Raw Texts

November 30, 2009

I did end up going with The Raw Shark Texts for the book jacket brief and I just completed the design. So this is what my design for the book jacket ended up looking like. Still need to get it printed and wrapped around the book, though.

I’ve got mixed feeling about the outcome. I spent a lot of time deciding which concept I was going to choose for the final design, and I’m still not sure whether I made the right decision. But I do like the look of the design and having read the book, I think it suits the content as well.

Here’s another concept I tried out, which I think could have summed up the book better, but did not really inspire me to develop it further.

Neither did this…

I’ve still got a lot to learn about typography!

Siblingly Inspiration

November 12, 2009

My little sister has never thought herself as an artistic person – she has no intentions of following my footsteps – but after seeing some pieces of work she uploaded on the internet, I have to disagree!

She has apparently been creating greeting cards for her friends and her boyfriend – cute and inspiring, I must say!




Book Jacket Design -brief

November 10, 2009

To kick off the new unit, we were given an assignment straight away – to redesign a book jacket using type only.

I immediately started thinking of a book I was going to choose, and it turns out the choice was quite easy. The last book I read was ‘The Raw Shark Texts’ by Steven Hall. The novel had a clever use of imagery made out of type, so it’s a perfect choice! And I just found out today that the AIB graduate Simon Beaufoy has recently completed a Raw Shark Texts screenplay for the film adaptation. What a coincidence!

An example of the use of type in the novel

Now I just need to get my hands on a copy of the book!


I visited both the school library and the one in town centre, but neither of them have the book. I really wanted to choose this book!


A book jacket design for the book by Jesse Walker. Looks awesome!

The end of a unit

November 10, 2009

We are now finished with the “Introductory Studies” unit of our course and ready to start with typography.

The unit did introduce me to the basic concepts and principles of Graphic Design as it said it would – and the introduction was smooth and effective. Having never studied Graphic Design or anything similar, I have to admit that I was scared to start the course, but it turned out that there was no reason to be.

I’m still intimidated by all the typography to come, though!


November 5, 2009

Our 2nd assignment: We were given a country and a profession and were told to design a logo for that profession in the given country. I was lucky enough to end up with Ireland and pole dancing. Here’s my final design:


So if you own an Irish pole dancing club, I’ve got the logo for you!

I enjoyed this brief, but I found it extremely difficult and frustrating to work in Illustrator.  On the other hand, it was good to push myself to learn how to use it properly.

Also, putting together a workbook to show our design process is still something that I’m not too keen on. I’m used to doing all of that in my head, not on paper. But obviously, it’s an important thing to do, so I just need to work on that.