Saturday, 26 June 2010

Fit: A graphic design philosophy.

The pieces - These are 2 little designs I did, using the lyrics from the streets song. "Fit but you know it!" as my source of typography.

The reason - I personally think that these design styles are very nice, all these lines and typography nicely placed in a good constructed grid etc... but it's been done. It will be around for another couple of months, but the people who are on the top of their game should realise that these styles are old news, and have been for a while.

These are just the type of designs you need to create to get a feature on a graphic design blog. Its almost a case of, follow the rules and you'll get a feature, which in a way contradicts the whole reason of a design blog doesn't it?

In my opinion if your work is original and creative enough it should be put on a design blog - then you deserve a feature, but if you're just following the rules to do it, there isn't much point, because your losing your creativity within the design... I've seen some people design for this reason. Not cool.

The key to graphic design is being ahead - a bit like fashion, be different, creative and original because it's always changing and moving forward - I'm learning that quite a bit while studying at uni and working for Pentagon Design, and I hope when I graduate I gain the full understanding of conceptual thinking and originality.

Over and out - Sick.

Friday, 25 June 2010

The Studio

Here's the studio I'm currently working in.
Been given a HUGE opportunity / responsibility - to give the company: Pentagon Design LTD, a fresh look this summer, with a business card redesign, (posted earlier this week) and a new website design to go with them... And the best thing is, I get payed for it!
Really enjoying, and the more responsibility I get given the more I learn.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Pentagon Cards

My most recent printed work are the all new Pentagon Design business cards.
I'm not sure whether they are being handed out yet, or if they are being held back for the new image coming to the company this summer.
Here's a sneaky peek.

Sunday, 20 June 2010


It's meant to be raw, choppy, low quality, comical and a little bit arty.
I took my sisters little Fujifilm Finepix camera, made a list of questions and interviewed 4 different people to record their reactions and answers.
I had good fun making it and that's what this little self set project was about - having a laugh and experimenting with stuff.
Hope you like it.

A journey through 'The Streets'

I know this has been on my site before, but I really like it, its just - It hasn't got much of a meaning, so I took it from my portfolio.
This is what mike skinner had to say on it though... (might of posted this part a year or two ago):
"Have you seen the Helvetica film? Somehow they managed to make a feature length film about a font interesting."
It wasn't quite the answer I was looking for, but inspiring none the less.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

MA Communication Graduate Show

One of the blogs I follow posted a post on how they went to the central saint martins ma communication graduate show a couple of days after I had visited it while in London myself.
In one of the images used, the outdoors poster has been duct taped to the fence, which I found quite amusing because I was there when one of my class mates ripped the original poster down so she could put in her inspiration folder, because she liked it so much.
Probably not so funny for the rest of you lol.

Pablo Picasso, the first living artist to be featured in the Louvre, influenced the artistic world in a uniquely original way. he also said:

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

Do I believe him?... it's
Pablo Picasso, of course I do!

(P.S... Do you like the design? - I stole the layout of the typography!)

Friday, 18 June 2010

New site

My new website is finally up and running, if you have a second check it out.
Trying to be more mature and conscientious of my design and portfolio with this one.
Let me know what you think.

World Cup

Just checked the time for tonight's match and this was on the ITV home page.
I had an urge to screen grab it because I thought it was really nice, I'm not sure why.


How nice are these!
They come from Smorgasbord, a company with a name that is also a metaphor that means to 'represents a diverse group'.
There's more of their work here...


This is a holiday snap from last summer.
Someone told me it looked like the business DVD cover, so I went ahead and put the typography from the actual cover on to my picture and put it on my old site, but then it got cut... Ah well it's here now!
The design of the original is well nice too!

Thursday, 17 June 2010


Here's a little project I did when I was procrastinating over a dissertation proposal that needed to be done.
It's a little note book, for doodles, notes and stuff like that.
Its handy to keep in your bag when you have things to write down.
My reason for making it was because I would rather have a nicely designed pad made by myself than buy a a 'pucka pad' from Tesco... I also really didn't want to write my proposal.


I've always found it quite interesting how people post pictures on twitter, and then once a collection builds up you can start to see a small number of pictures that person must have on their phone.
When Mike Skinner was on Twitter he used to upload something witty and quite funny every day and there would usually be a picture of some sort to go with it, and for some reason they went straight into my inspiration folder. Why? - I don't know, the quality of photo or lighting wasn't fantastic or anything like that, but never the less I still found myself dragging them into the most creative folder on my laptop, maybe because of what they are rather than what they look like.
Ether way I find these pictures nice in their own way.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Fantastic photography, a lot of it is down to the model though, her face has a fantastic shape.
I like it.

The Cut

Been redesigning my online folio this week and I wanted to only show a small selection of my work on it, because I have a bad habit of wanting to put loads on my site and always upload something new - but this is what SickBoy, Inc. is for now!
Here are some of my designs that didn't quite make the cut but I really like.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Gaz Dunt

I LOVE this piece, it was designed by Gareth Dunt, a former student on my course who graduated with a (1st class hons).
He's a designer who is very aware of his design surroundings and always seems to be ahead of 'whats in' when it comes to design, very influential.

This was his entry for the D&AD graphic design awards.
The scheme used a laser cut slipcase as a marker to superimpose user-created digital content onto the front cover of the book, creating new ways for young literate creatives to interact with traditional print media. Read more.

Check out the rest of his work here -