Graphic design etc

Hello everyone! Apologies for being a bit quiet on the blog front as of late, it is fast approaching end of semester and I am drowning in assignments. All social engagements have been called off and late nights have been the norm!

Whilst furiously trying to plow through my work last week I received a lovely (and very surprising!) email from The Loop. You see a few days earlier I had submitted my graphic design portfolio into a competition to win tix to the sold out Portfolio Masterclass at the MCA. Over 500 people entered their portfolios and 20 won tickets… I was one of those selected! To be honest I nearly didn’t enter as my portfolio contained mainly 1st year work and nothing was professionally photographed.

My excitement soon turned to mild stress when I realised I had 1 1/2 days to make business cards and finalise my portfolio. Realising I didn’t have enough time to properly design and print business cards, I decided to go DIY style!

I went to Officeworks and bought a DIY stamp and ink pad, and gathered up some leftover cardboard I had from my recent printing adventures at the Rizzeria. Friday night was spent carefully arranging letters with tweezers, slicing up cardboard and getting covered in ink. The cards were looking good but they needed a graphical element, possible some lines. That’s when I decided a homemade potato stamp was the way to go! Here are my final results:


The business cards received an overwhelmingly positive response and I think I will continue making them in this fashion for a while, possibly with another graphical element on the back of the cards.

The portfolio masterclass was great and extremely helpful. I got to speak with and show my portfolio to the likes of Toko, Moon Communications, Moffitt.Moffitt and Design is Kinky. I got a lot of great feedback and can’t wait to tweak my portfolio when I have some spare time.

Oh and just incase you were interested, here is my portfolio on The Loop! www.theloop.com.au/sarahshrapnel

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