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

Shelter House of Cards Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 25, 2009

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I haven’t been able to go to all of the London Design Festival events that I wanted to this week, there was just too many and not enough time, but the Shelter House of Cards exhibition launch is one non-London Design Festival event I have had on the ‘cards’ for a while now, so I was really looking forward to checking it out at the Haunch of Venison Gallery. In short, Shelter asked 53 designers and creatives (including a ‘joker’) to create a deck of cards inspired by Shelter’s recent House of Cards campaign and to be silently auctioned off to raise money for the work Shelter does. Participating artists included: Nick Park, Sir Terence Conran, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Damien Hirst, Amelia’s Magazine, NB Studio, Neville Brody, Jon Burgerman, D*Face, Henry Holland, Experimental Jetset and Mauricio Ortiz, who was the winner of a public competition that Shelter also ran as part of the campaign and exhibition.

My favourites were Ortiz’s 8 of clubs, Burgerman’s 9 of clubs, D*Face’s Queen of clubs, Ella Doran’s three of diamonds ‘cushion’, Experimental Jetset’s 9 of diamonds, Park’s 6 of spades, McQueen’s King of spades ‘sculpture, Amelia’s Magazine’s 2 of hearts, Amanda Levete Architects 3 of hearts, M/M Pari’s 4 of hearts, Polly Morgan’s 10 of hearts, Gerald Scarfe’s Jack of hearts, Antoni and Alison’s ace of clubs, NB Studio’s 2 of clubs and Lacey’s 5 of clubs. Check out a full set of exhibition photos on my Flickr page here.

www.shelterhouseofcards.org.uk

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London Design Festival : London Posters Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 22, 2009

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Yesterday I made the journey down to the V&A to go have a look at the London Posters exhibition. The exhibition was located in one of the corridors of the museum, which really didn’t benefit the designs, being shoved away near a cloakroom. The posters were created by 20 leading graphic designers and typographers celebrating London as the creative capital of the world. The exhibition draws on the idea that the poster is one of the oldest and still one of the most powerful communication mediums and challenged each designer to produce an effective poster celebrating design and the city, in only two colours, black and red.

Domenic Lippa of Pentagram along with Sir John Sorrell curated the exhibition and designers included; Angus Hyland, Jonathan Ellery, Henrik Kubel, Derek Birdsall, Tony Brook, Tom Hingston, Andy Altmann, Fernando Gutteriez, Morag Myerscough, Mike Dempsey, Alan Kitching, Frith Kerr, Alan Aboud, Damon Murray, Mason Wells, Michael Wolff, Quentin Newark and Jeremy Leslie.

Some of the posters were fantastic such as Jeremy Leslie’s with the shortened URL on where to find the best magazine shops in London, see here for the ‘proper’ version of the poster. The de-constructed tube map concept posters were also amongst my favourites along with Andy Altmann’s ‘Cor-Blimey Trousers‘ for the Evening Standard. Even though the posters are tucked away in the V&A, they are up until the 27th of September so go check them out. The London Design Festival event page can be found here.

London Design Festival : emerge Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 19, 2009

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Next up from the London Design Festival was the emerge exhibition held at the Rich Mix gallery space near Brick Lane. emerge is the new graduate showcase event run by the Design Festival and works were guest selected by Fraser Muggeridge. Alongside the exhibition, events including one run by Wieden+Kennedy are happening throughout next week as well the very first emerge design award, with the winner being revealed next friday. The exhibition itself had a nice layout displaying the graduate’s projects but I’m not too sure on the quality and production of some of the pieces. My favourite works were the emoticons canvas bags, the sculpture of ‘SHIT!‘ and some of the typographic posters which were part of a poster competition brief set by Pentagram for any graduate to participate in.

emerge is worth a look if your a student or graduate and the exhibition runs until the 27th of September. The event page can be found here.

http://thisisemerge.com

London Design Festival : Typographica Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 19, 2009

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The annual London Design Festival officially opens today, but a few of the events have already opened up for visitors including the Typographica exhibition held at the Kemistry Gallery. If you don’t know already, Typographica was an eponymous groundbreaking and now legendary graphic design journal, which ran from 1949 to 1967. The exhibition is curated by Rick Poynor and by Mafalda Spencer, the daughter of Typographica’s founder, Herbert Spencer.

On display at the exhibition were large scale spreads detailing the journal’s content as well a series of full magazines on display. Some great vintage typographical design featured throughout the exhibition and even though the Kemistry Gallery is a small one, Typographica is definitely worth a visit in my opinion. It runs until the 31st of October so go check it out. The exhibition can be found online here. I have lots more London Design Festival events, exhibitions and a workshop scheduled in for the next week, so make sure to check back here for updates and check out the Design Festival’s website below for some really exciting events happening all around London.

http://new.typographica.org

www.londondesignfestival.com

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