Tommy Birchall

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My personal portfolio is at last complete!  I have just been to send it off through the post for Jane at ‘Jam Creatives’ to have a read over a cup of tea; I look forward to hearing her reply. My ultimate decision was to print the portfolio on high-quality inkjet paper and to send it alongside a compliments slip and an address label (that I also designed) which I had printed at my local print & copy shop, ‘Cherwell Graphics’.

My personal portfolio is at last complete!  I have just been to send it off through the post for Jane at ‘Jam Creatives’ to have a read over a cup of tea; I look forward to hearing her reply. My ultimate decision was to print the portfolio on high-quality inkjet paper and to send it alongside a compliments slip and an address label (that I also designed) which I had printed at my local print & copy shop, ‘Cherwell Graphics’.

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The above image depicts a page from my sketchbook, covered with ideas to help me with the development of my personal portfolio. I have tried to make sure to include examples of my work in as many different areas of design as possible, including: print-based examples, typography, photography and moving-image. Ultimately, I have decided to include 11 pieces that I feel best represent my graphic design work from the first and second years of university.

The above image depicts a page from my sketchbook, covered with ideas to help me with the development of my personal portfolio. I have tried to make sure to include examples of my work in as many different areas of design as possible, including: print-based examples, typography, photography and moving-image. Ultimately, I have decided to include 11 pieces that I feel best represent my graphic design work from the first and second years of university.

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I have had a great time working alongside David at ‘Blueshift Studios’ over the past week. Through a variety of different photography-based projects, I have been able to learn a whole new range of skills and have enquired a lot more knowledge into the world of photography. I am amazed at the patience and precision required to achieve the perfect photograph, as specified by the client and feel as though this type of work would suit me well, due to my perfectionist nature.

My role as a studio assistant has seen me carry out various tasks including set preparation, adjusting lighting levels, fetching appropriate pieces of photographic equipment and making lunches for clients. I would have been delighted to comment in more detail on the range of work I undertook, but understand that the majority of the projects which I participated in are strictly confidential - many of the photographs feature products that are yet to hit our shelves.

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David’s spacious studio at ‘Blueshift Studios’ creates a light, airy and relaxed environment, which is not only comfortable for the clients but I also a place where David can let his creativity flow.

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Above are a couple of contemporary creative design agencies which I investigated, to consider whether they’d be suitable places for me to get work experience with. I have since looked in into ‘Jam Creatives’ and ‘Blueshift Studios’ in more detail, as I considered the easier location of these companies (to the university) enabling me to get to them during term time. When I was lucky enough to be offered my placement at ‘Blueshift Studios’, I focussed my research mainly on that company.

Above are a couple of contemporary creative design agencies which I investigated, to consider whether they’d be suitable places for me to get work experience with. I have since looked in into ‘Jam Creatives’ and ‘Blueshift Studios’ in more detail, as I considered the easier location of these companies (to the university) enabling me to get to them during term time. When I was lucky enough to be offered my placement at ‘Blueshift Studios’, I focussed my research mainly on that company.

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http://johnwestrebrand.tumblr.com/

Recently, I have been working hard on a rebranding project with my fellow designer & friend Carys Puw. Our task has been to carry out extensive research into ‘John West’, a leading supplier of canned fish and other seafood products, in order to understand its position in the market, its current strategy and values. Using our findings, we are to demonstrate a new understanding and insight into our brand.

Our project blog can be found by clicking on the above link. You can also visit Carys’ design blog at: http://thecaryscreative.tumblr.com/

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Interview at ‘Blueshift Studios’

I am very pleased to say that my interview at ‘Blueshift Studios’ this morning has been a success!! It appears as though David has taken a liking to my personality and has offered me a work placement acting as a ‘photographic assistant’ to work alongside him in his studio. I was pleased to hear that he was impressed by pieces of my work he had seen on my personal blog.

David explained the possibility of working with him very soon, on a small scale project for WH Smith (to photograph a new range of craft kits for children). It would be a fantastic opportunity, as a friend of his who is a graphic designer, will be present (this will be a good chance to ask questions). I haven’t been given a starting date yet, as unfortunately due to the nature of the job, David is not able to finally confirm any work until a few days prior to starting it. He told me that he will contact me as soon as he finds out more details – I look very much forward to hearing his response!

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