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.



ideAporting | www.idea-porting.com

Posted in Projects by Paul on September 25, 2009


As I am soon to be heading back to LCC for the final year of my degree and my year out is drawing to a close, I am currently now working on ‘ideAporting’. I have been working on ideAporting for a while now and I’ve been sourcing information, content and research throughout the summer. ideAporting is the ongoing online and offline outcome for the research part of my first final year brief, ‘Import/Export‘, which was to look into ideas, services and innovations on a global context.

ideAporting is a collaborative online platform where users can share ideas, services and innovations that could be imported, exported or both between countries worldwide. For example, a recent article in The Independent newspaper reported that there is a new scheme for the city of Ghent in Belgium to go vegetarian one day a week. Would this work in the UK? How could it be promoted? Conversely, are there any innovative concepts from the UK that could be successfully implemented in another country? If so, what cultural issues would need to be taken into consideration? Are there local issues that would benefit from global discussion with international links and support networks as well?

Join ideAporting and contribute by submitting ideas, writing, images, videos, links, PDFs, podcasts, downloads and everything else in-between. Image sizes can be a maximum of 530px wide and please submit hi-res versions from your contributions where possible to paul@idea-porting.com to become part of a unique offline documentation of ideAporting. You can also comment on contributors’ posts and keep in with the conversation. Spread knowledge and start conversations with ideAporting.

Join ideAporting’s Facebook group here.

You can also follow ideAporting on Twitter here.

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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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Type Tarts for Wallpaper* + KK Outlet

Posted in Everything Else, Exhibitions, Projects by Paul on June 13, 2009


The Type Tarts project I worked on has now been publicly released coinciding with Wallpaper*‘s July ‘Sex Issue‘. The project was originally run by UK Type for promotion and to raise awareness of the St. Brides Library in London, the printing and typographical shrine.

Wallpaper* have now released all 450 tart cards online that were created by myself, other students, established designers, agencies and studios; there are some great ones in there. My one can be found here, (they have censored out my phone number, I was hoping to get ‘calls’). I worked with Baskerville. The hands and fingers are used because Baskerville was created in the Baroque period and this was when ‘fists‘ were also introduced, typographic hand symbols. ‘Mature‘ as Baskerville is an old and experienced typeface and ‘always on consistent form‘ because that is how it’s designed. The rest of the concept is obviously based around the ‘tart‘ side of things so I’ll leave you to ‘fill in the gaps‘. I screen printed the cards in various inks and on a range of papers. I submitted to the project the candy pink ink on yellow mount card, however I have lots more variations which will all be going into the project section of my new website, later in the year so keep an eye out for that.


As well as all this, I also posted on here about the second lot of posters me and Dan printed as an extension of the project, which you can see again here. Unfortunately we wanted to get them printed ‘flip lenticularly (when the image moves on the page), an example of this can be seen here. But after some promising quotes from a printers, they didn’t pull through which was a real shame. So instead I split up the three proposed frames and again screen printed them. Me and Dan collaborated on the design using the typeface Caslon. ‘You Can Take My‘, ‘Virginity‘ (represented, by the ‘heddera flueron’ which is the typographical flower that was used to break up paragraphs, a flower being the symbol for virginity) and ‘Any Way You Want‘, gruesome! These will also be going into the project section of my website later in the year. And I have some more plans for further extension of the project so watch this space.

Check out Wallpaper*’s July issue for a feature on the project and KK Outlet will be hosting the exhibition for the Type Tarts from the 22nd of June onwards so go and check it out. Unfortunately I can’t attend it as Tokyo calls, but I will post up some photos of the opening night when I get them. There are also plans to make a book out of the project I hear as well, great stuff.




KK Outlet’s Facebook event page can be found here.

Type Tarts Continued

Posted in Everything Else, Projects by Paul on May 14, 2009


Over the past few weeks I’ve been back at the screen printing carrying on with the Type Tarts project me and Dan have been working on. We were wanting this design to be printed lenticularly (where a series of images moves on the page) however the printers we were dealing with never got back to us after the initial quotation which is a huge shame as the deadline for the project was extended by two weeks, so we had the time to get it designed and printed after our initial postcards. Instead I screen printed the three images for a series of A2 posters on GF Smith 270gsm Accent Smooth/Eco White stock.

Me and Dan in collaboration designed this card based around the theme of ‘virginity‘ and using Caslon as the chosen typeface. ‘You Can Take My‘ / hedera flueron (the typographic flower symbol which used to separate paragraphsflower being the symbol of viriginity) / ‘Any Way You Want‘. Gruesome but great! You can now also see mine and Dan’s names on the Type Tarts contributors page here. More updates on the Type Tarts exhibition and project soon.