The Manchester Adventure

On Thursday Emma and I went on an adventure up North to Manchester.

I’d not been before (well, only briefly with Dave and Emma for the Roses student awards) so it was a great opportunity to explore a new place…

On recommendation (thanks Philippa) we ventured down Oldham Street, finding some brilliant street art:

Spray painted bikes…

… citrus themed typography…

… and anti-graffiti.

And there’s nothing like a Pie and Mash shop up North is there? Lovely typography – I love that ampersand.

Being the Graphics geeks we are, we also went to Magma:

I’d only been to the Clerkenwell branch in London but Manchester didn’t disappoint. It’s a creative’s haven with cool notebooks, mugs, books, t shirts and the list goes on. As always, an amazing collection of magazines – I could spend a lot of money in there!

After exploring, we headed to Deansgate locks for the main reason for our adventure – a portfolio review at Vivid studio.

Vivid set the Pen Pals brief which  Emma and I worked on as a pair. We didn’t win (Dave did!) but obviously our campaign made a memorable impact so it was great to be contacted. We put together a portfolio, choosing a few projects each as well as our Pen Pals campaign and Divide magazine which we both worked on. Karl and Steph were really chatty and friendly and gave us some great feedback on our work – thanks guys!

After that it was time to begin the 3 hour train journey back to Lincoln.

Now Emma has moved home and it’s my last week as a student in Lincoln – I’m so sad! I’ve still got places that I want to explore before I leave. It’s weird to think that I’ve been here for 3 years but I’m still noticing new things.

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