Saturday, 25 January 2014

Taking the bull by the horns.

In University I've been discussing with Zoe where I will see myself after University and what I want to do. I decided to take the bull by the horns and email my CV/Portfolio to companies in Newcastle and New York. As many people know my partner is American and we are in the process of a K-1 Visa. All exciting stuff but scary at the same time. I researched companies I liked the look of at found The Forest Studios. This company had offices in both London and New York. So on a whim I sent a rather...Bold email lets say with no expectations of a reply:

My name is Jennifer Scott. I am currently a 3rd year student studying graphic design at the University of Cumbria in the United Kingdom. Why on earth would I be looking at New York design agencies you might wonder? Bottom line is I am very passionate and know exactly where I want to be. I am currently in the process of a K-1 Visa and will be relocating to Brooklyn by early 2015. I know it's rather ballsy to give my resumes to companies when I have not even left the UK but I feel getting myself out there and putting my foot in the door is always a plus! I hope you'll keep my resume on file and consider me for a future position/placement/employment prospect!

Kind regards,

Now this could be seen as unprofessional but I'd gotten a feel of the website and researched the key members of staff and they seemed like they would probably respond well to my reply (Don't do this unless you know that it'll be taken well!). About 10 minutes later this reply landed in my inbox:

I like ballsy.
Id love to see more of your work as your portfolio grows so please keep in touch…
FYI - you’ll only have 3 months to tie the knot on the K1 or else ;)
Keep in touch
K- -Karl HudsonCreative Director
THE FOREST22 West 23rd Street.3rd FloorNew York, NY 10010
T: +1 718 395 2424M: +1 917 744 0643Skype: +44 (0)20 7193 0677
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 So this is a good learning curve for me that being bold and taking a risk has benefits. You never know what doors may open if you take a leap of faith so to speak.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Since many of you come to my blog looking for paper toys...

This is a project I did in my first year of University. A paper toys project that I did research on my blog here, the topic which gets me my most hits. My toys were named "Stan Wars" and I decided to make my toys based on obsessive super fans of celebrities who's whole life revolves around their idols and berating other fans of rival celebrities from the comfort of their bedrooms.

Even nearly 2 years on this project is still one of my favorites and has a special place for me in my portfolio. I had a lot of fun with this project, I don't nearly do enough hand crafted design these days.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Feminine Hygiene Advertisements

My current brief I am designing a campaign for Femfresh intimate hygiene products. My aim is to make feminine hygiene products less of a taboo by using slang and feminine language to grab attention. Here are some advertisements that are somewhat crass but do make me laugh:


These are for playtex's "fresh+sexy" range and are causing a bit of a storm as they are being classed as crass and sexist. I personally think advertisements of the past are a lot worse:

For example lysol, this was marketed as a feminine hygiene product but was widely used as contraceptive before the pill was manufactured. This is the kind of thing I want to steer away from making feminine hygiene and reproductive health a taboo.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Website updated

Alright so I've been very busy with University since starting again in September. It's my final year and I am preparing myself for graduation, sorting out projects to update my portfolio and apply for placements. I have recently updated my website and put up some of the newer projects I've been working on. Soon I will be moving my blog onto a wordpress blog I created over at my domain. Still working out the kinks then I'll be all set to go :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Photography Books

It's been such a long time since I've posted. Here is some of the work I've done over semester 2. The photography on Reflections is done by myself and the photography on "The Roots That Bind Us" is by Ellie Armour.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Busy busy busy!

Alright I've been very neglectful of my dear blog here something I'll admit I am not very proud of! Whilst I have been drowning in a backlog of work and semiotics lectures I have been looking at and thinking about design. I have been keeping up with my readings in particular and have to recommend this book here:

Know Your Onions has so many different graphic design related tips, think you know everything well think again! This book has been a source of inspiration and help. The book itself is almost like a little moleskine sketchbook and provides pages to doodle and write notes for each chapter (again very useful!). Beautifully bound and has a lovely home made feel. If you've read my blog by now people will have gotten on to the fact I love collecting graphic design books/magazines. Any recommendations for me? Please leave a comment.