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.



ECCA ‘Be Seen, Go Green’ Talk

Posted in Talks/Lectures by Paul on May 7, 2009


I haven’t put up a post for a few weeks now because in all honestly, I haven’t been that busy – counting down the days till I leave for Tokyo, 3 weeks today in fact, I can’t wait! I’ve been doing a few things however; more screen printing for the Type Tarts project and I had an interview this morning with Don’t Panic for a summer internship. So I thought I’d get out the house and go to the ‘Be Seen, Go Green: Benefits for Sustainable Designers‘ talk hosted by ECCA at LCC this evening. My last post about the self promotion/branding ECCA talk was way back at the beginning of July last year but honestly it feels like a week ago.

This evening’s lecture was a very interesting one, with speakers Christopher Pett, furniture designer and company founder of Pli Design, Graham Lewis,  creative director of the Green Awards and LCC graduate Jody Boehnert, graphic designer and company founder of Eco-Labs. Christopher explained all about his experiences on being noticed as a green company and advice on materials sourcing and he gave some great web links and books which I have already bookmarked. Graham explained all about the Green Awards which started in 2006 as one of the only national design awards for green and sustainable projects. Honda won the Grand Prix prize in 2007 with the above ‘Earth Car‘. He also had on one of his slides one of the best print adverts I have seen for a while for Saab, which can be seen below! Coming from an advertising background, it was very interesting seeing his point of view. And finally, Jody introduced Eco-Labs, a platform for collaboration for environmentally friendly projects and the benefits this can all bring.






Graphic Design ‘Work in Progress’ show at LCC

Posted in Everything Else, Exhibitions by Paul on March 14, 2009


On Wednesday morning, I quickly popped back to LCC again to take a look at my current year’s work in progress. I won’t be around for the final degree show (I’ll explain about this shortly in another post) so I wanted to gather some insight into standard of work, printing, displaying work and just generally seeing how everyone I know has developed. I was disappointed with Advertising’s and Typography’s work but the Illustration and Information Design pathway’s work had some good pieces on show, this may have been down to the fact that they had more finished pieces on display however.

From looking at the work on show, I’ll make sure my final stuff next year will be printed properly and displayed to give maximum effect. My degree show next year will definitely come round a lot quicker than I think.

Phil Baines & Catherine Dixon Lecture at LCC

Posted in Talks/Lectures by Paul on March 11, 2009


As part of the ‘Changing Face of Letterpress‘ schedule of events in the past week, I went to the ‘Letterpress Beginnings‘ lecture last night at LCC with speakers Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon. The two designers are the creme de la creme when it comes to typography and letterpress and both currently teach at Cental Saint Martins, where they both were educated as well.

The lecture comprised of how their early works and visual styles took shape through typography and specifically letterpress and how their styles and work have evolved over the years. Phil’s ‘Thesis‘ were an epic series of images with some of the best type setting I have seen, with an incredible amount of detail and care put into them. Catherine’s work seemed more experimental and I especially loved her ‘type documentation‘ pieces of work. It was great to listen to a pair of experienced designers on their journeys to get to where they are now. Of course some amazing work examples were on display throughout the lecture as well. I also got a few ideas on how to photograph my projects from their presentation as well.

The Changing Face of Letterpress Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on March 7, 2009


Bit of a late post this one, but I’ve been super busy this week. A quick visit in the morning on Wednesday to LCC where I showed my portfolio and talked to current students who are wanting to take the year out like I am doing (feels like 5 minutes since I was looking at the year above’s portfolios for the same thing!). It was nice to chat to some enthusiastic and interested students about my experiences and to give them some advice.

I popped back to work before coming back again in the evening to LCC for the highly anticipated ‘Changing Face of Letterpress‘ exhibition in the Well Gallery. The exhibition has been promoted on all the design blogs for a while now, and some of my friends and tutors were exhibiting so I was exciting about going.

“The Changing Face of Letterpress is an exhibition of staff and student work from the London College of Communication, seeking to challenge the boundaries of Letterpress within the current design climate whilst drawing from the rich printing history of the college. The exhibition explores the changing role of Letterpress within design education, from a typographical teaching tool to a medium that is igniting process-driven work from students within the School of Graphic Design.”


The private view wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be, but there was some excellent work on display. The typographic system/template at the front of the exhibition was an eye catcher, my friends’ work in the forms of a letterpressed pro-Gypsy poster and some illustrative tigers were great and the poster displaying “I Haart You” was nice also. Lots of smaller postcards and artefacts were displayed on the tables and some other visually rich prints completed the exhibition. I also managed to grab one of the exhibition catalogues which doubles up nicely as a poster.

Along with the exhibition, LCC is hosting various lectures around the letterpress subject and I’ve booked up for the Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon one on the 10th, so I will put up a post about that next week. For the meantime, check out the LCC Letterpress website below.