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

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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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Type Tarts Exhibition at KK Outlet

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on June 26, 2009

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So here are a few photographs from the exhibition of the Type Tarts project at KK Outlet in Hoxton Square. The opening night looked packed which is great and KK’s shows usually fill up fast. My one is in the front window, bottom left of the top photograph and there are some great designs throughout the exhibition. It’s open until Monday evening I think so go check it out. You can see the rest of the photos taken of the exhibition on KK’s Flickr page here.

Type Tarts for Wallpaper* + KK Outlet

Posted in Everything Else, Exhibitions, Projects by Paul on June 13, 2009

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The Type Tarts project I worked on has now been publicly released coinciding with Wallpaper*‘s July ‘Sex Issue‘. The project was originally run by UK Type for promotion and to raise awareness of the St. Brides Library in London, the printing and typographical shrine.

Wallpaper* have now released all 450 tart cards online that were created by myself, other students, established designers, agencies and studios; there are some great ones in there. My one can be found here, (they have censored out my phone number, I was hoping to get ‘calls’). I worked with Baskerville. The hands and fingers are used because Baskerville was created in the Baroque period and this was when ‘fists‘ were also introduced, typographic hand symbols. ‘Mature‘ as Baskerville is an old and experienced typeface and ‘always on consistent form‘ because that is how it’s designed. The rest of the concept is obviously based around the ‘tart‘ side of things so I’ll leave you to ‘fill in the gaps‘. I screen printed the cards in various inks and on a range of papers. I submitted to the project the candy pink ink on yellow mount card, however I have lots more variations which will all be going into the project section of my new website, later in the year so keep an eye out for that.

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As well as all this, I also posted on here about the second lot of posters me and Dan printed as an extension of the project, which you can see again here. Unfortunately we wanted to get them printed ‘flip lenticularly (when the image moves on the page), an example of this can be seen here. But after some promising quotes from a printers, they didn’t pull through which was a real shame. So instead I split up the three proposed frames and again screen printed them. Me and Dan collaborated on the design using the typeface Caslon. ‘You Can Take My‘, ‘Virginity‘ (represented, by the ‘heddera flueron’ which is the typographical flower that was used to break up paragraphs, a flower being the symbol for virginity) and ‘Any Way You Want‘, gruesome! These will also be going into the project section of my website later in the year. And I have some more plans for further extension of the project so watch this space.

Check out Wallpaper*’s July issue for a feature on the project and KK Outlet will be hosting the exhibition for the Type Tarts from the 22nd of June onwards so go and check it out. Unfortunately I can’t attend it as Tokyo calls, but I will post up some photos of the opening night when I get them. There are also plans to make a book out of the project I hear as well, great stuff.

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KK Outlet’s Facebook event page can be found here.

Type Tarts Continued

Posted in Everything Else, Projects by Paul on May 14, 2009

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been back at the screen printing carrying on with the Type Tarts project me and Dan have been working on. We were wanting this design to be printed lenticularly (where a series of images moves on the page) however the printers we were dealing with never got back to us after the initial quotation which is a huge shame as the deadline for the project was extended by two weeks, so we had the time to get it designed and printed after our initial postcards. Instead I screen printed the three images for a series of A2 posters on GF Smith 270gsm Accent Smooth/Eco White stock.

Me and Dan in collaboration designed this card based around the theme of ‘virginity‘ and using Caslon as the chosen typeface. ‘You Can Take My‘ / hedera flueron (the typographic flower symbol which used to separate paragraphsflower being the symbol of viriginity) / ‘Any Way You Want‘. Gruesome but great! You can now also see mine and Dan’s names on the Type Tarts contributors page here. More updates on the Type Tarts exhibition and project soon.