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What do you do when you have a lot to say and want to share with the world? Nowadays you might create a blog, go on a tweet rant or Periscope about it. Or… you might record a podcast. That’s what Sherida, Soofiya and myself have done. Designed in London (DiLDN for short) is our new Podcast where we will discuss all things creative/design/education/industry themed. Here’s the 3 of us looking pretty pleased with ourselves after recording...

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As I get older, I find myself becoming more and more nostalgic; NOW I understand why the elders love pulling out a ‘back in my day…’ story. Recently I’ve been reminiscing about my University days – the silly things I used to make for projects and pulling all-nighters to meet deadlines. OH THE MEMORIES! At the time it felt like it would be the end of the world if I didn’t have 100+ sheets of design development,...

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Whether you’re just starting or  have nearly finished a degree, there are items which all creative students need in their toolbox. When your student loan only stretches so far buying the right items is important, and after graduating in Graphic Design last year I’ve got a bit of experience when it comes to stationery shopping. I know it can be a little overwhelming, so when Ryman chose me as their August Blog Party winner, I...

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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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So it’s almost here: ‘the big day’! I’m talking about Graduation, of course(weddings are soooo 2009). Some students will already have graduated by now as it seems that every University has a different schedule for Graduation. I have heard of some Graduations taking place as late as January the next year, but as I’m a Lincoln-er, I graduated on the 5th September. I’m aware that this post might come too late for some 2014 Grads...

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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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Yesterday I had the final crit of my D&AD project with Zoe. About half way through, Barrie popped in. He said he had been interviewing a prospective student and asked them ‘Why Lincoln?’. They replied ‘Because of Natasha Nuttall’s blog’. I couldn’t believe it! I began writing my blog when I was at college to help be more critical of my own work and engage in the design world. Since then, it has grown into...

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Just thought I would do a quick post about why I’ve been at Uni on a Saturday. Emma & I have been helping out with the University of Lincoln open days for a couple of weeks now. We both love to talk and we both love our course, so I guess we are the perfect pair to talk to all of the fresh faces that could be the next generation of Lincoln Graphic Design students....

It feels a long time since my first post about this project which I am going to say is because I was spending time on the project rather than blogging about it. This is a good thing as I usually procrastinate by blogging rather than doing work but I have learnt to force myself to get into work even when I don’t feel like it, not that it was needed for this project so much....

Yesterday we got all sketchy in class with some old format technology! Old Macs, Typewriters, Cameras, Floppy Disks, Stereos… the list goes on! Armed with lots of pens, pencils and paints we flexed our creative muscles: As an 80’s child (for 6 days) I decided to take the Neon approach for my stereo… Then in groups of 3 we produced a big drawing, starting from the same point but in each of our own different...

Over the christmas holiday we were set a project to produce an A6 type tart card. The type tart card has already been celebrated by Wallpaper magazine, St Bride’s Library and Type, where they asked designers to embrace their inner type tart and create a card. In total, 450 cards were produced and displayed at the KK Outlet in London between 22 – 29 June 2009 – I wish I could have gone because there...

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.

Thursday 28th October and Friday 29th October – Possibly the two most stressful days of my life so far. These are the days which I had my first reviews for the work I have been doing in the first 6 weeks at Uni. Apparently you’re not supposed to do any work in the first year but I don’t think thats applicable for us Graphic Design students! And anyway, I want to do my best so...

Today the final badge was born(made). One of the technicians at TPH (Thomas Parker House) kindly made my design into an actual badge! If you remember, all of my designs were in pencil so I digitalised and printed them off on my shiny new printer (had to get a new one because although my old printer had a CD for installation with Mac, it wasn’t compatible!): As you can see… the badge cutter was actually...

You know those nightmares you get when you have to stand up in front of class, talk and everything goes really wrong? You forget your name? You forget how to speak English? You sweat bucket amounts? You start getting a nervous twitch? You forget your work/An Albatross flies in through an open window and swoops down, pooing on you and stealing your work at the same time? Your clothes disappear and suddenly you are naked?...

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