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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Graniph Design Award Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on August 8, 2009

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I’m back in London and trying to adjust back to a non-Japanese life, but to help prevent it for a bit, I headed on down to KK Outlet on Thursday evening to check out the Graniph Design Award exhibition that is now on show. I met up with the Japanese based t-shirt company in June whilst I was in Tokyo and have been in contact with them since, so it was nice to see some exposure for the company over in London.

The exhibition featured winners from this years design awards run by Graniph and included artists from South Korea, China, Dubai, Denmark and the UK. The exhibition also featured a small competition where visitors could create a new t-shirt design and the winning person would receive all the t-shirts on show at the exhibition. I was interviewed for KK TV, a new concept by the agency about my favourite t-shirt of the exhibition so I will post the video up as soon as I track it down.

Check out all the winning designs on Graniph’s website here. All the photos from the opening evening can be seen on KK Outlet’s Flickr page here.

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Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo Review

Posted in Internships by Paul on August 3, 2009

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I’ve now finished with Wieden+Kennedy and just about Tokyo as well, I head back to London on tuesday. I’m very very sad to be leaving the team, as I’ve had such a fantastic time, working really hard and learning lots from working closely with the creative director, Eric. The book I have been working on since I started, is now just about ready for printing with a final approval and paper choices to be made now. The web work is completed, and I will be finishing off the mobile project and T-shirt back in London which is great newsEric has taught me a lot about refining work to make it look the best it can be, as well thinking conceptually throughout the design process. He has been there and done that, so it’s been a interesting learning experience by a great mentor.

The W+K Tokyo team are a fantastic bunch of people to work with, all from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines which makes up the Tokyo melting pot, full of energy, creativity and a hybrid mix. So a massive thanks goes out to Eric of course, and everyone else; Sumiko, Jose, Kumiko, Naoki, Shingo, Hiromi, Akio, Phil, Andrew, Kenji, Yoshi, Shun, Yuko, Yumiko, Trish, John, Yohei, Tomoko, Mae, Kuki, Yuko, Shig, Keiko, Shane, Genki, Takeshi, Mark, Dai, Jorta, Shuhei, Michiyo, Yoko, Ayumi, Kanako, Nagisa, Chucky, Emily, Mag, Shinji and the other interns Andrea, Erika and Bobby for making my time at W+K so enjoyable. Apologies for everyone else, I’m good with names, but not that good.

July itself started off very quickly as I helped out on an all nighter which was a good experience to go through, even though I wasn’t of much help, I did a few bits here and there. This was then followed by the CLASKA Flea Market which I posted about at the beginning of the month. July kept up it’s pace, with the last two weeks, being long work hours, but worth it. Other highlights of the month have included when GRAPH came in. GRAPH are a design and printing company who specialise in high end printing techniques and production and brought in some amazing examples of work they have designed, as well as printing methods examples. Everything from heat sensitive paper for hair styling products to a book embedded into a cardboard holder. GRAPH gave W+K as well as myself some inspiration for further projects and showed just how far you can push printing and finishing techniques.

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Then on the thursday just gone, we had the W+K Tokyo Summer Party. The Tokyo based radio station, OUTTANET Radio broadcast live from the 4th floor as everyone hit the roof for beers and an amazing Japanese style BBQ; 8 beers later I headed back down to my desk to finish up some work! Check out the blog posts about the BBQ here and OUTTANET here.

So I’ve learnt loads being with W+K, and soaked up the culture of Tokyo as much as I could of since being here at the beginning of May. I will definitely be coming back in the near future and I wish everyone in the team the very best until I see them all again. Eric also gave me the W+K LAB Tokyo Ten and New Tokyo Life Style Think Zone books as a thank you and I left everyone a box of Yorkshire Tea and a book on how to be British (most of the time no one could understand what I was saying). You can see all of the photos I have taken since being in Tokyo on my Flickr page here.

www.wktokyo.jp

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http://blog.outtanet.com

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Pecha Kucha Tokyo #64

Posted in Talks/Lectures by Paul on August 1, 2009

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Pecha Kucha is Japanese for ‘chit-chat‘ and is the idea of Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture, based here in Tokyo. Presenters are allowed to use 20 slides, which are shown on screen for 20 seconds each. It equals a 6 minute, 40 second presentation. If you’ve ever sat through a boring presentation with the presenter rambling on and on and on or reading to you exactly what is already on the screen, then Pecha Kucha is something to check out. It started back in 2003 in Tokyo and since then has spread to 219 cities worldwide and has become the biggest offline social network.

There are no events coming up in London, and as I’m in Tokyo where it all started, what better place to present, and what better subject to present about, my year out. Next thing I know, images are submitted to KDA and I’m sitting at the front of Super Deluxe where the event was held ready to go up and present. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous, with about 500+ people I would say, all waiting to hear each speaker’s presentation.

My presentation went very smoothly, and with a few guys from W+K attending, apparently I sounded calm and collect, so bring on the 1000+ audience presentation. From BRAG to Not Actual Size to Pentagram to eBoy to the Delivery of Typography to THIS IS Studio to Wieden+Kennedy to breakfast with John Maeda, I picked out the best 20 things that have happened so far on my year out. 20 seconds per image was plenty of time, but at the same time, just not enough, exactly what Pecha Kucha is all about. The evening was fantastic with a variety of speakers, from illustrators, architects, fashion designers and even to a tooth pick artist! I was also given the Pecha Kucha book to add to my hoard I’m bringing back from Tokyo. For all the night’s speakers and their links, check out the Tokyo #64 event page here. If you haven’t already been to a Pecha Kucha event, make sure you go to the next one in your city, and better yet, present!

As there are no upcoming events in London, I spoke to Mark about this as it’s something I would really love to help set back up. There have been Pecha Kucha’s in London in the past, but it seems as if people in the capital just want to make money off the event, rather than sticking to its true origins, something which I completely hate.

So a meeting and a presentation later with Mark at the KDA studio on friday as well an explanation of where Pecha Kucha is heading for the future, I will be staying in contact with him and KDA and will be contacting the rest of the London team when I get back to get things rolling again so watch this space. I’m very very excited to be involved now. You can see the rest of the photos I took of the night here.

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Piled Up Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 20, 2009

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I’ve got a three day weekend because of ‘Marine Day‘ today so I spent yesterday relaxing, but I did manage to pop over to the Ebisu area and to the Point Gallery to go see the ‘Piled Up‘ exhibition featuring artist Ly. Point is known for exhibiting the next up and coming artists and the exhibition certainly didn’t disappoint. Ly’s characters called ‘Dik‘ for obvious reasons were applied to various mediums including canvases, wall drawings, toys and t-shirts. Dik was a very quirky character, simply drawn in black and white and it fitted well into the rest of massive scene that is characters, mascots and animals which everywhere here in Tokyo.

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