Saturday, September 19, 2015

The perfect 1st year wedding anniversary gift

Aghhh!! I know I know, I’ve been rubbish at maintaining my blog. It’s been nine months since my last post!

The good news is that I am still alive. I’ve been busy working on what I have been calling my ‘hat-trick websites’. These three websites came in around about the same time and have been occupying a lot of my time recently. I’ll write a blog post about them once they are all live. But in a nutshell… it’s a property development website, a health and fitness website and a website for a burlesques entertainer. I don’t think I can possibly ask for more variety of work!

Anyway, did you know it’s been a year since my wedding?!!

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Mr Oultram loves his music and together we hand picked every single song that was played from the guest arriving, to wedding breakfast and drinks receptions, not forgetting all the important ceremonial songs. So for our 1st year ‘paper’ anniversary, I designed him a poster that featured all our wedding songs.

And here it is…

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I think it makes the perfect ‘paper’ anniversary gift and Mr Oultram agrees! 🙂

What do you think?

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Designer’s Identity Crisis

Who I’m I? I often ask myself this question. Some days, I feel incredibly lucky to not only be a multidisciplinary designer but to also have skills in web development. Other days, I worry that by not having that one exclusive design area to focus on means that I’m limited and that really I may just be a jack of all trade. As a perfectionist, I don’t like thinking that I’m ‘just good’ at what I do, I like to be the best.

This is a topic which I don’t talk about often but now that I have started accepting who I am, I feel it’s a good time to be open about it in the hope that it may help other young designers who may feel confused in the way that I did with the pressure of the design industry to find a specialism.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Generate Conference 2014

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Last month my colleague Adam from The fresh Group and I headed down to London Covent Garden to the spectacular Grand Connaught Rooms – host of Generate Conference 2014.

When I first heard the news that The fresh Group was going to send me to the Generate Conference, I got a little giddy. They had an amazing line up of guest speakers including Dan Cederholm, Jeremy Keith and Elliot Jay Stocks. I carved my web development skills by reading books after books written by these guys… Dan Cederholm pretty much single handedly taught me everything I know about CSS. My first CSS book was ‘Web Standards Solutions’, then I read ‘Bulletproof Web Design’ and ‘CSS3 for Web Designers’, all books written by Cederholm. Jeremy Keith taught me HTML5 through his book ‘HTML5 for Web Designers’ and Elliot Jay Stocks’ responsive grid is still my ‘go-to’ tool in every website I design and build. So attending the Generate Conference to see these guys was a big deal for me.

If you’ve not come across the Generate Conference before, it’s a conference for web designers presented by net magazine and Creative Bloq featuring an impressive list of speakers including the ones mentioned above as well as Meagan Fisher, Denise Jacobs, Jake Archibald, Chris Murphy, Gavin Strange, Anna Debenham, Remy Sharp, Johanna Kollmann, Zoe Mickley Gillenwater and Alastair Campbell.

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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.

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