stressingnorton

April 29, 2010

nother pointless post, more just to bitch and moan. once again clients fobbing me off with shit excuses. this is a pretty stressful job at the best of times. yesterday took the custard cream. being awake till 6am to fix the leaking boiler in my room which was leaking water all over my floor, carrying binfuls of water down to the bathroom every 15 mins for 4 hours, not as fun as you’d think.

all I wanted to do when i woke up was get paid and get stuff printed for meeting on friday, but got fobbed off all day, so couldn’t get things printed still waiting now to get paid, still have to get things printed. sometimes I think I really can’t be bothered with this shit. much nicer just working for myself. Decided I’m gonna get on the invoice stituation and invoice everyone for every piece of work i do just to protect myself a bit more. and no more discounts, freebies, favors, no more shit. Really annoys me when people think they’re doing you a massive favor by giving you work, then an even bigger favor for paying you for it.

rant over.

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star wars love

April 21, 2010

currently have no commissions at the mo, which means no income, but also means I can happily do my own work without feeling too guilty. here’s some new t-shirt designs,  based on star wars, bit of a cliche but turned out nicely i think, gotta give some credit to Mr. Bingo who’s an awesome illustrator and can draw hair amazingly which inspired the chewbacca design.


small amendment

April 19, 2010

as a small amendment to that last post, i’m not having a go at all promoters. The majority of them are very sound people who have a lot of respect for the work designers like me do, and appreciate what this business is like as many of them are in the same boat.

but some don’t.


small debate – designing for free

April 19, 2010

Saw on facebook earlier someone saying “am designing logos who wants one….for free?

Now,

I don’t know if it’s just me getting older and grumpier, I like to think wiser, though probably more like grumpier seeing as I felt I should write about it on here. but this annoyed me, I mentioned to him that he’s selling himself short as well as cheapening the design industry, I said  it as advice from designer to designer, but it seemed to spark off small debate, lots of people jumped at chance for a free logo, which is where the problem lies.

I understand starting off in this business is hard as i’ve been there myself, and to be honest probably still am there (though wiser and grumpier). The first flyer job I did in the first year of university I got paid a £5 bag of weed, but when he came back a few weeks later with another job I charged him £30, and he accepted this and I carried on working for him for the next two years and basically established myself as a professional designer. this was cause I realised it was a business, and haven’t done a piece of free work since then.

The fact of the matter is you’re providing a service for someone, a service you should get paid for. If people in the same position as you aren’t charging anything, of course the clients will go for them. I don’t mind other people getting jobs but I do when they’re doing it for free, because soon it’s what these promoters will expect, to find some fresh faced designer whos happy to work for free thinking that these promoters are doing them a favor by giving them work.

I had someone the other day asked me to do some work for them, followed by ‘1st jobs free yeh?’ completely seriously, no hint of irony or sarcasm, cause that’s what people fuckin expect nowadays. now like I said before wiser and grumpier, a lot of people try and fuck you over in this business, and will continue to do so if people happily bend over for them.

right, thas my rant over, felt good. on the lighter side of life got an interview and a print/design shop on thursday. think it’s for front of house rather than design, but it’d be nice to work somewhere relevant to what i do. the reason i’m getting a job is cause it’s too stressful full-time freelance design, for some of the reasons mentioned, but won’t get bogged down in that again.


shout outs and evil robots

April 19, 2010

quick shout to friend in Bristol who’s in the process of building up a clothes business, some really nice hand-made stuff, bags, hats, clothes jewelery etc.  really like the hats myself, can check out their website >>>>www.fabricateclothing.co.uk<<<<, or join their facebook group >>>>>here<<<<<<

and here’s my pic of a killer dj robot


new illustration and meeting time

April 18, 2010

here’s new illustration, don’t really know what do with it yet, reckon it’d look nice as a big screenprint, shape of it doesn’t lend to a t-shirt too well. t-shirts on the mind at the mo constantly trying to design things that’d look good on a t-shirt.

It maybe cause I got an actual meeting with a clothes shop in Shoreditch regarding my t-shirt designs, not entirely sure what the meeting is for, just emailed them trying to flog some t-shirts, but they actually asked me to come down. all I know is I got to turn up with my portfolio, which I think currently has a small family of moths living in it. so think i’m gonna buy new A3 portfolio goto printers get all my newest designs/illustrations printed out nicely, buy new trousers, stripey jumper, cut the jew-fro off. bish bash bosh jobs a goodun.

here’s the pic


sort your f*cking life out

April 13, 2010

more new tees, may have another person interested in stocking them, this time online site called http://www.afternoon-tee.co.uk website going live in summer, so hopefully have some printed up soon.

dunno why i didn’t think of this t-shirt before, was the catchphrase in our house for two years, usually directed at me though the name was always nicely interchangeable, so done two versions. one for everyone and one for people who know me, weirdly i think the one for people who know me will sell much better, if only for people just to try and annoy me.