Whilst I was helping at the 3rd year’s show on Friday evening, my phone was buzzing like crazy. It wasn’t until the end of the night that I saw someone had commented on my blog ‘Congrats on being FP’ which meant…
…I made the front page of WordPress! Being Freshly pressed is quite an achievement – ‘The best of 398,382 bloggers,645,239 new posts, 1,253,744comments, & 143,986,810 words posted today on WordPress.com.’ - That’s a lot of competition!
I’ve been FP before but this time the response has been MASSIVE! Over the past 3 days I’ve had more views than the WHOLE of 2010 as well as some really lovely and funny comments.
Unaware that all of that was happening, I was at the show chatting to Ben Willers about info graphics, pinterest and visually, which I had submitted my blog info graphic to the day before. The next day he tweeted me:
Confessions of a Blog-a-holic had made it onto the front page of visual.ly as a staff pick! You can check it out here – if you want to look closer at details then click to zoom in. Thanks to Ben for spotting it – can’t believe we was talking about his work being chosen as a Staff pick and then it happened to me!
I never thought my info graphic would attract so much attention – so shocked! I had already planned on continuing to look into facts and figures about my blog, but I’m worried it’s going to be a bit hard to follow up now! No pressure, hey?
All in all, 2 lovely surprises – Thanks It will all make interesting data for the next series of info graphics haha!
Excitement running high and booze flowing – the private view of the 53 degrees north show was in full swing Friday evening! As mentioned before, I was going to help out/be nosy/network and I had a great time.
The keen team: Tom, myself, Emma, Talveer, Harry, Dave, Sophie and Jack.
It was a really exciting but scary just to think that in a year it will be my turn! Chris and Barrie gave emotional speeches and Student of The Year was awarded to Sam Hartill(deserved)!
I am going back to have a proper look around and take some decent photos but I thought I would show the work from the 2nd year space now…
Jack Slater‘s ISTD winning scarf response to The Waitress alongside some Penguin Book covers by Tom Bishop, Amber Hadley, Ash Watkins, Chris Jelinek, Jack Slater and Lucy Perkins.
Emma and I had a good chat with Ben Willers (info graphic expert – he’s been featured on The Guardian and in Paris!), who is checking out the following… Sam Weston’s ISTD winning response to ‘It happened on this day’ (top) with Dave Morris‘ conflict, Leanne Kitchen‘s info graphics, Dave Morris’ D&AD Nominated Typographic Circle Supplement and Amber Hadley‘s D&AD Typographic Circle Supplement.
Harry Winfield‘s Conflict gained a lot of compliments through-out the night.
Oh, and how could I forget….
… YCN work by moi (which I still need to blog about actually!) – so painting the wall was worth it in the end!
It was nice to see some old faces too – I found ex-Lincolners Scott Oxley and Ric Gravina chillin’ by my work (they did ask me not to use this photo but I couldn’t resist!).
… well, I did say we would be networking!
All in all, a great night! Check back soon for a full review of the 3rd year’s work.