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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!

Having just looked back at my previous posts and coming across one about being twenty-two, I feel I should now have one about being twenty-three. Not much has changed. I still work in the Atheneaum, and I am still looking for other work, preferably in Bristol. I have started looking into becoming a visual merchandiser, (or similar) it looks like fun- making things look attractive. Anyway, my Saturday night is going to be dedicated to applying to a million jobs. I’m done with being static… Move!!

(well soon anyway)

Here are some more examples of the lovely books I work with. I apologise for the appalling quality of the photos, they are just taken from my phone. I have kept a record of the best ones though so hopefully when the Athenaeum is open to the public I will be able to go back and get some better photos or scans. But for now….

This is a yearly ‘magazine’, (from around 1902) the design on the front made me think of the current trend for traditional tattoo design (which I am a huge fan of). The lovely anchors and ships pleased me a lot! I also found the cover below in this section, each one of the volumes was embossed with this beautiful anchor.

There wasn’t a huge amount of excitement through the travel section, some of the maps were stunning but the subtleties would be lost at low res. I did get one though, the book was about one of the Poles (I forget which, observant as I am) the type is incredibly detailed, this is one i will definitely go back to. This page in particular caught my eye, the layout and colour, it could be poster. The page/map title is calligraphic and is surrounded by lots of embellishment.

More to come!

My new job isn’t the most exciting job I’ve ever had, but it is very interesting, and only partly because I don’t have to run around being nice to people. I’m archiving books in a small, overcrowded dusty room above a library, known as the North Devon Athenaeum. Most of these books are about rural interests, farming, agriculture etc etc etc. I spent yesterday morning trying to alternatively describe 30 books about trains and railways. Enthralling. However, it isn’t the content that I look at in detail, but the design. Which, when some of the books are from the early 1700’s this can be fascinating- and it’s not because I’m turning into a librarian, trust me.

Methods of printing and production were so different back then that it doesn’t come as a surprise that the aesthetics would also be different. The cost of making books was greater, they were not mass produced, some of the books we handle even contain original etchings or prints (you can see where the oil from the inks has bled through the pages in some cases). Time was taken to create something informative, and more importantly something which would last. The art of setting out headings, having page numbers written out in long-hand and flourishes between chapters seems to have been almost lost, even though it is present today, it seems dumbed down. Perhaps because books sell to people who want an easy read, but perhaps because books are more consumable now, people buy rather than borrow that it has become more important to produce cheaply than beautifully.

Unfortunately since I am at work I can’t really scan or photograph the more beautiful books, but have jotted down a few of the better ones to go back to (Like a ‘the guide to illuminating’ which is full of original colour prints from around 1850). Even if it is a temporary stop-gap job I feel like I’m getting a real insight into historical book design, which I probably would never have done of my own accord.

This is a picture of some pages from ‘The Guide to Illuminating’ by Digby Wyatt. Found on Flickr, here.

Due to the recession now isn’t the best time to be in your early twenties. Everyday we are told by the news that young workers (of the 18-25 age range) are finding it the most difficult to gain employment, with up to 1000 new job cuts per day. At this age we are also the most susceptible to swine flu.

So, as an unemployed twenty-two year old, what am I to do? Well, today I found the time to make one of these – entirely from memory, even though I haven’t made one since I was in school and have a terrible memory.  The things the human brain is capable of!

I have also had lots of time to find pretty pictures on the internet, some of them are below. Click the pictures to go to where I found them.