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It’s that time of year again – the sun is out (kind of), the University year is over and the new grads are looking for jobs. The first stop? New Blood, of course! I have been excited about going to New Blood since this time last year – I just love everything about it! This year, I went with my girls Emma, Amber and Lucy (the orange arm owner!) and we stayed in London for a...

Happy Tri Fri! What is Tri Fri? Find out more here. This week my favourite triangular design comes from Playground: Playground are a multidisciplinary studio from Paris (Bonjour!) and worked on the art direction for some issues of Chocolate Magazine. The spreads in this post are from #22 and I love all of it… … bold, simple and something a bit different! Technically, not triangles but it technically is… … it’s awesome anyway! I wish I could...

It’s 2012 – the year of 53 Degrees North. Emma and I spent 2 hours looking around the exhibition on Wednesday and took nearly 200 photos! There was so much good work that when it came down to choosing what to blog about I found it really hard. I managed to whittle it down to 32 photos and 14 videos (the reason I have decided to do videos is so that you can see multiple...

…A quote from Anthony Burrill, who I contacted with questions for my D&AD Typographic Circle supplement project. Any ideas what I asked him for that response? Comment! So, now that it is past the submission deadline I’m safe to share this because no one can steal it. I had a William Shakespeare moment about entering; to enter or not to enter, that is the question? But decided not to in the end because there was...

Tuesday morning I got the D&AD Pentagram brief. Fast forward 24 hours and I’m in London. It was a bit of a spontaneous trip, but a sensible decision. Amber, Emma, Lucy & I went to the big smoke on Wednesday to visit book shops and find inspiration. With both current projects being editorial and typography based, we decided it was a good idea to go and see what’s ‘out there’. Sometimes you just need to...

Also coming to a close last week was the Penguin Book Covers project consisting of typesetting the first 2 chapters of the book, turning the book into a magazine and 2 covers – 1 digital and 1 handmade. Before my critique on Wednesday, I was one of the lucky few picked to meet and discuss my work with David Pearson, the book cover genius and former Penguin Books designer (before he set up his own...

For the past 6 weeks I have engrossed myself in re-branding Avon, a company selling cosmetics and beauty products to women since 1886. From research, I established that bad connotations were associated with Avon. ‘Out of date’, ‘cheap’, ‘for old ladies’ and ‘naff christmas presents’ were all popular responses I received when asking for opinions. After analysing the brand as a whole I felt that the main problems with Avon were: I felt that the...

I’m finding it quite hard to keep posting whilst the workload of my course gets heavier, but I WILL keep it up! Mondays we have the Visual Expression module with Philippa, Barrie (who combined are The Caseroom Press) and new girl, Isil. I briefly mentioned a couple of posts back, that we were starting to produce work for the Penguin Award Book Cover Competition. Now that it’s Week 4 (deadline is Week 6 – Eeeeeeeek!), that is...

Week 3 in Thomas Parker House (Big Graphics House) and it feels like Week 10. So much going on, so much work being done and so much to do still! On Monday (feels like so long ago, but this is the first chance I’ve really had to sit down and post) we were given the opportunity to look through the now 3rd year’s portfolios from 2nd year. This year (2nd year) has been dubbed ‘The...

This is only my fourth post this month, sorry! I keep planning to sit down and blog but at the moment there’s always something else to distract me! But anyway… Remember me saying that I was going to be on the design team of the University Student Magazine? Well the first issue is out! Sam, Bobbins, Dani, Lucy(hiding) and Helen checking out Issue #1 of Bullet ’11! Yesterday was the Freshers Fayre, so I picked...

A is for Autumn. A is also for Accessorize. The other day I nipped into Accessorize and picked up their latest ‘lookbook/catalogue’ for Autumn/Winter 2011. I think the reason for me picking it up was a mixture of: being a girl and liking Accessorize products, being a temp sales assistant over the summer I feel a bit of loyalty to the brand now? haha and also because I’m a graphic designer and I just like...

… or there will be, come September for the Fresher’s issue! You are looking at a member of the new 2011/2012 Bullet Magazine design team. Along with some other creatives I know (Sam Dowse, Dave Morris, Jake Townsend and Claire Kearns), I will be helping to design the University of Lincoln’s student magazine 🙂 I’m looking forward to making reading look pretty 🙂

Warning: This is going to be a long post with a lot of amazing Graphic Design – get a coffee, sit comfortably and be inspired! Studio 8 came to visit us Lincoln Students on Wednesday! It was held in ‘our’ Faculty building(Art, Architecture & Design), but I think I’ve only been in there once on an open day so it was a new experience! What a maze! Anyway, back to the important part… Studio 8...

Can I be a Graphic Designer if printers hate me? On Tuesday, after about 2 hours trying to set the document up correctly, I sent an A0 length document (Magazine spread finals belonging to Helen and myself) to the plotter printer (with help from a 3rd year) and this is what happened…. I am half smiling here but in fact, i wanted to cry…  Lesson of the day – don’t use the plotter.

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020