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.



Not Actual Size Review

Posted in Internships by Paul on November 4, 2008



Well my first internship of the year out with the experiential partner of AMV, Not Actual Size has flown by during October. Many thanks to Dan, Simon and Stephen for my time there. My main input was into a project for Famous Grouse, coming up with concepts and visualising them but I also worked on other brands including MINI, Aviva, Walkers and Pepsi MAX. My role was a ‘creativegenerating ideas and rationalising them, and I have learnt a lot, even from just a month, about how realistic ideas have to be (taking budgets into account for example). Also working to tighter schedules and visualising ideas clearly so they can be understood within an instant have begun to be added to my design armoury.

All in all, a great start to the year out for myself, and being thrown into one of the UK’s biggest agencies was an interesting and exciting way to kick things off. And let’s not forget (for Stephen, Simon and Luca)…
parachuting (and modifying) army men
Stephen’s love for men
the floating *****
water drinking contests
90s songs
This is what being a creative is all about, over and out.


The Famous Five

Posted in Internships by Paul on October 5, 2008


So I’ve been working hard away sorting out placements, projects and just about everything else I can get my hands on and with the summer over and starting at Not Actual Size last week, I thought I would just update you all on my placement schedule so far for the year out. I have a few more things up my sleeve and a few projects here and there, but once they are 100% going ahead, I will post an update. So the placements look like this, some you may recognise and a few new ones.

Not Actual Sizewww.notactualsize.co.uk
Pentagram Berlinwww.pentagram.co.uk
THIS IS Studiowww.thisisstudio.com

First week at Not Actual Size

Posted in Internships by Paul on October 4, 2008


Well, since this Wednesday, I have started my first internship of the year out at Not Actual Size in Marylebone. I’m working with Simon + Stephen, ex LCC advertising students and we’ve been working on some ideas for briefs for MINI and Famous Grouse.

It’s going well so far, just need to get used to these 10-6 days. More soon about Not Actual Size.


Not Actual Size Internship

Posted in Internships by Paul on August 10, 2008


After going in to show my work to Simon at Not Actual Size, I have been offered one month’s work experience starting in October. I’m VERY excited about starting with the guys in Marylebone as they do some great brand promotion and alternative types of design. Thanks to Simon and Dan from Not Actual Size for this one.


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