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.



YCN ‘A’ Launch

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on September 5, 2009



On Wednesday evening I was invited to the ‘ALaunch at Village Underground by YCN. The A is the new physical award created by YCN for those commended annually for the design award they run as well as to be presented periodically to outstanding creatives, both established and upcoming. The launch show was very busy with a few faces that I recognised including the guys from THIS IS Studio so it was nice to catch up with them. A central projection screen displayed all winning work from this year YCN Awards, although I’m not sure how effective this was in displaying the work. Colourful paintbrush and sticky tape installations were also created specially for the event. Thanks to Sarah from YCN for the invite. You can see all about the ‘A’ here. All the photos of the night can be seen on YCN’s Flickr here.


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Panasonic/YCN Next Generation Talent Competition

Posted in Competitions by Paul on December 4, 2008


I have just entered the Panasonic/YCN Next Generation Talent competition. The brief was to design a piece of advertising that brings the benefits of the new Panasonic PZ81 TV to life. I took the print approach and some bees, some more bees, and even some more bees. Check out my design in the competition gallery here.

The shortlist gets announced next Monday (8th) so if I have any success, I will post an update, as public voting then happens on the 9th and 10th. Enjoy.


NIKE Sportswear Presented…..Kate Moross

Posted in Everything Else, Talks/Lectures by Paul on October 2, 2008


The second of the screen printing talks/demos at the Nike 1948 pop up store, this time by Camberwell graduate Kate Moross. A quick visit during lunch on Tuesday while I was at the Blyk workshop. And I picked up one of Kate’s nice prints.

The full set of THIS IS Studio and Kate Moross’ demos are on my Flickr page here.

Blyk/YCN Workshop

Posted in Workshops by Paul on October 2, 2008

On Monday and Tuesday this week, I took part in a workshop for mobile phone company Blyk, hosted by YCN at their new HQ at Rivington Street. The two day workshop was a great range of activities, with talks from Blyk’s rep Marvin, the creative director of Blyk’s design agency Contra and LCC graduate Elin Svensson, Blyk’s designer/illustrator.


Monday consisted of the talks from all of the above and a small task to visually represent ‘Free’. Some say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but I thought otherwise.

On Tuesday, we equipped ourselves with iFlip cameras and got snap happy around London taking in some adverts, media, spaces and freebies in action. I managed to catch JR’s new work all over Foyles bookshop on Charing X road so check it out. Back to the YCN HQ in the afternoon for a quick presentation of our findings.

A nice few couple of days out from my busy schedule working on ideas for Blyk. See all the photos of the workshop on my Flickr page here. And the YCN blog post here.


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