaben Museum. Justus, Uta, Josephine, Christiane and Nikola from Pentagram Berlin. Luise of ContainerPLUS. Aidan, Becca, Spencer, Olly and everyone else from Cunning. Barney, Dougal and Richard from THIS IS Studio. Vicky, Danielle, Richard and the rest of the KK Outlet team. John Maeda. Alan, Simone and Mark from Trashed. Mark and Tomoko from KleinDytham. Eric and the rest of the W+K Tokyo team. Joe from Don’t Panic. Sarah, Sandrine and Camille from We Are Social, Guy from W+K London and everyone else who I have met along the way.

I came into this year thinking I wanted to be an ideas person in either an agency or studio and I’ve come away knowing that I want to be and ideas based designer. My typography skills have improved greatly as well my computer software skills. I’ve developed a much greater appreciation for the finer details of design and I know that I will always work on projects that excite me. I’m now collaborating more and more with interesting people and believe it’s the only way to produce the best work. People know something you don’t and you know something they don’t. I’ve learnt and developed greatly this year and have had so much fun doing it. I start back at LCC today and I will take what I have learnt this year and use it to get the most out of my final year, as a graduate and beyond.




For the immediate and long term future, I am currently working on ideAporting, which you can sign up for here, working on my dissertation which is based on the theme of Digital vs. Print and carrying on with my final year self-initiated project (watch this space). During my final year, I am hoping to continue the experiences I have had whilst interning, by working at a studio for 1 day a week, so I’m currently designing some self promotion and sourcing studios for that. I am also involved with a newspaper publication about student and graduate experiences with written and visual contributions that is soon to be produced. The project is being run by fellow designers Alex and Charlie. I am continuing to work with Pecha Kucha here in London, Trashed, UK Street Art, Don’t Panic and finishing up projects with Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo. I’ve also recently completed the identity for web based activists Turnfront which can be seen here and then finally, I have more self-initiated projects in the pipeline, both online and offline.

I now have a Twitter account so you can follow me at http://twitter.com/pauljenk and www.theshavedhead.com is soon to re-launch with a new design and new projects so watch this space. You can also continue to follow me on Flickr as well here. It’s been a pleasure to keep everyone updated about the last 16 months or so and thanks to everyone who has commented and emailed me. I’ve had 125 posts on the blog, documenting every creative thing I have done and over 20,000+ blog hits. I’m currently designing an outcome to summarise this year out so check my website for that soon. If you want to get in touch, drop me a line at paul@theshavedhead.com or on +44(0)792 166 7913. Finally, I will starting up a new personal blog soon so keep your eyes peeled for that.

That’s all, cheers.



London Design Festival : D&AD 2009 Annual Launch

Posted in Competitions, Everything Else, Exhibitions by Paul on September 25, 2009



Bit of a late post here, but on tuesday evening I managed to book a place for the D&AD 2009 Annual Launch held at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. It was only a short evening but quite busy with lots of creatives in anticipation of the new annual designed by Peter Saville and graduate Luke Sanders on an ‘education based collaboration. The current president of D&AD, Garrick Hamm as well as D&AD Chief Executive Tim O’Kennedy both spoke before introducing Peter Saville himself to discuss about the process of creating this year’s annual. Saville was one of the most down to earth speakers I have listened to which was great. The launch itself displayed the annual in giant D&AD yellow pencil display cases and also exhibited the winners from this year’s student awards. I also gave in my business card for a prize draw to win a limited edition D&AD 2009 annual!

Another positive leading up to the evening was for myself being nominated for the Adobe Future Creative Bursary award which comes from a new partnership between Adobe and D&AD. Eric from Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo nominated me for the award so a massive thanks go out to him and even though I wasn’t selected by D&AD on the evening as one of the winning 10 young creatives (only 50 were nominated in the first place), it’s still a great achievement for my year out. More information about the bursary award can be found here and more information about the annual can be found here.




Wieden+Kennedy London Work Crit

Posted in Everything Else, Talks/Lectures by Paul on September 5, 2009

I’ve been attempting to arrange a bit of time to go in and see someone at W+K London for a while now and so on Thursday I got to spend the morning talking to London’s head of design, Guy Featherstone. Many thanks to Guy for taking the time out to see me. We talked about what I’m about and about my year out, the design and advertising industry in general as well as the future of digital design. We went through my portfolio and Guy gave me some great advice for the future and how to improve my book and I’ll be staying in touch with Guy in the future.



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YCN ‘A’ Launch

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on September 5, 2009



On Wednesday evening I was invited to the ‘ALaunch at Village Underground by YCN. The A is the new physical award created by YCN for those commended annually for the design award they run as well as to be presented periodically to outstanding creatives, both established and upcoming. The launch show was very busy with a few faces that I recognised including the guys from THIS IS Studio so it was nice to catch up with them. A central projection screen displayed all winning work from this year YCN Awards, although I’m not sure how effective this was in displaying the work. Colourful paintbrush and sticky tape installations were also created specially for the event. Thanks to Sarah from YCN for the invite. You can see all about the ‘A’ here. All the photos of the night can be seen on YCN’s Flickr here.


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Little Music Break to Paris

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on September 5, 2009




This time last weekend, I was in Paris at the Rock en Seine music festival, being taken there courtesy of Eurostar as part of their new ‘Litte break, Big difference‘ campaign. I was over there doing the photography for Fried My Little Brain. Eurostar have teamed up with We Are Social, a social networking, media and communications agency for the new campaign which is all about taking time out from your usual schedule and doing something different that you usually wouldn’t do and just how quickly you can get to continental Europe with Eurostar to enjoy your break. Myself and 11 other music bloggers were whisked away for the crazy weekend in Paris.

With Oasis cancelling last minute, it was up to the Prodigy, Birdy Nam Nam, Vitalic, MGMT, Calvin Harris, The Offspring, Bloc Party, Madness, Metric, Les Petits Pois and many more to do the entertaining and we were not disappointed. Many thanks to Sarah, Sandrine and Camile from We Are Social for the weekend as well as a shout out to the other bloggers; Stereo Kill, Hush House, Cougar Microbes, Nialler9, My Chemical Toilet, Vice and Buzzin Music Blog. My photography on FMLB can be seen here. Be sure to check out all the links below.