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.



V&A Fashion V Sport Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on October 18, 2008


Last night I went to the Fashion V Sport exhibition at the V&A. I was really looking forward to seeing this one as I’m a huge fan of sport, and the clothes that go along with it. There were some interesting fashion pieces and custom garments on show, along with a Chanel surfboard and a great display case of trainers, but in general it was a disappointing exhibition, certainly not even worth the £3 pounds I paid with student discount to get in.

You can see the exhibition link on the V&A website here.

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250 Shoeboxes, 1 Superstar was LIVE

Posted in Everything Else, Projects by Paul on September 9, 2008



Last friday, my YCN Live event, ‘250 Shoeboxes, 1 Superstar‘ went LIVE at the Atrium Gallery in LCC. It was a lot of fun and it turned out great. Thanks to Dan, Laura, Vicky, Jade, Jack and my brother for helping out and to Anthony for the exhibition space.

Check out the project page on my website here.

The full set of photos on my Flickr page here.

And the YCN Live event page here.


My YCN Live: ‘250 Shoeboxes, 1 Superstar’

Posted in Everything Else, Projects by Paul on August 29, 2008


As part of YCN Live, I will be hosting my own event called ‘250 Shoeboxes, 1 Superstar’.

“As part of YCN LIVE, LCC student Paul Jenkins will be taking the 250 Adidas Originals shoeboxes collected from the kind people of Camberwell Art College to create a ‘Superstar'” – description on the YCN Live website.

Check the event page online here and see if you can figure out what I will be doing. Come down to LCC next friday to check the project out.

More updates after I have completed the project.

Friday Round-Up

Posted in Everything Else, Exhibitions by Paul on August 1, 2008


Well I’ve had a pretty busy day today, rushing around all over central London getting things sorted. My portfolio is now all finalised/printed, with my CV and other self promotion that I am going to be sending out to companies not far behind. I’ve also been chasing up laminators/vinyl cutters and screen printers for a special something on my self promotion so watch this space. A photo of all my self promotion will be up soon!

I managed to check out the No. 6 London Adidas Concept store on Newburgh street just off Carnaby street and I’ve gotta say even though it’s smaller than the Berlin store, there were some amazing trainers in store. Adidas have worked with Patrick Laing/A=R to re-design the shop. Quote from the nice cardboard bound book I picked up, “The main reference point for the No. 6 re-design was the Japenense Metabolist movement, a 1960’s retort to western design ‘isms’.” The booklet includes the brief, sketches, project development and final store shots. So Germany or England’s concept stores? I would go with England’s.

I also checked out the Cork Street Annual Open Exhibition for Charity. Working for Children with Aids charity, the exhibition was a selection of contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture, original prints and mixed media from both famous and emerging artists. I found out about this exhibition at the London Graphics Centre. Some nice prints and photography, but not all my cup of tea.