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Got a huge amount out of University, but I didn’t attend half of my final year thanks to every single thing that could go wrong, going wrong.

Here’s a few projects to prove I did actually attend now and then & did actually get a degree.
Would’ve been nice to attend more though.
Still managed a 2:1. Mostly thanks to the nice tutors at Ravensbourne.




A lot of politics.


Maybe too much politics. But I don’t see much point in not talking about injustice as much as possible, especially in a medium such as Graphic Design that’s all about giving voice to something. Maybe I’m just annoying.




Solidarity


My Final Major Project at University.

Centred around a key moment in our history.

In 1984 a worker’s strike occurred that would define our nation. Unions were smashed, leaders became iconic, and beneath all the top level political strife many minority rights groups found their voice amongst the masses. Through visual documentation of the groups that rallied around the miners in 1985 I sought to shine a light on the very nature of opposition, and oppression. Why did these groups come together? How did they? Was anything ultimately achieved by this beyond the immediate goal of keeping pits open?

Thatcher, and the Conservative government as a whole, set out to break the unions. But the people, imbued with a new-found sense of commonality, organised to hit back.





An 86 page zine. Documenting the strike wasn't like today, nobody had an iPhone. So the people relied on photographers, and journalists. The imagery sits as a backdrops for the people's stories of the strike, and their role in it. Orgreave, and cramped Sheffield streets give frame to interviews with prominent figures such as Mike Jackson of the LGSM.

Stories within stories.
A theme, and a design principle.





The LGSM, Labour Women's groups, and countless other otherwise disconnected organisations came together to rally with the Mining communities. All with a singular mind that those currently on the receiving end of State violence are victims of a force that could readily turn back on them at any moment. Solidarity is the only way to survive.







Bonus Paul Mason.







Each colliery closed.




 

The Revolution


3rd year University brief.

An exploration into the milestones of human rights and modern Democracy. One of the first revolutions in the era of mass print production. How did developing print technology assist in this grand Revolution?

Double exposure using paintings of the era in an attempt to gorify the images to represent the bloody conflict, given form in innately inert & innocent print.

The 3 pamphlets echo the themes of Liberte, Egalitie, and Fraternitie. They combine to form the French Tricolor. Designed in the style of the pamphlets of the time.















The Debt Bubble


2nd year University brief.

A huge bubble full of Gross Domestic Product is a bit dull, but the economy is essentially all you hear about since the 2008 financial crash. What happens when you view debt and other important day to day statistics over a much larger time-scale, with the relevant context?

Is the debate enhanced?






An interactive infographic combining thousands of pages worth of OBR data. Tracking financial events across hundreds of years isn't perhaps the easiest way to make a political point, but data with out relative comparison is often misleading for something so inert as a digit placed in situ.

Information can be manipulated without deliberate distortion. So providing context for debt rises & inflation rates, contrasted & compared with a focus on our last 100 years gave me an interesting insight to the ‘debt crisis’.




From the expansion of the English Navy, to Margaret Thatcher's Privatisation program. Eras detailed with records of debt, interest rates, average house pries, price of milk etc.





Cruel Bombs


2nd year University brief. 


Plan, and design an exhibit. I went with nukes. Mainly Russian nukes such as the Tsar Bomba. But nukes of all stripes featured.








Lens block assembly.



Dissertation


My dissertation.

Can design win an election? Styled to mimic Shepard Fairey, and his ‘Hope’ poster. From Labour to the Democrats, design has played a key part of political campaigning from the very beginning.

But just how key is it?




I mentioned things were fucked during my final year. I did indeed submit my dissertation with ‘X words’ on the cover.








Managed to get a quote from former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson, but didn’t have enough time to properly reference it? Yep.


Expiremental JetSet


1st year University brief.

Experimental Jetset is a small, independent, Amsterdam-based graphic design studio, founded in 1997. We were tasked with creating a typographic poster promoting an exhibition of their work at the Barbican.





One of the first things I ever designed graphically.





It’s All Thanks to Rudy


On that note. I made this to show off my then non-existent digital skills for the interview to get on the course.




Probably my first digital illustration ever.

Of course it had to be Leeds. Leedsish.

It’s Rodolph Austin, he was only rumoured to sign for us at that point, and was playing for SK Brann. Ravensbourne had a huge focus on ‘digital’, so I had to pretend I was digitally focused.

Or indeed had ever done anything digital in my life before this.







If anybody wants a dodgy vector illustration of Rodolph Austin in an SK Brann kit, you’re in luck.