I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

(Re)Present

Hav­ing been back from uni for a cou­ple of weeks now I have start­ed work­ing at the old hard­ware store I worked in when I was 16. I now feel its time to assess some of the oth­er bits and bobs to do over my sum­mer. Main­ly in the world of design. I have Kate’s wed­ding invites etc to do, but also a redesign of this site. Well, I call it a redesign, it would actu­al­ly be a design, since I have been using only a slight­ly cus­tomised ver­sion of K2 for most of its life.
Hav­ing decid­ed to take on this design it seems that I have to first address the direc­tion of this site. Now I want it to rep­re­sent me. This means that it has to con­tain bits of me. Now what are these bits of me?? Well they are what I am inter­est­ed in, what I think about cer­tain things, what I believe and what I design. So, put sim­ply it has to con­tain my blog (what I think, what I believe and what I am inter­est­ed in) and my port­fo­lio (what I design). So thats the two ele­ments of my site, “what I think” and “what I do”. Now there will be some cross over here, as what I think is reflect­ed in what I do and what I do is reflect­ed in what I think, but at the end of the day these are the two main ele­ments of my site.
So the ini­tial onset of the design is to reflect this. To reflect he two things that the site has to present, notice I put present. This is the key­word. The site is to present these things and to rep­re­sent me. So whilst the site has to present them, and I need a good design to do this, it also needs to rep­re­sent me.
Now being a graph­ic design­er, and one ele­ment of the site is to present my port­fo­lio, the whole site needs to be a part of this. My pre­vi­ous plans had been to have a seper­ate port­fo­lio site and a seper­ate blog, but I now feel that it is impor­tant to present both of these things togeth­er. My blog is like­ly to con­tain many dif­fer­ent things, from an employ­ers per­spec­tive it can be seen to show how aware I am of whats going on around me and as anoth­er por­tal of what inspires me. A design­er needs to be aware, and if one method of demon­strat­ing this aware­ness is through my blog, then I don’t believe it should be seper­ate from my work.
So the design begins, I will no doubt keep you updat­ed on its progress, I have a tight sched­ule to work to on one of the hard­est tasks I have ever under­tak­en. Design­ing for your­self is so much hard­er!!

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