Competition Winner Time

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WIT Memento’s

graphic design, design, typography, print, screen print, letterpress, memento, waterford it, wit, john tarpey, lorenzo tontiGreat 2nd last week of a 4 year design course at Waterford IT.  Went to the Paul Hughes / Hamish Muir – Thinking + Typography talk at Smock Alley Theatre, and bagged myself a Design Factory Thirty(ish) book, which one of my lecturers, Lorenzo Tonti, contributed to.  Also traded a couple of airbrush prints for 2 John Tarpey originals, excellent stuff!

Kurt Cobain Giveaway

colmoconnor, colm o connor, kurt cobain, anniversary, death, nirvana, airbrush, portrait, print, competition, twitter, instagramIn honour of the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death on 05th April I am giving away this airbrush print!  If you’re not following me on Twitter or Instagram already, copy the above image then simply like, share, retweet and tag/mention me for a chance to win. Winner will announced on the 6th April, best of luck!

Offset 2014

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Bill Murray: Chasing the White Whale

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Week 08 Class and Personal Work

Fiona loved the logo but Joy on the other hand mentioned that it could be read as 0c rather than O’C.  I started to play around with it some more and while I was working on it John Tarpey popped into the mac room.  I asked him for advice and then went about reducing the circular shape on the top right of the C so that there is more emphasis and weight on the O’.

colmoconnor, colm o connor, self brand, self promotion, self branding, research, graphic design, student, graduate self promotion I was fairly happy with the changes so I uploaded it my Behance profile – Work in Progress page.  This page encourages feedback from other creatives and to my surprise Lorenzo Tonti replied with some advice.

colmoconnor, colm o connor, self brand, self promotion, self branding, research, graphic design, student, graduate self promotionI made the relevant changes and uploaded another WIP shot.

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colmoconnor, colm o connor, self brand, self promotion, self branding, research, graphic design, student, graduate self promotionI was completely happy with this logo and after trying out different colour variations, decided to keep it black and white.  I felt that it had a nice classy flow to it and that the colour variations cheapened the design.  I then began to work on my business suite.

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Week 07 Class and Personal Work

I liked the style of the previous C so I looked into making it a bit more solid and structured, maybe bringing my full initials into the mix.

colmoconnor, colm o connor, self brand, self promotion, self branding, research, graphic design, student, graduate self promotionI found a number of fonts that I thought could work and settled on Nouvelle Vague.  As it was a self branding exercise I didn’t want to just use a regular font so I played around with it, totally redrawing it and playing around with the cuts.

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Week 06 Class and Personal Work

After taking a break from the logo I decided to stop trying out loads of ideas that weren’t really me, and instead concentrate on what I like and what I am interested in rather than what I think my potential employer might like, at the end of the day I am trying to sell myself so I have to be true to my style of work.  I started playing around with monograms, hand drawn scripts, and my own hand writing and signature.

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EP’s, Album Launches, and a bit of Name Dropping

Since arriving in Wexford town almost 7 years ago I have been fortunate enough to become good friends with many of the talented musicians that the town has to offer.  My first introduction to the Wexford music scene came way back in my architecture days.  Not knowing many people outside of the work environment I was delighted when Ian Doyle (The Man Whom), a member of Chaplin at the time, arrived early for a planning meeting and we discussed music, guitars, and his long finger nails before the clients came in!

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As well as moving right next door to The Sky and the Ground, this introduction sparked an interest in the musical talent that Wexford has to offer.  I got friendly with many of the main contenders in Wexford and am delighted to say that this week sees the release of two pieces of work that I was asked to be a part of.  Last night saw the release of the E.P. “Sojourning”, from very good friend Gordon Barry.  To develop and create the artwork and branding for the E.P. was an absolute honour – and to see people buying a copy of not only one, but two of the colour ways, just goes to show how good of a songwriter and performer Gordon really is.

Tonight sees the release of the second album from the incredibly talented Paul Creane and the Changing Band, The Clock.  Having always been a fan of Paul’s music I was almost ecstatic when he approached me about being involved in a music video for one of the upcoming singles ‘She Was an Adventure’.  We got to work on creating a timelapse video which saw me illustrating Paul and the constant members of the band Cillian and Lorcan Byrne.  Again, to be involved in a project like this is an absolute honour and I’m extremely grateful to be asked to be a part of it!

Best of luck to both Gordon and Paul, you deserve it all!