Filled Under: Design

Im still here and I sold something – again!

So I have  been absent for a while But I’m now working on a very cool, brand spanking new laptop so I’m getting myself moving and onto designing again. The best news though and a great inspiration is that I sold another t-shirt design . Yay! so great news for me as a designer and thank you to those people out there wearing my designs on whatever item you put it on. I would love pictures by the way for whoever bought them in the likely event they ever happen to see this blog post – just putting it out there I guess.

Twirls and Swirls

Something new I actually did learn today, making a fabulous wallpaper for a website I am designing and I found this amazing tool in illustrator. Love new discoveries.

http://shapeshed.com/journal/illustrator_101_the_twirl_tool/

 

Sites I love

I started using google reader a while back and was definitely over eager on what I subscribed to – like news sites and such. So I have cut down on alot of sites but some I have found I continue to read continuously – and I wanted to share them with you.

http://economycustard.wordpress.com/

http://www.swiss-miss.com/

Have a look and enjoy!

Starting College AGAIN

I have enrolled in a part time course at NCAD. I want to develop further skills in fashion and integrate me design knowledge. This is a textile design course, so I will get to know fabrics, printing, and all sorts. There is one this year and one next year – so at least something to occupy me intellectually for the next while.

Making a portfolio Site

An ever changing and ongoing challenge to get this site up to scratch. Will I ever get there I dont know but I hope it looks good and has easy havigation. This has been going since summer 2009. I want to show the best of my work and the best of my skill set. I didnt work on it for the whole of my 3rd year, but trying to get it started again.

Environmental Design

I have been given a new assignenment in college on environmental ethics and due to the nature of my course, the ethics in design. particularly environmental. So in researching I cam across this website http://designcanchange.org. Have a read. I signed up to the pledge. Have u?

Learning Flash

Its definitely complicated. I have to do 3 animated buttons. in theory it sounds easy, the first one with all its moving parts went off ok – but seriously stuck on 2nd and third. have to figure out how to import a second image to a stage to make it the final frame in the animation, the way I have it now it just wrong. so, working on it. keep you posted. xxx

Internships!

Hoorah! I got a call today about an internship. yay! It will be once a week when I have a day off from college. It is in the head office of the company I work for. So will see the retail side to the design business. Exciting is not even the word! A great opportunity and I hope I can learn alot from this.

Offset: Day 3

Again, at the grand canal theatre bright and early for a 10am start. M&E studio who are based in Sweden now. I then went to the talk on routes into graphic design. Made sure I was back for Celestine Cooney, as I couldn’t go to her talk on Saturday. She is again local and so bubbly with energy. She really inspired me to persevere and get out there and to get myself  to do what I want to do. Tomer Hanuka, Illustrator. Then lunch with a preview screening of lost and found. They had a competition to submit a sketch of the characters from the movie and a guy from my college won a copy of the movie. I went to catch the end of David Carson’s q and a. Then Wooster collection, they do some amazing work by helping to fund the people who push the boundaries of public art around the world.  Zach Gold the photographer, I really like his dissolving photo technique of sand and water. He is very experimental in his work as shown by his vat of milk. I missed David O Reilly only to try get more from George Lios. He was having a 2 hour interview with Q and A. this is when I got the photo and he is so nice. He remembered me from talking to him earlier, he is so great. Then the finale to Offset 2010 – Gary Baseman. not sure what exactly to say. he is phenomenal in a perverse, quirky, weird, he lives by his own rules type of way. I did like his style, even if the subject matter is very controversial and it puts some thought in your mind and on telling someone about his work, I probably did not give it justice, it really just comes across quite perverse in a very bad way with his paintings of little girls and their shu shu’s. give it some thought. xxx

Offset: day 2

Yet another great line up was in store for the day. I must admit I didn’t know a single name on the list but I just felt like I was in the presence of greatness in this industry. Started off with a sweet Emily Forgot. So young and so talented. She finds inspiration from everything and she still has so far to go with her work. Linda Brownlee with her amazing photography is one of the local talent.  Then I went to the second room where Directors from Detail were talking about internships and for me as a student I completely advocate them, but unfortunately for me, they only take Irish students. But they did give some great info and I got a ‘free badge’ so I went away happy. such simple delights. Steven Heller is a big name and discussed the world fairs and whether design can save the world/future. Then onto David Carson, talked about everything, I knew his work but not of the person, as I have worked in retail for many years and started in a Quiksilver shop, so all our advertising had a lot to do with David Carson, who knew. He talked for close to 2 hours. But great for every word. Then Mark Farrow being interviewed by Adrian Shaughnessy.  Alan Clarke with his visually in your face illustration but again, local and lekker, so young with so much talent to show the world. Then the one and only fabulous ‘madman’ George Lois. never heard this name, but from sat evening, is going to be ingrained in my for the rest of my life. I hope to do my thesis on him so will keep you posted. Got his autograph and a photo with him, and what I love almost the most – is how fondly he talks about his wife and that next year they will be married 60 years. I left that night with this amazing buzz, like i needed to scream or draw or create something. I could feel this light of inspiration, went to bed just thinking all about design. xxx