London, a city full of rich history and so much to see! The things you are told upon visiting only to be filled with anticipation. Needless to say this West Coast girl was completely blown away by the polite locals and clean streets and stunning historical landscapes. Don't fret trying to see those iconic double decker buses and black taxis, once there you may actually get frustrated with them always sneaking into your photos. And whoever said that their cuisine is bland and tasteless has been mislead, some of the best meals I have purchased were amongst London restaurants. As you walk through the streets or take the tube under them you quickly understand the many aspects that lie within London and try to make time for at least well some of it, because you gotta face that there is far to much to do in one single trip! As a designer, what a treat to see the first 'Pentagram' and 'Bloomsbury Publishing' and get a bit of an insider view of daily life and industry standards in the area! Hearing how the Pentagram building was originally used is equally entertaining as what they do today. As well as seeing how beautifully Bloomsbury Publishing decorated their offices to how beautifully they design their books! It's easy to say that London is worth the hype and lives up to it!!!
Let me take a step back to Fall 2015...one of the perks for the fall quarter is the fact that it is a study tour on location in New York City! Getting to each place is half the battle and you not only get a good feel of how the professionals function in their area but also the layout of the city. Manhattan is not a large area of land but getting around via subway can be tricky, at least that's what this West Coast native thought! The first part of the tour my talented classmates and I met up at The Type Directors Club after traveling from all over the country. We had the opportunity to hear from two great illustrators Yuko Shimizu and James Warhola. Now not to give everything away since it is exclusive information for the program however I will share some helpful info! Look up Warhola...he has a great body of work and a lot of it came from being challenged by others. So, take a challenge next time you are faced with one, you never know where it will lead. Now for Shimizu well she too has an impressive body of work and she expressed her everyday rules and the most important being create something you are proud to call your own! Over their long careers they have learned what works and what does not, I am sure all new comers can take their advice and fit it into their schedule! Here it is part one of NYC '15!!!
Well, I have been to Scranton twice now, which means the start of the second year in "Get Your Masters with The Masters" and it has been great! In the past year, I have travelled to places I never thought I would and met people who have truly enriched my life. There have also been many opportunities to visit some really neat studios and offices which is what I plan to share over the next few posts along with some side thoughts I have on various subjects! Stay tuned!