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The other week I went to 2015’s first D&AD President Lecture by Yuya Furukawa on a whim and, as always, left feeling so inspired and motivated. After posting my thoughts about the talk I was really excited to be invited by D&AD to the next lecture: Ben Tricklebank. On Wednesday I headed to Shoreditch Town Hall after work – a beautiful building, it was jam packed with people eagerly waiting for Ben’s talk. Ben is a,...

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Last February I left my small hometown for the bright lights of the city with a suitcase of clothes and no idea when/if I would return. 400 odd days later and I’ve been living in London for over a year now – it’s pretty crazy to think how much my life has changed. I have always been drawn to the fast paced buzz of city life – there’s so much to do and see, but as...

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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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Last week I went to one of the D&AD President’s Lectures. My housemate Lucy had a spare pair of tickets so I was quick to snap them up for Sara & myself. The speaker for the evening was Yuya Furukawa, Chief Creative Officer at advertising agency Dentsu in Japan. I’m getting used to hanging around with the advertising crowd at SheSays events, and although I am not an advertiser, I love to learn about how...

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The other week (sorry I’m a little behind on posts) I went to a She Says talk hosted by advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy. Joined by familiar (Lucy, Natalie, Lily, Lucy, Casey, Charlotte, Mariana, Vanessa, Harriet, Zach and Jo) and also a new face (Sara), the room was buzzing and full to the brim – the talk had literally sold out in 5 minutes! Lucy was on hand to photograph, whilst Jo from She Says acted...

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I’ve had something in the pipeline for a few months, and yesterday it was time. My University tutor, Barrie, and one of the current 3rd years, Jess, had asked me if I would go back to Lincoln to give a talk to students. Over the past year or so I have been posting things I have learnt/advice for students so I thought I would have something a bit different to offer and said yes. Somehow I didn’t realise that...

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…ont. Seen some typography and want to know which font it is? There are 1000s of fonts in the world – how are you going to figure out what it is? Can you tell the difference between Arial and Helvetica? Well you don’t need to be the world’s best type spotter because withWhat the font identifying a font is made easy. I first discovered it at University and although I haven’t used it loads, I think it’s...

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For the past 4 years I have been designing using a trackpad on my MacBook Pro. It took me a while to get used to controlling my digital world via a rectangle but I got there in the end. Prior to that I had always used a computer mouse with a wire and a scrolly button, oh, and don’t forget the mouse mat! Where am I going with this? Well when I started as an...

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What. A. Year! Looking back now, if someone had given me a list of everything that has happened this year back in December 2013, I think I would have laughed in their face. This time last year I was in denial, trying to put on a brave face and hold it all together: I had no job, no inspiration, no plans. I read my 2013 reflection now and I cringe. It took me 12 days...

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So talk about last minute, but I’ve been meaning to write a post about why bloggers should enter blog awards. TODAY nomination for the UK Blog Awards 2015 closes at midnight, and you should enter! Things that might be in your head right now: My blog doesn’t deserve an award. Awards are only for ‘big bloggers’. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet. Blogging is just a hobby. I’m not interested in awards. What is...

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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 the 5th September 2013 I became Natasha Nuttall BA (Hons) – a graduate with a degree in Graphic Design. Yesterday I shared my tips for planning and the big day experience so don’t forget to read that! My graduation day was beautifully sunny and the perfect ending to my education in Lincoln. After 3 years in the secure arms of education I was finally released into the big, horrible world and I didn’t have a...

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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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