After Life: Alex JenkinsPosted: January 23, 2016
I doodle. A lot.
And I think it’s kind of important for people (mainly lecturers and people who give talks in the studio) to know that it doesn’t mean I am not listening, it means I am so interested in what they are saying I have to capture the ideas and feelings I am having, and this is just how I do it.
I think some of it looks alright, and in my opinion it is much more productive than neatly copying word for word, so I thought I’d start posting photos of my sketchbook a bit more, starting with Alex Jenkins’ talk yesterday lunch time.
I was really inspired and could relate to a lot of the things he said; he’s a valleys boy and talked about how difficult it is to get out of small towns like Port Talbot and the Rhondda. He also owns a campervan and goes driving around the Brecon Beacons. Yeah. Oh and he’s a photographer too!
But on to the design stuff…
He does a lot with “found graphics” (design he finds on the street, in skips etc.) And uses this as his personal approach to a lot of his work, he explained the meaning of brand identity quite a bit which was pretty useful and also the importance of doing things that make you happy, that you enjoy, and charging for them. Doing work for free, even if it is just for family, undermines the work you are doing and also the industry as a whole.
The talk gave me the boost I have needed for a while, to get more active in the design world and develop my skills and presence too. I fully look forward to next Thursday’s talk.