Twist and Shout

17 06 2008

This week I am mostly working for A&L in the mornings then Twist and Shout in the afternoons. It’s fun. Looking for a real job still.


Job Prospects

21 04 2008

Hints have been dropped left right and centre. There’s the possibility of the KTP with Sloane, which would be researching environmental materials and (potentially but people keep telling me this ia bit optimistic) helping to change the face of retail. Wakeupmakeup dropped a hint today that they might like to employ me full time, or possibly part time because they also mentioned the part time job that I am going to go for anyway with Leicester comedy festival. There’s sparkly wonderful Bulb who are amazingly supportive and like me doing workshops and things, even though I don’t have many media skills about my person. Graff I can do, and I like to think I’m alright at the group teaching part of things because I do like working with kids. But what do I want to do?

It’s going to have to come to a decision soon because after June I can’t pay my rent any more and I’m going to have to come up with a lot of money pretty sharpish in order to afford a deposit and first month’s rent in a new place. Uncertainty reigns supreme.

In other news, got a photoshoot tomorrow as apparently I’m one of the 5 people who best represents our course. Rock on. Think it’s just because I was in the room at the time they got the email though.

Deadline week: Competition Project

16 04 2008

Once again it’s been an extremely busy time as I have been working flat out for this competition project and the dissertation, and have been having meetings with Sloane. Unfortunately on the day of the big meeting, where I went to their factory and really wanted to make a massive impression, I got struck down with an annoying cold. I feel a lot better today with a lot more energy, but it’s not a good impression when I have to blow my nose every 5 minutes and leave a trail of tissues behind!

Their factory is actually amazing. Not sure how much I am allowed to talk about but it was fantastic, they think the same way that I do pointing out all the common sense errors and thinking of better ways to do things. Fantastic. It was so wonderful being there with them, and they dropped massive hints about the KTP so hopefully they’d like me to apply for it and this whole competition has given me a huge foot in the door.

On the other hand, working for Bulb has been a really fantastic experience and I would love to continue with them as long as possible. This is the tough decision, but it does sort of depend upon whether I work well in the KTP environment, and also whether I am suited to freelancing with Bulb. Who knows. It’s going to be a tough couple of months as I push through.

Do feel bad for not being back down south more often, and I feel I am neglecting that part of my life but it will be sorted after this month when my huge deadlines have gone. I just hope people at home can understand that, and remember what it was like.

In other news, family is doing really well. Which is a big relief.

Have almost conquered the pole dancing fear, am going to go the lesson tomorrow with a non scared attitude and just do it. I WILL conquer this!

Dan is starting to feel a bit neglected as well, but will have to remedy that this weekend by cooking stew and having barbeques and drinking Pimms like we always do. Have really enjoyed hanging out with different people though, it’s been wicked making new friends.

Right, must get the competition project finished tonight so can print off tomorrow and rest my mind about it, then can crack on with the dissertation and get it more or less drafted out. It’s all going well so far, mainly because I am working non stop. Had a bit of a lazier day today because it was drawing sketchbook work but it’ll be back to the hard graft soon enough!

Really looking forward to the party at the beginning of next month, and Freefest. Woooohooo! Excitement!

Lovely weekend

31 03 2008

Last week was a bit of a killer all in all, with the amount fo working and things. But the weekend made up for it. Oh yes it did. Friday was a lovely impromptu drinks session with Seani and people, because I was having trouble staying awake so obviously having a pint was going to make all the difference 😉 however, it was tons of fun and it ended up with everyone back at ours learning pole dance moves till about 1230! had to go to bed then though, hardcore.

Saturday was monster dissertation writing session, wrote a whole seciton just need to get it cleared by the tutors. Hmmm. Then it was off to Gemma and Jermaine’s for drinkies and EZ Rollahhhhhhs! Wicked night, playing ring of fire and discussing work, ladies and knives. Big knives! Hehe. It’s sod;s law though, the night I’ve been looking forward to for ages and cue non stop bleeding ear. I got in a taxi and went home. Damnit.

Sunday: hungover. So very very hungover. It was good though because the sun was shining and we all trooped around town having roast dinner and coffee and the like, then back to Sam’s for a WIll Ferrell finlm bonanza! With added yumchi. Wicked.

So, in conclusion best weekend woohaaaa trying not to experience guilt pangs for not doing any work sunday, so am going to blitz it this week. All my companies are wanting things done by Wednesday, and I’m starting to panic about the design project because I haven’t even visualised it yet. Arrrrggghh. A bit of a bonus though, am doing some wicked artwork for Creativtypes, they wanted me to illustrate something for their wall so of course I’m going to steal it and whack it on here because it is my work after all! Wicked though. Back to the grindstone….

Week 26

28 03 2008

This week I have mainly been doing:

  • Indesign documents because I love the program,
  • Working on the wonderful dissertation, I formulated the innovation scale at 1am this morning,
  • Coming up with yet more ideas for my range of menstruation packaging, the dressing table boxes have been finalised but need to mock up some prototypes of the travel packs to see scale etc.
  • Researching funding programs to try and get some more money for Bulb projects,
  • Working with wakeupmakeup and wowing them with my amazing ideas of wonderment, they loved them and this last meeting in aprticular has inspired me to do loads of stuff for them. Wish I’d brought it with me today though, got a bit of an empty day.
  • So I still have a mountain of work that goats fall off of but it is getting steadily smaller. The placement is going really well and I’ve got some wicked portfolio stuff going on too, so it seems everything is going well so far. I also have a new skirt from Gsus which is amazing and only £6 off ebay! Yessss student budget clothes shopping pays off again! Am still saving for the mooncup but I’ve got enough money this month! Woohoo! Now it’s just justifying spending all that money in one go. Or I could just shut my eyes, enter my card details and click ‘send’. I might just do that.

    Funding Application: Almost There

    19 03 2008

    After goodness knows how long, I’ve finally got my bottom in gear and written out the funding application for a 2 months summer project with kids, shooting panoramic photographs of Leicester town. Boooyaaa. Hopefully it’ll come through, don’t know what I’ll do if it doesn’t! It’s such a wicked project, but then there’s no telling if this is good or bad value for money as we don’t know what other people are doing at this time. Oh well. Keep the fingers crossed.

    Adventures of a graphic design placement student: Day 2

    18 03 2008

    It is day 2 of the three week work placement with Creativtypes in the LCB depot of Leicester, and I do have to say I am enjoying it immensely. Yesterday was wicked because I got to work on a live logo pitch, doing four logos in an afternoon, which is much much faster than I’m used to! Hope they were alright, fingers crossed. Still really nervous about my illustrator, photoshop and design skills.

    Today was a tour of a printers where I saw litho printing and loads of other different things like laser cutting going on, it was amazing. I’ve never seen a printers before, as silly as that sounds, so I had no idea what it would look like. It was wicked.

    Overall, I am really happy here at the moment but having to come home and immediately start on dissertation and live project is really draining. I also have to work on the wakeupmakeup brief but I don’t know if I’m on the right track so am waiting for the nod to carry on and finalise things. Wakeupmakeup has felt the most difficult so far, maybe because it is a format I am really not used to. I’ve never done multimedia before so I’m having a jolly good bash at it! Wooooohooooo!