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Adrian Shaughnessy Talk and Unit Editions Lecture

Talk with Adrian Shaughnessy Before Unit Editions’ D&AD Lecture in Manchester, a couple of us from Stockport had the chance to have a talk with Adrian and meet him in a little Irish bar in the Printworks. I’m an admirer of his work. I feel I’ve benefited hugely from reading his books and been able … Continue reading

Irish Museum of Modern Art & Irish National Gallery

Over my stay in Dublin, I also visited two of the popular galleries. I’m not a major lover of galleries but I always feel that it is important to visit these places if I am there. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is set in the most beautiful 17th Century building. On approach it looks … Continue reading

Guinness Advert

Last weekend, I travelled to Dublin and took a tour around the city centre. One of the stops on the way was the Guinness Storehouse. I have always been fond of Guinness, but wondered whether it would be worth taking a trip to the Storehouse after experiencing other beer warehouses before. I am very glad … Continue reading

Issues and Practices

As a graphic designer, you need to have principles. Whether you are a business, with 40 designers beneath you, or an individual, you should stick to them. There is a constant debate that niggles me when I have thought of a good idea; whether to keep my cards close to my chest to help myself, … Continue reading

Practitioner Report

It may seem unusual and an interesting outlook but my attention was drawn to two practitioners in particular this year. My original interest was heightened in Michael Wolff when I visited Wolff Olins in New York last November. I was fascinated with the idea of establishing a company, using your own name and allowing the … Continue reading

Clinton Partnership

Working with McCann Erikson has lead us to doing some freelance work for The Clinton Partnership based in Buckinghamshire. They are an Integrated Marketing and Brand Communications Agency, with clients including; Jameson, Wickes, Twinnings, Bang & Olufsen, General Motors and Unilever. Clinton briefed us on a live promotion for Tabasco (the famous hot pepper sauce … Continue reading

Driven Placement

Over the Easter break I went to work at Driven following a portfolio visit with them earlier this year. I worked there for two weeks as a creative team with Nick Entwistle. We got to get our hands dirty in many different areas of the creative side of the company. We started by generating ideas … Continue reading

2nd Year Guide

This time last year we were asked to produce a portfolio of our 2nd year work in order to present to design agencies. Personally I thought this was a tough job. It was a difficult time deciding how you wanted to present not just your work, but your design personality. It’s a horrible situation designing … Continue reading

V&A Decode

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the V&A Museum. Their main exhibition was ‘Decode’. This was a fantastic visit, one of the best exhibitions i’ve ever been to. ‘It showcases the latest developments in digital and interactive design, from small, screen-based, graphics to large-scale interactive installations.’ It is a must for designers and … Continue reading

BBH Visit

Another visit in London was to see Kevin Stark Creative Director at BBH. Interestingly Kevin did a Graphic Design course at Stockport College and use to live very close to where I live now. He explained how and why he made the move from TBWA/BDH in Didsbury to work London. Kevin went through the joint … Continue reading