Placement: Day 5

The last day of the first week.

That was quite a satisfying sentence to write. Don’t get me wrong I’m not counting it down because I hate it, more because I can’t be doing this getting up early malarky and want a holiday. On the whole though I am enjoying it. Spent the day working on a logo for a landscape design company and doing some illustration ideas for a nurseries. Both projects were quite enjoyable, although by the end of the day I was running out of ideas and inspiration. In that sense the week has been a tough one, although it has highlighted to me the fact that working on 2 or 3 projects and flipping between them is a bit easier than working on one constantly.

Placement: Days 3 & 4

So yesterday I didn’t do a post as I was busy in the evening. We went to the pub and watched the footy since Dave is an Arsenal fan and wanted to watch it. As a result today I will cover yesterday as well as today.

So yesterday was ok. A bit boring, we spent it working on the projects again. He gave me another Garden design one, so I’m kind of working on the two projects together although both will be very different due to the clients wishes.

Today was better than yesterday. Spent some of it doing some illustrations for a nursery, some little cartoon like kids. It was quite nice to get away from the computer screen a bit. We also met one a guy who is coming in free-lancing next week. It looks like I will be able to work alongside him quite closely next week, which will be cool. You can find his online portfolio here. He is just out of uni and trying to get work, so go take a look at some of his stuff, it’s good.

So tomorrow is the last day of the week. Woo!! Then I will be half way through my two week stint of placement. Nice!!

Placement: Day 2

So the second day of placement went well as well. I got set another project to run some ideas up for. Its for a Landscape Garden Design company, its a bit of a challenge particularly as they have not sent any information about the company. I have done a few ideas but hope for more when the information arrives and I can see what their garden designs are like.

We also looked back at the work done yesterday. The logo still looked good so not alot was done to it, in fact I don’t think we touched it. We also expanded on the brochure designs I did. Craig took the lead on this while I was working on the other project.

This whole placement is making me want to get my on-line portfolio sorted and the stylings for this sight graphically fresh and interesting that also reflects me and my values and styles. On the first day I thought that we were gonna be told to make ourselves a decent online protfolio but then Craig showed him the one has already done and that kinda looks like its killed the idea. So it looks like maybe at the weekend I will be getting my pencil and paper out to do some designs and stylings of how I want it to look. It will potentially cross over into some business cards for me as well.

Placement: Day 1

So today was my first day of my two week placement at Montpellier Creative. It started with a rediculously early start, I mean 7.30am!?!? what’s that about?? We arrived on time and spent the morning waiting for us to be told what to do. Eventually we were set a brief, which we are to work on for the 2 weeks we are there. The “we” , by the way, consists of me, Craig and a girl called Glenda who is also on placement. The brief is for a company called “The People Network” and is initially only for a brochure about the company, but we are to push it into a full-on project creating a new identity, website and printed material. Since we are all from different backgrounds we all have different areas of expertise and so can pull together and cover all the areas. Glenda, being an advertiser is behind the concept mostly; I am behind the Identity and print work and some of the website; and Craig is going to be behind the website and some of the identity.

So today was enjoyable. I spent the day working on a new logo and a couple of ideas for the printed brochure. I’m quite pleased with what I like, although the real test will be tomorrow when I come to look at what I have done today, if I still like it then woo, if not then I will go at it again, or at least re-work it a bit. Tomorrow will be a continuation of today work wise, plus maybe a few other bits and bobs.

Anyway, until tomorrows installment.


I have just decided that when I start my two week placements on Monday I will start a series of posts to document it on-line. I have to do a document of it for my course anyway so I figured I would add it in. Expect to see a lot of content on the next few days. It will depend on how I am feeling on it all but I may get a bit creative with it as well.

A few questions.

I have a project I am doing. It would be great if you guys could help me with it. If you could take a few minutes to answer these questions as best you can it would be great.

Who, what or where gives you hope??

Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today?? Why?? or do you hope more now than ever before??

Is there a photograph that represents hope to you?? a song?? a phrase?? a speech??

Is there a book, a film or even a t-shirt that sums it up the best??

Is there a particular season that fills you with hope more than any other??

Is there one person on planet Earth that gives you hope above all others, is it your mum?? your dad?? your children?? or someone you have never met??

Could it be a single graphic image, a cheap doodle, piece of graffiti on a wall??

If you have taken the time to answer these thank you very much. If you have taken the time to attach images etc then thank you again. This is for a uni project so I will keep you all posted on the project, please keep checking back for progress.

EDIT: I would really appreciate some answers from some non-christians. I realise that all the ones so far are from christians, so it would be really great to here from non believers. If you are not a believer please don’t feel you have nothing to contribute, you do and your answers are just as valid and important as those who do believe.


I seem to have the shortest concentration span in the world at the moment. I don’t seem to be able to concentrate on anything for more than 5 minutes. It stupid!! I feel creative, I feel like drawing/designing something but I just can’t seem to settle on anything. I mean I have work to do and I want to do it, but I just can’t concentrate on it. I do one little idea and then I just get stuck and go off and do something else. Now normally if this happens I go and do some other work I have. Be it my other Uni project or my own personal project. Except today I don’t even seem to be able to do those. I just get bored, or sit staring at my computer screen. So I’m at a loss of what to do right now. I want to get on with my work, but I can’t concentrate on it and I don’t really know what to do. Same with my other project. Same with the desing for my blog. I kinda have an idea but I can’t seem to translate it onto anything other than my mind. Argh!!!

I guess its official I have a “creative block”. Meh.


I went upto to Sheffield for the weekend as it was Emma’s birthday party. Emma is a friend of Ruth’s from home so its a bit odd, but it was cool. Had quite a good time. We drove (well I drove and Ruth sat in the passenger seat) up on the Friday night and had a Curry for tea, yum.

Saturday we went into Sheffield. It’s quite a nice city centre, but nothing on Nottingham. We had lunch out and went shopping. I bought myself a hoody from Burtons that was reduced to £12 from £35, the extra bonus was that I got student discount on it so it actually only cost me £10, even better. Then in the evening it was Emma’s party, it was quite good fun, my mate Sam said he was gonna come for it but didn’t in the end, nevermind!! Not a lot really happened, the only eventful time was bed time when one of the guys Emma knows girlfriends was being sick. Tequila is not a good idea people!!

Sunday involved sleeping, having a fry up and then driving home. Son not a lot to report there.

This weekend I am going home as my car is in for an MOT and it’s Pauls wedding. I will bring another update of that weekend around this time next week. Maybe a bit earlier. I’m also gonna try and get a few more articles linked to in my notes and guess what? I’m getting bored of my design already. This means one thing, it’s not good enough so expect more changes.

The Zoo.

Ok, so today was our first random day trip. It was good, I really enjoyed myself. We had a really good day. It started off stupidly early at my house, but was soon made better with a McDonalds breakfast (not healthy I know, but we felt it was a good idea to have a hearty breakfast). We got to the Zoo at some point in the middle of the morning (I can’t actually remember the time!) and started looking at the animals. We saw Lions (how cool!!); Bats with massive wingspans; Random little animals; lots of bugs and stuff and such, erg; then we went to the fish and saw Nemo and Dorrie; next came the Gorillas and then the Penguins. The Penguins were just so cool!! I want one!! hehe!! However, I am not going to steal one, I’m not like the nasty people who stole the little Penguin after watching that docu-film about them.

After the zoo we made a visit to Ikea. BIG mistake! Never go to Ikea with girls. They are sooooo slow and actually want to buy the whole shop! We eventually made it out and back to the land of Cheltenham.

Jess took 284 pictures through the whole day. I have pinched a few and uploaded them to my flickr account, check the feed to see them. However, when Craig had a brief stint with the camera he took this rather cool picture.


It’s been an interesting weekend.

Friday was a lot of fun. My cell group, Friday night Cell(FNC) went to the Friday night Church(also FNC) and came third. We beat the other two CU teams and enjoyed a free hot chocolate as our prize.

Saturday was also nice. I went to “The Study” to watch Cheltenham take on Newcastle in the FA Cup. Now what would normally happen is me, Dave and Joel would go to The Study to watch the match and have some lunch, its nice cheap food in there. Only this time it was rammed full of people. So we ended up making a mad dash to Burger King at half time. It was a good game though, very enjoyable.

Sunday, was also good. Went to Trinity and then went to Cambray as Lucy form CU was being baptised, always good. This was followed by a chocolate fountain at the girls house, also much fun.

Anyway, this week I will be starting my YCN brief, adding more to the site, look out for some portfolio additions and searching for a workplacement.

It’s Back!!!!

Yep, my voice its back. It’s done its little holiday trip, dunno where it went, it’s refusing to tell me, maybe it took Ruth’s voice on holiday as hers has now come back as well. Or not, which is most likely, but most importantly its back. Its recovering slowly and growing in strength to, its almost normal Phil again!!

Apart from the cough, that flaming cough. It seems to have arrived with my voice, bit chesty, bit dry and very annoying. Hope it doesn’t stay too long.

Just watched Lost. Man that program is good. I’m getting quite addicted to it, I just wish I didn’t have to wait a week between each episode. I mean they could play one episode a night, or even every other night, that would do, but no, they make you wait!!

I really should be in bed, but I’m just not tired, I dunno, not having to get up in the morning really messes your body clock up, as does being ill and sleeping more than you should.

I’m trying to start drawing again. I did one sketch today and I’m planning on doing at least one sketch a day, gives me something to do and I actually get quite engrossed in it when I sit down and do it. So post any ideas of things for me to draw if you want, would be good.

So its been a busy week.

It’s been a busy week or so since I last updated. I have been working hard on my project which is now all handed in, woo!!

Weekend was fun, me and Craig cooked for Jen, Ruth and Names, cos they had been on placemeant for 3 days so we thought we would treat them. Ruth’s friend Emma came aswell as Ruth’s bro David. That was quite fun, we ahd a laugh at ours on friday night and then at Ruth’s on Saturday. That was after me had been to see the fireworks at the Racecourse, which was also fun.

Woke up Sunday and felt awful. Monday wasn’t much better, and my throat was absolutely killing me yesterday. In fact voice was starting to go late last night, when I went to bed, and when I woke up this morning it was gone fullstop. Bit rubbish, and it meant I didn’t have to do my presentation today.

Anyways, its very annoying not having a voice. It occasionally comes back but sounds rough as anything and hurts like heck, so it will be lots of sleep over the next few days, especailly as I don’t have any lectures this week!!

This Weekend. Update 2.

Well, I didn’t get much work done today, looks like I will be doing it tomorrow instead. I did manage to get emails out to cell leaders and got some updating of the CU site in, although that is no where near finished and will have to wait til I have a bit more spare time. Discoverd that I have an assignment in at the end of the week so this week is gonna be a busy one. ergh!!

Forest won, woo!! We are now 2 points off the play offs in 10th and heading to Bournemouth in the next league game. Come on you reds!!

I’m a bit curious to see who, if anyone other than my Dad and Ernie read this. So if you do, please leave me a comment.

Heres to a productive work day tomorrow!!

This Weekend. Update.

Well Friday came off pretty well. Jess came over and we managed to sort out all the cells. I asked Dad about the quiz, albeit not over the phone, but I asked. The only thing that didn’t happen was coffee with Kate. My fault though, apparnatly I said I would text her after my lecture and I forgot. So I was waiting for her to come over, and she was waiting for me to text her to ask her over. Ah well, maybe next week.

Hopefully tommorrows plan will be just as succesful.

In the mean time, I fiddled with my blog abit. I changed the skin, this one is much nicer. I edited the links section so its a bit more how I wanted it to be. Since people seem to read this one more than the other one, I think I will just concentrate on this, it seems abit daft to post the same thing on 2 blogs. Hopefully I will be able to customise this one a bit more, maybe the header I wouldn’t mind doing something a bit more personal and Phil related, but we shall see. The only thing I don’t like about this blog is that it doesn’t have full Safari support so I have to use Firefox everytime I want to post. I suppose its not to bad and could be worse.

Here’s to another productive day tomorrow.

This Weekend.

Ok, so this weekend I need a plan. I have lots of stuff to do, so I need a plan to make sure I get it done!

Starting with today. Lecture, Kate is coming for a coffee, I need to organise the cells for CU, I have to ring Dad and ask him to so something for me (we need a quiz for CU!!).

Saturday. Work. I need to push on with my “eclipse” project, need to sort out the label and how it will look. Keep upto date with the Forest score. Maybe see some friends.

Sunday. Finish off stuuf I didn’t do on Friday or Saturday. Go to church, not sure on this one, I didn’t particularly like Cambray, it was a little bland for me, but I don’t feel comfortable at Trinity, oh the dilema!

The chances of it all happening. Well Friday is gonna happen, Lecture is a must, Kate is coming so thats sorted, just to do the cells, and that will be done as it needs to be done. Saturday. Chances of that happening are also quite high. Craig is at work, James is at home so only Steve and Dan around the house, means its quite possible that work will be completed. Sunday, well more of the same so that will happen. Woo! Hopefully a productive weekend for Phil is on the way.

Small bedrooms.

Who ever invented the little rooms in houses often coined as a “bedroom” was clearly having a laugh. They blatently knew that when it comes to doing a graphic design project in the smallest room in the house would not be funny. I mean come on. I have paper all over the place, my desk isn’t big enough for my work and my computer, so I have a small collapseable table to use. But its just not funny. You should see me getting in and out of my chair, its impossible, I ussually end up running over my foot with the flipping thing. Grrrrrrrrr!

Anyway, the conclusion. NEVER get drawn the little room. Actually lets appeal to all architects and landlords to NEVER DESIGN OR MAKE A LITTLE ROOM IN A HOUSE!!!!!

Ah, that feels better now I have got it off my chest.


The humble plug. A means of powering electrical equipment. One of the most useful inventions ever. Its ability to keep equipment powered is rivaled by nothing, it’s even helping me write this post. Whilst on the surface it is friendly and helpful, it has a much more sinister side. To hurt you. Yes that’s right, I JUST STOOD ON A FRICKIN PLUG AND IT FLIPPING HURTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who ever inveted the flaming thing to lie naturally on its back with thsoe 3 nasty prongs facing the sky is not a nice person. Surely they did it while they were inventing it, surely they did what I just did and put their whole weight on to the 3 small prongs facing the sky!! I didn’t do anything to it, I just unplugged it and pushed it to the side next to the wall. It could’ve behaved and stayed there, but oh no, its got to go walking around, leisurly sliding into the middle of the floor, calmly waiting for my unsuspecting foot to land square onto its 3 prongs.

Maybe I am being harsh, maybe its not its fault. Maybe its mine, maybe I should’ve ensured it was close to the wall. Maybe its the flipping cable it is attached to. Thats it. Its the cables fault. The cable could’ve stayed all tied together, nicely folded and tucked up to the wall, but oh no. It has to straighten out and have a stretch, kindly pushing the plug into the middle of the floor, waiting, mocking, laughing at what is about to happen!!


Ok, the pain is easing. Doesn’t seem to be any damage, nothing that won’t go away. Maybe I will survive, it’s looking more and more likely. The plug however, now theres a different story. If I ever see it in the middle of my floor again, lurking and waiting for my foot, it will not live. It will discover the ever so painful feeling of disconnection. Yes thats it. Permenantly diconnected, severed from it cable. Then who will be laughing?? Hey!! We’ll see!!

James Blunt

Bit of a proper post this one.

I’ve been listening to his album lots, and its struck how good it is. It gets better with every play. I’ve even been given his music book. Well the tab of his music book, got it for my birthday and I’ve actually been playing it a bit to, hehe. I really like his album, it’s got songs for every occasion, and your mood can determine the mood of the album. Like now I’m listening to it and I’m fairly upbeat and happy, and the songs are coming across in that way, but I have listened to it when I’ve been feeling down abit and it reflects that mood. To me thats the mark of a good album. Something for every occasion.

To be honest this post is coming because I’m fed up of doing work. Been trying to do it all day, I’ve tasted various “posh” soft drinks and now my stomach feels bloated. It’s also an experiment to see if I can have pictures in my posts. I’m hoping it works. In fact if it does you will see the nice album cover of James Blunt. I thinks its a really good piece of design/artwork. I would actually quite like a big version as a poster, it would really good. Maybe I can develop my own piece from it, perhaps a bit of an autobiographical image. I’ve got a couple of canvases waiting for a picture.

Anyway back to the album, favourite track has got to be “So Long Jimmy”, I like the little riff in that one, its quite addictive and gets stuck in your mind.

Overall I have to give the album full whack, 5/5

Apologies, its not really been much of a review, more of my ramblings based on something, which I suppose is good. If it makes someone who hasn’t heard the album listen to it then woo!! But most people will have heard it so ah well!!