Sunday, 16 September 2012

Winsor & Newton

A surprise email came through this week from a competition I entered back in March. The brief outlined that the art materials company Winsor & Newton were looking for a design to wrap around the box that will hold their new line of ink. My design has been picked out of over 700 worldwide entries to feature alongside 30 other submissions. The exhibition will be at The Griffin Gallery in London (Shepherds Bush area) from  17th - 28th of September.

Monday, 10 September 2012

New Desk

So what with this being my fifth and final year at DJCAD this blog will be filled with various updates relating to my personal project over the next 9 months, like a preverbial creative baby. At the moment I dont have a generic heading or title for the project but this will be decided upon soon and become clear through various posts.
Other exciting stuff that will be on its way this year will be D&AD, iSTD, YCN and possibly a cheeky live brief in there somewhere too as well as a side project I've been slowely churning out.
Also this marks the start of dissertation time, the idea for this is still cloudy but getting there.

All in all this has been a fairly sketchy post but it's all in there, somewhere.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012


So after a day of early buses, running about Edinburgh, trying out Nandos for the first time (extremely overrated) and of course two important interviews at Redpath and Whitespace, I have landed myself the opportunity with placements at both companies! After discussing dates which were available I'll be doing both of them around August time.

It became apparent how different the companies were in output, process and presentation during the interviews, Redpath focusing more on words and pictures as their motto goes and Whitespace trying to establish interaction with their campaigns.

Once I'm working there I'd like to make a blog entry a day about what I get up to although I don't know if the etiquette and law of the studio is not to publish any work until its live? Queue photogrpahic hints.. Anyway, roll on August.

Monday, 7 May 2012


Doing my usual daily inspiration browse I came across a set of minimal posters that show a concept for childrens stories, this was my favourite showing The Wizard of Oz mainly because of the Lions courage. You can see the rest of the posters at Square Inch Design.


100 Postcards from Penguin

Got these through the post the other day as an impulse buy on amazon, It's a collection 100 paperback jackets printed on the front of postcards. The blurb tells the story of how penguins covers helped make them stand out as an icon and one of Britains most known book publishers...

In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived.

Declaring that 'good design is no more expensive than bad', Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive.

Ever since then, from their original - now world-famous - look featuring three bold horizontal stripes, through many different stylish, inventive and iconic cover designs, Penguin's paperback jackets have been a constantly evolving part of Britain's culture. And whether they're for classics, crime, reference or prize-winning novels, they still follow Allen Lane's original design mantra.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

White Space Creative Director Iain Valentine

This is a post from my Design in the market module that I never posted but better late than never yada, yada..

Since writing this post, as part of the Graphic Design course at DJCAD we are given the opportunity of work placements at respective creative companies. To my delight I have the chance to submit my portfolio to Whitespace and Redpath both situated in Edinburgh next week. I'll post more on that soon.

Anyway to the post..

Last weeks lecture in the design in the market module, Iain Valentine the creative director of Whitespace a design company based in Edinburgh gave us a talk.
To make sure we were listening carefully he put to us that at the end of the session those of us that gave the 4 best questions would be given the prize of  typographic book.
He began by telling us of his roots of coming from Forfar to study at Duncan of Jordanstone and his time here. He says he did not particularly excel during his time at DOJ until his final year when everything clicked into place and he gained 1st honors. After this he told us of his work experience from working in different role at different companies like Lackie Newton and Navy Blue. Eventually he decided to go into business for himself and became Creative Director of Whitespace.

I had heard of Whitespace before but until the lecture I did not realise they were responsible for high profile campaigns like, The Fringe Festival, Tennants marketing (for which I've pinched a pint glass with decorative typography relating to Dundee) Wiseman Dairies and countless well known health campaigns. Their website is now in my bookmarks.

At the end of the lecture everyone was out for the promise of a free book so Iain was bombarded with questions so his incentive worked. After leaving the lecture my question, as usual, came to me late. I remember he spoke of being fed up of seeing his bosses enjoying their successes and that was his decision to go into business was to be in their position. Now that he was, had he managed to buy his Porshe 911? Never mind, I'm following Iain and Whitespace on twitter to keep up to date on there latest progress.

Saturday, 5 May 2012


As this year is the 75th birthday of The Dandy launch and next year The Beano, the Royal Mail have released some memorable First Class stamps to mark the occasion. Each stamp commemorates a comic that started its roots at DC Thomsons of Dundee, each stamp dedicated to a front cover and its leading character. The comics that make up the collection are The Dandy, The Beano, Roy Of The Rovers, Eagle, The Topper And Tiger, Bunty, Buster, Valiant, Twinkle and 2000AD. 

The Dandy was first launched by DC Thompson in December 1937 and exceeded sales of two million copies a week during its heyday of the 1950s. The Beano began being printed six months later and quickly raced to a weekly peak of more than one million copies. It remains the UK's number one-selling weekly comic and its popularity led to the launch of the Dennis the Menace Fan Club in the 1970s, which reached more than one million members.