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Commuting in London. 3 words that can turn a smile to a frown in a matter of 0.3 seconds. I’ve had my fair share of tube annoyances, however recently I’ve been using a little yellow ray of sunshine to be blissfully ignorant of ignorant people: Don’t get a job… Make a job by Gem Barton has been my tube read for almost 2 weeks now, and what a difference it has made to my 40...

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It’s never good to start with an apology, but as I’m polite: Sorry. My posting schedule has been a bit all over the place recently and I’m currently experiencing a bit of what we’ll call ‘bloggers block’ – it happens to the best of us! Send inspiration and positive thoughts my way 🙂 I’m just having such a busy time at the moment, but I’ll be back on track soon don’t worry! And anyway, there’s...

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It might seem like I’m always doing something, no? What can I say… I like to keep busy! But seriously, I spent so long dreaming about moving to London that now I’m here I feel like I owe it to my-younger-self to make the most of being in the city. When I lived in the sticks back home I couldn’t really get to events, talks or gigs because it meant catching a bus for 30mins...

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I’m not naive to think that I am the only Graphic Designer blogging about ‘the industry’, but the whole reason behind writing my BA (Hon)est posts was that I hadn’t found anyone else posting the honest truth about what it’s like. I’m under no illusion that my posts are going to change the world/way things are run in the design industry, but I do hope (and through the feedback I’ve received it seems to be...

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2nd year was my favourite year of University. You’ve been at Uni for a year now so you know the best places to go/eat/party, have a group of friends and kind of know what the tutors expect from you. Your grades actually count towards your final degree now (on most creative courses 1st year doesn’t count – it’s different at every Uni though!) so you need to work hard, but you don’t have the pressure of...

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a talk at the V&A as part of the London Design Festival. With Adrian Shaughnessy as the host, it was basically an audience with Paula Scher. The first female partner at Pentagram NY with a wealth of experience in design and teaching, Paula is a very interesting lady. Obviously I was mostly trying to pay attention to the interview, but i managed to jot a few quotes which...

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Starting University is one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re moving away from home to begin the adult part of your life – it comes with responsibilities such as budgeting, paying rent and the dreaded food shop. Or maybe you’ve chosen to stay living at home whilst you study – there’s still lots of fun to be had! Here are a few things that I learnt in my time as a creative...

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On Thursday night I headed to Karmarama HQ in Farringdon for a She Says talk: Clients meet creatives. The Creative advertisers (Natalie and Lucy, Lily, Lucy and Charlotte) have kindly adopted me into their SheSays cheerleading crew. Walking into the Karmarama office there was one word in my mind: WOW! I couldn’t resist making this gif of Lucy & I posing in the rainbow tunnel. Imagine walking through this every day to get to your desk –...

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So I know that I’ve only just won the UKBA Young Persons Blog Award and I can’t tell you how amazed and grateful and happy I am about it, but a little birdy (twitter) told me about the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. Normally these kinds of things are just for Fashion and Beauty bloggers but this year I noticed they have a ‘Best Careers Blog’ category. Well, Graphique Fantastique is all about my journey as a...

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I can’t believe that it’s May already – this time last year I was pulling my hair out in the run up to my Degree exhibition. It’s amazing and very scary just how fast my first year as a graduate (although I technically didn’t graduate until September) has passed and as you will have read, it’s not been rainbows and unicorns like I had imagined! But I’ve finally made it to the other side (I’m...

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What do Graphic Designers, Fashion Designers and Advertisers all have in common? (This isn’t the start of a bad joke, I promise!) Well, obviously they are all creatives. But as industries which work for and with people, they all have to think about branding. Branding is important to clients. From cat food businesses to museums, all have a target customer to appeal to using a set of morals and an image. Branding isn’t just about...

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The night after the G&Ts ( brilliant idea that was Mr Phillips!) I have to admit, I was feeling a little groggy but the Elmwood talk by Simon and Rob (Lincoln alumni) made everything better. After walking to the wrong talk (again, I blame the G&Ts but the Albion studio looked lovely ha) Emma & I eventually made it to the D&AD office: The talk from Rob and Simon of Elmwood‘s Leeds studio was really...

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