January 30, 2009

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My Journal

January 14, 2009

I consider my self to be a designer, I am currently mid way through my degree course and I feel that I have started my career as I have already done paid commissions for customers. I enjoy and thrive on knowing that I have changed my life around. From the age of 16 I left school, I had got my apprenticeship in carpentry and that was my life planned out I worked as a carpenter on building sites 5 years realising that this wasn’t the life for me, I decided enough was enough and it was time for me to go back in to education. That brings me to now I feel like I have a good outlook on life and a career in graphic design.

As a graphic designer I have many influences and interests. I think that my main influence is wood. I have worked with wood for many years and I know what I am doing when it comes to using it. I feel inspired when I see drawings and imagery that I like. I find my own drawings have my own style to them although this is influenced by what is around me and what I am finding when I am researching. I love Japanese illustration. It inspires me to make my own. In particular Yuko Shimizu I find her work interesting and I feel it fits along side of mine very well.

My goals at this early stage in my career are to complete my degree with hopefully a 2:1 Then to get into a design/printing business where I can work and create a portfolio of my own keeping myself up today with all the new software and meeting others in the business. Some where along the line I would also love to start up my own business and work for myself. I had a feel for this when I was a carpenter, I really enjoyed working for myself and felt that I thrived on knowing that it was all my doing at the end of the day.

My concerns as a graphic designer is that it is a hard business to get into and in the early stages there is not a lot of money in it. If you are a lucky one who makes it higher up then there is plenty of money to be made. On the plus side this is something that I really enjoy doing and hopefully will continue to enjoy it for many years to come.

I feel I have an important view, as a graphic designer I need to be able to get my design across weather it be words or image. I feel that I can do this as I am constantly developing ways and means of doing so, for many different people, I am fully aware that people view, learn and remember things in different ways. 

To sum up, everything I look at inspires me, I feel that I am a naturally creative person and because of this I think that I can help people to see and hear what I am doing.



January 12, 2009




Tom Hingston

January 11, 2009


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January 11, 2009


Brilliant Wine Packaging Converts Into a Lamp

by Alexandra Kain

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When creativity, ecology and innovation collide, packaging becomes the product. This sleek wine box by Ciclusconverts into a table lamp with no extra parts required. The packaging is made with wood from local, managed forests and recycled cardboard. Inside is a locally and ecologically produced bottle of Cava, Spanish sparkling wine.



Portable Cardboard Table from Liborius Reykjavík

by Kate Andrews

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This lightweight, portable cardboard table aims to assist on-the-go creative types like designers and students, who are often limited to work on low desks or floors. Made by Sruli Recht from flatpack cardboard pieces, this lightweight, sturdy design offers creatives an ergonomic plane on which to cut, fold, draft or design. Adding even more appeal to this smart and useful design, the table is biodegradable and can easily be folded up to pack into a portable carrier.



KNOEND’S LITE2GO, No Packaging Required

by Evelyn Lee

Knoend Lite2Go, Green Design, Packaging Design, Sustainable Lighting Design

We’re always enamored with flat pack packaging for efficient transport and minimal waste, but here’s a light design that brings a bright idea to packaging by eliminating it all together. Lite2Go’s packaging doubles as the actual lamp shade so there is almost no waste, excluding the label and the instructions for assembly which are printed on recycled paper using environmentally friendly inks.




Solar Power Sunglasses Can Charge Your Gadgets

by Bridgette Steffen

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With the snow coming down fast this time of year, we can’t help but dream of laying on the beach listening to ouriPod and relaxing. But how to keep it charged? If we had this handy pair of designer sunglasses, we could keep our iPod or other iDevice fully charged while basking in the sun or walking around town. Designed by Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong, these slick “Self-Energy Converting Sunglasses” feature dye solar cells that are integrated into their lenses. Although perhaps not as fun as using a yo-yo to charge your devices, this solar solution is probably a heck of a lot more practical and stylish to boot.


vinylux transforms vintage LPs and Album Covers into a variety of gift items – coasters, bowls, clocks, trays, ornaments, notecards, sketchbooks etc. Artist Jeff Davis estimates he will recycle 150,000 LPs and 45s in 2008 alone. What started as his design school master’s thesis project turned into a full time business.

LP albums and 45s recycled into art by Vinylux


Johnny Hardstaff

January 11, 2009