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So Mark Vessey the photographer was at my studio again today. We had to reshoot some parts of the book I figured we could do better. Also we had a few pick up shots to do. This is the term used when an important shot containing information is missed out for whatever reason. The last shot we struggled a bit with lighting to match what we had done several months earlier. The thing however that made our lives much less stressful was a fairly meticulous storyboard I had prepared the day before. I remember being told to do storyboards at university but I really appreciate now just how much of a great tool they are to ensure smooth running of photography.

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I think if I had designed this cover I might possibly think I would never need to ever design any piece of communication art ever again. Does Graphics get better than this? I’m just going to put this out there as a question. What if this piece of design is a better creation than the novel itself? I had a meeting with a TV company, my agent and my publisher Penguin Random House yesterday and we were in Foyles looking at cover design. I bought this book, which I read in 1984 and I probably won’t read again, (hate reading) it’s going in a frame as an artwork. Hey that’s also one of the chapters in my book.

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It was that time of year again which I love and dread in equal measure. I love it because there is generally good energy and curiosity is high. I dread it because I have to do a creative exercise in an auditorium of 1000 teenage delegates and I want to make it really good and that’s hard! So this year I wanted to talk about modularity and tolerance as something important to consider when you design. I asked ¬†each delegate to think about creating a modular element which could link together with other similar elements in a three dimensional way to create a very large whole. The event is called ‘Inspired by Design‘, there were inspiring talks given by Suzanne Trocme, SeymourPowell, Anthony Dickens and Ben Wilson.I talked also about photographing work and making good layouts, then moved on to the creative exercise…here’s what happened…..

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