Making the Aberystwyth SSAGO Website

Many Moons ago the webmaster of a AberSSAGO asked me to redo their club website for them. Having a familiarity of the club through a good friend called AberMary (who many readers of this blog also know as Fearless Guider) I wanted the club to put its best foot forward so I thought “‘what the hey’ I could do with a bubbly and friendly piece to add to my portfolio” and got involved Continue reading Making the Aberystwyth SSAGO Website

Happy New Year!

Two Thousand and eight has been a long slog, or at least it seemed long, perhaps because its the first year in the last 3 where I haven’t had a summer ‘holiday’. EuroJam happened in 2005, GlosCamp was 2006 and the Scouting Centenary and Jamboree in 2007.

There is one advantage to not having time off, I’ve kept myself productive enhancing my design skills, I’m certainly a lot more confident in Photoshop although I do produce a lot more junk which I inevitably ends up on here, luckily here is a playground and not a portfolio. I’ve also switched some jobs to InDesign and Illustrator, but I’m nowhere near as confident as I would want to be for a Design firm, but then I’m assuming that my colleagues there are naturals compared to the proficient individuals at my current place (then again I don’t get enough time to do my best work so presumably they don’t either…)

Speaking of portfolios, I’ve overdue to publish one about now, I’ve got some pretty snazzy pieces that I’m happy to show-off, and aslong as I’m willing to publish them in a professional capacity that’s all that matters really.

Real life play, I’ve watched less movies, 151 to be exact, 20 less than 2007. Still it sounds like a lot, almost 3 a week! But I’ve been out to see at least 20 of those at the cinema on social occasions so they don’t really count :p

I’ve never really been one for resolutions, I suppose I could watch less movies, and I want to watch more independent ones, just because the stories tend to be better. Luckily at the end of 2008 I was introduced to a quaint little joint in Northampton which I can keep an eye on. I suppose I could find some fellow Northants Bloggers and do meetups, actually yes, that’s my resolution, I’m going to be a more social blogger. I’m going to make it to at least one WordCamp before the end of 2009!

Job

With a little patience and luck I’ve managed to get a job as a Graphic Designer at a small Graphic Design and Printing business in Milton Keynes. I didn’t expect to get onto the first rung of my career ladder quickly, sure I enjoy designing on my computer but compared to Josh Rhode, Radim Malinic, Nicholas Ainley I really have a lot to learn.

During Primary school I surprised my teachers by keep my drawings proportions correct, I wasn’t particularly great with the colouring (who is at 6-7 years old?) but the shapes were accurate enough to warrant my own display board and a certificate. During Middle school I drew less and less, I could draw cartoons/comics as well as some of the kids but my real-life sketches were top notch if I say so myself. 😉 I seemed to stop drawing entirely in secondary school, I didn’t take art as a G.C.S.E. which stopped me doing the A-level.

Then it wasn’t for 3 years later when I joined the Student Union Magazine that I got back into creativity. I started with some very basic and crude page layout and progressed with the help of the inhouse designer Adrian and Kal, who would eventually takeover as Editor in Chief.

Since then I’ve had more and more things to do, mostly revolving work in Scouting circles like Go Jamboree, SSAGO and their Events. So really to get a job designing on what I consider to be a very limited portfolio I’m extremely pleased to have a job where I will surely learn from my colleagues what I’m doing wrong or what I can do better.