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.



Cunning Review

Posted in Internships by Paul on February 28, 2009


Yesterday was my last day at Cunning, with a month passing me by very quickly (again). I’ve had a brilliant time with the creative team and the rest of the staff of Cunning and felt like part of the team from day one. I’ve been kept busy throughout the month and have learned lots along the way. I’ve managed to see how briefs work from ideas to refinement to client pitches and their preparation, through to just about the final execution and the planning that goes into it and this will give me some good experience for my future projects and all the small things that I wouldn’t usually consider, when in actual fact they are just as important as everything else.

I worked on a variety of client briefs including helping out with some of the NY office’s projects ranging from events, TV programmes promotions, and for a book launch. We had lots of brainstorms/brain dumps/idea sessions for projects which I found very useful and creative, and I helped in the development of ideas through to visualizing them and designing client pitch boards. I also worked on ideas for the Cunning window display and the ‘Cunning 60 Minutes’ as mentioned in my previous post and these side projects are still in development. There is a Cunning 60 Minute talk organized by myself, with the help of Becca happening next week so I will put up a post about that as well, so watch this space. I also helped with some photographic recces and vox-pops around London for research as part of some project’s development. Altogether, working on a range of different briefs, activities and side projects made this internship a very exciting and stimulating one.

I’ve learned all about being part of a busy and fast paced creative company in Cunning, learning about clients needs and wants more, and the importance of what pitches to clients are all about, right down to their smaller details. I’ll definitely be staying in touch and many thanks to all the team in the ‘basement‘.

P.S. I even had a hand at dealing with angry finance people on the phone, but I have to say, speaking to BT on the phone is much worse.



Cunning Talk at LCC

Posted in Talks/Lectures by Paul on February 23, 2009


This morning was a quick change of pace from the usual Monday morning. I went into LCC with the co-founder of Cunning, John for (moral (technical) support) for a presentation to current final year FdA students. John explained all about Cunning, with some great examples of work including Cunning’s D&AD and HSBC projects. It was good for me listening in as well, as he is usually very busy, so was good to hear all about Cunning from him. My PowerPoint I did for the presentation, had no interuptions which was a relief.

I’ve been so busy here at Cunning since I started earlier this month, so it was good to get a brief reflection on things. I’m on my last week of the internship this week, so I will post a review of Cunning at the weekend.

First week at Cunning

Posted in Internships by Paul on February 8, 2009


It’s been a hectic first week being back in London straight from Berlin, so now I’ve finally got a chance to put this post up about my first week at Cunning.

My first week at Cunning has been great, being thrown straight into the deep end working on about four projects already. Lots of brainstorming with the rest of the creative team and planners. Some of my ideas have been put forward to the clients which is good as well, so will have to see how everything pans out. I have also been put in charge of a few side projects as part of my internship as well. Firstly I will be organizing speakers for the ‘Cunning 60 Minutes‘, where people from all sorts of backgrounds will be coming into the office for an hour to motivate and inspire the Cunning team about all sorts of topics. I have already planned one on the subject of ‘Blogging‘ with lots more in the pipeline. I am also in charge of redoing the front window space of the Cunning office, specifically the ‘take a peek‘ boxes, so I have to come up with some new themes of those and organize all the designing and hopefully a design to be put into one of the boxes myself.


All the team at Cunning are really friendly and enthusiastic, and because everyone is from different backgrounds, there’s a great creative vibe around the office; I feel like part of the team already. The above identity was done by myself last summer as Cunning have an open identity ongoing project on their website. You can check out my profile on the Cunning website here (all good fun) and I’ll have more news from Cunning at the end of the month. Thanks to Becca, Aidan, Spencer, Fredda, Adele, Olly, Nathan, Tammy, Kate, Jay, Anna and Farzana (sorry if I’ve missed anyone out) for a great first week and I’m looking forward to what else I will be working on during the rest of February.




OOH! Identity in Berlin

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on January 26, 2009


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.