Ben Branagan Kingston University London United Kingdom – I Used to Be a Design Student

BRITISH

Ben Branagan

STUDENT YEARS

6

A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT

Enjoy yourself + Don’t do what you think your tutor wants to see

FAVOURITE FOOD THEN

Bacon sandwich

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN

No one thing really comes to mind

YEAR OF PROJECT

1997

STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF

Produce a typographic poster using one of a selection of poems

COLLEGE

Kingston University, London (United Kingdom)

TUTOR(S)

Chris Draper

TECHNOLOGY

Letterpress proofing printer, photocopier, Mac

TIME SPENT

1 day

TYPEFACE

Impact

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

This is one of the first pieces of graphic design I made as a student – I was doing my foundation at the time. It has a loose and casual feel, largely inspired by not knowing what I was doing, which I like a lot. I had a lot of fun in the print workshop making the backgrounds – I still like experimenting with different materials and processes in both my professional and personal work today.

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?

The way the typography reads across the page needs a lot of work, and I am not keen on Impact as a font.

PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW

There are lots of similarities between the two – a limited colour palette, use of overprinting and processes – these are things that crop up quite a lot in my work. Despite this visual overlap they are, for me, emblematic of two different areas of my practice as a designer. The one from my student days is more indicative of personal motivations and interests in my work that extend beyond a professional context; an outlook on design and communication that really began during my time at art school. The later one is typical of lots of the work I have done while running a small, oneman studio; it’s not one of the big or more involving projects that I would naturally refer back to when thinking about my work. It’s a smaller, more everyday project that, while much more practical than the first, shares a common outlook.