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

OOH! Identity in Berlin

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on January 26, 2009

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From the creators of Cunning, comes a new company, called OOH! (Out Of Home) I did this a while back in November, but the OOH! identity and website has only gone live online recently. I was asked by Cunning to go back to the Hauptbahnhof and re-photograph the BBC ‘Big Mic’ but this time with the ‘OOH!’ letters that they shipped over to me to put the new identity into context. So now my photographs can be seen on the homepage and mobile sections of the OOH! website. I even managed to get the spoof security guard looking after the BBC ‘Big Mic’ to strike a pose with the identity.

Here’s a short video of what OOH! is all about.

www.oohworldwide.com

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BBC ‘Big Mic’ in Berlin

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on November 20, 2008

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On Monday evening, I was told by Cunning (internship no. 3) to head on down to the Hauptbahnhof (central main station) in Berlin to see something to do with the BBC and ‘burying powerful questions‘. It turned out to be the experimental aspect of BBC’s new campaign, ‘You can’t bury a powerful question‘ which has just been released.

I met up with Nathan from Cunning and helped out (a bit…move some of the pieces and help with a few tiles) to set up the installation. Some reactions from passers by were very funny and I went back yesterday and Tuesday evening to photograph the ‘Big Mic‘. I managed to see a group of school children go crazy around it and X Factor’s next flop contestant pose for a photo while trying to hold and sing into the microphone.

The plan is after Berlin, to ship the microphone back to London and install it at BBC Television Centre.

In collaboration with Red Bee Media, a really nice piece of ambient work, didn’t think I would be doing that on a Monday evening. You can find the project on Cunning’s website here (along with my photographs) and the rest of the images on my Flickr set here, enjoy.

Thanks to Becca and Nathan from Cunning for the heads up and involvement.

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