Thursday, 11 June 2009

If you aint got anything to blog about....

Then don't blog at all...

These are the words that have been pumping through my head every time i graced onto my pitiful blog page. Now, now its once again been a while since i last blogged on here, but i thought it was due time for another Craig spurt.

So my 2nd year at University has officially ended and i am now currently far away, safe and sound, locked in my bed room at home in Crewe. And how do i feel??

Well.... Looking back on my 2nd year at uni it was a very pick n mix bag of emotions on my behalf. At the start of the year i was flying high, eager feeling fresh and ready for my course to begin. I was excited to what projects we would be given this year, as i have to say 1st years projects were a load of horse shit. But yeah i have to say the projects this year were a 100 times better but also a whole different league of difficulty. Overall i feel i worked very hard through out the entire year. Granted i could of put a whole lot more effort in, but hey that's something to work towards for next year right?? Anyway, i am happy to say i got through it all with out too much crying and bitching on my behalf....... Well.. Maybe a little haha.
But seriously though, after looking back on some of the work i have produced this year, i am very proud of what i have achieved.

As for this summer! I have BIG BIG plans and i am very very very very very very excited about what i am currently working on.
I wont speak to much about it just yet, as i want to save it for a time when i have something a bit more "tangible" to show/talk about.
So fret not, i will share with you all in due time. (Most of you reading this probably already know what i am on about anyway)

As for now... This "project" i am currently working on is what i need right now, more then anything!

Until we next speak blogger...................... SEEYA!!



If you haven't already purchased this record, then where have you been??!! Seriously this record is FANTASTIC, a truly great soundtrack to your summer.

Buy it! Download it, Stream it.... Whatever! Just enjoy it! I promise you wont be disappointed :)


Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Night Of The Pencils

Well after a very long night and what has been a very (dare i say it) "emotional" past few weeks on my behalf, i have finally completed my last project of the year clocking in around 4:30 AM this morning.... And do i feel better?? Not particularly, staying awake all night trying to force myself to design never puts a smile on my face. Right now i am a mixture of nauseous pains combined with a slight light headed and dizzy sensation, all in all makes a tasty cocktail of only what i could describe as "FUCKED OFF!". Annnnnnnyway.. Here is a bit of a preview of how my art direction turned out:

All i have left to do is print, mount and then wait for my crit tomorrow.
I am really not that optimistic as i have no backup work whats so ever.... But only time will tell.

I best pull my finger out


have a video of some dancing French men....



Sunday, 26 April 2009


Well well well.... Its been a very long time since i have updated this what has become a very dead blog. Mainly due to myself frankly not giving a toss anymore, but also i have a few hardware problems and unable to log into the blogger dashboard... Anywho
Recently i have been finding myself very frustrated and generally uninspired/motivated to do any uni work. I hate to admit it and i don't really know what has happened to me over the past month or so, but i am constantly finding myself hating graphic design more and more as the days pass by. Maybe its the fact i feel like i put so so so much effort into my work and i dont get rewarded? After all, that is the sheer basis of design ethics isn't it? To feel a sense of achievement from what we design, otherwise what is the point?

I know what your thinking, this is just making me sound pretentious and arrogant, and you would be correct to think so. But i feel this is what the course is turning me into, i am becoming something i despise. I am becoming an awful person who must thrive on my ego being fed otherwise i will not be satisfied.

This is not what i want to be :(

I just hate the fact that i am feeling this way right now. I really want to turn this around, and i know i can.... But honestly.... I just need a long break from the "wonderful world" of graphic design.


More onto the point of why i decided to post this little blog.
Those of you who know me, probably know how much of a love and passion i have for making music (i admit i am not that great at doing it, but i still love to do so). And how excited i can get when i get a new piece of musical hardware.... I am just a nerd when it comes to these things.

Recently i purchased a swankey new digital effects pedal for my bass guitar. As you may or may not know, there isn't that many digital effects out there that are designed purely around the bass as it is pretty much a solid sounding instrument that shouldn't really be tampered with. But they make effects for pretty much EVERYTHING these days, and the bass guitar is no exception in this case.

Behold my new BOSS ODB-3 Digital Bass Distortion Effects pedal:

I managed to snap this baby up 2nd hand (as you can tell) for only £25! Which i feel is a HUGE bargin, as these pedals retail at around £75 a pop brand new. Some of you may disagree with me on this one, but personally i love the fact that it's scuffed, scratched and battered to hell, it gives it a sense of character....... Just look at how beautiful it looks!
I seriously can not wait to get back home and have a play around with it and see what crazy ass, dirty sounds i can make. If any of you are curious to what it sounds like click here and you will see an awful metal demonstration of what kind of overdrive tones you can get out of the ODB-3. For me though, i want to try and get a really nice "dry" bass tone out of it, similar to tone of bass guitar used in such bands as Tokyo Police Club etc.