Saturday, 22 November 2008

Charity Gig I've Arranged!



Bad Sandwich:

The Crave:
Fresh from their third US tour, The Crave return to their home town to promote their debut album 'Anywhere to Everywhere'

Indie Killers:
The UK's Best Indie/Rock tribute band

Drink Promos all night

Entry is £4 & every penny of profit goes to ABC Fund (a local charity to help disadvantaged children)

Come and help make a difference by having an amazing night

24 November 2008
19:30 - 23:00
171-181 Kings Road Arches
Brighton, United Kingdom

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Well look at us!

Here we all are...well, half of us (the half that decided to come out to the Pav Tav last night. I knew quite a lot of people there (purely cos ive lived here 3 years and most of my friends hang out there) so it was hard to socialise propperly with everyone. But what's with all of us splitting up so soon? Grrrr! Not to sound all moany (though ive had a rough day so you'll have to excuse me) but it would have been really awesome to have everyone all stuck together for a while longer to just hang out and chat and be all social...cos then we went off to seperate places (seeing as we all have varied tastes in music and clubs). And i followed those of you who went to Audio (which i personally thought sucked as a club that night!) It was just...full of kids that looked 10 years old getting wrecked and dancing in a wierd way to indie music ive never heard of (im not particually eclectic with music...but i like it that way!) So i didn't stay very long. Thanks to Matt though for offering to pay for my entrance. I know Wes payed for me, but thank you for offering :0)

Anyways, rant over. Im just angry cos 1 of the places i work for is really messing me around and it's really stressed me out! Im working in Skegness from Friday to Sunday. Going round all the clubs and what not in a Butlins place and selling them. Its for a company called Picture Pal who I used 2 work for. I quit but they asked their top 4 sales people to go do an even in Skeggy and I need the dollah (its commission based you see) So I shall be selling my ass off for 3 days to drunk chavs. Me and 1 of the other girls have bought glow sticks and we are gunna sell them along with the photos to make some extra cash and bribe the chavs to buy more photos :D

Hmm, should I be talking about uni work...ok - im doing Street Talk. Doing an anti bulling campaign for it. Ive got some cool ideas mainly involving photography. I may well find myself some proper models and a makeup artist to really get it right...still coming up with concepts, but im really excited about it!

And lastly, here is a photo we took in class. We were bored and it was fun! xXx

Sunday, 9 November 2008

What makes a successful website?

Another question from we go!

It has to be easy to navigate around. So many websites are so confusing. They have such long winded ways of getting to where you want to be and it is often very poorly communicated to the general user. I think that web designers need to keep in mind the fact that so many people are not hugely 'computer literate' and don't know a huge amount about the web and computers in general. A successful website will cater for people of all levels and be very simple and easy in terms of navigation and communication.

Layout is very important for so many reasons. A website that is full of text upon text is not appealing to most people, and therefore would not make for a successful website. The average time people spend on a website before deciding if they are going to move on is 7 seconds. If someone saw a huge amount of text and no pictures to intersperse it then they would more thank likely hit the 'back' button and look elsewhere. Most people need visuals, which is why I believe that photos and images are a great way of making a website more user friendly and therefore more successful.

The color scheme is also very important. If the colors clash badly then it hurts peoples eyes and they will not want to continue looking at it. Similarly, if the background is very 'busy' and therefore makes the text very hard to read, then the user will not want to strain their eyes to try and read it. This also goes for the type of font used. If the font is too small, too 'busy' or blends in too much with the background then this is not a good way to keep the user interested on the site.

There are so many different types of websites and they all need different things to be successful. For example, e-commerce websites need to sell, sell, sell. Therefore they need clear front page summarising what they sell. They need a good mix of images and text which is clear and obvious to the user about what is being sold. Special offers and sale items in eye catching text at the top is always very successful. A site like this would need an easy to understand navigation bar so that the user is able to find what they are looking for quickly and easily, without getting lost, bored or confused.

I know that there are far more components that go into creating a successful website, but I think that these are the basic things that need sorting out first and forehand. So to summarise: Easy navigation, Simple and eye catching layout and text. And a well thought out color scheme.

(I dont think I have a favorite website to show as an example...i will go have a look!)

Thursday, 6 November 2008

It's Done! Woop di woop!

Oh hell yeah - the 1st assignment is done! Im gunna hand it in tomorrow. But im well impressed cos i had it all packed and ready to take in by 6pm. And I did naf all in lessons all week cos i finished my sketchbook and design at home by Tuesday. So here we go, here is my final design of neo-retro awesomeness :0)

Sooo, this week haas been really tiring so far, and next week is set to be much more so. Basically ive been doing the uni work. And working at my normal job (receptionist) and doing photo editing for a freelance job which is draining! I had my meeting today for that photogrpahy job i rambled about in my last blog. It went really well. I was in a big board room and met a mega pro photographer and here was the boss of the modeling agency telling this pro guy that my photos are great and he should see my new work...i was just thinking "Oh My God! Im well out of my depth here!" But hey ho, I did what i always do...totaly blagged it, talked some rubbish which sounded vagually professional and impressive. Read through my contract and had my 1st shoot booked! I'll be photogrpahing between 2 and 13 models a day. £25 per model and I have to edit 8 photos per model to magasine quality. So when this takes off the ground i will be pretty swamped. But its a wikid opportunity and great for my portfolio and CV. I was thinking that once we have got our qualificatios in 2 or 3 years from you, and ive got a couple of years experience as the head photogrpaher for an agency, well it shouldn't be too hard to get a decent job in London or something that pays better and is more creative. Well fingers crossed anyways :0)

Hmm, what esle has happened...oh I met a few guitarists this week about my band. Im auditioning them this weekend and next week. Then hopfully I will have my band sorted and we can start rehearsing propperly and get gigging after that which is mega exciting cos I sooo miss the stage! There is no place I feel more comfortable :D

Oh I went to the Pav Tav on Tuesday, and the Tuesday before that. I went with my boyfriend Wes and i met his friends from uni (he goes to bimm, the music college i used 2 go to) And they are all so nice I was thinking that our class should go there next Tuesday evening and hang out together. And I can itroduce you guys to some new peeps. I only realised last night that we have not ALL got together 1 night and hit the town. So I'll text everyone on Monxday or summit and see if anyone wants to come out.

Anyhoo, ive been up for a long time now so I should go get ready for bed soon cos im knackered and got lots of work on tomorrow :-s

Peace Out xXx

Sunday, 2 November 2008

A question of originality...

Q. Does originality exist? Or is it only possible to rework things that have been done before? Has anything new been invented since 1950?

A. Wow, what a debate...and a lot of big words. I'm not going to try and argue a case or use all these fancy big words. I'll just let my thoughts flow as they come. I do think it's a pretty interesting debate purely because everyone has their own opinions on this, and I like reading how people think so differently about these things.

Personally I think that origonality does and can still exist, but it is very rare! In general I believe that work tends to get rehashed and recycled and then creates something new.

I have talked to a couple of people about this and got 2 totally different thoughts back...

My brother (who is doing a course like this one at uni but in 2nd year) has always said to me that he doesn't think anything is original anymore. He says that everyone's rips someone off and steals ideas. I am very inclined to agree with this. But I do think that just because you get your inspiration from other work, well it can still be original in a sense because you have not copied work. You have just used old work as creative inspiration.

My friend thinks that originality still exists.She says that new things still appear every now and then. We talked about it from a more philosophy point of view. We said that whilst people and the world is always changing (as it always does) then our way of thinking and working will change. Therefore ideas, concepts and work will always change with the times and create new and original things.

I think this is quite a hopeful and positive way of thinking about it. It would be very sad to say that originality no longer exists I think.

In terms of things being created since the 50's...well id say hell yeah! After much research into 1950's design and style I would say that we have come a hell of a long way since then! So so much has been created that hadn't before. And this is mainly because of the software now available on the computer. And im sure that at some point there will be a new program or version of something out and suddenly we will all be able to create new things we didn't realise we could before...and all of a sudden there is scope to do something new and fresh and someone, somewhere out there will create something original.