"A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL) is a graphic design studio based in London, founded by Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas in 2003. The focus of their work is with cultural institutions and individuals, often for galleries and museums, events, exhibitions, publishing and editorial. Their thoughtful and rational approach to graphic design, has established the studio a reputation for deceptively simple and successful projects."
Another studio I love! This place is amazing and by looking at the work they produce I think I would fit in very well. It is he simple but effective style I am used to and it just looks beautiful. Obviously with such high end clients they need t have a polished look and this really works so well for every piece I have seen of their work. Great news is that they take internships. Also loads of lovely typography and layout!
Got an email from Fred and this design studio looks wicked!
"We create thoughtful pieces of design and creative communications, with a focus on craftsmanship and collaboration. Ours is a simple approach: we take the time to get to know our clients, we do all that we can to understand the people they’re trying to reach, then we take what we know and create memorable, relevant pieces of work. The ability to deliver good ideas and strong design transcend sectors but most of our work tends to be within health, sports, Corporate Social Responsibility and communications for youthful audiences."
Ideally I want to find somewhere to do a placement in either London, Manchester, Nottingham or Leeds. The latter two are for ease over anything else. I would like to move somewhere else after uni and Manchester is at the top of my list, but I know London is bursting with Creative Networkd.
I can stay in leeds or Nottingham over summer, I have a few friends in London who I am hoping would put a roof over my head, and I could afford to travel from leeds to Manchester for a placement...
AWESOME. I WANT TO WORK HERE. I FEEL LIKE A JELLYBABY WATCHING THIS! ALL WIBBELLYWOBBELLY INSIDE! THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO.
FUTURE, ALLOW THIS.
Ok Hazel, calm down... get to the serious stuff.
I found The Church of London through Typo Mag (book), which showed Little White Lies. I loved the design and after some more research, found out more and more about this magazine. I wanted to do work experience with them... and now have discovered it is this agency who publish and design it, along with Huck. The Church of London is my dream job. In the UK, not a massive company, publishing, creative typography and layout. If I could get a placement... oh woooah.
They are currently looking for a senior designer and by the look of this video they employ around 20 designers. And they use InDesign, score!
"The Church of London is a creative agency motivated by passion – forpublishing and design, for writing and filmmaking, for staging partiesand exhibitions, and engaging with communities of like-minded people."
This is absolute perfection...
"From our offices in East London, TCOLondon’s in-house team of 18 works alongside a vibrant network of contributors and collaborators on a wide range of projects for clients around the world. We publish two magazines, Huck and LWLies, which embody our passion for creating something of our own, and in doing so connecting with other like-minded individuals."
I went to a talk today at Leeds Uni by D&AD and Shellsuit Zombie. It seemed like D&AD were just wanting us to entre their competitions really and I was a bit unsure how much it really taught me about getting a job. It would be good to win an award fromt hem and I suppose any competition is getting your work seen and can only be a positive. I found the talk by Shellsuit Zombie much more inspiring and loved their work ethic.
I want to find out if design studios I want to work for use InDesign or Quark. If Quark is popular, then I will be more open to learning ir. However, at the moment I absolutely hate it. Sure InDesign has stolen loads of bits from it, but InDesign is by far superior now and if I design in InDesign I feel I have more design freedom because I am comfortable and not held back by it.