Week 22

25 02 2008

We were given the one week project on Friday, and it turned out to be this. I’ve gone for the Nivea young range because I’ve already done all the research for my other project. It’s going well, today I am working on my initial board, am hoping to have it all laid out and done by the end of today.

The deliverables are three A2 boards, one initial ideas, one development of ideas and one of finals in context and justification. Wooohaaaa.

In other news, I have been taken on for Easter work placement with Creativtypes! Woooohoooo! It’s going to be wicked, am going to work there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fri and then work for Bulb Wednesday. It’s all going rather smoothly.

Last night was a bit of a disaster, Sam and I were supposed to get the bus home but I ended up getting on it on my own. This was because she had been told the wrong bus terminal and then missed the bus completely. Disaster. Luckily she is home now but has to go back to London anyway! Confusion.

Dan and I made amazing venison stew this weekend. It was fantastic. We threw everything in, sausages, venison, bacon, an absolute ton of root vegetables and beef stock. It was so good Dan kept joking I was going to leave him for Stew (yes, we named it then ate it).

Also, the pettiness is getting worse. I thought we’d left that behind in secondary school but apparently not. “You just don’t get it” I haven’t been told that in a long time.


The construction interview

21 02 2008

It has been really busy this week, as the formative dissertation structure presentations are tomorrow, and while it is in the early stages I’m not confident yet about presenting it to people. But today is the day for working on it. There is a feeling that I’m not doing as much research as I could be for the dissertation, and will have to remedy that today.

In other news, ventured home on Monday till Wednesday morning for the interview at Willmott Dixon. It was lovely, got to see my lovely family while claiming travel expenses. However, the interview was good but difficult. The psychometric testing in particular was a bit of a mind melt, especially the logic questions. They messed my brain up quite a bit simply because with all logic things (or so it seems) the language is slightly hard to grasp. Give me Shakespeare any day.

So they weren’t quite sure what to do with me. According to my personality test I am a sales person. I influence people round to my point of view, usually in order to sell them things. I admit I do do that, but I would never use my powers for evil. That’s probably why they’re so interested in me, they want me as a front like Hayley (the friend who fast tracked me bless her) is for the company. She is so immediately likeable, so she is a great networking person to have at the front. Love her to bits bless her. Anyway, they might place me in another company called Rethinking that is a subsidiary of WD, or with the actual Design Managers despite the fact I have absolutely no construction knowledge. But then they might not offer me anything, and if I do accept any offers I have to stay there for 4 years minimum. Can I, the commitment phobe, commit myself for that long?

The as yet un-named pole of wonder

21 02 2008

After weeks of talking and thinking about it, here is the pole of wonder in all it’s glory. It cost £160 (hence the debating) but all the second hand ones go for about £130 if not more, so £25 each for 5 months of glorious wonder is definitely worth it! It hasn’t got a name yet but I’m sure one will emerge eventually. It is so beautiful though.

Building the pole with the help of housemate Adam:

Building the pole of wonder

In it’s natural habitat:

The as yet un-named pole of wonder

Sam is the master of the pole, it is official.

Sam is the pole master

Week 20 bitchiness

16 02 2008

WHat would the world be like if more people thought before they spoke? Would we have more civilized conversation? Would more people explode because they couldn’t let every little thought that ever entered their heads out into the world? Would less people get offended because their peers weren’t constantly getting at them with tiny little jabs they didn’t even think about? Would we get more done because people stop bothering each other with their thoughts? Or would the world be a poorer place because there would be no spontaneous rambling of ideas?

“People aren’t here Brian because they don’t have any good work to show you.” Ha. That didn’t sound like a statement that was very well thought out. Well done.


14 02 2008

How could I forget to say this: We are getting our own pole! Sam and I have split it so it’s £82.50p each and it keeps it’s resale value really well, all second hand poles go for about £150 is not more. This is brilliant, get a little knot of excitement every time I think about it. But geekiness prevails, the ‘poledancing’ playlist has been set up on Itunes and no doubt I will scour last.fm for inspiration 😉 Excitement!

Week 20

14 02 2008

Tiny break from work. Today is focusing on periods and how women’s sanitary product habits can be broken down into categories which will gretaly influence the outcome of my final design and campaign. D&AD onyl ask for the rebranding and packaging btu the conclusion is emerging that in order for it to be successful it needs to have a campaign backing it up or it will fade into obscurity like Happy Shopper. There’s no link behind that comparison, I just haven’t thought about Happy Shopper in a while.

I am now working for Bulb and Bulbroots on a Wednesday afternoon but also during the week in my-own-time-whenever-I-feel-like-it styleeeeee. It will be a lot of fun and very rewarding, and I am getting over the Fear slowly. Currently just been given project where will manage extension of Geotag project and document Leicester’s changes every month for a year I think. Means will have to keep coming back to Leicester or stay here for the duration of the project but who knows, that may become a viable option a bit later on. Still feel a bit nomadic in terms of housing and things, but that’s probably best because staying in one place too long could become stagnant.

The wakupmakeup people are currently away so their projects are on hold. Not sure I fully understand what they want me to do, another meeting and chat is needed. The creativtypes people who I met on Monday haven’t got back to me yet about whether they want me to work or not. I will chase them next Tuesday, as over week is enough time to warrant a prompting. I also am a little nervous about the Willmott Dixon interview on Tuesday because it’s such a daunting thing to have a whole day interview process. I will conquer the Fear, it will not beat me. But on the bright side I get to see my family and my Grandma who I haven’t seen in ages. That’s more than enough incentive to go for it.

So the business sets in, but to be honest it is paying off because:

  • 76% for CAD
  • 74% for RSA project (Gillette razors)
  • 72% for Sloane project
  • Shocking, but makes me feel warm inside. 2:1 here I come.


    7 02 2008

    Why do I keep torturing myself? Keep trying to do everything the hardest way possible. It’s rubbish! Only 5 more rooms to visualise…… aaaaarrrrggghhhh