Since my last post here on my blog a lot and nothing has happened.
Probably the most important event was that I finished University graduating with a first class honours degree (in Graphic Design). You might get some people saying it doenst matter at all what you achieve its the quality of work and I totally agree. Some people can get firsts and not get the best jobs, where as a student who perhaps gets a second or a 2:2 – even a third might be endeared because of their interest to strive to become better to aim for those top jobs. This is one of many reasons why today design students are finding it hard to find a job. I am no exception.
Back in late June/July I among a few of my peers went along to ‘D&AD New Blood’ in London among with the cream of the crop of new graduate talent showcases the best in new design from around the country.
Now all of us had our own views about what New Blood was like from prior students, how the tutors described it and from its reputation. Believe me but I wont bore you with the details as by now you will have read all about it and its come and gone. Let me just say, it was a letdown in some ways and a success in others.
Most students during their summer would be going insane trying to find a job and placements, however, probably a bad decision thinking back. I took time out to have a break and enjoy my possibly last summer free from University work or commitments to anything. I on the other hand did have placements lined up (one of which im currently on – and will followup on a future post) and completed some along with the odd freelance job to go with it.
One of the things I did was to attend a festival. Now this wasn’t Glastonbury or Leeds festival or even of any of the ones people have heard of where I’m from. This one was North of Scotland near Inverness at the Belladrum Festival.
Even the bands I hadn’t heard of most of them, there were only a handful that I had, and it was worth it! Massages, spiritual and rune readings, sleeping in tents, not washing, not having enough sleep, breaking into after-parties — its all a part of the experience, and since I had never been to a festival before this one. I hope the rest are just as good.
The rest of my summer was spent traveling between visiting friends, going out and enjoying the rest of my summer whilst it lasted. As well as taking photos — some of which you can find on my flickr page. Thats the short version of my summer, consider yourself updated.