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BA Graphic Design Exhibition

Last night I went to the private viewing of Glasgow Clyde College: Cardonald Campus’s BA Graphic Design exhibition. It was great to see both my classmates and my own work up on display. Samples of our books were available for a closer look at the real thing, and it was great to see the progress made over the last year. Here’s an image of my boards on display. Some samples of our work can be seen on the graphics website here.

Wedding Branding

This weekend I went to a beautiful wedding at Glenskirlie Castle in Stirlingshire. The invitations were white with a subtle lilac edge, hinting at what was to come for the main event. Sure enough, the wedding followed a lilac and white theme with lilac dresses and ties for the wedding party, hints of purple through the grey kilts and dashes of pinks through the bouquets. The menus, table plan and name place cards continued the theme of lilac and white with butterflies weaving throughout. Everything flowed and it was an effective form of branding for a wedding. Here are a few examples of other forms of wedding branding. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312012592496/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312011989554/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312009336497/

20 Tips for Design Interview Success

I found an interesting article discussing 20 Tips for Design Interview Success. It seems the major factors are to be confident, punctual and know the facts about the company and yourself in terms of your work and skills. Also, you must show your best work and make your portfolio suitable for the type of work you will be doing for the company. You can read the article here.

Inspiration: Misconceptions by Jess Wong

One of my favourite creative booklets to date is a hand lettered book by graphic designer Jess Wong. I cant’t remember how I came across her work — it was a while ago and I saved the website into a folder — but it is a constant reminder to me that a simple idea can take off into a unique spin. “Misconceptions” tells the story of motherhood in an interesting light. Most of the time you hear happy stories of people and their babies bonding with one another. You see photos on Facebook of the good times and people getting broody themselves looking at images of the new baby. However, no one ever really talks about the difficulties behind closed doors. Between the night feeds and the nappy changes, it can sometimes all get a bit too much. I’ve not yet experienced motherhood myself, but after babysitting my cousin’s baby for four hours and needing a lie down when I went home, I can only imagine the stress they feel in the first few months. “Misconceptions” starts off with lovely handwritten type before gradually getting larger and more out of control as the woman’s feelings get more intense. Before long, the page…

Portfolio

Today has consisted of printing projects to put in my portfolio. The hardest part for me is deciding which way to display each project — photographs or spreads? All the same size for consistency or differing for variety? For now my portfolio is an A2 folder, but I have researched ways other designers have displayed their work and there seems to be a variety of different techniques. Some create and bind physical books, whilst others make boxes and postcards to send to employers. In future I will look further into these techniques and think of a more creative way to display my work and attract attention.

99U Quarterly

I recently came across 99U Quarterly magazine, a magazine created for designers on how to turn your ideas into a reality. I love the style of the magazines as they each feature similar styles but are exciting in the creative way they use typography to convey the information. I’ve always been a fan of bright, bold typography and instantly fell in love with the layouts and often use them as a source of inspiration. You can view the magazines here.

New Work: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Modern Tale

I have just released images of my newest work, a series of pop-up books celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The books have a modern day twist with images and phrases relating to current trends. You can view the work here. As previously mentioned in an earlier post, I was never one for crafts growing up. Throughout my degree year I found myself coming up with crazy ideas, falling in love with them, then panicking as soon as I realised I would actually have to make the things by hand. I researched thoroughly into ways of producing each idea then had to be brave and take a risk in order to produce each project. Buying endless amounts of rice-like paper for my Chinese lantern, struggling to find a printer that would actually print on it, then taking four hours straight to make the final product was hard work, but worth it in the end. The same goes for the pop-up books as I literally sweated it out to cut each pop up fold as neat as I could, giving myself a headache from the intense concentration. Although my finished projects aren’t perfect, I think sometimes it’s worth taking a…

Topolabamba

Today after running riot over town between printers and the art store, I went for lunch at Topolabamba on St. Vincent’s Street, Glasgow. It was the first time I had noticed this restaurant so decided to give it a try. I instantly fell in love with the decor as it reflected the Mexican food with Mexican motifs, rustic doors and wood panels, but also had a modern contemporary touch with colourful lights. Each table is given pencils to circle their choice of dishes — or as the girls at the table beside me were doing, draw and doodle on the back of the menu. Later on, I followed a bright white neon sign downstairs to the toilets. The stairs were decorated in Mexican mosaic tiles, with cartoon sketches of skeleton people and bulls making up the wallpaper. I reached some bright blue doors with rustic handles, with an illustrated skeleton with red lips highlighting the door for ladies. Through the door, the bright blue continued with beautifully tiles mirrors above each sink. When I went back upstairs, my food had arrived and it was as good as the decor suggested. The chicken tinga tacos are a must! I will definitely be back. You can visit…

DIY Crafts

I was never one for crafts and DIY projects growing up, but recently I’ve found myself more and more interested in creating things by hand for that personal touch. I often browse through Pinterest and find lovely things people have made which look great but cost almost nothing to produce. I often add these finds to the “My Style” board on my Pinterest page — basically a board I add almost everything I like and am inspired by to. (https://www.pinterest.com/staceycarnie/my-style/) Here is a selection of some of my favourite DIY projects: Paper tulips http://trendenser.se/2013/january/diy-papperstulpaner.html Light bulb planters http://www.amomstake.com/2013/04/family-craft-projects-that-make-great-house-decor/ Bottle candles http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/glass-bottles-upcycled-repurposed-as.html Grater lights http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-unusual-diy-upcycled-light-fixtures/

Malaga

Last week I went to Malaga for a week away. I arrived with a terrible sore throat, and with temperatures much lower than expected, it soon developed into a cold. Spluttering away by the pool for the first few days wasn’t too bad as we were accompanied by the sun but after the Monday, things took a colder turn. It was an interesting experience being in Spain with cold winds, torrential rain and even thunder and lightning, especially when I was told the sun was splitting the skies back home in Glasgow! However, I really enjoyed having a break and having time to relax. When it rains in Spain there really is not much to do apart from shop and drink. So we did both. The hat I bought on my first day there was worn for two days then set aside for the rest of the week until finally being squashed in the case home. After window shopping and buying a few gifts, the eating and drinking commenced. We tried a selection of restaurants with one asian restaurant standing out from the crowd. After ordering crispy chicken with pineapple and chilli sauce, I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with my meal inside an actual pineapple. I…