How I’ve seen WarCraft getting craftier

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness Game Box Cover

The first proper PC game I ever owned was WarCraft 2: Tides of Darkness. I first played it from a demo disk and seeing as the Real Time Strategy (RTS) genre was a rarity on the Mega Drive (which was my main entertainment device at the time) I thoroughly enjoyed the new experience and wanted more. Continue reading How I’ve seen WarCraft getting craftier

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

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.

What I really learnt at University

Those that go to University do so to extend their knowledge in a particular field but inevitably also learn a lot in a variety of others. Depending on whether your course sustains your interest those life lessons might be more important than your diploma. I found out half way through my degree that it wasn’t for me, I persevered none-the-less and along with a feast of boring Comp Sci edu-ma-cation I learnt that following that I think are just as important:

  1. Speaking your mind is better than putting it in text.
  2. You learn a helluva more from accomplishing something difficult on your own than being taught how to do it.
    • It also takes longer.
  3. Aslong as your room is clean and tidy you don’t feel so bad about the rest of the house.
  4. Everyone is a small fish, most just don’t know the size the pond.
  5. Nothing stays free forever.
  6. They mock you for being prepared but they love it when it pays off.
  7. Girls are frequently cold.
  8. One girl is a good investment of your time; otherwise have caution.
  9. Grammar is your friend.
  10. Exceed expectations/achieve your best as often as possible.
  11. Appreciate what you’ve got, and keep it if you can.