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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2010|03:03 pm]
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adoberezerv
АdobeREZERV  - PSD and FLA
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Central Saint Martins [Oct. 11th, 2007|02:29 pm]
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rheakurokawa
Hi.

I'm 26, from Romania, with a major in architecture and currently wanting to enlist at Central Saint Martins in London for a Christmas school short course - illustration Workshop, with Martin McGrath. (http://courses.csm.arts.ac.uk/summer.asp?CI=3233&MA=3&CAT=18&CSM=yes)

Fact? I am scared shitless. :D

Can anyone tell me what to expect? What to bring with me? How to put the fear of inferiority aside and just chill and be inspired? :P Did anyone else go there? Either at Central Saint Martins for a degree, or at one of their short courses, at illustration short courses in general or at one of Martin McGrath's lectures/workshops. What should i expect? Suggestions? Reccomendations?

I have never been to London before so that's a plus of fears in itself, but i'm planning that carefully. :P

Please help cause at the moment i'm kinda freaking out and all my fears are surfacing. You know the type "what if i'm not good enough?". So yeah. Excuse my emotional state. :P
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Art college in UK [Oct. 1st, 2007|10:02 pm]
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sapphire616
I'd like to study graphic design somewhere in London and I've been looking up some colleges on internet but I'm not really sure and some of them don't have much details on their sites so I'm asking if anyone has any recommendation? It can be a private college as well.
Thanks in advance.
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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2006|01:25 pm]
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pro_katilla
Hi All

Artists, web designers, - in general all who likes, can and able to thinking in a new ways of creating a web-sites. We suggest you to take part in an interesting new online the project!
Announce a competition on original idea of the new web-design of the art gallery-online.
Works are accepted up to 20 November. Monetary compensation and laurels to the winner are guaranteed. If you have become interested this project, please write to us and we shall send the detailed description of the project.

Hope for cooperation.

If you have friends or do know people who could be interested in this offer, we will send them the idea of the project.
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speculative emails [Oct. 10th, 2006|09:35 am]
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treacle_a
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I received this speculative email this morning from a freelancer. Just thought y'all might be interested as to the calibre of a standard applicant for freelance work:

Hello!

If your Graphic Design Studio is ever in needing of support for whatever reasons! It could be being overloaded with work or under staffed, or it could be that certain types of work you'd rather out-source, then look no further than xxxxxxx. We're here to help you maximise your work load and give professional, accurate, and super fast work for any support you require.

We specialise in the following programmes: QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

Visit our website at http://www.xxxxxxx.co.uk/ or call us on xxxxxxxxxx

If you need it and Photoshop work doing i.e. cut-out paths or retouching, please get in-touch as you'll find that not only is our work excellent but our rates are being super competitive as well.

Work seems to be rapidly picking up right now after the quite summer, so if you do have any large projects in mind, please give us as much notice as possible. We'd like to email you on a regular basis if that's possible, just to see if there are any projects coming up that we could possibly help with. However if you'd rather not have our emails, please let us know.

Thank you for your time.

Regards

X XXXXX
Studio Manager


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Just in case you're interested, this was my replyCollapse )
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I got interviewed by GraffickLife! [Jul. 16th, 2006|12:51 pm]
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superevildene
I recently got interviewed by GraffikLife, and i thought i'd share it with you guys & girls as i've never seen anyone post anything like this here.


Click the image to view my interview on GraffikLife!



If that doesn't work, click here
I feel all special now ^_^
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Flash Help please: [Jun. 26th, 2006|02:22 pm]
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rockhag
[I'm feeling: |confusedconfused]
[I'm working on: |Pantera]

I need some help with a Flash/actionscript problem I'm having and I know it'll be something really simple yet...

I've done a few galleries (for finishing up a website) and so that it's less easier for people to swipe piccies and that it's easier in future to update the gallery etc. I've made the actionscript link to external images and when I tested the movie it all worked perfecly yet when I embedded the flash movie into the .htm page the movie will work but the external images won't load. I read somewhere that if I changed the external .jpegs to external .swf's it may work and it does exactly the same so any idea's any one?

It will be something stupid I know it will (always is) and I've checked the actionscript over and over and no bugs are coming up when I play the movie in flash but for some reason I just can't get the external images to load.

Grrrr Any help would be appreciated.


Oh I'm using Dreamweaver and Flash 8 btw along with Firefox. :P
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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2006|06:34 am]
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rheakurokawa
Hi. I'm planning to apply to Central Saint Martins for the academic year 2007-2008 and while you lovely people already answered some of my questions(http://community.livejournal.com/uk_designers/1031.html), i am still rather at loss with other stuff. Mainly, i gather applying should be done during January-March of the year for which i'm applying but when would i be called (if) to an interview? When should i have my portfolio and finances ready? It's very important for me because i need to plan this thing very carefully. :)

Also: what should a portfolio contain? What should i base it on? What is suitable and what is not? I have a lot of stuff i did over the years, ranging from covers i did for imaginary books or cd-covers for my own cds, banners, some websites i did (either fan or commercial), along with a lot of photoshop/retouching work may it be in form of coloring b/w pictures of models etc or making architecture facades out photos and all. I also have my architecture stuff (renderings, collages, etc) plus layouting for various presentations i did for those (i'm graduating with a major in architecture next week wohoo) but i doubt they are relevant to graphic design other than maybe showcasing a general sense with forms and color. How "creative" should i be? Bottom line: what makes a strong portfolio, especially one strong enough to be accepted at Central Saint Martins? (i'm applying for Graphic Design)--i obviously know what is a good portfolio in general and especially in architecture, but while i'm not trying to tailor my work to fit Central Saint Martins it's the first time i'm faced with presenting something to a different cultural background (i'm Romanian and the system here is different. They put focus on different stuff. Especially in architecture where we're rather driven by function instead of form... hmmm)


One more thing: is it safe to apply only to one school and channel all hope/resources etc towards that or is it to risky? In that case which other school do you think is great?


Thank you very much in advance.
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Dodging Bullets [Jun. 23rd, 2006|04:01 pm]
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treacle_a
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[I'm feeling: |relievedrelieved]

Some dimwit we designed a site for supplied me with someone else's copy.

I think his exact words were; "I didn't write this, but it's pretty much what I want to say. I just need to change a few words here and there." Stupidly, I assumed he meant a friend had written it for him, or his wife. Perhaps if I hadn't been in such a tearing hurry to get the bloody site up (it had been languishing in the design-finished-awaiting-copy-stage for almost two months) I might have thought to say something like: "But it is yours to use right?"

Unfortunately - and rather unsurprisingly - the large angry company who threatened us both with prosecution were less than understanding. "Ignorance is no defence" apparently, even when the thing you're ignorant of is the source of the text you used. They seemed particularly incensed that the content of their description meta-tags (also provided by our client) was also stolen word-for-word from their site.

I have explained the series of events to the angry men and have apologised profusely for being so naive as to think that most people know the basics of copyright law (i.e don't rip off someone else's text) and they have agreed to drop the matter if our client makes a donation to their favourite charity. Thankfully, he's said he'll do it.

Feel like I dodged a bullet with this one. I had about 2 hours sleep last night thinking about it, and the consequences if we were to be prosecuted by a company with as much legal clout as this one, and have decided to add some really exhaustive clauses to our terms and conditions to protect us from trouble like this in future.

Anyone have any suggestions of where I might find some guidance?
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(no subject) [May. 23rd, 2006|02:40 pm]
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treacle_a
Anyone have any idea what the font used for 'Boulevard' is? Pretty please :)

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glorias [May. 23rd, 2006|01:45 am]
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stitchmag
hi, i'm still working on this glorias poster, sorry for posting again guys but you have been a huge help..

poster hereCollapse )

Glorias is a fashionable shoe store on london's brick lane..
let me know what you think.
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Microsoft redesigns iPod [May. 16th, 2006|03:55 pm]
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treacle_a
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Don't know how many of you have seen this, but it made me LOL somewhat:

Microsoft redesigns iPod
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Summer job advice [May. 15th, 2006|09:20 pm]
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____nightingale
[I'm feeling: |cheerfulcheerful]
[I'm working on: |The Pipettes]

Hi everyone, I'm after a bit of summer-job related advice.

My course is over for summer, and I'm needing to get a job. While I started off thinking that i'd probably end up as a data entry robot or making tea, lots of people have suggested I go for something Graphic Design related instead. Though I've already been considering getting some sort of work experience (i.e. the unpaid kind) in the field over the summer, I hadn't considered getting paid work and therefore have no idea how to approach it as a just-finished first year student who's after some summer work (in the UK). I really don't have any idea of what I should be aiming for, or even where to begin looking - if anyone has any advice to point me in the right direction it would be very much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

(x-posted to graphicdesign)
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Using pantone refs for digital printers [May. 8th, 2006|01:54 pm]
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house4president
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A branch of printing.com has just opened locally and, enticed by their bargain basement prices, I decided to give them a try.

Their digital (obviously) and have their own process colour chart which they 'encourage' you to use when sending work to print. Like most old-skool designers, I always supply a pantone ref with CMYK jobs to avoid slip-ups and am used to digital printers doing their darndest to match their colour with my ref.

Imagine my surprise then when one of my client's jobs came back today bright yellow instead of bright green. The reference I gave them was Pantone 802C, what they printed looks closer to 809C. The artwork I sent them contained an Illustrator EPS with all the spots turned to process, the green mix in that was: C35 M0 Y65 K0. It was a rush job, so they never got to see a hard copy, but I sent them all the artwork, InDesign files and a print res PDF as well as the refs, so they have no excuse imo.

But that's not the worst of it. They told her that its my fault, because I "used pantone references which are meaningless because they're digital printers". The client is understandably furious and refusing to pay either them or me.

So what do I do? Stand my ground and call them assholes? Does everyone agree that the mistake is theirs and not mine? And how can I avoid this bollocks with them in the future as everyone seems to want to use them?!!!
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Argh! It's horrible... [May. 7th, 2006|08:34 pm]
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doctorbutcher
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[I'm feeling: |busy]
[I'm working on: |Funker Vogt - History]

I am NOT a webdesigner, nor do I claim to be! I did a little Dreamweaver during college and thats about the sum total of my technical talents. CSS? Yeah, maybe one day...

I'm still learning how to use Dreamweaver/CSS but i'd be grateful for any critique of the website for my internet-based radio station and the work i've done so far. I'm still working on some aspects of the site, so bear in mind its not the finished article...

Insurrection

I've still to do the contact page, online store, playlists and some minor bits. I also want to make a second version of the site with text links for those who have difficulty with the main navigation bar.

I'm hungry, so now its time to eat!
Thanks for your time!
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Um... [May. 4th, 2006|03:38 pm]
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treacle_a
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Quick question. Would you say Gill Sans is releatively 'web-safe'? Or would I be very foolhardy indeed to force it on a site? It's just that I'm sick to death of Verdana and everyone in the world seems to have Gill Sans.

Thoughts? Accusations? Amusing anecdotes that involve sackings over such matters?
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web hosting... [May. 4th, 2006|01:17 pm]
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rockhag
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[I'm feeling: |busy]
[I'm working on: |My Alcoholic Friends-The Dresden Dolls]

Does anyone have any experiece with godaddy.com?

Only asking as I've bought a domain name from someone for my portfolio site and its with godaddy at the moment. I was/am thinking about transferring the domaing over to UK Budget Hosting who seem ok but just wondering what everyone else thought.

Although I've dealt with UK Web Solutions in the past and they were ok so any recommendations please?


Oh the domain runs out with godaddy in September 2007 as well.
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Accessibility Guidelines [May. 3rd, 2006|09:46 am]
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my_blue_blanket
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How many people who design websites comply with the new UK accessibility guidelines?
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2006|06:53 pm]
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rheakurokawa
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Hi. I'm eaten alive by this thing for a year already, since i decided i want to go to Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design to study graphic design and get a BA. The problem? I'm not from the UK, i'm Romanian, born and raised, i'm turning 25 soon and graduating my 6 year long study of architecture this summer with a major in architecture. I want to wait till the academic year 2007-2008 (various reasons, i need a break from school, need to gather finances, need to work a lil for my architecture practice etc etc etc, create a portfolio for graphic design etc)

Now, what i want to know is, did any of you go there or is in the process of studying there? How's the school, profs, curricula, projects, etc? What did you put in your potfolio to be admitted?

The reason i want to go there is that, while i know the basics of graphic design, having studied architecture and also worked in the GD field a little i simply want to see a different approach to design than what i taught myself or learned at school. We had graphic design courses along with the architecture ones, we took drawing and all, but i felt slightly bauhausian in a regard, meaning that i felt restricted because the overall idea was that "form follows function" and truly, i am sick of that. I want to learn in a highly experimental and creative field, i want to do something with myself, my mind, my hands and my vision that i haven't before. I feel a lot that, while i love architecture, i am limited in my desire to express myself (dude, i sound so academic hah) by the technical aproach. I need to see how to begin a concept, how to attack a brief as creatively as possible. I have a sense with colors, shapes, forms, with function and light and everything, of course i do, it's just that i find at times the need to express myself in different ways, through writing, painting, sculpting, etc. I have periods when i love to draw models, periods when i love to code websites and periods when i want to build a house. I am avid of everything that means expression and i want to know how that is aproached somewhere else. New culture, new place, new school. I love learning stuff, so i thought Central Saint Martin's would be the best (my other choices would have been Kent or Surrey)

I love graphic design a lot, but i dunno, how much of a broad course selection do they have (yes i can look at the site, i did, i just want to know how you felt while doing them), in which i mean, do they cover photography, digital media, screenprinting or illustration?

Also, do these schools (any art schools in the UK) have sports (i love swimming so eh. it's relaxing) or writing classes? How are the accomodations?

Pretty much any info, input or feelings (the more subjective the better :D) about Central Saint Martin's, the typical student life in London, how to make end's meet during and after school and graduation, etc is very very welcome.

Thank you.
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