January 24, 2011

There are so many bus shelters promoting new film Black Swan in Cardiff at the moment that I’m getting a bit sick of it without having even seen the film yet. These alternative illustrative posters by design studio LaBoca I think would have been much more interesting. See both the photographic and illustrative versions below. Kind of remind me of a mix between Noma Bar, Abram Games and a bit of Lautrec.


(Found via Parade Film)



January 17, 2011

Ah, I have finally completed my website – well almost, there are still a couple more event posters I’d like to add, as well as two more Penguin book cover designs which need feedback before I can put them on. But other than that, it is pretty much done.

I took an evening class between September and November last year in Web Design and Publishing at Cardiff University’s lifelong learning centre after attending one of Design Wales events at the end of June. A couple of the speakers recommended that students should try and gain skills in both digital and print media, as a lot of design companies work in both and so having knowledge of both would make you stand out more.

I kind of knew this already, but going to the talk finally gave me the push I needed to get myself sorted out. I didn’t have much knowledge about HTML and CSS (not counting the MySpace profile days of ill-thought out and awful backgrounds) so decided to enrol on Cardiff University’s 10 week course. The course was pretty much ideal for me, giving me a two and a half hour blocks every week to learn and practice everything we were being taught (without any distractions) – I have tried in the past to teach myself through tutorials on the web, but had always got frustrated when I got stuck and there was no one there to ask.

One of the assessments meant you had to produce a website, so obviously I chose to produce a portfolio website to showcase my graphic design work. I am pleased with it (though there are one or two photos I think I will retake) and have tried to make it as clean and simple as possible so as not to attract too much attention away from the work itself. I produced it all on Notepad, which I didn’t even know you could do before September. Currently debating whether to enrol on the advanced web design and publishing course which covers Dreamweaver in more detail, or whether to buy a book and attempt to teach it myself fully. Hmm.

(edit: Some of my images in the website look slightly desaturated in Firefox, have no idea why this is. In Safari and Chrome they look how they should!)


September 22, 2010

I watched Moon a few months ago and thought the title sequence was really nice, but I couldn’t find out who made it, so gave up looking. But I just found out after searching for something completely different! It was designed by Simon Kilroe at Molinare. There is an interview with him here where you can also watch the full opening titles.

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CD Packaging

September 9, 2010

As my dissertation avoidance continues, I thought I’d share some nice-looking CDs that have come through our letterbox recently. This first CD is for the album Treacherous by Over the Wall. It has been designed by the London studio Wallzo.

The second is a self-titled album by Keaton Henson. He also designed the cover, and there’s a lot of other good work on his website.

Williamsburg Street Art

September 3, 2010

Some nice bits of street art spotted in Williamsburg, NYC last week!

Wine Innovations

August 5, 2010

I like the idea of buying a glass of wine in a supermarket. Wine Innovations have created these:

so you can now drink on the street in a much classier way. The design is called ‘The Tulip’ and are available in M&S under the name Le Froglet.

(brought to my attention by Adam Anonymous!)

CSAD Summer Show

June 11, 2010

Have been looking around the Cardiff School of Art & Design Summer Show this week, which features work from final year students across the CSAD courses. Lots of lovely things to look at! Couldn’t help feeling a bit daunted looking at the third years’ Graphic Communication work, let’s hope we can match up to it next year. I don’t think I will ever get used to looking at graphic design in a gallery setting, but these pieces caught my eye.

Clever mini posters dealing with the issue of consumerism by Andy Penny. I especially liked the small wooden stands and want some of my own.

Lovely illustration by Hannah Smith for the Puffin Book Design competition. I love the handwritten title and the traditional style of the design

A series of posters by Jack Butcher, that deal with the issue of religion and promote the website,, a public forum for religious debate. I like a good debate and thought it was a very witty and effective print campaign. I must have been very susceptible to bright colours the day I visited the exhibition.

The contemporary textiles exhibition was very pretty and feminine. So much nice work but my favourite things had to be these bears handmade by Alice Rose Lewis. I want one!

The Illustration exhibition was held at an empty shop in a shopping arcade in the centre of Cardiff. It was a nice space and thought it was a shame that the other courses couldn’t have been held somewhere outside of the college environment too. Really liked the two pieces above by Adam Travers that are reactions to our chaotic world.

There was a good yet creepy and disturbing animation shown in the basement, I watched a bit of it, but as I was alone and in a small dark room, I had to stop incase something frightening happened. Still from the animation made by Jake Eldridge.

I have no idea if this bike which was leaning against the wall was part of the exhibition, but I was very taken by it. On the back wheel is drawings of famous moustaches, and on the front, famous glasses.