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Discussion in 'Graphic Design & Logo Design Critique:' started by gruffalogirl, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. gruffalogirl

    gruffalogirl New Member

    Hello, im a student doing my a levels, i want to do graphic design at university but i'd like to know if my work so far is any good so can i have some feedback please.

    Ami folio
     
  2. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    This is really good I like the Hansel and gretle project
     
  3. ARRIVALS

    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member

    Your work would certainly be good enough for an Art degree. It's really really nice. Are you sure you want to do a graphic design course? You won't get a lot of opportunity to do much work like what you have in your portfolio on a graphic design course.

    I graduated a couple of years back, and we had a guy on our course that had an illustrative style similar to yours. By the end of the course, he didn't do too well because he didn't explore enough. Our lecturers would keep on at him to try something different, but he refused. He used this same illustrative style all the way through and found it very hard to translate that style into a simple business card or a logo.

    I'd think about what sort of design degree you want to do, art or graphic.

    For a graphic design degree you might need to show what you can do with simple things like typography, layout and composition, logos and digital. If you've done any work along these lines, post it up :D
     
  4. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Your work's very nice but probably isn't what tutors would expect you to be producing on a graphic design degree. Whilst you'll be expected to be creative and think differently about your approach, primarily you'd be working with typography and presenting information in a legible way.

    Don't let that put you off though, good typography skills are very important, as typographical errors can ruin your work,. My tutors are also keen for students to explore other mediums rather than just going straight to the Mac for creating things. These are a couple of examples of the type of design work I've been producing on my design course.

    Editorial layouts (nice, clean design)

    Editorial Design

    Concepts for a book cover (expressive, 'hand made' design)

    Tactile Typography - '16 Types' Book Cover Concepts

    The line between design and illustration continues blur, and I think having a good understanding of graphic design with good illustrative ability could really serve you well in future pursuits.
     
  5. ARRIVALS

    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member

    New website there Paul?
     
  6. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    I would say have a look at illustration degrees, these courses will teach you to use your skills in a commercial way but still having the chance to find your own style. Don't rule out graphic design but be prepaired to not be too precious about your ideas, this was something I was warned about before starting my GD training after being on a fine art degree, as fine art is very self involved.
     
  7. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Same site, new WP theme :icon_smile:

    I'll probably change it soon since I prefer clean, simple designs with a lot of white space and have a few ideas for a landing page/one page portfolio. Just need some better work to showcase first and I'm all set :p

    Plus I feel a bit awkward referring to myself as a graphic designer in the title, since I'm always complaining about people who just give themselves the title when they have no real design knowledge, but it's mainly for SEO purposes (it would ne nice to get at least some ranking for 'graphic designer' for when I graduate) though to be honest my SEO is probably all over the place at the minute.
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011
  8. ARRIVALS

    ARRIVALS Well-Known Member

    Ah I see, looks good.

    Referring to yourself as a graphic designer is better than some of those funny examples people gave. If you're using your name you need to have some sort of title that people can see at first glance.

    I didn't like the idea of using my name, so came up with a name that went with a promotional mailer I designed and sent to local agencies introducing myself. Plus I use freelancers alot for web based stuff so a business name works better for that.

    Check these sites out.

    SHAZ MADANI
    ME! ME! ME! ··· CLIENTS & WORK

    It's pretty nice. I went down the clean white look, but it just wasn't me. I like strong imagery and composition.
     
  9. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    I took a 'Graphic Arts' course at Leeds Met which allowed for as much focus on Graphic Design as you liked or as much focus on Art and more experimental things as you like. I'd look into a course like that if I was you.

    I really like your work, looks awesome.
     

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