Tag Archives: information design

Met Office Information Design

For the first 3 months of the year, I worked at the Met Office in Exeter. It was a 3 month contract with them to work with the Design Studio there, and it was great fun! The Met Office is a great place to work, it’s a big building with a restaurant, cafe, gym, shop, a little community all within, and the people there were lovely. I really enjoyed it, and loved the work I did – which ranged from development work on the websites and apps, to information design like the examples below.

Here are a few examples of some of the work I did whilst I was part of the design team:

Winter Statistics

Winter Statistics

Grand National 2014

Grand National 2014

Summer Partners

Summer Partners

These were great fun to work on – we have basic colours and a style to stick to but other than that I was able to be as creative as I wanted. These have appeared on Facebook, twitter, google plus or have been sent round to advertisers and sponsors.

TTFN,
Laura

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Goodbye 2012 and hello 2013…

Well it’s been quite a year! A few new projects, a few new customers…

New projects that I completed this year include…

DCUK:
I continued to update the website, take the product photography, and design the e-shots, and embarked on a complete rebrand which will be launched in the next few months… Below are a few of my favourite shots from last year, and a few of the choice e-mails, which I updated the look and format of during 2012.

Santa duckling with duckys and baubles

Santa duckling with duckys and baubles

Natural Mother Duck and Babies

Natural Mother Duck and Babies

Easter E-shot

Easter E-shot

Graduation Ducklings

Graduation Ducklings

DAISY COFFINS:
I updated the design of the Daisy Coffin website, using the colours, type and supporting graphics of the existing brand.

Daisy Coffins Home Page

Daisy Coffins Home Page

BLISS HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON:
As well as some photography sessions with the girls at different events, I have been keeping their blog and facebook page updated and I have been working on some print work throughout the year.

Bliss Photography Shots

Bliss Photography Shots

Bliss Flyer and Price Leaflet

Bliss Flyer and Price Leaflet

DEVON CARERS:
I collaborated with Rachel from Colourclear Graphic Design to work on the new re-brand of Devon Carers Link. They were renaming and rebranding the whole organisation, as well as changing the structure and idea behind the brand. We worked together on the identity and branding, marketing materials, emails, websites, newsletters, posters and more. My first major collaboration – which was fun and really nice to have someone else to bounce ideas off.

Devon Carers logo with tag line

Devon Carers logo with tag line

Devon Carers Newsletters and Flyer

Devon Carers Newsletters and Flyer

Devon Carers Home Page

Devon Carers Home Page

We also worked on 2 sub-brands within Devon Carers – Devon Young Carers and Devon Carers Voice – developing a website for both… but more about that at a later date…

CRABSTITCH:
I designed this logo for a friend of mine who was starting an embroidery business in the summer…

Crabstitch Logo

Crabstitch Logo

IMPULSIVE YACHT RACING:
…Followed shortly by a logo for the new racing team and yacht that I bought as part of a syndicate last summer:

The Impulsive logo

The Impulsive logo

DAISY CREMATION URNS:
Throughout the year I have been working on the Daisy Cremation Urns website and brochure, and we relaunched the new website towards the end of last year. I spent a lot of time learning about coding and opencart to get this website right…

Daisy Cremation Urns Home Page

Daisy Cremation Urns Home Page

ARGAN VIE:
I continued to tweak the branding, and design packaging for Essential Oils Direct’s line of Argan Oil products – Argan Vie:

Argan Vie Logo

Argan Vie Logo

Argan Vie Packaging

Argan Vie Packaging

Essential Oils Direct:
As well as the Argan Vie Products, we worked on labels and product shots, as well as a logo for aromatherapy points for the online store:

Aroma Point Logo

Aroma Point Logo

EOD Labels

EOD Labels

FLAVEL:
Another job in collaboration with Rachel from Colourclear Graphic Design – this was a fun job updating the design and information for 2013’s Comedy Festival Leaflet and posters. The templates were similar to the previous year, and we tweaked the design with the new information. (More about this in a future blog post…)

Comedy Festival Logo

Comedy Festival Logo

Flavel Comedy Flyer

Flavel Comedy Flyer

Flavel Comedy Posters

Flavel Comedy Posters

I also completed the re-brand of my own Graphic Design company:

LAURAPAKORA DESIGN:

Laurapakora Design Logo

Laurapakora Design Logo

Laurapakora Design Home Page

Laurapakora Design Home Page

Laurapakora Design Stationary and Print

Laurapakora Design Stationary and Print

I worked on a personal project based on the Reading Challenge I had set myself the year before, to read 30 books:

Book Review Reading Challenge

Information Design on the books I read in 2011.

I entered a competition to design characters for an alphabet, called “What’s Your Type” by “Oh Momma”, and one of my letters won…

My winning "i"

My winning “i”

I entered and was shortlisted for the South Devon Business Excellence Awards “Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award”:

Shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur Award

Shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur Award

And I read and reviewed four different Art and Design books, both for this blog and my other Book Review blog, Information is Beautiful, Graphic Design: A Concise History, How to Design Websites and Creative Inc.

…and that was just the business… in my personal life, I read 50 books, I turned 30, I dyed my hair bright red, I climbed, I sailed, I ran my first marathon and my second half marathon, I sang in a Gilbert and Sullivan musical: Mikado, I bought a boat in a syndicate, we won our first sailing series this Autumn, I watched and enjoyed the Olympics, I went to a street party for the Jubilee, I spent a week in Spain, got married, and spent three weeks in New York and driving around California! Phew! 2013 has a lot to live up too…

I have many plans for Laurapakora Design this year, so watch this space for more… first up, I will be updating my website with new work, and finalising a few projects, including a new website and branding for a False Nail Design company – Skulls and Rubys – which should be launched in the next few weeks.

Happy New Year!
TTFN,
Laura

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Book Review: Information is Beautiful by David McCandless

This book review comes from my other blog: http://laurapakora82.wordpress.com/

Information is Beautiful by David McCandless

I love this book. I bought it last year, and have flicked through it a few times, but this time I sat down and read it from cover to cover in depth. The information design in this book is gorgeous and inspiring, and I spent ages poring over the diagrams and illustrations.

There are diagrams on many different subjects, to the most popular baby names, to dictators wives… global warming to literature. It’s an interesting read as it is, even if you are not interested in the actual design side of the book, and because it’s a good design book, the information is laid out in a very well thought out way, making it easy to understand.

David McCandless, the author, describes himself as a “data journalist” or “information designer” and he designed this book to convey the facts and messages with the least amount of words, but the most amount of impact.

The thing that hit me most amount these info graphics, is how lovely they are, without context I would want to put them on my wall, with context they are just even more awesome! I found it very inspiring, I love information design, and this book (and the accompanying website) are an awesome selection.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes art and design, as well as anyone who wants an interesting fact book to dip into.

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Monthly Inspiration Round Up

Here’s September’s offerings, just a few odd things that haven’t made it to the weekly post, but that I wanted to share:

Pop Chart Lab Beer Poster

Lego Build Anything - Temujin Doran

Room 13 Adverts

Shadow Art by Kumi Yamashita

Alejo Malia's Google Illustrations

Diver & Aguilar “Caravaggio” – Moda Magazine

Morbid Plush Dolls

History of Creation Reloaded

Grimm Brothers Beer Bottles

Tibetian Mandalas by Thorleifur Gunnar Gíslason

Enjoy!

TTFN,

Laura

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Monthly Inspiration Round Up

Since doing the weekly inspiration, I have found the odd thing here and there that hasn’t made it to the 10 on the weekly post, but I still wanted to share with you, so I have decided to do a monthly post, with a picture and link… so here’s July.

Click on the image to link to the post.

Cardboard Sculptures - Chris Gilmour

David Lipson's Robots

Design Glut's Uncomfortable Situation Cards

Brasuca Stop Motion for Cartoon Network

Coralie Bickford Smith's Penguin Classics - F Scott Fitzgerald

Photos of Titan

Murmure Hole Punch Posters

NY Times Olympic Torch Infographic

Deviant Art 10 Year Birthday Invitation

Craig Ward's Type Lab

Hope you enjoy these, I’ll also post the normal weekly inspiration fix later this morning!

TTFN,

Laura

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New Work – Westaways Spec Sheets

I have just finished this project, and thought I’d share it with you all. These were some specification sheets that I designed for a friend of mine a few years ago. They needed updating, both the design and the content!

The sheets needed updating with the new logo, which lent itself to working well as a header across the page:

Westaway Logo

Logo Header

Each sheet has a drawing of the sail which I created from the original layout plans, starting with the panels and then adding the colour and shading, and finally the extras – tapes, numbers etc.

Mainsail and Genoa

The sails made of laminate have a scanned version of the actual material used as the fill, and the “available materials” are also scanned versions.

Close up of laminates

There are 30 different sails all in all, headsails, mainsails and spinnakers, which all had a separate drawing created for them:

Trisail and Spinnaker

On the back of each specification sheet, there are six different photos describing the options available for each sail – again, these are different for each sail, but help the customer to understand and decide what their sail needs:

Option Images

These photos are a collection of the loft’s images they have taken over the years, and my own images. There is also a small amount of text on the back to back this up and help explain what the sail needs and the different options, set in two columns to keep the line length short, and the text more legible:

Text

I used the brand colours of red and blue throughout the layout design of the sheets, and kept the type simple and neutral using Helvetica Neue.

Back of the Spec Sheets

As well as the sails spec sheets, I also created 10 separate sheets for the Canvas and Sail Slide options, which were a combination of the layout and design of the front and the back of the sails sheets:

Canvas Sheets

These did not require a drawing, just a few images of the canvas, and a colour chart of the materials used.

Westaways were pleased with these, and requested both print versions, and a smaller file size version for customers to download from the website. They should be on the site soon.

I’ll be updating the website soon, so keep an eye out for the new work (more to come) here.

TTFN,

Laura

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