Freelance Round-Up: This month in design

Finding Inspiration in Uncommon Sources

As designers we're in need of continual inspiration keep us motivated and creative. Where we find inspiration could be from simple things like a new website or magazine. But sometimes we need a little more than a few design galleries. Smashing Magazine have compiled a list of uncommon sources you could turn to in search of inspiration. Whether it be fashion, photography or even an old board game, it's a great excuse to get away from your computer and out of the office.

Design Week 2010 Award Winners

Talking of inspiration, the winners of Design Week's 2010 Awards have been announced. With 23 categories there is something for everyone. Particular favourites of mine are the the St Marys Church Restoration branding and the innovative Kiran solar lantern.

Tea Time at Start

Illustrators Peskimo and Chris Dickason have teamed up to put on a tea-time themed exhibition at Start in Bristol. The exhibition is entitled Tease Made, celebrates "the social rituals, history, iconography and biscuit dunking goodness of enjoying a cup of tea" and features plenty of prints, paintings, sketches and sculptures. The exhibition coincides with the exciting opening of Start, a new art space in the centre of Bristol.

Logorama wins Oscar for Best Short Film

H5’s Logorama recently won an Oscar for best animated short. This short animated film visualises and explores the way that logos are so dominant and ever present in our lives - and told in a faced paced Hollywood style. It's 17 minutes of action packed car chases gun battles and natural disasters in a world made entirely out of logos and brand characters such as the Jolly Green Giant and the Harribo boy. You'll see many recognisable characters all come to life and not in the way you might expect! The project was four years in the making and you can see exactly why.

Folding Plug Wins the Brit Insurance Design Award 2010

An innovative folding plug designed by London student Min-Kyu Choi has been named as overall winner at this year's Brit Insurance Design Awards. British artist Antony Gormley presented Choi with his award at the Design Museum this week. All the shortlisted works are on display at the Design Museum until the 31st October so be sure to pencil in a visit.

What Every Designer Should Do Right Now

It can be tough balancing a busy workload and keeping one's house in order. There are many essential but often neglected tasks that get brushed aside in our day to day lives. When was the last time you backed everything up or updated your online portfolio? Before you know it months have flown by and you're sat at your desk surrounded by mountains of paperwork, cursing yourself for not having backed up your files staring at a blank screen after your hard-drive has failed. Ok, so it may never get to that and you've been lucky so far. There's no time like the present to tidy that desk and do some long-overdue filing.

10 Tips to Improve Your 'About' Page

Designer, popular blogger and recently published author (Logo Design Love) David Airey has written a helpful post with a few ideas on how to make the most of your About page. When looking for talent, apart from your portfolio, clients will often turn to your About page to find out more about the actual person behind the work. They want to know whether you're the type of person they can work with, rely on and grow to trust so keep it short, professional and personable. There are a few great examples of how it should be done.

How To Secure A Successful Tweet

Most of us use twitter these days, whether it be for inane ramblings or to promote a recent piece of work. But are you getting the most out of your tweets? Here are 10 tips to make your tweets go that bit further and hopefully result in a few extra follows.

Peter Serafinowicz Directs new video for Hot Chip

To finish on I thought I'd post a link to Hot Chip's bizarre new music video directed by none other than Peter Serafinowicz, who you may know from watching Spaced or as the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars or more recently as the voice in Driver Dan's Story Train on CBeebies - my little boy loves it!

Alex Peterson, Pixel Air, a web design studio in Cheshire.

Alex's Freelance Alliance profile.


18th March 2010

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