From ‘Millennial Pink’ to Ultra Violet – Colours for 2017/2018

This year saw ‘Millennial Pink’ as the new hot colour.

Marc Ange’s Le Refuge.
Vasonaso by Matteo Cibic
Matteo Cibic
Dezeen Pinterest roundups Pink
Nika Zupanc

Colour of the moment “millennial pink” dominates at Milan design week

However, as we move into 2018 the colour of next year is set to be Ultra Violet.

Pantone names Ultra Violet as colour of the year for 2018

In 2015 Pantone named a shade of pale pink and pale blue as the colours of 2016.  The Pink is is very reminiscent of the Millennial Pink.

Pantone reveals first two-tone colour of the year with Rose Quartz and Serenity

I have to say I prefer the Pink on the leaf canopy, over the Ultra Violet and the softer pink shown. I normally prefer bright colours over pastels.

Morfitt – Freelance Work

My father-in-law plays in a band playing songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s such as Eagles, Beatles and Drifters songs. A logo and artwork was required which he wanted printed on t-shirts for the band. His idea was to have the evolution of man imagery but he wanted one of them to be a police office holding a truncheon whilst scratching his arse.

Image result for EVOLUTION OF MAN

He wanted the band name “Morfitt” to be “in a nice font underneath“. I went one step further and ran with the police theme for the band name. It was a quick turn around job as he wanted it for a gig.

Logo Ideas
Morfitt Logo and Evolution of Man Artwork
Morfitt Logo and Evolution of Man Artwork

I used the Police emblem/badge as to form the O.

Image result for police emblem uk

I originally went with a Serif typeface because I felt it suited their style of music – middle of the road/soft rock/folk rock/pop. However it is hard to align this with the style of artwork he wants which is anti-police/anarchy/punk.

I played around with the typeface to see how it would look with different typefaces.

Logo Work, Different Typefaces
Logo Work, Different Typefaces

Having getting feedback about the typeface from the client, I worked the 4th logo shown in the image above.

I cleaned up the badge emblem and also the evolution of man artwork.

T-Shirt Mock Up
T-Shirt Mock Up

This is has been a hard brief to work due to the juxtaposition between the imagery wanted and the band’s music style.  I don’t believe it is possible to combine the two without it either looking incoherent or without leaning further to one style than the other. The final logo is probably the nearest I could get without going too far either way but I don’t feel it reflects their music style, however, the client is happy with the design and is going to get the t-shirts printed himself.

The band also had differing views on how the work should look. The singer wanted “one of the men to hold a guitar or there to be a music note on the front to indicate it is a band” as he was worried that the t-shirt did not look like a band t-shirt. The singer also wanted a lot of extra information on the front too – he was persuade by the other band mates to drop both ideas. Also he kept wanting to add extra information to the back which mean’t a delay yet needed the t-shirt quickly. Working with a client where there is more than one person making the decision caused delays and wasn’t easy to do. If I was to do this again I would suggest naming one person as the main decision maker.

Christmas Cards and Web/Social Updates

Updated Behance, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest with my recent Argos adverts for Creative Practice. Also added my Christmas Cards, as shown below to my website.

Reindeer Christmas Card
Snowman Christmas Card
Star Christmas Card
Tree Christmas Card

Bit of illustration practice – hand-drawn illustrations converted to vectors then colourised using Illustrator. This has been good illustration practice for me and will be useful for when I set up my Etsy shop selling illustrated cards.

School’s Reading Volunteer

Sheffield Council advertise for Reading and Talking Volunteers to visit Primary and Secondary schools. This would provide me with experience in a school but at the same time something I can work around having two children/studying. The role requires between 1/2 to 1 hour each week for between 6 to 10 weeks.

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/schools-childcare/reading-volunteers.html

It is also one of the ways recommend by the Get Into Teaching Website to help gain classroom experience:

“To improve your chances of gaining school experience, you could also offer to volunteer at a school. Volunteering in general is a great opportunity to gain experience of working with children. You could also volunteer to work in a youth club or as a Scout or Guide leader – particularly during summer when schools are closed.

Many volunteering opportunities, such as after-school clubs, sports coaching or youth schemes, take place during evenings or at weekends, so you can fit volunteering around your existing commitments.”

UPDATE: I attend a training session on the 26/02/2018 and have contacted the school about arranging a suitable time to start my volunteering.

 

Professional Skills Test

“You have to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. Almost 90% passed both skills tests in 2015/16 – the key to successfully passing is plenty of preparation and practice.” – https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests

I will try the practice test for the Professional Skills Test but I’m not going to take the actual test as it only lasts 3 years and I don’t plan on applying for a PGCE until my children are older.

Although I have a GCSE grade C in Math and English, Math and English is not my strong point. Part of the Professional Skills Test is spelling – which is something I have always struggled with.

UPDATE: Took one of the practice Literacy test this evening, 27/11/2017, and got 70%.

I can’t find an official answer but the pass mark according to this thread on The Student Room website is 63% for the skills test. However, there are another 3 Literacy practice tests and 4 Numeracy ones which I haven’t completed yet.

Placement and Portfolio Review

Having spoken to Paul about my portfolio and applying for a placement, I will be looking for a work experience placement. We also discussed the job market and how competitive it is, with some jobs getting over a 100 applications. The requirement for flexibility with the job as in possible short notice overtime. This is a concern for me in regards to childcare issues.

I discussed my concerns that I’m not on the same level as the rest of my cohort, however, Paul has given me confidence that I have other skills which others may not and I should “sell myself” on that basis. We also discussed how some others on my course already have connections within the design world which is something I don’t have. Networking is so important in so many industries, on a positive note I already have my portfolio on Behance, Pinterest and Twitter. I also have an Instagram account, Flickr page and LinkedIn profile.

I have written out a draft email which I will email to Paul to check over.

I have looked at the Graphic Design Agencies which are on my side of Sheffield, I live in Parson Cross so I don’t want to go too far to the other side as not only will I be travelling by bus I also don’t want to be back too late as I have 2 small children (5 and 3).

So far I have come up with the following design agencies, which I will look into further before sending out emails:

Vivid Creative

Ink and Water

The Nu Agency

Field Design

Diva Creative

Leap Design

Volta Creative

Evoluted

Side by Side

Tonik Studio

DS Creative

Insta Design

Mesh Viz

Moors Creative

I have taken a brief look at design competitions from YCN, D & AD and International Society of Typographic Designers but I haven’t looked in detail yet. I would like to pick at least one brief to work upon.

Junior Graphic Design Job Market Sheffield

Before going onto a PGCE I plan to return to work part-time as I have two small children. From what I have read on the internet a PGCE is very intensive and I don’t think it would be right to go straight onto a PGCE with two young children.

LINKS: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2011/sep/14/pgce-tips-teaching-resources

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=900754

https://community.tes.com/threads/what-makes-the-pgce-so-hard-for-everyone.412249/

Today I have taken a look at the job market today in regards to Graphic Design jobs.

First job that pops up is paying £19k-£21k and 2 years general Graphic Design experience is required and ideally experience with sign-making using a flatbed cutter or CNC router.

A middle weight position with a minimum of 5 years experience paying £20-£25k.

Another employer is wanting a 3+ years experience with a strong web portfolio, no salary mentioned.

Graphic Web Developer, £20k a year but must understand web development.

Graphic Design Assistant paying £18-20k, minimum 1 year of experience required.

Digital Designer/Graphic Designer position, experienced required and knowledge of web development.

My search today did not find any Junior Graphic Design positions full or part-time positions. All the positions above are full-time. What I have learnt is that there is a strong emphasis on web design and development – these two areas have converged over the years into 1 multi-disciplined job rather than two separate jobs in many cases. A Graphic Designer today is not only expected to be able to confidently use InDesign and Illustrator they are required to, at the very least, to be competent basic knowledge of web development – in some cases more than basic knowledge. Graphic Design is converging with Digital Media/Web Development and in the Digital Age this is not likely to change.

“For graphic designers, a career move into digital design makes sense. The shift to online platforms for almost all traditional media means skilled designers with an eye for the digital are in high demand”  – https://digitalskillsacademy.com/blog/why-digital-design-is-the-best-next-career-step-for-graphic-designers

“Learning to code websites will mean that you have a “future proof” skill. In terms of the foreseeable future, the internet and online marketing are not going away. The time that you invest in learning this new skill will put you in a position to produce work that is highly valued by employers and potential clients.” – https://creativepro.com/graphic-designers-need-learn-coding-competitive/

Also understanding how things work can help you create better designs, everything has it’s limit and understanding how websites work helps you not disappoint a client by promising something which can’t be delivered or is outside the client’s budget.

“Also, quite simply, you will be a better designer if you have a basic understanding of how the development process works, why certain programming languages are used, and how they restrict or expand your ability to design your intentions. When you have a better sense of what’s technically realistic before you start designing, you’ll be less likely to waste your time and more likely to focus your energy focusing on the parts of your site that aren’t up to the whims of the developer’s implementation.” – https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2015/04/should-designers-learn-to-code/

Being able to design and code makes you more attractive to employers and probably more likely to land you a job.

“Those developers/designers who have a good grasp of skills across both sides of the spectrum are highly sought after in the industry.” – https://www.upwork.com/hiring/development/web-design-vs-web-development/

Sheffield Hallam PGCE

 

2017 Requirements for a Primary PGCE

“Typically you need

• GCSE grade C in English and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. You must already hold the GCSE requirements before applying for the course.

• a 2.1 degree or above, or a 2.2 degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting

• it is desirable that you have at least 15 days recent foundation stage or primary UK school teaching experience with five of these days as continuous teaching (gained in the two years before your application)

You must also

• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.”

I already hold a C in Maths and English and 2 B’s in Science. As you need to have at least 15 days experience within 2 years of applying for a PGCE I have not applied for teaching experience yet.

There are also some bursary’s available depending on the subject you wish to teach and the level of your degree. https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview

Although there is shortage of teachers this is mainly at Secondary level. Bearing in mind that Primary teaching is more competitive and with me having a non-traditional degree (not Maths, English, one of the Sciences) I am concerned that I might be less employable as a teacher due to me having studied Graphic Design. I could consider teaching at secondary level and studying a SKE course to teach Design and Technology.

“The schools or universities you apply to may ask you to take an SKE course if they feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to acquire more subject knowledge first. If that’s the case, they’ll offer you a conditional place upon doing an SKE course.

This could be for several reasons, including:

I came across this idea after researching other people with Graphic Design degrees becoming D & T teachers.

“I know both people who have studies Graphic Design at uni and have done a PGCE in Art and others who have do it in D&T.” – https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2989433

Entry requirements for a PGCE Secondary in Design and Technology.

“2017 entry requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

You must also

• hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of design and technology study from a relevant material area for example product design or fashion and textiles
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in design and technology-related or other educational activities.” – https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-design-and-technology

However I do feel more drawn to teaching Primary but it is something to consider as an option especially as I’m more likely to gain employment with a PGCE in D & T as there is a shortage of teachers for this subject.

Photography

On Friday Scott showed me and Sam round one of the Photography Studios. Explaining lighting, aperture, ISO and shutter speed in relation to the lighting. Not sure how much of this has stuck in but I have been playing around with my old Canon 350D, some examples here:

Beau in Bath Splash

Poppies

Bollards

UPDATE: I have kept practising taking a range of photos, some which have been in low light conditions – this has proved tricky and my lack of photography knowledge has let me down. However, I plan to keep practising because I want to eventually create some illustrations from my photos for cards to sell on Etsy. Also good photography skills is useful when photographing products for my Etsy shop.

White Firework - Fountain

Red Firework

Fire4

Fire3

Fire2

Fire1

 

York Railway Museum Great Hall

train up close

train table

train close up brass

 

 

 

Professional Development Ideas

Although my long term goal is to be a teacher I don’t plan to do this until my children are older. This has got me considering a few options for what to do in between which will fit in with family commitments.

  • Graphic Design Work Placement to gain experience and improve my professional practice.
  • Graphic Design Jobs in particular part-time to fit around family
  • Look at Design Companies in Sheffield
  • Enter some Design Competitions to improve design skills
  • Selling on Etsy/Folksy, etc as I way to make an income
  • Explore photography as it will be useful for me as I would like to create illustrations from my photography eventually and also enable me to take good product photos for Etsy etc. Also the convergent nature of creative industries means that more and more disciplines are being combined and being able competent in several creative disciplines is becoming a necessity.
  • Networking – Updating and getting contacts on LinkedIn, Behance, etc.
  • Explore illustration as it is something I enjoy and I would like to use my illustration skills in my work, in particular to sell on Etsy
  • Looking further into Teaching and getting school experience for when I do apply for a PGCE.

Placements are an important part in gaining experience and a foot into the design world along with entering design competitions. However, I’m not 100% sure I want to work within the Graphic Design industry at this time but it is something I enjoy.

“Only a few graduates get jobs as a result of their final degree shows. Internships are a more common way of finding work and building up experience, making contacts and increasing your portfolio. The design world is small and design agencies will recommend interns who have impressed them, or contact them if there are suitable opportunities in the future.

Courses often provide the opportunity to work on projects with leading businesses and organisations. There may also be opportunities to take an optional work placement in industry or to work abroad as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Participating in relevant competitions and exhibitions can help you to promote yourself and build up your contacts. You could also try and get some work experience, for example working for a film production company, television channel or even a magazine, or do some voluntary work on local projects.” – https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/graphic-design