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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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Bliss Hair & Beauty – New Website

I designed the first Bliss website while I was still at University. We wanted something a bit flashy, and with animation, and all the information about the treatments that we couldn’t fit into the leaflets on the site.

Since then, the salon has grown, there are more staff, new treatments and products, and with the introduction of iPhones, a Flash site is no longer viable for this site.

The splash page started with an animation of the swirls fading and growing onto the page...

The animation finished with the Bliss logo appearing and becoming the enter button for the site...

This basic page layout, with navigation links down both sides faded onto the screen...

And when you clicked on the link, the content would appear in the middle of the page.

The website needed so much updating, as well as converting to an HTML site, that we decided to re-design it altogether. The old website looked dated, not as professional as we would have liked, and a bit too cute. So we sat down and discussed what we would like the site to do, the qualities of the salon and the information the site needed to provide and redesigned it.

Basic Bliss Layout

We went for the black and red background as the swirls are a big part of the branding. I feel the black background is much more luxurious and elegant than the white. We also made the navigation a lot simpler, by putting it all on one page. Some of the links also open into menus:

Beauty Treatment Menu

I have kept everything on top of the background image slightly transparent so you can always see the background, to strengthen that branding element. You can always see the Bliss logo on the page as well always in the middle at the top. There are plans to include some photographs, and there are photo shoots planned, and the photos should look something like this:

Obviously we won't be using photos of baths...

and finally, when you click on a treatment, the text looks a little something like this…

Any information is set in Helvetica/Arial

It’s still a work in progress, there is still some new information to go on there, a news section to get going and the photos to take and put on too. However, it’s up online: http://www.blisshairandbeauty.co.uk as the old website was so out of date, and if you visit and have any comments, please feel free to let me know.

I have updated the leaflets and pricelists as well, and designed some aftercare leaflets for various different treatments, once they are printed, and the website is finished, I’ll blog again.

TTFN,

Laura

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This Week’s Inspiration

Here it is, a little late…

1. The Typeface Memory Game

Typeface Memory Game

The Typeface Memory Game, designed by Brazilian studio PS2.

2. Fallen

Fallen

Beautiful animated short film by Wolfram Kampffmeyer and Sascha Geddert.

3. I Do Card

I Do Card

Lovely letterpressed cards from PaperPlatesPress.

4. Ikea Baking Book

Ikea Baking Book

Homebaked is Best“, the new Ikea book promoting their kitchens by Forsman & Bodenfors.

5. New Brother Advert

Stop motion advert

New advert for Brother Printer by Noah Harris of Grey London.

6. My Big Media ABC

My Big Media ABC

Alphabet book dealing with society’s issues.

7. Pacific Wine Company

Pacific Wine Company

Cartoon adverts for the Pacific Wine Company.

8. Vikavita Lopukhiny

Calligraphy

Lovely calligraphy by VikaVita Lopukhiny.

9. Salon Modern

Salon Modern by Studio MPLS

Branding work for a salon by Studio MPLS, something a little different!

10. Patrick Hruby

Patrick Hruby Illustrations

Really colourful illustrations from Patrick Hruby.

That’s all for now. Although if you have five minutes and you haven’t already done so, please could you vote for my t-shirt design for the 5oup/Bombay Bicycle Club Competition.

TTFN,

Laura

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