After designing the posters i asked for opinions on them by my my design activist group. They liked my work and prefer some more than the others and told me how to make them better.
The first change was moving the help line from the pink into the white. I prefer it like this because its more simple and it brings out the hierarchy of the “Have You Got Dyslexia”. Out of the designs this is one of the favourites my group liked. After the feedback i went back and created some more designs.
Next i moved on to create some Dyscalculia poster alongside my group mate who also was designing some posters. Both of my minds can make the difference and we came up with this unique design of moving numbers and the white bleeds into the numbers on the black square.
The next poster i designed is similar to the other poster were the type is over whelmed by the white background. But unlike the other poster the text is more centred and is more simple.
After looking through my designs i wanted to re design a coloured poster, so i went back to InDesign and Illustrator and decided to create a similar type of poster but with a new colour and a new phrase ” Can you read this?”.
In my opinion i prefer the type blending into the white back ground because they are more modern looking and it works well as Dyslexia.
Today for our afterlife session we had a local designer called Gareth Strange who works at the company Brand Sixty-Eight. In his presentation he discussed his experience, the process and also tips for us.
From a young age, Gareth always wanted perfection when he was doodling and sketching, he struggled with perfection but through help and practice with his Nan he came to embrace imperfection and started to admire the mistakes.
He was torn between illustration and graphic design when coming to study at Cardiff’s Atrium. But through freelance jobs along side studying, he came to enjoy Graphic design and communication.
After finishing Uni, he went around local designers in Cardiff with his portfolio to ask for jobs, and through this he found a job at Bluegg a company that was based on the bay. He worked there for few years and in those years he created unique typefaces by hand and then scanning it into digital. He left and moved on to another company called Brand Sixty-Eight were he used these typefaces an awful lot. But after couple years there this year he’s left and started his own company with his partner which is called John&Jane that focuses on Graphic design and illustrations.
After he gave us his experience and process he told us key tips which are quite similar to the other afterlife designers such as make your company your own, Exam yourself and only you can know how much money you can get for your work. H also told us that social network is your bill board to advertise yourself and the company so make sure that we post and share our work.
Gareth Strange was very interesting because he was a local guy who’s been very successful in the field and also i can relate to him because, i struggle with imperfections and i should start to admire them.
In this afterlife session we had our very own Matt Bonaccorsi who spoke about his life in the design industry.
His Career in design started when he was pushed into studying in collage by his parents, In his collage he discovered the craft of metal pressing and design used for coins and medals. After three years in collage he went to study the craft in university before getting a job. After meeting his wife he moved to Cardiff where he worked in the Royal Mint were he designed coins and medals. One of his biggest jobs was to design the Olympic medals for London 2012.
Now he has a family hes opened a small business doing big projects such as the Lord of the Rings coins and Dr Who limited edition coins for BBC. Also he does work for countries abroad in Europe.
The after life session was great because i never thought about designers focusing on coins and medals and it was an eye opener to know that our lecturer Matt Bonaccorsi had done all these fantastic projects. The main tip he gave us was to take opportunities as they come and this is what i’m gonna do in my journey in design.