Graphic Design

Wrapping up 2009, 2010 to come

Sites mentioned:
www.bethehurricane.com – marketing communications agency and my new employers
www.palmhills.co.uk – boutique hotel in Ascot
www.carolinesandry.com – personal trainer to the stars, author and presenter
www.recruitmentrevolution.com – recruitment the smart way
www.brandjoe.com – me
www.ustream.tv/channel/brandjoe – my new streaming show full of interestingness goes live in 2010

Other props must go out to:
www.strikedesigns.co.uk – my old design company – cool guys always worth tapping up whatever design project you may have.
www.foxycakes.co.uk – my wifes new employers and damn nice cakes – trust me

I will start producing more content in the NEW YEAR so watch this space – it’ll starting filling up quickly ;-)

BrandJoe (soon to be HurricaneJoe)

Recruitment Revolution Just relaunched

Just a very quick post to say www.recruitmentrevolution.com has just been launched, design by yours truly, developed by firecreek.

I will be writing a good long case study about this site shortly, but thought I was worth me posting something up now.

Included full interface design for both client admin areas and brand site. Love to know what you think of the new site, your feedback would be much appreciated.

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My Brand New Online Store

This is just a very quick post to let you know I have created an online store where many Windsor Warriors (my basketball team) designs will appear and also some unique BrandJoe designs.

I’ll be updating the store once a month with a new design to feast your eyes on you lucky people and more importantly, b – oh and buy the way I’m not earning anything from this it’s purely for my love of design, and the fact I am a T-shirt fanatic.

Click Here for Basketball and BrandJoe unique designs.

Online-Store

Oh and just a quick note to say that I’m slowly in the process of re-designing my website so watch this space… (it’s taking longer than expected).

China Design Now Exhibition

Probably the best exhibition I have been to date!! Highly recommend anybody that has an interest in our eastern friends and design go and see it. It’s at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London from15th March – 13th July 2008. Tickets

There are 3 sections to the exhibition, my person favourite was definitely Shenzhen the Frontier City. Thirty years ado it was no more than a cluster of fishing villages, but in 1980 China’s new reform turned these villages into the country’s first Special Economic Zone, the world’s largest manufacturing centre. Today it is the newest city in china, with an average age of 27!

Shenzhen is the birthplace of Chinese graphic design, (also something I did not know, that I probably should of as a designer is the Chinese invented paper). It is the centre of the China’s printing industry and has attracted designers both student and professional, these designers established graphic design as a creative discipline and set up the first independent practices (formally constrained by government) they experimented with new graphic language, completely different from the political propaganda of the past.

The younger design generation in China are greatly influenced by the global youth life style brands but also traditional Chinese culture and its sure producing some great great work. Their youth products range from vinyl toys and dolls, to skateboards, trainers and tee shirts of which most pose strong graphical elements. I picked up a blank vinyl toy that I can do my own design on (anybody have any suggestions) and also one of three collatable from Ji Ji, Hi Panada 2006. Dolls

These designers often see themselves as part of the global design community often tying themselves in with global brands while also setting up there own independent labels.

I love a new independent clothing/design labels or getting my hands on something hard to find but uber cool, which is probably why I enjoyed this part of the exhibition’s much, I view of see Brand Joe as in independent design label of sorts, but with much more to offer than just design.

In this part of the exhibition I also loved a set of 4 photographs from Maleonn, a fine art photographer (managed to purchase a postcard as well) goona look inot this stuff when I get a bit more time. This postcard is entitled Days of Cotton Candy #4. PostCard
The other 2 parts of the exhibition was based around Fashion, Lifestyle and Architecture, displayed in Shanghi: Dream City and Beijing: Future City respectively.

Another part of the exhibition that grabbed my attention was the ‘Four Great Things’ and how they have changed over the decades. The Four Great Things are domestic products the Chinese have identified as symbols of success during the 60′s n 70′s it was bicycles, sewing machines, watches and radios now in today China they are; houses, cars, computers and mobile phones.

Just before a left I spied a mug that every designer should have I’d love to get a Pantone mug collection but really have no room, I’d need a whole room dedicated to them.Cup

Anyway try and get to see the exhibition if you can, hopefully I’m off to see Banksy’s exhibition on Saturday (the last day).

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