Dribbble Invites

Dribbble is an invitation only website that you can only post your work once you have received an invitation. You can still join the site without an invite but you can’t post any of your design work. Some designers on there offer invites if you send them your best work, so I have been sending some emails to see if I can get an invite. Will have to see what happens.

UPDATE: 01/01/2018

I received a Dribbble invite today, I need to create a good first “shot” as your first shot gets featured on Debuts page.

Dribbble Invite on 01/01/2018

Siege Magazine – Requesting Submissions

A new magazine is being set up and were asking for submissions. I sent an email and included examples of my work.

I received a confirmation email “Hey Ayshea, Thanks for reaching out and sending us your submission! We’ll get back to you soon with more information about the publication. Don’t forget to spread the word amongst your friends!All the best, SIEGE”

Details about Siege from their Facebook:

“Based in Manchester but representing artists from all over the world; SIEGE is a new, glaringly obvious, platform for emerging artists to showcase their work amongst a plethora of other like minded creatives.

Spanning all creative plains, SIEGE promotes unity. Anyone featured will recommend another artist whom they know. Whether it be as influence or just because they like their work.

The aim is to bring attention to the next generation of artists, designers, illustrators and photographers. To celebrate our numbers rather than deplore them. SIEGEs plan of attack intends on recruiting the masses, slowly linking a web of creatives. Ready to siege the already established, famous, and recognised creatives of today.

First compendium intended for early 2018, we are now taking submissions for fine art, design, textiles, illustration, photography and 3D. Please email any high quality jpegs to SIEGE.mag@gmail.com. With your own details (name, instagram, website etc.) also some information about the work you have sent in. And, most importantly, details of someone you know and recommend to be featured alongside you in the magazine.

S.”

https://www.facebook.com/SIEGEmag/

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Morfitt – Freelance Work – Website

After designing a t-shirt and logo the band wanted a website. Another rush job has he had the domain name printed on the t-shirts for an upcoming gig but didn’t have a website. For the sake of speed I went through template options with the band’s founder. A few tweaks to the template plus colour changes were made to make sure the theme worked for the band.

He also wanted the website populating with a few posts linking to videos the band had put on Youtube. Links to their Youtube and Facebook profile was added. Unfortunately they were no good quality images of the band – all either low res phone images or stills from Youtube videos. I came up with the idea of adding a halftone effect to hide the poor quality and then converting to duo-tone. The duo-tone added a pop to the images that wasn’t there before. Although in an ideal world good quality images would be used – this is something I have fed back to the band.

Morfitt Website Homepage
Morfitt Blog Post Page

Website: https://morfittmusic.co.uk/

Iris Associates & Jaywing

Iris Associates is now part of Jaywing. Jaywing have offices around the world and work with some big brands such as Castrol: https://jaywing.com/work/castrol-the-3-million-mile-story. Jaywing created a storyboard for a 15 minute film for Castrol. Later they designed and built the set too.

Filming – The 15 minute film was set in New York

Jaywing have worked with other big brands such as Doritos, Ann Summers and First Direct amongst others.

https://jaywing.com/work/doritos-for-the-bold
https://jaywing.com/work/first-direct-the-power-of-personal

However, back when they were Iris, they produced a promotional mailer in 2003 – which I have a copy of.  They showcased work for Iceland, University of Nottingham and LearnDirect amongst brands in the promo.

Very interesting contrasting and comparing how design has moved on. However, what I find more interesting is some of this design work was done today, over 10 years later I don’t think it would look out of place. Good design is still good design even after many years, likewise bad design is still bad design years later.

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.

Feedback – Creative Practice Outcomes

Paul felt my illustration style was fuzzy and not clean like the below:

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I can understand how professional illustrators, even ones creating a more relaxed style of illustration, would create cleaner lines than the ones I have created. If the Argos advert was a real campaign, then a professional illustrator would be used. However, I do believe my simple relaxed style would still appeal to children.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

I have also added the design work to my portfolio.

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 given me an idea and I may start making some cards to sell on places like Etsy.

School’s Reading Volunteer

Sheffield Council advertise for Reading and Talking Volunteers to visit Primary and Secondary schools. I’m not sure when the next training session is, they provide training and support material before volunteers start the role. I have filled in the application form and will update when I hear back if I have been accepted. 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

UPDATE: 05/12/2017 – I will be attending a training session on the 18/01/2017.

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.