Saturday, 20 September 2014


Items within my bag, although I did over exaggerate the snazzy umbrella. Explored the use of colours and layering textures in this one. Hoping to freshen the blog layout up a touch too very soon!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time at Shillington

I've been very quiet on the blog front over the past few months due to the intensity of my graphic design course at Shillington College. I thought it may be cool to give an insight into what I've been up to for the last 3 months, especially if you're thinking of going back into education as I found that decision incredibly hard to make seeing as a few people around me couldn't grasp the idea, feeling as if I was going backwards rather than forward – but it was the best decision I made!

I remember thinking 3 months seemed too good to be true to learn the software (including producing a kick arse portfolio) but the amount of detail the tutors go into is pretty insane. I learnt it's not all down to the tutors though, you definitely need to put in all you've got and keep at it after classes. With around 30 briefs to work through losing concentration was expected but I tried to think of something to push me forward, for me that push came in the form of getting out of the rut I was in with constant dead end jobs with no real opportunities to move forward.

We were definitely looked after well when it came to food, with pizzas being a regular occurrence including plenty of drink to wash it all down. Regular gatherings after class helped with breaking the ice as we all know meeting new people may feel a tad on the awkward side at first.

There was a strong momentum in class, taking 5-10 minutes away from the computers to chat about other things worked wonders – especially during portfolio week when we were all on the verge of pulling our hair out.

...and when times got really tough there was always the odd cat video to push us through!

Portfolio time came round faster than expected, checking out what everyone had achieved in just 3 months was pretty mind blowing stuff. It was an awesome turn out at the grad show with good vibes all round.

It was definitely bitter sweet though – bitter due to leaving such a cool place with good people but on the other hand sweet as I felt excited for the future, which is a feeling I hadn't felt for some time!

You can check out the projects I worked on for my portfolio here

Cheers for sticking around!