Bumpkin Basement Boozing

I feel as though I mention it every time I write but, as a northern, Welsh, country bumpkin the convenience of city life continues to astound, amaze and stress me out on a daily basis. It goes back to a casually-relevant conversation (as most ideas do) about living in your own bubble. I bring this…

Don’t do Docs, Kids

I mean, holy shit – Google Docs, guys. So, admittedly, the idea of collaborative writing is a pretty great one. But when you get a handful of young adults in one room who all have the power to alter a text document at the same time then things get… interesting. The initial concept was straightforward:…

Retro-Active Elevator Music

I’m trying to think of different ways to start these other than “a few weeks ago” but, at this point, I really can’t come up with anything. God help when the self-proclaimed creative can’t think of a good way to butter up his toasty posts. So, a few weeks ago I was subjected to more…

Urban Sweats and Letters to Spiderman

So a few weeks ago – I know, how naughty of me to consistently keep up my trend of retroactive writing? – I had a short brief with my CTS class (which stands for Contextual – or Critical? – Theoretical Studies or something). We all got put in pairs where we had to interview our…

Re-Viewing the Tate Modern

The first time I was introduced to Bridget Riley’s work was during my early teens – I had just started secondary school, there was finally an entire room, class and timetable slot dedicated to drawing – that thing I really liked doing, you know? Primary school never really built on the whole art or art…

Bumpkin Octopussing

It’s been a few months since I’ve updated this site. Every once in a while I click on my bookmarked hyperlink and stare at my front page – not with the intention of writing anything I assure you, my glorified reader, merely to look for the sake of looking. I’ve been living in London for…

Enterprise Workshop

So last Monday (14/03/1016) I spent a day in the contextual studies class with the rest of my course for what was arguably a really enlightening day as far as future job prospects go. I’ve considered self-employment before but its never something that’s been an entirely comforting prospect, and that’s mostly because of the managerial…

FdA Second Year: London Trip

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve slacked as far as writing/updating the blog goes. I haven’t done it in a few weeks and that’s on me – sure, I’d argue that I have my reasons but at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that I just haven’t done it….

FdA Second Year, Week 12 (7/12/2015) – Extremadamente Inflamable

We’ve got two new briefs – The Small Print and Wishlist. “A project designed to explore the smallest print (that which we are not intended to read, understand, see or comprehend) and making it wholly visible.” I haven’t made much headway into either of these projects yet, between getting the blog up to date and trying…

FdA Second Year, Week 11 (30/11/2015) – Orwell Binded

Binding books is a pain. If you can even call what I did for these binding – I attached a hardback to these ready-bound paper-back books. I’ve only done Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four so far (I’ve ran out of materials to do Down and Out…) using the actual books from Penguin – so, yes, these are fully functional prototypes…

FdA Second Year, Week 10 (23/11/2015) – George Orwell Book Design

BOOKS! TYPOGRAPHY! WORDS AND LETTERS! FUCKING. YES. This brief was good – taking George Orwell books and re-designing them. A decent amount of thought went into doing this, too. The first step was looking at Jan Tschichold’s composition rules – why wouldn’t it be? This dude basically revolutionised the design of Penguin’s books… well, maybe not…