Magazine Finito!

Tonight I finished off my summer project for uni – It’s all printed off and stapled up for the 25th September! 

It’s printed onto HP Inkjet 180gsm, matte, double sided coated (which is perfect for double sided printing) A3 paper.

180gsm is a heavier paper than your average mag’ paper, but it soaks up the ink great, with vibrant, detailed print offs – not dull like a 90gsm print off.

To refresh our memories, here’s the concept behind “Notice!”:

It’s about issues in the 21st century creative world, as well as each week having an article about a new rising star in the creative industry – but on a retro platform, think 40s – 60s mish mashed with new stuff!

Since that original concept, it has changed slightly. I wanted the magazine to be accessible to more than just people who are studying – or are already part of – the creative industry. It had to be something that anyone could pick up and they would understand pretty much all of it, and learn about the industry today.

Hopefully I’ve achieved that during the process of this project.

Here’s some pictures of the final magazine, it was a bit harder to photograph as I got further through the mag, pages kept turning, so some of them are photographed as best as possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you liked seeing some of the final pages!

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Back to blogging

We have internet!!!

After nearly a month in our new digs, it has been set up (love how the earliest the company could deal with it was 29 days into our moving – sigh – oh wells!).

Mix that with a broken bone (the metatarsal, basically it’s in the foot, and it’s scuppered my big toe) and we have plenty o’ blogging and designing for the next 6 weeks!

So I’ve pretty much finished the mag, just waiting on my fancy paper in the post to print and construct it – hopefully after Friday I’ll be in a lighter cast and will be able to balance myself whilst using the printer – moving from my room to the kitchen’s an adventure in itself right now!

These images here are just some ideas, messing about with collage and photoshop – they’re kind of a spin-off from the mag – it really got me into chopping up old vintage stuff. However, in the mag, the imagery is used to represent the articles, here I’m mashing them up, mirroring images, and messing about with colour. It’s really just me having a bit of fun! Hope you like what I’ve done so far 🙂

I’ve got a few more things to post over the next couple of days, such as my summer “continuous line” drawings, some logo/ poster work I’ve done and my 5min sketchbook. Oh, and a pack of cards too.

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

NOTICE! The summer project is underway!

So the style for my uni summer project – a magazine – is starting to take shape!

This is the brief we’ve been given:

The requirements are as follows:

Cover

• Contents page

• 4 Articles  –

  1. Global Design (Design studios around the world, culture, trends, history etc)
  1. What is ‘communication design’ in the 21st Century?
  1. An article of your own choosing  – but design related.
  1. Study on a particular studio/illustrator/designer/photographer

So – my articles are, 1st – About the best design studios in the world right now (like a top ten sorta thing), 2nd article is obviously “What is ‘communication design’ in the 21st, Century?”, 3rd *article of my own choosing* What is the difference between graphic design and illustration in the 21st century? – and the 4th article is about my favourite designer right now, City Abyss.

We also need to have a double page spread about what we did this summer (see previous blog) and it has to be a minimum of ten pages – 5 spreads.

So I’ve decided that my mag is going to be about issues in the 21st cent’ creative world, as well as each week having an article about a new rising star in the creative industry – but on a retro platform, think 40s – 60s mish mashed with new stuff! It’s called “Notice!” because we’re taking notice of the newcomers!

Here’s the front cover, contents page, summertime page and newcomer page. You may notice that the names of each article are based on a song title or a particular lyric. In this case, Daft Punk, Led Zepplin, Dr Dre, The Damned and Porgy & Bess.

So when’s it’s all done and made up I shall take some picks and stick them up here for you guys! Hope you like it so far! 🙂

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

It’s been too long! And now for some zombies…

Back in the blogging world again… seems so long since I had time to type out a wee blog for ya’ll!

There’ll be 3 posts in short succession to catch you all up on my goings on the past few months (Unless you already know cause of Twitter that is – which btw is @graphicdesignks), this one is about a large project I did over late May/ and June. The next two will be about my summer uni project and other bits and bobs I’ve doing – ooh, exciting, haha! 😛

So among the flat searching, working, living out a suitcase, then back to the old hometown of my past days, I ended up being part of this brilliant, huge project in Renfrewshire! No rest for the wicked, I suppose!

It involved school children from Ferguslie, working together on a movie with a budget of £20,000 raised by CashBack and Renfrewshire Youth Council. Other groups involved where Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, Creative Scotland and Renfrewshire Libraries.

Actor Kate Dickie (from Rab C Nesbit, Chewing the Fat and a lil’ film called Prometheus) and Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs – Fiona Hyslop were involved too!

Ferguslie’s has had some bad media in the past, and this was to show that the community is strong and there is a large amount of fantastic young talent there – actors, artists, dancers, script writers and designers!
So, to go along with the movie, they wanted a sorta spin-off graphic novel, all the artwork was created by the school children at graphic novel workshops over a period of sixteen weeks, and then I was brought in to design the layout of the mag – and fill out the dialogue – excuse my bad jokes in the novel! – to make it look like a comic. I was thinking along the lines of the style found in Beano and Dandy mags in the nineties (religiously bought by moi every Thursday for 20p for most of my childhood!) to match the humour of the movie/novel.

Oh, did I fail to mention the movie and book are about ZOMBIES TAKING OVER FERGUSLIE!!!

Well now you know. It’s called “Dawn of the Fegs” (Feg (Feh – egg) proper noun for someone who inhabits the area known as Ferguslie) and is a cross between Still Game, The Demon Headmaster, and Shaun of the Dead – wonderful! The spin-off comic is called “Terror at the Tanny” – The Tanny being the Tannahill Centre, the main hub of the community.

And it wasn’t just kids that took part in the movie! What about the bingo hall inhabiting zombie grannies, the slightly undead parents and the community hall’s Kung Fu fighting Janitor!!!

The movie was hilarious and fantastic – they’re hoping to enter into the Young Film competition for next years Edinburgh Film Festival, with the Graphic Novel in tow – used as the movie program. As well as this, they want to get it certified and shown at cinemas around Scotland as a short before the main movie! Good luck to them – I hope it goes well, they bloody deserve it!

The premiere was fab and it was great seeing everyone with a copy of the novel and having a good chuckle!

It was great to be part of and I’m pleased to say I’m now on Renfrewshire’s Freelance Designer database – well chuffed! 😀 Also, the comic has an ISBN, which means you can borrow it from any Renfrewshire library!

So here’s some images of the book as well as a list of links from the media coverage of the book and movie!

And here’s the media links if you fancy a look at them too! 🙂

http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/renfrewshire-news/local-news-in-renfrewshire/paisley-news/2012/05/19/zombie-attack-on-the-streets-of-ferguslie-87085-30999387/

http://www.paisley.org.uk/2012/06/world-premiere-dawn-fegs/

http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/renfrewshire-news/local-news-in-renfrewshire/paisley-news/2012/06/23/zobie-project-creates-real-sense-of-community-87085-31240982/

http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ilwwcm/publishing.nsf/Content/ce-news-FerguslieZombieMovie

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01jxyms/The_Movie_Cafe_21_06_2012/ (17min 20sec in)

I’d say that’s all for now but I’ll be posting a short blog after this, and then a second blog tomorrow between packing!

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

2012 Postcard

I think I have a postcard for Friday … not sure … and it may be completely different by tomorrow, depends on the sorta feedback I get, but thought I’d post it up here on my studio lunch break 🙂

Each animal represents a season – Rabbit/Spring, Frog/Summer, Hedgehog/Autumn, and Owl/Winter – so this relates to the word “Year”.

To include the Olympic logo, each animal is given a colour from one of the rings, with black being used in the circles that surround each image. So this links to the colours and shapes used in the iconic logo.

Here’s two other ideas, one refined and one not so refined – I think it’s obvious which is which! 😛

So this was an idea of using just numbers – 776 being the first year the Olympics were held and this year where it’s being held in London – 2012! I was kinda aiming for making it look like a code.

And this is more of a doodle style – each letter being a season…

So that’s it so far! Hope ya like it! 🙂

Over n’ out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

 

Books & Postcards

Well, a book, and a postcard … but the title above seemed to sound better than “Book & Postcard” …

So here’s some picks of the final blurb (design elements) book – rather pleased with it and I hope you like it too! 🙂

So that’s the book – next is the new brief – the postcard – woop! 😛 🙂

It’s basically a live brief with Creative Review for the 2012 Olympics …

http://www.random-project.co.uk/about.htm

… we were all assigned a word linked to the event (mine is Year!) so I’ve just started on some random doodles/ mind mapping today to get the ball rolling – seasons, animals, etc etc… all shall be revealed on Friday since we have only a week to do this in – eek! Should be okay though 🙂

Back to studio, Over n’ Out!

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Cooper Black Std – A quick little poster post!

So since I haven’t had time to do a post recently (26 hour/pw shift for a fortnight – eek!), I thought I’d rustle up a quick little post for ya!

One of the extra things we had to do alongside the book (which I’ll have picks up of asap!), website and flash animation was a small paragraph about our (or in my case, one of) favorite fonts.

So obviously, I picked Cooper Std. Black – it’s chunky, kinda has a vintage feel to it, it’s fun and doesn’t make me wanna find the nearest sick bag like Comic Sans does…

I didn’t want it to be a plain paragraph knocked up on Word and printed on a wee bit o’ A4, so I made up a quick little A3 “typo” poster – really simple colours/ layout – but a bit more interesting than a few lines on a page (I hope!).

So here it is …

I’d like to do more work on this, get more info about the font to work with – maybe create an animation – just something to keep the creative clogs rolling whilst waiting on semester two to begin.

Anyways, off to chill after a rather busy shift – think there’s a tub o’ ice cream in the freezer with my name on it…

Over n’ out,

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx