Archives: 24th August 2017

Snakes on a Plane

Snakes On a Plane

It is one of those films that I never wanted to watch as it just sounded like absolute shite. The title alone is enough to put you off, never-mind the ridiculous concept of snakes escaping on a plane and killing people. Really, how many ways can snakes kill you?

Anyway, the other night me and the my husband settled down to watch the film, thinking if it is that bad we would just switch it off. The signs were there for a not very good film, the opening shots consisted of bikini clad women – which of course had nothing to do with the film. Eventually, the title appeared SNAKES…long dramatic pause…hang on…wait for it…can’t have the rest of the title just yet..ON A PLANE. Loved the pause between the “SNAKES” and “ON A PLANE”, it really added to the sense of drama.

Being fair to the film, it was funny. Not because it was meant to be funny (apart from the scene where the male air hostess puts a snake in the microwave to kill it and there is a button for “Snake”) but because it was so awful. But not awful enough to stop watching.

At this point I’m sure you wanting to know what this has got to do with Graphic Design. Well it reminded me of a logo I saw on a van whilst on the M1.

Serpent Motors

Serpent Motors

Serpent Motors

Bit like Snakes on a Plane it does what it says on the tin, except this tin says SNAKE……dramatic pause to build up tension……….ON WHEELS. I mean who the fuck came up with that monstrosity? Not only is it an awful idea, it isn’t draw that well and to top it off it suddenly stops being a 3D snake when you get the bottom. Where is the other side of the snake? Really, where is the other side of the snake? Where is the rest of the tail? I feel ripped off, I wanna see the whole thing! I watched the whole of SNAKES ON A PLANE, I wanna see the whole of SNAKE ON WHEELS.

As I was fair to the film, well as fair as I could be bearing in my the piss poor plot, this might not be the Graphic Designer’s fault. For all I know Serpent Motors’ logo could have been designed by the owner’s mate down the pub. Or perhaps the Graphic Designer in question was forced to do it through gritted teeth as it is what the client wanted. It is just something as a designer you need to deal with, its not about what you want it is about the client. They are the ones paying and if they want a SNAKE…ON WHEELS you best get drawing a SNAKE…ON WHEELS, no matter how much it pains you to draw it.

But it’s still shit no matter who came up with the idea.

For more funny and just plain awful logos: http://www.boredpanda.com/worst-logo-fails-ever/

http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-worst-logos-of-all-time-2016-6?r=US&IR=T/#olympics-logos-all-tend-to-be-drab-but-when-the-2012-olympic-games-logo-came-out-the-internet-instantly-erupted-in-controversy-14

25 Logo Disasters That’ll Make You Laugh


Living Space Brochure Front Cover

Living Space – Logo, Brochure, Tags, Stationery

Having been inspired by The Sheffield College’s Graphic Design exhibition, I decided to do my own version of the Furniture Shop Brochure Brief. I didn’t have a copy of the brief so I took inspiration from the other work on show to come up with my own. See links at the bottom.

The name Living Space was born after a bit of brainstorming. They’re a company with a few furniture shops based in the North and they required a re-brand. They sell furniture that suits modern needs. Along side this they also sell bathroom suites and kitchen’s. Living Space are similar to Ikea in that they stock a large range of home-wares, office furniture, sofas, beds and everything in-between.

Logo Design

Creating something modern and clear in design was my priority. Although I have not designed it, beyond a few simple sketches, the internal shop signage would be based on the logo. So there would be a kitchen representing the kitchen zone in the store, a bath to represent the bathroom zone and so on. Because of this I created a simple outline of a sofa and combined it with a modern sans-serif typeface (Museo Sans).

 

Living Space Logo

Living Space Logo

The logo would be used in the above form on the shop front.

Brochure Design

A fresh but luxury feel was created for the brochure. Contained within are well designed, high end products and this was reflected in the design. Each section is represented with its own colour.

Living Space Brochure Front Cover

Living Space Brochure Front Cover

Living Space Introduction - Who We Are/What We Do

Living Space Introduction – Who We Are/What We Do

Contents Page

Contents Page

Bathroom Introduction Page

Bathroom Introduction Page

Bathroom Product Page

Bathroom Product Page

Living Kitchen Introduction Spread

Living Kitchen Introduction Spread

Living Kitchen Product Page

Living Kitchen Product Page

Living Room Introduction

Living Room Introduction

Living Room/Sofa Product Page

Living Room/Sofa Product Page

Dining Product Page

Dining Product Page

Responsible Sourcing Spread

Responsible Sourcing Spread

Terms and Conditions Page

Terms and Conditions Page

Living Space Back Cover - Contact Details and Store Locations

Living Space Back Cover – Contact Details and Store Locations

The above is an outline of what the brochure would like, other pages would follow the same feel and layout.

Business Cards and Letterhead

Both the business cards and letterhead use the same repeating pattern for the reverse side. The clean modern feel is represented on the front with a more playful reverse to bring the designs to life.

The contact information is displayed clearly on the letterhead and represented by symbols for easy location by customers.

Business Card Back

Business Card Back

Business Card Front

Business Card Front

Living Space Letterhead Back

Living Space Letterhead Back

Living Space Letterhead Front

Living Space Letterhead Front

Price Tags

The price tags were kept clean with the important information (price, etc) easily read on the reverse.

Price Tags

Price Tags

Software Used

Illustrator and InDesign

Links:

http://callumnorth.co.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Brochure.pdf

http://samturnerdesign.com/portfolio/sidahn/

http://reespashley.com/portfolio/hills/


Children on Train

Children, Childcare Grant and Studying

I called Student Finance today as I wanted to know if I could claim the Parents’ Learning Allowance and I was advised I could. At the same time I enquired about the Childcare Grant. I’d sent the forms off for this ages ago but I hadn’t heard anything. Not too worried I just assumed that they would contact me eventually, after all according to the .gov online calculator I could claim up to £159.59 towards childcare. The adviser would call me back about the Childcare Grant because she needed to speak to another department.

A few minutes later I received a call. Not good news – not only cannot I not get the Parents’ Learning Allowance, which is £ 1,617 per year, I cannot claim the Childcare Grant either. It is August, it would have been good to know I could not claim help with childcare sooner. I do wonder when they were planning on telling me that I cannot claim childcare costs.

Mr and Mrs Moneybags

And why can I not claim? Because my husband’s earning of around £28,000 a year disqualify us. I appreciate I will still get my normal student loan of around £8000 for living costs but I really need to buy a new computer. Also there will be travel costs, books, printing (it is a Graphic Design course after all) and of course now childcare costs too.

I’m sure we will manage (not much choice really) but what I don’t understand is the .gov student finance calculator asks you to enter in your household income, if your household income disqualifies you for certain grants/allowances then why show them?It just leads a student to to believe they will have more money to survive on. I’d imagine the get out clause is the “up to” (see below). The website doesn’t say you are entitled but surely if your entitlement is zero then it should say that? It is misleading and frustrating. It reads to me that, for example, say I need to fund 2 hours or 4 or whatever then I can get help as long as the childcare does not cost more £159.59 a week. Of course I now know I was wrong about that.

I was hoping that I might be able to cover extra hours of childcare beyond the minimum required for the course. In my experience of studying, you need to put more in than the timetabled hours. Also one of the lecturers who teaches the first and second year said I could drop into his software classes. I will be entering into the third year and my software knowledge is lacking. I thought “oh that will be good get in some more practise, learn more about the latest software”. Will I have to skip? Not sure right now, I will wait to see the timetable for the course before deciding if I can afford to.

15 Hours Free Childcare

As my youngest is turning 3 soon he is entitled to 15 hours free childcare, so I will just have to make the best out of those 15 hours plus what I can afford on top. It does make me wonder what if he wasn’t turning 3? This is no entitlement to free childcare at all based on our circumstances. Therefore I simply wouldn’t have been able to do the course. There is no way we could afford to fund childcare whilst I attended a full-time degree course.

The system should be changed so that you can make plans and make a budget well in advance. Preferably before you even apply, because if you can’t afford to study then there is no point applying in the first place.

Calculation Shown on .gov Website

Student finance
You could get per year:
– £6,500 Tuition Fee Loan to pay for your course
– £8,067 Maintenance Loan to pay living costs

Extra student funding
You could get:
– up to £159.59 a week (1 child) or up to £273.60 a week (2 or more children) Childcare Grant
– up to £1,617 per year Parents’ Learning Allowance

Children on Train

My Kiddywinkles, gave up trying to find a photo of them both looking at the camera at the same time