New blog

HERE

Probably less design-related stuff and more photos of cats.

Future

I’ve left Falmouth with a high 2:1 and right now I’m in London to kick off the future starting with an internship at Spencer Du Bois tomorrow. In light of this I’ve decided to retire this blog and leave it as an archive of my education from Foundation through to the end of university.

I’ll probably start a new one in time as I start to figure out what I want to do with my life. Watch this space.

Over and out.

Final year round-up #2 – Final Major

Most of the process and thinking behind this project can be found here: chrissystylesfmp.wordpress.com, so I’ll only post the final outcome.

Basically the big idea was to find a way that the internet could be used to enhance people’s offline interactions. This final outcome is a reinvention of the band-tshirt.

Music is a universal topic — everyone has a music taste — and it’s not so personal as to be weird if you were wearing it.

In the past, wearing a band t-shirt was, aside from a good conversation starter, a pretty good indication of someone’s music taste. Now, however, with the rise of things like Last.fm and Spotify, people are able to access a wider variety of music than before and so have much more varied music tastes. A variety that one band t-shirt couldn’t convey.

I have created a concept for t-shirts that have patterns containing QR codes that when scanned, would lead to one of that person’s Last.fm charts: weekly/monthly/overall top artists/albums or recently listened to tracks, and then hopefully onto a conversation. The point is that by wearing QR codes you are effectively inviting people to scan them, and so would be open to the possibility of a conversation afterwards.

I also created an accompanying website where customers could customise their order to make it more personal to them – all the while keeping in mind that the QR code still had to be legible.

I think it’s still too early for me to honestly say whether or not I’m completely pleased with this – I spent so long on this project that right now I never want to see it again! I loved the textiles part of it though and this is something I hope to do more of.

Comic Sans biscuits are going to RSA

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They’re keeping my business cards company. Food bribes are kind of my thing.

Business cards and portfolios