Digesting Design

Design (just about) Digested

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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.

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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.

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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.

Paul

London Design Festival : D&AD 2009 Annual Launch

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

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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.

www.dandad.org

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London Design Festival : emerge Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 19, 2009

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Next up from the London Design Festival was the emerge exhibition held at the Rich Mix gallery space near Brick Lane. emerge is the new graduate showcase event run by the Design Festival and works were guest selected by Fraser Muggeridge. Alongside the exhibition, events including one run by Wieden+Kennedy are happening throughout next week as well the very first emerge design award, with the winner being revealed next friday. The exhibition itself had a nice layout displaying the graduate’s projects but I’m not too sure on the quality and production of some of the pieces. My favourite works were the emoticons canvas bags, the sculpture of ‘SHIT!‘ and some of the typographic posters which were part of a poster competition brief set by Pentagram for any graduate to participate in.

emerge is worth a look if your a student or graduate and the exhibition runs until the 27th of September. The event page can be found here.

http://thisisemerge.com

Graphic Design in Japan 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 14, 2009

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Graphic Design in Japan is a yearbook that was first published in 1981 by the Japan Graphic Design Association. Ever since, the annual publication introduces a selection of work each year spanning from accessories, books, packaging, logos, posters, advertisements, websites, videos, spatial design and everything else in-between. This years exhibition was being held at the Midtown Design Hub in Roppongi, about five minutes away from W+K’s office so I popped over to take a look at lunch today and I’ve been looking forward to going to this exhibition since I arrived in Japan. I was definitely not disappointed.

Luckily, there was no assistant when I went today so I managed to photograph everything that caught my eye and it pretty much was nearly all of the exhibition. There were posters hanging from end to end of the room and books and other 3D design positioned just on one wall making it a really great exhibition to soak up.

The exhibition was a really interesting insight for myself as foreign designer in Japan, as I could see variations of styles, illustration and typography from the fast moving country that is Japan. All works were from a variety of backgrounds, from previous exhibitions to personal projects. The standard of work was extremely high and just like everything else seems to be in Tokyo, very professional, on the ball, cutting edge and challenging the norm. This is definitely one of the top exhibitions I have visited whilst here in Tokyo.

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The pictures I’ve included here are my favourite bits and pieces that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the rest of the exhibition on my Flickr page starting from here. The exhibition’s online link can be found here.

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ADFEST 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 6, 2009

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I was back at the Advertising Museum Tokyo (ADMT) on Saturday to take a look at the exhibition of ADFEST 2009. Formally known as the Asia-Pacific Advertising Festival, it is the largest and most prestigious festival held in the Asia Pacific region. This year was the festival’s 12th anniversary and back in March, it was held for three days in Thailand. The theme for 2009 was ‘Made in Asia‘, and the celebration of Asian creativity. The resulting exhibition at ADMT was work awarded silver and above medals including, TV, print and online campaigns.

There was some great print adverts on display from the likes of Ogilvy & Mather, Lowe, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett and many more and my out right favourite being BBDO/Proximity Malaysia’s outstanding prints for Jeep. So so good that I needed to show all three here. A vast array of television adverts that I took some time to sit down and watch finished off the small, but high quality exhibition. I am liking ADMT for its exhibitions as they run for short periods of time, are very interesting exhibitions and the next one is set up straight away after the last one.

www.adfest.com