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    Visiting The 2018 DJCAD Degree Show

    A few weeks ago I took a trip up to Dundee to visit the Duncan of Jordanstone degree show. This is an event put on by the art school every year which showcases the work of fourth-year students. I’ve been to the DJCAD Degree Show a number of times in recent years and I’m always really impressed by the work on display. I could quite easily have spent an entire day at the show, unfortunately, I didn’t plan in advance and only had two hours for a very quick visit. GRAPHIC DESIGN @ DJCAD DEGREE SHOW Some may think I’m strange for saying this, considering I’m a graphic design student.…

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    Inside My Graphic Design Sketchbooks

    I love the creative process. I love seeing the stages an artist goes through when creating a piece of work. All artists go through this to some extent. I love this process so much I thought I would share some of my graphic design sketchbooks where you can see some of my own creative process I’ve been studying graphic design for over two years now which means I have a lot of sketchbooks (over 20). The process remains the same with graphic design but there isn’t so much ‘artistic’ stuff in my sketchbooks. A huge part of graphic design is working with type and grids. This means while I have…

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    The Pinkest Pink and Blackest Black

    I am here today to tell what some may consider a very silly story. It concerns Anish Kapoor who was given the right to use Vantablack, the blackest pigment known to man, and Stuart Semple. Who got angry at Mr Kapoor for being the only person who had the right to use this pigment and in retaliation created the Pinkest Pink. That being the pinkest pigment ever created. In case you hadn’t already realised, this is a very first world story. WHAT IS VANTABLACK Vantablack is a substance which absorbs 99% of radiation in the visible spectrum. This makes it the darkest artificial substance known to man. Vantablack reflects almost…

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    A Designer’s Guide To Pinterest

    Today I thought I would share how I use Pinterest. From reading a few tutorials it appears I don’t use Pinterest the same way as most, or even really the way Pinterest has designed it to be used. I don’t use any of the social networking aspects. I mainly use Pinterest for doing and collating research as part of my design projects. Because Pinterest has become so huge my method could probably be applied to any project you’re working on, not just design. It’s important to remember you shouldn’t just use Pinterest to do research. Books are an important research tool too. But it is an extremely useful way to…

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    Supermundane Workshop at GDFS

    I was recently lucky enough to attend Graphic Design Festival Scotland, GDFS being a week long graphic design festival held at The Lighthouse. There are competitions, talks, workshops and a 2-day project. Last year I went along to see the international poster exhibition and wasn’t very impressed by it. This year I got to see the GDFS poster exhibit and take part in a workshop with Rob Lowe. Otherwise known as Supermundane. GDFS WORKSHOP DAY ONE The workshop I attended was all about making posters. Rob Lowe is quite well known for his unique graphical illustrations but during the 2016 general election he also made a series of posters entitled…