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Well it’s been an eventful few days… If you didn’t know it already, it was the annual ISTD awards this Friday in which I had the pleasure of attending. This year the ISTD awards were held at the Design Museum in London and after overlooking the whole trip, it was a nightmare to get to!
Kicking off the start of the day I arrived in London around 20 past 11 to the lovely pleasure of Anna Sangha waiting out side the carriage door (we took the same train and because were so lazy we couldn’t be arsed to go find one another so we could sit together). Pumped and ready for my interviews after vigorously going over my projects in detail in my head during the whole train journey, I set of from St Pancras… hailed a cab and off I went.
The first Interview I believed went well, lovely studio and the guy seemed like a top bloke. Had the interview for about half an hour to 45 mins. #hopeful
Second Interview after running around Grays Inn road for about 20 mins I finally reached it. I had two gentlemen interview me and they were just as delightful as my first interviewer. The place was massive, a bit daunting but I was excited as hell! That too I felt went well, I can only wait to see what happens. #bealadandgivehimajob
Might I just add all this running around was done in the pouring rain, but luckily I came prepared with the finest IKEA umbrella…
Also I would like to say good luck to Matt who had interviews that day as well.
Interviews down I could finally concentrate what I came to London for the first place! I met up Matt and Anna had a cheeky Nando’s and a visit to Topman and I was sorted for tonight. Underground to the hotel which I may add included the DLR trains not a fun thing trying to catch while in the pouring rain… Quick change and back out to head to the Design Museum.
On arrival we got two little tokens that had a sharp resemblance to raffle tickets #makemoreeffort these were for free drinks and food, which matt clearly took full advantage of! As the night progressed we got a look at Wim Crouwel exhibition which I would definitely recommend going to, the designs that he had created in the 50’s look just as modern as the designs we see today! Crazy awesome designer… Well worth the google search.
Come Half 9 It was finally time for the awards ceremony. There was a little speech from John McMillan (educational officer of ISTD) and the awards themselves were handed out by Erik Spiekermann, I must say he did seem like a LAD and clearly had a little something for Philippa Wood (our tutor), we all saw it. Speaking of Philippa she seemed a bit merry on the night and if your reading this Philippa, don’t deny it! Haha #redredwineUB40. All in all it was a very good night well worth the journey.
Just to let you know Lincoln University received a total of 7 awards, so I would like to congratulate everyone who got it, well done guys.
So what did we actually get?
Well a piece of paper with our name on it in a cool tube. But it’s what it means that counts!
We all also received a goody bag! So that was a little added bonus, It contained a few books/bookelts some pretty cool stuff.
The night was rounded up with a little walk down Tower Bridge and a few drinks down the pub. #happydays
The next day it was just a quick visit to Covent Garden, a must trip to Magma to see what new design books/magazines had hit the shelves.
One book that caught my eye was I Love Avant Garde, apart of the I love Type Series. This is filled to the brim with beautiful typography and stunning design, I would definitely recommend this book to any avid typography lover and at £29 it’s a steal (£17.70 from Amazon which has just pissed me off). I also bought the new IdN, this issue focuses on street art and it’s pretty darn schweet #Idnbestdesignmagoutthere. All this sadly not for me… Gifts for my little bro, my new protégé in the design world. He better appreciate them the little brat!
And just to finish it of, look what finally arrive!
My opinion? Yeah not too bad actually… For nothing fancy, just simple printed cards I think they’re fine. With the added glossy finish, they look top notch! For £35 not much more I could ask for.
Oh and for my ‘free’ business card holder…
Was it worth the £6 delivery? Not at all… Looks a bit tacky with a polished finish and for £6 there’s much nicer ones out there, think I’ll stick with my Muji one thanks.
And I think that’s pretty much it for now… Sorry if this blog was such a long one, but I just couldn’t be arsed breaking it down, soooo yeah :)