Routine

I worked out that some of the reason I’ve been unhappy of recent was because I had become stuck in a routine.

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I would wake up, go to work, get home, eat, watch tv and then go to sleep. It’s funny that I fell into that trap because I do, given the opportunity, try anything and feel that I am a spontaneous individual, unfortunately working in a corporate company doing 40 hours a week has taken it’s toll on me.

This week has been different, I have LIVED outside this soul destroying job and I feel better for it. Not only do I have a better mindset but creativity speaking I’ve been far more productive and it feels good!

One of the things I changed about this week was I arrange to meet up with a fellow creative and friend to do design stuff and if all goes to plan we’ll do this one evening every week! One idea we had was that we would meet at a different place every week, again, based on my own personal interest in the powers of Serendipity and how it encourages creativity.

FUCK ROUTINE, BE HAPPY!

 

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Donald who?

Wednesday is my least favourite day of the week but todays outcome is only a 1 reason why, but we wont go there, not today at least.

I could easily be distract like a large percentage of the population and have a little rant about Donald Trump, sorry, President Donald Trump, but I’m not, I’m going to focus on my own problems.

This post is dedicated to my first professional job since graduating in July. I work at a corporate print factory in Pontyclyn, which is on the outskirt of Cardiff, as a graphic design in-house. Thats doesn’t sound too bad right….false, the company I work for has a contract with Just Eat and produces the menu’s for all the takeaway restaurants in the UK that uses Just Eat. Despite this the job has it’s pros, I’m just not sure they outweigh the cons.

Pros

  • I’m a graphic designer, of sorts 😂
  • I’ve gone straight from university into a job 💪
  • It’s not only a graphic design job but being in a print factory I’m learning a lot about that too.
  • I’m on 40hw and my probation period ends in two months so more £££.
  • I use Adobe photoshops/indesign/illustrator every day.
  • The experience looks good on my CV.

Cons

  • I design take away menu’s…enough said?
  • 90% of the time I’m not designing menus but amending old one, so changing items, prices, pictures…so not very creative.
  • Some of the time I have to use this program called Quark 😡  which is an alternative to Indesign, a shit alternative.
  • I work for a corporate company and I don’t particularly like what they do.
  • I get paid my cheque…..yes it matters
  • I don’t feel as creative or confident as I did when I left uni
  • I’m unhappy and comfortable

It’s fair to say I’m in a pickle! I want to quit because I am unhappy but I feel like I need to grind it out at least until my probation period. I think if I do see it out for a few more month I should get the most out of it, learn everything I can and more, but I feel motivated in any way.

The question is…what would I alternatively do? go back to working in Tesco? as if 8 years wasn’t enough! Go home and move back in with my parents? Would that be giving up? I guess that is what I’m trying to work out!

 


Life > me

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Whether or not this is the case, I feel as if life has got one over already since graduating in July. Yes I’m living in Cardiff as intend instead of going back home, and yes I’ve secured a 40 hours a week job that is sort of relevant to my degree working at a corporate print company as a graphic design, but I’m currently in a state of panic and feel lost because I don’t know where I’m going in life. Part of me is saying “you’re fine, you’re living in the capital city, you have a job and your friends all live around Cardiff” but the other voice in my head is saying “I’m doing a job I don’t enjoy, a job I’m frankly not very good at because of my learning disability, where I spend 40hrs a week sat at a computer and worst of all the work I’m producing is against everything I believe in!” so what do I do?

I used this blog a hell of a lot in uni to reflect on projects because my head was always so busy with thought, so I think writing this post to reflect on my current position in life will help, because in my head I am panicking a little a little

Starting from now, yes right now, I’m going to work out what the hell I’m going to do with my life!

Peace out ✌️


Tutorial with Ray

We talk mainly about The Big Idea, as it’s going to be the core show peice, but we also had a brief chat about my business card design.

Serendipity: A Designers Guide

I had printed out the publication spreads today so I could look at them as a physical object, rather than on-screen, because the printed version obviously will be slightly different. I’m pretty happy with how it’s sized, Text and images, but there is still loads to adjust as this is just a first draft. Ray wasn’t too displeased, and suggested I try to bring more elements of Serendipity, or happenstance as he tends to call it, into the publication, and ‘word association’ was repeated.

I told him about my idea of presenting the book for the show, and the workspace I wanted to create around ‘Design For Chaos’. He was unsure of this and told me I need to focus more on the book, for this reason I’m trying to get a second opinion on it, and will hopefully get a quick tutorial with David before this week ends.

An interesting thing came up when discussing the book with Ray, which was, how he was working on a publication and the pages had no order, as of yet. Thinking about this, what if my publication had no order and it was down to the user. So I was thinking about the book being done in ring binders, so you can take out and move pages, while being a pack that comes in a box that you have to put together yourself. Of course you’d receive some kind of instructions and the box will be suited to the book, plus a nice way to present the project.

Action

  • I’m going to highlight any mistakes I made on the first print, and any alterations I need to make.
  • Research word association and word perception
  • Design the cover and box design
  • Update and develop collage pages
  • Explore ring bindings and boxes, price

I apologies for the lack of pictures, I lost my phone on the weekend….it’s been a hard few days, but I’ll be okay.


Leon A. Heppel

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  • Leon A. Heppel
  • 1912-2010, died age 97(impressive)
  • Granger, Utah USA
  • Former National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientist
  • Pioneered the study of enzymes that modify RNA
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Story

Leon Heppel, a researcher at the U.S. National Institute of Health who was the owner of what might be described as the ultimate messy and chaotic desk.

Heppel’s desk used to get so messy that he occasionally would lay a sheet of brown paper over the top of all the mess so that he could continue working.

One day, as he was rifling through some papers on the upper and lower levels of his desk, he came across letters from two totally unconnected researchers.

Seeing a potential connection, Heppel put the two in touch with each other, an outcome that eventually led to a Nobel Prize.

References

http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/201007/Retrospective/Heppel/

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2010/04/cornell-microbiologist-heppel-dies-97


Design for Chaos

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This way by for the most interesting article I read when research creative serendipity: DESIGNING FOR CHAOS, SERENDIPITY, AND A NOBEL PRIZE?

Not only did it influence the development of the publication but how I present it in our final show, and not to mention my personal practice.

Notes

  • Many of us the idea of designing specifically for chaos and serendipity makes us uneasy.
  • Workplaces continue to evolve, where the place is seen as a backdrop to new ways of working and new ways of thinking.
  • Might lead to not just greater collaboration and innovation.
  • Serendipity or chance encounters that lead to something are more likely in environments where things are not completely planned, where informal conversations are encouraged, and where the workspace design enables chance encounters.
  • “We need to be designing spaces that are not predictable and where there are unexpected, interesting things going on.” Professor Philip Follent, head of the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond.
  • Studies have shown that professionals get 80 percent of their ideas from casual interactions.

I’m thinking of doing this as a two page spread. First titles Design For Chaos/Chaos in workspace, then the second about Leon Heppel’s story.