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New Website Have A Look

So basically when I was doing my HND we had a brief to create a website for ourselves, overall I wasn’t happy with this at all so I have taken it upon myself to create myself a more professional site, in which possible clients etc. can contact me on and look into myself abit more.

I will be updating this site all the time and it isn’t 100% yet, I have a lot more planned.

So if you get a chance have a look on: http://alexrichardson93.wix.com/alexrichardsondesign

Any questions or know how contact me on either the new site or via here!


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WWF Animal’s / Images

So today I have decided while at college with a computer that actually works without crashing that I would have some fun in Adobe Illustrator with tracing and playing with the layers and my own style that I have previously used in other projects.

But first I have decided that I really need some new images to use, I did really want to use the snake but in hindsight this wouldn’t work because the snake that I have chosen in the image isn’t actually endangered whats so ever, so from this decision I am going to look at more in-depth animal faces on like big cats, rhinos, elephants, apes, etc…

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Si Scott

‘Welcome to the new Si Scott Studio site, we are a creative Design & Illustration studio that prides itself on finely crafted work with an obsessive attention to detail in everything we do.’

Quote from “Si Scott Studios” which I came across while looking for different illustration styles to try and find what I had in my head and these guys have beaten me to it haha, but they are a fantastic studio and the quality of there design work is mind blowing.

Link to there site: http://siscottstudio.com

Below are some screenshots from Si Scott Studios website and these are from several animal projects but my mind has been blown! these design/ illustrations have really opened my eyes and something has finally brought back my passion for design and this just shows me that I really do like Illustration and this is what I want to do, I would love to work or even do work experience at a studio like this, thee just fantastic, but now my job is to see if i Still have it in me to sketch and illustrate like I used to 4 years ago during my art A levels.

After looking at these I really just want to get sketching and have my final piece done already I can’t wait to see  how the final outcome will look, I sort of have a vision in my head but its blurry at the moment.


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The level and detail and perfection in Illustration is amazing and Si Scott and the team are next level!


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Sign Development

So I have now added all of the information that I have collected into their own sign’s and I have them all saved individually and in a document together.

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Even though there done, I’m still not happy with them me and Tim where talking and decide the reason there not working yet is simply because of the type, I am trying to take a lot of inspiration for motorway sign’s so I really need to take this further by actually using the same type face and using the same style completely almost.

I need to also I feel add something? maybe an icon for each sign which can be determined by the song lyrics, this is my next job along with the exploration of the motor-way typeface and translating it into my designs.


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In class this week we all had to create a presentation in the PECHA KUCHA style, 20 slides with 20 seconds on each, I found it really hard, simply because I hate talking in front of crowd to a couple of people I would be fine but not no more, but it was eye opening because in the industry this is needed, we are often needed to present out idea’s and thoughts.

But below is mine, not very good and inspiring but hey It worked.

Presentation Alex R

Sorry that its in a PDF format couldn’t get it to be a movie no here.

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Celebrity Brief: J.K. Rowling

So basically for this brief we weren’t allowed to choose our own celebrity to design for, the group put in some different celebrity names and we got given our owns at random, mine is J.K. Rowling.

Its not about what I think of her but I need to design around how I personally think she would like to be interpreted, I need to create a logo, letterhead, business card and compliment slip – These items are going to be the standard size. I also need to consider the making or visualizing of a promotional item. I will need to research as too what else I could make/ design for her but on first thought because she’s an author I’m thinking on possibly something like a book mark?

My first step was to go straight to her own website http://www.jkrowling.co.uk/en_GB/#/. I was quiet surprised as to the layout of her site and the colour pallet and theme, All that I personally know about her right now is that she wrote the “Harry Potter” books and some other books, I know that she has a family aswell so It could be useful to maybe use some key words in my designing phase and maybe even on the designs, what comes to mind right now is ‘Drive, Passion and Confidence”, but these could very easily change the more I get to know her…

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Just two little screenshots from J.K’s site, I will have a better look at her site very soon and below is a screenshot of her signature which could come in handy?

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Final Design Steps

So after designing and making my initial design to see if it works I decided to go ahead and start making my final design, I went ahead and made to different colour schemes one all black and a black and white one.

I went ahead and first measured a CD to see the sizing because my prototype design was a little to big, My CD case now measures up at 130mm x 125mm, this is just big enough to fit a normal CD in with a little spare room either side, I brought some more jet black card and began cutting it out to size using a knife and a straight edge steel ruler – but first I carefully measured and drew out the whole design.



Above is a shot of the black on black CD case sleeve, inside is the CD holder, The black on black design I feel is really effective and as a whole design works really well, the album now is very subtle and mysterious especially with nothing on the front, this is so different to every other CD case I have seen before.






Just a shot with the sleeve and the holder unfolded out both sides of the design.




Next is the white and black design, this was only last-minute, while buying the jet black card for the main sections of the packaging I came across some really nice natural looking paper, it was a natural made off white with plant sections intertwined. I was worried about how this paper would print because of how fin it was and how it was made but It came out fine in the end



Although the black and white design looks really nice, clean and readable I still really like the black on black design I just think it’s because not many designs use 1 solid colour for a whole design and this Is really making me lean towards this design.



The inside of the black on white design is just as striking as the front, but for some reason to me it looks slightly tacky and cheap? I don know if it’s just me but it does I think this is just because of the white paper being used.



I was having a little play around with my spray paint and a stencil that I have made using an animal print, The CD itself look terrible but this is only a test, since I have made another and it looks a lot better I need to make a blog post with the whole process of the CD making which I will do after this post.

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CD packaging and CD thoughts

Well in today lesson I showed Tim my draft CD packaging and explained to him what I wanted to do and he really liked it but he had the suggestion of making the whole CD packaging black because of how well the black on black printing came out and I agreed that this would look very different and unquie so my next step/experiment is to have a go at making it black on black on black haha, this will be powerful and strong but I have to make sure that I get a solid black card as a base because my pre printed black on black is a slight off black so it will stand out on the design as a whole?


This is what I mean about the black paper there’s two different types an off natural black and a rich fake black.


When I was thinking about how I was going to stick my CD onto my paper back packaging it I had no clue what these little things were called I knew that they were real and not just in my head because I have seen them before, after a while searching random things trying to find out what there called I finally found out there : CD spiders!!!, there’s a couple of different styles and options for me to choose from so I need to have a better look and think about these.


Now I don’t know If I will use gold leaf on the design as much as I originally thought but I will still try it out and have a little look and see if it’s working, gold and black always looks good so I will See.

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I found this website called : http://www.acdsleeve.com/ and they specialize in hand crafted paper back CD and Cassette packaging, I was having a look through their different styles and found some really interesting pieces that got me thinking about my packaging design.


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Heres a pretty cool little cassette case that I liked, the only reason is because of the space style print on the outer circle, could be something that I could use?

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I am really considering having an out case in black again which will surround my CD holder inside this will add another element to the design and possibly make the design as a whole better I will need to investigate and have a good think and experiment.

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Another cut out style outer packaging, again I don’t necessarily have to have type cut out, It could be a shape or just a simple cut out showing the album’s title underneath? or a pattern?

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This image and piece abve got me really thinking about my design and how I could bring it to the next level, an outer case would be a great asset to the design as a whole.

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Simple CD template that I could get inspiration from.

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Another way that I could possibly have a cut and have the image or layer underneath being shown, black on black…



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Illstration and Gold Leaf Part 2

After my first initial gold leaf test I decided to have a bit more of an experiment with the process, I went back to my local hobby shop and bought so card craft glue which came in some little bottle with a very fine tip applicator which made it very easy to apply on the pre-printed type.


Even though the glue was so much easier to apply the initial results looked like it was working well but after once I removed all of the excess gold leaf it became apparent that the glue was suitable, where I had to apply pressure on the gold leaf to make sure that It stuck down properly the glue had spread even though I was very careful about how much I put on the type, this was very annoying because it was so much fast and easier to do than using a pencil and the proper adhesive for the gold leaf.



The end result was bad to say the least.

After my fail with the gold leaf I decide to have a quick break from it and have a look at the illustration side of the design and the front cover of the CD case, I used my two favorite and most suitable type faces from my original print out and layed them out using grids to get them 100% perfect and equal, on this page I also added a quick rendition of a Lion that I did, I was really happy with this design and thought if it was done in gold leaf it would look so good so this is what I was going to do next.


I test printed the design first to see how it would come out on a normal piece of paper before printing it on a decent piece of card.


Test print came out good so I went ahead and printed it on the brown stock card.0


The designs came out looking good on the card so I went ahead and carefully cut them out using a straight edge and a ruler, In the design on the computer I added a 0.25pt line box around each section which was carefully sized using grids.


I began thinking about what card stocks I will be using and how the final CD case could look with the 2 tone contrast using collage techniques and processes.


Below is a shot of the final gold leaf lion illustration and it came out looking shit to be honest, I can barely see what It is so this was a complete failure and I will have to go back to the drawing boards to see how I could get over this, I think it is because the gold leaf isn’t perfect yet it looked like this, maybe I should only cover part in gold leaf? worth a try, I also have some black stock card which I will try to print onto to experiment with aswell.


The black printed version and the gold leafed one, it’s hard to tell that they are the same illustration.


When I came to the type I had already gold leaf the “American Captain” typeface before so I decided to do the “Georgia” one, and to be honest I really like the style of the this type, It looks a bit of an older style than the other option, I went back to the process of how I did the gold leaf the first time around with the pencil and adhesive liquid.


I found the small type very hard to gold leaf because of the size of type, I am really happy with the final result of this gold leafing, it looks old but valuable which It something I sort of wanted to portray in my CD packaging.


Below is a shot of the final gold leaf test with the failed like print and over all the colours look really good but I still want to see how they look on black stock first…


Overall a very successful day experimenting and testing the processes to find what works for me, next steps is to test the black stock card with the gold leaf, have a look at he CD pattern which I will do next and then it onto the final illustration of the lion.

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