Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Here are some layout examples, taken from the book;
'Layout' by Ambrose/Harris.

The different layouts are an influence for a number of briefs; the Yearbook, Horror Festival and recently kick-started Natural Science Museum brief. Each of the briefs are focused around the layout of type and imagery.

Monday, 29 March 2010


Here are some inspirational pieces which have informed me when designing the yearbook cover and layouts.
1 - Latacagrafica
2 - No Do
3 - Playboy

Latacagrafica's use of overlaid type with a photograph is interesting as the reader has to look beyond the title to see what the image really is.
No Do's layouts are consistent, the use of type is perfectly balanced on terms of hierarchy.
Playboy have an interesting use of borders for their DPS images, splitting the images into two yes, but avoiding the image becoming lost in the spine of the book.



Leeds based design collective: Nous Vous, created the branding for the Leeds Light Night.
The programme is an overwhelming inspiration to my Film Festival work, Nous Vous use of illustration serves as a refreshing break from the condensed layout of information, and the mono-print programme is cost-effective but not an adhearance to the design, if anything it enhances Light Night's identity.

Saturday, 27 March 2010


PLEASELETMEDESIGN are a French and Belgium based design partnership.
Their work is inspiring, I feel more of my inspiration comes from mid-Europe at this point, the clean use of type and layout, minimal colours, and experimental layouts are something noone else is doing at the moment. I think this style of design will suit the yearbook, with the focus being on the students and their work rather than additional details in the design which will become confusing to the aim of the yearbook. Pleaseletmedesign's layouts show this style and also their photography is a good example of what can be done to create a more interesting shot, using different angles and props.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Daniel Carlsten

Acne Designer Daniel Carlsten has produced a number of impressive and influential works which inspire my input in the yearbook design. The daring and completely original invite uses paper to its full potential, and his layout designs in particularly are a great inspiration to me. The full colour DPS photograph pages are magnificent and break-up the hard black & white pages throughout the publication.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

The Consult - Work Placement 01/02/2010 - 05/03/2010

I have been working at Leeds based design studio; The Consult this week.
It's been excellent, The whole experience has really inspired me to continue to work hard to efficively become a professional graphic designer. Compared to my previous work placement, I feel I gained more from working at The Consult. Differences included a more busy/intense working atmosphere where design was at the front of all decisions as opposed to money or company gain, the designers have more passion about their work at The Consult and this made the experience much more valuable to me.

I hope to re-visit The Consult at some point in the near future.