Bloguestions! Rob Varney: Post from Tees bit on the side

Rob Varney, Design Director at Foolproof London, answers the Teeser’s Bloguestions!

Q: What 3 words would you choose to describe yourself?

Design. Sleep. Eat.

Q: If you had a time machine and you could go back and give yourself some advice as an aspiring designer/creative what would it be?

1. Clients are your friends. They’re just ordinary people with thoughts, fears and feelings. Just like you and I. So:

2. Don’t be scared of them.

3. And read the brief.

Q: If you could only have one of the projects that you have worked on in your portfolio, what would it be and why?

Depends what kind of job I’m going for! My portfolio changes depending on who I’m seeing and the project I’d be proving I have the experience for.

Q: What item could you not do without (design related or not)?

The Internet. Not sure that’s an item, but all the items I need connect to it.

Q: Is there one thing that you wish that you had designed and why?

I always wanted to be a car designer, and was obsessed with car design when I grew up. So I’d of loved to have a hand in any supercar that was penned in the mid to late eighties (Ferrari Testarossa, Lamborghini Countach…)

Q: Show us your workspace!

All I have is a picture of my grey leather chair. I found it languishing in the corner of our office when I first joined, so I nicked it and have used it ever since. A classic Eames design.

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Experience, Participate, Share: Post from Tees bit on the side

On Monday we started the week with a guest lecture from Derek Yates, Programme Leader of BA Graphic Arts at Winchester School of Art, and co-author of Communication Design, published by Bloomsbury. The lecture gave a great insight into the skill-sets required to succeed in an ever changing communication environment, and ideas shaping contemporary practice. Derek’s book carefully considers this, with input from key thinkers and industry practitioners.

Many thanks again to Derek.

Derek Talk 1

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Diamant Reiserute…: Post from Tees bit on the side

…otherwise known as the Diamond Itinerary!

Here are the highlights from our globe-trotting tutor’s (Marcus Diamond) recent Norwegian adventure:

• Delayed internal flight in Norway due to industrial action – (tick)
• A chocolately cheese (Gudbrandsdals Ost)/herring breakfast by candlelight – (tick)
• Noticing the lovely branding for Norwegian trains – (tickets please)
• Viewing ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch – (tick)
• Catching up with TU graduate, Kristine Juvik, facilitating an obligatory tour of Oslo – this time of Vigeland Park and the National Theatre – (tick)
• Arrive back in UK to a strangely completely empty airport – (tick)… and on time – (tock)
Stranger already sat in the back of my pre-booked taxi – (ticked off)

Oh, and in between a lot of work – including delivering 3 talks at Kristiansand, Bergen and Oslo, and talking to potential students and also staff. As always, many thanks to Noroff for their hospitality – (tickety-boo)

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