Friday, January 10, 2014

A round up of 2013

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.

My personal work is also beginning to get recognised by my peers, with my Strawberry Assurance logo design featured in Logomoose last year – a logo inspiration gallery that I’m a big fan of.

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!

xmas-books

Happy New Year to you all.

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