Benjamin Hart +
Graphic & Media Design
With almost two thirds of the worlds population having access to a mobile or some sort of electronic device, its fair to say the world is heavily connected and technologically driven. This is an exiting but scary thought to process. Especially from a perspective of graphic design, it’s become very easy to use the internet to connect and become suffocated with different views and opinions within the design world, making you feel small and hard to form an opinion or style. It has always been a task of mine to keep the practicality in my work alive, working with my hands, weather that be making collages, stencils or working within a print room. This is always something I’ve really enjoyed. I however also really enjoy the digital aspect of design, I enjoy learning what artistic possibilities computers provide, I am also very intrigued by the fact that they are constantly advancing. From my current university practice I have discovered that having a balance between digital and analogue is very important to my learning and progression.
To visualise my interests of both digital and analogue ways of working I created a series of posters, identifying two different ways of printing. One side of the poster displays a 2-colour gradient circle, which was randomly generated in Processing software, then printed using a standard inject printer. This is the digital aspect of the poster. On the other side of the poster displays an emulated version except this is screen printed. This being the analogue side. These were created to send to potential employers.
My expectations for the forth coming year are very simple, they are to gather as much exposure into the design world as possible. Doing so by working at a variety of studios, small and large, nationally and (hopefully) internationally. Having this exposure to the real world of design will provide me with the clarity I need to be become a design practitioner in my chosen field. My first internship takes place in Brighton, working for a company called Fizz Creations working within the design department in a team of multidisciplinary designers. I expect to learn a considerable amount the brand identity, packaging, future design and retail trends. This will bring fourth skills that will be essential to my professional career, such as team working, entrepreneurial skills and ethical design choices. Going through my proposal I haven't stuck to it as much as I would’ve liked to. As of yet I have only one internship lined up, however discussing the internship details with my new employer, I’m set to learn a lot and be provided with lots of contacts for the future, I will also be looking at future internships in my spare time and days off.