NSS 2016 Poster Competition

NSS Illustrated Poster

As placement is pretty quite at the moment, I decided to take part in the NSS Poster Competition aimed at graduating students. It encourages leavers to share their opinions and experience, giving a rating to their course. The idea behind it is to help new starters make the right recision when choosing their next university and also gives the university an idea of how they can improve. Here is my entry for the course which I have submitted. If I’d had more time i’d have added more details such as little people to give the viewer a better understanding at a glance. You can see the poster in more details here.

Typography: Geotura

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Last week I decided to have a go at designing my own typeface. I used Futura condensed as a guide and created a geometric colour block style. I’m pleased with the outcome as it started as just an experiment. I have also been busy updated my Behance portfolio. I’ve added a few projects which are available to look atย here.

Photoshop: GIF


Yesterday afternoon I followed a tutorial and learn how to create a GIF. This was really easy to do. The hardest part was designing the vectors, which wasn’t really difficult at all. I create 13 stages of the envelope in Illustrator, moved them over to photoshop on separate layers, aligned them, then created an animation timeline. To save the GIF and keep it’s animation apparent, use the save for web legacy to export it as a gif. I may create some variations of this for my blog to make it a little more personal.

Illustrator: Creating Brushes & Type (Pencil)

pencil colour

After enjoying the previous tutorial on creating rope style type, I decided to look for something else similar. I came across this tutorial by Andrei Marius. This was really easy to do and i love the outcome. Now I understand how to create this, I will practice this next time using my own ideas.

Illustrator: Creating Brushes & Type (Rope)


This morning I decided to follow a tutorial from Spoon Graphics which shows you how to create an illustrated rope brushย which can be used to create type. I thought this looked really interesting as it’s really my style,ย I would love to adapt this to my own ideas. The tutorial was relatively easy and after reading about the difference between layer masks and clipping masks in Photoshop earlier this week, I decided to put my knowledge to the test. Clipping masks are really easy to create now I understand what they do, however I still need to work on my skills in layer masks as it’s something I always struggle with. Here is the final version of my type created in illustrator.