This past month we were lucky enough to sit down with Steve Pannett of Coffee & Toast a creative partnership of Steve & Jack who are based in Hertford. We talked to Steve about their work, favourite projects, future plans, how they’ve overcome problems in business, advice for graduates & more.
“Starting a business, especially a B2B company like a design agency, is always a challenge. As you’re not just designing anymore, you’re running a company. ” – Steve Pennett Coffee & Toast
Every May, June and July, UCA (University for the Creative Arts) welcomes thousands of people to our Graduation Shows, held at each of our campuses and across London, featuring work from our graduating pre-degree and degree students.
These exhibitions are a great way to get a sense of the type and level of work created by our students, and give you the chance to spot the talent of the future. The shows include new work in art, design, architecture, media and communication. (via UCA Graduation Shows Announced | Design Juices)
In late 2013 I had the pleasure to get a chance to freelance at a big design agency (I’m not name dropping, sorry). Naturally I jumped at the opportunity, as it would be my ﬁrst proper agency experience. Contracted for only 2 days, to then be extended to Christmas, up until late March where I eventually left. I now have the ability and pleasure to say I have got some of the worlds most iconic fashion brands on my CV, but theres also a darker side to agency work in general that doesn’t get seen from the outside.
This is just from my own experience, I know everything varies, this is just how I felt. Also, this is mainly aimed at people my age (18-20) If you ever get the chance to work at a huge agency, most deﬁnitely run for it like it was cake, though please be aware of a few things. (Read the full article The Experiences of a Young Designer at Creative Agencies | Design Juices)
NOISE Festival.com have some great opportunities (all free!) for up and coming creatives across a wide variety of disciplines, from illustration to fashion, fine arts and graphic design to music and spoken word. (via Noise Festival 2014 Open for Entries | Design Juices)
HOW DID YOU LAND YOUR ROLE AT IDEAS TAP?
I was part of a 3 person team who started IdeasTap 5 years ago now. I did apply to be a part of the team though, I guess I was picked because I had experience of starting things, and I wasn’t intimidated by starting from scratch.
EXPLAIN TO US WHAT IDEASTAP IS ALL ABOUT. WHATS YOUR ROLE AT IDEASTAP?
IdeasTap is all about empowering people to crack into the creative industries. We do this via an online creative community and resource bringing our audience support, advice, funding, connections and creative job listings in one place. As Director of Digital I run all the geeky bits of what we do, so everything from designing new functionality, to working with my developers to fix problems to working with members to try new things. I am self taught in the techy bits but my trained background is in Graphic and textile design so I bring my technical and design skills together to try and make something great with a small team and budget. I am also trained in user experience design which I am using to try to get our members more involved in co-designing our site. This means everything from recruiting members to re-design the site to analysing user behaviour. (via Interview Director of Digital at IdeasTap Sarah Smith | Design Juices)
I know how you feel, I was in your shoes just a year ago. But now I do what I love, working in-house by day and freelance by night. The creative in me never stops. How things can change in a year!
Im Rhian Tarling, a graphic designer based in Yorkshire. I studied at Sheffield Hallam University and graduated just under a year ago. I have learnt a few valuable lessons in my first year out of university and I thought I’d share them all with you lucky people!
YOURSELF AND EVE DUHAMEL HAVE COLLABORATED TO FORM NEW STUDIO VALLÉE DUHAMEL, WHAT ARE YOU ALL ABOUT?
We make images and videos revolving around lo-fi visuals and installations. We try to always keep focus toward a high-quality image as a result, so we feel like the 2 opposites (high-quality and lo-fi) create a nice blend. We also favour a playful and experimental approach toward work, which is very important in our process.
HOW DID THE TWO OF YOU COME TOGETHER?
We started working after school. I’m a graphic design major and Eve is a visual arts major. We met through work and moved in Berlin in 2008 to share a studio, and have been collaborating ever since. We shared a love for tactile work and how it always kind of carried happy little surprises in the results due to imperfection in the handmade process. (via Vallée Duhamel: Eve Duhamel and Julien Vallée Interview | Design Juices)
WHO IS MARTIN PARKS?
I was lucky to get my very first job actually, which was pre-Golly Slater. It was a small agency with an old school London creative director who took me under his wing, so that was good. He taught me a lot about how to simplify and think about propositions, what it is you want to say and the best way of saying it. I worked in Abu Dhabi for a year, which was an interesting experience. Not a particularly good one but an interesting one. 6 or 7 day weeks, 16 hour days but that was working on a lot of global brands like Mercedes and Bosch and international banking. I came back, moved to Leeds to work for an advertising agency called ‘Advertising Principles’ the 3rd or 4th biggest agency outside of London at the time, with accounts that included Air Tools, Green Flag, 7 Seas, and Regional Railways. Afterwards I moved back down to the Midlands to a really creative agency called Wallace Tomlinson where we did Puma, Brighton Homes, Banks Bitter. It was there where we were really creatively led and got a lot of awards. We focused on keeping clients happy while building the agency’s creative profile with an age concern charity, disfigurement ads, charity work, fostering campaigns and things like that. The last 8 years have been at McCann Eriksson. It’s a big American agency and I was creative head there for 7 years, working across Aviss international, Harley Davidson, Saab cars, Hardys wine and that sort of thing. It was a lot of consumer work and b2b. (via Freelance Creative Martin Parkes Interview | Design Juices)
2Rich Productions is a creative partnership between Richard Clark, who can write but barely draw a stick figure, and Rich Murray, who can draw but barely write his own name. Combining their strengths (and weaknesses), they recently created Scratch & Sniff: Pet Investigators, an e-book app for Storypanda, currently available in the App Store. But their story started long before that… (via Creative Partnership 2Rich Productions | Design Juices)
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Three years ago by chance I bought a second hand French illustration book and loved all the artists in it. With a bit of research I found that most of them were represented by Colagene illustration Clinic in Paris. I emailed them to see if they were interested in my work and they said they were and we have worked very well together since. They also represent My Dead Pony, Silke Werzinger, Sonia Roy and Julien Pacaud to name a few, all of which I admire greatly. My clients include Cosmopolitan, Penguin Books, Elle, Glamour, The Washington Post and is constantly expanding. (via Sketchbook Illustration Junkie Chris Arran | Design Juices)
A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, Chris Arran has a string of successful stories to tell of his career to date. With a portfolio bursting with inspiration, and projects of work with Cosmopolitan, Vogue, MTV & many more! “I studied an illustration degree at Manchester Metropolitan University which was like being in a boot camp for illustrators. I mean that in the nicest sense, as the course had a very high rep which was brought about by the students being almost chained to our desks while we learned our trade. Back then my tutor was the legendary children’s book illustrator Tony Ross.” (via Sketchbook Illustration Junkie Chris Arran | Design Juices)
“I am a student in my final term of my final year at Loughborough University studying BA (Hons) Illustration. My work is handcrafted using multimedia and digital manipulation to create layered, colourful images. I draw inspiration from Laura Carlin who with simplistic brush strokes creates such engaging characters. Also Victoria Semykina’s paper structures and her use of colour and found materials to create images are refreshing. My work is also inspired by location and culture, I love exploring new places and absorbing the atmosphere. Drawing and collecting materials from somewhere I’ve never been before helps me generate new and exciting ideas. For three weeks over the summer of 2012 I went InterRailing over Eastern Europe and it has inspired many of my final year projects. All the elements of my final artworks are handcrafted in my sketchbook, which I then scan in, alter and assemble within Photoshop. I feel this process gives me greater control over the outcome without ruining the original drawing. It also enables me to keep a handcrafted aesthetic I want to maintain within my work. I have recently been using Brusho, which gives me the rich pigmented colour I have always been searching for. The texture and nature of the material creates beautiful colours and patterns, which I feel add a new dimension to my work.” (via Loughborough University Illustration Student Holly Chillcott | Design Juices)