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I’ve been talking about setting up my etsy shop for ages – so long, that you’re all probably a bit fed up of reading about it!? Well, I finally set it up last year… and I’m still trying to figure out what I want to stock in it. One of the things holding me back has been my printing ability – I’d had my printer for 6 years now and with the ink being quite...

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What do you get when you put paper, German sausages, tankards of free beer & designers in one room? A mess, usually… but when GF Smith launched their new Gmund Applied paper range last week it was perfekt, as the Germans might say. I’ve been to these kinds of launches before – there’s usually a design display, free booze and circles of designers talking typefaces (oh, how stereotypical I know!) which is cool because you...

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What better way to start the weekend than by sharing some lovely print? A couple of weeks ago it was the launch of the Baddeley Brothers’ book at St Bride Library. Unfortunately I was ill so I couldn’t make it (and I was gutted because I would have been able to interview David Pearson!), however the Baddeley Brothers kindly sent me a copy of the book so I could still enjoy it from my sick...

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For my Birthday back in December, Sara bought me these cool alphabet stamps and golden ink, and yes, I’ve only just got around to using them. I figured that the perfect way to show them off to you guys was by placing them within my beautiful Kaleido HAY trays, which Jack surprised me with on my Birthday – ALL OF THE BIRTHDAY GIFTS! (Beady eyes will also notice the amazing copper wire N from Oliver Bonas which was also...

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Last weekend Ben and I ventured to the Science Museum to explore the 3D: Printing the future exhibition: As a Graphic Designer I’m intrigued about what the future holds for printing and I think 3D printing is quite exciting. I’d seen a couple of examples during a visit to the Design Museum but this exhibition highlighted how 3D printing will be able to help us in the future, not just produce pretty things! Ben said he wasn’t sure about...

For Day 2, Jack and I were joined by two familiar faces; Helen and Danielle! We managed to get really good seats, but consequently was sat next to this guy who kept telling jokes and pulling funny faces! Oh Chris – we can’t take you anywhere! On our seats we found some goodies: The little pack includes a LPS 2012 poster style programme, a ticket, a lithograph letter from Generation Press (I got t for...

Graphic design is often criticised nowadays for being too digital. In the early days everything was done by hand, then progressing onto printing presses and machinery and finally onto the digital age of today. LetterMpress, created by John Bonadies, is an ipad app which allows the experience of ‘old school’ printing without the mess(and bill for all of the equipment!). I for one am a big fan of silk screen printing, linocutting and wooden type...

Printing my zines wasn’t as smooth as I hoped it would be… You remember that lovely paper I told you about in my last post? Well I couldn’t use it because it wasn’t actually A4 – It’s a weird size; A4 length but not width! So I was pretty angry about that!! And I nearly printed my whole batch of zines with one of the wrong pages in place…. … it was a close call!...

… a.k.a getting in the Zine mood! I wish I could get paid to blog but I don’t think it’s really a job is it? Nevermind 🙂 Working on the most confusing part of the whole Zine process right now – Imposition/pagination! Scary words right there but put simply, page order – a lot harder than you think! I’ve made it a bit harder for myself too because my Zine is A6 size – A5...

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.

O.k. boys and girls, today’s lesson is Type Anatomy… Ligature, Loop & Stem, alternatively known as Scott Boms and Luke Dorny (along with some help from Grant Hutchinson) are the creators of a set of truly beautiful typography posters… Only 100 prints of The Typographic Anatomy Lesson make it annoyingly exclusive (as well as more beautiful and desired!) … Each individually signed and sealed… ah it’s the small details which always make me happy. Also their...

The last part of the multidisciplinary project – finally! I chose to do some stamps because they are important in travel and leisure I kept with the gambling/seaside theme and created a fruit machine inspired design from lino Here is the first of the series – 3 pairs (unusual as usually 2 is a pair!) I was glad to get to do some more linocutting before the end of the year – as I have said before, I...

In our Printmaking sessions we are drawing to a close with introductiosn to the processes a.k.a we have nearly learnt the ones we will need to produce our final print (an A1 poster for the London Original Print Fair) Today we did collagraph printing, which is basically like creating a stamp. I did my name (which Luis said was unoriginal but ohwell) in different letters from different fonts, and I like it. I’m not sure...

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