For the past three weeks, I've been kept busy with full time work placement in an animation studio in Dublin. It was fun, I was able to develop my skills, and I met a few wonderful people along the way. I gained so much more from the experience too; discovering what it was like to live and work in the biggest city in Ireland. I'm incredibly thankful to have had that opportunity, but it did take some getting used to... and I was exhausted from it. When I got home, I spent an entire day just sleeping, thinking, writing, and drawing in an effort to get my energy levels back up to usual. So, to kick this blog into its usual routine again, I thought I'd share one of the pieces I did that day, which helped me get back to my usual self again. :)Read More
Three things: Dublin is cool, icons are fun, and working full time in a graphic design company is a curious experience.
A few weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to go on work experience in Huguenot. The people there were brilliant! I was given a project brief on the first day which I worked on for the two weeks; to design a set of icons and posters for a management training event. I've never explored icon design before, and I had only used illustrator once or twice in the past, so everything was pretty much new to me. So I learned a lot from it!
The first few days were spent researching and sketching. I was gathering thoughts and developing ideas on the ten titles I was turning into icons, while keeping a consistent style in mind as well. Then, using Adobe Illustrator, I started to draw up the final designs, tweaking and changing them as I went through each one. Once I was happy with the icons themselves, I started thinking about poster designs, colours, and typefaces. I did more research, explored various colour schemes, studied typography and went through a range of layouts, forming a clear, concise overall image.
I'm pretty happy with the final result. And I'm very grateful for the opportunity too!