So finally, after what seems like ages of tinkering and tweaking, my new website is online. You can find it at sambennettdesign.co.uk, and it’s been built using fluid grids in dreamweaver so should work no matter what device you view it on. All my work is on there, so feel free to have a look through everything and if you find anything that doesn’t work or looks out of place, just give me a shout so I can fix it.
Just a quick post today, but I wanted to use it to talk about one of my favourite adverts of 2014 so far. When most people think of holiday or hotel advert, the first ones that will probably come to mind will be Trivago or Premier Inn, maybe even Hotels Combined or that slightly odd Thomson Holidays one with the ogre.
The one that comes to mind for me though is the advert for booking.com, with its hilarious voice over and equally hilarious shots of holiday goers. It makes watching the advert fun, something you don’t really get from the other holiday and hotel advert, and draws you in. The voice over makes it sound like some sort of epic movie trailer, which is made all the better when you see it in a cinema like I did a few weeks ago. Yes, it is a bit over the top, but who wouldn’t want recreational sand, aggressive relaxation or even maximum plushosity from their hotel? It’s exciting, fun and most of all memorable.
I’ve also just put up a new project on my Behance page, there’s just a taster below, so click here to have a look at the full project.
A couple of weeks ago, almost a year since I worked on designing it, Benzanoe Issue 65 was finally published. It’s been refined a bit since I last showed it to you and overall I’m really pleased with it and excited to finally have my own copy.
Apologies for the poor quality image, once I have completed the redesign of my website I’ll hopefully put some better shots of the magazine up on it.
Via Dion Star
Its been a while since I last posted about one of my own projects on this blog (or even posted at all for that matter), so I thought I’d give you a little update. Before that though, I just wanted to talk about the fantastic new piece of work by one of my favourite designers, Olly Moss. Now, those among you who are avid readers of my blog (I’m sure there are some of you out there!) may remember the post I did on his solo exhibition from last year, or the one I did on alternative movie posters that was inspired by his work.
The poster he created for the 85th Oscars is another example of his great visual work. It takes every single one of the best picture winners from the past 85 years and visualises them as an Oscars statue.
Seen above are the statues for ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. They, like the 83 others, remain true to the original award, not straying too far from its iconic design. Moss’ ability to sum up each of the movies just by using these small statues is truly amazing, and its created something which is great fun to interact with and try to work out which films each of them represent.
So, we come back to my work. After completing and handing in all my work for the first semester of my second year (the work for which will be on my website soon), I moved on to a YCN competition brief for LEGO, which was to create a campaign that distinguishes LEGO from its competitors. This past week has been quite hectic for me as I also took part in a four day live brief to design a logo and pitch it for use by mothers organisation ‘Story of Mum’. Despite this, I managed to use the little free time I had, to settle on the concept of strength and inspiration for the LEGO project. I then used the below piece of work by street artist MEGX as inspiration and spent my Friday afternoon after the ‘Story of Mum’ pitch building bridges out of LEGO.
The point of this was to see whether my campaign could be an installation of an actual bridge in the environment made out of LEGO and whether it would support someones weight…
And it worked!! You know what, maybe I’ve missed my calling in life by choosing to become a graphic designer. Maybe I should become some sort of structural engineer or architect instead! 😉
You may have noticed at some point over the past few weeks that I have changed my logo. I just realised that I hadn’t posted about it and asked for your valued opinions on it, so I have used some spare time to do so now.
I chose to just use my initials, creating a link between the bottom half of the S and the B. It’s probably by no means finished yet (I may round some more of the edges), but let me know what you think about it at the moment.
Heres how much the logo has progressed over the last few months:
I’m planning on “branding myself” for one of my upcoming self-initiated projects, so look out for changes to both the logo and my website in the future. Again, any feedback on the logo, however big or small is appreciated.
A slight twist on the format for the first Sunday post back after the break. Today’s photos are not ones which I have taken out and about on my iPhone, but rather ones of a series of t-shirts I have been designing as part of a personal side project recently.
The pictures themselves are for some reason too bright and are not being displayed in the correct colours. Hopefully I will get them uploaded properly on my website in the near future.
IT’S BACK! My usual Sunday post of music and photography goodness! Apologies for the extreme lateness of this post, but I’ve been busy watching the Olympics, as I’m sure many of you have, and I’m also packing for my return to Falmouth next weekend.
For the photos today I’ve got some panoramas made from images I took during my holiday in Italy last week.