Design Work: Eastern Gold

Some of the design work that I have been given over the past week has been interesting. The most notable has been for a jewellery company.

I enjoyed this brief and had to do 4 mock up of completely different styles for the customer. Though still awaiting feedback, I have had permission to us the graphics fully to publish. Please see them below.

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I enjoyed this project as I could incorporate the style of artwork I enjoy: simplistic and romantic styles. Though one of the designs was purely based up the salesmen’s request, for the content (the gold digger one), I feel like the brief was met, and I hope that the customer is happy with these options.

Know Your Allies

The idea of a placement is that you get hands on experience in a real work environment. Though this perhaps could mean that there are no safety nets, you are also open to a lot of helpful people, but you need to learn who they are. In my placement so far, I have found that just because someone had a specific job title and you are an intern, it doesn’t mean that they (a) have the time to explain something or (b) are good at explaining things.

I have learnt a lot in the past few months but the biggest thing I have learnt so far, is who to go to if I need a hand in a specific field. Inside the office, there are specific people that are available to me when I need to ask questions. Though I have almost two full notebooks already of ‘how to’s’, ‘advice’ and ‘reminders’ it is clear that by the time I get back to university I will be better at asking for help.

As an independent and proud person, I have always struggled to ask for help, but here, there isn’t much of an option. Though I do some research outside of the work place, an internship is for asking questions, learning and applying knowledge. Perhaps the main focus of an internship is not necessarily teaching someone skills, but perhaps it is more for encouraging and learning how to apply skills as well as learning being a humbling experience.

By asking questions, you not only learn how to do things, but you can also build key relationships with members of staff. Here at BWAR, I have manages to gain a lot of insight in not only how apps and websites are built, but also a lot outside of my field. On a daily basis, I not only deal with customers, but I can also be learning about how to adjust simple CSS and so on.

The staff here are encouraging and understand that everything is a learning curve. Everyone here has multiple job roles and can do many diverse jobs in one day. From tech support to app creation, there is a lot that each member of staff can do. This also means that should one individual be busy, as this is a quick paced environment and also only a small business, someone else can help me. Though I am still learning, I aspire to be like them. A diverse job role, such as this one can aide in future prospects.

With no two days being the same, the learning potential here does not have a limit as such, the limit is merely in what questions I ask. As the weeks go on, I know that I will never stop learning, whether it is the meaning of key words or how to deal with an awkward customer.

Live Brief: University Promo

We were each given a statistic for our university, Huddersfield, and told to make a ten second, simple animation in university colours. This project was done under stict time restraints (4hours).

After two quick Adobe Illustrator file creations, this is the final outcome:

Dark Tales

The story of Alice in Wonderland is one that has been told and retold, with each take getting more insane. The actual book is very dark and so I decided to make a final outcome to reflect on that.

The story is about being thrown into the rabbit hole and the fall you get when you start to mix reality with te impossible. Though the book may have been based on drug use, I wanted to create an outcome that highlights the key audience: “The parent’s of”.

Not many people still dream when they get older, all they see, or remember is darkness. Therefore, I have made all of the illustrations in this style. Please find below the hare and the hatter. You may need to tilt your screens, but look hard and be pulled down the rabbit hole…

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Alice In Wonderland Cover (wo sticker)

Alice in Wonderland Mood Board

For a new brief I have opted to do, I have to re-design the cover and a select page illustration for the imaginative book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I looked into three different aspects: the first being the actual company it is for (undisclosed), the actual book and what is associated with it and finally illustrative inspiration. Please feel free to take a look at the mood boards below:

Huddersfield ReBrand: Initial Ideas

After working as a group to produce a few mood boards, we then went our seprate ways in order to produce our own individual research and ideas. Here is some initial ideas for the re branding the company we have chosen: Cotton Factory.

Prospects of Animation

When considering a final outcome for any given piece, the question needs to be asked, ‘what reaction am I trying to provoke?’.

If, as explained in my idea proposal, I am to narrate a story with the aide of music, then what conversation am I trying to have with the audience? Will my narration require the audiences response to be a specific emotion, or just to ponder their own lives?

An example of a well animated piece that visually narrated a song is this video for Ryan Woodward’s ‘Thinking of You’. The animators here conversed with the audience telling them a story of life. The response, although not required as with most narrations, was one of provoking thoughts and feeling emotionally connected to the characters. Potentially, the audience thought they were the character and felt like they were having a conversation with the opposing characters. A Conversation in a conversation. I can only hope that my animation will be as successful.