Saturday, 15 December 2012

Geometric/Retro goodness.

My lovely mother gave this book to me as a early Christmas present, Flashback: A Tribute to Classic Art in Contemporary Graphics. This book is full of inspiration and design that I love. Here are a few samples:

Not only is this book full of beautiful retro inspired contemporary design but the packaging of the book and the print is just gorgeous.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

My portfolio is now live at, a few minor things are still under construction but mostly everything is up and ready.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Clever advertisements

My boyfriend who is an avid redditor showed me these very clever advertisements. I think they look brilliant and are very clever:

My favorite is the Koleston Naturals, how about you?

Saturday, 8 December 2012 is a brilliant resource full of tutorials, fonts and the like to keep people who are interested in typography happy. The site even has a full tutorial on how to make typefaces! Really invaluable site, go visit here.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


I am currently working on my website and I've been designing myself a logo that I feel reflects my design interests quite well. I've always had a passion for pattern (geometric in particular), purples/reds/yellows are my favorite colour combinations and I like working with clean and simple design. My website will be coming soon, look out for it!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

D&AD Event in Newcastle (21st November 2012)

So myself and the ever enthusiastic and fellow graphic designer Luvena Petty took ourselves out of Carlisle for the day and visited Newcastle for the D&AD event in Newcastle. The event itself was amazing but I felt the talks didn't go on long enough! It was inspiring to hear how designers broke into the field after University. It gave me a new perspective and I think in my 3rd year I may very well tackle one of the D&AD briefs. Here are some pictures from the day:

The lecture theater was amazing. It was about 3 times the size of ours!

Long time no post!

So many things have been going on in my life I've neglected my blog. In fact I've been away from University for a little while now (due to reasons I'd not like to get into). This will be changing however and I will be posting again/back at University.

The past two weeks we have been given a brief on corporate identity. We were asked to design a logo for various made up companies. I decided to choose the company "Minders Keepers" a house/pet sitting service. When designing the logo I decided to go with these core values.

  • Safe
  • Trustworthy
  • Approachable
  • Friendly

This is my final product:

For the last part of the brief we were asked to create a set of corporate guidelines which explained how to use the logo and it's various applications:

Thursday, 18 October 2012

50 Things Every Creative Should Know.

This website is full of useful knowledge to aspiring creatives such as ourselves, here are some of my favorites:

Listen to your instincts

If your work doesn’t excite you, then it won’t excite anyone else. It’s hard to fake passion for mediocre work – scrap it.

Ask questions

Assume nothing. Ask questions, even if you think you know the answers. You’ll be surprised at how little you know.

Seek criticism, not praise

You learn nothing by being told how great you are. Even if you think your work’s perfect – seek criticism, you can always ignore it.

This is just a few of 50 great tips that I should be applying in my own life/work. To visit the website click here.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Digital Grids

So after my hiatus of summer haze I am now back at University. So far I've been doing work on digital grids using indesign. This has been a fun project for me and I've been really invested in it. I'm no illustrator so doing graphic based work makes me happy.

Here's my 9 column grid which I really enjoyed working on. If you'd like to see my other indesign grids check them out at my issuu I've been doing a lot of looking at interesting things over the summer. I've got a lot of them written down I just need to compile some of them into a more in depth blog entry, expect it soon!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Final Presentation for Marketing Paper Toys

My favourite project so far I had so much love and passion being involved with this project. I worked with fellow Illustrator Adam Norfolk and graphic designer Luvena Petty. We built a website and community based on the hipster 18-24 year old market. We worked with paper and digital methods to create a website that would be appealing and keep things free. Everyone likes freebies right? This project gave me a chance that I missed out on in the original project to give my toys more life and personality. We got a grade of 78 for all our hard work. Check out our final presented work:

for more on our project and nets etc visit these sites:

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Packaging love

Just got this beaut in the post today, beautiful packaging by black+blum London a really nicely designed product :) Been after a nice lunchbox for ages and I have to say things like this please me easily.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Stan Wars

These are my paper toys based in obsessive super fans who troll internet forums battling it out to find out who is best. Really I didn't give them enough unique characteristics (apart from Gaga toy) they look too similar to the actual celebrities. Due to time restraints I had to take ideas and a fantastic suggestion by my tutor out. However I intend to bring the toys into better context of battling for each fan's celebrities honor I will be able to portray them with speech bubbles and personalities. I found this project very difficult with my bad hands specially on finicky details which was a shame but I'm quite happy overall with them.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Paper toys

For our latest brief we have been given a task to create a set of paper toys. Just looking into google you'll find a ton of paper toys. It's more popular than I thought and the designs can range from very complex to extremely simple.

Designing toys with nets sounds terrifying but really there is a ton of tutorials online and it's not an awful lot harder than when we had to design the tactile boxes.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

This is the strangest thing I've seen in a while!

This is an obscure song from 1998 that Kylie Minogue was featured in. It is a song literally about a typeface! Take time to listen.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Hospital reading

So I was admitted into hospital last weekend (I'm ok now, just resting) and to pass time I read a lot of the independant and came across this article, it's a really intresting read! I feel like I haven't posted anything meaningful in a while! Go check the link out, go go!

 and also Carlisle could have one of these as well, we have some typography gems and not all good.

Both sites are worth a look.

Ever had the feeling when you are ordered to relax and rest that your body has other ideas? I was so restless being on "bed rest" I actually reordered my book collection. My collection has doubled since coming to University, a lot of these books are direct recommendations from my tutors ongoing from year 0 - 1.

Recommended reading: the a-z of visual ideas (I love this one), thinking with type, Looking Sideways, It's not how good you are, It's how good you want to be (pff one day this book will hopefully rub off on me, still a good read regardless).

Friday, 16 March 2012

Back to blogging!

So I haven't been very well the past 3 weeks. I however have still been looking/buying stuff that I find intresting. Recently the GRILLUST blog had a post about a book called the a-z of visual ideas listed as a must buy so I invested in a copy. Seriously the BEST £12 I've spent in a long time. It's full of informative information and helpful resources, this is a one to go with my Graphic Design Thinking : Beyond Brainstorming.

Go on just buy them you'll not regret it. So my new project I am working with my fellow graphic designer and friend Luvena. A bit of a shaky start as Luvena and I have soon realised that we have almost the exact same weaknesses (I know what are the chances?) We've been a bit lazy I'll admit but I think we might be starting to crack through the glass ceiling now with this brief and I'm really enjoying it. I'm currently focused on a DIY/Beauty filler which I have named SLAP! Why SLAP! you say? DIY fillers are not exactly known for being expensive it's cheap and cheerful and gets the job done. The kind of woman I envision who'd want to use this product? SLAPPER! The amount of mutton dressed as lamb that tumble out of the nightclubs in Sunderland are my inspiration for SLAP due to the copious amounts of alcohol they consume and the heavy slap that is half melting off her face by the end of a night :) Imagine being able to carry your beauty/DIY filler on the go? You'd be able to patch up your face while fixing the wall your boyfriend just punched in a drunken rage. I think the dictionary has quite a good definition:

  • A girl or woman with no class, style or dignity.
Also the University now has blackboard for smartphones!? My Iphone is happy with the news now theres no excuse to keep up to date with all the goings on from Tony.

Mint <3

    Thursday, 8 March 2012

    Resource for later

    Computer Session Resources: (DVD Cover)

    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Tuesday, 31 January 2012

    From today

    Here is a select piece of work I enjoyed doing in thinking through image making:

    Quink/coloured pencils on cream stock card.

    Following up on designers from TTIM...

    So Simon has shown me a couple of artists who's work is really beautiful and different:

    Jim Dine

    I love his use of ink and how dramatic/grungy it looks even though it's quite simplistic. He exploits the colour/texture of his paper.

    Also David Hughes who for some reason his work keeps erroring when I try to upload so go visit his online portfolio here at: