Sunday, 30 November 2008

Some more photography for my employer.  The cockpit of the club's Sai Marchetti, a real Italian Stallion of an aeroplane.  Fully aerobatic and blisteringly quick!

An advert of mine for the Bournemouth Echo to be run in 6 editions over Christmas.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Thursday, day of the new brief!

The brief 'Screen Based Communication 2' is to create an online web-based portfolio.
Today I have been looking at the previous years students to gain some ideas.  I feel that a site must be really easy to navigate, not too long in loading and eye-catching enough to draw the viewer in further.  I have also been looking at the D and AD brief for 'Crisis' again.  I particularly like the rotating logo of Marco Fung.

Monday, 24 November 2008

A couple of images that I found the other day on a CD that had fallen behind a cupboard!
The flag I took was in Italy (Pompei). It was hanging from a telephone wire/power cable across a busy street. Is there a message there?  The beach hut was on Bournemouth sea front.  I was messing with Photoshop at the time that the national newspaper's were reporting huge prices for beach huts in the area!

Friday, 21 November 2008

The poster with the new logo applied.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

It's 3am and my printer cartridge has just run out.  I have been sat in front of my laptop for 16 hours with the odd coffee break.  I need to sleep. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

I took these shots at work.  A magazine called 'Go Flying' called me to ask if I could get some shots of night flying at Bournemouth Airport.  I took about 8 different shots of different activity.  I await the magazine!  The top shot at the top was interesting because a Ryanair 737 flew over in the background leaving a trail of strobe and rotating beacon lighting as it passed behing the small aircraft.  The pic immediately above is of a pilot getting ready to depart.  Trust me, he isn't as sinister as he looks!  I have also sent some photos to the 'Loop' magazine of some of the pilot students doing their very first solo flights.

Monday, 17 November 2008


I had a power cut last night at 7-30, just as I had fired up the mac to crack on with my work.  It came back on at 11-30 in the end and I ended up going to bed some time after 3am.  I feel very tired now!
This is the week of the hand in of the VCC2 projects.  I have been sorting out my Greeting Cards for the show.  My work will need to be printed properly this week, but all the required files are ready.  I need to print one of my cards again as I have amended it!
I also have some photography to do for a magazine called 'Go Flying'.  They are doing a feature on flying at night, and have asked me if I will get some pics in the dark.  Will need to do some long exposure for that!  They have given me a deadline at the end of this week, so I hope that the weather holds out.  I have had another advert published this week in another flight magazine.

Tomorrow and for the rest of the week I need to absolutely concentrate on getting all of my work together for the hand in on Friday.

It's the last dreamweaver session tonight.  I want to get my CSS site sorted for the submission to the Short Course Office.

This afternoon was spent helping to photograph the greeting cards in preparation for the show. I managed to cut out the printed material without loosing a finger!

Friday, 14 November 2008

Friday-Day of  Crit!

I have now finalized my box design and have put together a design sheet and made the mock up of the actual box itself.  I was happy with the actual mock up but tried to destroy it by putting my laptop on top of it by accident!  I am now going to use the morning to do some more research on the actual materials for the construction if it were to be made for the purpose.  The crit session is at 1.30.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

The box deisgn.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

This is an advert of mine that is now in the current Bornemouth Phone Book.

The 'Animal in U' Box layout in Illustrator.

I have spent the afternoon preparing the box for print and assembly. I created the lid separately and this will attach to the main box.  The box size has been changed to half the original width because its just too big!

A logo I created in Illustrator for The Bournemouth Aero Club (the social side)

Monday, 10 November 2008

Today I worked on the box for The Animal Project.  I have been using Illustrator to do a flat version in order to cut it out and assemble.  The first box I did was a little bit oversized, almost the size of a house!  I'm trying to progress as much as I can, but I've got to work for the next two days so am going to have to put in the matchsticks and work late in the evening.  I have Dreamweaver tonight and I believe we will be looking at CSS.  I practiced on the site that we were doing last week and it works ok.  I may seem surprised, but this is a new area for me!
Friday is day of the final crit session, and need to get my box sorted.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

A possible colour for the inside of the 'plain at first sight' inner wrapper within the box that you can tear off to reveal the watch underneath.  I like the idea of using a material similar to the foil that they wrap marathon runners in at the end.  I like the 'rustley' nature of the material.

Friday, 7 November 2008

The Animal Crit.

Feedback was generally good with regards to the box idea.  I need to look more now at how I am going to actually put it together and what type of material to use in order to convey the product to my target audience.  Need to look at more existing box 'higher end' boxes in use.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

The animal in u.

I created this poster to reveal the 'inner animal' of someone going about their daily routine in universal business dress.  The watch on the wrist is a subtle hint that this possibly very serious business man has another side to him that may involve surfing, base jumping or extreme ironing!!  The same concept can be applied to a business woman, maybe with her slightly showing the legs of a Gazelle at the bottom of her business suit.  It could also be applied to a child displaying a monkey tail! I want to appeal to a wide age group, but especially the older 35-50 age group who may still have a wild streak.

Animal 'in u' 3 (upper class).

Animal 'in you' 2.

I am toying with aiming my packaging with people who may not necessarily buy an animal watch (aged say 35 and beyond).  Maybe to purvey the fact that we all have an 'animal in us'.
Animal watches seem to be aimed at lower age groups, but I know many people beyond this age who still want to be part of an extreme lifestyle! 

animal in u.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Tuesday.  I spent quite a bit of last night (till about 2.00am) and this morning working on Dreamweaver revision  from last nights session.  This is a bit of a jump for me as I have never done any web type stuff before. I feel that I lag a bit, maybe it's just an age thing, you know, the brain slows down a bit! I have managed to get the two sites working OK for the 'short course submission'.  I need to look into 'style sheets' as I really dont know what they are about! It's kinda exciting times as the web opens up a new element of design, and I really want to get the hang of it! This afternoon I will start the new brief a bit more! 

Monday, 3 November 2008

I have spent the late afternoon looking at the briefs for D&AD and have narrowed down to the final few.  The main ones that I am drawn to are the FCUK one and the PJ Smoothies.  I am going to have another look at the all of the briefs and make a positive choice by Wednesday at least!
I have had a look at last years winners for D&AD and I am certainly impressed.  Nearly time for the Dreamweaver session.

Monday PM-I have been practicing what we learnt in last weeks dreamweaver session. I'm kinda getting there but not too impressed with my design!

Remember! RGB,72 DPI (and saved 720x460)
for web purposes.

Cubist Still Life-Quaker Oates

Gino Severini-Self Portrait

Monday morning. 
I have finally managed to get an email from D&AD in order to access the 2009 briefs.  This morning I have been scanning some images for tonight's Dreamweaver session with Neil.
I have scanned some work created by the Italian artist Gino Severini.  I am particularly interested in the artist as I am passionate about Italy.  Two of his pieces are shown above.