My master projects was a year long, self initiated project. The subject was completely open to the student, which meant I could focus all my efforts on something that really interested me. Trying to choose a single topic was very difficult, so the best route was to narrow down the subject over time.
The first subject was the vernacular of protest signs, which moved towards propaganda, then to freedom of speech and finally the subject ended on freedom of will. Specifically the philosophical idea of determinism. But at heart I am a graphic designer, so there had to be a project that combined these two together. Which formed the final project ‘Determinism. Design. An exploration in decoding complex messages through simple graphic design’.
Each week I would create a couple of posters to present to my peers. They would comment on the design and the contents, how I could develop each. These are examples of these weekly posters.
In the final year of my degree, I was given the brief for my final major project. This was a year long project and we could take it in any direction that we wanted.
Since I joined uni, I was always going to the gym. I lost a lot of weight and since then I have been an avid gym member. I decided to make a book about 'Gym Vernacular'.
Gym culture has been one of the fastest growing parts of our society. Its developed its own language, stereotypes and is now more like a religion.
I wanted to create something that explained gym vernacular. How the language, the people and the gym itself all combines to create a culture. The book is focused on typography and image with a lighthearted tone.
UPDATE: This project was picked by DigitalArts to be featured in their top 8 projects from the 2016 New Designers graduate showcase.
I entered the 2016 ISTD student competition. I chose a brief that was based around death, we were supposed to research death and then find an avenue to explore. I chose to explore the death of the Mayan civilisation.
My finished article was a perfect bound, french fold book. I bound it by hand and wrapped it in a dust jacket. The whole book is printed on Fenner Redeem paper, which is a 100% recycled paper.
This Project received a pass from the ISTD Judging panel.
UPDATE: This project has been picked by Blueprint Magazine to be featured in their September issue. I have been picked as one of their graduate 'Ones to watch' for 2016.
In my second year, I was working on a live brief for YCN. The brief I chose was creating a promotional piece for the paper company Fedrigoni. They have brought out a new range of Ultra black paper called 'Sirio Ultra Black'.
I designed a paper selector based around the deep ocean. I see the deep sea as one of the darkest things known to man. So I designed this to reflect that with the depth of the ocean being represented by the thickness of the paper.
Also each layer of the ocean has a fish screen printed on it from that specific layer. The whole piece was hand screen printed with white ink on black paper.
Rio Team GB
Poster for Tomorrow & Fenner
These posters were designed as parts of 2 separate poster competitions. The Poster for Tomorrow competition was to create a poster about an ethical issue. I made a poster based on water shortage. The fact that 1-in-9 people do not have access to clean water.
The Fenner poster was a brief about celebrating posters. Fenner is a paper supplying company based in England. I was fortunate enough to have my poster shortlisted and chosen by the dean, to be featured in the CCI faculty office.
When I was back at college I studied photography. It was a subject that got me interested in Graphic Design as I always wanted to know how to apply my images to things such as posters, books and websites. I still like to practice photography but it's now only a part of my skill set.
I have always had a passion for photo editing. I have been developing my skills in photoshop ever since my time at college. I am always looking for an opportunity to utilise my photo editing abilities.
Grad Show 2016
As part of my 3rd year, we had to find a work brief outside of our course. I offered to do the branding for the Portsmouth CCI summer graduate show. This involved designing an A1 poster and both sides of an A5 invitation.