Whoops, catchup time again.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

On a slightly positive note I’ve been too busy to keep updating the blog; work work work. On a slightly negative note, I’ve been too busy to keep updating the blog; work work work.

So, due to all this work, I skipped unfortunately missed a talk from what was supposed to be a guy from ‘Radio’, a Bath-based design firm upon hearing news that it was actually to be a talk from ‘the radio’. I’m sure working at Heart FM’s all good and fun, but so far the same things seem to be happening on a weekly basis; there’s only a tiny bit of relevance to the field I’m actually in. So sorry, Mr Heart FM man, whoever you may have been, I’m a little snowed under.

What I did manage to catch was the session with Jack Owen from Icehouse, very useful indeed, and reassured me that an hourly pricing structure is a widely used thing in the industry, also made me think more about the importance of specific briefs for projects in case things go pear-shaped – though this hasn’t actually been a problem at all with the clients (that’s you, thank-you, lovely people) I’ve worked with thus far. The importance of having a good set of contacts in different fields that one can bring in for projects has also been highlighted again, so keeping colleagues on side will prove wise as well (that’s you, other lovely people).

I will be updating the blog more often, and when I don’t, I shall have to come up with a new way of reminding myself. So far I’ve narrowed it down to either post-it notes everywhere or electrodes attached to various bodily places.

Louise Owen – Portfolio Crit

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

A great, informal and friendly session with Lucy Owen, also of Ice House Design. She was complimentary of my copy writing skills – yes, complimentary of my ramblings, nothing can stop me now – and seemed to like my portfolio of work. I’m assuming the lack of criticism of my work is a good thing, though I was the first to present… I’ll take it as a good thing, as it’s put me in a ‘sure’ mood of the new site.

Something to consider may be regularizing ‘who’ is speaking my site. The main page is deliberately third person, but it was questioned if the rest of the site being written in first made perfect sense.

Tips for getting work placements include… Actually, I’m going to keep them to myself. If you happen to be reading this after my interest in your place of design, they’re all my own ideas, heheh. No, tips for work placements were just that, to be oneself, and only apply for places I have a genuine interest in.

That’s all from me for the day. I’ve just rediscovered, been abnormally amused by, and been playing endlessly with the Extrude tool in Illustrator on some of my typographically created images, so I’m off to do that for a few hours. It’s the little things that make my day.

P.S. Also! Also! I’m proud of the fact I’ve just taught several people where the ‘#’ key is on a Mac (Alt+3 in case you were wondering); including Catherine. As I said, it’s the little things.

What’s that you say? The new look Sheer-Design is now live?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Well how jolly spiffing. And just in time for a visit from Louise Owen tomorrow (well, today now), who’ll be giving us some portfolio feedback, so I can rip it all apart and start again. Again. Hopefully not, but you never know.

At the moment, there is no support for Internet Explorer 6 or below. And when I say ‘there is no support’, what I actually mean is, ‘I haven’t got round to adding the error message for the fact that there is no, nor will be in future, support’. I beg of you, if you’re still that god-awful abomination of a browser, either upgrade it, give me one good reason in the comments box why you can’t and I’ll be sympathetic, or lump it.

All that’s left to do now is figure out how to use WordPress’ tags to get the blog in tune with the rest of things. I really do apologise that this bit’s the most frequently updated (albeit with my nattering) part of the website, and it’s the (only, hopefully) bit that looks ropey.

‘Phwooarrr’s and ‘uegh’s about the new site in the comments box are always appreciated. (‘Phwooarr’s substantially more, but I know there’s just no pleasing some people.)