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I was determined to do something creative today, and here it is. It could make a nice wrapping paper for Mothers’ Day.

I drew it in pen and ink in my Moleskine which I am mostly not brave enough to use, it being rather nice and all!


I have just finished a 3 month internship. Having finished uni well over a year ago unconvinced that design was really for me, I really wasn’t sure whether I’d see it through. However, it was fantastic, and I’m being kept on! For the next issue at least.

Working in a creative environment has really brought me back to where I need to be, in my head, to be creative. Not only have my design skills and creativity come back tenfold but also my confidence. Being trusted and completing something as all-consuming as a magazine redesign has been a huge learning curve. Stressful at times but always enjoyable, I’ve learned a lot about a lot of things! I believe that this is owed to the fact that I did this in a very small publishers and worked with some great people. I would now recommend it to anyone doing any design related course, it really gives you a feel for what it would actually be like to this for a living, both the good points and the bad. There is a huge amount of debate as to whether internships are ethical etc, my advice would be only, look for one that fits you.

My favourite bit of the design is the navigation, which works like a colourful phone book with a side bar for each of the areas featured.You can see it below.

It was a scary few days waiting to see the mag once it had gone to print but it was well worth the wait when it arrived! Backpax also has a new website for its new look.

Inspired Times has also gone to print so I’ll post some photos of that too when I get it!

TYC is a new project to showcase creative people under 25. It is run as a WordPress blog which is nice and accessible. This is a feature about me which can be seen here (notice the ‘recent’ photo!).

It’s really great to see work from people my age. These are Anna and Emma‘s blogs, friends from uni who are also on TYC.

If you fit the criteria and would like to be featured go here!

Let me know what you think please, it’s unfinished, any suggestions welcome. I will finish when I get time! Click the pic for full size.

I love magazines. Glossy ones especially, occasionally I do enjoy a quick peek at a celebrity trash mag but generally the glossier the better.

I stumbled across Hi-Fructose Magazine this week, it’s a contemporary art magazine much in the same vein as Juxtapoz, although it is a quarterly – so possibly more glossy. They have an evolution of James Jean special which looks fantastic (and also completely sold out). The inside of the magazine is beautifully designed too. Again an American magazine, it used to be sold in Borders. If anyone can suggest where I might find one in Bristol I’d be very grateful as it features a lot of my favourite artists and many who were at the ‘Art from the New World’ exhibition.

Candy Magazine is a free online magazine by an independent collective. It has a wide variety of styles which is really nice and all the back copies are also available on their website, also for free.

For glossy fashion mags, POP and iD reign supreme in my opinion, although LOVE is also, erm, lovely (aside from an irritating website). The perfection of airbrushed photoshoots and bright colours win me over every time, the content is lower down on the priority list.

Now if only someone could combine these styles of flawless beautiful colour, brand new artists with inspiring editorial we would have a magazine to rule them all!

I am endeavoring to write a blog every week and be part of the WordPress ‘BlogaWeek’ challenge so my posts will quite possibly be shorter but definitely more regular.

I have just started a two-day-a-week internship at Inspired Times Magazine and so far I’m really enjoying being able to do some design work again. This week I’ve been working on some bits for the 10th Anniversary issue of Backpax magazine, having InDesign open was a bit of a shock to the system but everything seems to be coming back to me fairly quickly! I’m really looking forward to doing some illustration and maybe even editorial for the publications as well so hopefully I’ll have more ‘inspiration’ to do my own work too.

I have become obsessed with patterns. I love them, the simplicity and complexity of them fascinates me. I have been working on this for what seems like ages, but it was really fun – and worth it ’cause they’re going in my portfolio. I started with a skull sketch, which I realised had a lot of flowery shapes incorporated in it reminding me of the ‘Mexican Day of the Dead’ (or ‘Dia Los Muertos’) imagery, so it went from there. I’ve kept the colours simple at the moment but i think i might colour it at a later date.

you can see the full sizers if you so wish here.

McLuhan (1911-1980) also said ‘the medium is the message’

Relating to my most recent uni project, once i get over how much of my energy it drained out of me I might post about it!

James Jean is one of my all time favourite illustrators, he also has a blog and a website (which he has recently added new work to). His work has quite a fantastic quality to it, and is often quite darkly funny. Jean works on some really interesting projects like the recent one for Prada – basically I think he’s awesome.

Jean has also collaborated on a digital book project with Kenichi Hoshine. This is called Polite Winter and can be seen here. I found this a few months ago and was fascinated by it, I can’t decide whether there is a narrative or not, but it’s beautiful and well worth a look. Extra pages are being added every now and again too. Its nice to see how well illustration and typography can work so well together. Below are a couple of my favourite pages.

After finding this through looking at Jeans’ work I looked further into Hoshine’s work, here. It is very different, and wasn’t at all what I was expecting, it seems very calm on the surface but manages to contain a lot of emotion in each piece, like the one below.

Both artists, like many others I have been inspired by recently have exhibited at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, trip to NY anyone?!