Sunday, 12 December 2010

Have yourself a Saucey Christmas

We had the annual Christmas do last night, this time at my new place in Winch! We had a laugh and we ruled the food. I can't wait to go back to Guernsey for Christmas now, it got me right in the mood!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Boom.

Sort of, almost related to my project. Just having fun in the studio today really.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Snow Have Snow


I spent a few hours doing this, not sure why, but it was fun. In reply to the Courage Have Courage snow man tweets. Enjoy.

Friday, 19 November 2010

The Disappearing City

We've just been given this years D&AD briefs and we have to do 2 this year! Will be stressful but I kinda get why they've decided that. I've chosen the Umbro brief so far and I have about 5 maybes for the second.


The Disappearing City from Josh Fletcher on Vimeo.

Forget that boring stuff though. This is something I made for LAST years competition for the 'onedotzero' brief. I forgot that I hadn't posted it online. Was kind of reluctant to put it online, I couldn't take the rejection after being unsuccessful with my entry (yeah right!). Here it is though. The process to make this was so stressful and took about 5 hours to create 15 seconds of film!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Payback Vans

The 'What's the payback?' renewable energy seminar took place on Thursday 11th November (also my Birthday!) and apparently it was a great success which is good to hear! The videos of the event will be going up soon so I'll link those as soon as I can.

Trying to get together all the bits and pieces my logo features on so I can do a full post but I was sent some pics of the E-Si vans with the logo on the back so I thought I'd share. It's very cool having a logo you made this big on something so loads of people can see it.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Last week.

This is what I had at the end of last week (amongst some other things). I wanted to take my experiments with flags a little further except I think I've lost something with it now. I think there are too many shapes there and I need to edit and pair them down so I have maybe 4 basic elements that suggest flags. At the moment things seem to be a bit random and confusing.

Thankfully, I've had a cool weekend seeing my favourite band Avenged Sevenfold and some of my favourite people. It's helped me get away from my work a bit and I've come back with more of a plan of how to take this project forward ready for the crit this Friday.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

What's this then?

This is the first time, other than the 'payback' post I made in the summer months, I've posted something from the 'What's the payback?' campaign. Done loads of work for this and I really plan on doing a massive post about it all at some point but I don't have pictures of all the printed material yet.

Having said that, I'm itching to show you guys what I've been doing so here is the front of the invite that will be sent out for the public seminar on renewable energy in November. The invite features the 'What's the payback?' logo I created which I'm quite pleased with.

http://www.e-si.com/payback.html

Monday, 25 October 2010

She Haunts The Roads

'She Haunts The Roads' is my brother's band. I got bored and used the type I 'bastardised' for my Manifesto project. I have to do a poster for him for a gig they're doing with a band called Verses in Guernsey in January. I think this type could work for them as a band logo/font/identity though. I've got loads of ideas as to what they could do.


The name gets me thinking about so many different things, I've started to build up my own story about who 'She' is. I want to keep ticking things over and write ideas down for them because I'd really like to have a go at doing a massive project for them when they get some music together.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Why I love Star Wars.

I love everything about Star Wars. I love watching the films but I'm just as amazed about how they were made. Vanity Fair recently posted an article with behind the scenes photographs from the shooting of The Empire Strikes Back (my favourite Star Wars film) and they are some of the best behind the scenes shots I've seen.


I particular love the image above, the filming of the opening title sequence. I have always wondered how they did that back then without After Effects and computers. Seeing a process like that gets me excited about how I can make my own work and that you can always find a way to do something.

Check out the full article here.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Manifestations.

Really struggling with our Manifesto project. I mean, I can write about who I want to be, the kind of work I want to do and all that quite easily. The hardest thing for me has been translating that into some kind of imagery/posters. I'm a bit stuck. I don't feel like I've raced off to a great start this year which worries me slightly but then I also have to consider that we're only a week in. Perhaps I'm just a bit rusty. I also moved in to my new house last Wednesday and it's been pretty stressful settling in. I'm hoping that over the next few days I will hit the mark at what I'm used to setting myself.


From my frustrations I just decided to make things. They aren't the best things I've ever done & the 'Tools' poster was just done to get it out there. I don't think it's a particularly ground breaking idea and that style of work isn't really me.

But alas! I've had a tutorial and I think I know where I'm going. Something that suits me way more plus a scale of working that I'm more comfortable with.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The wall of awesome.

Trying to gain some creative momentum so I started putting things on the wall in the rotunda. A few bits of type work up there you might recognise and I've put up an A3 sized white board so we can doodle/write something new on there everyday. I don't just want my work up there either, anyone can add stuff!

It's all about getting it off screen and putting it in the real world! One of the frustrations I'm having with my work at the moment!

 Using the saying 'pictures say 1000 words' I'm considering setting up a Twitter that doesn't use words at all but instead contains links to images of this board:

The 'tweets' will be whatever it says/illustrates on the board. This way 140 characters becomes obsolete and not only will the messages be online but they will be in a 'live' space for people to interact with and change if they please.

Maybe.

Jason deCaires Taylor

I went along to 'Heft: Weight and Touch in Contemporary Sculpture' today at The Discovery Centre in Winchester and I saw some really awesome work. One thing that really took my attention, along with many other pieces, was a film by Jason deCaires Taylor of his 'underwater sculptures'.

The film itself was a great piece of work. I felt really immersed in this underwater world where all these sculptural forms were so still and the water and sea life around them were moving and carrying on with what they do. As humans we rule the land, but we become totally different creatures in water. For me the sculptures mirrored that and it made me think about the whole other world that's down there. The human like sculptures standing there are, in a way, fulfilling our dream of being immersed in that kind of world. Sure, as humans, we have the technology and apparatus to view that world but we will never truly be apart of it like these sculptures are.

The following videos aren't the one I saw in the gallery but they contain similar shots. Definitely worth going to the exhibition if you're in Winchester to view it context with the other pieces. I was really impressed with the other work their too. Artists of note were 'Sophia Olivia Clapham‏' and 'Noemie Goudal'.


Jason DeCaires Taylor Underwater Sculpture from Christian Sandino-Taylor on Vimeo.



It's a nice change not to be so self-indulgent on your own blog. Sometimes you get a bit too involved with trying to develop yourself. Taking a step back and reflecting on something you've never seen before is an amazing way to get yourself in a good mood and inspired once again.

Josh

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Time to change.

Some new type stuff and a bit of progression from my last couple of posts. I really wanted to do something awesome and different for our summer brief but I've been spending so much time working for Dad and trying to find a house over the last couple of weeks I've neglected it a little bit.

Still, I'm pretty sure I'll be doing as much of my own unique type this year as possible.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Hello again.

Listening to Lostprophets again for the first time too so the title seems relevant!

Been back on the summer project stuff again after almost sorting out where I'm going to be living this year!

Looking at combining a technique I found over the summer with some of the type stuff I've been doing. The plan is to make a couple of posters based around the theme of the Renewable Energy industry and the Energy industry in general. I've learnt a lot of new things and come back to things I already know so it seems relevant right now.

Also having spent a large chunk of the summer working on a campaign for a Renewable Energy company, why stop now? I've lived the last 17 years of my life with my Dad building up his company and I've learnt a lot that I don't think many people my age know, so I've got to get my knowledge and opinions out there!

Enough gabbing. The following image features the 'Hello Hell' type I've posted already but I've been messing around with some transfer techniques, scanned the image in and inverted it to get this rather awesome aesthetic.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Dad.

A silly one from yesterday. Shooting photographs to go along with a press release for Dad's campaign at work.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Hello Hell.

Another of my type experiments. Moved slightly on from my 'get off' post. Started making one thing which turned into something else and ended up with this, I like going on tangents.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Something will be made of this...

Just making nice looking things at the moment. I have a few topical themes in mind to explore, one being the occupation of Guernsey.

I've been interested in the aesthetic of Scandinavian & bits of Nazi german type. I like the way the words and letter forms themselves are beautiful to look at but I prefer the English language ;) So maybe combining the 2 could create something unique.

Might take the bicycle out this weekend and go on a research trip to some of the occupation museums. Been quite inspired by poetry too recently having gone to a few poetry nights with my Dad. So hopefully some of that can come into it too.

Workspace at work.

This is where I work and this is what I have been doing for the last 2 months. Almost complete the design and the entire campaign for my Dad's Renewable Energy Engineering firm E-Si. The campaign launches on Friday (hopefully!).

It's been a great experience and I plan on doing an entire post about the campaign and the work Kat & I have been doing on the E-Si website this summer. It feels really great to have been working and getting paid on a live project. The whole experience has given me a lot of confidence, especially with talking to customers and suppliers on the phone as well as organising printers & freepost account for the company.

That's enough for now though. I'll be posting more soon!

Josh

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Payback.

I'm working a lot in black & white at the moment. Mmmm.

Drafty bits of some type stuff I'm working on for a big campaign at work. Had a week off so I'm keen to get back into it! More coming soon.

Modified Futura medium to fit the project. I like that font & the places you can take it.

Monday, 9 August 2010

get off

Why get off? I don't know... just the way the shape of the characters were going and I haven't made a whole font yet. Thought I'd have a bit of a mess around on a Monday night. Needed to flex some creative muscles!

Kinda feels like the Norwegian type influence is coming through a little.

Monday.

Lots going on. Working for my Dad this summer and I've commissioned a re-design of his company's website. Wrote the brief and now providing feedback and notes on each stage of the design. Working towards getting it ready for 7th September when the company's latest marketing campaign gets on the way.

I'm also involved with designing material for the campaign as well updating some business cards and eventually I'll be working on designing a brochure/booklet for the company.

I'll have more on this in the coming weeks, thought it was worth keep you all updated. I'm very grateful to have been given such responsibility from my Dad and it's awesome that I'm gaining some real world experience as well as earning some money!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Something to expand on.

Initial experiment.

Norge.

It's been a long time! In that time, I've been to Norway! It was great! I have a job for the summer! Lot's of things happening!

More to come from me over the summer months I think. I've had a little break but it's time to be creative again.

I present to you, a few pictures (mainly just of type! but I'm loving the Scandinavian style!) I took on my travels to Norway to see Victoria. I visited a town called Stavanger where Vic is from and it was a lovely place. It actually reminded me of home in a way. It had a lovely harbour and town, cobbled streets and cool looking buildings.

Type from the Oil museum! So commanding yet very beautiful to look at.
I liked this sign. Lovely type and I love the crossed out bits. It's funny that someone has created a typographic image that I admire without intending on doing so!

I love what's happened here. Another great accident that has probably only been admired by myself but this definitely got me thinking. Definitely going to pursue visually fucking with type for the rest of this year. (I'm in that kind of mood).

Again. Brilliant. Another thing was just the look of Norwegian words. I love all the special characters and I was always getting the pronunciation wrong. I definitely felt inspired being there though. Had a great time away and hopefully some of these ideas turn into some kind of summer project.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Illustrator and web design magician Grant Killoran aka @chl0rine has just posted up the new WSAD website design. Over the last few months Grant and I have been working in tandem on projects related to WSAD. I've been working on some promotional material to launch the site around WSA and beyond and he's been working on the website.

It's good to see the final design up and now we can hopefully build on spreading the directory further around the web! I shall be tinkering my designs for the promo material too ready to be handed out at the beginning of the next school year. Exciting times ahead!

Check the new site here:

http://wsadirectory.org/index.html

Monday, 7 June 2010

Not really sure what this is...

Just something I've been experimenting with today. Not really sure what it is but I kind of want to get over my inability to draw/make stuff that resembles real things and not just shapes. For some reason, I lack confidence in making stuff like this.

Some kind of girl fox/devil in a dress?! I have no idea but I like the textures and colours. Having real trouble liking anything at the moment, silly really haha.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

World Cup fever...

My blog has been pretty dominated by my football inspired designs and I'm afraid it's not letting up for now! However, I've just created a Flickr so I can post most of the images I'm creating surrounding the World Cup and football on there allowing my blog to breathe a little.

So far it's seemed like a good move as I'm getting my work out to people who never would have seen it before. From now on if I have anything new I just want to chuck up online you'll probably find it through my Flickr. I want to try and make my blog more about works in progress/new techniques etc. I should really start getting a site together so I can display all my finished work!

Check this World Cup inspired art group I've created, building up quite a collection! http://www.flickr.com/groups/worldcupart/ 

I have one image for you and then the rest I shall be directing you to my Flickr! Enjoy.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Quick post - got the prints today!

From zine to a print...

Thinking of making something I had from my 'Khan' zine into an A3 print. Just drafting and throwing bits and pieces together at the moment. I want to try and put an actual drawing/collage into this maybe instead of the half tone shapes in the background currently. I thinking I'll use the half tone stuff but try and draw with it. Could work?!

Let me know what you think!

Monday, 31 May 2010

Jiraffeshop is now online!

I now have an online store where I'm selling prints and zines. Take a look and see if there's something you fancy! http://jiraffeshop.bigcartel.com/

For England Zine

Here's a few pages from my zine 'For England' that I was selling at the London Zine Symposium. I managed to sell a few copies but I still have loads left so I'm currently in the process of setting up an online store!

You can now purchase an A2 print of my 'In Fabio We Trust' poster also.

Here are a few snaps of the zine! If you wanna see more, you'll have to buy it!





Saturday, 29 May 2010

Fabio 2.0...

I've just had 5 of these printed up to sell at the Zine Symposium tomorrow (if the printers are open so I can collect them!).

If not I'll be selling them at 'Checkout' in Bristol and I'm thinking of setting up an online store to sell the posters and maybe the zines too if they prove to be popular. Here's hoping!

You can now buy this print online at my shop! http://jiraffeshop.bigcartel.com/product/in-fabio-we-trust-a2-poster

Finishing touches to 'For England'

I've been working flat out for the last 2 days getting my zine ready for the London Zine Symposium tomorrow. I've gone and block printed the England badge shape onto the front of my zines to make them a little more special edition.

Originally I wanted type included with it but I was running out of time and that would have been seriously fiddly!

We're all very excited for tomorrow and I shall have my work in 3 zines! Can't wait.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

WSA_D posters

It's 4am. I've wrapped for tonight! Printing tomorrow and then all this assessment malarky is over! However, I'll be busy again a few days after preparing for the London Zine Symposium.

I've found some time to show you some pics of the posters which I'm very pleased the way turned out. Took on board some stuff from my crits and these are near enough what will be out there. May change the paper stock.



Saturday, 15 May 2010

Finishing off this at the moment...

Still a work in progress and I know the image is small but I felt like giving you a sneak peek! Taken a few things on board from my crit, so I'm just going back into the posters and adjusting a few things. I'm seeing some improvements already.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A1 tests

Just testing some some stuff at A1 to see how my type looks at that size. It's looking good so far, found a few issues I might have to address with scaling some of the graphics but I'm happy with how it's looking at it's true size.

Now... back to work!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Quick update...

I've been cutting shapes out of lino so I can make type. The idea is that the type is interchangeable and the characters are never the same twice so each character takes on it's own identity.

I'm really liking how the prints are looking, I love the degrading you get from printing. I'm going for an architecture vs nature vibe with these shapes so I feel this textural aesthetic gets that across.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Fabio...

Been developing some of my personal work about the England team and the world cup. Getting really excited about doing this, just wish I wasn't so busy at the moment. Looking to get everything ready for the London Zine symposium in about a months time.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Football's coming home...

My current uni project seems to be ticking along nicely but I've had an idea for some personal work! A couple of weeks ago I knocked out this poster of Fabio Capello (below) as a quick idea but it got me thinking.

I came up with the idea of making of series of these for the World Cup (plus a zine for the London Zine Symposium) but I'm going to explore using the type face I made for my Nike campaign project that I did at the start of Level 2.

Pretty excited about doing it, just need the time! I will find the time! Can't wait for the world cup.

Over and out.