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.



Don’t Panic Freelance Work

Posted in Freelancing by Paul on September 3, 2009

DP Logo Black(2)I’ve recently been finishing up some freelance work for Don’t Panic, working on it over the past few weeks. I’ve been helping out for one of DP’s client’s branding and internal campaign communications working alongside Joe Wade. I popped down to Brixton to the studio last Monday to finalise ideas and then I’ve been concluding everything over the past few days. Whilst I have a few more bits and pieces in the pipeline to sort out before I go back to LCC in October, this has kept me busy and I will hopefully continue working alongside Joe and everyone else at Don’t Panic in the near future. Thanks to Joe for the opportunity.


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Posted in Freelancing, Projects by Paul on July 12, 2009

trashed logo

I am very excited to introduce Trashed.

Trashed is a creative online platform for teenagers. It’s part online youth culture magazine and part personalised portfolio – allowing them to create and collaborate on multimedia content with direct help and advice from working professionals in the music, fashion, media and arts industries.

The platform facilitates and encourages collaboration – users can work alone, in groups, or remotely with other users on projects, and are encouraged to constructively critique each other’s work.

Our up-to-date online advice and tutorials come from top professionals working in the creative industries – including editors, writers, broadcasters, designers, photographers, programmers, and leadings figures in the fields of performing arts, fashion and arts and crafts. Challenges are set and critiqued by industry figures, employers and brands – giving students unique, real-world experience that can both help with curriculum requirements and boost college, university or job applications. We are also building a database of creative work experience placements specifically for teenagers in the UK.

Access to the constantly updated bank of tutorials and industry news, the creative challenges, and the work experience database, is charged to schools on a quarterly or annual subscription basis. The only equipment needed is computers with internet access.

I have designed the logo for the new creative online platform and I’m also currently developing further elements to the identity as well as hopefully getting involved with other aspects and opportunities of Trashed. The concept of Trashed’s logo was to keep it as a simple and clear image but with a twist and for it to be able to work further as part of the overall identity. I chose DIN Bold for the typeface making the logo clean, crisp and up to date. The ‘ED’ has been reversed to reflect the word Trashed but also to represent what they are about, creativity. The logo will be featuring and working alongside other graphical elements for it’s identity which I am currently developing with Trashed as well featuring on it’s own on the website.

For more information, head over to the corporate website of Trashed and this is definitely something to keep your eyes on so watch this space and I’ll update more about Trashed as soon as I can so watch this space as well. You can also find Trashed on Facebook here. And you can follow the latest about Trashed on their Twitter here.


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Yasuni Green Gold Book + Campaign Launch Event

Posted in Freelancing, Projects, Talks/Lectures by Paul on October 8, 2008


On Monday I attended the Yasuni Green Gold book and campaign launch at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch. The event ran for a couple of hours and there was some hot topics being debated, an interesting insight into to what I will be involved in. I also got a nice handmade (out of Indian newspapers) goodybag including some great postcards to be directly sent to the Prime Minister for his support.

As from my previous post about the Yasuni Green Gold, I have been involved in the design side of things with the campaign. However, Georgie, one of the co partners in the day to day running of the campaign, as also mentioned in my previous post has been so busy organising everything else that we only got as far as initial designs for both the re-branding of the campaign and some t-shirts.

I have still offered my services however, and once things settle down with the launch, Georgie has told me that I may be able to restart the design process once again, so watch this space.

UK Street Art Photography

Posted in Everything Else, Exhibitions, Freelancing, Internships by Paul on September 8, 2008


Success! I have now confirmed my position with UK Street Art as their photographer starting this week. UK Street Art is a UK based blog with everything that the urban art world has to offer, similar to the Wooster Collective.

I will be heading to previews/exhibitions/events and there and then art on the street to document what is happening around the UK. Check out UK Street Art right now and take a look for yourself.