Monday Maps

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Monday Maps

Every Monday I will show off my collection of maps that I have been collecting over the years these range from some the oldest maps with some great history connected to them. To the cheapest throw away maps that are given out in every major city in the world. I don't believe in keeping it in perfect condition so still have marks on them too which you can extract a story from just like your own treasure map.

This is the Lighting in a Bottle map a yoga festival outside of San Francisco on a dried up lake during the weekend of may 22nd - 26th 2014. 

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Monday Maps

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Monday Maps

Every Monday I will show off my collection of maps that I have been collecting over the years these range from some the oldest maps with some great history connected to them. To the cheapest throw away maps that are given out in every major city in the world. I don't believe in keeping it in perfect condition so still have marks on them too which you can extract a story from just like your own treasure map.

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Monday Maps

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Monday Maps

Every Monday I will show off my collection of maps that I have been collecting over the years these range from some the oldest maps with some great history connected to them. To the cheapest throw away maps that are given out in every major city in the world. I don't believe in keeping it in perfect condition so still have marks on them too which you can extract a story from just like your own treasure map.

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KABK Visit

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KABK Visit

This weekend I was lucky enough to be able to travel to the Royal Academy of Art Hague (KABK) to take a look at their fantastic Type & Media masters program this was then followed with an exploration of the city of Hague & Amsterdam. Here are selection photographs taken that weekend... 

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Digital cuneiform

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Digital cuneiform

Digital cuneiform is a type specimen book for the typeface created by Johannes Bergerhausen who also published the book. Cuneiform being one of the oldest formalised writhing systems in the world it is a fantastic look at how Johannes Bergerhausen approached the design of the cuneiform with the use of digital medium. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in the detail of these historic communicative forms. 

Author Johannes Bergerhausen

Author Johannes Bergerhausen

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Defuse Event

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Defuse Event

Defuse 2015 is in its 7th year of running and takes place the 23rd November 2015 at pm in the Sugar Club. On the night, you will hear from a variety of speakers who are Ireland’s Interaction Design experts, talking about their compelling design ideas and thoughts.

At the start of my internship with Graphic Mint, I was given the opportunity to volunteer at the defuse conference. The night started out with a queue out the door from 6:00 making the whole night a success without even starting. 

The Sugar Club  

The Sugar Club  

I was able to take part through Fiona Mc Andrew one of the organiser of the IxDA Defuse event and a senior designer at Graphic Mint. Her talk was about how we should be using the design patterns in UI designs. 

Fiona giving her talk  

Fiona giving her talk  

The blend of the sugar club and defuse leaflets  

The blend of the sugar club and defuse leaflets  

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Lisa Hanawalt & Bojack Horseman

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Lisa Hanawalt & Bojack Horseman

Bojack Horseman Cover for FLOOD Magazine

I have been a huge fan of BoJack Horseman the instance Netflix launched it on August 2014 but it has been until now that I have started to question what drew me into this show. What made me binge watch the entire series in one day and no it was not a day that I was curled up in bed because of the night out before. It is because of the fantastic illustrations that were created by the illustrator Lisa Hanawalt. Her style looks very loose and playful at first glance, but when you take a second look into the caricatures of the animals you can see at the amount of detail that is considered when creating the personality of the illustrations. 

Lisa Hanawalt getting her job “being a bad ass”

These are fantastical brought to life with the writing combination of Raphael Bob-Waksberg who have worked together since they have been in high school making cartoon strips together. This partnership has created a comedy gold. That is created when two creative people can collaborate for such a long time. Lisa work has away made me think of the line art looks simple but is complicated. 

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IDI Graduate Awards 2015

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IDI Graduate Awards 2015

Coming up to my graduation, I received a huge honour from the Irish Designers Institute (IDI). I was awarded an highly commended  in the Visual communications categories for my work on the ISTD project. 

If you would like to see more about the project see the images taken below.

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Quote/UnQuote Poster

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Quote/UnQuote Poster

On the 20th of August I was part of an exhibition call Quote/UnQuote in aid of Stepping Stones an charity that aims to help people who are homeless and are at risk of becoming homeless. 

The exhibition featured illustrators and designs from Ireland and abroad but was all organised by curator Noel Feeney. The given brief was to take a quote from a movie or TV show and express it in what ever way you feel appropriate to the design. Taking this amazingly free brief I want to create something from my favourite movie Pulp Fiction. I wanted to create something using Pulp Fiction grunge and raw style so I wanted to do as little work on computer as possible. 

Royale With Cheese

Royale With Cheese

The exhibition took place in mart gallery space where it was a huge success raising 1800 euros for the Stepping Stones charity.

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Lettering with Lego

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Lettering with Lego

Everybody needs a outlet to help with stress or frustration and mine is playing with lego it is a very mindfulness pursuit. It also has a strong connection with design by set it’s self a few simple rule on how objects can be built you can really create spectacular creations. In my childhood I spent most of my free time building big or complex models such as 3 foot model of the Statue of Liberty and getting into the Lego Club Magazine (Yes lady's try a hold your self back after hearing that). I was traveling through the internet yesterday when I got inspired to take some mindfulness time off and build some lego letters after seeing Boys & Girls conference table built by the architecture & design company abgc. So using the lego that I had to hand I created these fun typographic experiments

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Working For Vermillion design

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Working For Vermillion design

During the past two weeks I was able to gain some in valuable experience while working for the design studio Vermillion Design. There I got to learn a under there lead designer John O’Brian where I got to participate and head a number of different types of work for clients ranging from Governmental, Business, Gallery design and publishing sectors. These projects and emersion into the studio pace of working have really helped me future in my career. I would like to thank everyone at Vermillion Design for their welcoming and mentoring through out the week. Too top it all off they gave me a fantastic good bye present a copy of the book “Dublin an Urban History the plan of the city” by Niall Mc Cullough knowing my love of map and the development Dublin as you may have noticed with my project Squares of Dublin.

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Lift Off (DIT Grad2015)

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Lift Off (DIT Grad2015)

This year DIT opened its new campus in Grangegorman to the first group of students. These students have become the first pioneers of a new beginning for the DIT Creative & Arts school and the rest of DIT.

The students including myself are participating in the end of year graduation show designed by Alan Habron, Grainne Barry Wallace and Sarah McCoy. The show titled #liftoff incorporates all the schools creative disciplines in the schools new campus with its unique history within the schools buildings.  I will be showing off some of my work at this exhibition giving everyone a chance to view and experience as well as over 1000 other students. 

The show will launch on the 05/06/2015 and will end on the 13/06/2015 for further details go to  ditgradex.com 

Squares Of Dublin book

Squares Of Dublin book

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Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association Trophy Competition

Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association Trophy Competition

During 2014 I entered Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association Trophy Competition. where They wanted a new design of there trophy I created a design for the trophy that was modernised by breaking down the shape of the horse into 3 sections (1st, 2nd, 3rd) making the singular horse when viewed at a particular angle. This was all done through DIT where the School in tandem with the ITBA has a commitment to excellence and the standard of entries into the design competition was very high.

"Horses, being wonderful and complex animals, are hard to represent. The winning design, by Interior Design Student James Cash captures horses in motion, implying dynamic movement in a static object. Runners up were Visual Communications student James Leahy and Product Design student Christopher Wallace." 

Trophy

Mega skull: what I am reading

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Mega skull: what I am reading

This great short comic by the illustrator Kyle Platts and published by nobrow. I am currently reading this during my study breaks as I come to the end of my college years, It brings the humour and inspiration that is much needed to get me through the finial few weeks of college. With fantastic illustration that go into goriest of detail that is then contrated with a perfect blend of pattern and bright colours.

Cover of Megaskull

Definitely highly recommend Platts works he is a fantastic illustration

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The Ugliest Thing I Love Graffitit

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The Ugliest Thing I Love Graffitit

Words by Ian Stevenson
"Printed Pages" Autumn 2014

I really enjoy written mistakes. Everyday when writing emails I make many and they amuse me. I tried to write "graffiti" in a tweet once and accidentally wrote "graffitit". It seemed apt. One of them graffiti boys once got very upset that I was to paint over his work, even though his work was covering up someone else's.  I remember my misspelling fondly. Oh Freud, what would you say? you'd probably say I was an incapable typist as I didn't grow up in the 1950s and have had no formal training in typewriting. You'd probably say that my errors have nothing to do with your theories and that my "graffitit" is just a beautiful accident.

I suspect, like me, that you have taught yourself to type, and your hands, have adopted all manner of odd mutant positions to try and type words as fast as you can. My left thumb seems to deactivate itself and move inside my hand. Most power is driven to the index and middle fingers, the little finger on my right hand is for the enter key and the thumb on my right hand is for the space bar and the option key. I wounder if they still teach children to use a keyboard in school or if it's become one of those things you have to teach yourself?

On the internet I saw a sign selling Sprite and Diet Cock. This is genius - the best sign ever made - and I bet they had no meeting to come up with it. It's just one of life's pure, accidental joys. Meanwhile in an advertising agency some tit in marketing has had an idea; a wonderful idea only they and the client like. The public don't like it but as the client thinks it targets the demographic correctly they're happy. Any good idea they might have had has been diluted away by endless meetings and market research and over-analysing statistics to within an inch of their lives. Well tell them to stick their idea, get the person who just made the Diet Cock sign because their mistake is more creative. It's the best sign in the world!

Auto-correct is the enemy of these lovely anomalies, but luckily the machines make mistakes too - which has generated more amusement than problems solved. Recently though, when writing an email, my machine has started to correct me, and often it has a point. This is useful but I don't think I like it. I don't want the machines to get too clever. Luckily they still can't correct handwritten signs.

So let the mistakes live on to amuse us. long live the mistake! we should go out and enjoy them on blogs, because that's what the internet is good for.

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Work in progress

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Work in progress

Here is a quick preview of the project I am currently working on a typeface that will show the history of computer security.  More can be seen over on my Behance page

The letter e haptcha

The letter e haptcha

This early version shows the legible style of the humanist typeface this would soon be distorted to create a captcha style of the same glyph.

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What I read

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What I read

Persepolis The story of a childhood and The story of a return
written by Marjane Satrapi

"Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life." 

This one line here drew me into this graphic novel, As someone who has never traveled to Iran it is very hard to put my self in the position have too create to contradicting personas one for public life and the other for home life due to state law. Satrapi is able to do this very successfully with a intimate story that is raw, honest and humorist. With the elegant black and white illustrations that compliment the story true out. 

The graphic novel is published by vintage books in London
The movie was made in 2007 their is a trailer below

Persepolis movie trialer 

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