Saturday, 11 April 2015

One day at a time

"People cope with mental health problems in many different ways. I do it one day at a time"
– A personal zine exploring some of the ways I cope with anxiety and depression

 So this is what I've been working on for the past 2 days and I've really enjoyed it. I've been wanting to make a zine for a while, and I decided on the content idea on Monday whilst not feeling so great about coming back to Carlisle. I know I'm not the worlds greatest artist, nor do I pretend to be, but I'm pleased with myself for actually seeing this through and making something positive from it.

 This is just the digital copy until I print next week


The world's greatest love story

I revisited my previous solution to one of the other Summer briefs and gave it a bit of a facelift. The brief was to write a love letter to an aspect of design, or design in general. Again, I had a lot of fun with this one as there was opportunity for puns and innuendos galore (I think I may have a little bit of a problem)

I'm really enjoying this blue/purple and light pink colour scheme at the moment. I want to use it for EVERYTHING.


You've got to sell yourself!

Tart card for a graphic designer.

I can honestly say I've never laughed so much whilst making a piece of work. I'm not sure what that says about me, and if it's good or not, but either way I had so much fun with it

"Create a business card for yourself as a graphic designerOh yes, you must also only use the visual language and vernacular of a tart card. Don’t forget to give yourself a juicy ‘stage name’!
Consider leaving your creation in strategic phone boxes around Shoreditch.."

 This was one of the optional Summer briefs from last year, which is going in my portfolio for Semester 2. It was a very quick project, maybe half a day or so (there was a LOT of puns and innuendos to think up and write down).  


Celebrity tweets

I decided to make use of my Twitter addiction and made a series of magazine spreads featuring celebrity tweets (I use the term "celebrity" loosely for Katie Hopkins though) I had a lot of fun with these, and tried something new with the style of imagery and varied my colour scheme more.

 I've tweeted the designs to Katie, James and Anna – here's hoping they might see them and want me to make stuff out of all their tweets (yeah right, I can dream though)

Weekly word vomit: Katie Hopkins
Let me be Blunt
Truth be told: Anna Kendrick 


Out of sight, out of my mind

"Everyone deserves their rights to mental healthcare"
Campaign to challenge the perception of prisoners with mental health problems. 

A self-directed project on a really interesting topic. I learnt a lot about the statistics of prisoners suffering with mental health problems, which helped me to make informed decisions about the message I wanted to get across. Prisoners face a double stigma; they are both criminals and victims of mental health problems. By putting them in prison, they are simply out of sight, out of mind. 

*The portrait photographs used are not my own

There's always time for Twitter

I've been a little bit rubbish on the blog front recently, but that's only because I've only got a few weeks on uni left which means a lot of work. However much work I have though, there's always time for Twitter. Here's what I've enjoyed over the last couple of weeks/however long it's been.