Always Learning – Copyright for Designers

A week or so without any assignments and I’m still trying to get used to it, lol 🙂 At the same time, my head is swimming with about a thousand ideas on what I should do next – what do I want to do with my new skills? Where do I want them to take me? So many ideas! I definitely think I’m going to create some sort of business in the design/art area, but I’m not sure exactly what though… still some sorting out to do there.

One thing that did come to mind while I’ve been thinking about all of this, was an assignment I did last year around Copyright. Copyright should be a really straight-forward thing, i.e. don’t copy other people’s stuff, but sometimes things aren’t quite so simple.

This assignment was the first time I used InDesign, so it was ah, interesting… I can’t say I’m a huge fan of that program now though either… Anyway, for the assignment we had to write a one-page magazine article on ‘Copyright for Designers’. For the presentation of the article we had to find an article in a design magazine and duplicate their grid layout.

I chose an article from No Cure – one of my favourite art/design magazines 🙂

Thankfully I worked out how to set up the grid without too much hassle. We had to include photos too – I used my own photos of my own drawings – easy way to avoid copyright issues 🙂

Anyway, here is my article:



Surf Gypsy (2017)

Part of one of my last assignments – I really enjoyed this one 🙂


Ahhh, sooo… I’ve just submitted the last assignment for my course!!


Three years of study – done! I can hardly believe it! It’s been such a long process and there’s been so many life changes along the way… like moving house four times, my 9-5 job constantly changing, going through all the sickness in the build up to the autoimmune disease diagnosis – just to name a few…. but I made it! OMG!

So now what?

Apart from deleting the 4:45am ‘wake-up to study’ alarm, I’m going to give myself a few weeks to do nothing except read and catch-up on my Netflix list lol 🙂 It’s going to be a really strange feeling to not have that little voice in the back of my head telling me I should be studying!

I may post on here in those few weeks… but I also might not and you might not hear from me till later next month – I’ll see how I go.

Have a great day every one!! 🙂

The Learning Curve – A Reflection on Nearing the End of my Course

As I’m getting down to the last couple of months of the Graphic Design course, I’m having to look back on some of the projects I’ve completed over the last couple of years to put together a bit of a portfolio. It’s been really interesting to see the amount and range of work I’ve gotten through!

For some of my assignments I remember how excited and proud I was of getting them finished but now I look at them and think of all the things I could do to improve them – thats the learning curve I guess.

Then there are other projects – like the one I’ll get to below – that I wouldn’t even really know where to start to replicate them now. I’d have to go back over my notes and run through them step by step. I think that’s probably just because I’ve gravitated towards certain parts of design and am less drawn to others so I don’t utilise some particular tools. When I think about it though if I were to try and put together this fruit bowl now, I would be more familiar with the software tools and instead of it taking me three weeks to do, it might take me maybe a day. I guess that is progress.

The project I’m referring to is this one, the “Fruit Bowl”:

We had to draw a fruit bowl that contained four different fruits, using Adobe Illustrator.
I remember I wasn’t 100% happy with the pineapple, but all in all I was pretty stoked with myself that I’d managed to pull it together at all. I struggled so much at the beginning with using the software that everything took me about 10 times longer than it should to complete. I still prefer using pen and paper now, but I do admit I’m much better with the software than I used to be and it’ll only improve the more I use it.
When I’m getting through assignments now, it’s difficult to remember how much I’ve learnt over the last few years, so it’s good to go back and see how far I’ve come. Bring on graduation!! 🙂
If anyone’s interested I went through my old notes and these are some of the online tutorials I used to make the fruit bowl:



Oil Painting Galah Feathers

The final product 🙂

I know I posted about this on Instagram a few days again but I wanted to write about it here too in a bit more detail – just as much for me to remember my process as it is for sharing lol 🙂
First up, using the AdobeCapture app on my iPhone, I used the ‘Shapes’ function to take a photo of a feather and turn it into a shape.

Next up I did a Google search for images of galah’s and again, using the AdobeCapture app, I used the ‘Colors’ function to capture the colours of the galah.

I then opened Photoshop on my computer and dragged the feather shape onto the canvas from my library.

From here I rasterised the sharp and, using the colour scheme I captured in AdobeCapture that was now appearing in my library, I used LivePaint to colour the image.

Originally I was thinking about going for a watercolour look, but while I was in the filters I saw Oil Paint and thought it would work better for my final project.

Finally, I played around with the Oil Paint filter sliders a little until I got the look I was after.

I’m pretty happy with how the feather turned out – even if I do have a lot still to learn on the technology side! 🙂

Art Deco

Part of why I’m really enjoying this Graphic Design course is the research we have to do into other designers, art history, society, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I like that it isn’t all about how to use Photoshop, and the Principles of Design.

You might have seen me post on Instagram the Art Deco assignment I was working on a little earlier this year – it was the wine advertisement.

Anyway, there was a lot more to the assignment then just creating the advertisement and I thought I’d share a little bit of it…

These were some of my notes on Art Deco:

  • Design style from the 1920’s and 30’s.
  • Created in response to enormous world changes and growth.
  • ‘Art Deco’ is the term that was coined in the 1960’s to refer to the style of the period between the two major World Wars. The name is in reference to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which was a design exhibition held in Paris in 1925.
  • Came into being when wealth was increasing and a generation was coming of age that had vastly different priorities than the generations before them.
  • Celebration of life and a desire for luxury, glamour and the exotic (McDowall n.d.).
  • Times of revolution in science, technology, politics and society (i.e. the emancipation of women).
  • Influences of different art styles – Cubism, Neoclassical, Modernism and Art Nouveau (Art Deco 2015)
  • Influenced by lots of different cultures – African, Asian, Egyptian and historical cultures, (classical Roman and Greek, Mayan and Aztec). (Meggs 1983).
  • Egyptian symbols – lotus flowers, pylons and pyramids – following the discovery of Tutankhaman’s tomb in 1922 (Victoria and Albert Museum n.d. Art Deco: Global Inspiration).
  • Characteristics: chevron patterns, stripes, sunbursts, zigzags, circles, curves and rich colours.
  • Modernisation and advancements in technologies contributed the use of metals
  • One of the first mass-produced styles to spread world wide, (Northwest College Graphic Design n.d.)
  • Influenced everything from book bindings, jewellery, architecture, furniture, interiors, fashion, painting, ceramics, to photography, typography and graphics.
  • Onset of World War II saw the style disappear from favour, became seen as inappropriate.
  • Left to represent the specific period of time when being modern was a priority, the economy was rising and the future was optimistic (McDowall n.d.).

And the references, all good sources that you should check out if you have interest in design or Art Deco:

We also had to look at how the style was an influence on design trends historically, and now. This is what I came up with…



I hadn’t really known a lot about Art Deco before, especially that it might still have an influence today, so all up it was a pretty interesting assignment.