Now, before you say anything… please read the title to the tune of this.
The sun is shining, The Beach Boys are playing (on youtube) and I have been featured on ImagineThat‘s blog:
Have a look here. ImagineThat feature creatives from a range of disciplines, so why not submit your work?
You guys might have guessed that I can talk/write for England, but I actually found it quite hard writing my bio – not sure why. I guess it’s trying to get that balance of personality without sounding cheesy. I love a bit of cheese and I’m allowed to sound cheesy here, but it’s not the best first impression is it?
If you’re reading this, you’ve found my blog But if you ever forget where to find me, I’m now linked here:
I’ve got my own orange circle (bottom row, 2nd in from the left) in The Caseroom Press’ links! I feel really honoured to be linked on the same page as these brilliant creatives, so thank you Barrie & Philippa!
If you haven’t yet checked out The Caseroom Press’ work, look now for an amazing collection of typographic and letter pressed works.
I’ve just discovered an email in my junk mail:
We just wanted to notify you that one of your projects was just featured on the Behance Student Show Gallery. Our curation team features a small number of projects every day. With thousands of options, we only pick a few that promote new thinking.
Congrats, and great to have you involved in the Student Show!
Be sure to share this achievement with your friends, family and school!
The Behance Team’
Well, that’s not junk mail! I’ve been on Behance since May 2009. It’s a great place to create an online portfolio for free, my daily source of inspiration and also lead to me being featured in a book - I definitely recommend it!
Well, I’m happy with that – Thanks Behance!
Check out all the other great student work on the Student Show.
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.
Back in February, I posted about my work being featured in a Packaging book and I managed to persuade the publishers to send me a copy for free. Well, I thought it was too good to be true after nearly 2 months and no sign of a book but the other Thursday, it arrived!
I had a quick peek inside but it was only today that I finally got around to having a proper drool over it because I’ve been so busy…
I find the publication style a bit odd – it’s hardbound but the cover is about an inch smaller than the main feature pages.
At the front (the same size as the cover) there is a designer index with bibliographies of all featured. Then it leads onto the bigger pages, with the work:
My spread is pages 186-187.
It feels really weird, but good to be a published designer already at this early stage in my career – I feel really privileged! I don’t really like the piece of work anymore (it was a long time ago – college ’10!) but it is very exciting to be recognised amongst some really interesting packaging concepts. Who wants to borrow the book then?
I was a bit shocked when I saw it was worth ￥300.00 on Sendpoint’s website but then I googled how many ￥ a loaf of bread is worth and realised that it wasn’t as steep as it first seemed! I’ve found the book is available to pre-order on Amazon for just short of £22, so buy it – and if you ask me nicely, I might even sign it for you… Just kidding – I’m not a diva!