I got a job! HUZZAH! I am thrilled! I will soon be a graphic designer. All those years of uni have finally paid off. I will actually get paid for doing something I love. It’s my last week at my part time job, then a week off to I go to London to collect my YCN Award and then I start my new job on Monday. I am still shocked at what a wonderful year its been. And to top it off my work is now in Creative Review as one of the featured graduates. I haven’t seen it in print just a preview on the Creative Review blog but I am excited to read what they have to say about my work. It’s been a mental year so many great things have happened! It is just goes to show how far hard work can take you. Looking forward to my trip to London then settling into my new job.
This last 12 months have been crazy. I passed my driving test, started my final year at uni, won a YCN Award, set up my degree show, got a first class honours degree, exhibited in London, was featured on the creative review blog, graduated, started collaborating with some PHD students on my Make Britain Happier project and now I’m going to be featured in Creative Review’s Graduate Issue! It’s been nuts to say the least sorry if I’ve mentioned this list in a previous post but I still can’t believe how much has gone on! I’ve received some amazing feedback and advice from various designers and directors from around the UK which I am really grateful for. I’ve been to various interviews so it’s been a busy time. I collect my YCN Award on the 3rd of September and then head to Berlin and Prague at the end of October for a well deserved holiday. Going to see CHVRCHES play in Berlin which I am really excited about.
Trying to stay creative as much as I can while being in-between uni and a full-time design job. Part time retail work is not creative…
It’s been another few crazy weeks! I went down to D&AD’s New Blood in London with 15 of my classmates. I had an amazing time, the workshops were the highlight of the whole trip, you can see my blonde locks at the HAVAS worskhop in the photo above. I was really thrilled to be able to show my portfolio and explain some of my projects to those working in the industry. I am really grateful of all the feedback. We also got nominated for best stand! Alas we did not win but we were really chuffed to get short-listed and our cardboard portfolio stand got a mention in creative review (Danielle Howe’s beautiful creation).
I was sad to leave London and head back to Aberdeen but I was welcomed home to find my work featured in the creative review blog. Read all about it: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2013/july/talent-spotters-grays-degree-show
Then it was time to graduate! I’ve had an amazing four years at Gray’s School of Art, with incredible tutors who have went out of their way to help and support me. I will miss my classmates the most, I couldn’t ask for a better class to share a studio with. It’s the end of this chapter but the beginning of a new one. To the future!
It’s been a busy few weeks with hand in, vivas, finally getting results and the opening of the degree show. Getting the show up was very stressful for all involved but I am really lucky to have such great tutors and classmates who are there to help you out and calm you down if need be. A lot of relentless was consumed. It’s all up and I can now say I am a vinyl pro! We celebrated hand in then all we had to do is wait for results. Then I had a viva for my studio practice, it went really well. The external examiner gave me some great advice for the future. Then the results came. and I got a FIRST! I’m still in shock! I am thrilled and relieved that all the hard work has finally paid off. With winning a YCN award and getting a first its safe to say I’m feeling positive about the future.So then it was Degree Show opening. It was so busy, the whole of Aberdeen comes out to see what everyone has been working all year. Some students sold work, others won prizes. It was a good night all round. So the show is on until Sat the 22nd of June so I highly recommend you go see it! What’s next? Well I have an exhibition in Edinburgh on Thursday for the DesignspecK project I was involved with. This is at the School of Informatics and in collaboration with the four Scottish art schools. Then on the 1st of July, I am going down to New Blood in London with 15 of my classmates to exhibit our work and do some networking in the hope of getting our feet on the first rung of the ladder. We have lots of work to do before then and I have to keep sending out my portfolio and getting feedback on how I can improve on my skills. Exciting times!
I had to keep this out of the public eye for a bit but here it is! I won a YCN Student Award for my Reading and Leeds brief! I am thrilled! The brief was to encourage customer loyalty and increase the chance of festival goers returning to Reading and Leeds. I created a magazine ad and a facebook app that allows past festival goers to collect their festival memories and share them as a timeline cover photo. I got some amazing feedback from Reading and Leeds;
“We loved this idea as we feel it creates a great sense of loyalty. The campaign uses relevant channels for Reading and Leeds. We though the app is an absolutely great idea! We really loved the creativity that went into this idea.”
- Reading and Leeds Festival