I’m not normally the type to make a New Year’s Resolution. However, for several months I have thought about starting my own personal blog so I guess there is no better time than right now – at the start of a new year. So here it is – my blog!
So, 2013 has been a fantastic year for me. I started working as Digital Designer for multidisciplinary agency – The fresh Group at the end of 2012. Since starting my new role, I have had the privilege of redesigning fresh’s very own website as well as being involved in some fantastic pitch wins and projects for a variety of blue chip clients. fresh is a fantastic place to work and I feel that I have thoroughly settled into my role.
Training-wise, I’ve excelled a lot last year. I’ve spent considerable time honing my PHP and WordPress development skills. I’ve also been designing and building a lot of responsive websites. My own website that was launched in 2012 has already been through a redesign and redevelopment, utilising responsive web design and WordPress CMS.
Another highlight of 2013 was being invited back to Newcastle-Under-Lyme College where I studied BTEC National Visual Communication and A Level Graphic Design way back in 1998. I was invited back as a speaker to talk to A-Level and A S Level Graphic Design students. Although, I was incredibly nervous about my presentation, I really enjoyed it and found the experience highly rewarding. Covering 4 classes, I began the presentation with my journey from being a Graphic Design graduate to the multidisciplinary designer / web developer that I have become today. The presentation ended with a Q&A session followed by short 1-2-1 sessions with individual students. I would highly recommend anyone to take up the opportunity to speak and help inspire the next generation of designers, the feeling you get afterwards is beyond description.
I hope everybody has had a fantastic Christmas. Santa was very kind this year and I’ve received a few design-related books including Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler and Work for Money, Design for Love (what a fantastic title for a book!) by David Airey so now that I have a blog, I shall be writing reviews once I have read them!
Happy New Year to you all.